by Al Cimaglia
February 22, 2019
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a big 13-race card scheduled to start at 7:15 EST. The feature takes center stage in Race 2, a Preferred Handicap Trot with a $21,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 sequence rolls in Race 8, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on fast track.
3-Shady McCoy-Drops down to a more comfortable spot and post draw helps cause. In the hunt with a good trip.
4-Pappy Go Go-Should like the company and has beaten better here, likes the track and usually hits the board.
5-Di Oggi-Steps up after a tough trip win, will respect chances for an encore.
1-You Should Be Here-Nice effort from 9-hole and now draws the wood, can roll late and looks like a player.
2-Givemeyourheart-Does well racing close to the lead and it looks like a similar journey could be in play here.
7-Duck Duck Dragon-Tough opening 1/4 in last and was jammed up in stretch, using in gimmicks at 10-1 in ML.
8-Velocity Lana-Has had gaps between starts but comes right back and McCarthy sticks, will swing for a price.
3-Bizet-Broke at YR as favorite in last, now back to Big M where 4-year-old does best work, should be in the hunt.
9-Hammer Time-A bridesmaid in 3 straight but should like the company tonight and post helps the price.
10-Rubber Duck-Missed a start like #9 and has been facing similar, a fast pace helps and will respect connections.
3-Waltzacrossthewire-Beaten chalk is usually a player at this class and starts inside of main foes.
7-Just N Berlander-Not the fastest off the gate but if gets a good early seat chances go up, likes to roll late.
8-American Rage-Claimed and was a beaten chalk, comes right back and Gingras sticks but is 0-10 at the Big M.
Race 8) 3,4,5
Race 9) 1,2,7,8
Race 10) 3,9,10
Race 11) 3,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $54 for $0.50
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