by Al Cimaglia
March 16, 2019
Tonight's feature at the Meadowlands rolls in Race 8, a Preferred Pace with a $25,000 purse. The competitive 13-race card includes the popular 0.50 Pick 4 which begins in Race 8. That sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout and will be my focus.
On Friday at the Big M the drivers with the hottest hands were Andy Miller and Yannick Gingras, each with three wins. The top trainer on the card was Nick Surick, with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Castle Flight-Hung out to a 53.4 half, but this time Callahan starts from the rail and could be sitting on a big try.
3-New Talent-Dropped and popped from 10-hole, now steps up but will respect chances for an encore.
5-K Ryan Bluechip-Missed a start before last race. Looking for an aggressive steer and should be in better striking range.
2-Mcerlean-Looking for 1st win of the year but has been facing tougher, a better spot for McCarthy to take a picture.
5-That's My Opinion-Back to the Big M where has had success, could surprise at a price versus this crew.
6-Mach Deja Vu-Burke trainee and 3-1 ML chalk drops and should like the company.
1-Dubious Claim-One half of the Cullipher entry should get on the engine or a pocket trip, looks like a player.
4-Threeofthebest A-2nd program chalk may seek the top and could make every call a winning one.
5-Billy Badger N-Makes third U.S. start has been in the hunt and bet, this could be a spot to shine.
1-Sunset Dreamer-Drew 5-hole, can get cover and close or stay up front and look to roll by late if pace is hot.
1A-Spaghetti Eddie-Assigned post 10 but faces easier and Gingras can figure out a trip.
7-Pop Pop Joe-Missed a start but now makes 2nd try for new barn, Callahan steers and may blast out.
8-Four Staces-8-hole makes this a bigger challenge but still fits with this group, can win with a top effort.
Race 8) 2,3,5
Race 9) 2,5,6
Race 10) 1,4,5
Race 11) 1,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $40.50 for $0.50
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