• Summer Explodes With Stakes, Exotics

    POSTED Jul 13, 2011
    The $1-million Meadowlands Pace may be the center of the weekend harness action but the events orbiting the magnificent cast of glamour-boy pacers going for the gold are filled with opportunity for bettors.  

    Aside from addressing win, place and show bets and various exotics, Pick-4 action has been pumped up for the weekend.  

    On Friday, July 15, the offering is the “Back To The Track” National Pick Four, with a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The wager begins with Meadowlands Race 8 (9:35 p.m. EST) and includes one race each from Northfield (Race 8), Yonkers (Race 9) and Maywood (Race 6). The wager is a $1 minimum bet with only a 15-percent takeout. For this exotic, TwinSpires offers 10 X points!  

    A $150,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick 4 on Meadowlands Pace night, July 16, winds up with the million-dollar “Pace” (race 9, 10:08 p.m. EST). This also features a 15-percent takeout. Suggestions on exotics, along with major stakes reviews, follow.  

    Some of the weekend’s offerings include the glamour-boy-and-girl trotters. These events are analyzed at our Hambletonian Trail blog and the Hambletonian Society’s exclusive coverage of all the action, before and after, of both divisions.  

    ‘Pace’ Makes The Race

    On July 16, the top soph-colt pacers meet for the Meadowlands Pace and it should be a bettor’s dream since the favorite is Big Jim. The pre-anointed soph champ has already shown his short-comings but the crowd is so impressed with his “Pace” elim win, he has been made the morning-line favorite.

    We like this because there are a few other things going on in this field that merit attention. The loss by Powerful Mist in Big Jim’s winning elim was impressive. “Mist” almost got to “Jim” and we can expect he will in the big-dough event.

    Our two-week success story, Custard The Dragon is still pumped and will be raring to make a million-dollar race the main ingredient to a sparkling resume for himself and trainer George Teague, Jr. (pictured) This colt is fearless of his foes and should be the favorite here, leading to another overlay situation.

    Two outsiders are Westwardho Hanover and Bestofbest Hanover. These could be the exotic keys, unless something goes so awry that either finds a way to win. “Westward” showed the kind of speed that, in a pocket, where he should be as “Jim” tries to steal the mile, could play a big role in the order of finish. “Bestof” has been better than most credit him for and that means a surprise is not off the grid.

    The other fan-handicapper faves, Betterthancheddar, Roll With Joe and Foreclosure may very well be off the board.  

    The ‘Peel’ Thing

    Undefeated soph-pacing filly See You At Peelers will make an appearance at the Meadowlands on Pace night. The undefeated gal goes for her 20th-straight win in a division of the Tarport Hap, a Grand Circuit event for her division (now dizzy from her presence).  

    She has only been to the Meadowlands once and that was to break her maiden in July of 2010. She is not eligible to the division’s Mistletoe Shalee on Hambletonian day, so she will be jogging elsewhere. Could she show up at the Adios against the boys? Last week, Drop The Ball failed to make the Pace final against the top soph dogs. “Peel” could be the best hope the gals have to topple the fellows in a long time.  

    Sugars & Daddies

    A single elim for next week’s Roses Are Red Final is among the July 16 offerings at Mohawk. Two local heroines show up for this: Western Silk and Dreamfair Eternal. This makes Rock N Soul a longshot, especially from post 8. This is a tough critter who is apt to race in the shadow of giant favorites and make a lot of noise. Use her to win and in exotics with “Eternal.” “Silk” is usually a mortal underlay.  

    Older trotters head north to prep for next week’s Maple Leaf Trot. A $50,000 mile at Mohawk presents seven who don’t have to contend with Arch Madness. Among the short field’s contenders is Triumphant Caviar. He has yet to fire his engines at four but should rev up to challenge San Pail, the local favorite, here.  

    His odds will certainly be worth accepting, as Lucky Jim looks to stay flat and go fast for the first time in a bit, and Define The World hopes to find a perfect trip to execute the others.  

    Exotic Explorations

    We aim for the National Pick 4 and the Saturday Meadowlands Pick 4 with subtle tickets, as we usually approach these exotics. Remember we endorse all of the horses we put on our ticket for win bets if you judge them to be overlays.  

    In the multi-track Pick 4 we will be using the following horses:

    Leg 1, Meadowlands, Race 8
    (7) The Kentuckian
    Leg 2, Northfield Park, Race 8
    (2) Mindy Love Brown; (6) Longlegacy
    Leg 3, Yonkers Raceway, Race 9
    (5) TJ’s Mr. Lavec; (7) Looking Hanover
    Leg 4, Maywood Park, Race 6
    (6) Notjustaprettyface

    In the Meadowlands Pace-night Pick 4, we will be using the following horses:

    Leg 1, Race 6
    (4) Charlie De Vie
    Leg 2, Race 7
    (2) E Street Plan; (8) I Fought Delaw; (10) Simply Business
    Leg 3, Race 8
    (4) Rock ‘Em; (7) Goose Creek

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     (Ray Cotolo assisted in this edition.)
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