by Al Cimaglia
November 24, 2018
Tonight, harness racing fans will be focused on the last big night of stakes action for 2018 which will roll at the Meadowlands. The 13-race card is loaded with eight stakes with star studded fields battling for more than $2.6 million in purses. Besides the major stakes, the great Foiled Again will make his final appearance at the Big M in Race 3.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 2-TVG Mares-Trot-Purse $175,000
2-Hannelore Hanover-Has been off a month but trained well, will shoot against the chalks with the champ.
1-Ice Attraction-Should be close to the lead throughout and is a major player.
3-Emoticon Hanover-ML chalk has won last 2 in slop, nothing to knock but on the dry big track will shoot against.
Race 5-TVG Mares-Pace-Purse $175,000
2-Caviart Ally-Has been chasing #1 almost all season, has a big shot to get some revenge.
1-Shartin N-Should be on the engine and if Tetrick gets a breather it could be win #19 out of 24 tries.
5-Percy Bluechip-If pace is sizzling this gal can grind it out and could put some juice in exotics if in striking range.
Race 6-Three Diamond Pace-Purse $391,250
1-Warrawee Ubeaut-Tough to look elsewhere after the post draw. Gingras can control things for this sharp filly.
5-Zero Tolerance-This gals no slouch and is a major player with regular pilot D. Miller between the pipes.
7-Prescient Beauty-Team McNair entry should be rolling late, dangerous if pace is hot and gets some live cover.
Race 7-Goldsmith Maid Trot-Purse $490,000
7-Stella Jane-Coming off a big win and with a similar effort it can be 2 straight pictures at a square price.
3-Princess Deo-If McCarthy can get a close-up early seat, chances for success go up, best to respect.
10-Evident Beauty-From post 10 will need a few breaks, but D. Miller can put a trip together for consistent filly.
Race 8-Govenors Cup Pace-Purse $469,300
8-Reigning Deo-If McCarthy keeps in striking range, pace should be hot and then chances go up at 10-1 in ML.
2-Captain Crunch-Should be on the lead or very close all the way around, knows how to win and has a big shot.
3-Escapetothebeach-Similar to #2, should be in contention and Tetrick may find a way to squeeze out a win.
Race 9-TVG Open Trot-Purse $350,000
3-Tactical Landing-This is a tough group of trotters but Takter trainee appears to be a special 3-year-old.
9-Marion Marauder-Even from the 9-hole, the 5-year-old multi-millionaire is a big threat and can gobble up ground in late going.
6-Six Pack-Should blast out, may get the lead but #3 may want the same. Winner of >$1.2 mill is tough as nails.
Race 10-Valley Victory Trot-Purse $435,900
8-Forbidden Trade-Needed last and pace should be quicker tonight, keying at 8-1, could be sitting on a big try.
3-Chin Chin Hall-Last race was impressive, might be peaking at the right time.
6-Trix And Stones-Won on the engine last week and could get a similar trip tonight.
Race 12-TVG Open-Purse $350,000
1-McWicked-2/5 in ML and looks every bit the part, has been in a zone and will likely take its 12th picture of 2018.
7-All Bets Off-Is in sharp form and will use under top choice and hope most use the #4 and #6.
6-Filibuster Hanover-Winner of almost $500k is usually in the hunt at the wire.
Key Play-Race 10-#8 Forbidden Trade
Top Longshot- Race 8-#8 Reigning Deo
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