10/19/2016 3:33PM

Meadowlands: Friday 10/21 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 0 - 0 / $0.00

BEST BETS: 0 - 0 / $0.00

Best Bet: ARIANA G (2nd)

Spot Play: IM SOME GRADUATE (9th)

Race 1

(7) CLEAR VISION has been coming into form lately and actually holds a respectable 9 in-the-money finishes in 11 starts this year. In a field without a standout, he can get the job done. (8) EL BLOOMBITO has been reasonably sharp out of town and gets Tetrick’s call over three others. (6) ALEXIE MATTOSIE picked up his last win when David Miller was in the bike. Don’t be shocked if he is much better this week after his seventh-place finish when he was used hard early.

Race 2

(1) ARIANA G got right back in the win column with a huge mile in Lexington and should take care of business so she can get a good post in next week’s final. (7) PRINCESS AURORA has picked up her game since adding hobbles and it is hard to say how good she is at this point. We should learn something on Friday. (6) CHEZATTER seems like the most likely runner-up behind the top choice, but the exacta price will be very low.

Race 3

(2) THE WALL has been facing Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, the best rookie pacing colts in the game right now, week after week. If this guy is going to step up, this seems like the right spot. (5) CHIP WALTHER burst on the scene with a 1:50 3/5 win at the Red Mile last time. Has he turned a corner? (1A) MIKE’S Z TAM has been racing well and should be tighter in his second start after a short three week break.

Race 4

(3) ICE ATTRACTION has won her last three races and was able to hold on most recently despite missing six weeks of action. I’ll give her the narrow call. (1) TREVISO went two-for-two at the Red Mile and seemingly has a big shot at winning a Crown. (5) HILLARMBRO hasn’t put in many bad races; in with a shot.

Race 5

This field is wide open and with Ariana G as a key in an earlier leg, at least that should allow you to spread here in the pick five. (8) CARD SHOCK has been stuck in outside posts at Yonkers over the last month and the switch to the big track should suit him nicely. (7) URBANITE HANOVER was facing tougher in his last Big M appearance and gets a big driver change to Gingras. (5) OUR JERRY LEE N picks up David Miller and shows some lines that should make him competitive in here.

Race 6

(10) ALWAYS B MIKI became the fastest standardbred in history a couple of weeks back. None of these horses can stay with him if he brings even a B-level effort. (5) DEALT A WINNER doesn’t have a great record but is usually reasonably close against the best pacers in North America. (1) BETTOR’S EDGE & (2) ART HISTORY are sharp now, which makes them dangerous to some extent.

Race 7

(7) FROST DAMAGE BLUES could be a smooth trip away from winning the Breeders Crown final next week. She is as good as any in this field. (2) SOLAR SISTER has the opportunity to take charge in this spot. (3) IMAGINE DRAGON came up with a big mile in Kentucky. Can she continue her good run versus much better foes? (6) YAGONNAKISSMEORNOT has made a very quiet $329,938 this year; classy mare.

Race 8

(1) DAYSON only needs to stay trotting to take care of business against this group. (2) B YOYO knows his way to the winner’s circle here. If the top one blows up, he should be tough. (4) ALDEBARAN EAGLE was able to get his speed to carry to mile in Lexington; has a chance.

Race 9

(6) I’M SOME GRADUATE has some ability but can’t seem to stay on the track. For the first time in a long time he makes starts in consecutive weeks and I’m taking that as a sign he is ready to roll. (2) SPICEBOMB has done well here and comes off a solid qualifier. (4) SAPIENT HANOVER has been stuck with outside posts of late and might be able to step up his game in a spot like this one.

Race 10

(1A) LABATT HANOVER doesn’t jump off the page, but who does in this lackluster group? I think this gelding will appreciate the switch to the bigger track. (3) TWILL BE DONE gets a nice driver change to Campbell. (7) ROCK THE BONES was David Miller’s choice over my top pick; let’s see who is right.

Race 11

(1) VENUS DELIGHT has become more of a trip horse this year and something tells me she might be able to sit pretty behind speedster (4) LADY SHADOW and have a chance to pick her off late. The latter has been the best mare in the country all year but faltered most recently. (2) BEDROOMCONFESSIONS should stick close and get into the final.

Race 12

(1) PLANET ROCK & (1A) ROBIN J combine to form a strong entry from trainer Linda Toscano. I’m not sure they are a lock, but it’s a nice two for one play. (4) NO CHASER comes off a big mile at the Red Mile but did sit a perfect trip. (5) WORLD APART comes in with form but needs to go a bit faster.

Race 13

(4) MERCEDES LORENE comes off an improved effort after a two month break. Perhaps the time off helped. (10) ROYAL KNOCKOUT gets class relief and a Hall of Fame driver in the bike. (3) BULLVILLE MAGGIE finds a great spot this week and could be firing fast off the gate. (1) MISS DEFIANCE made a move last time before tiring, which is more than she has shown in some time; moving in the right direction?

[MEADOWLANDS: Watch & Wager on all 18 Breeders Crown elimination races this weekend.]