by Al Cimaglia
May 28, 2022
The feature at the Meadowlands comes in Race 8, a Winners Over/Open trot with a $31,500 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.
6-Fox Valley Exploit (7/2)-Has been used early and has hung in late to finish 2nd in the last 3 starts. Fits with this crew, has been right there at the wire in the last 3 and those winners are not in this field.
7-Hot Mess Express (3-1)-This mare likes to race near the top of the stack and drawing post 9 in the 1st start off the bench didn't work out. Should find this field to her liking and has won 2 of 3 starts at M1.
4-Shinkansen (3-1)-Has raced well in 2 of 4 starts on a dry track. Fits well at this level, Dunn is back in the bike and looks like a player.
6-Celebrate With Me (7/2)-Has been facing considerably tougher and hasn't met the challenge. Drops to spot to shine for Burke-Gingras and best to not overlook.
8-Jula Muscle Pack (8-1)-Hasn't ever won on an off-track and broke in the slop at Yonkers in last. Willing to toss that miscue and drops to the level of its last win on 3-11.
4-Kenziesky Hanover (6-1)-Usually in the mix and likes the Big M (49-10-8-7). Loses Tetrick to #7 but Dunn can do the job and should offer a fair price.
5-It's Academic (3-1)-Raced in the Cutler and looked like a horse that was off since 11-12 but it wasn't a bad effort, stopped the clock in 150.0 with a 27.1 last quarter. This looks like a spot to take its 1st picture of 2022.
7-Next Level Stuff (5/2)-Won her first 2 starts off the bench in gate to wire fashion. Could win again but not sure it will be by getting on the engine.
1-Machdavid (9/2)-Loses Dunn and my guess is this 6-year-old might be overlooked at the windows. Zeron could stay close, get sucked around and surprise.
2-Better Take It (7/2)-Has raced on an off-track in the last 3 starts and is 0-9 on a wet surface. Took the point versus this kind in last and was just nipped at the wire. Loses Tetrick but Gingras should have in striking range at the top of the lane.
9-I'm A Big Deal (6-1)-Recent form has been dull but does drop again. Dunn sticks with Morgan and picks this 7-year-old over #1. Should be a solid price, will respect connections and use in a race without a standout.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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