11/05/2015 2:55PM

Balmoral: Saturday 11/7 Analysis


Race 9 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (48 - 76 / $168.60) :CAN’T TOUCH THIS (1st)

Spot Play: FOX VALLEY GEORGE (8th)


Race 1

(2) CAN'T TOUCH THIS filly will look to cap off a stellar freshman campaign against a softer bunch than her most recent win.  (3) LEXINGTON LADY filly looks to be in a great spot turning for home either sitting first or second.  She was the only supplement in all of the American National stakes and will be used very aggressively.   (5) CHAR N MARG went from empty to awesome last week.  She can get a piece with a good setup.

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Race 2

(4) NEW TALENT looks to be loaded with ability and should like this spot if ready off the qualifier.  (1) MYSTICAL ROCK has been knocking heads all year long with some tough customers in the Indiana program.  The freshman pacer gets the best post and a huge driver change.  (6) LINDY BEACH looks to be a step below the best in here; use underneath.

Race 3

(2) DAUT FULL filly has been tremendous in a new barn and will offer the best price of the contenders.   (7) DEVIL CHILD filly has taken her game to the next level for a new trainer; short price.  (3) SOMEWHERE SWEET definitely belongs with this bunch and will look to make it three straight.

Race 4

(6) BRIGHT BABY BLUES impeccably bred filly looks to really be coming on strong late in the season racing tenaciously last out.  (3) MUSCLE BABY DOLL will look to make it eleven wins in fifteen starts on the year.  (5) KELSEY'S KEEPSAKE three-year-old gets sent out for the top barn in the country and should offer a big price.

Race 5

(2) FREAKY FEET PETE Breeders Crown champ will look to make it fifteen of seventeen on the year putting an exclamation point on an amazing 3-year-old season.  (4) LOST FOR WORDS is a model of consistency dancing most of the big dances all year long.  (3) MY HERO RON won't go down without a fight.  The connections will accept nothing less than a pocket trip up close.

Race 6

(1) THE BANK beat a horse of the year candidate in the Breeders Crown parked the entire mile.  If the impeccably bred trotter races like that again, it's money in the bank.  (2) MUSCLE DIAMOND has had a fantastic year winning almost 300k; threat.  (6) HOMICIDE HUNTER might have stayed unbeaten on the year had the Indiana bred trotter slipped out sooner last start.  (7) HABITAT was purchased after the New York Sire Stakes by European interests and has only had one unsuccessful start in almost two months; command a price.

Race 7

(3) ALWAYS B MIKI four-year-old stallion appears to be on the cusp of very special things if he stays sound.  With all the great champions this year and in years past I believe its been a very long time since we've seen a horse with this high of a ceiling.  (1) LUCK BE WITHYOU impeccably bred pacer gets sent out for a very capable trainer.  (5) FOILED AGAIN was vicious last week racing gamely and has been a new horse since the weather changed.  The all-time leading money earner has never done his best racing on the big track but is tough to count out.

Race 8

(3) FOX VALLEY GEORGE was sneaky sharp last week.  The pacer will offer big value and could use a smooth trip.  (6) IM SO HANDSOME is another horse that will offer a nice price capable of pulling the upset.  (5) FANTASTIC ROCK former four claimer is very inconsistent from week to week, however his best effort is good enough.

Race 9

In a very tough race to handicap (4) WHY ASK WHY is fast enough with a good setup and will offer a big price in a wide-open betting race.  (2) PART TIME came up empty last week but owns wins at this level on the year.  (7) DELIGHT FASHION gets a downgrade in the bike but has been sharp; threat.

Race 10

(3) SUNSET DREAMER was the driver's choice of three and was sneaky sharp last week against a better bunch.  (4) UNCLE BUD takes a significant drop in class with a top driver.  (6) POWERFUL PILOT rarely wins but has been competitive; use underneath.

Race 11

(5) SPARKIN YOUR FIRE drew off impressively last week against similar.  (3) FOX VALLEY PIPA could be one of few threats to the top choice in the race; fires late.  (1) ANGEL DEMON fits in with this bunch when right.

Race 12

(5) MAKE IT WORK will look to make it three straight; fires early.  (10) RUSSELL L was the driver's choice but needs a good setup to hit the top spot.  (4) DONTDOUBTTHELAKERS was also the driver's choice and gets sent out for capable connections.

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