USTA Play of the Day
by Michael Carter
Northfield Park Race 7 (Pick 4)
Date: 11/21/2018 Carryover: $13,024 Guarantee: $40,000
Ticket: 2/1,3,5/1,3,7/2 Cost: $9.00 ($1.00 base)
Yesterday’s Recap – The lone selection we got correct was our single in the last leg of the Pick 4 at The Meadows yesterday. As expected Sassinova Hanover was the easiest of winners. The Pick 4 of 4/2/6/1 returned $4,043.00.
Race 7: #2 RAY HALL used to be an Open Trotter at Northfield Park and has kind of fallen off as of late. He draws well towards the inside this week and takes a small step up in class following a victory last week. If he can avoid trouble and keep it together I expect to see more improvement.
Race 8: #1 IRISH IHADA HARLEY finally get s a good draw this week following some tough efforts from the outside. Wrenn picks up the mount again this week which tells me he has confidence in this gelding. Expect another big effort. #3 SHARKHART has some early speed to work with and when he flashes that speed he is normally close at the end. Class drop and the addition of Merriman could spell victory. #5 MATRIX OF LUCK draws a little tough, but Lems opted towards this gelding which gives him some clout. Look for a good effort against a hair easier company.
Race 9: #1 DOYOUFEELLUCKYPUNK reminds me of a Jim Carey movie, but that is beside the point. He finally draws well towards the inside for the first time in several starts. I believe you can expect some big improvement here. #3 SL ROYAL GEORGE was hung to the quarter last week, but once he made the lead he was extremely hard to pass. He’s got a big amount of speed which horses to his inside don’t have. Look for Wrenn to be firing off the car. #7 STORMY DUDE adds Merriman back this week who got along well with this gelding last week. Post position is a little bit of a concern, but one thing Merriman is good at is finding the lead.
Race 10: #2 TRIXSEN GEM has hit the board in all of his last six starts where Merriman has driven. He draws the inside this week against an easier field that he should be able to handle.