Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch Nov. 2-6
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, Nov. 2
Mohawk Miles present probable outsiders for any wager offered.
R1—P L Robert G; Kadabra-bred, fits well in series.
R6—Brooklyn Strong; At 39-1, third to a monster mile winner.
R7—Social Distanced; Henriksen has it together with sharp qualifier.
Friday, Nov. 3
Stakes on Tap
USS Indianapolis Memorial ($105K) 3fP: The three fillies last seen in Breeders Crown (BC) finals have the edge here. Strong Poison, 4-1 in the BC elim and fifth in the final, is one. Another is Beach Cowgirl, fourth in the final at 41-1; and 106-1 Mcseaside, the rank outsider in the final. But from that field to this is a mighty drop that demands class action, so to speak.
Crossroads Of America ($115K) 3fT: The BC class angle applies here, too. Rose Run Yolanda finished fourth in the soph-filly trot final at 29-1 and before that a closer third to Bond in the elim. It should be an easy win here. Picaboo Lady could be a good exotic partner.
The Monument Circle ($190K) 3cP: More BC entries to include in any bets are among those destroyed by Confederate in the soph-colt final. Stockade Seelster, second to the conqueror in the final is the most likely to break the beam first. In no particular order to be the most competitive next are Admiral Hill, Coach Stefanos, and Command. The latter is a stablemate of the conqueror. Watch out.
The Carl Erskine ($205K) 3cT: Is there any stopping Tactical Approach? The problem is he won’t be 2-1 in this field. That was a gift. If you care to take this race on then do so with exotics; key him with French Wine and Celebrity Bambino.
Saturday, Nov. 4
Kids are all right
Kindergarten Final ($241K) 2fT
When Googoo Gaagaa progeny stay on stride, they wipe up. Here, Go For Gaagaa No is well equipped to wipe up for Per Engblom. It will be a price worth backing considering the crowd is bound to bet others.
Kindergarten Final ($267K) 2cT
A strong outsider here is Marcus Melander’s Thinker Monkey. With only a single win and a lot of frosh experience, this son of Chapter Seven has a six-digit bankroll, second only to Karl, who leaves from post 10 after winning a BC final and will offer much less to win.
Kindergarten Final ($205K) 2fP
Sarasota Hanover looks in a fine spot to take this trophy. A cover trip cannot hurt, but she may be stronger than usual for the bigger bucks on Linda Toscano turf.
Kindergarten Final ($267K) 2cP
Lou Vuitton has raced with tougher than these, earned a bunch doing so and is a son of the hot sire Sweet Lou. Trainer Ron Burke’s entry may offer a shiny coin for a win here.
Horses to watch (H2W) are strong contenders evaluated from overnight-race charts (including qualifiers), replays and trainers’ current win percentages. Each horse appears in two consecutive lists if it does not win on its first listing.
H2W horses are suggested for win, place, show (across the board) wagering and to be included in exotic combinations.
Exactas listed in H2W results reflect an H2W horse finishing second to a race favorite or if the first two finishers were on the list, when an asterisk appears for cold exactas. The note “ok” determines prices are correct when a show price exceeds the place price or all three prices are identical.
Some results reflect horses racing after preview blog posts and appear the following week. As well, some horses will not appear a second time when their first time is followed by a race at a non-parimutuel fair. They will get a second time on the list when returning to a betting race.
11/2/23, +Americanfirewater R2; +Stars Align R7; Cinnamon Beach R9
11/1/23, +Joyces Secret R10
11/2/23, Tequini Hanover R2; Noblesville R10
11/6/23, Bo Breeze R10
11/3/23, Bee Aware R4; +Reachin For Heaven R4; Girl Almighty R10
11/3/23, Hellabalou R8; Billy Clyde R12; Town Gossip R13
11/4/23, JK Parcells R4; Century Jamila R6; Captain Crusader R8
11/3/23, Bet On Zette R1; Might Be Right R4
11/2/23, See You Tuesday R5; +Major Humor R7; Winning Is Sweet R7
11/5/23, Over Six R1; Another Breath R1
11/3/23, Vintage Chrome R5; Cruisin Thru Time R6; Swan Leader R8
11/2/23, +Greatest Ending R9
11/2/23, Taragon R7; +Captain Map R10; Capital Builder R11; Redwood Again R11
11/4/23, +Six Degrees R2
11/4/23, Zapaca R7
11/2/23, +Bluebird Recon R9
11/3/23, +Cowgirl Lilly R3; +Milieu Hanover R8
11/6/23, Cross Creek R6