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Harness Racing: Mitchell’s got three each at Pocono and Yonkers

Tuesday races at Pocono Downs and Yonkers Raceway

Alan Mitchell

Pocono Downs – Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pocono Race 4
Girl’s Got Rhythm (5) - Showed a fast last quarter in her qualifier and that makes me think she has some speed. Will be tough if allowed to control lead. Marymacisback (2) - Had some poor starts as a 2-year-old, last year. She begins this season by adding Lasix. Upsell Hanover (1) - Took a big bet and stayed second througout her return, last start, Does not have a closing kick like the top pick. Can land a minor share from here. Dear Diary (3) had a 2nd and 3rd in two Freehold starts this year. Her gameness is noted, but she seems in a bit deep tonight.
Selections: 5, 2, 1, 3

Pocono Race 10
Bye Bye Michelle (8) - Ships over from Yonkers where she was overmatched. Gets the drop in class tonight and can awaken. She did show a closing kick in last at Yonkers and might like this long stretch. Always A Z Tam (7) - Strong closing move in last. That was her first start for Jason Robinson. She was claimed in the prior start. Will be closing fast. Clarebear (4) - Last pair were sharp at Dover. Takes a small class hike tonight. Still, she must be considered vs these. Albany Girl (3) will go directly to the lead and could stay there for a long way. Will be the one to catch.
Selections: 8, 7, 4, 3

Pocono Race 11
Astaire (1) - Draws the rail in her seasonal debut tonight. If she can improve off the qualifier she might be able to post a mild upset here. Joepa’s Sweet Lou (2) - Closed late in her second start, last race, and finished a good second on a slow last quarter. Figures to be close up from here. Thedoginthefight (3) - Hasn’t earned a penny in 2 career starts but the inside post is definitely a help tonight. Seeks improvement now. Ideal Henry (6) - Drew Monti is listed as the driver. He is among the winningest drivers in North America. I wonder what he is doing here. We’ll see.
Selections: 1, 2, 3, 6

Yonkers Raceway – Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Yonkers Race 6
Cheese Melt (1) - This is the final of the Sagamore Hill Series pace and the purse is $60,200. Cheese Melt displayed high speed from the 7 post and gave way late in race. On the rail in this final. Seems as if driver Gingras wins all of these added money events. Western Beachboy (2a) - Starts from the 6 post as part of an entry tonight. Won his last going wire to wire. Problem is Cheese Melt is on the rail and may not let this one go to the lead. Could create a speed duel - but that seldom happens. Allard trainee is sharp now. Declan Seelster (5) sharp form including a nice win in last. His wins were by open lengths. Post position is only woe. On Accident (3) was placed first in last after a wild trip. That trip showed versatility. Must consider in exotic bets vs these.
Selections: 1, 2a, 5, 3

Yonkers Race 8
Sagamore Hill Series pace Consolation. Trump That (1) - Burke trainee draws the rail for this consolation race. He draws the rail and that is a BIG lift now. Gingras up. Gets the call. Cool Blues Man (5) - In accident marred race last start. Solid races prior to that. Must consider vs these. Southwind Moroccan (6) has been going nowhere but has a chance to improve vs these. On the board in 6 of 9 this year. Wild Bill (3) - Rugged 5 post trip in last. Has a good 2 post mile in the prior race. Could easily land on the board or in the superfecta.
Selections: 1, 5, 6, 3

Yonkers Race 10
Perfectly Close (5) - Claimed by Rich Banca last start for $20,000 and seeks a quick return on his investment. Banca known to ‘liven up’ horses. Finds a field he can race well against. Highland Tartan (1) - Won last from the rail and is on the rail again tonight. He had nice late pace in his 1:54 4/5 tally. Will remain tough from this spot. Next Success (3) - Jason Bartlett is driving this horse for the first time. Bartlett has a high win percentage and he moves horses up. Heez Orl Black N (2) - Last was a bit better. Inside post will certainly help. Must use this one in trifectas and superfectas.
Selections: 5, 1 3, 2