by Al Cimaglia
November 6, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13-race program set for tonight and the 0.50 Early Pick 4 begins in Race 6. 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.
1-Captain Cowboy (7/2)-Winner in 5 of 8 this year has been idle since returning from Lexington after racing on 10-9. Not sure if this gelding will be dialed on high but it's risky to leave off the ticket. Drawing the rail shouldn't hurt and Zeron can work an efficient journey.
8-Hammering Hank (9/5)-Raced big in the BC Final from post 8 to finish a close 4th and now drops into a more comfortable spot. Won the last 2 times versus this kind as an odd-on choice. Pelling trainee rolled the back half in 55.1 in the Final and that was the 1st time racing on a sloppy track.
2-Valentina Blu (5-1)-Was scratched sick before the BC elims and laid an egg in that race and the Final. Before that, raced well against tough customers and will look for a rebound here at a solid price.
3-Danznqueen Hanover (7/2)-Hasn't sealed the deal in 3 M1 starts this year but comes into the race off a sharp effort on 10-28 at Phl. Coming off a recent race could be an advantage versus this group.
4-Misswalner Fashion (3-1)-Didn't do well in either Lex start and now returns to the Big M where she has been very good hitting the board in all 4 starts with 3 pictures. This looks like a bounce back opportunity.
5-Little Pink Lies (6-1)-Winner of 2 straight should be in the hunt for a 3-peat. Won at this level on 9-17 and that was her only series start, so could be sitting on a big try.
3-Captain Barbossa (3-1)-Alagna 4-year-old was the beaten favorite in 4 of 12 starts, as was the case last week. Tough to leave out and should be bet down again but can't fully trust.
4-Workin Ona Mystery (4-1)-Was in tall cotton in the Crown races but this is a spot to post only the 2nd win in 13 tries this year. Tetrick should be out and rolling and have this Burke trainee forwardly placed.
8-Shoobee Doo A (7/2)-Has raced 3 times at the Big M and has done well hitting the board in each start. Every M1 race has been on an off-track. The post helps the price, and this is a beatable field. Callahan will have the pedal down and he could land on top or get a pocket ride.
5-JL Cruz (7/2)-Raced well in the 2nd start off the bench to finish 2nd from post 10 last week. Losses Dunn to #3, a Norman entry but that horse is 0-14 at M1. Will use Cruz coming off a nice try and TMac can provide a good steer. This veteran loves the Big M winning 26 of 76 starts.
6-Ab'sattitudexpress (8-1)-This race isn't easy to untangle. Trixton mare has won 5 of 16 here and this is the best post draw in a while. Lands in a softer spot and was Tetrick's pick over the Cullipher entry #1. Often Tetrick leans toward Cullipher so maybe that choice is one to take notice.
Race 6) 1,8
Race 7) 2,3,4,5
Race 8) 3,4,8
Race 9) 5,6
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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