01/11/2017 4:43PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/13 Analysis

Email

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: 79 - 257 / $407.20 (-$106.80)

BEST BETS: 10 - 21 / $38.80 (-$3.20)

Best Bet: INTOVIEW (9th)

Spot Play: WATKINS (5th)

Race 1

(4) HALL PASS HELEN typically closes well from a bit too far back. The slightly better post tonight should help. (5) RAVEN VICTORY should fit very nicely with this group but hasn’t seen action in more than a month. (1) BAD DAY BLACK ROCK had some issues here last time. Let’s give him one more shot.

[DRF HARNESS NEWSLETTER: Sign Up for the NEW FREE DRF Harness Newsletter. Fresh content and insights delivered each Friday.]

Race 2

(8) BUFF has shown some guts in winning two straight starts. Well-bred 4-year-old gets another free ride at the same level. (9) WINDSUN MISSION was on her way to victory when she blew up in the shadow of the wire; chance if she stays flat. (5) EURO GAP took care of business against lesser on December 22 and should race well in his final start before the sale Monday. (6) VIRGIL CAINE picks up Brett Miller off a decent effort.

Race 3

(1) STARSABOVEALLERAGE two-moved and tired versus a better field two weeks ago. Gelding drops in class tonight and should still provide value. (7) MONTALBANO BI could crush this field but is extremely unreliable. You have to use him but I wouldn’t single him. (6) O’WOW has raced well at this level in the past. (4) DOWNUNDERMATTER picks up Campbell and should be along for at least a share.

Race 4

(2) ROCKERS ALLEY was done in by a bad trip last Friday; prior form is fine. (6) ROBOCALL HANOVER comes off a sharp mile but might need to go a bit faster here. (8) MELANIES SHARKETTE got Bongiorno’s call over #6 and has been racing well lately.

Race 5

(5) WATKINS seems to have some hidden form and gets a huge driver change to Brett Miller tonight. He should take care of business as the odds-on chalk. (4) FLYING ISA N had some traffic trouble and finished up nicely when clear last time. (1) HYWAY MARCUS is very capable of winning but could also break at any time; tough call. (7) WINDSONG ILLUSION has won two straight but faces much tougher.

Race 6

(1) MUSCLE DIAMOND couldn’t make up enough ground last week after missing four weeks of action. The better post and quick turnaround should help him turn the tables. (8) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE is in career form but could find it a bit tougher to make the front this week. (5) B YOYO was a bit flat from off the pace last time but can compete here if on his game.

Race 7

There are plenty of ways to go here with some sharp horses stepping up and also class droppers. (5) BULLVILLE MAGGIE had some traffic at the back last week but more importantly, she just races better near the front. Dropping down this week, I expect we’ll see speed. (6) UF DRAGON’S QUEEN comes out of the same race as the top choice and lured Miller off that one; has speed, too. (7) NOT BEFORE EIGHT will be at the mercy of the pace but is very much capable. (1) MAC’S SECURE was rolling home last time and is in fine form.

Race 8

(5) BUFFALINO HANOVER gets a key driver change here and a perfect post to take advantage of it. (2) HILL I AM continues to climb the ladder and race well. (9) DREAM ROCKER also gets a nice driver switch. This plodder could improve with the more aggressive Miller taking over, but the price will almost certainly be lower than warranted. (4) ONDA DI MARE is an exotics threat and a possible perfect trip upsetter.

Race 9

(5) INTOVIEW gets some class relief and should flex her muscles as the public’s choice. (1) ROYAL KNOCKOUT also moves down a bit after a decent qualifier. (3) LET HER ROCK has been racing better of late. (8) SPORTSMUFFLER could have a say if Miller can get her a trip near the front.

Race 10

(5) HERE COMES SAM has looked like a new horse since adding hobbles and entering the Richard Johnson barn; ride the wave. (3) TYSON looked good in his return qualifiers and even beat Buff, who has done well lately. Sale-bound 4-year-old could pull off an upset. (1) BATTLE MAGE raced well despite a tough trip last time; clear player if the top one has any issues. (6) SHADY MCCOY was a decent second behind the top choice last week.

Race 11

(3) WORLD CUP is the best horse in the race if he shows up with a top effort. As long as he isn’t the favorite, I’ll be on board. (4) LAUDERDALE drops down and seems likely to be cutting the pace. (9) MAJOR MATTER moves into a new barn and is eligible to wake up in a hurry; Lasix added. (6) CAN DO gets class relief; capable.

Race 12

(1) STONEBRIDGE IDOL got a meaningful qualifier under his belt after a couple of months on the bench and simply finds the perfect spot tonight. (7) FEISTY LOVE picks up a catch-driver and should improve greatly. (2) DETROIT RAPPER drops down again. He has to wake up sooner or later. (10) LAZURUS is also moving down the class ladder; post hurts.

Race 13

(8) ALEX BULLVILLE knows how to win at this track and the trainer gets out of the bike this week. (4) FRATERNITY left and was a solid second behind a very sharp winner last Saturday; big threat. (5) NORTHERN PRIZE and (7) MR BIG LOAD are both getting positive driver changes and either could get the job done. (3) JUST N BERLANDER has a string of decent efforts to his credit.

[DRF HARNESS EYE: The digital edition of Harness Eye is now available for just $6! Monthly rates are as low as $2.67 per issue.]