by Al Cimaglia
December 7, 2019
The feature at the Meadowlands goes in Race 2, a Preferred Pace with a $30,000 purse. The 0.50 Pick 4 begins in Race 8, it has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and a 15% takeout. That competitive sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Ocean Colony (10-1)-Will need a top effort but counting on a smart steer by McCarthy. Leaving from the rail might be the edge to win at a nice price.
3-Incredible Shark (10-1)-Has been facing better and is competitive. Looks to be worth a swing at 10-1 in the ML.
4-Pacing Major N (8-1)-This is another who has been facing better but not sure a larger oval suits. Dunn should keep Yonkers regular in play, seems to have the speed to be a player.
9-Trump Nation (3-1)-Gingras blasted out, got the top and faded last week. This is the 2nd start off the bench and could be tighter and better tonight.
1-Campora N (6-1)-Dave Miller takes a spin on Yonkers invader who fits with this group. This is the 1st Big M appearance in a difficult race to predict.
5-Thespywholovedme (15-1)-Got on the engine from the 9-hole and didn't last. Usually comes off cover and may go back to that plan. Andy Miller has some options with this post.
9-American Sara (9/2)-This is the 3rd Big M start and comes off a win. This won't be as easy and wasn't Gingras choice, but McCarthy can work a trip.
3-Wild Goose Chase (15-1)-Will respect connections and drops to the level where best finishes have happened.
5-Melodies Major (8-1)-Another who is in a spot to shine. Took the long way around last week and may find a smoother journey here.
9-Rock Three Times (7/2)-10-year old still has the gate speed to be put in play from this post. Could be over bet but is a player versus this crew with a top effort .
1-Nascar Seelster (9/2)-Tetrick takes a seat and he had success with this Cullipher trainee in November, best to respect.
4-Griffon Hanover (3-1)-Wasn't Tetrick's choice but form is sharp and McCarthy can give the 6-year-old a chance for a picture.
5-Ever Again (8-1)-Knows how to win and likes the track. Should be in the hunt from this post and could be overlooked at the windows.
0.50 Pick 4
Check me out on Twitter, @AlCimaglia