11/23/2016 2:58PM

Meadowlands: Friday 11/25 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: 44 - 123 / $201.60 (-$44.40)

BEST BETS: 5 - 10 / $11.80 (-$8.20)

Best Bet: SHEER FLEX (8th)

Spot Play: NOT BEFORE EIGHT (6th)

Race 1

(3) CLEAR VIEW HANOVER is in a great spot to sprint to the front and sit no worse than a pocket trip. (8) NERIDA FRANCO N was in too deep last time and won her previous start. I'm not sure what to make of this import on the big track, but the price should be right. (4) GIRLLOOKATTHATBODY has been facing decent foes at Pocono and merits at least a look in the post parade.

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Race 2

(4) CYPRESS POINT put in a solid effort from an outside post with trainer Michael Russo in the bike last time. He should be closer to the action this time. (1) DR CAL is probably the horse to beat and certainly one that will be firing off the gate. (3) WYGANT PRINCE was used hard most recently and paid the price; decent form. (10) ELLEN'S STREAK beat a bunch of these a week ago but is stuck outside this time.

Race 3

(4) BIG EXPENSE had some traffic issues last time and broke when he ran into another foe. In a blank field without a standout, I'll roll the dice here. (2) MASTER OF EXCUSES was stuck in some pretty quick miles at Hoosier recently and should fit with this bunch. (8) BELL A CHICK is capable of winning if he minds his manners. (7) O'WOW faced a killer in his qualifier, so don't count that against him. I wouldn't be shocked if he showed up with a nice effort.

Race 4

(5) GENTLE JANET is another Hoosier import for trainer Rick Dane. She doesn't exactly jump off the page on form, but those that will take money in this field aren't enticing me. (7) TWICE AN ANGEL has displayed the ability to keep up in fast miles and qualified back sharply. If she has matured since June, watch out! (1) HAPPINESS ships in for trainer Ron Burke and did post a win here last year in 1:50 3/5. (4) APPLE PIE ANGEL was hung out last time. She has a better post and could make the front.

Race 5

(1) OPULENT YANKEE wasn't quite up to par in his first start since May. Against an even easier group this week, I'll stick with him. (4) SPLITSVILLE rallied well last time and won his prior start; sharp now. (8) CELEBRITY STIMULUS comes off some good amateur efforts and now adds David Miller. (9) MEADOWBRANCH WENDY could win this race by five with a top effort. She can also break at any moment.

Race 6

(4) NOT BEFORE EIGHT has been done in by outside posts since returning from a recent mini-vacation. If she is going to conquer this condition, tonight is the night. (5) INITTOWINAFORTUNE just missed last week and is still stuck on one win this year. Even so, she remains a huge threat. (6) WINDSUN GLORY blitzed a field at Pocono in her first start for trainer Ron Burke. How good is she?

Race 7

(1) ULSTER couldn't last the mile last Friday but that experience can certainly help him in his quest to win this mini-series final. He'll show speed again and have a big shot. (4) MIDFIELD MAGIC bested the top choice last time and is clearly dangerous again. (10) EXPLOSIVE MAN raced OK in this class last time and might have been my pick this week to upset with a better starting spot.

Race 8

(5) SHEER FLEX took a step forward last Saturday and gave notice that he is coming into form. (4) HYWAY MARCUS picks up a Hall of Fame driver this week. (7) POP I comes off a win at Philly and having Brett Miller in the bike shouldn't hurt.

Race 9

(6) PURITY was burnt to a crisp on the engine last time and is rewarded with a soft spot. She gets one last chance from me. (5) WHISKERSONKITTENS was facing strong competition at Hoosier and should find this group to her linking. (7) BLUSH HANOVER is in a good spot but couldn't lure Campbell off #5.

Race 10

(4) BORN TO FIGHT came up a bit flat last time. I'm hopeful Zeron can wake him up. (1) SIX BAX has displayed the ability to step up at times. (7) HILL I AM is better than what he has shown of late; early speed tonight?

Race 11

(1) DUNE IN RED wasn't going far against tougher from post 10 last week. The price should be right to take a shot that she can beat this class. (4) THAT WOMAN HANOVER has big early speed and a winning habit here. (7) ICOMMANDMYSPIRIT has been racing well and has a big shot in this race.

Race 12

(2) FIRST BEST draws a better post and if handled very aggressively can wire this lackluster group. (5) ROCKERS ALLEY was improved last time and can build on that effort. (7) STATUS WARRIOR gets a driver change to Brett Miller. (1) ST LADS MORGAN should find some early speed on Friday.

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