01/12/2012 6:11PM

Meadowlands Analysis: Friday 1/13/12


Race 1

FOLK TAIL finished with a strong kick in his recent qualifier. Perhaps he is over his recent breaking issues. I'll bite. HABANERO is clearly at a winning level; using. COOL COLBY started to heat up at the end of the year. I can't toss him out. SWAN IMAGE comes off a tougher trip and was racing well prior.

Race 2

SPECIAL T ROCKS (SPOT PLAY) ships in red hot and should offer a bit of value without a top Meadowlands catch-driver in the bike. FOUR CORNERS has lots of speed and the 10-hole has been doing pretty well early in the meet; Sears drives. CRUZNWITHDABIGDOG gets major driver and trainer changes. He might be overbet, though. CAM B ZIPPER woke up for the new barn. Now he is in another new stable. Not sure what to think.

Race 3

TAMAYO comes off a good qualifier and is way down in class. IRISH ELITIST drops a notch down the claiming ladder; using. PAN GRAD was claimed by Robinson, who hasn't trained a horse since 2008. For some reason I'm intrigued.

Race 4

MICKEY HANOVER was super last week and should bring his A game again. BOLERO ANDREW could not sustain his bid in his latest. Don't give up on him yet. OPEN WATER simply toured the track last time. I wouldn't be shocked if he showed more this week.

Race 5

SOUTHWEST ships in off a nice win and looks like a good fit with this group. Barn has started off 2012 strong. SO FEMININE seems to be getting better with age and banked over $83k last year. There appears to be enough speed to set up her late rally. HERES MATTY steps up a couple of levels but does have form.

Race 6

SAVE MY SHARK put in a decent effort coming off a three-plus month vacation. The fact that Tetrick chose her over #'s 2, 6 & 8 is interesting. SUMMER HOPE has been keeping good company and this is an easier spot. REILLYS DAUGHTER responded at first asking for Erv Miller. DRAGON PRINCESS returned from the bench with a good showing. Unless she wins, she will get to drop in class next time.

Race 7

MACH MY WORD (BEST BET) ships down from Woodbine and finds a perfect spot. ROETHBLISSBERGER had a tough trip from post eight at Yonkers last time. There is some ability here. UPFRONT ELLIJAY ED races with Lasix for the second time; helps? WE THE PEOPLE has some talent and should be a price.

Race 8

TSMLIL ORPHAN ANDY missed four weeks of action and came up short last week. I'm expecting more now. CAMERON CHIP was my top choice at 12-1 and raced well for second in her most recent. I'm concerned, though, that the price will be too short this time around. BABY BLAZE was in tough coming off the bench. Gelding is as fast as any in here when right.

Race 9

TEARFUL REUNION is now in the care of Team Miller and should show serious improvement. CIVILIZED HANOVER is a lock to head to the front and comes over in serious form. With the uncertainty involved in this 1 1/2 miles race, maybe he gets away from the pack. TGIF comes with some question marks but does get a higher percentage driver. CARLO HALL is shipping a long way to compete tonight.

Race 10

HOLD YOUR HAT hails from a strong barn and should well nicely in here. The best part is the presence of #2 and the defection of Tetrick will mean you get a price on this guy. REAL FLIGHT did everything right last time. RHOMBUS is eligible to do more.

Race 11

IDEALIC LIFE was okay on the engine in his qualifier considering that speed wasn't doing great on that afternoon; edge. ART FOR LIVING stays at a similar level but seems to be facing an easier field overall. VILLAGE RHYTHM adds Tetrick off a win.