02/10/2016 5:49PM

Meadowlands: Friday 2/12 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 94 - 313 / $544.70 (-$81.30)  BEST BETS: 12 - 23 / $49.90 (+$3.90)

Best Bet: KEYSTONE WANDA (10th)

Spot Play: CINCINNATI MISS (9th)

Race 1

(6) THE BAKERS CHOICE finally made it around the track smoothly and actually won that qualifier easily. In a field with many questionable contenders, he seems worth a shot at a decent price. (7) CURFEW is more than capable of taking this field down the road and should have a clearer path this week. (5) PINK PISTOL finished up nicely in her qualifier behind the top pick. Filly hasn’t raced in a long time and seems likely to get a conservative steer. (4) HIPPITY HOP had no shot from post 10; better spot now.

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Race 2

(6) AROCKIN HANOVER drops back down to the $10,000 claiming level after a decent effort versus better. (7) BACKDRAFT HANOVER took a shot and weakened late last week. Scott Zeron in the bike is a nice plus this week. (5) THE POKESTER raced well on the rim in this class last time.

Race 3

(4) ONLY IN MY DREAMS hasn’t been very good since returning from a break, but have you seen the rest of this field? I’m hoping Callahan guns this guy to the front and take a shot. (5) DOWNUNDERMATTER comes off a decent effort, which is more than I can say about many of these. (9) PROVE UP is capable of winning in a field this bad. I wish he drew better. (2) COOL BEANS gets a driver switch to Campbell.

Race 4

(6) MC TINY’S HOPE was used hard vying for the front and paid the price. That was her first start since November and some improvement seems likely. (1) PHOTO KING picks up a catch-driver this week and can certainly be expected to do more. (2) PINSTRIPE PROMISE jumped it off before the start and lost all chance following two solid qualifiers; another chance.

Race 5

(9) APRICOT SOUR gets a chance to stretch out on the bigger track tonight and that might be just what the doctor ordered as she clearly isn’t loving life at Yonkers. (6) MOJARRA HANOVER becomes dangerous as she drops down in class, but you may be better off waiting for her to reach the basement condition. (2) CLORIS HANOVER steps up off a decent effort from post 9 and could show speed from this starting spot.

Race 6

(4) WISHIN IWAS FISHIN has been on my radar as a possible contender in recent weeks with the trainer driving. Now that Campbell is signed on to pilot, how can I not take a shot? (3) SUPER CLASSIC was dropping down but in a bad spot a week ago. He draws well this time around and could be a player if he minds his manners. (6) DILUTH lured Tetrick off of three others. (1) PHOTO MASS took a shot and tired last time; needs better trip.

Race 7

(5) EXQUISITE GLIDE has put in two solid qualifiers that should have him ready to roll in his 2016 debut. Six-year-old is no star but this field isn’t exactly loaded with top trotters. (1) ANGELS RANSOM broke in his first start for new connections over at Yonkers and returns here at the basement condition. On paper he looks like the favorite. (3) BALLARE HANOVER was a winner two starts back at this level.

Race 8

(7) INITTOWINAFORTUNE hasn’t been the same mare she was last year but it isn’t like she has been awful in her last two starts. I like the switch back to the Meadowlands and the price should be right as well. (2) NOT BEFORE EIGHT should be able to stick close to the action from the improved post this week. (8) GALLIE BYTHE BEACH was sharp in her qualifier but may need one start against a decent group.

Race 9

(4) CINCINNATI MISS is sure to be overlooked coming off three disappointing efforts and losing driver Corey Callahan to #1. That said, this field seems to lack some early speed and she was able to go down the road here back in December at this level. (10) FLYHAWK EL DURADO is the best horse in the race but is saddled with the worst post. He can overcome. (2) GREY ICE wasn’t awful last time. He could save ground and sneak into the number. (7) WORTH THE MONEY AS won against this kind two starts back.

Race 10

(4) KEYSTONE WANDA comes off two poor efforts, but that was from post eight at Yonkers following a six week gap in pari-mutuel racing. Mare made a healthy $101K last year and if you dig deep into her PP lines (2014), she had some success here at the Meadowlands. (2) MONTENEGRO can’t be as bad as last week; class drop now. (1) THE SUMMER WIND rallied nicely after taking time off; clear player. (9) LOONEY DUNE raced evenly off the bench. I might use her underneath and wait for another class drop next time.

Race 11

(5) PARIS PRINCESS N rallied well from an outside post last time and won from an inside post in her prior start at this level. If Zeron can hustle her to the front (very possible), she should sit a good trip. (8) CHARLES VII raced well when last seen here despite spending plenty of time on the rim. (2) FOREVER AS looks good if you excuse the recent break. (9) ITS HUW YOU KNOW reunites with Gingras but could face other early speed to his inside.

Race 12

(1) BULLVILLE MAGGIE had some traffic and was shut off at one point last week. Four-year-old drops down and adds Gingras; lots to like. (5) THAT WOMAN HANOVER has missed four weeks but remains very dangerous at this level. (4) MAJOR DANCER should fire off the gate and has to wake up eventually, right?

Race 13

(3) B YOYO has been relatively sharp over the last month and seems to be in a prime spot for a down the road try. (2) CASH POOR needed a short vacation following a bad effort at Yonkers. This gelding is very capable of beating this group. (8) CORSBY’S CLAM BAKE woke up in a hurry switching to the bigger track here. He has a shot again tonight but the outside post may be his undoing.

Race 14

(8) VALENTINA DE VIE comes off a string of outside post tries at Yonkers and could enjoy the switch back to The Meadowlands. (1) MATT TIN ROOF has early speed and a good post to secure position. (2) ANTY ENTITY was able to win at this condition three starts back. (6) EXOTIC BEACH is a must on the bottom of your exotics but seems to be having issues getting over the top.

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