by Al Cimaglia
August 3, 2018
Tonight's headliner at the Meadowlands rolls in Race 7, a trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings with a $50,000 purse. The field is comprised of horses that were Hambletonian eligible. The 0.50 Pick 4 sequence starts in Race 8, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
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Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Santiago Style - On paper this is the winner, but not easy to trust as better efforts of late are on an off track.
3-Spirit Of Truth - Comes off a sick scratch, will hope ready and take a swing with Tetrick on a 15-1 shot from the inside.
5-Express Stride N - Often in the mix, steps up and will need best effort, but does fit with this crew.
6-Sams Triple Crown - Was used hard from 8-hole and faded, should get an easier 1st quarter and that could lead to a picture.
7-Acting Out - Steps up off a sharp win, now on big track and B. Miller should get a good early seat.
2-Frankie Boy - Doesn't win often but is a one move horse, from this spot could get sucked around and pop at a square price.
7-Rockaholic - Makes 2nd Big M start and Tetrick steers again, holds a 1:52 mark here and will respect chances tonight.
9-Kandy Apple - Even effort in 1st local start but if moves forward off that effort, could surprise at long odds.
5-Misslarose - Leaving the ML chalk #4 out, leaning to others and this gal comes off 2 sharp efforts in the slop.
6-Ataboy Hanover - Brings speed and has a win at Big M, will need a trip but should be in the hunt.
10-Gold Medal Swan - Post is a challenge but likes the track. D. Miller should have in striking range by the final turn.
1-Always A Diamond - 0-19 this year but is 7/2 in the ML with D. Miller and may make the most of a soft spot.
3-Lone Wolf Terror - Gets post relief, a new pilot, plus drops to a better spot and should like the company.
$0.50 Pick 4
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