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Frog Springs Back Into Action

FROG DOOLEY

The Frog is back. Did you miss me?

I may be a Frog, but I am up on the latest technology. I had my cell phone and blackberry to keep up on the race by race results, and found a quaint little Internet cafe to watch all the replays on the Hawthorne website.

What I'm trying to say is that the Frog has not missed a beat!

While we were gone we won some cash and gave back some cash. Back on Saturday, we dropped $62. King Johnny got trapped inside and never shook loose. Tab for next time. We did cash on Out On A Bender, but lost on Black Oliver, who got roughed up a bit and Buckmaker, who made a break at the half. Sunday, was a different matter. We cashed on a $5 exacta with Mack In Black and Whatafinale that paid $58.60 for $2. We then nailed another $5 exacta with Victor’s Pursuit and The Victser that added $87.50 to the bankroll. We concluded the night with a $20 and $20 hit on Clova in the 10th that put $86 in the bill fold. For the night, we won $190. Tuesday was a rough night. In The Lane made a break in the lane. Our exacta in the 3rd ran out. In race five, Destiny’s Bandit led all the way and finished third. Finally, Ms Maggie got wiped out in the first turn by a breaker. We were shut out and lost $140. Let’s not get gun shy now, so we will come back firing to get back on the winning track.

Original Bankroll: $2,000

Total Wagered: $2,324  

Total Return: $2,494.30

Current Bankroll: $2,170.30 (thru Tuesday, 5/23)

For Friday, May 26, 2006

Race One:   Free raced big last week in leg one of this stake and once again is the horse to beat. Bow Wow Wine had a tremendous effort closing for second off a slow half and will be smoking in the lane once again. I’m going to key these two with Goin To The Gate in the 2nd, who had an eye-popping effort last time out and Street Dancer and Just Believe in race three in a Pick Three play.

$10 Pick Three – Free (3) and Bow Wow Wine (7) in the 1st, Goin To The Gate (1) in the 2nd and Street Dancer (3) and Just Believe (5) in the 3rd.

Total Wager:  $40

Race Four:   Paladin Hanover beat most of these for us last week. Fantasticcamtastic raced gamely before bowing to top pick. Parker gets the rail and Morgan and will be a major factor. We’ll box these three in an exacta play.

$5 Exacta Box – Parker (1), Fantasticcamtastic (4) and Paladin Hanover (5).

Total Wager:  $30

Race Six:   We played Buckmaker last time out off of his big 2nd place finish in his previous start. He made a break as the favorite in that race. He returns tonight as the beaten chalk and takes a dip in class. If he minds his manners, he will make amends. It’s a straight play.

$20 Win & $20 Place on Buckmaker (2).

Total Wager:  $40

Race Nine:    Fox Valley Diamond makes his first start tonight for the Todd Warren Stable. He has been racing evenly and is back in the same class. I’ll think we’ll see some improvement. It’s a straight play.

$20 Win & $20 Place on Fox Valley Diamond.

Total Wager:  $40

Race Eleven:   Black Oliver was a big winner two starts back and after an even try last time drops a notch in class. I like this spot for him and expect a big effort in tonight’s finale. We’ll bet him straight up.

$20 Win & $20 Place on Black Oliver (8).

Total Wager:  $40

TOTAL WAGERED: $190

If it’s harness racing at Hawthorne – it means betting along with the “Frog”. Frog Dooley has been giving Chicago harness racing fans winning selections for 14 years and this will be the 4th year Frog’s bankroll and wagers have been featured in the Hawthorne program. “The Frog puts his money where his mouth is”, so follow Chicago’s Number One harness handicapper in the Hawthorne program, or at Hawthorne’s website at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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