by Al Cimaglia
December 6, 2018
Tonight, the Meadowlands begins Thursday racing in December with a 9-race card. The feature rolls in Race 5 a non-winners of $5,000 in last five starts with a purse of $8,500. The 0.50 Pick 4 sequence beings in Race 6, it has a $35,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Deepfave Hanover-3rd Big M start for Auciello, should like the company, finally draws inside plus D. Miller sticks.
5-Marty Monkhouser A-Last was better, also making 3rd Big M start and should be in the hunt.
9-Dash Of Danger-Would like to see on a fast track and looks like a price shot who fits with a decent trip.
2-Pumped Up Kicks-Drops again and has been racing in quick miles, trainer is seeking 1st win after 10-20 claim.
3-A And C Artist-Drops after fading in last, this is a better spot to shine.
7-Abbeylara-3rd start in Surick barn and has improved in last 2, major player if upswing continues.
1-Freespin-One of a few who can win with best effort, McCarthy needs to work a good trip for this 10-year-old.
2-Ideal Candidate-Game old-timer deserves respect, best to put him in the mix but hasn't been sharp since claim.
4-Medoland Jate-Likes the track and fits with this bunch, could be sitting on a big try.
9-Terrors Prince-55.4 last 1/2 in 1st Big M start and may get a more aggressive steer tonight.
1-Ideal Romance-Winner of 3 straight should be tough and many will single, but 9-year-old isn't a mortal lock.
7-My Dad Rocks-1st Big M start was fine as D. Miller sticks, should be put into play and be in the mix at the wire.
8-Spanish Art-Will take a swing after a 56.1 back half, if #1 gets challenged and pace is hot could pop at a price.
0.50 Pick 4
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