01/13/2016 4:42PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/15 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 64 - 215 / $340.10  BEST BETS: 8 - 16 / $28.30

Best Bet: TWO HIP DIP (5th)

Spot Play: TWIN B ELITE (12th)

Race 1

There isn’t much to love about any of the combatants in the opener. (3) BJANTHONY missed two and a half months but came back with a couple of decent qualifiers that should have him ready. Driver Napolitano has been good at pulling off upsets this meet. (4) LOVIN KARMA makes her first start for a new barn and has displayed some past success on a bigger track. (5) GARLAND OF BELLES didn’t exactly blow me away in her qualifier, but that race went quicker than they will probably go tonight; usable. (9) APOSTLES CREED seems like the probably favorite on the Takter/Gingras angle. At 1 for 18 lifetime he is hard to like, but he is in the sale Monday and could be looking to show off.

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Race 2

(6) OPULENT YANKEE left and made a costly break between foes on the first turn. I’ll stay here and hope for a clean line and easy road to the top. (3) CASH ME OUT gets a better post to work with this week and should be closer to the leaders. (7) UVA HANOVER worked out a perfect trip and did the rest a week ago; clear contender.

Race 3

(3) RIGHTLY SAID moves into the Russo barn and catches a relatively blank field. (2) LEXUS ARTIST has been stuck with outside posts more often than not of late. She doesn’t win often but this looks like a great spot. (1) ANTY ENTITY qualified okay and can only be hlped by having Gingras in the bike. (9) DAY TO PONDER was locked in with no place to stretch her legs last time. I give her a shot but fear she’ll be overbet.

Race 4

(9) AGGRESSIVE drops down a class along with a couple of others. This guy has picks up Tetrick upon arrival from Canada and seems to have his act together after mixing breaks with success last winter. It doesn’t hurt that he is listed to sell as HIP 197 on Monday. (4) STITCH IN TIME is one of the others moving down the ladder. His recent races haven’t been that bad. (1) FOX VALLEY LEGEND is super right now, but I worry about the inside draw on a horse that does his best work from behind. (3) SCORCHER HALL is capable of putting up a strong mile.

Race 5

(4) TWO HIP DIP rallied reasonably well from the back in his first start since June. He draws better now and seems to be in against a slightly softer group. (1) NEVER EVER CLEVER is another making her second start off the bench. I expect to see some improvement. (5) XTATIC HANOVER gets some post relief after taking plenty of air last time.

Race 6

(5) CLEAR VIEW HANOVER wasn’t that bad last Friday and should be helped by the addition of Tetrick in the bike. (6) CAPELA comes off a good mile and will make his last start for Team Burke this week before selling Monday. (4) AMERICAN TRUTH is another in the sale. Switch to the Miller barn is interesting since Team Miller has been hot of late. (2) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE split foes nicely but had every chance to win last time.

Race 7

(2) HOT TYPE ships in from The Meadows for Burke to put in his final start before Monday’s sale. His form is good enough to compete and he has proven to be plenty fast enough to win. (8) PARIS PRINCESS N put in a decent effort in his U.S. debut and can take another step forward now. (5) DANISH DURANGO has put together a string of good races for Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural. He should race well again. (1) WORTH THE MONEY AS drops back down and deserves a look at least underneath.

Race 8

(7) GO BYEM ships in from Dover on a three-race win streak. Perhaps he can follow in the footsteps of Bushwacker, who made a similar trek up I95 and found success in the Open ranks. (2) ITS HUW YOU KNOW added hobbles and raced well in his recent qualifier. I expect he’ll take tote action and perhaps pop a big mile. (3) CINCINNATI MISS has been on a hot streak over the last two months; obvious player.

Race 9

(3) B YOYO had all kinds of trouble and trotted home willingly a week ago. Let’s give him another shot assuming he offers fair value. (6) ALLERAGE STAR flashed big speed en route to a near lifetime best mile; must use. (5) CRAZSHANA qualified well as he looks to get a mile under his belt before the sale. Smedshammer trainees have been racing well of late.

Race 10

(5) TESSA SEELSTER had some shaky moments early in her qualifying mile but righted the ship and came up game for a nice victory. I’d expect some minor equipment tinkering will fix her issues and she’ll be ready to roll first time in the Burke barn. (2) GWENEEEE J comes off a sharp score and is a talented mare that could keep improving. (3) NOT BEFORE EIGHT didn’t exactly have things her way last time out; reunites with Zeron. (7) ALIBI SEELSTER upset in this class two starts back; in the sale Monday.

Race 11

(7) BIG BANG HANOVER raced evenly in his first start since June and now gets to face easier. (1) MONEY ON MY MIND hasn’t raced in over two months but still appears to be the one to beat against a field without much form. (6) MACK’S GOLD BAND is back in for the price he was claimed on November 15; turns it around? (5) INDEPENDENCE AS gets in against softer in just his third start in a year.

Race 12

(4) TWIN B ELITE wasn’t going very far from post 10 after missing four weeks of action. He has a triple threat of angles this week—2nd start back, post relief & drops in class. (8) EXOTIC BEACH finished steadily from the back despite starting from post 10; driver switch to Campbell. (1) UP FRONT KELLIE JO has been racing well enough to use underneath at a decent price.

Race 13

I’ve been waiting for (10) SPICE IT UP LINDY to get this class drop, though I was hoping for a decent post to go with it. With new driver John Campbell in the bike, I have faith that the trip will work out. (1) MAJESTIC STONE hasn’t raced in five weeks, which is of serious concern. That said, this field lacks much form and we are getting a nice driver change to Tetrick. (9) LONG STORY SHORT romped when last seen at Saratoga, but that was 36 days ago.

Race 14

(5) THAT WOMAN HANOVER gets a huge driver change to Yannick Gingras and should respond accordingly. (8) BETTOR CHILL OUT put in a nice bid before tiring last time and now gets class relief. (7) SIR LEHIGH Z TAM has been racing well at this level. (2) GAME OF DREAMERS is another sharp horse to consider.

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