by Al Cimaglia
June 3, 2022
The Meadowlands begins the weekend with an 11-race card. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 8. 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 fast track.
2-Skyway Kon Man (5-1)-The case could be made to leave this Cullipher trainee off the ticket. But not loving a couple of the shorter morning line prices and Miller could stay in the hunt to take a rare picture.
6-Epos Ostervang DK (8-1)-Comes back to M1 where 3 recent races were good, and one was ruined by breaking stride. Appears to fit with this crew and the price should be right to take a swing.
8-Shinkansen (7/2)-Drops and Dunn sticks. Has the gate speed to get a good seat. May leave hard to take control and not look back.
1-Purple Sky (6-1)-Not sure if going from a $5k claimer at Fhld to this class will work. But it's an amateur driver's race and this 4-year-old likes to have his nose in there at the wire. This was Betrami's choice over #4 and will look for a suck around trip.
4-Village Champ (3-1)-Like the one above, cheaper and ships in from Fhld. Took the long way around in last and still won. This Quevedo trainee does win his share (22-82) lifetime and will look to take his 1st picture at the Big M.
6-Kingofthejungle (9/2)-This veteran has hit the board in 30 of 57 at M1. Could do well on a dry surface with a sharp steer.
2-Delayed Hanover (5/2)-Has an 0-5 record on an off-track and the last 2 have been on a wet surface. Makes the 3rd start off the bench and will be tough to beat if ready for a top effort.
3-Swingforthefences (3-1)-Should enjoy the company and could be sitting on a big try. Best to respect, Tetrick sticks and could make its 1st trip to the Big M winner's circle (0-4).
2-Know Your Roll (7/2)-Started the last 2 races well behind the leader even from decent posts. Now gets a pro driver in Callahan and chances for success should be much higher.
7-Vintage Gal (8-1)-Has 2 wins in 8 Big M starts and no one in this field has a better winning percentage here. Recent form at Fhld isn't special but looking for better tonight at a solid price. Has the gate speed for TMac to put in play from the start.
0.50 Pick 4
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