The Big Horse Handicapper provides a weekly handicapping column to the USTA covering races on Friday and Saturday. The USTA has given the Big Horse Handicapper a $100 mythical bankroll each week for wagering.
This weekend we look forward to racing at the Meadows as they host their premier event, the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios on Saturday. Also, The Meadowlands will feature great stake racing including a prep for the Hambletonian Oaks and eliminations for the John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot. In the Cashman eliminations, the top five finishers will come back to the final that will be held next Saturday night.
Last weekend we had a big weekend. We cashed for $359 from our $100 mythical bankroll. We scored on three of our six wagers including the $239 Trifecta on the Battle of Lake Erie.
Heading into weekend #91 we have wagered $8,919 and have cashed for $7,093.
We will be back next week for a huge weekend as we look at the Hambletonian program on Saturday!
Good Luck Everyone!
Big Horse Selections for Friday and Saturday, July 25-26
Friday, July 25
The Meadowlands Race #6 **$30,000 A-2/A-1/FFA**
(2) D’Orsay (12-1) must be considered as a live longshot as she has played the role of Giant Killer before as she defeated Bee A Magician four starts back at a big 54-1 price! She comes off a game try last time being parked outside and closing in a :26:3 last quarter. She again draws inside and gets Callahan in the bike.
The Play: $10 to win and place #2 Cost: $20
The Meadowlands Race #10 **$27,500 C-2 Dash for The C-Notes Final**
(3) Bossy Volo (7-2) brushed to the lead last time out while dropping down in class and opened up to a two length victory while facing similar competition. He is a five time $29,000 winner this year and is always very competitive. He draws inside here and looks to be a prime contender. The entry of (1) and (1A) also look good considering they draw post 3 and 6 and each can close very hard through the stretch. They could be in a prime spot to unleash their late kick.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 3/1/245610 and $1 Trifecta 3/245610/1 Cost: $10
Saturday, July 26
The Meadows Race #5 **$27,676 Ned McCarr 3 year old Filly Trot**
(3) Ballare Hanover (7-2) will again face stake caliber competition after having three solid scores coming from off the pace. She made up over 8 lengths in each of her last two races securing victory and looks to be improving with each and every start. She appears ready to step up her game as she faces tougher competition.
The Play: $15 to win #3 Cost: $15
The Meadows Race #10 **$114,175 Quinton Patterson Adios Volo**
(10) Also Encouraging (6-1) draws an interesting spot having the second tier and trailing the likely favorite (1) Gallie bythe Beach (5-2). Also Encouraging has been closing strong and just missing in photo finishes in her last two races. She is in very sharp form for the Coleman barn and if able to get position, she should again give a solid effort here.
The Play: $10 to win and place #10 Cost: $20
The Meadows Race #12 ** $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Final**
(2) McWicked (7-5) has looked unstoppable in each of his last three races as he continues to impress and sports sub :27 last quarters. He draws the perfect post and will be hustling out early once again. He is the one to beat. (3) At Press Time (6-1) has been the runner-up to our top choice both times in recent starts. He too has very fast early speed and will be gunning for position.
The Play: $2 Trifecta 2/3/145679 Cost: $12
The Meadowlands Race #5 **Hambletonian Oaks Prep**
(2) Designed to Be (8-5) was in tight quarters last time out and was closing strong in the stretch. She showed a big :26:4 last quarter and should be ready for a big effort here. (3) Shake It Cerry (2-1) held off all challengers after building a big lead at the top of the stretch. She is the lone millionaire in the field and the one to beat.
The Play: $10 Exacta 2-3 Cost: $10
The Meadowlands Race #7 **$50,000 John Cashman Memorial – Elimination**
(2) Your So Vain (7-2) raced huge last time out making a three-wide move early and finishing strong in his one mile and an eighth distance. That was his stable debut for Svanstedt and is one that looks to be returning to top form.
The Play: $10 to win #2 Cost: $10