01/06/2016 6:03PM

Meadowlands: Friday 1/8 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 58 - 187 / $310.50  BEST BETS: 7 - 14 / $21.50

Best Bet: LET HER ROCK (10th)


Race 1

(4) CUP TOWN GIRL never got involved in the action from an outside post versus a better foe last time. Mare moves in a few slots on the gate and seems as good as any in here. (1) NATURAL KEMP has been great at hitting the board and seems to be in a prime spot to knock the door down. (3) PLAYBOY RUSTY gets a driver change to the red-hot John Campbell.

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Race 2

(6) CURFEW made a costly mistake as the odds-on favorite last time and seems very capable of making amends at a price. (2) MAGENTA MAN was driven like he couldn't lose last time and paid the price for those tactics; huge threat. (4) CELEBRITY MASSIVE blew up the board on 12/26 and seems capable given the right trip. (1) DOMINO VOLO is going to get over the top one of these days but a minor award may be his ceiling tonight.

Race 3

This is a wide-open race to kick off the pick five. (7) DAY TO PONDER didn't exactly have a great trip in her last appearance here and seems worth a shot at a price. (1) OFFICIAL BELLE makes her third start back from a break in action and did improve last time. (9) ODDS ON AVENTURE has some early speed in her arsenal and adds Tetrick. (5) PRECIOUS ROSE N was Brett Miller's choice over #1.

Race 4

I admit it is probably unlikely that driver Lucas Wallin will win two races on the card, but (5) LIMA PRIDE was very sharp before taking on much tougher in his last start. This looks like a winning spot. (3) LADY CLARABELLA wasn't going very far in her debut on Lasix from post 10; another shot. (4) COIN COLLECTOR raced well in her latest but changes barns; mixed feelings.

Race 5

This is a really competitive race on paper. (5) DANISH DURANGO comes off a nice win versus lesser and should offer good value while in form. (1) KEYSTONE THOMAS has high early speed and is clearly very dangerous from the pylons for the high percentage Spagnola barn. (3) UPFRONT BILLY drops out of the Open and back to the level of his last win. (4) FINISH LINE gets tested after a wire to wire score versus much easier. (8) PARIS PRINCESS N won her qualifier but remains a mystery in her U.S. debut.

Race 6

(3) CLEAR VIEW HANOVER seems to be finding her form after a long time on the sidelines and the switch to Marcus Miller should only help. (7) CAPELA gets Yannick back in the bike and seems to be in a better spot. (9) GWENEEEE J has ability and should be tighter with a race under her belt.

Race 7

This is another very interesting race with many options. (3) B YOYO is clearly sharp now and should offer fair value. (8) MARCH AWARENESS was racing better from off the pace and may switch tactics from another outside post. (9) DETROIT RAPPER was out of his element having to stick close from post one. Look for him to be charging late in the mile. (2) LAUDERDALE qualified back nicely after a subpar 2015. He didn't exactly come out of the gate strong last year but maybe the autumn vacation helped more this time around.

Race 8

(8) DREAMS OF THUNDER is one of two obviously sharp horses in this bulky 14-horse field. I'm leaning his way because he shows races in his past lines with early speed. (5) FOX VALLEY LEGEND has been sharp but may have to negotiate traffic with his off the pace style. (11) P L HOUDINI clearly has some GO in his tank, but a horse that likes to break in the second tier of a large field seems too risky for me. (2) TAKE HEART was a solid second the last time Super Brett drove.

Race 9

(8) OPULENT YANKEE has a few starts under his belt now after a long vacation. This looks like his week. (1) LINDY'S TRU GRIT rallied nicely from a tough spot in his first start in more than two months. The uncoupled Julie Miller-trained duo have a big shot. (9)SOMEBODY AS was racing well when last seen and has plenty of early zip. (6) UVA HANOVER is capable with the right trip.

Race 10

(3) LET HER ROCK has been a different horse since the addition of Lasix and closed well from 11th to 2nd last time. (9) SIR JILLIAN Z TAM should be right at home versus this group, but there is a big question as to how aggressive driver Pat Lachance will be from the outside post. (7) CLORIS HANOVER gets some much needed class relief but hasn't raced since December 4.

Race 11

There are quite a few in this race coming off qualifiers and the most impressive of the lot for me was (9) TWO HIP DIP. There are some questions as to whether he'll be used from post nine to get involved in his first start since June, but the price should be juicy enough to take a shot. (6) NORTHERN GRACE technically stays at the same level but faces a field with plenty of questions to answer. (1) CREDIT CREATION was even in his qualifier. If he is ready to fire in his first start in six months, watch out. (2) CALIPARI has early speed and some form.

Race 12

(7) RIVER RUNS THRU IT drops back down to the level of her victory two starts back. She'll be hustled away from the gate and give it her all. (2) PANCAKES has an inside post edge and the speed to take advantage of it. (5) SIR LEHIGH Z TAM is quite capable of winning in this company.

Race 13

(7) HOUSE OF CASH won for a $20K tag two starts back and now drops in for $15K. Gelding reunites with Gingras, who steered him to his last two victories. (5) STONEBRIDGE IDOL has dangerous early speed and a better post to work from this week. (10) TAG UP AND GO isn't as sharp as he was at points last year but still deserves respect at this level.

Race 14

(5) WINDSONG GALLIANO made a break as the chalk in his first start for this barn. Let's not give up on this guy too quickly; another shot. (2) NOBLE ANTHONY has a string of good lines behind his recent break. (7) MONTALBANO BI has been racing fairly well. (6) WINDSONG ILLUSION improved most recently.

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