01/01/2015 4:48PM

Balmoral: Saturday 1/3 Analysis


Race 10 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: CONTROL TOWER (1st)

Spot Play: HOT ROD RILEY MAE (7th)



Race 1

In a field with few contenders (7) CONTROL TOWER has been ultra impressive in his first three starts and will be much closer turning for home.  (6) DIXIE'S BOY might have raced better than the top choice last out almost sweeping the field after an early miscue.   (4) JNK POWER PACK four-year-old stallion has some upside and room to improve off a nice debut.

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Race 2

(5) BIG BRAD has lacked pop late but would beat these with his best effort.  (3) WASHINGTON HANOVER just missed last out to a game opponent that would be a heavy favorite against this bunch.  (7) EXTRAVAGANT ART will be firing with a purpose early and can hit the ticket underneath.

Race 3

In a really weak and inconsistent field (9) YES INDEEDEE gets a tough post to overcome but that should help the price.   (4) MYKINDAPRINCESS mare made a good brush in the qualifier and looks to have some ability.  (2) SIMPLY BURBON filly has had some sneaky late pace in her last few; threat.

Race 4

(6) LD'S DASH was the driver's choice and will offer a big price against a suspect bunch.  (5) PIP'S QUATRO raced well last out closing good ground.  (3) RACHAELS BLACKJACK gets sent out for capable connections and owns a decent move when timed right.

Race 5

(4) BEST MAN HANOVER made a break last start but was sharp prior.  (1a) ARTACHE HANOVER well bred stallion is one part of a hard hitting entry; threat.  (6) FORT SILKY popped at a price last out and is versatile.

Race 6

(9) VITAL TERROR will look to make it three straight wins against similar competition.  (7) ITS A BIG SECRET has had no racing luck in his last few but could be sitting on an improved effort at a price.  (8) BLACKJACK RIVNDEL stepped his game up last out and seems to like the front end; fires early.

Race 7

In a good betting race (1) HOT ROD RILEY MAE never got into the mile last week but should find this spot a bit easier.  (3) LOCK AND GO has shown some nice late kick with the right setup.   (5) REPEAT YOUR ABC'S was dreadful last start and will probably take heavy tote action dropping in class; use caution.

Race 8

In a very tough race to gauge (4) RUSSELL L is inconsistent from week to week but a good effort puts him in the mix.  (3) CAMWISER raced big last out just missing and gets sent out for a hot barn.  (5) AWESOME ABE rarely wins and should have had more last out at this level; command a price.

Race 9

(1) OLD MAN RIVER takes a significant drop in class and will likely be handled aggressively. (4) JACKSON BERLOW has been competitive at this level and should offer a fair price.  (5) PARK LANE HOTSHOT veteran pacer has beaten better on the year but needs some racing luck.

Race 10

(8) MAJOR MONET just missed last out against the same bunch and will be dangerous with an early lead.  (2) LENNOX BLUE CHIP looks to be in line for a similar trip much closer; fires late.  (6) DESPERADO ALIBI was very close at this level last out and will offer a big price.

Race 11

(2) BET ON HIM drops in for a tag for a trainer that pops big prices from time to time.   (1) MONOPOLY MAN gelding wasn't quite right last out but had been racing gamely prior.  (7) ROCKIN GLORY gets sent out for capable connections; threat.

Race 12

(7) FOX VALLEY ANDY has shown a big brush in a weak field.  (8) NANCYS SKYSCAPE lacked pop late last out and seems to race better from off the pace.  (10) SUNSET DREAMER would have been the horse to beat with a better post; fires early.

Race 13

(2) DP ANGEL mare should find this spot a bit easier and owns good late kick; threat.  (7) RYLEIGH'S LILLY mare has been razor sharp but does get sent out for her second start on just a few days rest.  (1) FOUR HOUR NAP gets the best post and just won at this level.

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