02/15/2012 11:38PM

Meadowlands Thursday: $27k Pick 5 Carryover


There is a $27,470 Pick 5 carryover commencing in race 1 and a $15,177 Pick 6 carryover starting with race 4 at the Meadowlands on Thursday night. The pool for the Pick 5 is expected to top $100,000.

It is worth noting that a good deal of rain is expected to cover the tri-state area by late afternoon Thursday. So check for scratches and try to get a glimpse of how the wind is blowing before you put in your ticket. Let’s dig into the Pick 5 with my ticket.

Race 1 – 1, 2, 5, 8, 9

This is the first division of the Rags To Riches series, which gives fans who show up at the track for each of the four preliminary legs the opportunity to share in the $100,000 purse up for grabs in the final. The series features eight divisions and the opener could be the most wide-open of the bunch.

I’m spreading deep in the first leg with five horses. (9) COLONEL MOFFITT is coming off an improved effort at Woodbine and the connections saw fit to send him south for this series. Post nine hurts but most of his races have been from off the pace and he does show one race at Windsor where he left the gate. Maybe Sears can hustle him away. (2) DOUBLE IT UP has been racing over his head lately, perhaps to protect him for this spot. Notice all of the strong miles he posted when he was down in class. (5) MARKET FORCE was super in his first start for the Jason Green barn. He won on the engine on a night when speed was awful and the track was very slow. (8) DISCO DRAGON has posted a string of solid efforts since joining the PJ Fraley barn. He should fit well with these. (1) PREMIER FLASH raced pretty well off the bench. I can’t rule out him stepping up.

Race 2 – 4

(4) NOT AFRAID looks like a standout in here. He was rock solid in his 2011 debut and had no chance of getting to a winner that was simply too fast for him. While one of the others in here could step up, they would need to be 5 to 10 lengths faster to have a chance.

My backup plays for those who like to spread are: (1) TROUBLE, who is eligible to show more in just his second start for the Julie Miller barn, and (6) AUTOMATIC, who is sent south by two time Hambletonian-winning trainer Blair Burgess.

Race 3 – 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9

I’m swinging for the fences here with a six-pack of horses. This is another Rags To Riches event where most of the field has a reasonable chance of getting home first. (6) TYREE was one of my Horses to Watch a few starts back, but then he bumped up in class. He was used hard last time but now he’ll go back to off-the-pace tactics. (3) JK KINAHURRA perked up in his second start for Team Miller; must use. (2) ARTIE BACARDI was over his head last time and now drops back to a winning level. (7) STEELER is a veteran who made over $100k last year. He was quickly scooped up when dropped in for a $10k tag last time out. This guy is capable of going to the front and never looking back. (4) ENRY was okay from an outside post last time. He should be sitting a decent trip this week. (5) WINGENUITY has some Meadows form to his credit and adds Sears.

Race 4 – 5, 6

(6) CONNIE LAUXMONT is not my top selection but is a legitimate key horse on paper. He has a three race win streak and now gets a better pilot in Brian Sears in the bike. The only caution is his past propensity to break. (5) WHITE RUSSIAN is another coming down from Canada for Burgess. I’m not sure why he stopped so badly last time, but his prior effort was quite good; maybe he doesn’t like the lead. Either way, Burgess doesn’t ship horses down here unless he has a shot.

Race 5 – 5, 9

I’m not the biggest fan of Dover shippers. That said, (5) KENTUCKY REBEL arrives on a four race win streak and sticks out like a sore thumb in here. Not only is this 10-year-old perfect this year, he also has class - $695,038 career earnings. I would understand if you keyed him on top. I will also throw in (9) ROCKIN GLASS. With Sears in the bike, this guy seems highly likely to gun to the front. That 1:51.4 mile at Woodbine tells you he is faster than these when on his game.

.50-cent Ticket – 1, 2, 5, 8, 9 / 4 / 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 / 5, 6 / 5, 9 = $60

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