by Al Cimaglia
December 28, 2020
Northfield Park has a 15-race card scheduled to start at 4:20 EST. The $1.00 Pick 5 goes in Race 2 and due to a carryover there will be a $60,000 guaranteed pool. The $1.00 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 11. The sequence has a $10,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
RACE 11 // 8:00PM ET
2-McKinley (9-1) - Will take a swing for a price to start the sequence. This is the 3rd start off a judge's scratch and left aggressively from post 8 in last. Comes right back, will look for a good placement off the gate and a well-timed move down the lane.
3-Bobcat Bound (2-1) - This is the 2nd start after a sick scratch and comes off a nice 2nd place finish in the slop from the 8-hole. Off-track record is 2-14 and should be bet hard tonight. Merriman will probably try to wire this field for 1st win in 25 starts.
RACE 12 // 8:22PM ET
1-Hezabluechipboy N (7/5) - In the last 6 races this 9-year-old has been stuck with post 9 in 5 starts and the other was from post 8. Comes off a big score from post 9 and should be the odds-on choice again. Record in 2020 is only 1-11, so will include one more on the ticket.
2-Tango Star (5/2) - Took the long way around to cash a 3rd place check in 1st start for the Clegg barn. Tango knows how to win and could benefit from a pocket trip. Best to not overlook.
RACE 13 // 8:44PM ET
2-Tick's A Yankin (5/2) - Steps-up after a dominating win from the 7-hole on a sloppy track. Merriman takes the lines and figures to be in the mix. But could be over bet as off-track record is a perfect 3-3.
5-Lyons Freinds (3-1) - Comes off a good try in last after shipping in from the Meadows. Just missed after being off 2 weeks so will look for a stronger try tonight.
7-Major Escape (7-1) - Faded last time to finish a close 4th but that was in the slop. Off-track record is only 1-15. This will be the 4th straight Nfld start, has the gate speed to be put in play early and should offer a solid price.
RACE 14 // 9:06PM ET
2-Gary G Force (3-1) - Drops in for a tag and gets a positive driver change. Looks like a player and post draw doesn't hurt chances.
5-Its A Good Thing (5/2) - Two-race win streak was snapped due to a tough trip in last. Gets a new pilot tonight and should be a threat if Kash can work a smooth journey. This 14-year-old could be dialed on high as it will be his last career start.
7-Southwind Terror (9/2) - Usually leaves and gets a good seat but fades down the lane, but now makes a significant drop in class. Was claimed on 11/24 for $7,000 and is now for a $5,000 tag. There isn't much gate speed in here so could blast out and look to wire the field.
$1.00 LATE PICK 4 TICKET
RACE 11: 2, 3
RACE 12: 1, 2
RACE 13: 2, 5, 7
RACE 14: 2, 5, 7
TICKET COST: $36.00
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