by Al Cimaglia
July 6, 2020
Northfield Park starts the week with a 15-race card and the Early Pick 4 begins in Race 7. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Rock N Jo Z (2-1)-Drops to a good level and draws well. Looks like a major player and should have a good chance of taking 1st picture in 10 starts this year.
4-Norm At Work (5/2)-Steps-up after an easy score on 6/28. Has beaten better here and has 16 wins in 75 starts at Nfld. Page may blast out and has the gate speed to get a good seat.
5-CC Bank (7/2)-Using Stga invader rather than #1 the ML chalk who is coming off a break. Has a win, a 2nd, and a 3rd place finish at Nfld in 6 outings and should be forwardly placed. Not much gate speed in here and R. Wrenn has options.
7-Global Ice (4-1)-0-32 isn't inspiring but rallied on 6/28 in lone Nfld start versus better and should like the company. It could be time for an aggressive try in 3rd start of 2020 and 3rd start for new barn.
9-Master Mighty (4-1)-The post draw doesn't help but 9-year-old drops to a soft spot. Grismore may need some luck and also provide a good steer but is worth a swing. Likes the track and leads the field in money earned in 2019.
1-Odds On Athens (7/2)-Likes to race on the lead and can get there. Wrenn returns and he knows well, this duo won here on 6/10. Should be a major threat if minds manners.
3-Escape The House (7/2)-Does race the fair circuit but also has won at Nfld in 153.2 last year. Merriman takes the lines and he has notched a win with this filly. May leave and get a pocket trip behind #1 but could win off cover as well.
4-Locamotion Fred (5-1)-Fred has not gotten off to good start after the return to action but best to respect here. Should like the company and 5-year-old has the gate speed to get a good seat. Merriman steers in 1st start at Nfld since 3/3.
6-American Trademark (8/5)-Program chalk makes Nfld debut. Wrenn will likely blast out and look to stay in control.
7-Andale Andale (4-1)-Returns to Nfld looking for 3rd win in 7 starts and regular pilot is back in the bike. If pace is quick chances go up. This is an honest horse so best to respect.
Race 7) 3,4
Race 8) 5,7,9
Race 9) 1,3
Race 10) 4,6,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $1.00
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