by Al Cimaglia
July 10, 2021
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 13 race card ready to roll. The feature comes in Race 10, the Graduate Series Final with a $250,000 purse. Also on the program are Elimination races for next week's Meadowland's Pace. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 10. That 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.
3-Captain Barbossa (5-1)-Didn't explode down the lane in last and faded to 6th. Comes right back here which has happened only 2 times this year. Has won both starts when racing the following week and the Alagna barn is batting 31% over the last 30 days. The pace should be hot and Dunn might have more luck coaxing a big burst down the lane with top money on the line.
4-Ruthless Hanover (7/2)-Got on the engine on 6-19 and sizzled home in a new lifetime mark of 147.2. AMac will probably follow the same script to blast out and not look back. Will be tough to beat with a similar effort.
7-Tattoo Artist (10-1)-Will take a swing for a price and this Ryder trainee has the gate speed to get a close-up seat. Does need a trip but getting one isn't out of the question and could be overlooked at the windows.
5-My Pal Joe (4-1)-Comes off a sharp effort on 6-3 from post 9 to cash a 3rd place check at this class. This is the first prime post draw in almost 2 months and has won 4 of 16 starts at M1. AMac makes his 2nd tour of duty and it's best to respect.
6-Shake That House (6-1)-Tossing last versus tough foes. Will need a top effort at this level but has the gate speed to get a good seat and there could be a hot pace. If the fractions are lively this Alagna trainee should be rolling by the half and with a good steer could pop at a nice price.
2-De Los Cielos Deo (5/2)-Gets post relief and faces slightly easier here. Comes off a large effort in last and was absolutely smoking with a 52.4 back half. This week Miller should be in striking range for a picture turning for the wire.
3-The Devils Own N (9/2)-Drops to a more comfortable level in what is likely to be the last start for these connections. Has been entered in the Tattersalls sale on 7-18. Dunn should work a very good trip with this post draw and could offer a solid price.
8-Ima Real Ladys Man (3-1)-Finished just ahead of #2 last week. Hasn't won since 5-1 and has been in the hunt without the best of trips in the last 3 races. This post may not pose a big issue, shows 2 wins from this slot back in April and Tetrick was steering then too.
2-Gods Spirit N (3-1)-Has been leaving for the top and that hasn't worked well, but could try a different route here. The 2021 record is only 1-11, but this appears to be a beatable field and TMac has choices from this post.
3-Dealer's Table (7/2)-Drops to a soft spot and has been stuck outside in the last 3 starts. Tetrick returns and could be sitting on a big try. Hasn't won since 4-3 but has been facing tougher and should relish the company tonight.
Race 10) 3,4,7
Race 11) 5,6
Race 12) 2,3,8
Race 13) 2,3
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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