Meadowlands 6th Trot - $50,000; Invitational (Exacta, Trifecta, Start of Pick 4)
1 Opening Night (Campbell, 12-1) - Winner of last at Philadelphia; winner of 4 of last five races. The horse deserves a chance to compete against the best though I suspect the top was reached last week.
2 Anders Bluestone (Pierce, 7-2) - Wire to wire last week at Pocono Downs coming home in :27.4 in winners over. Another one that has been consistently sharp. Can't see leaving him out of exotics.
3 He's Spooky (Tetrick, 8-1) - Won winners over at Pocono two weeks ago. Trounced in Open at Mohawk last month. Must prove he belongs with these.
4 Don't Know Chip (Gingras, 6-1) - Finished second to Anders Bluestone at Pocono and winner of Opens at Tioga Downs. This horse needs to work out a trip. Suspect he won't get the necessary trip.
5 Likeabatoutahell (Morrill, 12-1) - Faltered in last in race won by Opening Night. Suspect this field is too tough.
6 The Evictor (Callahan, 20-1) - Has been in poor form of late and overmatched. A pass.
7 Winning Mister (Sears, 5-2) - Jumped off in Maple Leaf Trot. Prior to that finished fifth in Titan Cup. This field is easier which is an advantage but must up front early.
8 Lanson (Lachance, 15-1) - Definitely off form. His best efforts come in the early part of the season.
9 Autumn Escapade (D Miller, 12-1) - Has raced well since she returned. Mare stepping up but figures to be tighter. Could provide an attractive horse at the right odds.
10 Sevruga (A Miller, 4-1) - 7 for 10 this year and won last against these; winner in Meadowlands Invitational early June. Post must be considered an issue, but still can win.
Autumn Escapade is the class of this race, when ready. At 8-1 or higher, I will play the lone mare. If odds are below 8-1, will look elsewhere at Winning Mister and play a Winning Mister-Sevruga exacta; would play a Winning Mister trifecta key over Anders Bluestone and Sevruga.