11/16/2016 5:00PM

Meadowlands: Friday 11/18 Analysis

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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: 39 - 101 / $167.00 (-$35.00)

BEST BETS: 5 - 8 / $11.80 (-$4.20)

Best Bet: ULSTER (2nd)

Spot Play: QUANTUM UPTOWN BOY (5th)

Race 1

(5) CELEBRITY ARTEMIS is coming out of what looks like more difficult spots in recent weeks. I’ll take a shot with her in a wide open amateur event. (3) ELLEN’S STREAK ships in with decent form and shows 26 wins over the last two years. (9) CURRENT CRISIS may not be the best horse in the race but has one of the best amateur drivers in the sport at the helm. (10) CYPRESS POINT was even in his debut for this barn. Trainer takes a shot in the bike this time. (6) TAGMASTER has won two straight.

Race 2

(7) ULSTER returns to The Meadowlands at a far reduced level and has no excuses for failure. (4) EXPLOSIVE MAN is perfectly named as he has the talent to pop a huge mile or blow up with a break; tough call. (6) MIDFIELD MAGIC is certainly at a winning level if he brings his best game.

Race 3

(5) WINDSONG ILLUSION finds himself in a perfect spot this week. I’m somewhat concerned about the recent breaks but hopefully he minds his manners. (4) JUSTTHERIGHTTOUCH hasn’t had much opportunity from outside posts on smaller tracks of late; expect early speed tonight. (9) AVIVAS WINNER came up with a big effort last Friday. My only concern tonight is the outside draw.

Race 4

(8) KIWI FOCUS N comes off a pretty nice attempt at Philly and gets a driver switch to Gingras tonight. (2) EXOTIC BEACH is more of my co top choice than second pick. She tired after an uncovered try last time and reunites with Miller, who steered her to victory a couple of starts back. (5) CANDY STYX N shows good form and will be on my tickets, mostly underneath. (6) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE pounced on my top pick to win last time. (3) YOUNG AMERICAN continues to drop in search of a victory. I wouldn’t be even mildly surprised if she pulled off an upset.

Race 5

(1) QUANTUM UPTOWN BOY finally gets some post relief and that improvement is accompanied by a huge driver change to Gingras. (6) HALL PASS HELEN has been racing a bit better lately and shows a 1:54 2/5 win over this track. (5) ROYAL MALINDA picks up a Hall of Famer in the bike this week.

Race 6

(6) FIRST BET comes off a nice effort where she flashed early speed and pressed the pace uncovered before tiring. She gets my narrow call in a tough race. (1) PAYDAZE ON THE WAY made a couple of moves herself in the same race as the top pick and finished a neck better. She probably deserves to be a lukewarm favorite. (3) QUIK PULSE DAISY gets a driver change to Gingras and was locked into the pocket last time. Don’t be surprised if she is bet off the board in this spot. (7) FUTURE LIFE was Bongiorno’s pick over #s 3 and 6; interesting. (10) MY GIRL GAL has won two straight.

Race 7

(6) TESSA SEELSTER could be a sneaky play in this upper-level condition race for mares. She clearly has gate speed and shows winning miles over larger tracks for top connections. (2) INITTOWINAFORTUNE was over her head in the TVG series and gets class relief now. She lures Callahan off of three other contenders. (1) GWENEEEE J was completely flat off live cover last time in her second start off a small layoff; driver change. (7) NOT BEFORE EIGHT makes her second start off the bench and is more than capable of stepping up.

Race 8

(6) WORLD CUP is way down the class ladder for him at this track. Even a solid B effort should get the job done. (2) FLYING ISA N broke and still raced gamely for second last time; main threat. (5) SWEET JUSTICE sat last but finished up willingly last time. He drops in class but got unlucky catching a decent field; mixed feelings.

Race 9

(4) INTOVIEW gets a touch of class relief and a major driver switch to Gingras. (3) MEDIA QUEEN N is another moving down slightly. She should provide good value with Siegelman in the bike. (9) RIGHT STUFF picked up a win last time but is stuck with an outside post now.

Race 10

(10) ITS PAYDAY FRIDAY came up with a big effort in defeat last time to miss by only a nose with trainer Renaldo Morales III in the bike. I’m not thrilled with post 10, but the switch to Callahan can’t hurt. (4) NOWUCIT NOWUDONT kept his act together in the stretch and picked up another win at this level; clear player and likely favorite. (6) CALL ME RICHARD wasn’t going far from post seven at Yonkers in his first start for this barn; eligible to improve. (7) COUNT SPEED moves into a new barn and has big track experience.

Race 11

(5) PURITY jumped on the lead last time and lost all chance despite pacing home reasonably well. Let’s give him a second chance. (1) LET HER ROCK had good late energy in the stretch last week and gets a major driver change tonight. (7) APPLE PIE ANGEL was used to the front and weakened a week ago. She can improve in her second start for this stable. (4) ALL NATIVE ships in sharp.

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