Handicapping For Free: Greyhound and Harness Stakes

There’s a lot going on at the greyhound tracks this weekend. And in Sweden, there’s a BIG harness race, The Elitlopp Trot, that US horses have a chance to win, which they haven’t done since 1998 when Moni Maker crossed the wire first. You can wager on it on BetAmerica or Twinspires on Sunday morning. Post time is at 8:30 a.m. in the US and you can watch it live here.

The two US entries are Maven with Yannick Gingras driving for Jonas Czernyson and Uncle Peter with David Miller in the bike for Jimmy Takter. Five of the other entries were bred and raised in the US and seven of the entrants have US sires, so the US must be doing something right with its harness breeding programs.

Orange Park Kennel Club is holding their JGR Puppy Stakes and the first round is on Friday. Get your program and schedule and entrant information and don’t overlook Lee Opera, the young OP star who is favored to win the series. She’s the little lady who has won 20 out of her last 26 races with a 13 race winning streak to her credit.

At Southland, the best routers will be going long in the final of the $30K Razorback Classic. Grab the program and get handicapping Race 11 because this is a tough race. Kind of hard not to like Topline Drive,  in the 5 box, who had a 36.36 two races back from that box, when he won by 7 1/2 lengths. The 7, Navy Seal, has a 36.57 back there too and the rest of the field is the cream of the 660 yd crop, so who knows?

Wheeling and Tri State are also having stakes races so you could make it an “all stakes” handicapping weekend, if you wanted to. Sometimes, I do better when I stick to just playing the stakes races, if there are enough to play. Maybe it’s because I get into the right handicapping mode for figuring out stakes. Or maybe it’s because when stakes races run, the track is usually fast and well groomed. Whatever the reason, I’ll be playing harness and greyhound stakes this weekend and I know they’ll be just as exciting as the Preakness was last weekend.

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