by Al Cimaglia
October 11, 2021
Northfield Park has a 15-race Monday night card set to go with the first post at 6:00 PM EST. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The sequence begins in Race 11, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Pc's Alleyway (6-1)-Has 2 wins in 20 starts at NFLD, comes off a sick scratch and the field is full of horses that don't like to win. So, this 8-year-old should hang around and be in the mix if 100% healthy.
8-Compass Rose DC (2-1)-Took the long way around in the 1st start back at NFLD and Davis Jr will need to figure out how to put this mare into play. But versus this crew, if a sharp steer can happen it could be time for the 2nd picture in 20 starts this year.
9-Show Em All Lindy (4-1)-This 6-year-old does pass horses down the lane on occasion and thus wins more often than most of these. Has an 0-7 record at NFLD and the post will make it a challenge, but Merriman could make a difference. Willing to take a swing this top pilot will find a way to be forwardly placed turning for the wire.
1-Bourbans Best (9/5)-This 14-year-old has moved back and forth between the Rhoades barn and the Kreiser stable since 8-9. Claimed back by Kreiser in last and should be a threat. Merriman is sticking with #5, so Davis Jr takes the lines.
5-If You Want Fire (2-1)-Makes the 1st start for Rhoades after zipping home in 56.3 to take a picture at this class. Merriman should have this 9-year-old in play when the wings fold.
6-Rockn Motion (5/2)-Faded after being used hard versus better to get the top. Drops to a spot to shine and Stahl has options with this post draw. Finishing miles has been an issue but hasn't been in this soft in quite a while.
7-Qulaity Closer (15-1)-Faced better in 1st start back in town and raced near the back throughout. Should relish this company and Wrenn could get a close-up seat. Winner of 2 in 6 starts at NFLD could be sitting on a big try at a solid price.
8-Caviart Val (7-1)-Joins the Olivero barn for its NFLD debut and Merriman is between the pipes. Makes the 3rd start off the bench, appears to fit with this crew and could cash the top check with a smooth trip.
2-Fly Charlie Fly (2-1)-Has been camera shy this year but did face some tough 3-year-olds. Should have enough gate speed to get an up-front seat. Usually is in the hunt at NFLD hitting the board in 6 of 10 with 1 picture. Looks like a player at a short price.
3-Wenistopdreaming (7/2)-Took a trip to DTN and that didn't work out well, but now is in a more comfortable spot. Had success here versus similar in July and has enough gate speed to race close to the lead. NFLD record is good, has hit the board in 3 of 4 with 1 picture and looks like a main player tonight.
Race 11) 3,8,9
Race 12) 1,5
Race 13) 6,7,8
Race 14) 2,3
Total Ticket Cost) =$36 for $1.00
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