by Al Cimaglia
April 10, 2021
Tonight at the Meadowlands the co-featured sixth race kicks off the 0.50 Early Pick 4. 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.
4-Nows The Moment (5-1)-Came off the bench as the post time favorite and then had a bumpy journey. Raced wide into a .27 opening quarter, then was pulled at the top of the stretch and was game to the wire against a strong winner. Major player with a decent trip.
7-JL Cruze (2-1) Was used hard in a quick mile at DD after being off for 24 days, and that didn't work well. Now returns to his favorite track, and M1 record is 27 wins in 65 starts. Dunn is back aboard and should be put in play at the word GO.
4-Franco Totem N (7/2)-Came off a sick scratch with a 54.3 back half to win. Steps-up but fits well with this group. Dunn makes a return between the pipes and he knows well. Best to respect and does like the track winning 10 of 34 starts.
5-U S Captain (9/2)-Raced an even 3rd in last, now drops and draws well. Winner in 6 of 23 Big M starts should be a main player here and the Lare barn is batting a hot 35% in the last 30 days.
7-Harambeo Deo (3-1)-Beaten favorite steps-up but has downed better than this in the past. AMac is back in the bike and is this another who likes to take pictures at M1. Should be on the engine or in the pocket and either trip could work nicely.
2-Reign Of Honor (3-1)-Melander trainee comes off a sharp gate to wire win and now steps-up. Tetrick should have this lightly raced 5-year-old dialed on high. Anything close to last week's 152.1 mile should be tough to beat.
3-Emma Town Bud (6-1)-Trotted a 55.3 back half in the 1st start off the bench. Winner of >$101K last year should be tighter tonight. Does meet better but Hoosier invader shouldn't blush at the company.
5-Winnerup (9/2)-Twice beaten favorite will need to be at his best versus this kind. In the last 2 starts Gingras raced near the top, this time it may work best coming off cover. Burke trainee should offer a fair price and if so, it would make sense to use in gimmicks.
3-My Pal Joe (9/2)-Ships in from YR and has taken pictures in 4 of 9 starts at M1. Can show big speed and this post draw won't hurt chances. Could be a solid price and might be overlooked at the windows.
4-Levine (10-1)-Will take a swing at this price shot and will shoot against #1 who is the morning line chalk. Zeron had big tries with the #7 and #9 last time but owns this 4-year-old and his girl friend trains. Should be in the hunt throughout and has the gate speed to get an efficient trip.
9-Stone Hanover (8-1)-Returned last week from Pompano and rallied with a 53.4 back half to cash a 3rd place check. My take is #1 will be challenged early and the pace should be lively. Toscano trainee is usually in the mix and Dunn could close fastest of all.
Race 6) 4,7
Race 7) 4,5,7
Race 8) 2,3,5
Race 9) 3,4,9
Total Ticket Cost) $27 for $0.50
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