01/25/2017 4:42PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/27 Analysis


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Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 90 - 309 / $479.40 (-$148.60)

BEST BETS: 11 - 25 / $45.00 (-$5.00)


Spot Play: KEYSTONE ACE (9th)

Race 1

(1) MOSTINTERESTINGMAN finished up willingly in his recent qualifier. Perhaps all this guy needs is a switch to the big track to cure his breaking issues. (7) EYESEENOW has speed and plenty of form but can’t seem to get over the hump lately. (8) THREEUPTHREEDOWN scored at first asking for new connections. He gets a tougher assignment this week.

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Race 2

(4) ROBOCALL HANOVER had a tough trip last week as the 1-2 chalk and couldn’t last the mile. This looks like a great spot to make amends. (7) BIG BAD BEACH swept the field from last impressively; major threat again. (1) THEFOOLALWAYSROCKS is a fresh shipper from Dover with a hint of form.

Race 3

(9) ASPEN CALIFORNIA put in a decent qualifier with trainer Harry Landy in the bike. They call on Brett Miller now (a great sign). I expect this guy to be ready to roll. (4) LAZURUS picked up his game last week and should be hustled away in the early stages. (3) CASSA’S IMAGE was going added distance races at Yonkers and should be plenty fit to handle the big track. (6) BUFFALINO HANOVER had every chance last week and hung; using underneath.

Race 4

(4) JLS BAD MOON RISIN ships in off two runaway scores at Dover since moving into the Dylan Davis barn. I don’t see any reason why he can’t keep rolling. (2) GOLDEN SON has also posted consecutive scores for a new barn; must use. (1) BATTLE MAGE weakened in deep stretch last time on a track that was favoring off-the-pace types. (6) HERE COMES SAM looks good if you ignore the break last time out.

Race 5

I was between (2) INTHEBLINKOFANEYE & (3) GAMBLER’S TALE with the intention of choosing the horse that Jonathan Roberts picked. That all changed when Roberts choose #3 and Yannick Gingras became the pilot on #2. Intheblinkofaneye has a good history here and showed some life last week. With Yannick at the helm, he can show up with a big mile. Gambler’s Tale comes off a pair of even efforts and gets class relief now. (4) WAR-N-MUNN is another stepping down the class ladder; hard to toss. (1) LUCKY MAN is racing well but facing tougher this week.

Race 6

(3) B YOYO has been flip-flopping between good efforts and break of late. In a field with a fair amount of early speed, the race should set up nicely if he behaves. (8) CLASSICAL ANNIE raced very well considering the early break last time. If Gingras can work out a trip, she is capable of winning. (2) WATKINS raced well while fifth last time and faces a softer group now.

Race 7

(1) WINDSONG ILLUSION drops down to the level of his last win. The defection of Brett Miller should help our price. (10) MIDFIELD MAGIC has the early speed needed to overcome the worst post and an aggressive driver at the controls this week. (5) ROSE RUN QUICKLEY had no issues in his first start with hobbles added and did lure Miller off my top choice. (8) FLYING ISA N is down in class and merits some respect on that angle alone.

Race 8

(7) UF DRAGON’S QUEEN is staying in the same class where she was a solid third last week, but in reality this field is much weaker from top to bottom. I’ll stick with this sharp mare. (9) ABBIJADE HANOVER tracked the top choice’s cover and finished just ahead of her last week; post hurts. (8) THE SUMMER WIND raced okay in her first start off the bench and could easily show more now. (5) CAROBBEAN PACETRY is better down in class but capable of pulled off the upset given the right trip.

Race 9

(6) KEYSTONE ACE double-drops in class in his return to The Meadowlands. He has a major shot to win here at a decent price. (8) CINCINNATI MISS comes off a decent effort and now drops down a notch. (9) WINEMASTER HANOVER continues to change hands at the claiming box and win; post hurts tonight. (4) ITS CHOCOLATE TIME could be competitive given the right trip.

Race 10

(1) LAST DRAGON gets a much needed class break and adds Gingras to the team. Veteran is in a winning spot. (4) DAVID’S DREAM also moves down the ladder and gets a positive driver change. (5) ILIKETHEMTRASHY comes off a nice effort and may be rounding into form.

Race 11

(6) ANAFFAIRTOREMEMBER has been facing much better foes in recent weeks and now switches to Brett Miller. (4) WORLD CUP tends to bring an honest effort every week, but he hasn’t been able to get over the top lately. (8) CAN DO scored with the addition of Gingras last time and now faces a more difficult task. (3) LONG STORY SHORT is a classy grinding trotter that is always capable of surprising.

Race 12

(1) BLUSH HANOVER drops down and doesn’t exactly face the sharpest field; no excuses in this spot. (3) BULLVILLE MAGGIE couldn’t last on the engine on a night where speed wasn’t doing well; clear threat. (4) BETTER SAID picks up Callahan this week. (6) MAC’S SECURE closed well last time and could be a trip player.

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