12/16/2015 4:26PM

Meadowlands: Friday 12/18 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 8 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 5 - $7,181 Jackpot Super High Five Carryover

Race 14 - $34,296 Jackpot Super High Five Carryover

MEET STATS: 44 - 129 / $244.00  BEST BETS: 4 - 10 / $13.20

Best Bet: NOT BEFORE EIGHT (7th)

Spot Play: TIRADE HANOVER (8th)

Race 1

(9) RILEY'S DREAM comes off a decent effort and figures prominently versus an abysmal field. (5) ROSE RUN QUICKLEY had some success on the bigger track at Hoosier and could enjoy the switch here from Yonkers. (2) HERCU LINDY righted the ship with hobbles last time. Let's see how he does on the bigger track. (10) ELUSIVE ACTION raced okay off the bench but drew poorly.

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Race 2

(7) B YOYO took a bit of a shuffle before the stretch which cost him the top spot last time. Now he gets to drop down and should roll. (2) COUSIN EDDIE raced well in his first start for this barn. (5) MONTALBANO BI raced well off the bench and figures to be forwardly placed. (3) CARNEGIE has won here in the past; always a plus.

Race 3

(1) FINISH LINE went a big mile with hobbles and Gingras added. If he trots this field will be chasing him for second money. (8) NATURAL KEMP has been consistent but lacks that killer instinct late in the mile. (3) CLIFTON BEACH has been racing well out of town and deserves some consideration. (6) HOT START & (7) EASTON ROAD are potential players if they mind their manners.

Race 4

(8) ALLERAGE STAR gets some serious class relief and has the early zip to take charge. (3) KARETS starts from a better post this time. Four-year-old just sneaks under the earnings condition. (9) GET TO DOIN IT sports a strong win record gained mostly on fair tracks; gets tested tonight.

Race 5

(6) UF DRAGON'S QUEEN lured Gingras off a Burke horse in a conditioned race, which is something you don't see every day. Classy mare raced well from a tough post at Yonkers a week ago and figures to be a major player in starts 47 on the year. (9) ICOMMANDMYSPIRIT was a sharp winner last time and has the talent to step up in class. (8) SPIRIT OF DESIRE is a capable mare on her best days. (2) EXOTIC BEACH is in a better spot this week; using underneath.

Race 6

(6) DETROIT RAPPER technically steps up in class but this field doesn't look that imposing. If he sits mid-pack, this gelding can power past late. (4) TWISTED PRETZEL ships down in good form for Kyle Spagnola and should be on or near the lead. (10) LINDY'S TRU GRIT is the best horse in the race, but is saddled with post 10 after a two month break; mixed feelings. (7) MARCH AWARENESS has been racing well for Burke; exotics must.

Race 7

(5) NOT BEFORE EIGHT stormed home from last with a full head of steam last week and looks primed for a huge effort this week. (4) SHE'S HEAVENLY comes off a good try and should be near the front again. (3) OK HALLELUJAH was racing well at Saratoga and shows success on big tracks in Canada.

Race 8

(3) TIRADE HANOVER took a shot on the rim last time and trotted home in a solid 27 3/5 while chasing a very good mare that set a soft pace. This guy has shown he can pop a big mile at times and I believe he is sitting on one right now. (7) OPULENT YANKEE is inching closer to top form. If he wasn't drawn outside two potential early speed horses I'd be on board. (5) WAITING ON A WOMAN is hard to fault on paper, though she came up a bit tired in the stretch last time. (9) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE wouldn't be a shock but has his work cut out for him from post nine.

Race 9

(9) PURITY couldn't have looked any better while winning in-hand last Friday. The outside post and class rise is a concern, but I'm sticking with this gal. (2) EXHILARATED is seemingly closing every week but not fast enough. She fits nicely and has a good post to work with. (7) COVER MODEL swept the field last time. This spot is tougher but the filly could be up to the task.

Race 10

(7) DANISH DURANGO added hobbles last time and kept his act together the entire mile. Although he seems to stay at the same level, this field is softer and he should have every chance. (5) CINCINNATI MISS is in fine form and even shows some good lines at Woodbine. (9) NORTHERN GRACE won going away upon arrival from Philly and is an obvious contender again. (1) DREAM ROCKER would be no surprise in the top spot given a decent trip.

Race 11

In a field with plenty of question marks, I'll be spreading in the pick four. (3) BORN TO FIGHT was flat last time at Philly but had been facing tougher foes in all of his previous starts; long shot chance. (8) ALTERNAT THURSDAYS hails from the Spagnola barn and has some early speed in his reserves. (11) BASTILLE was a winner at this level two starts back. (6) COIN COLLECTOR looks like a mare that may move up on the big track.

Race 12

(4) JANIE BAY raced very well at Freehold while just missing behind a heavy chalk that got away with reasonable fractions. This looks like it could be her week to take a picture. (1) LIZZIE'S DREAM gets some needed post relief and should get aggressive in this spot. (9) CANTUS HANOVER raced a bit better in her second start for Burke.

Race 13

(2) CAPRICCIO HANOVER moves into a barn that does rather well with trotters. Eight-year-old has a touch of class and faces a mostly formless group. (9) P L EUREKA was a decent third showing early speed at this level back in November. (1) RUDDY RUSTY hasn't cared for the 1-1/4 races at Yonkers and his other recent starts were from post eight at Saratoga. Don't be shocked if he wakes up with a big mile.

Race 14

(8) UPFRONT BILLY gets some serious class relief and typically races very well at this level. I'd expect nothing short of a top effort at a short price. (2) IN NOMINE PATRI also drops down and driver/trainer Joe Hanney figures to be forwardly placed with the veteran gelding. (4) RAISE THE CURTAIN has been fairly consistent all year; maybe. (10) MUSCLES AND SPICE has some early speed and seems worth at least a look in the post parade.

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