01/27/2016 6:02PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/29 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 75 - 257 / $423.30  BEST BETS: 9 - 19 / $33.90

Best Bet: ULSTER (7th)

Spot Play: SUPER CLASSIC (10th)

Race 1

(5) CURFEW gets the selection by default in an unreliable field. Let's hope he makes the top without working too hard. (6) MOONSHINE BALLS was used hard last week as the heavy chalk and backed through the field. I imagine he is the one to beat, but my confidence is somewhat shaken. (1) CYPRESS POINT has raced well in three of his last four starts.

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Race 2

(5) DETROIT RAPPER has impressed me by stepping up to the Open class and performing very well. He dealt with some traffic last time and was a solid second. (7) UVA HANOVER actually held reasonably well two Fridays back after a very hard opening half vying for the lead; big threat. (8) OPULENT YANKEE bested the top choice a week ago. He is very capable but will have to earn it again. (4) CASH ME OUT gets post relief but I fear a first-over trip.

Race 3

(3) MY HEIDI had to deal with two other horses just to her inside leaving and wound up getting parked last Friday. She has a much better shot at making the front here. (8) PROVE UP is far from a world beater, but he has won here in the past and faces an awful field. (9) BELL A CHICK makes his first start since last April. If ready to fire off the gate (questionable), he can win.

Race 4

(3) AXIOS blitzed down the road on the stretch out to the big track. I see no reason not to ride the wave. (5) FOREVER AS is clearly racing well now and could be a serious threat given a reasonable trip. (1) MERGATROID draws inside and has some early speed to secure position. (4) GO BYEM spent plenty of time on the rim upon arrival; capable of better.

Race 5

None of the contestants in this field inspires confidence. (5) BRING THEM HOME raced evenly last time in his second start for this barn. This is a perfect spot to rev this guy up at the start and I'm hoping driver Corey Callahan is reading. (2) LIZZIE'S DREAM can get away close and get a big piece, just like last week. (7) DELTA DAWN HANOVER put in her best race when she gunned to the front at Saratoga back in early December. Maybe an aggressive steer will wake her up.

Race 6

(3) FOX VALLEY LEGEND is always good for a strong stretch rally and should keep within better striking position this week from the inside post. (5) MAGENTA MAN took care of business in this class last time and gets another free ride in theory. (8) FICO moves into a hot barn and could improve. (7) MONEY ON MY MIND just missed in this class the last two weeks; dangerous again.

Race 7

(3) ULSTER found a 27 4/5 final quarter last out. That was the first time we've seen some late life in a while. Perhaps he is starting to return to form. (1) LONG STORY SHORT dominated a blank field a week ago and should be able to play with this bunch. (5) BIG BANG HANOVER went too fast and paid the price in just his second start since last June. He doesn't seem far from a big mile. (7) B L CLASS ACT has won here many times and the switch to John Campbell is interesting because the Hall of Famer drove him to a 10-2-2-4 record here last year.

Race 8

(4) WORLD CUP is clearly as fast as or faster than any of his competition on Friday. The return qualifiers were strong and having missed just a short period of time, I'm expecting him to be ready to fire off the bench. (1) DANISH DURANGO is in career form right now. (3) XTATIC HANOVER has raced well at this level when he gets a decent trip. (8) TWO HIP DIP figures to revert to closing tactics and could be flying late if they mix it up.

Race 9

(2) ALWAYS ABOUT KATEY came up flat in her first start since 10/31 and could certainly be ready for more now. Notice that she had a solid 2015 campaign and has some back class. (9) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE continues to be very sharp and drops back down. (6) GWENEEEE J has been at the mercy of the pace lately. Hopefully Campbell finds a way to keep her closer to the front.

Race 10

(3) SUPER CLASSIC actually raced okay last time as ninth-place finishes go. I see an evenly matched field and the potential to get some value on this Tom Fanning trainee. (5) MUSCLES AND SPICE took a shot and weakened a bit last time. I guess he is the favorite this week. (1) MESMERIZED moves into a live barn and the only question is conditioning.

Race 11

(1) NORTHERN GRACE comes off a nice effort and shouldn't be hurt by the barn change. (4) HOT TYPE is another being conditioned by a new trainer. This guy looks competitive on his previous merits and maybe a different routine will further his chances. (2) NEVER EVER CLEVER improved in her second start since August and can take another step ahead on Friday.

Race 12

(3) TWIN B ELITE scratched last Friday for what I'm assuming was weather issues. Her prior effort was solid and she drew a good post to work out a trip. (6) MY CAROLINE has speed and form; dangerous combo. (7) SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR raced okay after a two month break and could improve with that race under her belt. (1) HAPPINESS just hasn't looked great in her races thus far this year. She is the most talented of the group, though.

Race 13

(9) MAGNUM KOSMOS tried to bottom out a field last time and almost succeeded. Now he drops to the basement condition and faces a sketchy group; another shot. (2) SHOW BIZ HALL was facing better when last seen in December. Perhaps the class drop and new barn can produce better results. (6) BALLARE HANOVER had a bit of a tough trip last Friday.

Race 14

(6) GAME OF DREAMERS was dominant last time out. This post might make her life a bit more difficult, but she should still get the job done. (1) EXOTIC BEACH chased home the winner last time but gets a post edge on that one now. (2) DREAM'S BAR gets post and class relief; could get involved at a price. (8) MISS DEFIANCE also drops down the class ladder.

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