10/16/2014 3:02PM

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 10/18 analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: ARTSPEAK (8th)

Spot Play: NIRVANA SEELSTER (11th)

Race 1

(9) DONAU has been racing at his best in recent weeks and just missed last week by a head. (3) TWIN B IMPRESSIVE will look to rebound this week. He can't get overlooked with his inside post, connections and overall record. (2) ODYSSEUS BLUECHIP draws inside, comes from the Johnson barn and finished third last week at this level.

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Race 2

(4) PINKMAN was ultra-impressive at The Red Mile and will carry his winning ways onto this circuit. (3) UNCLE LASSE might be the favourite when the gates unfold and is another one of Takter's top colts in this dash. (7) WHATAWORKOUT can be considered for a late share.

Race 3

(8) HABITAT has over $300K banked this season, comes from the Burke barn and has won back-to-back coming into this dash. (5) WHOM SHALL I FEAR hasn't won in four starts this season, but comes from the Takter barn and just missed in Lexington. (6) SOUTHWIND STRYKER was terrific two back at The Red Mile, but put in a sub-par effort in his latest. He returns home and should fare out well with a good post.

Race 4

(3) COUGAR HALL was an easy winner last week at a lower level and is certainly capable of the class jump. (1) CHAMPAGNE PHIL drops in class, comes from the Nixon barn and gets the rail. (5) MACHAL JORDAN also drops in class and has been in the hunt in each of his last three starts. An easier group should benefit him this week.

Race 5

(5) SOMEWHERE FANCY has been knocking on the door in each of his last four starts. He's overdue for a winning effort. (2) ARAMBLIN HANOVER draws inside, comes from the Elliott barn and has been at his best in his last three. (8) HIGH FLIER gets a new pilot this evening and has excellent gate-speed.

Race 6

(1) LYONS LEVI LEWIS has been on top of his game all season, comes from the Burke barn and is reunited with Filion. (6) LOST FOR WORDS has won three straight coming into this contest and will offer a short price. (9) LYONS AGAIN hasn't won yet this season, but has hit the board in six of seven starts. He's a good candidate for the triactor.

Race 7

(1) FOOL ME ONCE returns home, comes from the Alagna barn and faces a much easier field. (3) MELMERBY BEACH also returns to this circuit, draws inside and has excellent gate-speed. (7) PLAY IT AGAIN SAM has been knocking on the door in each of his last four starts and can't be overlooked for the triactor.

Race 8

(9) ARTSPEAK will look to bounce back after suffering his first career loss. (2) ARQUE HANOVER perhaps is blooming late in the year and looked terrific last week. (4) TALKING POINTS shows the speed, versatility and comes from top connections. He's winless this season which is a cause for concern.

Race 9

(6) LIGHTS GO OUT faces major class relief and should benefit. (7) LASTING APPEAL returns home onto this circuit, comes from the McIntosh barn and is reunited with MacDonald. (5) ITS NO SECRET has hit the board in each of her last two and three of her last four.

Race 10

(7) AMERICAN IN PARIS has a terrific record this season and has won this Preferred event in three of her last five starts. (4) VOELZ HANOVER put in a sub-par effort last week, but is capable of rebounding. (2) NAT A VIRGIN will face older foes in here, but draws well and gets Jamieson.

Race 11

(2) NIRVANA SEELSTER was a winner last start from post 10 and is a top threat once again this week. (3) BUGGER BRUISER lit up the toteboard last week with a win and is in top form coming into this contest. (7) HUNCH MAN has the speed, versatility and top trainer in his corner. He may offer a price and is a good option.

Race 12

(4) LORD MISRULE comes from the Antonacci barn, draws well and shows a couple of speedy miles south of the border. (7) SURPRISE HANOVER has been racing at his best and finished a game second last week with a :27 final quarter. (10) BUCKAROO likely would have been my top choice had he drawn inside. He has a terrific late kick, but may be positioned too far back.

Race 13

(2) CZAR SEELSTER gets a new pilot this week in Henry, drops in class and draws inside. (5) KINDLY POET is the classy veteran of the field and finished second last week at this level. (6) MAJOR HOTTIE also has back class to offer with over $750K. He's versatile, has the speed and drops into this level.

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