01/19/2017 12:27PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/20 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: 84 - 283 / $442.40 (-$133.60)

BEST BETS: 10 - 23 / $38.80 (-$7.20)

Best Bet: ROBOCALL HANOVER (8th)

Spot Play: BULLVILLE MAGGIE (6th)

Race 1

(1) FEISTY LOVE had no chance from the word GO as she got away slowly from an outside post after three weeks on the sidelines. This mare is capable of much more and gets a huge post edge on her main competition. (9) PARIS PRINCESS N comes off a scratched-sick line and a break, which isn’t ideal. That said, if right she is probably best. (10) WINSUN FIREBALL has the early speed to overcome the bad draw, but he needs to find a way to last the mile. (7) DOWNUNDERMATTER is usually along for a small share. Maybe Brett Miller can get more out of him.

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Race 2

(8) MUSCLE DIAMOND took care of business last week but faces a tougher group from a worse post this time. There does seem to be enough early speed signed on to set up his late rally at a better price than the 3-5 offered last time. (7) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE was the sharpest horse on the grounds prior to getting scratched-sick last time; obvious player. (4) WATKINS blew away his foes with Brett Miller in the bike. Perhaps he’s gained some confidence to tackle this better group.

Race 3

(3) SPORTSMUFFLER drops back down to the $10,000 claiming level where she has won consecutive starts. Brett Miller opts for #2, but I’ll take Yannick Gingras in the bike any day. (1) CANDY STYX N is another getting similar class relief. I’d expect her to be closer to the pace this time. (9) MOJARRA HANOVER could be a factor, but the field she beat back on 12-15 in this class was softer. (4) HERETIC FRANCO N gets post and class relief tonight.

Race 4

(2) I LUV BLACKHAWKRED took a tour of the track after more than four weeks off in his initial start for new trainer Scott Blackler. Four-year-old moves inside tonight and should show much more. (8) BATTLE MAGE has early speed and plenty of form; main threat. (3) ALEXANDER HANOVER has been racing well enough to think he can win given the right trip. (6) BIG EXPENSE is a must on the bottom of your exotic tickets.

Race 5

(7) CAN DO picks up Gingras this week and he did steer this 8-year-old to a lifetime best 1:52 win here last year; potential wake-up candidate. (2) DANISH DURANGO continues to drop down hoping for some racing luck. This is the first time I’ve felt he was in a good position if he brings a top effort. (6) LAUDERDALE has plenty of early zip and should be a player. (10) FOX VALLEY STEFFEN will have to hope for a strong pace to set up his late rally; could happen.

Race 6

(2) BULLVILLE MAGGIE gave me a nice run for my money at 50-1 last time. She left a bit for position and attacked first-over. Now she drops again and picks up Brett Miller. Sign me up. (3) INTOVIEW failed as the heavy chalk a week ago but looms a big threat again. (4) MELANIES SHARKETTE is plenty sharp.

Race 7

(3) WAITING ON A WOMAN faces a competitive group while coming off a string of decent lines. I’m thinking the switch to Callahan could be a difference maker. (7) WORLD CUP brings an honest effort just about every week and is a decent trip from a possible win. (6) CANADIAN WILDCAT wired them in this class a few starts back and certainly warrants some attention on your pick four tickets. (2) SHEER FLEX adds Gingras and automatically deserves at least some consideration.

Race 8

(8) ROBOCALL HANOVER was the victim of a tough trip and still held well for third last time. Gingras in the bike adds to the allure of this one, but also ensures favoritism. (9) BIG BAD BEACH comes out of the same race as the top one and should prove the top threat. (3) QUIET COVE raced a bit better with Lasix added and sometimes it takes a start for the medication to have a strong effect. (5) CC C HER BIBI is an exotics threat.

Race 9

(5) BUFFALINO HANOVER failed me last week but in a field with no clear standout, I’m inclined to take another shot. This field is loaded with early speed and maybe a change in tactics will make a difference. (4) WALLTOCOUSINS hasn’t had an ideal trip in recent weeks; very capable. (8) ITS CHOCOLATE TIME was Drew Monti’s choice over (3) MIDFIELD MAGIC & (1) BOB N TONY, but all three appear to have a legitimate chance.

Race 10

(4) BROADIES SONG moves down the claiming ladder while all switching barns. Nine-time winner in 2016 can wake up at a price. (2) I FOUND MY BEACH is back at The Meadowlands while facing horses he can beat. (5) AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL double-drops below the level of the claim for trainer Eric Foster; mixed feelings. (9) ITALIAN REBEL seems like he could be competitive with the right trip.

Race 11

(2) IDEAL NUGGETS wasn’t going very far from post 10 last Friday. She draws more favorably now in a field without much early speed and should get aggressive. (4) UF DRAGON’S QUEEN is the other mare in the field that should be on the move early; good trip likely. (6) ABBIJADE HANOVER has found her form in recent weeks and could take plenty of tote action with Gingras now in the bike. (7) NOT BEFORE EIGHT has been racing well for the last month.

Race 12

(4) STONEBRIDGE IDOL put in a solid mile in his first start since October and finds a pretty soft spot this week. (3) LAZURUS dropped down in class for five consecutive weeks but was stuck in post 10 when he reached the basement last time; chance to wake up. (8) HALL PASS HELEN has been racing well, but she did get away with easy fractions in her win last week. (10) P L HOUDINI found the winner’s circle the last time she raced in the NW3500 class.

Race 13

(1) MAJO JUST DO IT has a win in this class a few starts back and seems to have caught a field with enough early speed to set up his late move. Veteran should offer some value with Brett Miller opting off. (4) OUR CULLENSCROWN N could be interesting if others to his outside elect not to show speed. (9) SALEVSTER STALLION gets a nice driver change upon arrival and seems fast enough to play with this group. (3) FOOLS GOLD double-drops down the claiming ladder but has no form.

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