by Al Cimaglia
December 20, 2019
The Meadowlands has a big 14-race card set to go this evening with the feature coming in Race 10, a Preferred Trot with a $20,000 purse. My focus will be on the 0.50 Pick 4 which begins in Race 8 and has a $50,000 guaranteed pool.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Ilana Z Tam (10-1)-Loses McCarthy but Lachance trains and can drive. Comes off a win and from this post is worth a swing. Could hang around and parlay a good trip into a win.
5-Kotare Yarra N (7/2)-This mare likes to win and should like the company. This is a difficult race to figure but has the speed to be a factor.
8-Dongal Rundlscrk N (12-1)-Drops in 3rd start off the bench and is worth a swing at this price. Callahan needs to work a good trip but top money earner this year could surprise.
9-Jewel Lehigh A (8-1)-Has been on the shelf since 5-24 and has had issues this year. Qualifier was okay and McCarthy chooses over #1. Could be a contender if fires hot off the bench and gets a good trip.
2-Big Bill Freeze (9/2)-There are reasons to pass but there are more reasons to use versus this crew. Comes off a win, fits well here, McCarthy steers and could get an up-front seat. 0-13 at the Big M but could be a square price.
7-For A Dreamer (7/2)-Risky play because of breaking issues but lukewarm program chalk should be in the hunt if minds manners. If ready to roll can leave faster than those starting outside.
2-Rich And Miserable (9/2)-Comes off a nice effort from the 9-hole and is no stranger to this class. The post draw doesn't hurt chances for a picture.
8-Melady's Monet (7/2)-Comes off a pair of 2nd place finishes and one was from the 8-hole. Post is an issue because of slugish starts, but best to not overlook.
10-Southwind Chrome (3-1)-The 10-hole is a bear but will use after the last 2 sharp wins. Dunn sticks and he will need to provide a smooth journey for the 10-time winner in '19.
1-Skyway Kon Man (3-1)-Camera shy but appears to have a big chance to be posing tonight. Draws the rail, that may help Dunn to be close at the top of the lane. Other races at the Big M were good and has that edge over others.
3-Foreverhillreign (9/2)-Muscle Hill colt has been competitive in Philly and likes the lead. Could get the top, question is will the long stretch be his undoing. McCarthy helps and so does the post draw.
Race 8) 1,5,8,9
Race 9) 2,7
Race 10) 2,8,10
Race 11) 1,3
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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