02/26/2015 3:32PM

Meadowlands: Four upset chances for Harmon on Saturday

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Trainer Rob Harmon has a 40-horse stable.

The winter weather may be getting some people down but trainer Rob Harmon is taking it in stride. The conditioner has four horses prepped for Saturday’s Meadowlands program and appeared happy with the brief change in conditions on Wednesday.

“It was 23 and it felt like 80,” said Harmon of the climate at Mark Ford’s training center.

Harmon was prepping Detroit Rapper for Saturday’s $49,000 Charles Singer final and he’s hoping for the best.

“I don’t think he can go with Andy’s (Miller, Opulent Yankee) or John’s (Campbell, JL Cruze), but if those two lock up in a speed duel he’s got a chance,” said Harmon.

Detroit Rapper, a four-year-old by Jailhouse Jesse, has finished second and third in legs of the Singer, both off-the-pace efforts.

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“I think he’s better from off the pace. He gets too hot when you take him to the front,” said Harmon of Detroit Rapper. “I think with the outside draw (post 7) he’s going to have to come from behind.

The Singer goes as race two on the Saturday program with the race carried over from last week’s snow cancellation.

For Harmon, missing a week was actually a good thing for Affluenza, a three-year-old he purchased for just $10,000 at the Meadowlands Winter Sale in January. “I was thinking he was going to need a race last week. I was going to put him in a qualifier but entered him in the Gilmour instead. I think the extra week to train him helps,” said Harmon.

Affluenza, a son of Four Starzzz Shark, drew post five in the first division of the Gilmour (race five) on the program. Perhaps the weaker of the two divisions, Affluenza will have to deal with the unbeaten National Seelster from Chris Ryder’s stable. That son of Bettors Delight landed the pole position and is likely to be an odds-on favorite. The Ron Burke-trained Coaster (post eight) has also shown some promise this winter and figures to be a contender.

Harmon, who relocated on the East Coast a few years ago with times getting tougher in Michigan, has a 40-horse stable currently and likes to put his horses in spots they can do best. That’s why he will race at Yonkers, Freehold and the Meadowlands during this time of year but go anywhere to get the maximum return.

In A Craze is one of two horses Harmon has entered in divisions of the Dash For The “G” Notes, a mini-late closer put together by racing secretary Peter Koch. In A Craze returns to the Meadowlands after a two-week stint at Freehold. He garnered his only victory of the season at Freehold on February 16.

“I think he’s a better horse on the big track,” said Harmon. “I took him over to Freehold to put some money on his card.”

In A Craze may have to be a super horse if he’s to reach the series final from post nine. The first division of the “Dash” appears to be a soft spot for the classy Lonewolf Currier. The five-year-old has failed to win in 2015, but did show a return to form with a second-place finish on February 14 against tougher company.

The recent purchase Rage N Ryan has been a head-scratcher for Harmon thus far. “We’re trying to get his blood right,” said Harmon of the six-year-old gelding. Since joining Harmon’s stable Rage N Ryan has shown early speed but no finishing speed. “We’re trying to race him every other week to put him on the right track,” said Harmon.

Rage N Ryan starts from post 11 in the second tier in division two of the Dash For The “G” Notes, race 10 on the program.

While Vincent Ginsburg guides Rage N Ryan, Jim Marohn, Jr. has been an effective force driving many of Harmon’s horses this winter.

“I like the way he drives,” said Harmon, who has also trained some horses owned by Marohn. “I think he could drive down here but he has to go where there’s more opportunity.” Marohn and Harmon first met when Harmon was racing at Tioga and Marohn was a driving force at the track.

Harmon is also training seven babies for competition in 2015. “I’m happy with all of them right now,” Harmon said.

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