Mohawk tends to get solid, yet unspectacular handles. Much of it has to do with the US/Canada thing, and bettors know that the rakes at Mohawk are not overly customer friendly. However, this card for fans of the sport of horse racing, simply rocks. It might be one of the best cards assembled anywhere, and will probably be the best harness racing card of 2009.
Race One: NA Cup Consolation II
Stinger Blue Chip for me (although I worry about the pace to chase, and a possible hard track favouring speed a little more than usual), but there are several possibles that make this a good betting race.
Race Two: Open Pacing Mares $44,000
The best mares in the country square off. Tough betting race. No opinion here.
Race Three: $333,000 Goodtimes Stakes
I loved the way Duded Up won last week, with a decent middle half and a ton left in the tank.
Race Four: $40k Preferred Pace
No FFA tonight, so these represent the best pacers on the grounds. Very tough race to handicap. One of the best 3YO pacers of 2008 makes his 4YO debut, The Mohegan Pan.
Race Five: $680,000 Fan Hanover Stakes
The rich with tradition race is a great spectator affair. Will Yellow Diamond be better this week and break 150? Can she go 149? World record perhaps? We'll see. Off last week I will not be playing her, but have not decided who to play.
Race Six: NA Cup Consolation I, $100,000
Arctic Warrior for me. I hope he is not overbet. I think Barber Pole might pop tonight as well.
Race 7: $1,500,000 NA Cup
Race Eight: $30,000 CD Pace
Nice, nice betting race. I think Legal Litigator might have a longshot chance, and could be better this week. Raw Energy, with some flow could be there.
Race Nine: $561,000 Elegant Image Stakes
Tough race. The chalks look ok. I will be trying, based on odds, Celebrity Juliet. Two sub 28 quarters coming home while parked shows she is sharp. We'll see if she is fast enough. I have a feeling this race will sport a very fast time.
Race Ten: $75,000 Fan Hanover Consolation
The chalk looks tough. If she is in any type of form it could be an easy win.
Race Eleven: $21,000 CD Pace
I expect the rail horse, Rustler Steve, to be tough in here, dropping in class. He did not have much of a shot against Silent Swing last week.
Race Twelve: $21,000 CD Pace and Race Thirteen a $19,000 CD Pace
I can not get a feel for either of these races, so will be watching the scoreouts and so on. These races will have solid handle, despite being late in the card, as they look like solid betting races.
We don't see cards like this everyday, and it is a great night to be a fan of racing.
Good luck everyone and enjoy the evening.