12/02/2015 5:16PM

Meadowlands: Friday 12/4 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

MEET STATS: 27 - 77 / $156.80  BEST BETS: 2 - 6 / $7.40

Best Bet: TAG UP AND GO (13th)


Race 1

(6) CURFEW has put together two quality qualifiers with hobbles added since moving into the Ron Burke barn. We've seen others this year leave the Svanstedt barn and show improvement. (7) MAGENTA MAN bested the top choice in his most recent qualifier. Perhaps Team Miller has this guy figured out. (3) EXPLOSIVE LYNN has a chance but seems better used underneath as a rookie filly facing sophomore boys.

Race 2

(8) CRAZED N LINDY was handled patiently and gave his all versus a horse with a cleaner trip. I expect he'll be kept closer to the action this time around. (3) THE B STREET FAN isn't as good as the top one but seems to have found a good spot to get aggressive. (7) JACK'S REEF has been racing reasonably well; shot if the top one falters.

Race 3

(4) MISS PANTHERS moves into the white-hot Kyle Spagnola barn and faces a rather blank field. (2) WINDSUN GALLIANO is years removed from some really good miles here but his form appears good enough to consider. (10) FOX VALLEY LEGEND faced a top foe in that recent qualifier; could get a piece. (3) INNER PEACE gets a better post to work with this week. If the top pick doesn't wake up in a big way, this guy has a shot.

Race 4

(3) PASSING JETTA finds the best spot she has seen in a long time. This is one uninspiring bunch and you may want to hit the ALL button if you can narrow down the other legs of the multi-race exotics. (4) GOVERNOR VICTORY went some nice miles a few starts back. (8) ES MUCHO figures to try to leave the gate in this spot. (11) SCORCHER HALL likely wins this race if he stays flat. That is a HUGE IF.

Race 5

(4) MARMARIA wasn't going anywhere from post nine last time. She moves inside this week and faces a softer NW5000 group. (5) LARJON LAURA also gets post relief, adds Gingras and won't find a better spot. (8) COVER MODEL ships in sharp for a Spagnola, just not Kyle.

Race 6

(4) IN NOMINE PATRI is clearly in an easier spot this week and one where Hanney can gun to the front. (8) UVA HANOVER would be the clear chalk from an inside post and could still be the one to beat out here. (7) DETROIT RAPPER is plenty sharp and dangerous. (3) HYWAY MARCUS kept up nicely with a better foe in his recent qualifier.

Race 7

(6) ICOMMANDMYSPIRIT is a quality mare with legitimate excuses for her recent lack of success. David Miller hops in the bike this week and I'm expecting a strong showing. (3) GEISHA GIRL N has been knocking on the door of late and perhaps the switch to the big track will cure her troubles on the win end. (1) SPIRIT OF DESIRE is capable of going some good miles and there isn't much early speed signed on against her tonight. (4) MOREMERCY BLUECHIP didn't fire in her Burke barn debut versus the best 3-year-old filly pacers in the sport; more now? (7) NOT BEFORE EIGHT was a bit better last time and could step forward again.

Race 8

(9) HANDOVER BELLE was supposed to retire after the TVG Final but gets another chance to go out on top. She should be flying off the gate and take these a long way. (3) OPULENT YANKEE qualified back very well. I wouldn't be afraid to take a shot with him off the bench. (7) WAITING ON A WOMAN can't possibly keep the streak alive for Spagnola against this crew, can he?

Race 9

(8) JUNGLE GENIE N looked like the real deal last week and despite the choice by Gingras to pick (4) SOLID QUEEN, the fact that Vallee even listed him shows this horse has a big shot.  Take the price on this guy. Solid Queen took care of business a week ago and the new driver shouldn't hurt any. (6) JUST SAYIN has picked up her game with Lasix added and was David Miller's choice of three.

Race 10

(4) SHERKIN HANOVER hasn't been doing much recently but seems like a good fit with tonight's group. Barn has started the meet off well and maybe the new set of hands behind the lines will make the difference. (1) RIVER RUNS THRU IT was used and tired off the bench; eligible to show more. (9) PANCAKES comes off a big mile but drew poorly this week.

Race 11

(4) GAME OF DREAMERS rallied well with no shot in her first start on Lasix. The post is better this week and she should be closer to the action. (6) GALARINA picks up Gingras and will take plenty of tote action. I'm using her but the win price won't be worth it. (2) MOJARRA HANOVER is capable in a spot like this given a good trip.

Race 12

(5) ULSTER will win if he trots the entire mile. (1) CELEBRITY STIMULUS should sit close and take home a second place check unless the top one blows up. (4) SOAPY SAP just keeps chugging along at age 12; using underneath.

Race 13

(8) TAG UP AND GO put in an even mile in his first start since August. He drops to the basement condition tonight and it should be all systems go at odds-on. (4) GREY ICE adds Yannick to the equation and should be on the move early in the mile. (5) XTATIC HANOVER broke in his first start for Ron Burke but shouldn't be completely tossed yet. (1) SHOOT THE THRILL is fast enough to menace if he minds his manners.

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