02/26/2015 5:41PM

Balmoral: Saturday 2/28 Analysis


Race 9 - $15,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (5 - 9 / $14.80): HEAVENLY KNOX (8th)



Race 1

(5) RYLEIGH'S LILLY mare could be the main danger late especially with some pace to close into.   (7) WINGS  is razor sharp and versatile; short price.  (2) STATE STREET LIZ was very close against this bunch last week and should offer value; threat.

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Race 2

(3) HOT STREAK HANOVER gelding gets sent out second start for new connections.  The pacer has plenty of room to improve.  (6) FLYING ROCKET disappointed last race as a heavy favorite coming to a walk late.  The 4-year-old is the horse to beat with a smooth trip.  (5) WESTERN SLAMMER faces slightly tougher but has been racing gamely.

Race 3

(2) IAM BONASERA  almost made a break last start making an early move but always unleashes a wicked stretch kick; fires late.  (1) MAJOR MONET should be ready for a better effort down in class from the rail.   (5) BIG BRAD five-year-old stallion is not the same horse he was a year ago but does always give an honest effort.

Race 4

(5) YOUROLDLOV-ELETTER 4-year-old has really stepped her game up this year and should offer a nice price in a field with few contenders.  (6) SEEYOUATTHEFINISH mare has not come back from the break sharp but does take a significant drop in class.  (1) OUR MISS LILY mare gets the best post and should be in line for an excellent trip.

Race 5

(5) MUSCULAR YANKEE lightly raced gelding has some upside and really showed a nice burst of speed last out.  (7) CARDINAL WIND gelding has burned cash in three straight lacking pop late; command a price.  (6) RIET'S KID sneaks up with a good effort from time to time but needs some racing luck.

Race 6

(3) BELL VALLEY BILL had some decent late pace last out and should be much closer turning for home with the inside post.   (2) NANCYS SKYSCAPE was really sharp last start and will hit the board with a similar effort.  (5) MEADOWBROOK SAMSON has been inconsistent from week to week but a good effort puts him in the mix.

Race 7

(2) BEACHSIDE BUNGALOW pacer makes his second start off a layoff and put in a nice first race back.  (7) ITS A BIG SECRET has tons of talent and circled the field last out at a price; threat.  (5) SPEED RACER picks up a huge driver change and will be driven aggressively.

Race 8

(5) HEAVENLY KNOX pacing gelding will look to go four wins to kick off his career.  The 4-year-old owns a big brush and just needs a good setup to sweep past late.   (4) DIXIE'S BOY was the driver's choice but has been racing greenly; command a price.  (3) WALKING TALL is just now back in racing shape after a long layoff.

Race 9

(5) BEST MAN HANOVER was asked to race last week and showed up in a big way.  If the pacer is driven aggressively he's the horse to beat.   (6) FORT SILKY veteran pacer makes his third start back off a layoff and should be ready for a big effort.  (1a) ICE SCRAPER doesn't have many wins against the top two choices but will be playing a game of catch me if you can; fires early.

Race 10

(4) WESTERN DEAL was used multiple times last start just missing to a nice opponent.   (6) REJOICEANDBEGLAD can upset at a price with some racing luck and a smooth trip.  (1) WILDCAT BOBBY raced well last out and looks to be in line for another ground saving trip; threat.

Race 11

In what looks to be Dave Magee's final drive of his career (7) MYKINDAPRINCESS could send him out a winner if he can be a little closer turning for home.  (9) OFFICIAL COURT is the sleeper in the race having nowhere to go last out.  The pacer's line doesn't show it but she had some sneaky late pace.  (4) GRACIE ON MY MIND was the drivers choice, will offer a big price, and could hit the ticket underneath late.

Race 12

(1) LONG TERM is sharp right now and will offer a nice price in an evenly matched race.   (3) REAL WINNER hard to tell when the connections will show up with a big effort, however the pacer is more than capable.  (4) HOLY CHIP just missed at this level two back and is always a threat down in class.

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