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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Curtain Rises on the Meadowlands' Winter Meet

Racing resumes at the Meadowlands thus Friday (snow permitting) so it is only fitting that I handicap the card. 

The sixth race is an open pace for ten year olds and up who will be racing for $25,000.  Some people have an objection with carding a race for senior citzen horses with a $25,000 purse but it should be noted some of these horses have been racing for $21,000 and $24,000 purses currently.  The field was limited to the top ten money earners but if you are going to card a race like this, it should be an invitational.  For example, Make It Brief is making his first start since 2007 and Sequoiahs Spririt N's last effort was in a NW4000L5 start.  The racing secretary should have looked at the individual horses and looked not only at money earned but current form; then a $25,000 purse may have been deserved for this field.

Here are my early selections for the evening's card:

1st Trot - $14,000; NW $10,000 in Last 5 Starts; AE NW $60,000LT, Optional Claiming $30,000
2 - R-Valerie (Signore, 10-1)
9 - Spitiy Rayccer (Berry, 8-1)
6 - No Doze (Meittinis, 3-1)

2nd Pace - $12,500; 4YO Mares NW2PM or $30,000 LT as of 11-20-10 (White Ruffles Elig Preferred)
7 - Only The World (Tetrick, 2-1)
8 - Fortunes Smile (Brennan, 15-1)
2 - Whistle A Tune (Bartlett, 10-1

3rd Pace - $9,000; Claiming $15,000
1 - Rockinrollin Now (Brennan, 5-1)
6 - Twenty Till (Campbell, 10-1)
7 - Casino King (Bartlett, 15-1)

4th Pace - $12,500; 4YO Mares NW2PM or $30,000 LT as of 11-20-10 (White Ruffles Elig Preferred)
  2 - B J's Skye (Kakaley, 3-1)
10 - Upland Hanover (A Miller, 7-2)
  8 - Back Stabbers (Campbell, 15-1)
  5 - Jimmy The Terror (Gingras, 5-1)

5th Pace - $23,000; Mare NW $22,500 in Last 5 Starts AE: Opt Claiming Price $75,000
2 - Southwind Swallow (Tetrick, 3-1)
8 - High Speed Life (Gingras, 9-2)
1 - Native Doll (Kakalay, 15-1)

6th Pace - $25,000; Open 10YOs and Up 
10 - Tarver HAnover (Campbell, 6-1)
  5 - Mypanmar (D Miller, 9-2)
  6 - Irak Attack N (Gingras, 12-1)

7th Trot - $32,000; NW $22,500L5 Opt claiming Price $75,000  AE: Higher Money Earners Draw Outside
 10 - Winning Master (Kakaley, 2-1)
  6 - T Js Mr Lavec (Bartlett, 6-1)
  2 - Jolie's Prayer (Sears, 15-1) 
  7 - Donttellmywife (Brennan, 4-1)
 
8th Pace - $20,000; FM NW $16,000L5 AE: Opt Claiming $50,000
1 - Gerries Madison (Sears, 5-1)
3 - Ridge Jumper (Dube, 6-1)
5 - Semjac Legacy (Tetrick, 3-1)
 
9th Trot - $14,000; NW $10,000L5 AE: NW $60,000 LT, Opt Claiming $30,000
4 - I Look Special (Brennan, 10-1)
2 - Paisley (Campbell, 9-2)
7 - Definitely Mamie (Sears, 3-1)
8 - Tilly Bomb (Tetrick, 7-2)
 
10th Pace - $32,000; Mares Invitational
4 - Western Graduate (Simpson, 8-1)
1 - Bet The Ranch (Sears, 2-1)
5 - Cuz She Can (Dube. 12-1)
Coupled: Bet The Ranch and Red Star Hottie
 
11th Trot - $20,000; NW $16,000L5 AE: NW $75,000LT, Opt Claiming $50,000
1 - Beach Nut Brand (Gregory, 5-1)
6 - Whybabywhy (Holland, 3-1)
4 - Darlabar Man (Plutino, 15-1)
 
12th Pace - $14,000; Mares NW $10,000L5 AE: MW $60,000LT
4 - Princess Mcardle N (Sears, 3-1)
7 - Autumn Magic (Campbell, 5-1)
3 - Indulge Me (Manzi, 8-1)
 
13th Pace - $9,000; Claiming $15,000
6  - Leave It To Sam (Brennan, 4-1)
8 - Penn Turbo Ted (Dube, 10-1)
3 - Basilo Blue Chip (Berry, 3-1)
1 - In Kenny;s Honor (A Miller, 15-1) 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was at the Big M on closing night, 12/18. Tim Tetrick through his whip to me, which was so nice.

Looking forward to a reprieve, and many good nights there.

That Irak Attack N is such a great competitor; I'm glad that he can race for such a purse.

Really enjoy your blog. Thanks.
-John C.

vic p said...

Pacingguy

Have any dates been set for New
Jersey racing for 2011?
Meadowlands,Monmouth,AC,have not
heard a thing.

Pacingguy said...

All dates have not been set for the year. They are still waiting for the governor's signature on some racing bills and off course the Meadowlands' Championship meet depends on Jeff Gural signing a lease.

Here are the definite dates for racing in New Jersey:

Meadowlands - Thurs-Sat from January 7 to March 31.

Freehold - Wednesday thru Saturday in January except for week of January 17 when racing will be held on Monday, Thursday-Saturday. Freehold expects to release the balance of their schedule shortly.

Monmouth Park - No schedule yet.

Atlantic City Race Course - April 28-May 3