08/04/2016 10:24PM

Meadowlands: Resolve looks to rebound in competitive Cashman Memorial

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Resolve will start from post five in Saturday's Cashman Memorial.

What the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial lacks in name recognition for its combatants, the stake makes up for it with a full field of quality older trotters with plenty of current form.

Four of the 10 horses own earnings north of $1 million and six come into the Saturday’s Cashman at The Meadowlands with at least a third-place finish in their previous race. One of those is Cutler Memorial winner Resolve, who blazed his way around this same oval on June 24 in 1:52 2/5 to easily win the $200,000 stake.

Resolve received a break following the Cutler and freshened up for the Cashman in an Open Handicap overnight at Yonkers Raceway. Sent off at 3-5, Resolve aborted an early leave attempt and settled in last. When driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt pulled, he received unwanted cover and had to check briefly. After that the 5-year-old just never seemed to kick into high gear.

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“He was bad,” said Svanstedt bluntly. “He was lazy from the time he saw the gate. Normally he is pulling behind the gate but this time he was lazy.”

Svanstedt placed the blame for the poor efforts on a four week layoff and a virus that was going around his barn causing many of his horses to race badly. “They’ve had a problem with their throats (mucus) for three weeks and it has taken time for them to come back,” said Svanstedt.

Resolve, who finished second in the Elitlopp at Sovalla and won the Mack Lobell (only to be dq’d) at The Meadowlands, has trained well according to Svanstedt since his July 23 race at Yonkers. He’ll leave from post five in the sixth race on the power-packed Hambletonian Day card on Saturday.

JL Cruze gave notice in his most recent start that he could finally be ready to reach the lofty heights of 2015. While the Eric Ell trainee has won five of 10 starts, he has fallen short of the near perfection he exhibited while winning 16 of 21 starts a year ago. Last week, JL Cruze did all the work on the lead while finishing second behind super-mare Hannelore Hanover in a 1:51 1/5 mile at The Meadowlands.

John Campbell will drive JL Cruze from post seven.

Starting from post six is Obrigado for the tandem of Mark MacDonald and trainer Paul Kelley. The 6-year-old sits second in earnings for his division this year while compiling an impressive 9-4-1-4 record.

Other obvious contenders include Flanagan Memory (post one), who is seeking his third straight win, millionaire Crazy Wow (post two), and Homicide Hunter (post four), a recent 1:51 1/5 winner at Pocono in his last race.

The Cashman has a scheduled off time of 2:07 p.m. on the 16-race card which commences at noon.