Tuesday Harness Preview for 7/1/2014

July 1st, 2014

by Ted Black

As racing fans and sports enthusiasts of all ages get set for the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend and all the festivities that go along with it, many harness racing fans will want to focus their attention on several potential plays this evening at Harrington and Yonkers Raceways.

Typically the Tuesday cards at Harrington highlight the best pacing fillies and mares on the grounds and such is the case again this evening. Several of the older distaffers could be pointing for the Legislator's Cup on Governor's Day here, while several others will be pointing for the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for three-year-old pacing fillies.

In the second race on the card, look for BJ's Sweetheart (Allan Davis) to regain her winning ways for trainer Jason Skinner while dropping in class. A good third while third over last week and a gritty second after cutting the mile two starts back, BJ's Sweetheart finally appears to be in an ideal spot for another tally.

One race later on the card, give Bad Break (Davis) a chance to rebound from the bad luck she encountered last week. Bothered at the start, Bad Break never appeared comfortable last week and failed to earn a check while probably needing the race having missed the week before. She had won two starts back on June 10 by a neck and figures to sit a good trip here while starting from the rail and is well worth backing anywhere close to her 8-1 morning line price.

One race later in a non-winners of $8501 last five class for pacing fillies and mares, look for Paradise Lost and Derek Delight to settle the issue in the lane. These mares with varying styles appear to be in the right spot. Paradise Lost, a veteran of tougher both here and at Dover Downs, likes to grind it out first over and was a good second last week. Derek Delight prefers to be on the front and had little trouble defeating non-winners of $6501 last five company by two lengths last out and will give Paradise Lost a target turning for home.

One race later in the fifth, expect Alexachase and Shine N Shimmer to battle for the major spoils. Alexachase is also a regular in the Filly-Mare Open and upper tier conditioned events here and at Dover and does not mind racing from well off the pace. Shine N Shimmer makes her local debut following good outings at The Meadowlands, Harrah's Philadelphia and Pocono Downs against similar foes and will be formidable here if she makes the front.

Then in the featured Filly-Mare Open, give Springforth a shot at the upset. Last week she raced first over and faded to fifth while well-backed at 5-2. She had made two starts in March in the tough Bluechip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers. My Ideal Hanover has won three straight, including last week's Open by six lengths for trainer Ed Gannon, Jr., while Mach Lady saw her modest three-race win streak come to an end when she was a distant second behind 'Ideal' as the 7-5 favorite in this class one week ago.

While several mares in the preceding three races might be pointed for the Legislator's Cup on Governor's Day, Megginspin will look to stay on target for her DSBF final here that evening when she competes in the seventh, a non-winners of three races lifetime affair for pacing fillies. A three-year-old daughter of No Spin Zone owned, bred and trained by Leigh Louthan, Megginspin has finished second in each of her last four starts since winning on May 11 in 1:54.3. She was second in each of her two DSBF elims last month.

Then in the 10th, give Heres My Ticket one more chance to finally attain her first win of the campaign. Winless in 15 starts this year in which she has been second six times and third on four other occasions, Heres My Ticket draws the rail for this non-winners of $2551 last five event for pacing fillies and mares and should finally be able to shed her prolonged bridesmaid status this year for owner-trainer Eli Scott, Jr. The mare won five of 24 starts last year for Scott.

At Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday a pair of events on the latter half of the card could offer some value plays.

In the seventh, a non-winners of four races lifetime event for pacers, look for Royal Reception to outlast Disarrei at the wire. Royal Reception was a solid second in her local debut last week after taking a June 12 event at Saratoga in 1:57. Disarrei has finished second three times and fourth on two occasions since winning an April 8 event over this oval in 1:57.

Then in the ninth, a competitive non-winners of six races lifetime event, give Sir Michigan Z Tam a chance to earn a long skid. Trained and driven by Pat Lachance, Sir Michigan Z Tam has been second three times, third twice and fourth twice since April and has typically attempted to win from well off the pace. He should finally get a favorable pace scenario this evening and notch his first tally since the spring for his trainer-driver.