George Levy & Bluechip Matchmaker Finals Saturday at Yonkers

Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway will feature two of the richest harness races in North America. Race 6 will get it started with the $261,000 Bluechip Matchmaker final and to close out the super night of harness racing is the $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial final. Yonkers post time is at 7:10 PM EDT.

In the Bluechip Matchmaker final, trainer Rene Allard has two of the fastest pacers is this series going with Yagonnakissmeornot with Brian Sears in the sulky and Carolsideal with Daniel Dube as the driver. I like Carolsideal in this one for the Bluechip Matchmaker.  My value play is Camille with driver George Brennan and trainer Ron Burke.

The George Morton Levy final is loaded with superstars. The speedster P H Supercam and driver Jason Bartlett have won the last 3 outings and has dominated the Levy series and will leave from post 8. The post position shouldn’t matter for P H Supercam with his early speed. P H Supercam is coupled with Mach It So with Tim Tetrick in the sulky and both are trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. My pick in this race is Take it Back Terry with George Brennan driving and trained by Ron Burke. Take it Back Terry has been racing really well and has 3 Levy wins in the series coming into to the final. Take it Back Terry leaves from post 5.

In the Bluechip Matchmaker consolation I like the mare Anndrovette with driver Tim Tetrick. Anndrovette seems to be coming into her own winning last time out. In the Levy consolation I like Dancin Yankee with driver Brett Miller.

It’s going to be a great night of racing with a full card loaded with some of the best pacers in harness racing all in one place.

2015 New York Yankees Comebacks

I am not going to pull any punches so here’s my predictions;

Comeback kids? “Slash”
Alex Rodriguez 271/312/488 18 HRs, 58 RBI, 55 Runs
Mark Texiera 232/317/508 27 HRs, 88 RBI, 69 Runs
Brian McCann 262/307/497 21 HRs, 70 RBI, 57 Runs

Pitching Recovery
CC Sabathia 9-8 3.56 ERA – On DL for 60 days
Tanaka 22-6 2.68 – Cy Young
Bullpen Grade A (2.55 ERA)

Difference maker?
SS GIGI – solid D, bat maturity needs to improve and has the tools to do so.
Steven Drew – Yea, you just called me crazy and delusional, but he has a very low bar to improve from, count on it!

Team Record: 85-77 3rd place

What’s your predictions for the upcoming Yankees season?

Road to the Kentucky Derby 2015

A new year and hope for a Triple Crown winner starts again as we head into the early part of the prep races in 2015. Who will earn enough points to race in the Kentucky Derby? Below is the racing schedule for the remaining prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.

Here’s a look at the prep schedule thanks to

Race Date Title Distance Track Winner
3-Jan-15 Jerome 1 Mile 70 YD Aqueduct El Kabeir
10-Jan-15 Sham 1 Mile Santa Anita Calculator
17-Jan-15 Lecomte 1 Mile 70 YD Fair Grounds International Star
19-Jan-15 Smarty Jones 1 Mile Oaklawn Park Far Right
24-Jan-15 Holy Bull 1 1/16 Miles Gulfstream Park Upstart
7-Feb-15 Withers 1 1/16 Miles Aqueduct
7-Feb-15 Robert B. Lewis 1 1/16 Miles Santa Anita
14-Feb-15 El Camino Real Derby 1 1/8 Miles Golden Gate
16-Feb-15 Southwest 1 1/16 Miles Oaklawn Park
21-Feb-15 Fountain of Youth 1 1/16 Miles Gulfstream Park
21-Feb-15 Risen Star 1 1/16 Miles Fair Grounds
7-Mar-15 Gotham 1 1/16 Miles Aqueduct
7-Mar-15 San Felipe 1 1/16 Miles Santa Anita
7-Mar-15 Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16 Miles Tampa Bay
14-Mar-15 Rebel 1 1/16 Miles Oaklawn Park
21-Mar-15 Spiral 1 1/8 Miles Turfway Park
22-Mar-15 Sunland Derby 1 1/8 Miles Sunland Park
28-Mar-15 UAE Derby 1 3/16 Miles Meydan
28-Mar-15 Florida Derby 1 1/8 Miles Gulfstream Park
28-Mar-15 Louisiana Derby 1 1/8 Miles Fair Grounds
4-Apr-15 Wood Memorial 1 1/8 Miles Aqueduct
4-Apr-15 Santa Anita Derby 1 1/8 Miles Santa Anita
4-Apr-15 Blue Grass 1 1/8 Miles Keeneland
11-Apr-15 Arkansas Derby 1 1/8 Miles Oaklawn Park
11-Apr-15 Lexington 1 1/16 Miles Keeneland

A look at the derby contenders courtesy of

Buffalo Raceway Picks 1/28/2015

I will feature two best bets and three long shot plays for various tracks when time permits. Check back each day for my latest harness racing picks.

