by Al Cimaglia
June 1, 2020
Northfield Park should attract a great deal of attention tonight as they stand alone as the only harness track racing. My focus will be on the Late Pick 4 which has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The sequence has a 14% takeout and the pool should end up well north of the guarantee.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Manny L (7/2)-Came off the bench with an in control win in first start on Lasix. Steps-up, so this will be a stiffer test, but barn has been hot. Should be tighter and might be even better tonight.
3-Chestnut Schofield (7-1)-Looking for a price and tossing 1st start off a layoff. Blenheim raced huge that night and this guy broke slowly. Gets post relief and has won Opens here. Looney barn has been hot and will look for a big try.
5-Outburst (7/2)-Burke trainee was caught racing in the back with slow leavers in qualifier. Should like the company and could be sitting on a big try, but might be over bet.
7-Blenheim (3-1)-Hitchcock barn is winning at a 45% clip and last week this 7-year-old got on the engine and drew off by 7 all on its own. Looks like a major threat with a clean trip but may not be able to get the top from this post.
2-Stride Of Pride (5-1)-Even effort in 1st start off the bench. Might be able to make the most of an inside post draw and get the jump on main foes.
4-The Wayfaring Man (5-1)-Faded in qualifier but pace was quick. Looney trainee shows up versus this kind and loves the track. In 20 starts at Nfld, has hit the the board 15 times with 8-wins and should be a square price.
5-Major Nemesis (5/2)-Has only raced a total of 12-times in '18 and '19 but has won 14 of 32 at Nfld. Moves up after a sharp effort last week and still fits with this crew. Best to respect but won't offer any value.
1-Beach Shootingstar (9-1)-Tossing last start from the 8-hole and has won 9 of 35 at Nfld. Gets significant post relief and can be in the mix at this level when forwardly placed. Should be a price and will look to use in gimmicks as well.
2- Guns An Roses (3-1)-12-year-old had a big effort from the 9-hole in 1st start of the meet. Holzman barn has won 2 of 5 starts and 12-year-old should make the most of this starting spot.
5-Dance Life Well (2-1)-Wasn't really challenged after getting an early lead and won with a well rated mile. Best to not overlook but could face a stiffer challenge this evening.
5-Driving Miss Sadie (2-1)-Nice effort against better and now drops to a more comfortable level. Loses Hall but Sugg knows well. Has won 25% of Nfld starts and appears to be a clean trip away from a picture.
Race 11: 2,3,5,7
Race 12: 2,4,5
Race 13: 1,2,5
Race 14: 5
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $1.00
Check me out on Twitter!