Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch June 30-July 4
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 30
Each Thursday we highlight some probable long shots from Mohawk Park. If they do not win at first crack we add them to the H2W the following week as bet-backs or in selected features, adding new possibilities to this section.
R2 — #4 Brace For Landing: Freshman broke as public choice, forgiven.
R5 — #10 Always B A Star: ‘Miki’ freshman looks for two in a row.
HOOSIER PICK-4 BONUS
$1,000 Hoosier Park Pick 4 Hit it & Split it Play for your share of our $1,000 early Pick-4 jackpot at Hoosier on Thursdays until June 30, 2022. Players with the most winning legs in the Pick-4 wager will split the $1,000 jackpot. Here are contenders we feel will be valuable to your ticket:
Race 3 — #6 Fox Valley Sampson, #3 Frontier Metis
Race 4 — #7 Filthy McNasty, #5 Longwood Lolly
Race 5 — #7 Ms Parklane Power
Race 6 — #4 Drivin Me Crazy, #8 Tony N Rock
Friday, July 1
Three $50k Pennsylvania Sires Stakes present green state-breds, starting with this mile. #2 Lindys Irishcream, the sole Father Patrick filly, should offer a fair price, as the sire’s product is being overlooked.
Speaking of strong stallions, Cantab Hall is having another great year (maybe his last) and #1 Cando Volo represents him in this debut mile, most likely offering a worthy price.
No matter the race, D.R. Ackerman’s trotters are dismissed by the public, a mistake considering the fine blood the Ackermans have used to breed over the decades. #7 Tipsy Moni already has a win and coming from post 7 adds value.
There is a good reason to go with a longshot here. A speed duel could get the best of the two favorites, leaving a spot for a ground-saving trip that gets the win late. That spot we give to Nautical Hanover. It's a simple scenario and one that is common on the half mile. A good price will ensue, and as an exacta and trifecta key it will produce a strong return.
YONKERS TROT FINAL
Here is a demanding strategy to endorse and it is not as strange as it is wrought with possibilities. Two speedballs, #8 Justice and #7 Joviality S, could compromise one another and tire or break in time for #1 Brave By Design to nip one, the other or both. “Brave” gets in from a judge’s placement as Dover In Motion jumped pushing a three-wide charge. A small investment makes a bag o’dough on this scenario, which offers the only reason not to pass this event.
The $115k Nadia Lobell, now at home at Hoosier, sends only six soph-filly pacers to post. #1 Boudoir Hanover had a difficult time in the Fan Hanover but crossed the border to take on a short field and will be awesome from the rail at a good price.
The $70k Hoosier Cup final could be won a host of ways by #3 Sure Thing Herman. Last week he was third in his elim but rode the toughest of trips and almost won. It looks simple here against foes that will be backed stronger; value appears eminent.
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.
7/1/22, Leaping Legend R1
6/30/22, Illini Jetset R1; Romantic Warrior R7; Mike Mike R8
7/1/22, Primo Giovanni R10
6/30/22, +She's Magical R8; Art It Is R9
6/30/22, Sweet Tactics R3; Smooth Landing R7
7/1/22, +Fashion Schooner R1; Brush N Crush R6; So Delightful R12
6/30/22, +Sucretariat R4
7/1/22, +Sister Solange R5; +Sweet On Her R9
6/30/22, +Shoot The Odds R2; Justabitcrazy R5
7/1/22, Wake N Bake R6; +Looking Santastic R14
7/3/22, Lindy The Brave R5
6/30/22, Morrockin K R2; How The Hell R4; +Swan In Motion R6
6/30/22, +Shamrocks R1; Swan Fine Lady R8
7/2/22, Cigar Smoking Tony R2; Rough Odds R3; +Lear Seelster R13
6/30/22, Avaya Hanover R7; Oneida Blue Chip R8
7/1/22, Winged Foot R3; HP Double Expresso R8; Sir Shadow R12
7/1/22, +Paperback Thriller R3; Sudden Change N R5; Oberto R11; A Fancy Face R14
7/1/22, I'm Benicio A R10