Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch Jan. 26-30

TwinSpires Staff

January 25th, 2023

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, January 26


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, adding new possibilities to this Mohawk Miles section.

Race 3 — #1 Kaboom NL (7-2): Galloped while well supported, gains here.
Race 5 — #6 Day At The Gym (7-2): qualified, won, prepped well for ’23 start.
Race 6 — #1 Chedda Chedda (8-1): sharp off win into series.
Race 11 — #7 Cutting Class (12-1): Rested from scratches and fog, ready to pound.


Rosecroft, Race 10

An even trip by #1 La Savane (9-2) at 14-1 in a conditioned event last week impressed backers and makes him a contender this week. Stepping up a level and assigned the rail spot are good signs of confidence by trainer Howard Birney.
A solid competitor, #4 Seize Control (8-1), ships from Dover and a marvelous performance finishing third at 59-1. The two should offer a hefty exacta and strong across-the-board displays.

Friday, January 27


Freehold, Race 5

#4 Candell (5-2) is from the productive barn of Edwin Quevedo, whose stock shuffles from Freehold to Meadowlands and cashes many checks. This one was third to a dueling pair and best of the rest at 19-1. A better start puts him on the toteboard.
#5 Salvadors Sun (15-1) threatens to play a strong role, having raced well here at 31-1.

Saturday, January 28


Meadowlands, Race 6

We offer four strong contenders for single- and multi-race exotics; a quartet aimed to boost payoffs (in post position order).
#1 Southwind Sandor picked up live cover and finished third behind a dueling pair only ticks away.
#2 A Rocknroll Star won at Philly with a perfect trip on the last day of 2022.
#5 Chaser Hanover left hard but dueled and gave up the lead and held steady for a good finish at 14-1.
#7 Water Sports Teen is a beaten favorite. He raced among the best sophs at three and looks to have matured at four.

Monday, January 30


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.

Dover Downs
Thatswhatisaid N R1; +Sharky Bear R5; JBN R8; Backstreet Player R10; +Bionic R11

Division Bell R6 (ae)

Horses to Watch

H2W Legend

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.


Batavia Downs
1/26/23, +Catch The Wave R1; Pennant Seelster R2; Arnold R2; Filly Speaks R5

1/27/23, Fromashestoashes N R1
1/29/23, Cenalta Hawk R1; Handsome Harvey R4; Mandeville R6

Dover Downs
1/26/23, Tony Too Tall R3; Ocean Ridge N R9

1/27/23, +Woodmere Jazz R8

The Meadowlands
1/28/23, +Mullinax R8; +Acton Hanover R14

The Meadows
1/26/23, DT Petlot R3; Stonebridge Hecate R6; Ripple Of Hope R8

Miami Valley
1/26/23, +Shelly Rockwell R4; +Pine Master R6; +Waves Of Fire A R6; Always B Laughin R7; +Tell The Dream R11

Mohawk Park
1/26/23, +Furiosa R4
1/27/23, Jitterbug Flip R5; The Will To Play R6

Monticello Raceway
1/26/23, +Magnum Force R1; +Wal Finest R1; Ayr Pioneer GB R2; Banderas Hanover R6; +CR Dudley R10

Northfield Park
1/28/23, +Marvelous Kiss R8; +Sea Rose R13

Rosecroft Raceway
1/26/23, +Beachhead R7; Transparency R11; Tom's Twilight R12

1/26/23, +Promise For Life R9
1/27/23, +Newsy N R9