12/21/2016 5:38PM

Meadowlands: Friday 12/23 Analysis


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: 0 - 0 / $0.00

Best Bet: SPICEBOMB (4th)

Spot Play: PARNU HANOVER (8th)

Race 1

(4) WAITING ON A WOMAN may just have found the softest spot since her local return. Classy veteran is in live hands and figures to work out a good trip. (1) FLYING ISA N showed reasonable trot at both ends of the mile in last and figures to get away in good order this time. (3) CAN DO has won 21 times over the last two years and should benefit here from an improved draw.

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Race 2

(8) PICKWICK qualified well against a much tougher group. Soph sports a winning habit and gets the hottest driver around. (6) DASH OF DANGER has been in rare form at Saratoga and tests the big track for Burke. (4) THINKIN BIG showed significant improvement in his second qualifier. Frosh makes his career debut and is an unknown that may in fact be something.

Race 3

(2) ROCK N DELIGHT was unable to reach in his local debut; prior form was quite impressive at Plainridge. (3) GREAT SOUL gave Brett Miller his eighth win last Friday night and earns his loyalty on the step up but may not be worth the short odds. (7) AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL consistently hits the board.

Race 4

(5) SPICEBOMB raced credibly after missing four weeks of action. Gelding has shown high speed in a limited number of starts and that puts him ahead of most of these. (10) PAWN SHOP JUNKIE could be springing from the gate with energy from this spot. Soph was razor sharp in his last at Yonkers. (1) BIGGIE was given an aggressive drive at 25-1 last time and obviously fell short; could be tighter tonight.

Race 5

(7) PANSFORMATIVE comes off the shelf after two qualifiers for Johnson and faces stock a level below where he fits comfortably on his best form. (2) HUGH HEFNER N can be excused for lackluster performances in his last two tries at Yonkers; may enjoy the lighter competition level. (4) GRAVELSINMYTRAVEL had a brutal overland trip in last and may in fact be much better than that.

Race 6

(3) ELRAMA N had to work a little harder finishing last week upon moving up in class but still overpowered the group. Recent claim by Russo has become energized and may not be done yet. (7) ASHLEYS HUSBAND is going to leave the gate one of these days in order to avoid a first-over trip; maybe tonight? (5) WINDSUN STETSON may have been overmatched at Yonkers; returns to the big oval.

Race 7

(10) NATIONAL SEELSTER showed some of that fight he displayed throughout his 3-year-old campaign coming off the shelf in last. Son of Bettor's Delight was meant for better and may be pointed in that direction. (3) SPINARAMA may line up behind live cover here. (1) DREAMLANDS ART was a solid second from a similar spot two back and figures again to be forwardly placed.

Race 8

(1) PARNU HANOVER has taken a few starts to get his legs under him but appears primed for a big mile. One-time $140K yearling purchase flashed sneaky pace finishing from an impossible spot last time. (4) DOCTOR BUTCH has a world of back class and perhaps has been slow coming around this time; the horse to beat at this level. (8) K LEES SHAKENBAKE devoured weaker with an explosive late kick; steps up a notch but may be compromised by the draw.

Race 9

(4) UNIX HANOVER returns to the Big M at half price from his early December engagement and may be looking to get in action early here. (1) WHATAORSE flashed solid late foot while well out of it in last; draws inside. (6) WINTER BLUES had his winning streak broken while facing tougher in last; can rebound.

Race 10

(2) NEW YORK TOWN N was notably short in his first start in four weeks. Veteran import draws inside and draws into a little softer division of this class. (7) FITZS Z TAM may have been a used a bit too hard in the early stages last week; prior form is encouraging. (4) BRUCES MAGIC has been chasing tougher.

Race 11

(7) SKY IS THE LIMIT gets a very nice drop in class shipping in from Yonkers and should take advantage of the situation with Andy Miller in the bike. (4) VICTORYDAZE WILWIN went down the road with purpose last week but just couldn't restrain the efforts of Brett Miller on his super-human night; can't rule out here despite the step up. (9) A PLUS HANOVER may appreciate the move to the big track.

Race 12

(1) LE GAMBE may need to get away a tad closer to the front here to have any reasonable shot at success. With Marohn in the bike that is likely to happen. (5) VICEROY HANOVER kicked in to high gear in his second start here to post a crushing upset victory. Gelding is a factor again with the right trip. (7) J K ONAROLL didn't seem to like the sprint down the pike style last time; prior form is excellent.

Race 13

(5) EVERY INTENTION looks to have found a level where he can eke out a victory. Tyler Smith has been assertive since his arrival. (7) KEYSTONE CAMARO picks up Brett Miller for his Meadowlands return. (4) GAIUS CRASTINUS appears to have worked his way back into shape at Freehold and could surprise here.

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