Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch May 26-30

May 25th, 2022

Selected features and the never-ending TwinSpires’ horses-to-watch list (H2W) share keys to success in exotics, win, place and show payoffs.

Thursday, May 26


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.

R3 – Willtowin Hanover: Bet-back was 5-1 hanging on the outside too long.
R10 – Do You See It: Bet-back should be a big price off a bad finish at 5-1.


Friday, May 27


Meadowlands, Races 7, 9

The soph filly and colt ($240k for both) trotters bred in New Jersey are on stage. Although on top of the filly list is #9 Venerable, last year’s big earner, we see price and purpose with Jim Campbell’s #6 Fashion Schooner. She is two for three and is looking as sharp as a Walner-sired filly can look.

The colts’ division is matched tightly and with 10 weeks left to the Hambletonian it is near impossible to defend one against the other nine; any one of these can improve greatly. Marcus Melander has a pair here and we are willing to make a leap of faith with his secondary entry, #8 Classic Hill. A good price is expected considering a few in here have shown stronger performances recently.

Saturday, May 28


Meadowlands, Race 4

Last week, #4 Weslynn Quest, at 23-1, was as bad off as the rest of the trotters trying to get to Atlanta; they knew it was tougher than tough and the crowd did, also. The second betting choice was 12-1, the third 13-1 and so on. This week there is no Atlanta in the Open Trot and “Quest” has had two races over the track and is a good bet to pull off an upset against #3 Venerate, who debuts for the season. Certainly #7 Sonofamistery will also suck up the win cash and should be respected in all exotics with Weslynn Quest.


Mohawk, Race 8

As we keep an early watch on the soph-pacing crop, we handicap a field of 10 Ontario-breds in the SBOA $122k final at Mohawk.
#9 Magical Arthur was 8-1 making win-worthy advances in mid-May when he paced into trouble late, thus being placed third from fourth. Some of his foes here were beaten (no pun intended to trainer Anthony Beaton) by him in that race.
#3 Sport Secret was placed second, finishing third, in that same race, going a tougher trip at 9-1.

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.


5/27/22, +Wonderful World R5;
5/28/22, +Falcon's Luke R8

5/27/22, Rockin Roger R1; Purple Sky R5; Clint Westwood R6

5/26/22, Lucky Lil Lady R11
5/27/22, +Bold And Brassy R6

5/27/22, Jaya Bae R7
5/28/22, +Fika Time R9; +Machdavid R9; +Grand Cayman R10

5/26/22, +Icanflylikeanangel R8; Shining Jewels R11
5/27/22, Luc Rocks R4; Docbetts' Shamrock R8

5/26/22, +Itiswhatitis R3; Lovin Up On You R8

5/28/22, Scrappy Lil Nobody R7; +Future Ex-Wife R8

5/27/22, Bo Nanza Chip R9; Daniel's Son R10; +Echo's Mayday R11

5/26/22, +Junto (ae) R1; Jack Vernon R8; +Divine Spirit R12
5/27/22, +Safety Second R1; +Its Mesmerise N R10

5/26/22, Hollywood Skeeter R4; +Stage West R6
5/30/22, Lancaster Bomber R3

5/28/22, Texas Terror N R1; Hoolie N Hector R6; Classifiedmaterial R9
5/29/22, +Filly Speaks R7; +Shellie De Vie R13

Running Aces
5/26/22, +Shes A Showstopper R4; +D Vigilante R7; Casa Miasa R8

5/28/22, Top Recruit R3; Mikibytheseaside R6
5/29/22, +Creemore R8

5/26/22, Pull The Shade R7
5/27/22, Shes A Fireball R3; Paperback Thriller (ae) R5; Annerie N R11

5/27/22, +Paloma Ruiz R1; +Lizziana R6

5/28/22, Fiona R4; Initial Concept R8; +Nanuet R11