by Al Cimaglia
October 23, 2020
The Meadowlands has 13 races set to go this evening. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 10, the sequence has a 15% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Broadway Bruiser (9/2)-Took the long way around from the 10-hole in last to finish 2nd. Not sure trying to set the pace will help chances but can be forwardly placed. Big chance with the right trip.
3-Trixie Dust (8-1)-Like #1 had a tough trip but kept coming to get a 2nd place check. Should get a better journey and could improve in 3rd straight Big M start.
7-Shady McCoy (10-1)-Is only 2-17 on an off track but did race big in the slop last week. Tried hard in both Big M starts and looks like a player but is 0-22 this year. East Rutherford record, 11 wins in 66 starts, is cause for hope.
10-Chiplosive (3-1)-Smoked everyone last week from the 10-hole and drew off by 4 lengths on a "good" track. Form has been good in last 2 efforts and did notch 1st Big M win. This post will make it tough but best to respect.
2-Teal Hanover (3-1)-Drops back to a better level. In last start followed cover and was not a threat but did pace a quick 2nd half. Looking for similar but needs the right steer and to follow live cover.
3-Shellie De Vie (9/2)-Shellie was better when dropped to this level but did not get the best of trips. Should be put in play early and may leave to get the top.
4-Sudden Passing (7/2)-Burke trainee ships in from Philly and faces easier. Allard will likely have the pedal down from the start and it will be a question of how far this 5-year-old mare can carry her speed.
1-Commanding Officer (3-1)-Returns from the Red Mile to a class were this colt had 2 straight wins. Has been off almost 2 weeks so will look for a return to better form on a track where his record has been a perfect 2-2.
4-JK Objection (4-1)-Has been idle since 8/4 but tuned up nicely with a 56.2 back half in a qualifier at the Big M. This will be the 1st start for Takter for a freshman who has shown very good speed.
2-Muay Hanover (15-1)-Will toss last start on a sloppy track from the 9-hole and record on an off track is 1-24. Bailey can leave from this post and get sucked around. So, will look for a repeat of 10/9 win when faced 4 from this field.
4-Explosive (10-1)-Will overlook last on a sloppy track. In previous start raced wide and had a rough trip but kept coming and that was the 1st start in 5 weeks. Could be sitting on a big try in 3rd local start and should be a nice price.
Race 10) 1,3,7,10
Race 11) 2,3,4
Race 12) 1,4
Race 13) 2,4
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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