Updated: Neglected to originally comment on the two trailers in the Moni Maker race.
Friday night brings the curtain down on the main portion of the 2010 Meadowlands meet and it goes out with a quartet of major races; The Sweetheart, Woodrow Wilson, Golden Girls, and the Haughton Memorial. My analysis follows.
But first, our attention turns to The Red Mile where tonight, The Moni Maker is being contested. The Moni Maker is a major race for three year old trotting fillies which features Hambletonian Oaks winner Bar Slide. Bar Slide looks to be well supported at the windows, but a victory here is far from a foregone conclusion as it is a wide open race. My support willbe going to Springtime Volo, hoping to score a minor upset.
The Red Mile - 7th Trot - $232,750; The Moni Maker - 3yo Fillies
1 - Cantab It All (Dube, 9-2) - Broke through in the Duenna and gets the rail which fits her style. Figures to be a factor here.
2 - Glide Power (Sears, 3-1) - Unable to hold off #1 in last. Same may happen again.
3 - Behindclosedoors (Wrenn, 12-1) - Not a factor in the Oaks but picks up Wrenn. Consider with long odds.
4 - Ultimate Cameron (Ritchie, 7-2) - Runner up in the Oaks has been knocking on the door consistently. Will break through soon.
5 - Springtime Volo (Shelter, 6-1) - Oaks elimination winner had bad trip in the final. Excellent value play.
6 - Bramalea Hanover (Pierce, 10-1) - Seems to be overmatched here. Pass.
7 - Ally-Gal Ridge (Irvine Jr, 15-1) - Been competing in second tier events. Seems to be up against it.
8 - Bar Slide (Tetrick, 5-2) - Oaks winner can't afford any mistakes. No value here.
9 - Christiana Hanover (Rekila, 15-1) - Outsider has drawn poorly but it may be a mistake to exclude from exotics.
10 - Impressive Kemp (Vanderkemp, 20-1) - Has broken last four pari-mutuel starts. Pass.
11 - Jesse's Messenger (Stahl, 20-1) - Coming off a two race win streak in the OSS. Has raced well against open before. Spice up exotics? .
12 - Bone A Fide (Macomber Jr, 10-1) - Will be hard pressed to get involved in the race.
Here is my analysis for the Meadowlands quartet of stakes closing out the meet.
The Meadowlands - 4th Pace - $402,400; Sweetheart Final - 2yo Fillies
1 -Rocklamation (Pierce, 6-1) - Picked up the pieces in her last; same to be expected this time.
2 - Shyaway (Sears, 4-1) - Elimination winner must be respected but seems to be up against it with the #5.
3 - Mothermayi Hanover (A. Miller, 15-1) - Front runner will need to be able to steal the race on the front end. Seems to be unlikely.
4 - Cndiana Jones (Buter, 20-1) - Appears to be overmatched.
5 - Show And Tell (Gingras, 8-1) - Success has come against cheaper. May be good enough to land a share.
6 - Honky Tonk Woman (D. Miller, 15-1) - Seems to be improving but still not up to it.
7 - Ace Of Pace (Brennan, 9-5) - What's to say? Heads above the rest of the field. One to beat.
8 - Ms Malicious (Tetrick, 5-1) - Not yet competitive against stakes caliber. Pass.
9 - Ladystar (Campbell, 10-1) - Nice effort against open company. Consider in exotics.
10 - Myluvmylife (Lachance, 20-1) - Post totally eliminates from consideration.
6th Pace - $473,000; Woodrow Wilson Final - 2yo Colts and Geldings
1 - Line Officer (Tetrick, 12-1) - Get needed class relief. Expect colt to make the best of it.
2 - Powerful Mist (Sears, 3-1) - Elimination winner must be respected but rail riding won't do it here.
3 - Grams Legacy (Pierce, 4-1) - Has been plagued with breaks early in career. Dangerous if flat.
