1) Up The Credit 2/1 Jamieson Jamieson Kyron Morrisson Paquet The King Of The Hill-for the moment anyway-he'll go to the July 9 Pace elims as the one to beat. Nice freshening up period after the NA Cup-actually Carl Jamieson was crediting the colts IN-activity before the NA Cup as one of the keys to his success. Jody and Tim Tetrick were the last two drivers to make their Meadowlands Pace debuts-BOTH doing so in 2007-and they finished 1-2. (Southwind Lynx-Tell All)
2) Big Jim 3/1 Dean James Carr Is there some kind of recent jinx for the 2 YO Of the Year coming back at three among the pacing colts? Major In Art never raced again-and Nebupannezzar just returned from a 2 Year layoff. Now Big Jim is staring at his first losing streak. BUT-he's undefeated at the Meadowlands this year and has to be respected.
3) Betterthanchedar 4/1 Coleman West Wins Stable Calhoun Won on the sloppy going at Mohawk July 2 and is looking for some redemption in the Pace elims and final. Blazing/Wicked speed is here-now he just has to make sure to use it at the right time. Son of 2001 Meadowlands Pace favorite Bettors Delight-sire of the undefeated and unbelievable See You At Peelers.
4) Roll With Joe 5/1 Hart Blue Chip Not To Worry Demeter Winbak Qualified back in good order and has Sears committed. Brian makes his 9th STRAIGHT Meadowlands Pace appearance-the current longest streak of any driver-with Campbell sidelined after an incredible 30 straight (1981-2010)
5) Celebrity Citation 6/1 Coleman Celebrity Farms Staffan Lind Only been in the Casie Coleman barn for 2 and 1/2 months, but has already posted a couple of big-time romps in 1:50 and just missed a nose at Georgian in 1:49.2 this past week. Casie Coleman is set for her 4th Meadowlands Pace final-and long overdue for a reversal of fortune in this race.
6) Powerful Mist 8/1 Givens Legacy Of Racing Delaware Made a huge statement with a convincing take-THAT type of mile in the July 2 Three YO Open at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller's been second in the Pace before-My Boy David-this might be his best opportunity yet to kick the door in all the way.
7) Custard The Dragon 10/1 Teague Teague Fannin Gewertz $500,000 Hoosier Cup winner for 20 YO Montrelle Teague. Anyway you slice it-THAT race was the coming out party for young Teague-who now has shown he's capable of going with the best, but beating them as well. Teague may be THE most represented trainer in the eliminations-but this colt looks at this point to be the most versatile.
8) Drop The Ball 12/1 Croghan Let It Ride Cooper Parham Ross Croghan looking for his first win-and with a filly that is defying all odds as the first one to enter the elims since 1991 (Miss Easy) as well as looking to be the first to MAKE the final since 1978-1979 (Courageous Lady-Hazel Hanover) She'd also be the first current 2 YO track record holder to win the Pace at 3 since Nihilator did it in 1985. Looks like See You At Peelers has some company after all.
9) Foreclosure N 15/1 Steacy R Peter Heffering Beat the Older horses at Mohawk in 1:51.1 July 2 on a track slowed a great deal by inclement weather. He's quietly showing to be a force-though firmly under the radar-and can get a big charge from the New Zealand contingent if he upsets the apple cart. Remember that in 2004-95% of the purse went to New Zealand trainers-Pelling-Ryder and Harder.
10) Best Of Best Hanover 20/1 Martin L'Ecurie Triple P Inc. Western Hanover DID make it after all-despite Big Bad John not coming this year. Strictly a closer, Daniel Dube is back (Remember he was out last year at this time and John Campbell handled the favorite Rock N Roll Heaven) and will look to pick them off late to make it to the final. NOTE: Regular driver Jack Moiseyev- a two-time Meadowlands Pace winning driver-is out with a broken leg suffered last Saturday at Mohawk
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