04/10/2015 9:51AM

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Apr. 2 - Apr. 4

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BALMORAL

4/4: 4w, no bias

BIG BRAD*** -

Made two moves to the lead setting a wicked pace under pressure while going to the half in :53, weakened late but lost by less than 2 lengths

PREEMPTIVE BID*** -

Was parked out from post 9, pressed a :53 half, couldn't clear, held gamely

MONOPOLY MAN -

Was 10th at the half fourth over behind poor cover, finished well from a tough spot

 

MAYWOOD

4/3: 3w, no bias

4/2: 1w, + closers

MONTERO BLUE CHIP -

Left and got parked out in a wicked speed duel, forced a hot pace and excusably tired but I thought he held well considering

 

CAL EXPO

 

4/4: 4w, no bias

4/3: 4w, no bias, but did seem more speed favoring than usual

RAY'S RAYZER -

Third over behind weak cover, finished quickly to be close at the finish

 

DOVER DOWNS

 

4/2: 10w, ++ speed, only one off the pace winner

 

NORTHFIELD

 

4/2: 8w, + speed

 

HOOSIER

 

 

4/4: 4w, no bias

4/3: 2w, + closers, sloppy track

4/2: 3w, no bias, races 1-5 fast, races 6-14 sloppy

CUNDALINI -

Left but broke on the lead at the quarter, recovered in 9th and picked up weak cover, stormed three wide on the final turn and drew off

ROCK THE DREAM -

Was far behind a modest opening half, picked up excess cover, stormed three wide on the final turn and drew off

VELOCITY VESPA*** -

Left and was parked to a quick :26 4/5 opening quarter, set the pace against the bias over the tiring sloppy track and held well for the place

FOOLS DESIRE -

Made up 8 lengths in a power-brush to the lead at the half, drew off impressively

RED SCOOTER -

Had post 9, moved at the quarter, followed cover, lost cover past the half, continued without cover and held okay

ELECTRIC LAD*** -

Left quickly from post 9 to the early lead in :27, yielded, moved past the half and regained the lead at the three quarters, yielded to the winner's pressure, excusably tired

A REAL MIRACLE -

9th early, followed cover, made up 10 lengths through the middle-half and finished well for the show with a :26 4/5 last quarter

 

THE MEADOWS

 

4/3: 3w, no bias, off track

 

PHILADELPHIA

 

4/3: 8w, + speed

4/2: 6w, + speed

COVER UP HALL*** -

Left from post 7 and tucked 4th, went first up into a :27 4/5 third quarter and was a game second behind the bias-aided 3/5 favorite

 

POCONO

 

4/4: 5w, no bias

TO BEACH HIS OWN*** -

Left from post 6 and was caught three and four wide on the first turn, battled for the lead through a hot opening half but couldn't clear, ducked inside at the 5/8's, was shuffled to 5th, angled off the pylons in the stretch, and actually came on again in a huge effort

ALWAYS A DIAMOND -

Left hard under the gun from the rail, set a fast pace while refusing to yield, finally gave up the lead at the five eighths and didn't tire that badly considering

NO BU*** -

7th early, rushed up three wide passing sluggish horses approaching the half and got into a battle with the 1/2 favorite, took the lead on the outside while never fully clearing, finally put away the favorite in the stretch and held on gamely under confident handling

 

FREEHOLD

 

 

4/4: 4w, + speed
4/3: 7w, + speed

4/2: 4w, + speed

DENY DENY DENY -

Had post 8, followed weak cover 4th over, brushed three wide around the final turn and held okay from a tough spot

JUMP THE SHARK -

Third over behind weak cover, went three wide on the final turn and finished gamely

 

MEADOWLANDS

 

4/4: 2w, no bias, strong headwinds

4/3: 3w, no bias

LIGHTNING PAIGE -

Left well from post 9 and tucked second, was shuffled to 7th after lead changes, angled off the pylons in the stretch and finished well in tight quarters

HURRIKANE JON PAUL -

Had post 9, moved out off turn one, followed cover 4th over, went wide at the three quarters and very wide turning for home, finished steadily down the far outside

 

SARATOGA

 

4/4: 5w, + speed, leavers dominated tonight, leavers have had a big advantage since meet started

4/3: 4w, + speed

4/2: 7w, + speed

 

MONTICELLO

 

4/2: 6w, + speed

 

YONKERS

 

4/4: 2w, no bias

4/3: 9w, + speed

4/2: 5w, no bias

LONG FIGHT HANOVER -

Pulled first over just past the half, charged up first over pacing a :27 1/5 third quarter while pushing the sharp 2/5 bias-aided favorite, was shaken off but held the show in a good tightener in his first start of the year

DIAMONDKEEPER*** -

Left from post 7 and tucked 4th on turn one, pulled first over at the half, went after the 4/5 favorite, accelerated sharply  to the lead at the three quarters and drew off powerfully in first start off the Banca claim

GRANTOR HANOVER -

Left boldly from post 8, was three deep most of the first turn, paced a strong :27 1/5 first quarter, rated the half, drew off and held on under strong handling by Jason Bartlett in first start off the Brainard claim

NASSAU COUNTY -

Was backed up behind a struggling outside flow, swung wide for the drive and finished fast against the bias

SIMPLY BUSINESS -

Left from post 6 and tucked third, went first over against a sharp bias-aided 3/5 shot and held well for the show while pacing a :28 2/5 final quarter

SCOOTIN FOR JOY -

Followed cover third over, swung wide for the drive and finished full of pace

BEACH MEMORIES -

Went first over, paced a :26 4/5 third quarter, took the lead in midstretch, was out-kicked by the pocket horse in a solid placing

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