by Al Cimaglia
March 18, 2023
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 14-race card in place with a 6:20 EST first post. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 10. 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.
4-Livinthebeachlife (3-1)-Comes in with very sharp form, knows how to win and wired the last field from post 9. Steps-up but fits and draws well. Dunn should be leaving hard and could make every call a winning one.
6-Southwind Gendry (2-1)-Finished 3rd in a needed start after a 3-month hiatus. Burke 6-year-old comes back in sequence and drops in search of an overdue win. Should be a main player versus this kind and could be bet hard.
1-JK Will Power (5-1)-Has been struggling versus better and now drops to a more competitive level. Does good work at M1 (59-10-8-5) and gets a new set of hands in Bartlett. Drawing the rail could help and should offer a solid price.
5-Raptors Flight N (3-1)-Has been in the hunt in the last 3 starts and lost by a half length to 4 from this crew last time. Versatile veteran draws better and should be in the mix at the wire again.
3-High Baller (7/2)-Beaten odds on chalk was badly compromised by a breaker last time. Comes right back at the same class and will look for a big rebound tonight.
4-Love Your Work A (3-1)-This is the 4th US start, was 1st time Lasix last week and raced better. Now drops, draws well, TMac picks over #1, and looks like a major player.
8-De Los Cielos Deo (8-1)-Drops to a more comfortable level and could be in the hunt with a trip. Gingras on #6 could leave but outside of that not much gate speed in this affair. Joe B could blast out and hope to race near the top of the stack.
4-Southwind Bronn (2-1)-Come off a very sharp win and was driven confidently by Dunn to draw off by over 7 lengths. This is the one to beat.
6-Always A Panther (5/2)-Had a 2-race win streak snapped and will excuse that start from the 11-hole. Was used early in the mile to get on the point and faded down the lane. Likes to get on the engine, this time it could happen without burning much gas and the price should be better.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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