by Al Cimaglia
June 12, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card scheduled with the feature coming in Race 8, the Miss Versatility Open Trot with a $30,000 purse. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 begins in Race 6. The sequence has a $50,000 Guaranteed Pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Harambe Deo (3-1)-Went to Phl, got some class relief and has been very good winning the last 2 and making it look easy. Winner in 10 of 38 Big M starts, and did beat better than this at the end of last year here. Best to respect, the upswing may continue.
4-Chaser Hanover (5-1)-Trip dependent 5-year-old does best working racing near the top of the stack. Mark Mac should be able to work a cozy trip and get a good seat. Could offer a square price and take a picture with an efficient trip.
6-Ima Real Ladys Man (4-1)-Drops to a spot to shine in a competitive race. Tetrick is back in the bike and he had success steering this Cullipher trainee back in the spring. Fits with this crew and raced a .53 back half versus better in last.
2-Bettor Notbitter A (7/2)-Was scratched sick on 5-5 but before that was claimed by Cullipher and raced evenly in a 151.1 mile. This race is a real taffy pull and will take a swing that Tetrick's choice will be ready to go. Has hit the board in 7 of 9 here with 3 pictures.
6-Kingofthejungle (5-1)-Missed a start on 6-5 when was scratched ineligible. Did have a nice run of competitive efforts before that and there isn't anyone to be afraid of in this field. Should have the gate speed to be put in play early on.
10-TJ Blast (3-1)-The Quevedo barn must like this 8-year-old, was claimed away on 5-29 for $15k and they took him back for $17k on 6-5. Is only 1-20 this year but would probably go off as an odds-on choice with a good post draw. Allard should get him to blast out and land on top. The issue is finishing off the mile but this looks like a softer spot than the last couple.
4-Next Level Stuff (9/5)-Versatile mare is the winner of 2 straight at this level, has won on the engine or by coming off cover. This appears to be a 2-horse contest and Tetrick should have her ready to stand tall down the lane.
5-When Dovescry (5/2)-Not sure who will be leading at the half pole but Miller would probably like to be sitting on top. This should be an interesting battle between 2 very nice mares and 2 of the best pilots in the game.
2-Tattoo Artist (7/2)-Has been taking on some tough customers in Graduate action and drops into a much more comfortable spot. TMac is back between the pipes for his 2nd tour of duty and he should have this Ryder trainee in control from the word go.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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