by Al Cimaglia
May 15, 2021
The Meadowlands has a competitive 14-race card ready to roll with the feature coming in Race 9, the Arthur Cutler Memorial Trot with a $141,250 purse. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts in Race 6. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
On Friday, the drivers with the hottest hands with two wins each were Ake Svanstedt, Doug McNair and Trevor Miller. Ake Svanstedt was the leading trainer with three trips to the winner's circle. The front end was the place to be as speed held throughout the program.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Rocknificent (8-1)-Toscano trainee makes its 4-year-old debut coming off a very sharp qualifier. Zeron should have her forwardly placed and hasn't missed the board in 9 Big M starts with 4 wins. This is a tough test but offers some value, the post fits her style and will expect a big try coming off the bench.
5-Soho Burning Love A (5/2)-The King barn sends out 2 formidable entries (4-5) and this gal was Tetrick's choice. Seven-year-old comes off 2 sharp wins on smaller ovals, draws well and has 2 pictures in 6 starts in East Rutherford.
1-Amigo Volo (7/2)-Winner of >$900K as a 3-year old makes its season debut coming off a good qualifier on 5-8 at M1. Expecting a big effort and for Dunn to benefit from starting on the rail. But not liking the winless record at the Big M in 6 starts.
2-Get Legs (4-1)-Team Miller trainee has been super consistent hitting the board in all 9 starts this year with 7 wins. Hasn't faced this type of company so there is cause to pause. But will use at a square price and not sell short. There is no telling how good this 4-year-old could be.
5-Rich And Miserable (10-1)-Buter trainee has taken pictures in 35% of starts and can compete with this crew from this post. Came close to beating #7 back in February from the 8-hole. Mark Mac can provide a good steer and could be overlooked at the windows.
7-Scirocco Rob (3-1)-Rob has been off since 4-24 and he has shown the ability to come up with a big try after a rest. Has the gate speed to fire out and get on the engine or in the pocket behind #1. Looks like a player in a tough race.
1-No Lou Zing (3-1)-Made a sparkling 4-year-old debut with a 149.3 gate to wire score with a 26.4 last quarter. This is a sterner task and Lou will need to bring his A-game but best to not overlook.
5-Warrawee Vital (4-1)-Closed in 25.3 in season debut and it wasn't enough to catch a strong winner. That was also the 1st time at Big M and this will be the 2nd race for the Coyne barn. Could be sitting on a big try and Tetrick should have in play from the start.
6-Captain Barbossa (7/2)-Dunn steered in last but now he drives #1 and regular pilot Joe B is back between the pipes. Has a perfect 2-2 start as a 4-year-old and that streak could continue. The fractions should be lively which could help the Captain stalk and roll by down the lane.
3-Guardian Angel As (5-1)-Tossing last at ScD from the 8-hole but it could serve as a nice tune-up. This looks like a great spot for Tetrick to blast out. Seven-year-old has big gate speed and should get on the engine or find a close-up seat. Looks like a threat to take a picture in the 2nd start this year.
7-Lindy The Great (3-1)-Not sure this Team Miller trainee will make it a 3-peat to start his 4-year-old season but it's possible. Even though this field is far better than the last two starts it's best to not overlook. The big names start outside and are coming off qualifiers. Lindy hasn't banked over $1,000,000 without being very talented.
Race 6) 2,5
Race 7) 1,2,5,7
Race 8) 1,5,6
Race 9) 3,7
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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