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Al Cimaglia: Meadowlands Early Pick 4 Analysis | Friday, July 29, 2022

by Al Cimaglia

July 29, 2022

The Meadowlands has a 13-race program scheduled with the headliners being 2-year-old trotters battling in the Doherty and Haughton Eliminations. The 0.50 Early Pick 4 starts 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.

Race 6

2-Kilmister (3-1)-Couldn't ask for a better start for a freshman with wins on the 1/2 and 7/8's in NY. Came off cover both times and Sears has options here. Might race near the top of the stack this time and be in position at the head of the stetch to make it a 3-peat.
6-Dahlquist Hanover (8-1)-Gets some post relief and looks like a player if minds manners. Has the gate speed to be on the point or in the pocket and either trip could work for a picture.

Race 7

2-Lovely Lady May (7/2)-Comes off a nice win in its M1 debut last week. The .56 back half was good to see and the month off may have worked wonders.
3-Always A Force (5-1)-Tried a different plan in last and left with a rush from post 9. Did come a close 3rd and could be better here. Wasn't Todd McCarthy's pick, he stuck with #2 but Tetrick should put this veteran in play.
4-Ship Wreck Beach K (3-1)-Camera shy 4-year-old comes off a big try performance to cash the top check versus this kind last week. Draws well, Dunn's choice over #9 and best to respect chances for a repeat.

Race 8

2-Secret Volo (10-1)-Could fit better with this field and should be on the point or in the pocket in the early going. Looks like a live price play and has battled hard with a couple of tough fillies.
6-Brunella (3/1)-This was Gingras' choice over #4, another Takter pupil, and that could be telling. May look to get the top and this pilot knows how to steal a quarter. If that's the case, she could be difficult to catch.

Race 9

1-Hammer Time (3-1)-Gingras owns this 8-year-old and it made a winning debut for the Burke barn last week. The issue has been breaking stride and is a threat if minds manners again.
2-Keystone Cecilia (10-1)-Was used a couple of times in a 6-30 win at the Big M. Then jumped up in class at Philly and didn't fare well. Dave Miller gets the nod here, he could work a suck around trip and then take a shot down the lane.
6-Majestic J (7/2)-Alagna 3-year-old has been camera shy and has breaking issues, but the speed is there to beat this bunch. This is a scattered group so will include although not worth the risk if bet hard.
9-Brickhouse Babe (9/2)-Here is another Walner 3-year-old and has hit the board in 7 of 18 at M1 with 3 pictures. Mark Mac steers and he should be rolling late. Looks like a player at square price if the pace is brisk.

0.50 Early Pick 4

Total Bet=$24

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