by Al Cimaglia
November 20, 2021
The Meadowlands has a star-studded 14-race program set to go tonight. The all stakes Early 0.50 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.
7-Venerable (1/1)-Romped in the Matron at Dover after making a rare break in the Crown Elimination. Winner of 9 in 10 starts will be posing again unless the trip is very bumpy. This 2-year-old filly has been a trotting machine.
1-Atlanta (2-1)-Gingras has options, but my guess is he won't be hell-bent on leading the field from the start of the race. This champion mare likes a target, and she should be in striking range at the head of the lane. The top foes will be leaving from the outside. A more efficient trip could be difference to seal the deal for the 7th win in 12 starts this year.
8-When Dovescry (4-1)-This mare is as tough as nails and has the ability to win even with this post draw. Miller knows how to steal a quarter but first needs to get the point without burning a lot of gas. The other option would be to duck and look to come off cover, but either way an aggressive steer is needed.
4-Hammering Hank (9/5)-Hank is in sharp form, even the 4th place finish in the Crown Final from post 8 in the slop was impressive. Winner of 2 straight as an odds-on choice has looked the part and should continue rolling here.
4-Forbidden Trade (5/2)-Dube takes the lines for the injured McClure, and he knows how to come with speed and race on the point. This Blais trainee has been idle since a rough trip in the Crown Final. Will be tough to catch if ready for a top effort.
5-Beads (8-1)-Gingras should have this Engblom trainee forwardly placed and could take advantage of a pocket ride behind the one above. Winner of 5 in 18 Big M starts should be in the mix at a solid price if minds manners.
7-Ready For Moni (5-1)-Comes off a big try from post 8 in the Crown Final and that was the 1st start on Lasix. This Takter trainee has hit the board 11 times in 12 starts at M1 with 5 pictures. Could be sitting on a big try and might be overlooked at the windows.
8-Back Of The Neck (7/2)-Here is another that comes off a monster effort in the Final from post 10. Sizzled the last quarter in 26.2 to cash a 2nd place check. Not sure what plan Zeron will follow tonight and won't be 62-1 but should be a player in a completive affair.
Race 6) 7
Race 7) 1,8
Race 8) 4
Race 9) 4,5,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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