4 - Roll'em Up (Lachance, 15-1) - Barely qualified for final. Pass.
5 - Rollwithitharry (Dube, 12-1) - Had received bye but probably could have benefited with a start.
6 - Arockin Hanover (A. Miller, 15-1) - Outsider against these.
7 - Shark Ingested (Brennan, 5-1) - Finished second in elimination. Prior :26 final quarter suggests we will see better this week.
8 - On The Radar (Gingras, 8-1) - Seems up against it.
9 - Fashion Delight (D. Miller, 7-2) - Has lethal stretch kick which may allow to overcome post.
10 - McSocks (Campbell, 15-1) - Post eliminates from contention.
7th Pace - $257,000; Golden Girls - FFA Mares
1 - Fox Valley Topaz (D. Miller, 15-1) - Still looking for first win of the season. Not the place to do it.
2 - Ginger And Fred (Sears, 10-1) - Made two moves in a hopeless effort last week. May be the upset play of the evening.
3 - Dreamfair Eternal (Waples, 9-2) - Has been knocking it out with the divisions best. Must respect.
4 - Yellow Diamond (Dube, 15-1) - Doubt she is ready to compete with these.
5 - Ramona Disomma (Brennan, 8-1) - Has not had success against this caliber.
6 - Not Enough (Jamieson, 10-1) - Millionairess may land share with best.
7 - On The Glass (Gingras, 5-2) - Lady Liberty champ looks to repeat. Have to consider.
8 - Shacked Up (Pierce, 15-1) - Another two mover who has chance to land share with a trip.
9 - Tug River Princess (Campbell, 7-2) - Has been fighting it out with the best but draws poorly.
10 - Southwind Temp (Tetrick, 6-1) - Tries better. Has back class which must be respected despite the post.
11 - Chancey Lady (A. Miller, 12-1) - Will need to work out the perfect trip from the second tier.
8th Pace - $702,500; William Haughton Memorial - Final
1 - Real Joke (Tetrick, 8-1) - It would be if this one wins. Share with best effort.
2 - Won The West (D. Miller, 7-2) - Suspect he's battling soundness issues. Heart may land share.
3 - Bettor Sweet (Campbell, 15-1) - Good recovery in last but meeting much better.
4 - Hypnotic Blue Chip (Jamieson, 9-2) - Upset winner in US Pacing Championship. Has ability to repeat.
5 - Oliver Cleo (Sears, 10-1) - Another one who seems to be over reaching.
6 - Mr Wiggles (A. Miller, 20-1) - Has yet to be able to compete against the aged FFAllers. Pass.
7 - Vintage Master (Dube, 8-1) - Appears to have peaked. Don't see tonight.
8 - Foiled Again (Gingras, 10-1) - Post eliminates from consideration.
9 - Shark Gesture (Brennan, 9-5) - Prep winner lost to #4 from the inside in last match up. Why like from the outside?
For those looking for Friday night Tioga selections, it is a rare dark night thhis week with racing resuming Saturday evening. However, Vernon Downs is hosting another leg of the Kindergarten Classic Trotting Series (the first leg was at the Meadowlands). I took a look at those races and here are my selections:
1st Trot - $10,000; Kindergarten Classic Trotting Series - 2yo Fillies (1st division)
2 - Temple Of Heaven (9-5)
5 - Ornela Dream (3-1)
3 - Sizzling Volo (6-1)
3rd Trot - $10,000; Kindergarten Classic Trotting Series - 2yo Fillies (2nd division)
3- Sacred Saint (3-1)
1 - Iron Lady (10-1)
7 - Electra Blue Chip (2-1)
5th Trot - $10,000; Kindergarten Classic Trotting Series - 2yo Colts and Geldings
1 - VC Chocoholic (5-2, coupled with Sexy Dirty Money)
2A-Evil Urges (7-2, coupled with Whit)
7 - Charlie De Vie (9-2)