by Al Cimaglia
November 7, 2020
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 13-race card set to roll. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts in Race 6. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Fire Start Hanover (8/5)-The only loss in the last 7 starts was on a sloppy track in the Breeders Crown Elim when she finished a comfortable 2nd. BC champ looks like a standout and should make it 8 wins in 11 starts this year.
1-Saying Grace N (7/2)-Lost all chance after breaking at the start in last and before that was trying hard. Fits well with this bunch and should be a threat if minds manners. Does good work near the top of the stack and should be there tonight.
3-Whittaker N (10-1)-Steps up after a sharp gate to wire win and now gets the services of Todd McCarthy. Seven-year-old is versatile and has won 12 of 42 at the Big M.
4-Ocean Colony (2-1)-Was off for almost 6 weeks and raced well from post 9. Broke slowly but rolled home in .54 to cash a 3rd place check. Looks like a serious threat and has finished in the money in 25 of 50 starts at the Big M with 8 wins.
1-Lindysmusclemania (3-1)-Comes off a nice win and likes to race on the engine or close to the lead and that can happen with this post draw. The Svanstedt barn has been going well in the last 30 days and best to respect this colt.
4-Jack Fire (7/2)-Comes off a dull effort as the favorite and now Andrew McCarthy takes the lines. Willing to overlook last start as this freshman has hit the board in 10 of 11 and will look for a better effort here.
5-Dee's Red Delicious (9/2)-Took the long way around in last start and couldn't make up any ground into a slow pace. Callahan can roll off cover as this race should set up nicely and could offer a square price.
7-Royson's Punch (10-1)-Zeron returns and he knows best. With the right trip this is a live price play. Could blast out and take control. Hasn't won at the Big M yet but has hit the board in 4 of 5 starts.
2-Angers Bayama (3-1)-Was used aggressively against better to just miss as an odds on choice and now drops. McCarthy gets the call and should be a major threat at a very short price.
8-Another Daily Copy (10-1)-Gets some needed class relief plus Zeron returns and he has taken pictures in the past. Has the gate speed to get the top or a cozy seat. Looks like a live price shot who could surprise with a good steer.
10-Geez Joe (6-1)-Joe has won 8 of 23 in East Rutherford and has been facing tougher. Post 10 makes for a better price and might follow #2 who has some gate speed. Should like the company and best to not overlook.
Race 6) 2
Race 7) 1,3,4
Race 8) 1,4,5,7
Race 9) 2,8,10
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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