11/11/2015 4:33PM

Meadowlands: Friday 11/13 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 5 - $6,647.69 Jackpot Hi Five Carryover

Race 8 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 0 - 0 / $0.00  BEST BETS: 0 - 0 / $0.00

Best Bet: VENUS DELIGHT (7th)

Spot Play: SHARP EDGE (3rd)

Race 1

(8) BATTLE MAGE has a win over the track, which is more than I can say for the competition. Her recent efforts versus NW4 types at Yonkers show enough form to expect a decent effort versus a questionable group; Lasix added. (6) E L LOVE raced okay versus better foes in the American National but doesn’t seem to bring her ‘A’ game every week. (4) RADIANT BEAM has early zip and should get a piece of the exotics, at least.

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Race 2

(3) SHAKE IT CERRY has the opportunity to steal this race on the engine if a few of these elect to save their best for next week’s final. Jimmy Takter trainee has been racing a bit better lately AND Lasix should only help. (1) CLASSIC MARTINE made a miscue on an off track in the Breeders Crown. I’m going to give her a pass for that one. (6) BEE A MAGICIAN faces females for the first time in a while. Will she be handled aggressively and sent to the front or save her best for next week? (2) HANDOVER BELLE is capable of stepping up with a big mile; worth considering as a saver.

Race 3

(6) SHARP EDGE comes off a qualifier that doesn’t look great, but he was racing against top trotters Classic Martine and Obrigado. He is as fast as any in here and could offer reasonable value. (3) FONDANT has found a good spot for a barn that does well when its horses are well classified. (2) STONEBRIDGE IDOL has dealt with some tough posts in recent starts and figures to bring a more aggressive effort this week.

Race 4

(6) PENPAL has seemingly picked up her game in recent weeks. This girl has some ability and finds a winnable spot. (5) JK FANNIE wasn’t exactly sharp in her qualifier, but that was her first official trip to the track in four weeks; could be tighter now. (2) ALBANY GIRL has done pretty well when outside of stakes competition.

Race 5

The undefeated (5) DOUBLE EXPOSURE gets an acid test in this spot, but has an average margin of victory north of 3 lengths and a post edge on the likely favorites. (8) ALL THE TIME has a legitimate chance to steal divisional honors from Broadway Donna with a couple more wins. She’ll be tough to catch on the engine once again. (7) HAUGHTY made an uncharacteristic break in the Kindergarten final. Her lack of obvious early speed is the major concern, though.

Race 6

(7) RADAR CONTACT was the queen of the Meadowlands earlier this year. Her recent form is subpar, but this looks like a very easy spot. (4) SAYITALL BB comes off two good tries and certainly has back class. (2) PAN LUIS OBISPO just missed last week and should stick close to the action tonight.

Race 7

(4) VENUS DELIGHT missed four weeks of action prior to the Breeders Crown and came up short. With only 20 days off prior to this start, I’m hoping she’ll be sharper. (2) GALLIE BYTHE BEACH is clearly in fine form right now while riding a three-race win streak. She is good enough to go with the best. (5) KATIE SAID was rolling by in the Breeders Crown when she made a break. The talent is there and hopefully we get to see the results eventually. (6) SANDBETWEENURTOES is a quality mare that can’t be eliminated.

Race 8

(5) WATKINS raced well in a brief stint here earlier this year and should benefit by the driver change to Jason Bartlett. (2) UVA HANOVER gets some class relief and figures to bring a better effort. (8) MAMBO LINDY has a nearly perfect record. This is a big step up in class, though. (7) EXPLOSIVE MAN has some ability and could be worth including if the price is right.

Race 9

(7) UF FAST FEELIN ships in for a barn that was on fire at times during the winter/spring months this year. His qualifier was unappealing, but this field isn’t exactly loaded with killers. (5) ESPRIT DE KAYJAY A has plenty of Freehold form and Gingras in the bike. (9) BRIONI raced well at the Meadowlands in limited starts.

Race 10

(6) CANDY STASH went to nice miles on the bigger track at Vernon and should be comfortable at the basement condition. (3) BROADWAY ROCKS had bad posts or raced up in class at Yonkers. I wouldn’t be shocked if he raced well at a price tonight. (8) KEYSTONE BOCA broke as the chalk on Tuesday at Yonkers, but has the early zip to make some noise. (5) PEMBROKE SNAPSHOT comes off a decent effort and has hit the board 45% of the time in 218 career starts.

Race 11

(2) LARJON LAURA has no early speed and thus was up against it starting from outside posts on smaller tracks. Three of her four wins this year have come on big tracks. (7) EXOTIC BEACH finds a good spot this week and seems likely to get an aggressive steer from David Miller; must use. (4) LIZZIE’S DREAM is another getting post relief. (10) JANIE BAY is the fastest horse in the race but has questionable form and a bad post; tough call.

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