02/05/2015 4:33PM

Balmoral: Saturday 2/7 Analysis


Race 9 - $15,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (2 - 3 / $6.00): FOX VALLEY VETO (3rd)

Spot Play: FORTUNE D’OR (7th)


Race 1

(6) BABYSHOEBUYER mare gets sent out for hot connections and is a huge threat if ready off a short layoff.  (5) EARTHLY DESIRE was sharp last out against similar.  (7) MARZY BEARZY well bred pacer has trouble finding the winner's circle; use caution.

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Race 2

(1) TOUCH THE ROCK was the driver's choice and raced well last week needing the start.  (6) RHOMBUS had too much to do last out but should be considered a threat even though the driver opted elsewhere.  (3) PREEMPTIVE BID put in two huge efforts a month ago and will hit the board with a similar effort.

Race 3

(5) FOX VALLEY VETO takes a huge drop in class and has not seen a field this soft in a long time.  (6) REPEAT YOUR ABC'S is very inconsistent from week to week but also faces significantly easier.  (4) MAYFAIR SOPHIE mare gets to find out what she's made of this week facing much tougher; use underneath.

Race 4

(3) ALEQUASH HOTSPUR comes into the race sharp and just needs a trouble free trip for a nice piece.  (4) LUCKY CRUSADER when right is capable of pacing a big mile but could need another start after lacking pop last week.  (6) SOUTHWIND SCORPION will offer a big price and has been racing gamely.

Race 5

(9) DAKOTA ROADSTER three-year-old colt has the most upside in the field.  However if the pacer is lagging the gate at all you can pitch him out.  (3) HEAVENLY KNOX put in a sneaky sharp qualifier at Maywood and could have some ability.   (4) APACHE LONGBOW gelding should probably be considered the horse to beat but has been off a month and is known to be camera shy.

Race 6

(4) FASHION DELIGHT will be used aggressively and could be tighter than some of the main threats.   (1) LENNOX BLUE CHIP gets the best post and can crank it up late with a good setup.  (6) BEST MAN HANOVER owns a class edge on most of the field when right but could need a start.

Race 7

(4) FORTUNE DOR faces slightly easier and will offer a big price in a wide open race.  (7) TRIGGERHAPPY HERO was taken out of the race last week at Maywood but had really flashed a nice burst of speed in his few starts prior.  (1) VITAL TERROR has won three of four and looks to be improving.

Race 8

(3) COTTON EYED JOE four-year-old got a tour of the oval last week showing good pace on the end of the mile.  The pacer could be ready for a big effort second start back off a layoff.  (6) HOLY CHIP is always a threat down in class but needs a good setup; fires late.  (1) STAMPED BY DESIGN also drops in class and could be in a great spot turning for home.

Race 9

(1) SHINE N SHIMMER shows recent wins against better and will look to make it two straight.  (6) WINGS mare is in career form and loves to race; versatile.  (8) STATE STREET LIZ had a tough trip last week and will probably try gunning for position out of the gate.

Race 10

(3) TJ'S ROCKY gets sent out first start for lethal connections in this scenario; big chance.  (5) WESTERN SLAMMER raced awesome last out circling the field and could have more to offer.  (9) MEADOWBROOK SAMPSON gelding had no business winning last week and could signal a return to form.

Race 11

(7) JM'SDUKEOFDELIGHT switches to a high percentage barn for first time.  (6) SPEED RACER raced big last out needing the start; threat.  (3) TOUCH THE SKY will look to make it three straight but will need much more; use underneath.

Race 12

(8) GABBY REI kicked home nicely last start and should be much tighter this week.  (2) SHAKEITTOTHEMOON rarely wins but has been very competitive against this bunch.  (5) MIRIAM'S JET needed the start last week and had shown signs of turning it around prior to the break.

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