by Al Cimaglia
April 3, 2021
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card ready to go tonight 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.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
2-Barrage Hanover (4-1)-Has been in fine form and battled in last at this class from post 7 but couldn't catch #6. There's no reason to dismiss with this inside post draw, should get the right trip to get revenge.
5-Sombodyitreasure (3-1)-Absolutely flew home in 53.2 in 1st start since 11-1 to come 2nd to this week's morning line choice. Has never missed the board in 5 starts at M 1 recording 2 wins. Looks like a main player tonight.
6-Always And Again (9/5)-Comes off a determined effort but got a really nice steer from AMac. Best to not overlook but will be a short price and not sure the journey will be as good.
2-Ima Real Ladys Man (9/2)-Will need the right trip and doesn't win often but drops to a better spot. Miller can get a cozy ride from this post and roll by down the lane at a square price.
3-Sawyer's Desire (6-1)-Raced fine in 1st start since 12-14 and this Burke trainee drops to a spot to shine. Did pace the 2nd half in .54 in last, could be tighter in 2nd Big M start and should like the company. Can be in the mix at a fair price.
4-Lyons King (7/2)-TMac takes a spin and maybe he can squeeze a little extra to capture the 1st win of 2021. Looks like a player and is tough to leave off the ticket but is only 1-12 here.
8-Jesse Duke N (3-1)-Jesse didn't race like a 4/5 shot last week but has hit the board in 7 of 10 in East Rutherford with three pictures. Should be a much better price and Dunn could find some live cover to be in the hunt at the wire.
9-Nows The Moment (7/2)-Qualified on the engine last week in 152.4 and drew off with a 26.3 last quarter. Winner in 5 of 19 at M1, has banked over $110K last year and fits well with this crew. The post makes the price and if dialed on high could get the top and not look back.
10-Pikachu Hanover (3-1)-This won't be as easy from post 10 and not crazy about missing a start but still seems like the biggest threat to my top choice. Will need a sharp steer but price should be fair and has been in the hunt versus this kind in the last two starts.
1-Paternity Suit A (8-1)-Loses Zeron but Joe B knows how to be aggressive and protect the rail. Has cashed checks versus better and is in sharp form, using at what could be a good price.
3-Harmbe Deo (3-1)-Makes 1st start since 1-2 and does come off a nice qualifier at M1 on 3-27. Drops to a soft spot and loves the Big M winning 10 of 33 starts. It could be a good night for the Cullipher barn if this 6-year-old is ready to battle.
7-Covered Bridge (7/2)-Comes off a sharp qualifier not letting #3 get by down the stretch. Burke trainee looks ready for a big try. Fits with this crew, has won 3 of 9 starts at the Big M and Gingras knows well.
Race 6) 2,5,6
Race 7) 2,3,4,8
Race 8) 9,10
Race 9) 1,3,7
Total Ticket Cost) $36 for $0.50
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