by Al Cimaglia
March 6, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card ready to roll 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.
On Friday night, the track favored speed. Every winner was either on top or within about two lengths of the lead at the head of the stretch. The driver with the hottest hands was Scott Zeron with three wins. All 13-races were won by different trainers.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
6-Western Joe (3-1)-This is a tough race, some have missed a start and others usually do better work at Yonkers. This veteran has hit the board in 32 of 49 starts at M1 and has 16 pictures. Tough to leave off the ticket even though idle since 2-13.
7-Schnitzledosomethin (6-1)-Callahan worked a nice trip on 2-27 to win at a higher class than at any time this meet and fits with these. Probably won't be 11-1 but should be a square price and has the gate speed to be put in play early on.
8-San Domino A (9/2)-First start off the bench after tuning up in 1.51 in a qualifier on 2-27. Not sure how aggressive Takter-T. McCarthy will be starting from post 8. But this winner of >$136,000 in 2020 could be a square price and has won 2 of 7 starts at the Big M.
9-Ana Afreet N (7/2)-Cashed a 4th place check in a needed race after being off since 12-20. AMac could grind around from this post and reward backers. Ten-time winner in 2020 has hit the board 10 times in 17 starts at M1 with 5 pictures.
2-Reggiano (5/2)-Left from the 9-hole in last and took control near the half, then rolled off by 5 lengths to beat this kind. Should be the one to beat but has broken stride twice in the last 6 starts.
5-Cruzing Hill (6-1)-Drops after taking the long way around versus the $12,500 claimers. Should fare better in this spot and did pace the back half in .56. This is the 2nd start for new barn, using in case #2 doesn't mind its manners and the price should be right.
2-Kenziesky Hanover (3-1)-Figures to be in the pocket or on the lead and with that kind of trip it's best to not overlook this mare.
3-Pikachu Hanover (8-1)-Mohawk shipper should be a juicy price, so will take a swing here with this versatile 7-year-old. Makes 2nd start off a break in stride and comes right back in sequence. The McNair barn has won 3 of 10 starts over the last month.
7-JL Cruz (9/5)-Has been off since 2-13 but usually comes back in great form. Should be tough to beat with a smooth journey and Dunn is good at doing just that.
1-Just Wave Goodbye (3-1)-Cashes checks but has been camera shy over the past 2 years only notching 2 wins in the last 28 starts. Not sure this 5-year-old deserves to be the program chalk but could get sucked around and take a picture with a top effort.
6-Na Na Na Baatman (7/2)-Drew outside in the last 2 and now makes the 1st start for a new barn. Dunn takes the lines and from this post he can get an up-close seat off the gate. Looking for a big try and has 2 wins in 5 Big M starts.
Race 10) 6,7,8,9
Race 11) 2,5
Race 12) 2,3,7
Race 13) 1,6
Total Ticket Cost) = $24 for $0.50
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