by Al Cimaglia
January 22, 2022
Tonight, the Meadowlands has 15 races ready to roll with the 0.50 Early Pick 4 beginning 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-Rockapelo (5/2)-It looked like Gingras was in line for a great trip in last. Left and dropped into the pocket but that trip ended up not being so good. The fractions were tepid, caught a shuffle and couldn't get rolling until too late. Drops here and should be the main threat at a small price.
7-Put To Right (8-1)-Brennan takes over from Joe B who steered nicely for a win last week. Just missed at this class on 12-4 from the rail. Could be overlooked at the windows and has the gate speed to drop in behind #1 and benefit from an efficient trip, like the last time.
5-Twin B Fighter (3-1)-Has raced well in the last 2 after Lasix was added and should be in the hunt again. Callahan could find a good seat and race near the top of the stack.
9-Captain My Captain (8-1)-Will take a swing with some fresh blood and should offer a price. Zeron will be in the bike again and this will be only the 5th lifetime start. Comes off a good qualifier and a nice debut last week. Looking for an aggressive steer and there aren't any crushers in this group.
1-Walknafter Midnight (7/2)-Made a strong move early on last week and that didn't work. Drops and might be driven differently versus this crew. Could get sucked around and use one big brush down the lane to roll by.
6-Mayhem Hanover (9/2)-Broke at the start last week and lost all chance. Has been dropping looking for a win and if gets a clean trip this could be the night.
7-Springsteen (5-1)-Makes the 2nd start off the bench and drops to a competitive level. Will need to bring a top try, if so, backers could be rewarded with a solid price.
4-Bet Ninteen (3-1)-Just missed in last and could get revenge tonight. Likes to win and should be forwardly placed off the gate. Has won 39% of its lifetime races and has made 2 trips to the winner's circle at M1 in 5 starts.
6-Rockin M (9/2)-Versatile 7-year-old from the Jen B barn has just missed versus high priced claimers in the last 3 starts. Has good gate speed and best to not overlook.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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