Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch June 15-19
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, June 15
Each week, we highlight probable longshots from Mohawk Park (WoMo) 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 8—Sports Duchess and The Ideal Huntress; Back from last week’s smoke-scratched list to compete in the same race. You call it.
Race 10—Sister Twister; Tough from the outside, price promises much.
TwinSpires Hit It & Split It. Play your share of the $1K late Pick 4 jackpot (through June 29).
Here are our contenders for the Pick 4. We feel they help all exotic payoffs; please consider them when building a Pick 4 ticket, as well as for single-race bets.
Race 11—Bluebird Alibi is lightly raced and in her third start this season. At two last November, she was in a $15K claimer at 7-2 and nearly won. She drops into this one and could be a valuable addition to all bets among this group.
Race 12—Firstofanera lost as the favorite in a conditioner. It was her second of the season at three, and she looks to be dangerous here among more common stock. Walkin On Sunshine is a tough gal and usually underrated by the crowd—a plus here.
Race 13—This big-bucks ($95K) sires stakes can be huge to all bets if Ponda Jet is beaten. We’ll try the upset with Talent Scout. He belongs in this company and seems disinterested in post position against all types. He will be an overlay.
Race 14—Quik And Shady is a go-getter, and his recent two are sharp miles for one going off double digits. A win supports a good Pick 4 prize, and hitting the board will increase all prices.
Friday, June 16
Two Empire Breeders Classics feature soph trotters.
Race 2—For the fillies ($104K). Has us betting back on Kayleigh S. She was third last week, holding her own and improving for trot-savvy Marcus Melander, and here she may shine en route to the “Oaks.”
Race 4—For the colts ($95K). Presents only five and demands a wide swing on Country Dagger. Twice on the board in three starts, the Crazy Wow colt may be as fearless as his sire.
Saturday, June 17
North America Cup ($1m)
We continue to punch an outsider to upset in this event and certainly beef up the prices hitting the board, so we shy from a big Brett Pelling probable favorite. Ammo’s post draw makes many dismiss him against a competitive field with a few headliners. We like Ammo offering a good price and take the leap of faith that Joe Holloway’s colt may be so good he is able to do what good horses do best—overcome the adversities of post and tough competition; paying well.
Fan Hanover ($420K)
The Pelling-trained soph-filly pacer stakes performer named Charleston earned a berth in the big-dollar final the hard way. We need to back her at a price she may not offer again.
A Hambletonian Trail prequel? Not quite. Still, it’s a good stop along the way to the elims. Marcus Melander’s Challenger made the final at 35-1, finishing fourth, easily. He should be waiting here to get more than a piece of this, as his trainer seriously aims his glamour-boy trotters at spots in the August classic.
Armbro Flight ($250K)
It is difficult to pass on Bella Bellini, but that’s the goal if we play this event. Our contender is Warrawee Xenia. She made the final while struggling first over and was offering 2-1 doing it. She finished fourth and brings herself fully to the big ready for a better mile at a better price.
Roses Are Red ($305K)
Silver Label raced steadily behind Treacherous Dragon in their elim and has every right to be taken seriously in the final, defying speed for a trip and worth the price, even if by a whisker.
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