by Al Cimaglia
December 12, 2020
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card ready to go this evening with the 0.50 Early Pick 4 beginning 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.
1-Mindtrip (4-1)-Comes off a win at this class and raced near the top of the stack. Draws the rail and should be on or near the lead throughout. Can take another picture with the right pace and trip.
2-Rockin The Aces (8-1)-Steps-up but gets post relief and closed well in last. Does have a strong record at the Big M hitting the board in 13 of 17 with 7 wins. Should be closer to the lead, pace should be brisk and may set-up for a closer.
7-Let It Ride N (2-1)-Takes another step up the class ladder and winner of 2 straight appears to fit well with this group. Dunn might be forced to move a bit sooner, but this guy has a big brush and looks like a player again.
1-Go West Go Fast (7/2)-Fits at this class and now draws inside. The issue is whether the rail will help or hurt this slow starter. My guess is Allard will put in play and the post draw will not hurt chances.
2-Lachie Maguire N (10-1)-10-year-old is still cashing checks and raced well in 1st Big M start this year. Zeron can put into striking range and look to pass foes down the lane at a nice price.
3-In Rock We Trust (9/2)-Has shown better form for new barn in last 2 starts at this level. Best to not overlook.
8-Italian Delight N (5-1)-Ships in from Yonkers and was facing better. Has raced here in the past with some success. Has hit the board in 6 of 9 starts with 2 wins. Dunn may look to leave in a race without a standout.
3-Doubleagentman (3-1)-Couldn't seal the deal in 1st start in the Burke barn. Gingras left in last and should get the top in very good shape. Draws well, there isn't much gate speed to contend with and should be more difficult to beat than in last.
7-Slippin The Clutch (5-1)-Cashed a 3rd place check in Big M debut and the fractions were lively. Should benefit from the start and Mark Mac could leave and get a nice trip behind #3. Using at square price and hoping the journey is smooth.
5-Ana Afreet N (9/2)-Ana is in fine form and steps up looking for 2nd straight picture. 5-year-old is versatile and a late bloomer winning 21 of 42 lifetime starts in last 2 years. Just missed beating this kind from the 9-hole on 11/14.
9-Highalator (7/2)-Scratched sick on 11/15 and missed the Potomac. Qualified on 11/25 at Dover which was fine, but was short in last start on 12/3. Will lean towards needing the last race and it was from the 8-hole. Knows how to win at the Big M (24 starts-16 wins). Has the speed to get the point and not look back if ready for a big try.
Race 6) 1,2,7
Race 7) 1,2,3,8
Race 8) 3,7
Race 9) 5,9
Total Ticket Cost) $24 for $0.50
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