by Al Cimaglia
November 2, 2019
The Kindergarten Classic Finals are the headliners on a 13-race card at the Meadowlands tonight. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 8, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Rocknificent (3-1)-Winner of 2 straight and last was in 1:51.1 drawing off by 6+ lengths. If races back to last it should be another picture but with big money on the line it probably won't be so easy.
5-Hen Party (7/2)-Also, has made it looks easy in last 2 but those were while racing on the lead with 56.3 first half, pace should be quicker tonight.
6-Sail By (10-1)-McCarthy returns, that should help and has had excuses. Maybe a 2-hole trip behind #2 or #5 is in the cards and then rolls by late.
2-Another Daily Copy (7/2)-This will be 3rd start off the bench and showed improvement in last, comes home with big last quarters and best to respect.
3-Annihilation (8-1)-Steps-up after a win and will need best at this class. But will use at 8-1 with Dunn taking a spin from this post in an interesting race.
5-Quality Bud (6-1)-Drops, gets post relief and likes the track. Fits with this bunch and can win at a square price.
4-Ideal Perception (4-1)-Got on the engine and didn't look back in last, tough to leave out after that effort. But did miss a start and that's curious, but should be a player if ready.
5-Major Betts (12-1)-Taking a swing after racing up north versus Breeders Crown foes, fits much better here and did win only start at the Big M.
8-Keystone Dash (15-1)-Gingras takes a seat and my guess is this colt blasts out, could get the engine or 2-hole behind #4. Will use at 15-1 and hope the trip works out.
3-Buschwacker (9/2)-First start since 4/28, may need one or two, but if fires this is a field that can be beat from this post with Dunn.
6-Solo Story (7/2)-Drops to a spot to shine and was A. Miller's choice over a couple of others. This looks like go-time but 2 for 38 is cause for pause.
7-City Hall (3-1)-Steps-up after a sharp win from post #8 and has won 20 of 43 at the Big M. Does have good gate speed but others can leave too, will respect chances in a tough race.
Race 8) 2,5,6
Race 9) 2,3,5
Race 10) 4,5,8
Race 11) 3,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $40.50 for $0.50
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