1/28 Buffalo Raceway

Best Bets
Race 1 #6 Lutetium
Race 6 #1 Herbie is Gone
Race 7 #1 Herbie is Gone

Long Shot Plays
Race 7 #5 Odds on Cygnus
Race 8 #6 The Prophet Mary
Race 10 #7 Legal Process

$2 Win bet on each selection – $10

Total Balance Lifetime
Invested: $28
Returned: $19.40
Difference: ($8.60)

Good luck!

$5 Buy In Contests Now at Winners Wire

We ran our first Buy In contest last Saturday at Gulfstream and it went really well. We will run two Buy In contest each month at various Thoroughbred tracks. All Buy In contests will run on Saturday’s only. Check the forums for the next Buy In contest.

To play: Make a $5 payment to via Paypal by selecting “Send money to friends or family” – You must be a registered member on the Wire Forums.

Payments must be received by 6:00 PM Eastern on the Friday before the contest.

How to play: Make a selection for each race for the first 11 races on the race card. Make sure you list at least one alternate; I recommend 2 in case of a multiple scratches.

Format/Cap: Across the Board “ATB” Format. These contests will have a CAP: W $42.00, P $22.00, S $12.50

How to Win: Highest overall ROI Wins total pool and Award

Please do not include race number. Please follow the format below;

3 Game On Dude 2-7
9 Handsome Mike 3-1
7 Wise Dan 10-4

Picks must be posted in the contest thread 1 hour prior to post time. No exceptions!


Classic Controvery; Stewards Made Right Call

Bayern won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bayern won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bayern won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic…..I could keep repeating this statement, but the moans and groans of thousands of people who watched the Breeders’ Cup this past weekend would still overshadow the fact that Bayern won America’s most lucrative horse race. It’s safe to say many things could have changed the outcome of this past weekend’s main event. Maybe had Bayern not impeded Shared Belief who in-turn impeded Moreno, possibly the race could have had a saltier pace and different result? Had Shared Belief broken sharper he may have also cleared Moreno to his inside and gone onto win the race, who knows? Had Pegasus swooped in over the field maybe he would have went on to beat the speedy Bayern, but maybe not? The fact remains Bayern won the race.

I have heard some downright untrue statements in regards to the Stewards’ decision on the outcome of this race. I’ve heard things about it being a bias result in favor of the California likeness of Bob Baffert. I’ve also heard the ridiculous statement that had California Chrome been second he would have been placed first, which is downright ridiculous when the winner never impeded said horse. People keep speaking with their emotions and not with their minds. Do any of these so-called fans watch day-to-day racing from the claiming ranks all the way up to graded stakes races? If so than they’d be enlightened enough to offer the fact that bumping at the beginning of a race is rather common place. I see it every day all over the country, horses start awkwardly and still go onto win the race and there isn’t any disqualification. Why the uproar about Bayern? Is it true that through bumping Shared Belief, Bayern impeded the only other true speed in the race in Moreno, though not directly? Yes. Is it true that he got the lead all by himself? Yes. Is it true that these things happen on a daily, race-to-race basis with no such uproar? Yes.

I’m willing to admit the race did set-up for Bayern, I’m also willing to say the race did set-up even better for my choice (California Chrome) who sat just off of a very honest pace 23/46/1:10, and possibly even more so for Toast of New York, who did his fair share of bumping as well. This is horse racing, if we took down every horse that broke sideways or bumped horses awkwardly at the start of a race many races would have a disqualification. I can assure you at least fifty-percent of the Kentucky Derby field would be taken down every single year due to bad breaks and bumping at the start of a race. The one and only reason this is even a big deal is because a speed horse did his thing when the race went his way, but mostly because he “can’t go a mile and a quarter”. I can honestly tell you I was surprised that Bayern won this year’s Classic, I thought even with a perfect trip he still couldn’t win – but he did. The setup helped, but it also would have helped the closers and stalkers had he and Moreno battled through 22/44-45/1:08 which isn’t a fairly run race. Anyone who thinks going a mile and a quarter in relatively close fractions to those listed above is truly looking at the result of this race in one-sided fashion. He still ran them off their feet in very honest 23/46/110 at which point I thought he was going to fall off the face of the earth gasping for air, but he just kept going.

