The Meadowlands - With the titans of the "Glamour Boy" division racing for a half million dollars in the Hempt final at Pocono and the Meadowlands Pace eliminations just a week away, four Pace eligible horses are getting one final chance to impress their connections enough to make the leap on the Saturday night card at The Meadowlands.
Trainer Tony Alagna has three of those prospects in his barn and two of them will go forth in race three.
Mr Varsity (PP #7) went the best race of his life last week, taking a Non Winners class with a 1:50 mile in his very first start of the season making a strong case for consideration. The Roll With Joe colt gets Marcus Miller back in the bike for owners Crawford Farms, Robert LeBlanc, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners on Saturday.
Just to the outside of Mr Varsity, Odds On Delray will get underway for driver Joe Bongiorno. The spawn of two great champions, by Somebeachsomewhere from My Little Dragon, Odds On Delray won the Metro consolation and was second both weeks of Red Mile Grand Circuit at two but has been slow to find his best form thus far at three. This start will tell the tale for owner Odds On Racing as to his immediate future.
Western Hill has accomplished the most of the Alagna trainees at age three and comes in off a good fifth place finish in the North America Cup final. The Tom Hill homebred won a few minor stakes at two and starts from the rail in the eighth race with Joe Bongiorno aboard.
The fourth Pace eligible is RJP (Marcus Miller) who will start from post nine in that same eighth race. RJP was a Red Mile Grand Circuit winner last fall for trainer Erv Miller and has been improving in each of his four starts this season. With any luck he'll punch his ticket to the big dance for owners Donald & John Prushnok, David J Miller and Lawrence Means.
It's a twelve race card on Saturday with the standard horizontal wager guarantees in place and free program pages for the Late Pick 4 available on the web.
Post time is 7:15.