by Al Cimaglia
November 30, 2019
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card set to go this evening. The 0.50 Pick 4 starts in Race 8, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout. That competitive sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Americanprimetime ( 8-1)-Tossing last race from the 9-hole and looking for much better tonight. Can be a factor from an inside post draw and could be overlooked at the windows.
5-Harmabe Deo (6-1)-The driver change to Dave Miller won't hurt and either will this starting spot. Recent form has been very good and it's best to not overlook versus this crew.
6-Statement Made A (5-1)-Barn has been going well and this horse usually gives an honest effort. McCarthy could leave or look to follow cover, either way can be a player at a square price.
9-Trump Nation (9/2)-Burke trainee makes first start since 9/28 but qualifier was sharp. Gingras may blast out and
if it dialed on high could be a big threat in a contentious race.
1-Sports Column (5-1)-Has raced well since coming off the bench and shouldn't blush at the competition. Dave Miller takes a seat and could be aggressive in this spot.
2-Winning Linc (5/2)-Rolled home in last 2 and now moves up again, but this field doesn't seem that much tougher. The post draw shouldn't hurt and it's best to respect chances of a three-peat.
8-Whittaker N (7/2)-The question is will Dunn work the same trip as in last week's win? If so, another picture is a possibility and will lean that Dunn will put him in play.
2-Jeremes General (5-1)-The General knows his job, comes off a nice win and was Dave Miller's choice. Seems like a live play at a square price from this post but will need a top effort for an encore.
3-Seeing Eye Single (8-1)-Tuned-up at Phl after being off since 8/10. Burke trainee could be ready to roll and if so, this is a beatable field.
6-Rock Lights (3-1)-Steps-up after a sharp effort in a fast mile. Should be in the mix again and if McCarthy works a similar trip it could be another picture.
2-Santafe's Coach (3-1)-Moves up as do others and what makes this one appealing to me is the post draw. Should have an easy time getting the top or the 2-hole and could benefit from a perfect trip.
3-Wild Goose Chase (6-1)-This will be start #7 at the Big M and last week sat and came on late. Dave Miller takes a spin for the first time this meet and could follow the speed and be the best late.
4-Thisbeachrghterea (9/2)-Makes 3rd start in a row in sequence and that hasn't happened for a while. Speed isn't an issue but has been handled cautiously since beating cheaper on 10/12 in 1:50.4. Could be sitting on a big try.
0.50 Pick 4
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