by Al Cimaglia
November 21, 2020
This is the last big card at the Meadowlands in 2020 with purses totaling almost $2.5 million dollars. There are eight stake races scheduled. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 begins in Race 6 and every leg is a feature event. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Sorella (3-1)-This is a 3-year-old facing older and that usually is a tough task. But this filly has had an outstanding season and should get a great trip from the rail. Has won 4 of 6 at the Big M with a 150.2 mark in East Rutherford this season and could get a pocket trip.
3-Plunge Blue Chip (9/5)-Has been off for 3 weeks and that should help. Likes the Big M and has been in the money in 10 of 13 starts with 4 wins. Svanstedt will probably leave and look to control the race with the program chalk When Dovescry starting from post position #6.
1-Fire Start Hanover (2-1)-Razor sharp Nifty Norman pupil has won 8 of 12 this year. Likes to get on the engine and not look back. That will be script to follow tonight. Many will single and there is a strong case to do so.
3-Notorious Pink (5-1)-Edged out #11-JK Alwaysbalady last week and has come up with determined efforts in every start this year except the Crown Final on a sloppy track from post 9. Tetrick can work a good trip from this spot and should be right there at the wire.
1-Caviart Ally (5-1)-The program chalk draws the 9 hole and will be using a few in this leg. This mare loves the Big M hitting the board in 18 of 23 with 10 wins. McCarthy will put in striking range and could surprise at a square price.
4-Shartin N (3-1)-Has been chasing Kissin In The Sand this year and has a chance to get some revenge with the benefit of this post draw. Does good work at the Big M, shows a 146.4 mark there and did win this race 2 years ago.
5-Peaky Sneaky (8-1)-Here is the lesser of the 2 Takter pupils but that is not a slight when the stablemate is Kissin In The Sand. Sneaky won the Crown Final and this 3-year-old is well worth a swing at 8-1.
9-Kissin In The Sand (2-1)-This is the finale for an outstanding mare who has won 6 straight. It's off to the breeding shed after tonight and she knows how to win from post 9. I'm shooting against her and more often than not that's a mistake. She could grind out the entire mile and win but it could be a challenge to get the top.
2-Abuckabett Hanover (4-1)-Tuned-up nicely with a 54.2 back half and was able to stay on stride. Betting Line 2-year-old could beat this bunch if minds manners. McCarthy should have this colt forwardly placed throughout.
3-Summa Cum Laude (9/5)-Hasn't been able to beat Perfect Sting but did dead heat with him in the Crown Final and this is a really nice colt. Winner of 2 straight has been perfect at the Big M (4-4) and is the one to beat.
4-Southwind Petyr (5-1)-Came 2nd in the Matron Final and took the long way around. This is a good post for Petyr because he lacks early speed. Does have a win and a 2nd place finish in 2 starts here. Sears returns tonight and he knows well. Looking for a stalking trip and if there is a speed duel chances for success go up at a nice price.
0.50 Early Pick 4
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