Cold Plays In The Dead Of Harness WinterMeadowlands, as the season’s series roll through the programs and cut through the freezing New Jersey winds. Not all of the legs of the features on this menu are on weekend days but some of the biggest ensue, with the Presidential, an earmark of the early season schedule, starting this Saturday.
A full-fledged no-takeout Pick 4 is featured in the final quartet of the card on Jan. 14 at the California mile. Here are our suggested contenders with comments:
We have to start this out with last week’s 44-1 Cladstownimpression (4). After a speed duel early while leaving from post 8, this one held pretty well until tiring in the stretch. Start this exotic off with a win bet here, too. (7) Funny Guy should have won last week at 2-1 and still seems too good for most of these.
(1) Gutsy Winds Ahead showed promise last week, gaining late while picking up the show spot. There is not much else going on in this field.
Three hot horses are here, two that won last week, but we like Franco Smoothie N, who took second at 9-1. He tanked the week before for us, where he was placed on the ticket because of a good performance going into that race. He could toss in a big mile at a decent price.
The outsider is Alias Jones (2), who raced far better than 18-1 last week. The return winner, though, could be Power Of Elizabeth (3), coming off a strong mile.