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Thursday, June 19, 2014

TVG Series Preview

The biggest race of the weekend is not the battle of Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous, it is the 11th race on Friday evening at the Meadowlands, the TVG FFA Series for trotters.  Can someone beat Sebastian K? Let's take a look at the field.

11th Meadowlands Trot - $50,000; TVG FFA Series
1 DW's NY Yank (Miller, 20-1) - Last two efforts weren't that bad but he showed bad form when racing against Sebastain K.  Pass here.
2 Archangel (Gingras, 5-1) - Has improved dramatically since last race at Meadowlands.  Suspect he's an improved horse and deserves consideration in exotics.
3 Market Share (Tetrick, 5-2) - A puzzle at age four.  One week good, then horrible next.  Not off current form
4 Arch Madness (Shmedhammer,12-1) -  Has lost a step at age 10,  Until he turns things around I would pass.
5 Sebastian K S (Svenstadt, 4-5) - Hard to ignore him..  Layoff reported to be no problem.  May be a race of beat the clock.
6 Creatine (LaChance, 10-1) - Finished 3rd in first wagering start.  Figures to improve.  Use under the fave for the exacta.
7 Sevruga (Pierce, 8-1) - Unable to hold on in Maxie Lee.  Better drive lands him in the money.
Selections: 5-6-7-2

Saturday night at Pocono Downs, Captaintreacherous hooks up against Foiled again to battle in the first elimination of the Ben Franklin   Quite honestly, while I think Foiled Again is starting to get long in the teeth, I would have to pick Foiled Again over the Captain thanks to his second place finish in the Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational .  Captaintreacherous was impressive in his first start of the season in the Meadowlands Maturity but the race was limited to 4yos.  Racing against older horses may be tougher for the Captain.

In other news:

Jody Jamieson plans to return to the sulky as soon as his suspension for using cocaine is over.  I think it is great.  Rest assured, the ORC will be keeping an eye out for him to make sure this was a one-off event as he claims.  Will Jamieson return to all his drives he had before?  Probably not as some owners will either be satisfied with the driver for their horse who filled in during the two weeks he was on the sidelines; owners who just don't want to trust someone with this kind of violation.  If this is the case, it is all good as there are consequences for our actions.  However, the best thing for Jamieson is to return to what he knows; driving horses.

The Maryland Racing Commission was given an update regarding Ocean Downs's planned RUS meeting.  Rather than endorsing the event, they took no action regarding the event. Endorsement by the MRC would have been nice, but since it is an exhibition race with no money coming from the purse account, the race will still take place without the MRC's blessing. Being they fear insurance issues and the possibility of riders falling off (they should watch a thoroughbred race), the horsemen and track should invite the judges to the track.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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