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Super Finals Preview by Jason Beem

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Super Finals

Saturday Night is Super Final Day at Northlands Park

Saturday will feature some of the biggest purses and best racing of the harness season at Northlands Park as two and three year olds will compete in four separate $75,000 Super Finals.  A special first post time of 1:00pm will see a great twelve race card, with the Super Final’s carded as races 8 through 11.


 The 8th race is the Super Final for two year old filliesNighttraintovegas drew the outside post in the field of eight and so far in her young career, she’s yet to finish out of the exactor.  Last week she got on the lead and led to mid-stretch of the Alberta Premiers’ Two Year Old Filly pace, but Shark Festival reeled her in and got the win.  She was able to hold second and her speed could be tested early if J. Brandon Campbell elects to send her, as Blue Star Escape and Triple Action are both to her inside and both have good early foot.  Triple Action was third as the favorite in her division of the Premiers last week, two lengths behind Blue Star Escape who almost stole the race on the front end. 

Blue Eyed Cowboycould be the one to beat in the 9th race which is the Super Final for two year old colts and geldings.  He had won three straight until his late closing second place finish to Ghost Pine last week.  Ghost Pine was very tough, so Blue Eyed Cowboy didn’t lose much in defeat to that runner.  He’ll have to beat Comes Home First though, who had to scratch out of the Premiers last week, but is back for the Super Final and has drawn post 8 for driver Jim Marino, who will probably be going out for the early lead to clear from that outside draw. 

River Blueswill look to go back to back after taking the AB Marquis last week in a huge upset.  She’s 3/1 on the morning line for the Super Final Three year old Fillies and she’s going to have to have that same late kick that propelled her by rivals like Emotions Run Wild and GTs Selene, both of whom are back in this spot.  Crackers Hot Shot was made the morning line favorite and was fifth last week after battling through much of the early running in the Marquis.  If William Tainsh Jr. can get a more relaxing trip, she could be very tough to reel in late.  If you’re looking for a price play in this race, it could be Blue Star West who is 10/1 on the morning line.  She was third to Fly On The Wall last week, but it was a good third and it was a quick time that she ran behind. 

The $75,000 Super Final Three year old colts and geldings features a rematch of Play Me Right and Premium Attaction.  The rivalry only lasted about a furlong last week as Premium Attaction went off stride and never recovered, while Play Me Right went right to the front and coasted around the track to win the Maverick.  Play Me Right drew the far outside post and his best races recently have been when he can get up on the lead, so it will be interesting to see if J. Brandon Campbell sends right away.  Premium Attaction might try to stay back in traffic and make a mid-backstretch move as that has been one of his best tactics.  Blue Star Admiral shouldn’t be overlooked and drew right between the two favorites.  He has some good early pace as well, so he could play havoc with the early pace. 


North American Racing News

Breeders’ Cup Weekend is Here!


Horse racing’s biggest two days of the season are here and Northlands will have all of the action.  The Breeders’ Cup always features great betting opportunities, huge pools and chances for life changing scores and this year will be no different.  With five Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and nine of them on Saturday, the action will be amazing.  The $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic is the headlining event and once again, Game on Dude will be the favorite.  He was heavily bet last year and broke slow and just never got on track as he watched Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man, both who are back this year, run away and win.  Game on Dude has had a monster year and will be tough as Santa Anita is his favorite spot.  But he’ll have to again deal with other speedsters, like Fort Larned and Moreno.  Fort Larned loved Santa Anita last year, but he’s had an up and down year and likely won’t get as friendly a trip up front as last year.  Moreno has proven to be a solid front-running three year old, but he’s been vulnerable late and he’ll be facing better pace rivals than he’s ever seen.  The off the pace runners that should be rolling late include Ron The Greek and Mucho Macho Man.  Both have faired well at Santa Anita before and both come in off huge Grade 1 wins that saw them come from off the pace.  Will Take Charge has come alive late in the season, but he’ll be making his first start out West and his first try against older rivals. 

Northlands Selections for the Breeders’ Cup Classic

  1. Game on Dude
  2. Mucho Macho Man
  3. Flat Out

                Longshot: Last Gunfighter

Wise Danwill look to defend his title in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and he will be a strong favorite to do so.  Players might get a little more of a price on him than they thought after his second place finish to Silver Max in the muddy polytrack at Keeneland.  But back on dry turf, Dan should be formidable. Obviously figures to be the main pace and he loves that firm Southern California grass.  Silentio has to improve quite a bit in the speed figure category, but he loves Santa Anita and could certainly close in late to get a minor award. 

Northlands Selections for the Breeders’ Cup Mile

  1. Wise Dan
  2. No Jet Lag
  3. Obviously

                Longshot: Silentio


Breeders’ Cup Distaff headlines Friday’s Breeders ‘Cup action

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff field is small, but it is very talent loaded and wide open.  Royal Delta was given the nod as the morning line favorite and rightly so as she’s won the race two years in a row.  However she’s coming into the race with a tiny chink in her armor, as she was bested last time out by Princess of Sylmar in the Beldame.  Princess of Sylmar has been absolutely brilliant since her Kentucky Oaks triumph, but she’ll be making her first start west of the eastern time zone in the Distaff and Santa Anita isn’t always the most kind to closers.  She’ll have to come catch Beholder who will likely go out to set the pace.  How much Royal Delta pushes her early could determine whether anyone can run her down late, because when she has a lead she doesn’t often like to give it up. 

Northlands Selections for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff

  1. Beholder
  2. Princess of Sylmar
  3. Royal Delta

                Longshot: Close Hatches

The Juvenile Fillies Turf drew a field of fourteen and highly regarded My Conquestadory might have gotten the worst draw of those fourteen, as she’s planted way on the outside.  Her move in the Alcibiades was impressive and she’s shown the kind of turn of foot that should be needed in a turf race like this.  Al Thakhira and Vorda lead a talented group of European shippers in here.  Al Thakhira has two very dominant wins to start her career, both on the grass and both sprinting, so the distance is what she needs to prove she can handle.  Vorda has won four of five so far and only missed by a length in her other start, so she’s as seasoned as a two year old filly comes.  Chriselliam comes off a Group 1 win in New Market and should be another tough European customer in a race they could dominate.

Northlands Selections for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

  1. Vorda
  2. Chriselliam
  3. Clenor

                Longshot: Ready To Act


The Dirt Mile this year is a very intriguing race, especially after highly regarded Goldencents drew the far outside post.  He’s been favored and beaten in three straight sprints, so he’ll be stretching out a touch in here and going back to two turns.  He’ll have to face some tough company Verrazano, who when he’s on his game is as tough as they come.  Verrazano comes in off a layoff and it’s supposed to be his last start before stud, but if he’s on, he’s going to be tough.  Golden Ticket is 12/1 on the morning line but have to think he’ll go off at less than those odds.  He’s shortening up to a distance he’s 1 for 1 at and he’s getting some class relief believe it or not. 

Northlands Selections for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

  1. Golden Ticket
  2. Verrazano
  3. Goldencents

                Longshot: Broadway Empire



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