by Al Cimaglia
May 25, 2019
The Meadowlands has a big 13-race card on tap tonight. The feature comes in Race 2, a 4-year-old Preferred Pace with a $30,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 has a $50,000 guaranteed pool, it begins in Race 8 and will be my focus. The Friday Pick 4 pool was over $100,000.
Last night at the Big M, Dave Miller led all pilots with four wins. Vincent Fusco, Nifty Norman and Tony Alagna led the conditioners with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-K Ryan Bluechip,1a-Backstreet Lawyer-#1 draws post #1, has high end speed and worth a swing at 10-1.
3-Jk Parlay-Comes off a nice effort in a fast mile, now makes 2nd start for new barn.
4-New Talent-Having a rough year but usually faces better, could make the most of a soft spot at a square price.
6-Billy Badger N-In fine form and loves to roll late, will respect but needs a quick pace to pick up the pieces.
3-Quality Bud-Steps-up but can be in the hunt with the right trip, loses Gingras and that adds to the price.
6-Outkast Blue Chip-Interesting price shot off a win at Fhld in 4th start for new barn, could pop with the right trip.
7-McThriller-3-1 ML chalk comes off a nice try from 9-hole in a fast mile, looks like a major player at this class.
10-Ocean Colony-Barn is batting 33% last 30 days so will respect but will need a big effort from out here.
3-Burning Midnight-1st start at Big M, but has a 150.4 mark at Wbsb. Looks the best of this crew for Jen Bongiorno barn.
1-Johnny Q-Drops, positive driver change, likes to race near lead and draws the wood, looks like a spot to shine.
5-Smileansaycheese-Form has been flat but has been facing better, wake-up call could lead to a picture.
6-Duckies Dynasty-Barn is cold but last was better and now steps-up, tries hard, can close, using at a price.
8-Halusky-Another searching for an overdue picture, best can win but Callahan needs to work a trip.
Race 8) 1,3,4,6
Race 9) 3,6,7,10
Race 10) 3
Race 11) 1,5,6,8
Total Ticket Cost) $32 for $0.50
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