by Al Cimaglia
February 5, 2022
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card scheduled with the 0.50 Early Pick 4 starting 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-Way To Close (4-1)-Zipped home with a 55.2 back half last week and has won 3 of 6 at M1. Came the last quarter in .27 and McCarthy should have this 6-year-old forwardly placed throughout.
4-Lifeonthebeach A (9/2)-Showed some early speed last time to finish 2nd to the one above. Zeron may try a different plan to come off cover and could be helped by solid fractions.
2-Just N Ace (3-1)-Raced from the back in a needed start and rolled the 2nd half in .56 flat. Finished a close 2nd on 1-22, should be tighter tonight and looks like a main player.
4-Bank Sea (7/2)-Faced $30k claimers from the 7 hole at YR on 1-24 and that didn't work out well. Fits well with this group and could be posing if races back to the previous Big M start.
5-Winning Linc (8-1)-Didn't have the best of trips in last and could benefit with the driver change to Marcus Miller. Draws well to get a stalking trip and is worth a swing at the program odds.
3-Always And Again (15-1)-Looking for a price in a race without a true standout and will lean towards TMac's choice. Has been stuck outside in the last 2 starts and should relish the post relief. Will look for an aggressive steer for this Per Engblom trainee.
4-Ana Afreet N (7/2)-Cullipher 7-year-old drops to a nice spot in the 2nd start off the bench. Stayed inside last time and did pace the 2nd half in 55.2 with a 26.3 last quarter. That effort puts him in the hunt and should be tighter this time.
5-Rockin The Aces (9/2)-This 5-year-old drops to a level where he is usually a threat and Callahan knows well. Offers a solid price and should be racing near the top of the stack. Has hit the board in 27 of 55 M1 starts with 13 wins.
6-Rockin Speed (7/2)-Using both Jen B entries and this was Joe's pick to drive. Raced fine in a fast mile on 1-22 which was the 1st start since in 7-19. Looking for more and could be sitting right behind his barn buddy until shakes loose down the lane.
7-Rockin M (3-1)-Andy Miller will be in the bike this time and will be looking to reward the connections with another top check. Could be leaving to get on the point and make every call a winning one.
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