by Al Cimaglia
July 30, 2021
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 13 race card and the 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10. 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.
5-Play Trix On Me (4-1)-Will toss last the start in the Hambo Maturity, never really had a chance. This is the 2nd race for the Per Engblom barn and it's a spot to get on the engine and not look back.
6-Lovedbythemasses (5/2)-Comes off a sharp win and now steps-up. Is trip dependent, so not in love with the 5/2 price and will need an honest pace to close into. But there appears to be lively fractions coming as #5 and #8 could head for the point. Could be in the hunt if Sears does his part.
8-Scirocco Rob (3-1)-Should like the company and Tetrick could have the pedal down from the word "Go". If Rob is on his game the post will help the price and not be an obstacle for success.
5-Double Account (3-1)-Tetrick being back in the bike for the Cullipher barn is usually a good sign. This is a drop and pop situation that should not be overlooked.
8-HL Revadon (6-1)-This 5-year-old has hit the board 16 times in 27 M1 starts with 6 pictures. Landy trainee will have the services of Dunn and that adds points. Taking a swing at a fair price that the 2nd start off the bench will be a strong try.
5-Let's Foal Around (8-1)-This is a race without a standout, so will look for a solid price and will use despite being 1-23 this year. If dialed on high this 10-year-old should be forwardly placed to use one nice brush down the lane.
6-Spirit Of Truth (10-1)-Here's another veteran who is camera shy in 2021 (1-21). But gets post relief, drops and is 1st time Dunn. That's enough to include in an ugly race.
7-Whittaker N (5-1)-The Blumenfeld barn is ice cold, 0-31 in the past 30 days but this 8-year-old has booked 13 wins in 57 starts at the Big M. Shipping in from Yonkers seems a bit odd, but Tetrick lands in the bike and he has steered before at M1 versus better. That got my attention, and certainly isn't out of this taffy pull.
3-Marvalous One (3-1)-Drops to a softer spot seeking the 1st win of 2021 (0-9). Recent form has been dull but this isn't a group of All-Stars and Dunn drives. Looking for an aggressive steer and to be close to the lead at the top of the stretch.
7-Stirling Ensign (7/2)-Gingras returns, and he might be able to light a fire under this 8-year-old. Beat similar 2 back and got the top and made every call a winning one. Gingras knows how to follow that script.
9-Constntlysidewys A (9/2)-This veteran is 1 for the last 27 and is the 3rd morning line chalk, so you get the picture. This will be the 1st try at M1 and the 2nd race for the new barn. The last start was better and there should be an honest pace. AMac may find some live cover and be the best down the lane.
Race 10) 5,6,8
Race 11) 5,8
Race 12) 5,6,7
Race 13) 3,7,9
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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