by Al Cimaglia
July 23, 2021
Tonight, the headliners at the Meadowlands are two-year-old pacers and trotters competing in the Kindergarten Series. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 begins in a 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.
1-Niki Hill (3-1)-This filly is out of the same pair as Cattlewash and was also Dunn's pick which will probably mean a short price. Paced the 2nd half in 54.3 in the 7-17 qualifier, looks to be a major player and this might be the night for the Ryder barn to wake-up.
2-Always B Idyllic (7/2)-Wasn't Dunn's pick but did show nice speed in the 7-17 qualifier and will respect connections. Could look to take control early but might sit and stalk, Tetrick has choices.
4-St Nevis (4-1)-Was facing stakes company in Philly and now tries a large oval for the 1st time. Appears to have a big motor and may offer good value.
7-Find Happiness (5-1)-The Toscano barn has booked 21% winners over the past 30 days. Could offer a solid price and may like the bigger oval, previous starts have been on the 5/8's. Paced the back half in 55.2 in last, Zeron knows well and best to respect.
4-Fast As The Wind (2-1)-You never know what to expect after only one real race but it was a powerful mile and a complete performance. Marched the 2nd half in 56.3 with a .28 last quarter. This Alagna trainee and #5 appear to stand above the rest.
5-Wall Of Moni (4-1)-Has faced stakes company and except for a race on a sloppy track has held its own. Tetrick is back and he has been the usual pilot. Looking for a strong effort and could get a nice pocket ride behind #4 and then roll by down the lane.
1-Four More Years (5/2)-Takter pupil has been off since 8-25-20 but raced big in a 7-10 qualifier at M1. That race went in 149.4, and it was a qualifier. This 3-year-old finished in 150.1, two lengths back and appears ready to roll.
3-Pirate Hanover (3-1)-AMac's choice over #7 has been facing some tough customers. This looks like a better spot to take its 3rd picture in 15 starts.
6-Somewhereinverona (7/2)-Granted it was a PcD but this colt has sub-1.50 speed. Has hit the board once at the Big M and has shown improvement in 3 of the last 4 starts. The exception being on a "good" track at M1 on 7-3. Could be sitting on a big try and Zeron is making his 2nd tour of duty tonight.
7-Always B Sweet (4-1)-Drew off by >4 lengths at Phl and now David Miller takes the lines. This colt is fast and meets a field without an abundance of gate speed. Looking for an aggressive steer and should be put in play early. The post helps the price and best to not overlook.
1-Bionic (3-1)-This colt is only 1-10 lifetime but might have more speed to work with than the others. Mark Mac gets the drive and he should get a good early seat. This race is a hodgepodge of poor form so will toss the last start at Phl and the previous 2 races at M1 were on an off-track. Has a top pilot and will respect chances tonight and hope the price is at least 3-1.
6-Odss On Walkover (8-1)-Will swing for a price and this Hoosier invader had a rough trip here on a sloppy track on 7-2. Showed an improved effort at HoP in the start after a sick scratch and then left town. That was also the 1st race on Lasix, using and hoping the upswing can continue on a dry track.
0.50 Late Pick 4
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