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Harness Racing: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 2012

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BALMORAL

1/2: 2w, + closers

ANIGHTWITHWILMA - Left from post 8 and was parked to the lead in :28 4/5, had to accelerate to meet a challenger and paced a :27 3/5 second quarter, held the place gamely

 

MONTICELLO

1/2: 9w, ++ speed

1/1: 6w, no bias

12/31: 9w, ++ speed, off track

HOWMUCHUBENCH - Trotter had post 6, followed cover wide from third over and finished sharply to win against a significant speed bias

PASSION STARLET - Left from post 8 and was parked the mile without cover, held well

CRYSTAL SIZZLER - Trotter had post 7, left and tucked, made a nice middle-move to reach the leader and held the place gamely behind the bias-aided 6-5 winner

 

DOVER

1/2: 5w, no bias

1/1: 3w, no bias

THE SHEPHERD*** - Trotter had a tough parked out trip before finding a tuck before the three quarters, held okay considering

COME TOGETHER*** - Was parked the mile without cover from post 6 and dug in for the sharp win

IDEALIST*** - 10-year-old claimer went first over and destroyed the field

DREAMLUCK - Left from post 6 and was parked to the lead in :27 3/5, set a pressured pace hounded by the tough 3-5 winner and weakened; price factor in exotics

HOT STREAK HANOVER - Had post 6 but was 8th and on the move at the quarter, made up good ground through the middle-half, brushed three wide off weak cover and flattened out but only lost by 2 lengths in a respectable effort

 

NORTHFIELD

1/2: 5w, no bias

1/1: 7w, + speed

FULLY LOADED GUN*** - Left and was parked two turns off a quick half, finished 2nd behind the 1-2 winner

 

THE MEADOWS

1/2: 1w, + closers, off track

FANTASY CHARACTER - Paced a big middle-half uncovered from post 8, wore down the leader but was out-kicked on the money by the favorite over a track that was tiring and favored covered up horses

 

POMPANO

1/1: 5w, no bias

12/31: 6w, + speed

THE GENERAL - Three deep leaving from post 7 and used hard early, held well

*** = extra-sharp preferred plays

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