USTA Play of the Day
by Michael Carter
The Meadows Race 9 (Pick 5)
Date: 10/9/2018 Carryover: $0 Guarantee: $5,000
Ticket: 1,3/7/1,4,7/5/6– Cost: $12.00 ($2.00 cent base)
Yesterday’s Recap – There were no strategic wagers yesterday (Columbus Day)
Race 9: #1 IRON MINE JOHNNY recovered from his sick scratch very well and handled the time off like it was nothing last week. He looked a little tired last week but raced gamely. Look for a bounce-back score. #3 UPFRONT CHARLIEBOY put in a good effort down the lane but was leg weary to the winner. Today he gets a driver change to Fahy which could make a difference.
Race 10: #7 SHOOBY SAID is one of the more consistent horses in the group this week. He has a good amount of early speed and normally when he gets in a good early position he races well. Look for Merriman to leave this week.
Race 11: #1 ANTAGONIST draws the rail this week after a tough effort from post ten last out. He steps back to face a little easier company and from the rail that could play to his advantage. #4 TRIBAL WAR gets a driver change to Tony Hall who has hit the board with this gelding before. He has had a couple of tough efforts from outside draws, look for improvement. #7 OFFDAHOOK BLUECHIP has put in a couple of game efforts as of late, but he has a very big amount of speed. He normally does not miss by much, look for him at a small price.
Race 12: #5 FAIR GLIDER needs the last start thrown out where he made a break before the ¼ and never really recovered. He was claimed in that effort by trainer William Rhoades who is currently winning at a 27% clip. Should improve this week.
Race 13: #6 KEYSTONE STEAM won decisively off the driver change to Palone last week and facing this same group tonight, I have to believe that mile may happen again. You won’t’ get a big price of him, but he looks like a lock on paper.