by Al Cimaglia
March 8, 2019
Tonight, there's a competitive 13-race card scheduled in East Rutherford New Jersey. The feature comes in Race 7, a Preferred Trot with a $25,000 purse. The popular 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 8. That sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool which will likely be surpassed, and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Arrakis-Has had some excuses but recent form has been dull, now gets post relief and fits better versus this crew.
9-Battle Mage-Comes off a good try in 1st start after arriving from DD. Should be able to leave and carry speed further.
10-Nows The Moment-Post makes it more difficult but comes off a nice win after a costly break, looks like a player again.
2-Stylish Beachwhere-Gets post relief and Tetrick takes a spin. Camera shy, should be bet hard but tough to leave out.
3-Followthewind N-Steps up and doesn't like to win, but this is not a field of All-Stars and should be in the hunt.
8-Juxta Cowgirl-May blast out and get on the engine in 5th start at the Big M, will swing for a price at 15-1 in the ML.
1-Chief Justice-Has raced well with hopples and should make presence felt if minds manners.
3-Godspell Hall-It took a while to qualify but had a sharp win in last, maybe Nifty has the breaking issue solved.
7-Dover Dony-Often close but seldom takes a picture, this is a soft bunch and could notch 3rd win in 32 tries.
2-Just N Berlander-Usually rallies too late but from this spot should be in better striking range.
6-Buckeye In Charge-12-yr-old is 1 for last 32, but trainer finally gives the lines to a catch driver and should improve.
9-Abbeylara-Miller needs to work a trip for lukewarm ML chalk, can beat this bunch if finds some live cover.
Race 8) 3,9,10
Race 9) 2,3,8
Race 10) 1,3,7
Race 11) 2,6,9
Total Ticket Cost) $40.50 for $0.50
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