06/02/2014 4:52PM

Balmoral: Wednesday 6/4 Analysis


Race 6: $10,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool


Spot Play: POWERFUL SPEED (5th)



Race 1  

(1) KARMA KWEEN finds an ideal spot for her first lifetime start.  The 3-year-old could be good enough to score off the bench.  (5) PUNKY probably needs a start after a very long layoff but does have some upside in a weak field.  (4) MEET ME TONIGHT is a plodder who races very evenly; use caution. 

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Race 2  

(1) HIGH BALANCE was good for a few starts for new connections before tailing off in her last two.  The 3-year-old gets the best post against a much softer bunch.  (8) SWISS MOCHA made a break last out but has flashed some ability.  (6) TWIST N TOUT adds Lasix for the first time which should help; threat. 

Race 3  

(6) IVE GOT THE KEY is just now back in racing shape and should offer a big price. He is capable of jumping up with big efforts from time to time.  (4) JUSTLIVINTHEDREAM could be back on track and was much better than these last year.  The pacer just missed last out and would hit the board with a similar effort.  (3) LAZY LIZARD makes his third start in a new barn and was the driver’s choice. 

Race 4  

(2) FUTURE HALLA FAMER took out the favorite last race while making a miscue.  The pacer has some ability but has been very rough-gaited at times.  If some of the kinks have been worked out and he minds his manners, he can beat this field.  (5) ALL CASH is another that will offer a nice price in a wide-open race.  (7) BIRD IN FLIGHT will pop for a victory very soon against these; threat.

Race 5 

(5) POWERFUL SPEED has shown a big burst of speed and just needs to make the gate for a huge chance.  (7) BIG CHOCOLATE has been a money burner all year but probably has the most ability.  (6) VAPORSTAR has been racing gamely at Hoosier and has a good history at this track.

Race 6  

In a field with few contenders, (3) PRAIRIE THUNDER was shot out of a cannon last race.  The pacer makes his third start back off a long layoff and should be primed for a big effort.  (7) AMERICAN PORTRAIT scored at an overlay price last out for a hot barn.  (4) COTTONLAND GEM has been racing gamely and could use a smooth trip. 

Race 7 

(7) PARKLANE SPARKLE is a well-bred filly with a ton of ability.  The 3-year-old was babied last out around the track before unleashing a big wicked late kick.  The pacer can head straight to the winner’s circle if she minds her manners.  (4) OLA HANOVER looks to be the only threat to the top choice and also flashed a big late kick last out.  (2) CYBER GAL has yet to win in her career but could hit the board using her early gate speed.

Race 8 

(5) B MAN has a lot of ability despite the poor record.   The trotter is versatile and just needs to stay trotting for a piece.  (6) CARDINAL WIND has been steadily improving for connections who like to bring their young ones along slowly; threat.  (2) MR MUSCLEMANIA has good tactical gate speed that should put him close turning for home. 

Race 9 

(9) CARNOUSTIE is better than most of the field and her last race was excellent despite getting picked off.  (7) KITTY O‘BRIEN is very sharp right now and could be the horse to beat with a smooth trip; fires late.  (8) KENNANS NANCY LEE needed her last start in a new barn.  The pacer should be sharper second start back but is probably best used underneath.