by Al Cimaglia
March 13, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card ready to roll with the 0.50 Early Pick 4 starting in Race 6. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, and it will be my focus.
On Friday, Yanninck Gingras and Dexter Dunn led the pilots with three wins. Jeff Cullipher was the top conditioner on the card with two trips to the winner's circle. Speed held well, six of 13 winners were on the lead at the top of the lane. No winner was more than four lengths back turning for home.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Pikachu Hanover (8-1)-Rode the pylons in last versus a very tough winner but did rally late to cash a 2nd place check. Drops to a better level and there isn't a JL Cruze in this field. TMac should have this 7-year-old in striking range at the top of the lane.
4-Get Legs (3-1)-Winner of 2 straight and 7 of 8 lifetime steps up. There are times this would be a play against situation, but this Team Miller trainee looks so confident in winning it's best to not overlook.
6-Some Chapter (7/2)-They don't come much more consistent than this Chapter 7 four-year-old. Dunn steers and should be bet. Drops back in at the same class after just getting nipped at the wire. Hasn't finished worse than 3rd in the last 11 starts, that happened only once and has taken 7-pictures.
7-Mission Accepted (4-1) -Burke trainee has banked over $880k and makes 1st appearance since 12-4. The barn has won at a 25% clip in the last 30 days and the qualifier was good. This is a tough race but winning isn't out of the question if fires hot off the bench.
2-On Accident (7/2)-Drops to the level of last win on 2-20. Callahan is right back in the bike for a 2nd tour of duty and he should have this gelding forwardly placed at the top of the lane.
3-Saying Grace N (3-1)-Similar to #2 as last win came at this class on 2-13 and Zeron was steering that night as well. It wouldn't be a surprise if was used early to get on the engine. May not look back if gets the top without using much gas.
6-Amercan Boy N (6-1)-Tossing last dull effort versus better after being off 2 weeks. Ten-year-old has been camera shy but this is a spot to shine. Last win came against this kind on 1-16 and should offer a square price.
1-Boiling Oar (9/2)-Gets some class relief and starting from the rail shouldn't hurt chances. Has hit the board in 5 of 11 races at M1 but has only taken one picture. This could be an opportunity as the main foes start outside. Miller could work an efficient trip and roll by down the lane.
9-Lexus Witha View A (7/2)-Last 2 post draws have not been favorable. But does come off a nice try from the 8-hole and fits with this field. Aussie bred makes 2nd start of the meet and also tries Lasix for the 2nd time. Has the gate speed to be forwardly placed and AMac should be able to find live cover and grind it out.
4-Colossal Stride A (3-1)-Can't fault the effort in last. Actually has been good in all 3 Big M starts recording 2 wins and a close miss 2nd place finish. There probably will be an honest pace and Dunn should be rolling down the lane.
5-Like Clockwork (6-1)-Wasn't Dunn's pick but Gingras knows well and he should fine a live cover flow. Could get a nice tow from the program chalk #4 and is another who would benefit from a lively pace.
7-Gods Spirit N (7/2)-Makes 2nd start off a sick scratch, was good last week and now gets class relief. My guess is Dube leaves and does have the gate speed to land on top of the stack. Versatile 7-year-old has hit the board in 4 of 7 starts here and has 2 wins. Could be tough to beat with a smooth trip.
Race 6) 1,4,6,7
Race 7) 2,3,6
Race 8) 1,9
Race 9) 4,5,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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