08/13/2015 2:08PM

Balmoral: Saturday 8/15 Analysis


Race 9 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (36 - 54 / $132.40): ABC BIG SHOT (2nd)

Spot Play: BEST MAN HANOVER (8th)


Race 1

(3) TIM'S FINALE pacer needed his last start off three weeks and should be ready for an improved effort.  (4) ALLAMERICAN MOTIVE just missed last week against the same bunch.  (5) CAMWISER rebounded nicely last week taking a lot of tote action in the process.  The pacer can repeat with a similar effort.

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Race 2

(4) ABC BIG SHOT just needs to avoid an early battle for position to score a victory against a weak field.  (6) CONTINENTAL DIVIDE impeccably bred trotter is capable of better and should offer a big price.  (2) MAPLE GROVE JOE is 0 for his career but has been knocking on the door hitting the board a lot this year.

Race 3

(4) LUCKY DALI well bred pacer has some ability and looks to offer nice value.  (5) ROCKN LEGEND nicely bred filly had never hit the board in fifteen career starts before winning at almost 50-1 last week.  If the pacer can duplicate that effort she's the horse to beat.  (1) MONANA REI benefits from the best post and has shown significant improvement.

Race 4

(4) SEEYOUATTHEFINISH mare can make it two in a row with a smooth trip.  (1) JOYFUL GAME has been ultra sharp just missing in two straight; threat.   (5) TOGETHERFOREVER was just given an easy trip around the oval last week.  The pacing mare is in career form and could offer value underneath.

Race 5

(1) HAKUNA MATATA is 0 for the year but has been racing gamely facing much tougher.  (3) MIGHTY HOT SHOT was the driver's choice and also faces weaker.  (7) GOLD STAR IMAGE has been very inconsistent as of late but a good effort puts him in the mix.

Race 6

(2) SINISTER filly has a bunch of positives going for her including picking up the top driver.  (4) SILVERSTARVICTORIA is the top choice's stablemate and was really good at the track two starts ago.   (7) ASHLEE'S FINE LADY freshman pacer has some upside and room to improve in her third career start.

Race 7

(7) HUDSON JESSE trotting mare raced gamely last out just getting up but she should be much closer turning for home this week in a short field.  (4) MASTER OF EXCUSES has been very sharp and almost picked off the top choice last week.  (5) REVRAC HARBOUR gets sent out for capable connections but likely needs a start having been off over two months.

Race 8

(6) BEST MAN HANOVER looks to be primed for a good effort in a field full of question marks; versatile.   (5) ST ELMO HERO has come back strong this year.  The pacer is as game as ever and will be firing early.   (3) SOUTHWIND SCORPION four-year-old is in career form and set lifetime marks in two of his last three.

Race 9

(1) FEELNLIKEAROCKSTAR Indiana bred pacer faces older but could be up to the task with some racing luck from the best post.  (3) FANTASTIC ROCK six-year-old was pacing roughly at times in the mile last week but was still coming hard late against a better field.  (6) COMPANY MAN the pacer could be the sleeper in the race.  The trainer has an excellent winning percentage at this track in recent years.

Race 10

(1) CELEBRITY HERCULES veteran trotter gets the best post down in class; big chance.  (6) MAYFAIR SOPHIE doesn't look the best on paper but every time you count out the mare she pops at a price.  (8) PRAY WITH ME owns some ability but needs to find a way into the race; command a price.

Race 11

In a tough race to gauge, (4) WESTERN DEAL gets sent out for recent hot connections; threat.  (5) TOO TALL TAMARAC makes his second start in a new barn and has been very competitive at this level.  (6) JO JO SPUR will offer a much better price in an evenly matched field.

Race 12

(4) PARKLANE GLITTER nice-looking filly was real sharp first start off a long layoff and should only improve off that effort.  (2) KIMBERLEY R mare is capable of pacing a big mile at times; threat.  (9) ROCKNROLL CRYSTAL filly was a game winner last out but watch to see if her nose is on the gate.  If the filly is lagging the starting gate don't use on the top of your gimmicks.

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