12/26/2013 4:27PM

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 12/28 Analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: COUGAR HALL (3rd)

Spot Play: IN COMMANDO (4th)

Race 1

(4) CHARMED LIFE filly faces older and the boys but she has a ton of talent and will offer the better price.  (3) HLDONTGHTTOYURDRMS gelding has really blossomed into a nice older trotter and just missed from an impossible spot last out.  (7) SMARTY PANTS owns only one win on the year but does get sent out for the top trainer and should be considered a threat.

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Race 2

(8) TAKE MY PICTURE bumps up in class but is razor-sharp and can do it in a variety of ways including a big rally from off the pace last out.  (7) CATCH THE DREAM will probably be blasting off the gate for position and just needs a smooth trip to hit the board.  (5) NOWUCIT NOWUDONT gelding is very fast and can really trot up a storm late.

Race 3

(3) COUGAR HALL looks very tough to beat on paper, drops in class, and is an early breather away from getting his tenth victory on the year.  (7) THORN IN YOUR SIDE has really turned it around late in the season and could be the only threat to the top choice.  (2) MCKINNEY couldn't win down in class but with the right trip can make his presence felt.

Race 4

(3) IN COMMANDO bumps up in class but has been very sharp in his last two.  (8) STONEBRIDGE ON ICE doesn't look the best on paper but there are some excuses; threat.  (2) KINDLY POET will offer little value and has only one win in a while; command a price.

Race 5

(4) LIFEIMTTATESART well-bred pacer drops in class and should find the competition much more to his liking.  (1) ZUMBUCA GASS makes his first start back off a long layoff but did put in a solid qualifier and draws the rail.  (3) SKY MCFLY pacer makes his third start back off a long layoff and should have more to offer late in the mile.

Race 6

(4) PHOTO MASS has a chance if he can stay trotting in a wide-open race.  (8) POPEDA has been a new trotter in the top trainer's barn and could be ready for a big effort.  (9) FORK has trotted two big miles in a row but does bump up in class.  The lightly raced trotter will need to find a way in the race but could be a threat with a trip.

Race 7

(8) SUNNY BEACH DAY is wicked fast and should offer a big price.  (1) SAVANNAH SPLENDOR looks to just be racing evenly but does drop down in class and draws the rail.  (3) MY MAN CHARLEY stallion pacer made an uncharacteristic break but had been racing gamely prior.

Race 8

(9) SIMPLY BUSINESS owns only one win on the year but looks to find a very soft field.  (1) OK FANTASTIC also owns one win on the year but has been pacing some good miles up in class; threat.  (5) MANCHESTER HANOVER looks bad on  paper but could hit the board at a big price in the right scenario.

Race 9

(3) SPEED AGAIN huge drop in class should do the trick for the classy pacer.  (2) ALSACE HANOVER has really had a disappointing year and comes off a month layoff, but the pacer faces a much easier field.  (6) SHELBYS COBRA has been knocking on the door but has been unable to break through; use underneath.

Race 10

(1) SPARKY MARK is as game as they come and if he's close late the pacer is a threat; fires early.  (3) MODERN LEGEND exits some very tough races and has been off a month.  The gelding could need a start.  (7) UPFRONT HOOSIERBOY would benefit from an early tussle upfront and could use honest fractions to close into.

Race 11

(2) BILBO HANOVER makes his second start in a new barn and comes off an impressive win.  (8) DHARMA INITIATIVE well bred pacer has more ability than he shows and could hit the board at a big price. (7) MACHIN MONEY comes off two straight wins and now adds lasix for the first time; threat.

Race 12

(7) GRANDE SEELSTER gets a big driver change and has paced some big miles recently.  (5) FRIDAYNIGHTFLIGHT pacer has come up empty in his last two but does have the speed with a good trip. (1) SANTANNA BLUE CHIP well-bred stallion is just now back in racing shape after a five year layoff and probably has the most upside in the race.

Race 13

(7) BREES CREEK just missed at this level last out and looks to be sharp.  (10) NICKLE BAG is a career underachiever but can win at this level if ready.  (1) PRO DUECE raced well in his first start at the track and could show some improvement.


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