10/15/2015 4:58PM

Balmoral: Saturday 10/17 Analysis


Race 9 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (45 - 70 / $155.80): FOX VALLEY ELIJAH (8th)

Spot Play: FLUKIE FLIGHT (10th)


Race 1

(2) ROYALE ROSE gelding will look to make it 9 of 12 on the year and finds a much weaker field than what he's been facing.  (1) J B'S HERO pacer has really improved over the last month and could be the only threat to the top choice.  (7) DR DRAKE RAMORAY lightly raced 2-year-old gets sent out for proven connections off a nice confidence building score.

Race 2

(7) EXPLOSIVE POWER just needs to stay trotting for a chance against a suspect bunch.  (5) VICK VALOR gelding towers over the field on ability but has burned cash in two straight; use caution.  (6) NASHVILLE HOLIDAY has room to improve in a field full of question marks.

Race 3

(5) OCAPTAIN MYCAPTAIN well bred pacer looks primed for a good effort against a really soft field.  (6) ALWAYS KENZER freshman pacer kicked home nicely at the end of the mile last week and has some upside.  (7) GOTTA GO ANDY just raced evenly last start but does pick up a positive driver change.

Race 4

(1) CHAR N MARG looks in line for a perfect pocket trip up close.  (2) LEXINGTON LADY has been off over a month after a very tough trip on super night.  The pacer will be out for revenge but might be a bit short.  (5) DANDY'S DIVA filly raced well in Kentucky and can be an outside contender should the top choices falter.

Race 5

(2) COUGAR LADY filly picks up the top driver and was facing much tougher at Hoosier; threat.  (8) SOUTHERN SPECIAL has the most ability in the field by far but rarely stays trotting.  (5) CHOCOLATE SURPRISE was a perfect trip winner last week and gets sent out for a low percentage pilot; command a price.

Race 6

(8) FOXY DANCIN' four-year-old mare owns a big burst of speed when timed right.   (7) FIGHTING MAJORETTE looks ready for a better effort and should be closer turning for home.  (10) DANDY'S BEAUTY has had nothing but tough racing luck lately but shouldn't be left off your tickets even from the far outside.

Race 7

(9) SEEYOUATTHEFINISH drops down a level after win up in class; versatile.  (8) PARTY HANGOVER mare will offer good value and is capable of landing a good spot off the starting gate.  (6) PARKLANE GLITTER filly faces older more seasoned opponents but could pick up the pieces should the front end be hotly contested.

Race 8

(6) FOX VALLEY ELIJAH has really kicked it into gear late in the season.  The pacer beat a nice older bunch a few starts ago and has already scored against this group at a price; threat.  (4) DIXIE'S BOY has shown signs of turning it back around and is also a threat with a good setup.  (1) EARNDAWG Illinois champ gets the best post and will look to return to his winning ways.  (8) DINKY DUNE super night champ put in a nice qualifier on Monday but might need a start having been off over a month.

Race 9

(10) JACKSON BERLOW takes a significant drop in class and just needs to find a way into the race.  (3) PART TIME was an easy winner last time at this level.  (9) WHY ASK WHY will offer a big price and owns a good late brush.

Race 10

(9) FLUKIE FLIGHT picks up a monster driver change and raced huge last week; big chance.  (5) TERRORIZE THE MOON does his best racing on the big track and is a threat with a good effort.  (2) VINCENT VAN GO is one of the faster pacers in the race.

Race 11

(6) UNCLE BUD drops in class and picks up the top driver.  (1) BIG BRAD was the driver's choice and drops down a level.  (2) DELIGHT FASHION faces much tougher but is razor sharp and might be up to the task off some big miles.

Race 12

(6) ROCKNROLL CRYSTAL is very inconsistent but is one of few in the race that's been competitive at this level.  (4) CASINO COMP is 0 for the year but can hit the ticket at a price with some racing luck.  (1) LOCKPORT LEGEND steps up against slightly better and wasn't as good as the line looks last week; command a price.

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