Note: For those that may have missed my comments regarding the latest column by Andrew Cohen, you may read it here.
To give you an idea as to the odds of getting a racino up and operating at the Meadowlands, the latest news from the New Jersey State Tourism and Entertainment committee should provide a sobering reality check. The committee voted 4-1 to approve a bill which would allow the eleven casinos in Atlantic City to offer online casino games for wagering by New Jersey residents. By offering intrastate online gaming, it would bypass federal law banning online gambling. The rationale? To help struggling casinos in Atlantic City. And you expect these people to vote for a referndum on VLTs at the Meadowlands?
Saturday night kicks off the debut of the Metro Six Shooter, a Pick-6 wager combining races from the Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway with $30,000 instant carryover. While I am personally not a big fan of Pick-6 wagers, here are the top three horses I see in each leg of the Metro Six Shooter:
Leg A (Meadowlands, Race 4) – Art Maker, Westbound Artist, Cole Diddy (2-9-8)
Leg B (Meadowlands, Race 5) – Talk To Tony, Private Room, Blue Claw (6-2-5)
Leg C (Yonkers Raceway, Race 5) – Upscale Hanover, The Maniac, Ideal Michael (5-3-2)
Leg D (Meadowlands, Race 6) – Majestic Jackpot, Lennon Blue Chip, My Masterpiece (5-6-1)
Leg E (Meadowlands, Race 7) – Daylon Beware, Share The Delight, Ten Big Soldiers (12-2-5), Scratched – Dial Or Nodial
Leg F (Yonkers Raceway, Race 7) – Mr Rockford, Sakra Fella, BB Torio (1-3-8)
On Sunday afternoon, Tioga Downs hosts their first major Open race with the running of the $160,000 The Artiscape Pace for Open Mares.
Here is my review of this race:
9th Race - $160,000; The Artiscape Pace – Open Mares
1 – Southwind Tempo (8-5) – Always tough horse gets needed post relief. Factor here.
1A – Tug River Princess (8-5) – Weakest part of three horse entry which says a lot for it.
1B – Ginger And Fred (8-5) – Has been tough and she races best on smaller ovals. Note gets post eight.
2 – McGibson (10-1) – Has been racing well but this field may be too tough.
3 – Chancey Lady (9-2) – Fits this class and gets needed post relief. Just don’t see here.
4 – Dreamfair Eternal (6-1) – Winner of three straight on WEG circuit. At 6-1 presents incredible value.
5 – Up Front Kellie Jo (20-1) – Ambitiously placed. Pass.
6 – On The Glass (3-1) – Wouldn’t shock me but I don’t see it from post seven.
7 – All Spirit (20-1) – Local entrant made two moves last week to win, but this would be a major shock to win.
8 – Shanghai Lil (15-1) – Draws second tier and doesn’t seem up to it.
With The Artiscape Pace being held, many of the top drivers in the northeast will be driving throughout the Tioga program on Sunday. We will see if they are able to improve some of the horses who may not have been racing at their peak.
For those looking to wager on Tioga Downs’ weekend cards, here are my early selections:
Tioga Downs, Saturday, June 5 1st - Tim Whiskers, Real Houdini, Princess Delight (6-3-7)
2nd - Latest Fashion, Aunt Ruby, Seven Bends (5-6-3)
3rd - Bonb Blue Chip, Tangerine, Sheenajunglequeen (3-1-2)
4th - Slated For Success, Banker Ablaze, Talkaboutjoy, S A Poster Boy (3-1-8-9)
5th - Zapphappy Kash, Catamount N, Double D Fine (3-6-7)
6th - Earlivic, Keystone Thomas, Heidi Falls (7-8-1)
7th - Wholli Molli Eddie, Panic, Counter Top, Cody's Honor (1-9-6-3)
8th - Think Gold, Baseball Express, Andover America (4-3-1)
9th - Hitontheflipside, Dreamanotherdream, Super Lotto (5-3-1)
10th - Briarwood Rex, Wattie N, Tree Light, Big Al's Delight (4-3-1-5)
Tioga Downs, Sunday, June 6
1st - Family Fortune, Tricky Fella, Goldstar Patriot D (2-7-4)
2nd - Hearty Fellow, Uncommon Hanover, Cool Flying Fun (1-3-4)
3rd - Seton Hall, Byrd, Cee Pee Bush (2-1-5)
4th - Life Of Roddy, Allamerican Solo, Ty Baron, Hose Me Down (7-6-1-8)
5th - Letsgo Volo, Wygant Prince, Folk Tail (4-7-6)
6th - Oceans Motion, Crown Lady, Hank's Queen (POE) (6-5-1A)
7th - Hobby Art Benka, Gavino, ML's Boy, Firmly (4-1-6-9)
8th - Kashability, Winbak Dimensions, Paydaze A Comin (5-4-3)
9th - Dreamfair Eternal, Southwind Tempo (POE), Chancey Lady (4-1-3)
10th - Allamerican Titan, Lahaye, Card Dealer (2-6-3)
11th - Cape Karuna, Magnum, Jove's Success (8-1-3)
12th - Keep On Dreamin, Star Drifter N, True Magic, Lookinforasign (5-4-9-2)