by Al Cimaglia
January 30, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 14-race card on tap for this evening. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 10 and it will be my focus. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout.
Last night the drivers with the hottest hands in East Rutherford were Todd McCarthy and Simon Allard with 3 winners each. Jeff Cullipher was the leading trainer with 2 trips to the winner's circle.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
5-Decision Day (8-1)-In sharp from, dops to a more comfortable level and Callahan steers again. Likes the Big M winning of 8 of 40 and has hit the board in 13 other starts. Looks like a solid threat with this post draw.
6-Repect Our Flag (10-1)-Price shot is worth a swing making 3rd consecutive start, for team Joe-Bo/Jen Bo, and that hasn't happened in almost 2 months. Regular pilot is at the controls and will look for an aggressive steer.
7-Western Fame (9/2)-Did make 1st Big M appearance this meet in last and was in the hunt racing near the top of the stack until fading down the lane. Does have good gate speed and Stratton may use it to get a good early seat. Looks like a player at a square price.
1-Cinnamack (12-1)-The Auciello barn hasn't been as effective as it is in Canada, but I have seen this movie before. Drops, draws inside, should be forwardly placed and has beaten better than this crew. Dunn steers and that shouldn't hurt.
2-Another Daily Copy (6-1)-Hasn't raced since 11/21 but did qualify nicely on 1/23 and fits. Has had success here making 29% of lifetime starts at the Big M. Scotty Z was driving #5 and will add points for this being his choice. Could take a photo if fires hot off the bench.
6-Ollies's Ztam (5-1)-Gingras got on the engine last week and may have received too much respect. This won't be as easy but has won 3 of 14 starts in East Rutherford and there aren't any monsters in this field.
1-Brigadoon (3-1)-Should relish the post relief and looks like a player but will need the right trip. Has the pilot who could use a well-timed move to sweep by. Doesn't win often (1-20), but Dunn steers and could be over bet.
3-Rock On Line (7/2)-Winner of 2 straight is back at the Big M. Normally looking for 3 in a row at this level would be something to fade for me. But has had success here and if Allard can work an alert start this 7-year-old could trip out for a 3-peat.
5-Ruthless Dude (10-1)-Comes off 2 even efforts on smaller ovals and has hit the board in 4 of 8 starts here including 2 wins. Shows good speed at M1 and TMac has options from this post.
5-Warrawee Unique (3-1)-Dropped and took control last week and was able to set soft fractions. This will be the 3rd start off the bench and could dial it up off the last win. Burke trainee has won 3 of 13 at M1 and it's best to not overlook.
7-Barbados (15-1)-This post draw isn't great but has started from post 9 in the last 2 starts. My guess is the pace should be lively and could be the best finisher in the field.
8-Saying Grace N (5-1)-One of a couple of Cullipher trainee's in this group and he had a 2 wins last night. Grace has shown good speed in the last 2 races. The start will be key, and Allard will probably blast out. Has a big shot if the trip is friendly and should be a solid price.
Race 10) 5,6,7
Race 11) 1,2,6
Race 12) 1,3,5
Race 13) 5,7,8
Total Ticket Cost) $40.50 for $0.50
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