Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch June 29-July 3
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 29
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 6—Villefranche AS; Beaten favorite up for a win here.
Race 8—Glenfidich; Third with two others at the wire.
Race 10—Moonstruck; Tough trip at 5-1, then scratched for this.
Friday, June 30
NEW YORK, NEW YORK MILE FINAL ($100K)
Nine soph-filly trotters stretch to 1 1/16 miles, and it’s merely a case of beating Sadie Hanover. The extra distance gives others some hope, including Emira Mil It, also unbeaten this season, and the true outside contender, Secret Volo. That one could pick up the important pieces late if the top two don’t spare speed.
PARK MGM FILLY PACE ($115L)
Eight soph-filly pacers go a mile. We filled in an exacta with Lisa Lane in an elim and look for an upset here against the toughest, obvious crowd choices. Also dangerous here is Turn On The Charm, the only Huntsville product.
MESSENGER STAKES ($250K)
Soph-colt pacers did not have to earn their way here in elims. There are 10, two leaving in the second tier for the mile. We’ll go with Seven Colors, who pursued the N.A. Cup. Fourth to It’s My Show in an elim, he missed the final. That class could show up big time here.
THE YONKERS TROT ($300K)
First jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, eight earned their appearance in this classic mile. Ake Svanstedt’s duo will get all of the money, except ours. We’re backing Marcus Melander’s underrated Crown for price and purpose.
Saturday, July 1
In the $112K Six Pack for mare trotters, we have to support Fashion Schooner since here she should be the best mare for the price in this short field.
In the $142K Perfect Sting for mare pacers, we like the value probably offered to Boudoir Hanover, as opposed to the probable favorite Grace Hill. Exacta warning goes to Silver Label, from a classy bunch.
The $155K Crawford Farms brings us back to Venerate. The super square-gaited champ is primed for a fabulous season against any sex at any distance.
The Dave Brower Memorial sends the stalwart older pacers into battle. It’s a tough field to measure because the bunch of them are practically interchangeable in talents. If you like the price on Ruthless Hanover, take it; there should be no surprise if he takes this.
6/30/23, Tap Tap Tap R7
6/30/23, We’re Gonna Rock R5; Gucci R5
7/1/23, +Claypool Road R7
6/29/23, +Tellittoella R1; +Luckiestmanalive R11; +Maybemabel R13; +Little Jolena R14
6/30/23, +General Dolan R12
6/30/23, Plumb R4; Meet The Creeper R13
6/29/23, +Bettingfra R4; Tardis R8
6/30/23, Two Friskie To Pet R5
6/29/23, McKee Creek R5; Southern Swan R6; +Manone R9
7/1/23, Itty Bitty R6; +Elm Grove Nellie R14
6/30/23, +Delightful Summer R6; Peter The Con R7
7/1/23, Win Place’n Show R8
6/29/23, Joyces Secret R2; Song Cycle Senese R10
6/30/23, Dealt A Winner R3; +Dontlikeitleave R3
6/29/23, Kokanee Seelster R1; Regal Son R3; Whata Foolbelieves R6
7/1/23, Awesomeness R3; Busboy Hanover R3
6/29/23, +No Where To Hide R2; Southwind Molly R2; +Muffin Top R4; Rockin With Lou R7; Directing Traffic R11
7/1/23, Hudson Phil R7; +Virgin Honor R11
7/2/23, +Bridge Works R11
6/29/23, +Fort El Said R4; April’s Surprise R12; Glowing N The Dark R14
7/1/23, Pearl Harbour N R6
7/2/23, Possess The Stone R3; Hunting AS R6; +Captain Krupnik R8; The Boss Man R8
6/30/23, +Ideally Sweet R4; Lorrie Sue R5
7/1/23, Lepanto R1; Ladyyouaregorgeous R3; +Syracuse Express R7
6/29/23, Pinewood Hanover R1; Oh Boy R7