by Al Cimaglia
January 18, 2019
The Meadowland's has a competitive 14-race card ready to roll tonight. The feature is carded as Race 2, a Preferred Handicap Trot with a $21,000 purse. The signature wager at the Big M is the 0.50 Pick 4 which starts in Race 8 and has a $50,000 guaranteed pool. That wager has a low 15% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Sheer Talent-In a race without much form, this mare has a chance to get a trip and take a picture.
4-Icommandmyspirit-9-year-old has had excuses but now meets a beatable bunch.
5-Northern Swift-5/2 program chalk finally draws well and looks to be the one to beat.
8-Big Chute-Mohawk invader passed horses down the lane at 56-1, may find live cover and should be a big price.
2-Marion Gondolier-Should be a player at this class, may look to get on the engine.
3-Tag Up And Go-Qualified well but has been off since 12/2, likes the Big M and fits if ready.
5-Tour De Lindy-Lots of X's on the page but last was better and knows how to win, could pop at a square price.
6-Illinimight-Even effort in last but put in a flat line, looking for better tonight.
4-Fox Valley Bailey-Will toss last after being used hard, can snag a win if races back to previous 2 starts.
6-Hepburn Hanover-Usually in the mix and comes off an easy win from the rail, looks like a major player.
9-Dangerousprecedent-Callahan will likely blast out. If he can get the top and find a soft quarter, chances go up.
1-Downundermatter-Hasn't won often but has had success at the Big M and should like the company.
6-Starsaboveallerage-Beaten favorite comes back in 7-days, should be tighter and could make amends.
Race 8) 2,4,5,8
Race 9) 2,3,5,6
Race 10) 4,6,9
Race 11) 1,6
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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