by Al Cimaglia
August 29, 2021
Northfield Park has a 16-race card scheduled with the first post at 6:00 EST. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 11. That sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-High Impression (7/5)-Many will likely single and if Grismore gets the top in easy fashion that could be the race. But not feeling that is as likely as going off as an odds-on choice. Using, but others are possible at a better price.
2-Fourboltmane (9-1)-My thinking is this 9-year-old will be dialed on high to take advantage of the post draw. Does its best work racing near the top of the stack and can get there versus this crew.
4-Just Bookem (5/2)-Broke slowly last week when dropped to this level. Slow starts have been an issue but does show the gate speed to get the top or a good early seat. Form has been dull but facing a beatable field and with the right steer Wrenn could snag an overdue win for this 6-year-old.
6-Blakemore (10-1)-This veteran price shot needs a trip and honest fractions. But could be sitting on a big try and this would be the level to surprise.
2-Joggingtothebank (5/2)-Has been cashing checks versus Open Handicap company. Now drops and faces the same kind as on 6-27, which was his last picture. Looks like a player and could be used early to get the point.
4-T Barrr (9/2)-Makes the 1st start for the Kreiser barn after being claimed. Failed as the even money choice but Merriman sticks and should be forwardly placed throughout.
5-Cherry Peep (4-1)-Here is another who has been facing better but has a more realistic chance for success at this level. Should be in the hunt at a fair price if receives a sharp steer from Stahl.
9-Muscles For Life (7/2)-Has been facing tougher and leaving from the 2nd tier should help the price. Both inside horses could blast out and if Wren finds a good early seat chances for success go up in a race without a true standout.
2-Cross Country (4-1)-Dropped and popped in last and now steps up but still fits with this crew. Does its best work racing close to the lead and should have no trouble working that trip. Best to respect, could stay good again and has won 25% of its NFLD starts.
5-Diesel Accelerator (3-1)-Drops from facing Open company and has a much better shot here. Sugg has some options leaving from a prime post. Winner of 8 in 27 starts could add to that total tonight.
2-Louie Louie (9/5)-Drops after an even try in NFLD debut. Burke trainee can be in control or near the top throughout. Should enjoy the company and with a solid try could notch its 6th win in 16 starts this year.
$1.00 Late Pick 4
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