by Al Cimaglia
September 3, 2021
The Meadowlands returns to action and starts its Fall Meet tonight with a first post at 6:20 EST. The 12-race card features two-year-old trotters and pacers in Reynolds Memorial Stakes action. The 0.50 Pick 4 with a $50,000 guaranteed pool begins in Race 9. The sequence has a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Hamptons Babe (7/2)-Alagna pupil has been in the mix and her only start at M1 was a head turner. Stopped the clock in 151.4 with a 26.1 last quarter in her debut. Since then, has been working on smaller ovals so best to pay attention tonight.
4-Reenactment (4-1)-Has hit the board in 4 of 5 starts and this Toscano trainee comes off a sharp win at Tioga. Rolled by the field with a 55.1 back half and now tries the Big M. Looks like a very nice filly and Zeron should work a good trip from this post.
6-Treeacherous Dragon (3-1)-Well-bred filly comes off a win at PcD. The previous race was a 2nd place finish in 152.2 and the top finisher isn't in this field. Tetrick should have her in striking range turning for the wire.
3-Bounty Hunter (4-1)-Hasn't sealed the deal yet but has hit the board in 4 of 5 races with all but 1 start on a smaller oval. Appears to have the speed to compete with the two below and may use the inside post draw as the winning edge.
8-Pickup Man Hanover (7/2)-Has 3 wins and 3 runner up appearances in 6 starts but did lose the only time facing #9 back on 7-24. That race was at Stga, left from post 7 and came 2nd. Showed 152.3 speed in the only M1 start to finish 2nd and the winner isn't in this field. Has a good chance to even the score with #9 and take a picture.
9-Forrest Blu (3-1)-This freshmen hasn't really had a bad race. The poorest finish was at the Big M on 7-3 when he faded down the lane to finish 3rd. This will be the 8th start and only the 2nd on a larger oval. Difficult to leave off the ticket and should be in the mix but if bet down others will offer more value.
6-Global Daytrader S (2-1)-Ships in from Mohawk after an even effort in the Champlain on an off-track. Raced well in a Kindergarten start here and looks like a player with Tetrick back in the bike tonight.
7-Simon (3-1)-Won at M1 with a sharp effort on 8-6 and hasn't raced since. Didn't show much speed in a qualifier at PHL on 8-24 and as usual Dunn steers. May try to get on the point and should be battling with the one above down the lane.
1-Say You Do (7/2)-This is a scattered race and not easy to read. But this 6-year-old has performed well at the Big M winning 8 of 25 starts and gets the services of Dunn. Fits with this crew, likes to race near the top of the stack and that should be the plan here.
7-Finally Found Away (4-1)-Lightly raced 5-year-old made short work of the last group at Phl but most likely this won't be as easy. Showed some good speed at Wbsb back in 2019 and then was on the bench for all of last year. Engblom trainee is on the comeback trail and will respect chances for the 2nd win at M1 in 8 tries.
Race 9) 3,4,6
Race 10) 3,8,9
Race 11) 6,7
Race 12) 1,7
Total Ticket Cost) $18
Check me out on Twitter!