by Al Cimaglia
October 3, 2020
Tonight's feature at the Meadowlands rolls in Race 9, a Preferred Pace with a $22,500 purse. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts in Race 6, it has a 15% takeout and it will be my focus.
On Friday, the driver with the hottest hands was Victor Kirby who steered four winners. All 13-races on last night's card were won by different trainers.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
3-Decision Day (7/2)-Drops to a spot to shine and has been facing some fast company. This is a beatable field and a spot for camera shy 5-year-old to take a picture.
6-Stonedust (3-1)-Was in the mix at this class before the lock down and now makes 3rd start off the bench. Will need a trip plus a lively pace and both are possible so will respect chances.
8-Griffon Hanover (8-1)-Looking for a price in a race without a standout. Could be another helped by some quick fractions and George Naps can grind way around and put into striking range.
1-Spirit Truth (7/2)-Has been facing better at Freehold and has beaten tougher here back in July. Should be in position to get a good early seat and could trip out.
7-Cheyenne Ryan Lee (3-1)-Winner of last 3 steps-up but deserves respect after most recent win from the 10-hole in 152.2 and went to the half in 54.4. Dube takes a spin, he knows this 4-year-old and has won with him before.
3-Trump Nation (3-1)-Raced big versus better last week and gets a good post to take control early on. Burke trainee has been in the money in 12 of 20 starts in East Rutherford with 6 wins.
5-Islandspecialmajor (7/2)-Dropped and popped from the 10-hole last week. Steps-up but fits with this group and could win right back in 3rd start off the bench.
8-Respect Our Flag (9/2)-Form has been dull but takes a good drop-in class. Has won 4 of 17 here and this might be the time for Jenn B trainee to wake-up.
2-U S Captain (9/2)-Finished behind the 6 and 4 last week but is in a spot to get a smoother journey this time. Should race near the top of the stack and has been in the money 10 times in 16 starts at the Big M and has notched 5 wins.
3-Odds On Lauderdale (5-1)-Makes 1st start since 1/4 but had a couple of recent qualifiers and the last one was extra sharp. Using and expecting to be dialed on high right out of the box. Likes the Big M has been in the money in 15 of 25 starts with 8 wins.
5-Harambe Deo (12-1)-Won at this class on 9/12, then faced better and also drew outside in last 2 tries. Needs a trip, this is the spot to get one and fits at this class.
6-Highalator (5/2)-Beat a few from this crew in last and will try for 3rd straight tonight. Tough to leave out after winning from the 10-hole. There is nothing new to expect, except may get the top a little easier this time.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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