I must admit I was not watching all the action at the Meadows today. As previously mentioned, having twelve two year old races on the card is far from attractive as a wagering option. With the Hambletonian and Oaks eliminations tonight, there is a better place to invest my wagering dollars than on a slew of two year old races.
Despite the somewhat inferior racing card, the in-house/simulcast program at the Meadows should be mandatory viewing by all racetracks regardless of bred. Their show is second to none.
That being said, there were four races to watch at the Meadows today and here is a brief recap of those races.
1st Division of the Adioo Volvo - What can I say? For some reason my pick Pedigree Snob decided to go all out with fractions of :25.4, 53.1, 1:20.4. Is there any wonder she got beat? Sears had Blogette Hanover in the right spot so when Pedigree Snob tired, she was able to grab the victory in 1:51.2. In her loss, Pedigree Snob still looked good, after all with those fractions she had every right to be up the track at the end; she still lost by less than a length. Dawn's Legacy, my second pick and the 7-5 favorite was awful.
2nd Division of the Adioo Volvo - Ginger and Fred continues her dominating ways. She wired won the nine hole to win in a convincing 1;51. Samantha Q at 50-1 who took Ginger and Fred to the quarter spiced up the exacta with her second place showing; it was a gutsy showing by her. Personal Ad finished a well beaten third.
Adios Consolation - Fireintheshark, a 17-1 shot, survived an inquiry winning the Adios Consolation in 1:50.2. George Brennan managed to 'squeeze' through to get up at the end, admitting the inquiry could have gone either way. Sheer Desire (my selection) got the lead at the half and got nailed at the end to finish second. Rusty's All In finished third. Vertigo Hanover continues to be off form; a lay off may be in order for him.
Adios Final - Vintage Master saved the day for me. Third in the morning line, there was no way I could let Vintage Master go at 13-1. Yes, he was my third choice, but in the event of a torrid duel up front, I could not ignore those odds on a stone closer. Well, he came flying late off of fractions of :26.2, :51.3, 1:21, 1:49.2 but this was no torrid duel. Well Said was sixth at the quarter parked with cover before getting the lead at the half. After that, he controlled the pace till the top of the stretch. This mile was well within Well Said's ability; you sensed as they headed into the stretch it was just not Well Said's day. Mister Wiggles closed well to finish 2nd and Well Said held on to finish third. For those that say Well Said lost due to post nine, I would disagree; it is hard to keep a horse razor sharp week in week out. He lost fair and square. Curious to see whether Well Said heads back to the Meadowlands for the Oliver Wendell Holmes or if he will get a little freshening. One thing for sure, he will be back; a champion bounces back from defeat.
As for Ron Pierce's take on the race? No blaming post position nine. Just an acknowledgement that Well Said was tired and in need of a race.
On to the Meadowlands and the Hambletonian and Oaks eliminations!