by Al Cimaglia
July 6, 2019
The Meadowlands has a topflight 11-race card scheduled with the first post coming at 6:35 EST. The headliners are in Race 6 and Race 10, the Graduate Trot and Pace Finals each with a hefty $250,000 purse. The Meadowland Pace Eliminations roll in Race 7 and Race 8. The top five finishers will return for next Saturday's Final with Elimination winners drawing for post positions 1-6.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 6-Graduate Trot Final-Purse $250,000
4-Atlanta (9/5)-Appears too good right now to be denied even with a tough trip.
3-Fiftydallarbill (4-1)-May blast out and should be forwardly placed, could get a pocket ride behind #4.
9-Six Pack (5-1)-Makes 4th start of the year and 3rd on Lasix, post is an issue but could be sitting on a big try.
Race 7-Meadowlands Pace Elimination (First 5 finishers return for the Final)-Purse $50,000
1-Captain Crunch (8/5)-Should make every call a winning one and may not be challenged for top honors tonight.
4-Workin Ona Mystery (5/2)-Could get a pocket trip, and then a runner-up finish behind #1 as in NA Cup.
2-US Captain (5-1)-In form and looks to be in a battle to hit the bottom of the ticket.
Race 8-Meadowlands Pace Elimination (First 5 finishers return for the Final)-Purse $50,000
4-Captain Trevor (7/2)-Racing well and likes the bigger oval too, McCarthy knows well and rates a slight edge.
6-Bettor's Wish (9/5)-ML chalk having a great year and comes in fresh, a major player.
5-Hurrikane Emperor (8-1)-Price play is 6-6 at the Big M and is in a spot to put some juice into gimmick payouts.
Race 10-Graduate Pace Final-Purse $250,000
2-Always A Prince (5-1)-Impressive win last week brushing up first-over, this post draws give the Prince an edge.
3-Lather Up (10-1)-Finally draws inside on a big track, should get a trip and might be overlooked at the windows.
9-Jimmy Freight (6-1)-Jimmy battles every week, could have won last week if cleared sooner, in the hunt with a trip.
$20 win on 2
$8 Exacta-2/3, 2/9
$5 Exacta Box-2,3,9
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