12/31/2014 4:12PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/2 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

Race 5 - $2,056 Jackpot Hi-Five Carryover

Race 13 - $21,318 Jackpot Hi-Five Carryover

MEET STATS: 42 - 182 / $263.30  BEST BETS: 6 - 12 / $21.20

Best Bet: EMPRESS DEO (11th)

Spot Play: MODEST PRINCE (7th)

Race 1

(6) DONNIE DARKO hasn't had an equal in two qualifiers and one official trip to the track. Now he moves into the Ron Burke barn; expecting more. (9) LADY WINDSOR knows how to win and really doesn't face much tonight. (1) MUSCERENE showed what he can do it his most recent morning session.

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Race 2

(1) STEEL CURTIN added hobbles and finished nicely. Maybe combined with the trainer change it gets this guy over the top. (7) OPULENT YANKEE scored at first asking for trainer Julie Miller; one to beat. (10) BOURBON BAY is on a nice winning streak; post 10 is the main issue.

Race 3

(3) LISSAN raced well in her first start for Burke and should get the jump on this field. (6) LOTSA MATZAH seems to be over her breaking issues judging by the pair of qualifiers. (5) FRISKIE'S ANGEL comes back from a layoff in a new barn.

Race 4

(9) THOUGHTFILLY had something left in her last qualifier. My brain tells me she'll get an easy race, but the chance at a decent price against a questionable field has me interested. (4) BLUEBIRD KIDSQUEEN is very capable of stepping up in a dull field like this one; drops down. (7) WALLTOCOUSINS should have won last week but still merits a long look. (2) SWEET BEN finished well from off the pace last time. Maybe he needs the big track?

Race 5

(11) JERSEYLICIOUS got a start under her belt after three months off. The second tier is an issue but she should move forward with a clean journey. (8) MONTENEGRO & (10) MOMMA ROCK are both dropping in class; very dangerous. (2) CRAZY ON YOU is capable of stepping up with the right trip.

Race 6

(8) MELADYS MONET is one of the sharpest horses in the country. If he gets a decent trip, he'll score. (6) NOT AFRAID is sure to be close to the action and raced very well last time. (9) APPOMATTOX scored at first asking for his new barn.

Race 7

(2) MODEST PRINCE looked like a sure winner coming off the turn but could not last the distance. That said, it was a clear move in the right direction and a sign that he is ready for more. (5) MISTER ANSON comes off a blowout win. (10) IT REALLY MATTERS is plenty sharp but drew worst. (8) STIR ME UP was facing tough foes at Yonkers.

Race 8

(3) BRING THEM HOME was used in the pace last time and didn't miss by much; sharp enough to win. (1) KEN DOLL J seems to be moving in the right direction. (9) PRECIOUS ROSE N couldn't be in better form.

Race 9

(2) WELL BUILT is a horse I've always expected more from, but his qualifiers were solid and this field has no monsters. (3) ELIN should be able to gun to the front in this field. (8) TAG UP AND GO gets some class relief.

Race 10

(5) MANDY'S MATTJESTY stopped on the lead after setting a good clip and having missed three weeks of action. She can be better tonight. (1) CANDY STYX N drops down and finally gets a reasonable post. (7) EASTER SURPRIZE showed pace at both ends of the mile last time.

Race 11

(3) EMPRESS DEO just missed last time in a good attempt; makes amends. (5) DONTTELLRUSS was racing well in Canada and now enters the Burke barn. (9) SOMENICEBEACH raced okay most recently. I've seen lesser horses get a wakeup call from driver Ron Pierce.

Race 12

(6) WORTH THE MONEY AS wasn't going to beat B-2 foes last time. He looks as good as any in here. (2) BAMBINO HALL has been consistent. Perhaps the switch to the big track will perk him up. (7) SCORCHER HALL only needs to stay trotting to have a big shot.  (9) TACTFUL WAY couldn't be in better form.

Race 13

(8) HOT BEACH GIRL picks up a top catch-driver and could go a long way on the lead. (7) IDEAL A LITTLE is proven capable at the Meadowlands. (3) AINT GOT A HOME is another Rosecroft shipper getting a top driver.

 

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