Bayern gutted out a 1:59.88 which is T-5th fastest all time for the Classic, and 2nd fastest ever (behind only Cat Thief) for a three year old on a dirt surface in a running of America’s Championship event. Bayern ran his race on the front end in honest fractions, while not directly impeding either of the two horses who finished remotely near him at the wire. I’d be willing to say the pace he ran would top most of the previous Classic’s – and yet this horse that couldn’t run the Classic distance still won. This is horse racing people, quit your groaning. Bayern won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Baffert won his elusive prize, and the Stewards made the right call. Game, Set, Match, and Horse of the Year.

Yonkers Raceway Picks – Saturday

Here are my selections for this Saturday’s race card at Yonkers Raceway.

Race 1: 2 Gambler’s Tale was flat last time out, has good speed and has raced against better company, like this one here. 3 Smokealittlesmoke gets post relief this time out and should be good here. 8 Bittersweet Champ can surprise here with early gate speed.

Race 2: 1 Man He Can Skoot gets post relief and has good back class in his resume. Sears gets the drive again. 6 Goban has been on the board in its last 3 and should be considered here. 5 Old Time Hockey hasn’t been good in its last 4, something has to give here.

Race 3: 3 Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam has the back class over these and should breakout tonight. No excuse at this class level. 2 Bubbie Boy has decent speed and should be with the leaders throughout. 5 Caviart Key looked good last time out in 1:52:4 and with the same effort could upset here.

Race 4: 2 Tobago Cays has excellent speed and like this track. Goodell gets a second shot here. 3 Rollwithitharry has the back class and speed to beat these but has not shown any real effort in its last 4. 8 One and Only looked sharp last time out but will need a big effort from post 8.

Race 5: 7 Mcerlean ran a monster 1 1/16 two back and seems to be very good at this distance. Gets class relief this time out. 1 Espen De Vie can go the distance here and has the favorable post 1 this time out. 3 Forever Just has good speed and should be close at the end.

Race 6: 8 Heston Blue Chip has the back class, speed and resume to beat these but will need to leave early. 3 Pancetta gets post relief and has been good so far in 2014, must be considered here. 6 Frankies Dragon game winner last time out in 1:51:1 and should be close.

Race 7: 5 Take it Back Harry has the back class and excellent speed to take this wire to wire. 1 Thirty Two Red gets post relief and could contend here. 4 Southwind Amazon won last time out and should be part of your exotic wagering.

Race 8: 2 Big N Bad is the speedster here and has done well in 2014 winning 11 of 24. Gets Sears in the bike this time out and should win easily. 1 Rampage Jackson looks like he is getting back into racing form but will need a perfect trip to make this a close one. 7 Rock On Moe has the speed to upset here, but needs to overcome post 7.

Race 9: 1 Safe Harbor won last time out easily at this distance and draws post 1, no problem. 5 Glass Prince has the back class and speed to compete with these. 3 That Man Of Mine doesn’t handle the extra 1/16th well but should be considered in exotics with some good back class.

Race 10: 4 Dreamlands Art gets some relief and has the speed to best these. 1 Stolen Car has not won this year and with post 1 and racing well over its 5 could break the ice tonight. 2 Thorn In Your Side raced well last time out with and easy win and could repeat with a good trip.

Race 11: 3 The Real One has the back class, speed and faces lesser foes this time out. 1 Casmir Jitterbug draws post 1 and gets Sears back in the bike. 4 Lets Rock Together has the speed and connections to upset these and has raced well lately.

Race 12: 3 Doctor Butch won at this level last time out and should have no problem with this class again. 2 Island Jet has the speed and has raced well in its last three. 1 Diamond Cowboy draws post 1 and could compete here.

All the best!