by Al Cimaglia
July 17, 2021
Tonight, all eyes will be on the Meadowlands as the signature race in East Rutherford, the Meadowlands Pace with a $700,000 purse rolls in Race 9. The rainy weather could play a factor like it did last Saturday in the Eliminations. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 11 and the sequence has a $75,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout.
Race 9-Meadowlands Pace-$700,000 Purse
3-Chase N Hanover (15-1)-It would be difficult to believe many will use this Captaintreacherous 3-year-old on top but it is a wide open race and the weather forecast is problematic. Sears hasn't done much this year but he is still capable of putting this Scott Cox entry in play. Wasn't used hard in his Elim, can manage on an off track and should be a healthy price. Plus, usually races on smaller ovals but paced well down the stretch. This will be my key and has hit the board in 14 of 17 lifetime with 5 wins.
4-Southwind Gendry (3-1)-Comes off a sharp effort last week and looks like a main player tonight. It's hard to say how the money will be spread around. But the Gingras-Burke combo attracts interest and there might not be any value if bet down. It's still best to respect last week's performance was not a fluke.
1-Perfect Sting (7/2)-Dave Miller is the master of measuring efforts and saving some gas for the Final. Breeders Crown Champ could be sitting on a big race. Not sure Miller can wire this field but he could be on the engine or in the pocket right after the word GO.
5-Lawless Shadow (10-1)-Woodbine-Mohawk regular had a nice effort in last and that was the 1st start over the M1 surface. It was also the 1st time this colt raced on an off track. This is another that should offer a solid price and could step up off last week's performance.
7-One Eight Hundred (9/2)-Takter trainee didn't look like a 2/5 shot but did safely qualify. It is probably a mistake to overlook. But the track could be in a similar condition as rain is in the forecast most of the day. Will respect the Takter-Tetrick connection, especially if overlooked at the windows.
$10 Win on 3
$8 Exacta 3/1,4, $4 Exacta 3/5,7
$8 Exacta 1,4/3, $4 Exacta 5,7/3
0.50 Late Pick 4-$75,000 Guaranteed Pool
4-Cattlewash (7/2)-Left hard from post 8 last week and sealed the deal with a .53 back half for the 1st win in 2021. Miller provided a nice trip and from this post may look to get on the engine. Could be time for a winning streak.
5-Tattoo Artist (10-1)-Left hard last week to get the top and sizzled a 53.3 first half in the slop. Did fade to 3rd but still had a 27.1 last quarter. The Ryder barn has been cold but this 4-year-old is worth a swing at the morning line price.
7-This Is The Plan (5/2)-Has banked over $500k this year so far, took the long way around in last and still won. Hard to leave out with recent sharp form but this is a tough bunch and should be a short price. Has won only 2 of 17 at the Big M.
1-Rattle My Cage (8-1)-The chart maker called it an interference break in last but not sure that was correct. Either way it was a sloppy track and a rain storm so there were excuses. This barn is batting 29% winners over the last 30 days and Tetrick should have this colt in striking range throughout. Might be overlooked at the windows.
2-Captain Corey (5/2)-Svanstedt trainee makes 1st Big M start of the season after a nice qualifier on 7-10. Gingras takes a seat tonight, he steered in the tune-up and came the back half in .55 flat. Looks ready for a big try.
3-Venerate (9/5)-Just an amazing effort last week on an off track and raced parked out the entire mile. The trip will be much better this time but won't be 7/2.
7-Sandbetweenmytoes (9/2)-Not my favorite horse but was Dunn's choice and may have met a field to record its first M1 victory, currently (0-7). Dunn was in the bike in the last start at Phl on 6-27 and scorched the 1st half in 52.4. Best to respect, has faced some tough customers here in 2021 and this is a better level for success.
9-Shoobee Doo A (3-1)-Did keep grinding at this class and finished 3rd by a neck last week in the first Big M start. This 6-year-old likes to win and if the pace is hot it could be time for a trip to the winner's circle.
1-Ana Malak N (9/2)-This is not the most formful bunch and Ana has the gate speed to get the point and control the race. Will need a big try to take a picture at this class but drawing the rail could be a difference maker plus 1st time Dave Miller may help.
4-Covered Bridge (6-1)-Gingras returns and this Burke pupil has been involved in some fast miles in East Rutherford. Looking for a sharp steer and with a top effort the biggest check is within reach versus this field.
6-Dealer's Table (7/2)-Steps-up and wasn't Tetrick's choice but that last mile was impressive. Drew off by >8 lengths and Sears should be aggressive from this post. Best to remember that on 4-3 beat the NW15000L5 here from this post.
8-Ima Real Ladys Man (3-1)-This was Tetrick's choice over #6 and will toss last in the slop, off-track record is 1-13. The pace could be lively and that should help, so will include and respect connections. But doesn't warrant a short price.
Race 10) 4,5,7
Race 11) 1,2,3
Race 12) 7,9
Race 13) 1,4,6,8
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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