by Al Cimaglia
July 3, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13 race card scheduled with the feature coming in Race 9, the Joie De Vie Open Trot for mares with a $156,000 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-Jk First Lady (10-1)-This will be the 5th start of the year and was favored in the first 2 tries that were here. Two M1 efforts were good and willing to toss last week from post 8. Now Dunn has no excuse to not be in control early or in the pocket. Looking for a big effort either way at a nice price.
3-Lyons Sentinel (3-1)-Similar to #2, has been bet in the last couple but hasn't been able to seal the deal. Tetrick should be able to work an efficient trip tonight and be in striking range at the top of the lane.
7-Rocknificent (4-1)-This will be a good test but does come off a sharp win from this same post and got on the engine with a 26.2 opening quarter. Zeron could find a good seat and then look to come off cover. There should be an honest pace and best to not overlook, usually is in the hunt at the Big M.
4-Allywag Hanover (7/2)-Left from post 12 in the Graduate Series which made it a difficult task and the trip wasn't efficient but paced willingly to the wire. Tetrick takes over and he won the last time between the pipes on 6-5. Should be driven aggressively and be put in play from the word go.
5-Cattlewash (3-1)-This will be the 3rd start of 2021, and both previous efforts were good but didn't produce a win. Miller has gate speed to use but the start could be wicked if the #2 and #4 both blast out. Miller might work a stalking trip and roll by down the lane.
2-Captain Barbossa (4-1)-Dunn will likely not battle #4 early but he wants to stay close and be the best in the last quarter. This should be a fun race to watch and if the track is dry they could go in 1.47 or faster.
4-This Is The Plan (2-1)-There won't be much decision making by Gingras as he will almost certainly be headed to the point. Faded down the stretch in the last start but was off 3 weeks between races. Expecting better tonight.
8-Angers Bayama (6-1)-This 5-year-old son of Big Jim doesn't boast the bankroll of others but appears to be worth a swing at a solid price. Smoked the back half in 52.3 to win at a big price last week and this race could have some very hot early fractions.
1-Hypnotic AM (9/2)-Most tickets will be using #6, and #5 Romana Hill. But this mare has a win and 2 losses by less than a length versus tough foes in the Graduate Series. Using off those efforts and starting on the rail could help. If anyone is beating Atlanta my chips are on this Merlander trainee, who should offer some value.
6-Atlanta (3-1)-Looked in control, like the Champ she is in her 1st start of 2021. Making it 2 straight appears to be well within reach with a smooth journey and Gingras has options.
Race 6) 2,3,7
Race 7) 4,5
Race 8) 2,4,8
Race 9) 1,6
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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