by Al Cimaglia
July 15, 2017
There will be an All-Star cast competing in big money stakes races at the Meadowlands tonight. The Late .50 Pick 4 sequence (races 9-12) includes the Meadowlands Pace, the Haughton Memorial, the Golden Girls Free for All and the Stanley Dancer Memorial. The Late Pick 4 will have a guaranteed pool of $75,000.
At Hawthorne, the Jackpot Hi-5 is carded as Race 10 and will have a guaranteed pool of $500,000, which includes a $224,190 carryover. To add to the intrigue of the Hi-5 with a mandatory payout, there will be a larger field of 12 pacers battling for a share of a $8,900 purse. It will be interesting to see how much above the $500,000 guarantee the pool will grow.
Xpressbet account holders will receive 20x points on the entire Meadowlands card and 20x points for Jackpot Hi-5 wagers at Hawthorne.
Race comments and selections at the Big M and Hawthorne are based on a fast track.
Meadowlands .50 Late Pick 4
Race 9-Meadowlands Pace-$738,550
4-Huntsville-Fear The Dragon is not in this race and there isn't a logical reason to look towards anyone else. The rest of the field needs to hope for an off-night, otherwise Tim Tetrick just needs to provide a decent steer.
Race 10-Haughton Memorial-$427,400
2-All Bets Off-Burke trainee is sharp, quick and can carry speed. Should be in striking position in last 1/8 of the mile.
5-Boston Red Sox-Still looking for 1st win of the year but has been racing well. Will respect chances with a prime post.
6-Rock N' Roll World-Switch to a mile track may make a big difference. Longshot with Sears is worth a long look.
12-Mel Mara-Post is no bargain but loves the track and Callahan has an extra 1/8 of a mile to work a good trip.
Race 11-Golden Girls Free For All-$201,000
1-Pure Country-Made over $200k more than Lady Shadow in '16, but this season has been a challenge. Qualified in 1:48 with a 25.4 last 1/4 on 7-1. If tight enough has best shot of knocking off the champ.
10-Lady Shadow-Simply put, this mare is a monster. If on her game she will likely win despite the outside post, as added distance may not matter, may help her cause.
Race 12-Stanley Dancer Memorial-$161,500
4-Long Tom-Relinquished the lead in Beal Final at Phl which isn't typical. But winner of 3-4 this year is back on favorite track.
5-What The Hill-Has been out since 6/2 but had 2 nice qualifiers. Will respect Burke-Miller combo and should be ready for a big try.
7-Fly On-2nd start on lasix and 2nd time hoppled for Team Miller. Muscle Hill colt should be ready and will consider at a juicy 15-1 ML.
$1.00 Pick 4
Hawthorne Jackpot Hi-5-$500,000 Guaranteed Pool
2-Naty-Steps us a bit but considering more for a minor share. Sharp enough to stay in the hunt and finish in top 5.
3-Rocknroll Hoochcoo-Back down to a much better level and gets post relief. Best effort makes for a strong contender.
4-Back Stock-Found a way last week to win and thinking a strong effort tonight makes for a Hi-5 finish.
5-Cheekie-With this post and a good steer can find her way to the top of the ticket at a square price.
7-Powerful Pulse-Camera shy this year but at this level with Leonard is a Hi-5 must use.
10-Rocknrol's Image-Been off since 6-17 which is a concern. Oosting's choice should be in the hunt if ready.
Also consider #1, #11 and #12 to use underneath for the Hi-5 if betting combinations rather than boxing.
$0.20 Jackpot Hi-5 Box
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