by Al Cimaglia
December 20, 2018
Thursday night's harness action at the Meadowlands consists of a 10-race card. The 0.50 Pick 5 sequence with a guaranteed pool of $25,000 begins in Race 2. The 0.50 Pick 4 rolls in Race 7, it has a $35,000 guaranteed pool with a low 15% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Beast Mode-In from YR and should like the company, if takes to the track could be tough down the lane.
4-Major War-No stranger to this class, may have finally found a field to beat, will take a swing at 15-1 in the ML.
8-Sports Vision-Steps up after a sharp win, could get on the engine and take another picture.
2-Ideal Candidate-12-year-old knows the way to winner's circle but has only 1 Big M win, looks like a player.
4-Dancing Rusty-Steps down after an even try versus $10K claimers, this is a better spot to shine.
5-E L Dartsmyboy-Needs a trip and a quick pace, if so, may close fastest of all.
9-Wellwesaid-Will need some help but raced well in a quick mile, using at 10-1 in ML versus this crew.
1-Persuasive Hanover-0-21 in '18 is cause for concern, but usually tries hard, Dunn sticks and this is a soft bunch.
2-American Image-Makes a rare Big M start, Surick trainee fits with the group and deserves some respect.
5-Lady Of Heaven-Smith needs to find some live cover, if so, could sweep by and pick-up 1st win of 2018.
8-Spanish Art-Gets a ++ driver change, tries hard and will respect connections, might be sitting on a big try.
9-Abbeylara-Winner of 3 of last 4 is the one to beat, could grind it out from this post and make it 3 straight.
10-Medoland Jate-Can beat this field with a top effort and post adds to the price.
0.50 Pick 4