by Al Cimaglia
December 26, 2020
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 15-race post-holiday card with the 0.50 Early Pick 4 starting 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-My Pal Joe (8-1)-Qualifier on 12/12 appears okay and hasn't raced since 11/3 but does have 1 win in 3 Big M starts against similar. Joe has a 150.4 mark here and likes to race near the top of the stack. Should offer a price, if fires hot off the bench.
6-Put To Right (3-1)-Alagna trainee had an impressive win from the 10-hole on 12/5 and is back in at the same class. Probably beats this crew if races back to last effort but is only 4-27 lifetime and 1-5 at the Big M, so will include others.
7-Always And Again (7/2)-Drops in 3rd local start after facing tougher in last 2 quick miles. This colt was facing stakes company at HoP and fits well with crew. Likes to come off cover and pace should be solid, so could fly by late.
1-Fizzing N (9/2)-Has been off since 11/7 and finished 2nd in a qualifier on 12/11 at Fhld in a sluggish 155.4 mile. Dunn steers and drops to a spot to shine. Has hit the board twice in 2 Big M starts with 1 picture. Should be a player if tight enough.
5-Blood Line (3-1)-This is my top choice, hasn't raced since 10/24 but had a nice qualifier here on 12/12. The Johnson barn is batting 25% in the last 30 days and 6-year-old has hit the board in 8 of 17 here with 3 wins. Should relish the company.
1-Milady Denver A (10-1)-Ten-year-old is somewhat camera shy and this post may not help. But regular pilot, Leon Bailey does hit the board at a high percentage. Trusting the trip will be good, could be put in play and surprise at a solid price.
5-Stellenbosch (7/2)-Steps up after getting a close-up seat in last and could follow the same script tonight. Loses Zeron and Buter takes a spin. Has won 2 of 7 at the Big M and might make it 3 of 8 if new pilot provides a good steer.
6-Callmequeenbee A (3-1)-This is another HoP invader from the Cullipher barn. The results haven't been great so far for this type. But this mare held her own versus Open company and will look for a better try in 2nd East Rutherford start.
9-Pammy Jo (5-1)-Yonkers invader was cashing checks versus better, should offer a fair price and now Dunn will take a spin. Has enough gate speed to get a good seat and should be in the mix for 1st Big M victory in 5 attempts.
2-Joey (3-1)-Comes off a sharp win against a softer group on 12/11 and then was scratched last week. David Miller does stick, post draw should help, and guessing will go off at higher price than the program odds.
4-Deltasun A (7/2)-Will toss last after a tough trip against a better crew. Previous start was a win after coming home in 56.1 off cover. This is 1st time Bartlett and could be posing if he provides a smooth journey in 4th start at the Big M.
7-Hill Of A Horse (8-1)-Did beat the NW14KL5 here on 9/11 with Allard in the bike. The same pilot will be back steering this Yonkers invader who was facing Open company. Looking for a quick pace and 5-year-old could stalk and roll by down the lane.
Race 6) 2,6,7
Race 7) 1,5
Race 8) 1,5,6,9
Race 9) 2,4,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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