by Al Cimaglia
January 23, 2021
Tonight, there are 14 races scheduled at the Meadowlands. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 begins in Race 6 and it has a 15% takeout. The sequence does have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and it will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Rockin The Aces (6-1)-This wasn't Dunn's choice but using with the focus on those dropping who like to take pictures. Has won 7 of 21 Big M starts and AMac should put in play. Doesn't like to leave but will trust the trip will be smoother than last and drops to a better level.
5-Blood Line (8-1)-Came the last half in 54.4 and goes from post 9 to the 5-hole in 5th start after a layoff. Looking for Zeron to provide an aggressive steer and to be raced from near the top of the stack.
7-Bank Sea (10-1)-Was off almost 3-weeks before the last start and raced well considering. Should be a solid price, fits with this crew and has the gate speed to get a close-up seat.
2-Bicorne Hanover (5-1)-Draws well and was off almost a month before the last start. Will need a big effort but this post draw should help. Joe B could leave and land in the pocket behind one of the program chalks. Might be overlooked at the windows.
5-Ima Real Ladys Man (3-1)-Has been off since 12-13 and comes off a good qualifier on 1-16. Likes to race near the top and Allard should be able to get him there. Should be a threat if fires hot off the bench and was facing better at Hoosier Park.
7-Cheyenne Ryan Lee (15-1)-Will toss last from the 10-hole but has shown ability at this level in the past. Has hit the board in 7 of 16 starts at the Big M with 3 wins. Miller could leave to get a good seat and should be a juicy price.
9-JK Wildfire (7/2)-Second program chalk raced the back half in .55 and rallied off a wide trip to finish 2nd. Mark Mac should be rolling down the lane and my feeling is the pace could be lively.
1-Boiling Oar (7/2) -Drops to the lowest level since shipping in from Indiana. This is a spot to shine and could be a smooth trip away from the 1st picture at M1 in 6 tries.
4-Heza Real Deal (3-1) -Makes another drop-in class, faded down the lane after getting the point and setting quick fractions. Same pilot and probably the same script but doesn't leave from the 8-hole and this is a more comfortable spot. This is the 4th time for Lasix and last try was the best so far.
1-St James Gate (10/1)-Went to Yonkers and it didn't work well after 2 wins and a nice 3rd place finish at this class. Faced tougher at YR and broke on a sloppy track. Draws the rail, could get the top and fits. May not look back at a nice price.
3-Double Account (9/2)-Another from the Cullipher barn coming off a rest. Has been idle since 11-21 but the 1-16 qualifier was a sharp tune-up. Could be sitting 1st or 2nd after the opening quarter and should offer a solid price.
6-McMatters (10-1)-Needs a trip but should be in the mix with the 2 morning line chalks starting outside. If the pace is hot chances for success go up and should be a big price.
10-Swan In Motion (7/2)-Comes off a very nice 3-year-old campaign and has raced well in last 3 starts with Lasix. The post will make the price and Callahan could find some live cover. There are a few that could leave so the fractions should be hot. Likes to roll late and fly by foes down the lane.
Race 6) 1,5,7
Race 7) 2,5,7,9
Race 8) 1,4
Race 9) 1,3,6,10
Total Ticket Cost) $48 for $0.50
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