Tonight at the Meadowlands there is an unusual opportunity for harness racing horseplayers, an overflow field of twelve horses are going to the gate in the second leg of the Ima Lula late closing event for 4you trotting mares. The race is carded as the seventh race on the eleven race card and includes Superfecta wagering as well as is the start of the Pick 3.
Here is the field for the Ima Lula.
Meadowlands 7th Race - Trot, $20,000 - Ima Lula - 4yo Mares Late Closer 2nd leg
1 China Pearls (Campbell, 3-1) - Was the winner of her division of the 1st leg of the Ima Lula. Prior to last week, she was racing in Canada and racing well in the Miss Versatility at Georgian Downs. Prior to her win last week, her most recent victory came in an elimination of the Armbro Flight at Mohawk Racetrack.
2 Fitness Girl (Abbatiello, 30-1) - Has had a tough go in her first start back this year finnishing a well-beaten last in her season debut. She obviously had some problems racing only once as a three year old, but had a good year in Canada as a two year old. A well deserved long shot.
3 Beatgoeson Hanover (Sears, 6-1) - Was looking for a trip last week when she finished third to China Pearls. In her effort the week before, she won a nw16000l5 contest in 1:53.2. Will need another trip and a fast clip to be a factor.
4 Tui (Napolitano, 9-2) - Riding a two race win streak including the other division of the Ima Lula last week. She will need to be on the engine this week to be a factor.
5 Lady Andover (Lachange, 6-1) - Finished second to China Pearls last week off a trip. Another one who races well with a trip off a fast pace.
6 Oh Sweet Baby (A Miller, 15-1) - Has been off the board all seven starts this year and is likely to continue on her streak. Can't recommend the horse.
7 Four Dasmals (Johnson, 20-1) - Has been racing in a lower level late closing event at Tioga Downs and won her first start bak at Vernon Downs in a middle-level classifiied race. Did not show much last week and not likely on paper to show well. Will need to change strategy completely to be a factor.
8 Leah's Ex (Tetrick, 30-1) - Won first two legs of late closing event at Tioga Downs before blowing up in the final. In last week's effortl the horse shows nothing to suggest her recent form is about to change for the better.
9 Pantholops (D Miller, 12-1) - Has improved since return to the mile oval with a third place finish last week While not a front runner, she has the ability to race up close or look for a trip. May be worth a look at in the bottom of exoticsw.
10 All Munky Busines (Schnittker, 20-1) - Had the misfortune of racing against Kendall Blue at Tioga Downs, finishing second against the horse in both preliminaries and final. The return to the Meadowlands has not been helpful thus far.
11 Cedar Dove (Pierce, 4-1) - Draws the inside post in the second tier. Finsihed second against Tui in her division of the Ima Lula. Prior to then, she won the Miss Versatility after finishing second in the Armbro Flight final and elimination. Will try to follow China Pearls out to get a good trip with cover.
12 Firstclassprincess (Gingras, 8-1) - A shipper from the Burke stable comes in from the Meadows. Starting from the second tier as well, there is a good chance she will get a poor trip. I will pass on this one and tab her for a later effort.
I'll be looking at Cedar Dove as my win selection and putting Lady Andover under her for the exacta if it turns out ot be a value play.