by Al Cimaglia
April 6, 2019
The Meadowlands has a big 13-race card set to roll tonight with the popular 0.50 Pick 4 beginning in Race 8. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
On Friday night the drivers with the hottest hands at the Big M were Joe Bongiorno, David Miller, Andy Miller and Yannick Gingras all with two wins on the card. Trainer Ron Burke led the conditioners with three pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Mr Carrotts-Using because the pace could be quick if the #8 and #9 leave, Mr doesn't win often but should be rolling late.
8-Americanprimetime-7-year-old likes to win, likes the track, and looked good in last, may stay sharp for another pricture.
9-Declan Seelster-Dunn needs to work a good trip, could leave or pick-up cover, post makes it tougher but will respect.
3-JK Parlay-Sharp effort from 8-hole after suffering a break in previous start, gets a good post draw and looks like a major player.
4-Awesomeness-Gets post relief and should snag a good seat, will need a top effort but can beat this group at a square price.
7-Quality Closer-Drops, Callahan steers and both should help. Could pop at a price with a quick pace, will use instead of #1 and #9.
2-Rough Odds-Fits here and and raced well against a tough winner in last, best to respect at 10-1 in the ML.
3-Lyons King-Raced well in 1st ever Big M start, was off a couple of weeks, could be better tonight with D. Miller between the pipes.
7-Dragon Time-Makes 3rd start off a layoff for Burke-Gingras, the move outside may not matter if leaves with some gusto.
8-Starznheaven-Beaten chalk was off 2 weeks before last start, can fly down the lane and this race could set-up nicely for a closer.
3-Spaghetti Eddie-Drops to a spot to shine in 1st start for Smithpeters barn and Gingras sticks, should be in the hunt throughout.
5-Ideal Son-Needs a trip in 5th start in the Ford barn, fits with this group and Callahan can keep in striking range.
9-Major Leaguer-Sharp effort from 8-hole on the engine to win Big M debut, will string along with 9-time winner in 2018.
0.50 Pick 4
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