by Al Cimaglia
August 5, 2017
There will be a deep, star studded card on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Besides the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and the 92nd edition of the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, there will be eight additional stake races for your betting pleasure.
Xpressbet account holders will receive 20X Points on all wagers at the Meadowlands today and the first post is 12:00 PM ET.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 2-Shady Daisy-Purse $113,950
2-Blazin Britches-Going to be a believer in this Ohio bred by way of Indiana who is 7 for 8 lifetime.
6-Idyllic Beach-8/5 ML favorite is a fine filly but needs to find best form, has tailed off some in last 6 weeks.
Race 3- Dr. John R. Steele Memorial-Purse $176,250
1-Pasithea Faces S-Looking for an upset and thinking Swedish invader will be even better in 3rd stateside start.
3-Hannelore Hanover-This lady is the champ and if at her best she may get her 5th win in 7 starts this year.
8-Emotican Hanover-Has only raced once since 6/17 but maybe pointed at this start. Will respect, but post could be a killer.
Race 4-Peter Haughton Memorial-Purse $360,650
1-Samo Different Day-Taking a swing with Team Takter. Colt is sharp, should be a square price and has won last 2 at Big M.
7-Met's Hall-It was tough to split the #1-#7 and if race sets up with a quicker pace it could be picture time.
5-You Know You Do-2-1 ML favorite hasn't done anything wrong but will likely be bet down again, will play against.
Race 5-Jim Doherty-Purse $330,800
2-Phaetosive-I don't see anything to not like, and 4-1 in the ML. Major player with a clean trip.
4-Manchego-A perfect 4-4 lifetime and deserves to be the 9/5 favorite.
7-Lily Stride-Raced well in last and finished 2nd to Manchego. Tetrick may try to come from off the pace today.
Race 6-John Cashman Memorial-Purse $303,050
2-Resolve-Starts inside of major foes, may relish the added distance and the return to the Big M.
3-Marion Marauder-Ontario bred is picking up right where he left off in 2016. ML chalk should be in the mix to the wire.
8-Flanagan Memory-Post doesn't help but may not matter much, if race sets up for a closer don't be shocked if rolls by late.
Race 7-Cane Pace-Purse $334,325
5-Downbytheseaside-Huntsville has a big post edge, but with the added 1/8, looking for a stalking trip for the upset win.
6-RJP-Doesn't win often but could be sitting on a big try. Best to not overlook, could add value to gimmicks.
1-Huntsville-Not afraid to look to others today, tough miles could be taking a toll and added distance may not help.
Race 11-Sam McKee-Purse $224,400
3-Mel Mara-Gets a good post and is sharp, slight program favorite should be tough to beat.
4-Mach It So-The major challenger and could like the added distance, but has had twice as many starts as #3.
1-Rock N' Roll World-Sears should be able to work a close-up trip and best to not dismiss, should like bigger oval.
Race 12-Hambletonian Oaks-Purse $500,000
4-Ariana G-Unless there is an off-day coming, she looks stronger than the rest of the field. Her race to lose.
2-Dream Together-North of the border invader could provide a boost to the ticket, will use as an exacta possibility.
5-Magic Presto-Model of consistency is 14 of 16 in the money lifetime, but would be a surprise if she scores today.
Race 13 Hambletonian Final-Purse $1,000,000
Long Tom-Loves the Big M, if 8 hole in elim. isn't an issue I'll give slight edge to Tetrick and this son of Muscle Hill.
International Moni-Scott Zeron will be looking for back-to-back Hambo wins and has a big shot to do so.
What The Hill-Versatile colt is looking to be 1st Haughton winner since Muscle Hill in 2009 to score on Hambo day.
Devious Man-Has the 9 hole in 1st elimination but still program chalk, has been very solid this year for Team Miller.
Race 15-Lady Liberty-Purse $200,400
3-Pure Country-Obviously hasn't had same success as last year, but can turn the tables on #5 this afternoon.
5-Nike Franco N-Pure Country set brisk fractions and this gal swept by late. Will be bet hard and is looking for 3rd straight.
2-Medusa-Owns a 1:49 mark at Big M. Gets a nice starting spot and at 15-1 in the ML could add value to the ticket.
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