by Al Cimaglia
November 27, 2021
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 13-race program with the first post coming at 6:20 EST. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Let It Ride N (3-1)-Nifty Norman 8-year-old doesn't race often but is usually ready to battle when he does. Scorched the 2nd half in .53 and still fell short by a 1/2 length in last. Fits well with this group and Dunn should have him in play when the gate opens.
4-Workin Ona Mystery (2-1)-Comes off a big effort with a late charge to finish 2nd in the TVG Open. Tetrick will not be too far back when he gets rolling and has a big shot to take a picture here.
1-Darkrshadeofpale N (6-1)-Needs a top try at this level but there isn't a standout in this bunch and is TMac's choice over #2. Could benefit from an efficient trip and use one big move down the lane to roll by.
3-Alicorn (7/2)-Returns to M1 and drops into a soft spot. AMac picked over #7 and had an excuse last week. Has won 2 of 8 here and with a big effort a trip to the winner's circle could happen.
3-Bettor Notbitter A (6-1)-This veteran doesn't make many visits to the Big M but cashes checks when there. Has hit the board in 9 of 12 with 3 wins and gets needed class relief tonight. Should race near the top of the stack and the price should be right.
6-Thndrfrmthethron N (3-1)-Ships in from Philly and Gingras has gate speed to work with to get a good early seat. Has 3 wins in 17 M1 starts, and this Burke trainee is here for a reason.
7-Luck N Roll K (4-1)-Raced okay with Dunn from the 9-hole in last and had missed a start. That was the 1st race at the Big M with a professional driver since coming back to town. Has done good work here hitting the board in 15 of 30 starts with 6 wins. Should be put in play early on, and best to not overlook.
4-Mr D's Dragon (9/2)-This race is a real taffy pull and Gingras takes seat after 3 straight amateur driver races. If there is an honest pace this 8-year-old could roll by down the lane.
5-Our Regal Idea N (5-1)-Makes the 2nd start in the Blumenfeld barn which has been as cold as ice all year. But comes off a Big M race and showed more form than the rest of the field. TMac steers and is worth a swing at the morning line odds.
7-Bay Brute (5/2)-Not crazy about the price but this is a soft spot and could easily win if stays on stride. Has broke in the last 2 starts which were at Phl and didn't hit the board in both M1 races. But versus this crew this 3-year-old still merits morning line favoritism.
8-Rise Up Now (8-1)-Makes the 3rd start in the Eldred barn which is posting 25% winners over the past 30 days. Usually races on the half in Batavia but did show a 153.3 mile on a larger oval at VD. Dunn steers, and looks to be in the mix at a nice price with the right trip.
Race 10) 2,4
Race 11) 1,3
Race 12) 3,6,7
Race 13) 4,5,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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