by Al Cimaglia
June 26, 2021
Tonight, the Meadowlands has a 13 race card set to go and the 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in Race 10. 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-Atlanta (2-1)-Six-year-old champ makes its season debut coming off 2 qualifiers. Beat Ramona Hill in the last tune-up in 153.3 with a 53.2 back half. Burke trainee looks prepared for a trip to the winner's circle.
6-Forbidden Trade (7/2)-2019 Hambo winner is in fine form, has raced well in all 3 starts this year and should offer a fair price. McClure will need to get a good seat and work a smooth journey to take top honors in a competitive affair.
2-Thankful No (5-1)-Smedshammer trainee makes its US debut and this Muscle Hill mare is an interesting option now that Dunn is taking the lines. Should offer a nice price and this barn has won 27% of its starts over the last 30 days.
6-Venerate (2-1)-Julie Miller trainee has banked over $770,000 as a 2-year-old and she makes the 1st start of the year. Has hit the board in all 3 races at M1 with 1 picture. Morning line chalk will be tough to beat if dialed on high.
10-Dancinginthedark M (3-1)-Many will pass on this colt because of post 10. It makes some sense but has raced twice this year here and has won both times. Maybe the breaking issues of last year are in the past. If Tetrick can get this Melander pupil near the top going into the last turn it might be picture time again.
2-Ana Malak N (9/2)-Made its M1 debut a winning one last week, got on the engine and didn't look back. Gingras steers tonight and will look for a similar game plan.
3-Father Nuno (3-1)-The padre drops to a spot to shine but is 0-5 at the Big M. Should relish the company and will use with the inside post draw but hasn't raced since 6-6.
6-Ima Real Ladys Man (7/2)-Gingras steered for Cullipher last week and now Tetrick took the assignment at the same class, which got my attention. Faded down the lane in last but has 4 wins here in 17 starts. Tonight, the plan might be to come off cover.
2-Stonedust (9/2)-Not sure what to think because of the sick scratch last week. But is back in at the same class and has been facing better. If 100%, this is the right level and post draw to get on the engine and wire this field.
4-A Major Omen (6-1)-Hasn't started the year with a bang and is 0-6, but should offer a solid price and the chalks start outside. Needs a trip and Callahan should put into play early on. Does good work racing near the top of the stack and that script could be followed here.
8-Gods Spirit N (7/2)-Had a nice try in a fast mile after being scratched sick and missing almost 3 weeks. Comes right back and TMac will be between the pipes again. Should like the company and the start will be key from this post.
9-The Devils Own N (3-1)-This will be the 4th start this year and was hung in a race with quick fractions in last. That didn't work out well and was bet down to 4/5. Should like the company here but this post will be a challenge. It's best to respect in a race without a true standout.
Race 10) 2,6
Race 11) 2,6,10
Race 12) 2,3,6
Race 13) 2,4,8,9
Total Ticket Cost) $36
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