by Al Cimagiia
December 18, 2021
The feature at the Meadowlands goes in Race 9, the Twas The Week Before Christmas Final with a $66,000 purse. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts 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-Western Fame (5-1)-This fine 8-year-old has banked >$1.9 million but has only 1 win on an off-track. Drops and went in 150.3 last week in the slop and now Tetrick will be steering. Looks like a major player and should race close to the lead from the start.
4-DA Delightful (8-1)-Came out of the same race as the one above and fits better at this level. Had an impressive finish last week and that was also the case in the previous 2 starts. Dunn will be in the bike and could be bet down off the morning line but should be a fair price.
4-Double Account (9/2)-Made a rare break last week and was in very tough anyway. Willing to overlook with this drop to the level of a recent win and Bartlett can be aggressive here. This post draw won't hurt and might be overlooked at the windows with Gingras off to steer #9 for Burke.
6-Mystical Wynn (5-1)-Hasn't won in 9 tries at the Big M but comes off a big effort and the trip was rough. Brennan could have the pedal down and land in an up-close seat.
4-Tellitsabb (3-1)-Yonkers shippers is having a nice year and Dunn lands the assignment. Fits well with this group in a contentious race. A picture is a possibility in M1 debut.
5-Leon David (4-1)-Got on the engine last week and those were tough conditions to wire a field. Tetrick takes a seat and will look for a better result. Might get the top and not look back.
7-Forever Fav (7/2)-This is another Yonkers shipper, and the Travis Alexander trainee is looking to add to a $182k bankroll. Gingras should be blasting out and may need to outmuscle the one above for the point. Dangerous with the lead and has the pilot who can steal a quarter.
2-Palomar (10-1)-Has been trying hard and finishing well. This post draw should help, and this race could set-up for a closer. Looks like a major threat if near the top turning for the wire.
4-Caviart Luca (10-1)-Gingras is between the pipes, and he will be in go-mode from the start. Comes off a big try last week and almost wired the field on a very windy night.
6-Bet Nineteen (9/2)-Landed here from Hoosier on a 2-race win streak and didn't miss a beat winning his M1 debut last week. Hasn't lost since going on Lasix and best to not overlook.
7-Save Me A Dance (7/2)-Was claimed for $100k on 12-4, then put in for a $150k tag and cashed the top check. Versatile 4-year-old can win racing near the top of the stack or coming off cover.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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