by Al Cimaglia
April 13, 2019
The Meadowlands wraps up the weekend with a 13-race card. The feature is set to roll in Race 8, a Preferred Pace with a $30,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 8 as well. It has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
The driver with the hottest hands at the Big M on Friday was Yannick Gingras with three wins. The top conditioners on the card were Ake Svanstedt and Ron Burke, each with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-New Talent-Cullipher took the gelding home for a short rest, qualified well at HoP and should be in the hunt.
4-Sunfire Blue Chip-Swinging for a square price, comes off bench with 2 nice tune-ups, 9-yr-old knows how to win.
6-Highalator-2-1 ML chalk won last 2 and is sharp as a tack, it appears should get the top without much strain.
2-Billy Badger N-New Zealand bred has been facing tougher, Dunn returns and this is softest spot since coming to U.S.
4-Mindtrip-Drops into a better spot and Callahan returns, barn has done well, could be sitting on a big try.
6-Solo Story-Price shot can compete here if finds live cover, went 55.4 in the 2nd half last week at this class.
10-Play Jet Ray-Makes 4th start of the year for Burke, not much gate speed inside so best to respect connections.
1-Lyons King-Consistent 5-yr-old should be in the hunt at the wire again.
3-Whittaker N-Just hung in last after returning from YR, D. Miller's choice has won 3 of 5 at the Big M.
6-Threeofthebest A-Should like the company and does like the track, but Dunn needs to work a trip.
3-Superior Raven-Draws well and should compete here, tough race to handicap but could win at a square price.
5-Western Redhot-Took a picture at this class last week, speedy and camera shy, but M. Miller should have in play.
7-Boogie Nights-9-yr-old needs should be rolling late, fits with these but Ginsburg needs to keep in striking range.
Race 8) 2,4,6
Race 9) 2,4,6,10
Race 10) 1,3,6
Race 11) 3,5,7
Total Ticket Cost) $54 for $0.50
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