by Al Cimaglia
June 6, 2020
It is the first Saturday night of harness racing at the Meadowlands since the lockdown. The Early Pick 4 starts in Race 6 and will be my focus. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Another Daily Copy (15-1)-Rolled the back half at Gateway Farms in 56.1 and has won 25% of Big M starts. Likes to race up front and should do so here. Will take a swing for a price and the Johnson barn was having a good 2020.
4-Western Joe (3-1)-Joe knows his way to the Big M winner's circle and has won over $300k in East Rutherford. Gets a nice post draw and Berry should put in play.
6-Closing Statement (9/2)-Raced evenly in qualifier but the winner is in with Prfd company tonight and the mile went in 150.4. Could offer a square price and McCarthy should have in play. Did have a 54.1 last half in qualifier.
7-Alluneedisfaith N (8-1)-Qualified at the Big M and the fractions were swift. Usually does best work on a smaller oval but will use in this spot instead of #10, the 2nd program chalk.
1-Very Very Fast (10-1)-Didn't show much in Gateway Farms qualifier but fits well with this bunch and does have 4 wins in 16 starts at the Big M. Likes to get on the engine and could play that hand here or sit a 2-hole trip.
2-Muscle Fashion (8-1)-Qualified at the Big M and that shouldn't hurt. Usually shows up from an inside post at this class. Will look for a price in this race and leave #10 the program chalk out of the mix.
5-Oberto (9/2)-Qualifier was fine, but the pace was dull. This guy is trip dependent but can roll late. Will respect chances because pace could be quick as the morning line chalk, #10 will probably blast out.
6-My Lindy Winner (12-1)-Looking for another price and trying to beat the two program chalks #8 and #10. Qualified with some tough customers, Southwind Chrome and Crystal Fashion, but did race the back half in 55.4.
3-Mohawk Warrior (5-1)-Is 0-5 at the Big M and usually is performing at Yonkers. Did race the back half in 54.3 in tune-up and Tetrick stays aboard tonight. Could get sucked around and roll by late at a square price.
7-The Bettormack N (3-1)-Aussie import seems to have found a nice spot to win US debut. Qualified at the Big M and sizzled the 2nd half in 54.2, best to respect.
1-Shnitzledosomethin (7/2)-Five-year-old tuned up nicely and appears ready for a big try off the bench. Likes to race on top or close to the lead and had a 149.1 lifetime mark here in 2019.
5-Dorsoduro Hanover (9/2)-Burke trainee qualified nicely and looks ready for a top effort. Has only 1 win in 9 starts at the Big M but should like the company this evening.
7-None Bettor A (3-1)-Qualified on Lasix in 150.4 at Gateway and is a perfect 6-6 in East Rutherford. Tetrick could blast out and get on the engine or land in the 2-hole. Harris trainee looks dangerous with a decent trip.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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