12/10/2014 4:05PM

Meadowlands: Friday 12/12 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 22 - 104 / $107.90   BEST BETS: 4 - 6 / $14.80

Best Bet: HILL I AM (2nd)

Spot Play: SCORCHER HALL (12th)

Race 1

(10) ONEIDA finished a solid second behind Propulsion in his recent qualifier and that foe scored easily last time. Barn change to Julie Miller and the weak competition make this colt worth a shot. (1) FERRAGAMO raced okay after missing two months of action; driver change to Gingras. (7) MAXIMUS DEO also qualified well as he heads somewhat south from Canada for the winter.

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Race 2

(8) HILL I AM made a slight attempt at leaving the gate last time which is certainly a step in the right direction. Barring any traffic issues, he should win. (7) KEYSTONE SADIE rallied nicely in the slop to win. She is clearly feeling good now. (4) FONDANT hasn’t thrown in many bad races this year.

Race 3

(5) EASTER SURPRIZE was used in the early pace two starts back and couldn’t rally by the entire field last time. Those are legitimate excuses as she tackles a field full of question marks. (8) KZ BEACH GAL couldn’t last on the engine last time but may be the one to beat; shaky as the favorite. (2) SUNLIGHT DANCER improved with Lasix added in her previous start.

Race 4

(4) SIR WINSTON drops down, has early speed and faces a suspect group. (5) FOX VALLEY LEGEND has been racing well lately but needs a smooth trouble-free trip. (9) CASHAHALLIC finds a good spot this week and picks up a hot driver. (6) CURRENT CRISIS & (7) BIG SKY ANGELINA are both getting positive driver changes.

Race 5

(3) THE SUMMER WIND has perked up since adding Lasix. Mare knows how to win here and should have every chance to get the job done. (2) VICTORIA MAY N draws better this week and this field leaves plenty to be desired. (9) BRING THEM HOME didn’t fire in the slop but deserves another shot.

Race 6

(5) APPOMATTOX moves into the Ron Burke barn and adds top driver Yannick Gingras. He’ll either improve by leaps and bounds or he’ll be overbet and perform as usual. Steer clear if he takes too much money. (8) MELADYS MONET could be the sharpest horse in the country. (7) HANDOVER BELLE is clearly capable if the trip works in her favor.

Race 7

(4) CAROLSIDEAL won his last two starts with a catch-driver in the bike. This is not an easy spot, but he does know how to win at the Meadowlands. (3) BEST BOSS stopped badly last time over an off track. Perhaps a dry surface will help this week. (1) PEMBROKE VIOLET flew past the field last time. Was the addition of Lasix the reason or did she love the sloppy track? (6) DO YOUR JOB has early speed and some form.

Race 8

(7) HOT TYPE blew up after getting parked at Yonkers last time. His prior start at the Meadowlands resulted in a win. (3) SWEET JUSTICE is best when he brings his best game. Will that happen tonight? (4) SIXTEEN MIKES comes in from Philly in good form. (9) HARBOR POINT has lost my support but remains capable.

Race 9

(2) KEN DOLL J comes with the question mark of missing three months, but she did qualify back well and looks fast enough to play on paper. (1) BALLINEEN gets class relief and a new driver. (5) BROOKLYNS BEST & (8) ROCK N SOUL have been racing well; using.

Race 10

(1) DEWYCOLORINTHELINE doesn’t face the easiest field in the world, but he comes off a decent effort and is as good as any in here. (3) SOUTHWIND WARSAW switches barns and adds hobbles; maybe. (4) WAR CRY HALL rallied pretty well after a break last time; drops; dangerous. (9) LINDY’S TRU GRIT moves into the Miller stable.

Race 11

(5) SPIRIT OF DESIRE arguably finds an easier spot this week and the price should be right. (2) MOMMA ROCK put in a good effort in her first start since May. Notice she won in 1:50 2/5 here this year. (3) MONTENEGRO is off a pair of good second-place efforts. (7) SET ME UP wired them last time.

Race 12

(3) SCORCHER HALL flashed early speed, broke, lost about eight lengths and still rallied home strongly nearing the wire. There is clearly talent here if he minds his manners. (6) CLEMENTINE DREAM closed from ninth to third in her first trip to the track since June. (10) WALLTOCOUSINS drew poorly put finds a pretty good spot.

Race 13

(7) PERMANENT JOY looked like a legitimate option with Amateur Driver of the Year Robert Krivelin in the bike. Now with the driver switch to Scott Zeron I’m sold against this dull group. (3) FREE ROLLIN stayed trotting with hobbles added; worth a look. (2) LINDYAHOLIC looks competitive but lacks a top driver. (12) WHATNBLAZES & (11) DON’T KNOW CHIP could have a say if they can navigate the second tier.

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