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Harness Racing: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for Dec. 6-9, 2012

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BALMORAL

12/9: 1w, + closers, sloppy track

12/8: 5w, no bias but speed held better than usual here

HIDE THE CHOCOLATE*** - Had post 10 and finished strongly in :26 3/5 to get the place

ICE SCRAPER*** - Went down the road from post 10 setting a quick pace and drew clear impressively

STICKS - Far back early from post 9, finished fast to miss by a length

ELLAMAKAILEY - Left from post 8 and was parked the mile without cover, held well considering the trip

 

MAYWOOD

12/7: 7w, + speed

12/6: 4w, no bias

PLUM CRAZY BABY - Was first over a long way in a tough trip, held okay

CHEWY BACA***  - Left from post 6 and was three deep to a :26 4/5 first quarter, remained parked three turns forcing the pace against the 2-5 favorite and excusably tired

TOUCH THE ROCK*** - 2-5 shot left and was used hard to clear past a :26 4/5 opener, set a torrid pace under constant pressure from two different rivals and gave way grudgingly late

 

MONTICELLO

12/6: 6w, + speed

 

DOVER

12/9: 6w, no bias, off track

12/6: 5w, no bias

PERMA GRIN - Had post 7 and was parked to the lead in :26 3/5, set the pace and didn't tire that badly

CATCHMECULLEN A - Had post 8 and was far back early, finished strongly for the show

 

FREEHOLD

12/8: 4w, no bias

12/7: 4w, no bias, off track

12/6: 4w, no bias

JIM'S GUY - Left from post 7 and was parked the mile without cover, held okay considering

 

NORTHFIELD

12/8: 4w, no bias

12/7: 5w, no bias

ARIANNA HALL - Had post 6 and was parked most of the mile, rallied wide through the final quarter and held gamely

 

PHILADELPHIA

12/9: 4w, no bias

12/7: 2w, + closers, sloppy track, must less speed favoring than usual

12/6: 6w, no bias

DIAL OR NODIAL - Classy gelding had post 7, made up a lot of ground through the second quarter then paced a :55 3/5 last half for a game win

 

MEADOWS

12/7: 6w, no bias

 

                                                         SARATOGA         

12/9: 7w, + speed

12/8: 6w, + speed

12/7: 6w, + speed

UPFRONT TICKET*** - Left from post 8 and was used hard to a :27 1/5, set a blazing pace until yielding to pressure at the three quarters, tough trip

 

YONKERS

12/8: 6w, + speed

12/7: 3w, no bias

12/6: 7w, + speed

WHATRUGONNADO - Had post 8 and was 5th over at the half, followed cover wide around the final turn and finished well

MARIE THE ARTIST - Third over behind weak cover, finished with sharp pace for the show

MIKELEH - 7th at the half, surged wide pacing a :27 4/5 third quarter and just missed to the 2-5 winner on the wire

WARRAWEE KOINE - Finished fast from post 8

WHACKAMOLE HANOVER*** - Left from post 7 and was parked the mile pressing a blazing pace, held gamely until excusably tiring in the stretch

*** = extra-sharp preferred plays

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