05/24/2014 12:03AM

Balmoral: Sunday 5/25 Analysis


Race 7 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet (15 - 24 / $64.60): KING MUFASA (4th)

Spot Play: STAGE STAR (9th)

Race 1

(1) RED SOLO CUP colt put in an eye-popping effort first time on the track and should only move forward off that.  If the well bred 3-year-old stays trotting it's just a formality.  (5) POWERFUL FORCE mare was just even in her first start off a long layoff.  The 5-year-old trotter has some ability and should be better second time out. (6) MR MUSCLEMANIA has good tactical gate speed which should put him in a decent spot turning for home.

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Race 2

(1a) LOVE THIS PLACE has been knocking heads with some rough customers but finally finds an ideal spot to get a win.  (5) WHISTLE PIG mare has been on her game and a fast pace to close into would improve her chances.  (4) LOVE YOU ALWAYS probably needs some racing luck to hit the top spot but should be used underneath.

Race 3

In a really weak field (2) ON MY OWN has the most upside and the best connections.  (6) SAMMI'S SONG mare is one for fifty-eight lifetime but would be a threat should the top choice falter.  (9) FOXY THREE SOCKS finds a field full of question marks and showed a really nice burst of speed in the qualifier.

Race 4

(5) KING MUFASA will be on the move early and should be much tighter in his second start.  (3) POWERFUL SPEED classy trotter has really turned it around and just needs to make the gate for a piece.   (7) SARA THE SPY will look to make it three straight but it will be much tougher in this spot.

Race 5

In a field with few contenders (9) CARNOUSTIE drops down to the bottom level and should crush these with a decent effort.  (6) EARTHLY DESIRE mare was very competitive for the connections at this level just a short time ago.  They have had a few weeks to get her turned back around and could be the only threat to the favorite.  (1) OSAGE raced well last out from a tough spot and should benefit from the best post.

Race 6

(5) BAILEY'S WISH filly can atone for her early season miscues in less than two minutes with this race.  The 3-year-old trotter has made two breaks in three starts but could be tough if she makes the lead.  (9) MACIE RAE filly will take heavy tote action but will be facing her toughest task yet.  (2) LORA LEE BREEZE has flashed some ability when she minds her manners.

Race 7

(2) LEANMEAN NORMAJEAN is hit or miss but a hit draws off against this bunch.  (3) DEE DEE SAGE mare used to be much better than these but hasn't been right in quite some time; command a price.  (5) MISSY'S DIAMOND looks to have just as much ability as everyone else in the field and should offer a big price.

Race 8

(2) CUZIMALEGEND should offer some value in a wide open race.  (5) IGETAGOODFEELING well bred filly has been slowly improving; threat.  (6) OUR MISS SPECIAL was a game winner last out and the barn has been sending out a lot of winners recently.

Race 9

(10) STAGE STAR has been on a roll and could offer better value coming off a scratch.  If the sophomore pacer is right she could be the horse to beat.  (3) JOYFUL GAME set a lifetime mark last out and would be tough with a similar effort.  (5) ARROYA BLUE CHIP well bred filly usually offers low value and is prone to tire late.

Race 10

In a really tough race to handicap (4) BRUSH THIRTEEN has popped at a price twice so far and just needs the right setup for the trifecta.  (6) COME N BET IT was an easy winner at this level last out but has a history of coming up short off good efforts.  (2) GALACTIC STAR got caught up in an early battle last race but has been sharp; threat.

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