by Al Cimaglia
May 29, 2021
Tonight, the Meadowlands has 14 races ready to roll with the feature coming in Race 10, the Miss Versatility Trot with a $30,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 10, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout and it will be my focus.
On Friday, over a sloppy track every winner was either on top or within a 1 1/2 lengths of the leader at the top of the stretch.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Sorella (4-1)-Classy 4-year-old is back with the girls and should be in the hunt. Could offer a fair price and might make the most of drawing inside of the others.
5-AB'sattititudeexpress (5/2)-Also comes out of the Graduate series and before that rattled off 3 in a row versus this kind. Looks like a major player and Tetrick has choices from this post.
6-When Dovescry (2-1)-Just missed by a neck on 5-8 in the 1st start of the year. Then tuned up for this in a qualifier last week winning by 26 lengths and should be ready for a big try tonight.
2-Seriously Hanover (5-1)-Raced a big mile in last but just fell short by a head versus a very tough foe. Comes back at the same level and Dunn should have in play from the start.
5-Allywag Hanover (4-1)-Makes 3rd start on Lasix in 4th race this year. Tough to overlook in this spot and the Pelling barn has been rolling along. Maybe will show a little more down the lane and take a picture for the 1st time in 2021.
8-Captain Barbossa (9/5)-Jug winner started the year with 2 Big M wins and then had no chance when a rough journey took its toll. There are some tough customers in this field and the post could be an issue. Not sure how aggressive Joe B uses the Captain off the gate. Respecting chances but will be leaning to others at this short of a price.
4-Bettor Notbitter A (9/2)-Was in too deep in Phl and returns to a better level. Has hit the board in 6 of 8 starts with 3 wins at M1 and it's best to respect at a square price.
6-TJ Blast (7/2)-TJ is often in the mix and had a big try in last from post 10. AMac should put this 8-year-old in striking range but has only 1 win in 25 starts here.
8-Justin Credible (5-1)-Raced large from the 8-hole last week with a quick 2nd half and would expect a game effort again. The reason to use is because the fractions could be more lively than last time and if so chances for a trip to the winner's circle go up.
3-Lexus Witha View A (7/2)-Drops to a spot to shine and comes off a nice effort from post 10 versus better. Raced the 2nd half in .54 with a 26.3 last quarter and with a good trip could roll by down the lane.
9-Rockin The Aces (3-1)-Should relish the company and has won 11 of 36 M1 starts. This is a wake-up spot and Dunn may blast out to get a good seat or look to control the pace. The 9-hole makes this a challenge but should be a player versus this kind with a smooth trip.
Race 10) 1,5,6
Race 11) 2,5,8
Race 12) 4,6,8
Race 13) 3,9
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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