MORNING LINE – Brad McCallum
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a new weekly feature for trurodaily.com.
Morning Line offers readers some insider betting information on weekly harness racing cards at Truro Raceway courtesy of Brad McCallum.
McCallum is a 30-year-old Onslow resident and manager of Won’t Back Down Stable. The owner/trainer has been involved in harness racing all his life and will use his knowledge to offer readers some helpful tips on where to put their money on Sunday afternoons.
Here's a look at the 12-dash card for Sept.22:
Fannish was a very late closing second place last week and this week the winner will have another class of horses to worry about. She is a clear choice for driver Paul Langille, who will be looking to have a good day as part of the driving challenge.
Officially Rusty will likely use the same front-end strategy as last week and hope the field won’t be able to catch him. Expect him to step up the speed a little this week.
The only thing for sure in here is one of these horses will win. Not many of them have made a habit or are even familiar with the notion. Rather than using strategy I will just pick a random number; 3.
Lifeinthecountry has been knocking at the door for a few weeks and now has a little bit easier competition. Jamie Ramsay is itching for a win and this could be his chance.
Dashwood Darling is a class horse and will likely take the lead late in the stretch drive from Miss Miss Miss Fit.
Weird Albert, if he puts his mind to it, is a very easy pick in this race. Sock It To Em has recently entered the claiming ranks and seems to fit that level nicely.
Michelles Romance competed against, and beat, this same level last week in 1:57.3. She may not get the lead as easily in here but if she can repeat last week’s time, she is a clear winner.
Nockdown Jack will use his late rush from the three-quarter pole to the wire to overtake Neigh Monster, who hasn’t been quite up to par lately.
Icandothat put on a speed show last week in Charlottetown, winning her division of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes in 1:55.2. Trainer/driver Ryan Ellis will look to add to his homebred’s bankroll.
I am going to continue to support Mark Whidden and Sf Razamatazz. He showed great speed in the middle of the summer and he may be able to gain it back against this group.
Prom Mister tried his luck against the invitational level horses last week and put in a very solid effort but was unable to cash in for Warren. He will use his experience to pass whoever is leading down the lane and get his picture taken.
The last race of the day and the last division of the driving challenge will likely have a speed duel to get started and favours an off-the-pace horse who gets a good drive. Look for Lady Mccardle to win this one.
Longshot with a chance – Sock It To Em in Race 6.
Safe bet of the day – Officially Rusty in Race 2.
NOTE FROM BRAD – I am very excited be sharing my weekly selections with readers of trurodaily.com. It is my hope some people who aren’t familiar with harness racing and wagering will use these selections as points of interest to come out to the track and experience the best two minutes (or less) in sports.