Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch Feb. 9-13
Selected features, stakes coverage and the never-ending TwinSpires’ horses-to-watch list (H2W) share keys to success in exotics, win, place and show payoffs.
Thursday, February 9
Each week we highlight probable long shots from Mohawk Park in this features section. If they do not win at first crack we add them to the H2W the following week as a bet-back while adding new possibilities to this Mohawk Miles section.
Race 1 — #1 Bella Cavalla (4-1): Placed well to start, late move gets third.
Race 4 — #3 Dali Cat (10-1): Win at Western Fair earns this spot for a shot.
Race 6 — #6 Thelegendcontinues (15-1): Broken gear as leader at 18-1.
Race 8 — #5 Belvedere Bronx (10-1): Bet back drops from series.
Monticello, Pick 5, Races 3-7
When building a Pick-5 ticket, seriously consider the following entries:
Race 3 — #2 Rub Ofthe Green N (5-2): Qualified as fast as the winner.
Race 4 — #6 Coach Cal (3-1): Big ground-saving trip can win it.
Race 5 — #6 Causeay (12-1): Qualifier workout from top barn. #1 Sporty Redhot (3-1): Third at 9-1 with potential.
Race 6 — #1 Thereisapaceforus (3-1): Best of the rest among these last time.
Race 7 — #6 Fear My Shadow (4-1): Scratched at Freehold, returns after 8-hole crawl.
Rosecroft, Races 1, 2
A pair of outsiders are worthy of attention for single- and multi-race wagers.
#4 Twist Knot (8-1) looked bored in the second half of last week’s race. We may never know the exact reason so we’re forgiving and expect more in his fifth start of the year where he hit the board twice in four attempts.
Another mystery is David Rearic’s #1 Select Friday (8-1). A 49-1 shot from this barn is neither a terror nor a toss out. Last week he made one strong brush of nearly six lengths without changing position as his foes struggled chasing a big favorite. Rearic drives again here, where the path to cashing a check could be better and as profitable for success as last week.
Friday, February 10
Meadowlands, Race 6
Here are our four top contenders for race 6 (in post order), which is the beginning of a Pick 4 ($50k guraranteed pool); a leg of the Survivor 7 and other single-race exotics.
#2 Super Girl (8-5) — Top-bred filly off to a great start
#4 Into The Unknown (10-1) — Ships in after big mile at Dover at 53-1.
#6 Always Beachy (8-1) — Race better than the odds to finish third.
#9 American Halo (7-2) — Good qualifier win points to strong mile.
Monday, February 13
Always check the new Monday$Money feature in our Harness Preview editions. It’s the last day and night of our previewed picks and starts the next week with viable contenders.
Flow With Joe R5; Smokin By N R6; Italian Lad N R10
Horses to Watch
Review our choices and confirm the wagers available at the prescribed track. H2W offers possible contenders researched from reviewing races. Horses’ names are listed beneath the name of the track with the date of their race and the race number (R6) follows. If a + is in front of a horse’s name, it appears on the list for the second time (horses are listed twice only if, at first, they failed to win. An “ae” signals also-eligible. Types of wagers to make are based on your judgment.
2/9/23, +Filly Speaks R1; +Arnold R8; +Super Hero Hanover R9
2/10/23, Bestaluck R6; Worthy Opponent R6
2/9/23, Justasec N R9; Baron Chancey R11; Baba O’riley R12
2/10/23, Gentlemansattitude R4; Bludhaven R6; +Mighty Surf R9; Be Mine MK R11
2/11/23, +Water Sports Teen R7; +High Baller R9; +Stonebridge Reef R9
2/9/23, +Talladega As R3; +Day To Bet R4; +HP Maestro R8; +Stonebridge Hecate R10; +Priceless Shadow R13;
2/9/23, What's Up Cupcake R5; +Tell The Dream R9; +Western Sierra R9; +Western Hill R10
2/9/23, +Botsaris R1; K D Ga Ga R2; Beachin R9; American Soul R10
2/11/23, +Ravishing Virgin R2; +Side Chick R4; +Dazzlin Dragon R6; Blue Speech R12; +DT Petlot R14
2/9/23, Have Mercy R4; Mikalob Ultra R7; Sea Of Life R12
2/11/23, Third Edition R5
2/9/23, Count Jogging R5; Ethan T Hanover R9