Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch Oct.13-17

TwinSpires Staff

October 12th, 2022

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, October 13


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.
R4 — #7 Kenogami Rebel (6-1): A strong third finish at 14-1.
R8 — #9 Mats MVP (5-1): A bet-back from last week does better from the outside here.



Maryland Sires Stakes (MDSS) finals are on the program. Featuring two-year-olds, each division is worth $75k.

Race 1
The colt trot field may not be tough if #9 How Doo Yoo Goo (5-2) gets a good spot or shoots to the lead early. The Googoo Gaagaa son may be an overlay at post 9.

Race 2
The filly pace features top-winning and-earning #1 Val's Girl (2-1). Nine for nine is tough to bet against so either pass or look for a possible upset at a good price with #7 Lloyd's Loves (4-1). She may get the kind of trip that beat Bulldog Hanover last week.

Race 3
The filly trot has five of nine gals sired by Googoo Gaagaa. Of them, first in line for our price and purpose is #4 Excuse My Beauty (9-2). The two hot gals leave from the outside and will have to struggle for a good spot while “Beauty” coasts and has the most left at the wire and pays the most of the trio.

Race 4
The colt pace offers an upset with the high-earning #6 Nicki's All In (8-1). This is like a drop-down move for the wealthy lad.

Friday, October 14


Hoosier Park

Indiana Sires Stakes (INSS) Super Finals line the program, each worth $250k. Listed here are the freshman races. Soph picks are in the H2W below.

Race 3
2yo filly trot – Lightly raced #2 Helpineedsomebody (20-1) earned her way here and gets our vote to present a mild upset.

Race 6
2yo colt trot – #3 Bourbon Courage (3-1) is not afraid of this group as he strengthens his sire’s legacy and trainer Erv Miller’s seasonal bankroll.

Race 8
2yo filly pace – #7 Fortunada (8-1) is an upset choice here with her six-for-10 win slate, missing the board just once.

Race 13
2yo colt pace – #7 Art It Is (7-2) has been nothing but terrific and should cap the season with much promise for a sophomore campaign.

Saturday, October 15


Mohawk Park

Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals (SF) are worth $225 each. Two-year-old SFs are our focus.

Race 1
2yo filly trot – #8 Winooski improves with each race and can pay well doing it here.

Race 2
2yo colt trot – #2 Tuscan Prince salutes sire Kadabra in this with a super win.

Race 4
2yo filly pace – #2 Momentary Control represents a good sire getting better.

Race 8
2yo colt pace – #3 Stockade Seelster continues a sterling season with a win here.


Northfield Park

Soph-filly pacers go for $100k in one of the track’s signature events. Ake Svanstedt’s #2 Valar Dohaeris is a Huntsville filly doing what his prodigy does best—outracing him to brand him as a tough sire regardless of his own performance on track. In 10 starts she has not missed the board using her inherited speed which will greatly enjoy the track’s Flying Turns.



This $1 million race is impossible to measure but we will go with a small bet on #6 Back Of The Neck (7-2). He is sharp now and Ake Svanstedt’s experience in Europe and at Yonkers and with all of his trotters in the USA has to be a plus for what may happen with all of the unknowns involved. Note this is a 1 1/4-mile race.

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.


10/13/22, +Dr Bravestone R12
10/14/22, +Sabrina Hill R2

Hoosier Park
10/13/22, +Big See R4
10/14/22, Bluebird Dove R7; Adamsville Road R10; +Dojea Rita R11; Need To Breathe R12; Sure Thing Herman R14

The Meadows
10/13/22, +Always A Panther R2; +The Funk R6; +Cash Hall Filly R9; +Northern Baccarat R10; +Monterey Jack R10

10/13/22, +Dr Snow R1; +Wal Finest R3; Urbana Bayama R3; Sunburst Cruze R7; Beach Blast R7;+Brazen Brazilian R10

Northfield Park
10/15/22, +Dravo R6; Campus Queen R14

Northville Downs
10/14/22, Underthespotlight R1 (Q); +Susie Kan Due R3

10/13/22, Morrockin K R1

Plainridge Park
10/13/22, +Pure Cotton R5; +Dazzling Lindy R11

10/15/22, +Chapolier R6

10/13/22, +Adios Muchachos R5; Seaside Tsunami R8; Bo Breeze R10; Delaware Chrome R15

10/15/22, Always A Charmer R2; Dull Roar R3; Wolftrax R7
10/16/22, Tantra Blue Chip R1

10/13/22, +Tempus Seelster R4; +Ladybeluckytonite R5
10/15/22, He's Gonna Getya R12