by Al Cimaglia
January 4, 2020
The Meadowlands has a 14-race card ready to roll this evening and the 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 8. That sequence has a $50,0000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout and will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Mindtrip (7/2)-Twice beaten favorite has faltered in last 2 starts but best to include and Callahan sticks.
5-Eddard Hanover (8-1)-1st Big M start was good, looking for more tonight and will respect connections.
8-Wheels On Fire (3-1)-Burke trainee drops to a spot to shine and likes this track. A 7-time winner in 23 starts at the Big M, looks like a player.
1-Legion Of Boom (7/2)-Winning favorite bumps up but still fits and now Dunn takes a spin. Has been camera shy but should be put in play early and could make it 2-straight.
2-American Music (9/2)-Will need a good steer but with the right trip could use one brush to sweep by and take top honors.
9-Boys Turn (3-1)-Almost took a picture in Big M debut, which was 1st start off a 4-week rest. Makes 2nd start for Burke barn and looks like the one to beat.
2-Archangel Three (7/2)-Winner of 2 in a row has bounced around on East Coast tracks and now makes way back to the Big M. In form but has missed a start, should be forwardly placed and be in the hunt.
3-Whittaker N (3-1)-Has also missed a start but last was a win in East Rutherford versus similar. Dunn provided a nice steer on an off-track and will look to take another picture tonight.
5-Tuapeka Trick N (15-1)-Nice effort in 1st Big M start and off that effort will take a swing for a price. Was off 14-days before last start and now comes right back. Has the gate speed to be put in play early.
1-Tom Me Gun N (9/2)-Comes off a sharp effort in 1st Big M start and expecting better tonight. Moves up but should be tighter and makes 2nd start on Lasix.
2-Bell I No (7/2)-Makes 3rd start for Harris barn and was hung out to fast fractions last week. Finished well considering the tough trip and now gets post relief. Best to not overlook.
5-Solo Story (8-1)-Form has been dull while racing against better. But has raced well here and this is a spot to snag an overdue win with a top effort.
8-Effronte A (3-1)-Aussie invader has not raced since 10/27 but qualified nicely here on 12/28. Looks fast enough to win even from this post if fires hot off the bench.
Race 8) 3,5,8
Race 9) 1,2,9
Race 10) 2,3,5
Race 11) 1,2,5,8
Total Ticket Cost) $54 for $0.50
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