by Al Cimaglia
December 21, 2018
Tonight, at the Meadowlands the feature will roll in Race 7, a Preferred Handicap Trot with a purse of $20,000. Also, as part of the 14-race card is the 0.50 Pick 4 sequence which begins in Race 8. The Pick 4 will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
On Friday at the Big M the drivers with the hottest hands were Andy Miller, Dexter Dunn and William Mann, each having two wins. The top conditioner on the card was trainer William Mann with two pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Dudsealady-First time at the Big M but has banked >$172K this year and will respect connections.
6-Brazuca-Gingras will likely put in play early and with a top effort could get first Big M win.
7-Fancy Creek Jolene-Racing well but fell short, B. Miller should work a trip and be in the hunt at the wire.
5-Star Studded Cast-Looking for A. Miller to be able to find more down the lane in 2nd Big M start.
6-Arch Credit-Gets post relief in 4th start with the Marino barn, has missed a start but that has helped in the past.
5-Mccito-Took a season's mark here on 12/3 and Gingras may blast out and make every call a winning one.
6-Cheyenne Reider-Has been trying hard and new pilot Callahan can work a more favorable trip.
3-D GS Elsa-Seems to be brave when on the engine and might be able to get the top without much effort.
4-Followthewind N-Back to the Big M and in a spot to shine, best to respect chances for Dunn-Auciello.
8-Filly Forty Seven-Sharp effort in 1st start after almost a month off, should be tighter and looks like a major player.
9-A Plus-3rd start for Burke and if Gingras can work a trip may surprise at a nice price.
Race 8) 5,6,7
Race 9) 5,6
Race 10) 5,6
Race 11) 3,4,8,9
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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