by Al Cimaglia
November 3, 2019
Northfield Park has 15-races set to roll with the feature coming in Race 10, a condition pace with a $20,000 purse. There are two Pick 4 sequences on the card, both with $10,000 guaranteed pools. My focus will be on the $1 Late Pick 4 which begins in Race 11.
The driver with the hottest hands on Saturday was Aaron Merriman with four wins. Conditioners Sam Schillaci, C. Brian Loney and Chris Short led the trainers with two trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-And We'll See Ya (8/5)-Gets post relief and Merriman sticks, should be in the mix at a short price.
5-Big Place (7-1)-Last start was back in March and hasn't had a win in a long time. Even though he is 0-20, his first start off the bench was good. Should be tighter here and could beat a suspect field at a nice price.
8-The Kop (20-1)-10-year-old has the gate speed to be put in play, this is a soft bunch and if trip works out he could light up the board.
4-Rushing Reba (15-1)-Price shot makes 4th local start, last was better and draws well, will use at this price.
8-Dawnna Marie (7/5)-Came off a lame scratch with 2 nice efforts, post is a concern but on paper, her race to lose.
7-Bourbans Best (3-1)-Merriman has had success steering this 12-year-old so will respect chances. But will need a top effort to take a picture.
8-Dance Life Well (9/5)-First start for new barn after a big win, program chalk looks the part and has the gate speed to get the top.
1-Wanderer (5/2)-Even efforts in DTN but this is a spot to shine, was good at this class back in August. One issue is not racing since 10/3.
2-Blooming Genuis (9/2)-Grismore needs to work a good trip, if so, can win at a square price.
3-Lovedancinwithyou (15-1)-Last was better and now draws inside. Also, since missing about 3 weeks between races now makes 3rd start since 10/21. That could mean this 9-year-old is sitting on a big try at a big price.
$1 Pick 4
Race 11) 3,5,8
Race 12) 4,8
Race 13) 7,8
Race 14) 1,2,3
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $1.00
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