by Al Cimaglia
May 14, 2022
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card scheduled featuring Open pacers and Graduate Series action. 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.
1-Hail Christian N (7/2)-Raced well in last and was caught late. Comes back versus the same kind and moves in a few slots. TMac should have the 8-year-old forwardly placed.
2-Leon David (4-1)-Similar to #1 coming out of the same race but was used from the 7-hole to drop into the pocket and ended up cashing a 3rd place check. His 3-race win streak was snapped in last, but it wasn't a bad effort. Will respect this winner of 5 races in 18 M1 starts.
6-Bettors Donttell (3-1)-Burke trainee was facing tough foes in the last 2 starts and should be a main threat versus this group. Tried Lasix for the 1st time and Gingras should have the pedal down early and could be in control from gate to wire.
1-Mayhem Hanover (9/2)-The 0-12 record at the Big M is cause for pause but comes off a nice try when dropped to this level. Dunn sticks and this post draw could help.
2-Heza Real Diamond (5-1)-Took advantage of a sharp steer and beat easier last week, now Callahan will be in the bike. Steps-up, should compete and have no problem racing near the top of the stack.
4-Motive Hanover (3-1)-Jen B entry missed a start and has been facing high priced claimers from outside posts in the last 2 tries. Should be able to get a good early seat and could be sitting on a big effort.
5-De Los Cielos Deo (7/2)-Has been in the mix versus better and can be in the hunt here. Gingras could get on the engine and this time he won't be caught down the lane.
1-Bella Bellini (9/5)-Comes off a sharp effort last week and trotted the back half in 54.4 with a .26 last quarter. Looks primed for the 1st win of 2022 in the 2nd start off the bench.
1-Mikala (5/2)-Has a perfect 2 for 2 record this season and both were convincing wins. This mare should be in control from the word "go" and not look back.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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