by Al Cimaglia
November 13, 2021
The headliners at the Meadowlands are 2-year-old pacers and trotters battling in Kindergarten Classic Series Finals. 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.
2-Dorsoduro Hanover (3-1)-Odds-on winner steps-up after getting his 1st win in 5 starts this year. Classy veteran should have his way with this crew but often disappoints. Maybe this time the upswing will continue.
7-Letsgotobrazil A (4-1)-Comes off a sharp effort in M1 debut and that was the 2nd consecutive win for this Aussie invader. Appears to be rounding into top form. Not sure how much more this 6-year-old can give, but probably best to not sell short.
1-Palermo Hanover (9/2)-Father Patrick filly is a nice one and does it the hard way without much gate speed. Loses Dunn to #7 but TMac has driven before. Will need a sharp steer and this post might not help but the price should be right to take a swing.
5-Misswalner Fashion (3-1)-This filly has won 4 of 5 M1 starts and Tetrick should have her forwardly placed. Looks like a player and could land in the pocket behind the morning line choice.
7-Lilbitalexis (5/2)-Dunn picked this Norman pupil who is the morning line chalk. Disappointed in the Crown Final but that was on a sloppy track. Could get back on the winning side of the ledger here.
2-Semi Tough (7/2)-Has been facing better and this could be a good spot to cash the top check in the 3rd start back at M1. The issue that causes me to pause is the 0-14 record at the Big M and has only hit the board 4 times.
5-Italian Delight N (9/2)-AMac drives as Gingras sticks with the Burke entry #2. Back in town after battling on smaller ovals and has the gate speed to be put in play early. Big M record is solid, has hit the board in 16 of 25 starts with 6 pictures.
6-No Lou Zing (3-1)-Lou has been on the shelf for much of the year but comes off a double qualifier at M1. The 2nd tune-up was a 150.3 mile with a 26.3 last quarter which could be a sign of a big try coming. It might be picture time if dialed on high.
2-Niki Hill (7/5)-Draws well and the Breeders Crown champ should handle this crew. Won't offer any value but appears solid and this winner in 7 of 8 should make it 8 of 9 in 2021.
Race 6) 2,7
Race 7) 1,5,7
Race 8) 2,5,6
Race 9) 2
Total Ticket Cost) $9.00 for $0.50
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