by Al Cimaglia
July 14, 2018
It's a star-studded night at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford New Jersey. The top pacers and trotters in North America will battle for a share of over $2.5 million in purses. Six stake races, including the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace are analyzed below.
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The posted Pick 5 ticket on Friday went 4 out of 5. The ticket came apart in the opening leg when both my selections broke stride. The 0.50 combination of (4/5/7/7/2) paid $3,536.55. The Jackpot Super High-5 pool was $537,722 and the winning combination of (1-3-10-7-4) paid $76,472.76.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 5-Mistletoe Shalee-Purse $191,800
7-Youaremycandygirl (7/2) - Going to look for the 2nd chalk to get this done. Last was solid and now 2nd time Lasix.
5-Kissin In The Sand (3-1) - Huge win 2 weeks ago at PcD, wouldn't be a shock if stays rolling on the larger oval.
11-Alexa's Power (8-1) - Gets difficult to split field after the top 2, will look to Tetrick to spice up the trifecta.
Race 6-Stanley Dancer Memorial-Purse $181,000
3-You Know You Do (9/2) - 1 of 3 for Takter, should be a square price and will key in a competitive race.
2-Fourth Dimension (4-1) - Will toss last and hope ready. 3rd start of year, if tight enough could offer a big challenge.
8-Six Pack (2-1) - ML chalk loves the engine and is razor sharp, but not confident this colt can wire this field.
Race 7-Hambletonian Maturity-Purse $405,850
9-Ariana G (7/5) - Post 9 will make this more difficult, but last win was so impressive she merits top consideration tonight.
1-Guardian Angel As (4-1) - Major player here, is sharp and post draw should help, best to chance to upset the champ.
5-International Moni (5-1) - Winner of >$560,000 in '17 is struggling badly this year, but maybe it's wake-up time.
Race 8-Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace-Purse $701,830
3-American History (5-1) - Won here in 1:47 two back and looked like a winner again last week but bobbled a little coming out of the hole. Can win at a square price with a top effort.
1-Stay Hungry (3-1) - Has the rail but trip will be key, speedy colt is sharp but might be best off a helmet, screamed home last week in 25.3.
5-Courtly Choice (5/2) - Winner of 2 straight in 1:48.2 and 1:48.4 gets a great post to stalk, could keep winning if last 2 victories weren't too draining.
Race 9-Golden Girls-Purse $189,750
1-Blue Moon Stride (4/1) - Thinking an extra 1/8 of a mile may serve this mare very well. Callahan should work a good trip.
4-Shartin N (2/1) - Winner of 11 of 14 in '18, been off since 6/16, but qualified well. Major player if ready to dial on high.
5-L A Delight (10/1) - Gingras should find live cover from here and is another who may relish the extra distance.
Race 10-William R. Haughton Memorial-Purse $471,100
5-McWicked (5/2) - Huge rush in Franklin to go from 5th to 1st down the lane was impressive, will string along.
6-Dontellmeagain (7/2) - Racing well and does best work late in the mile, should like added distance.
8-Sintra (9/2) - Here's another known for mowing down foes with a big late kick, should be in the hunt.
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