by Al Cimaglia
February 20, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card set to go with the 0.50 Late Pick 4 starting in Race 10. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
Last night, Dexter Dunn led the drivers with three wins. Kelvin Harrison led the conditioners with two trips to the winner's circle. Speed held with nine of 13 winners leading at the top of the lane.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Scirocco Rob (7/2)-Just missed last week going off at 7-1 but won't be that price here. Dube should have Rob forwardly placed and not be far off the lead turning for the wire.
2-Buck Dancer (8/1)-Gets AMac back and he won with this 5-year-old on 1-23. Has been trying hard since moving up to this level. Could fire out and find a soft quarter and not look back.
1-American Boy N (3-1)-Drops to the level of recent success and TMac sticks. Should be put in play early and looks like a major threat.
7-On Accident (5-1)-This is another dropper who should like the company. AMac might be sending and could land in an up-close seat. Looks like a player at a square price.
8-Warrawee Unique (7/2)-Knocked out at the start in last start at PcD and is right back at the Big M with Gingras taking a spin tonight. Not sure about blasting out to the top but might duck and move later. The pace should be brisk and that won't hurt chances for a picture.
3-Cool Clifford (7/2)-Comes off a nice try and this is a more comfortable spot. AMac steers again, put in a flat line in last and could take a picture if minds manners.
4-Eplosive Ridge (3-1)-Callahan's choice drops to a spot to shine. Has won 3 of 6 at M1 this year and draws well enough to add to that total.
1-Ohio Vintage (6-1)-Drops and has the speed to win at a square price. Needs the right steer and TMac was rolling down the lane with this 5-year-old on 2-6. Should be worth a swing but can't afford to be too far back at the top of lane and pilot knows the same.
4-Skyway Fireball (3-1)-Hasn't raced since 2-4 and this will be the 1st M1 start but has done good work at Hoosier on a larger oval. Dunn is between the pipes, lands in a soft spot and should be there at the wire.
6-TJ Blast (7/2)-Tried hard last week and this field isn't as tough. Needs a trip and an honest pace but off the last try it is best to respect.
Race 10) 1,2
Race 11) 1,7,8
Race 12) 3,4
Race 13) 1,4,6
Total Ticket Cost) $18 for $0.50
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