by Al Cimaglia
February 2, 2019
Tonight's feature at the Meadowlands is carded as Race 8, a condition pace with a $17,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 sequence also begins in Race 8, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout and will be my focus.
The driver with the hottest hands at the Big M on Friday was Yannick Gingras who had a huge night. Gingras won seven times on the 13-race card over a sloppy track. To no surprise trainer Ron Burke was the top conditioner with five trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Rock the Night-Drops to same class as win on 1-12 which was from same post, in the hunt at t 8-1 in the ML.
4-Bell I Know-In fine form and same set-up as #2, could be sitting on a big try.
8-Ideal Jimmy-Versatile 6-yr-old has been bet hard, outside post makes the price and M. Miller has been driving well.
1-Jacksrluckytoo-Steps up but if can utilize inside draw and avoid a slow start could surprise at a square price.
4-Spicebomb-Was bet in last start at this level but had a rough trip, should get a better journey tonight.
9-Smileandsaycheese-Even effort in last, gets Carlson back and that should help but needs a trip to take a picture.
1-More Dragon-Drops to a level to shine, likes the engine and should be able to get aboard without much strain.
2-Electric Western-Has had excuses, drops, gets post relief and Andy Miller takes a spin, using here and in gimmicks.
7-Aslan-Drops to lowest level in a while, even efforts against better and no excuses allowed tonight.
3-B Well-3rd start since leaving PPk and draws inside on the big track, looks like a player in a tough race.
6-Nobes Finesse-Positive driver change as Gingras steers and he has been on fire, could surprise at a square price.
7-Sword Ofthe Spirit-Has been camera shy but fits here, looking for an aggressive try.
8-Frankandjoanne-Came the last 1/2 in 55.2 in a better effort, is only 1-31 at the Big M but will use versus this crew.
Race 8) 2,4,8
Race 9) 1,4,9
Race 10) 1,2,7
Race 11) 3,6,7,8
Total Bet=$54 for $0.50
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