02/17/2016 4:52PM

Meadowlands: Friday 2/19 Analysis


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Best Bet: LAUDERDALE (8th)

Spot Play: APRICOT SOUR (7th)

Race 1

(10) PINK PISTOL came right out of the box ready for action and devoured this type with ease from a better spot. Cantab Hall-sired sophomore is a more confident horse to wager on without hobbles and has enough tactical speed to get involved. (1) CURFEW is likely to be well supported at the windows considering the move inside following a second place finish to the choice last week. This 4-year-old will have to prove he's better. (2) ROSE RUN QUICKLEY is one-for-34 lifetime but does find a way to reach the board with regularity.

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Race 2

(7) FLYHAWK EL DURADO has a history of racing against much better company than he drops in with here. New York-bred veteran can be excused for his recent form and should find this level more to his liking. (3) WORTH THE MONEY AS gets both post and class relief but does truly appear to be a one-run type and will need everything to go perfectly. (9) MONEY ON MY MIND has enough speed to overcome the draw but needs to step it up a bit during crunch time.

Race 3

(7) SWEET TIME has been incredibly victimized since shipping in with a string of inoperable posts. This rugged mare has made the best of the bad situation working out smaller checks. With minimal inside speed this week looks like an opportune time to leave the gate. (5) MOJARRA HANOVER has done some of her best racing at the Meadowlands and especially when dropped to this level. Expect Sheehan to get her involved in the early stages. (2) TWIN B ELITE has a good deal of class and must be considered an option when in this cheap.

Race 4

(1) HOT START had the makings of a stakes horse at 2 and 3 but never quite reached an elite level. Now at 4 she appears ready to turn the corner with an inside draw and a field lacking in much substance. (10) JUST FOR A VICTORY may be up against it from the outside but is one of few in this field that has early speed. (4) BAD DAY BLACK ROCK hails from a stable that usually knows when to ship a trotter in.

Race 5

(4) CAPTAIN PRIMEAU shows nothing on paper that would indicate he's ready to win. With that said his 36 career victories didn't come by accident. This veteran performer is more than capable and may just need to get involved early to secure number 37. (6) MONTALBANO BI hasn't looked that good being taken from off the pace and may be in for a change in tactics tonight. (1) DULUTH is certainly placed to earn a share.

Race 6

(9) AXIOS is clearly a horse with plenty of talent if he can only overcome his breaking issues. That said; post ten may offer him a chance not to leave hard and hope that others in the field can escalate the early pace. Without making a break he could have the potential to circle these if given the chance. (1) MAGENTA MAN has done nothing wrong this meet while slowly working his way up the ladder. (2) CELEBRITY PEGASUS has won three of his last four races at this level and certainly must be considered.

Race 7

(9) APRICOT SOUR looked to be the victim of a bad set of circumstances at the start of her Meadowlands debut going offstride and eventually pulling up with broken equipment. She showed plenty of speed and grit in her previous effort at Yonkers and appears to have more than enough talent to take down this crew. (2) VICTORIA MAY N had a hint of pace upon finding room in early stretch last time. Import drops a notch and can do some damage. (7) CAVIART SHELLY had no luck in her local return but may improve with the drop.

Race 8

(1) LAUDERDALE was sent wide into the turn leaving last time and eventually got the worst of it as driver Callahan accepted his fate and took the parked-the-mile journey. That effort has earned him a drop in class and an inside draw won't hurt matters any. (6) MODEST PRINCE should be expected to be tighter the second time around. (8) UP FRONT BILLY returns to a more manageable level.

Race 9

(1) ROCK OF CASHEL exploded when moved to the outside to win impressively in his return to the big track. Though appearing to be outclassed on paper this is quite a formidable horse that may be able to shine again despite the step up. (9) OPULENT YANKEE may find a bit more resistance in attempting to reach the front this time around. His last was a cakewalk. (7) UVA HANOVER can go with these whether from on or off the pace.

Race 10

(4) MC TINYS HOPE appears to be rounding into form with Simons setting the pace in the last two starts. This veteran has had some success over this track and may be coming up to a big effort. (6) DIVINATION probably needed a start over the track to get acclimated to the change in speed and may benefit from the experience. (7) MACKS GOLD BAND though technically entered in the same class he appears to be dropping significantly with this crew.

Race 11

(1) DOBRE POVEDANE appears to be taking her time working into shape but the preps should end with this situation. Daughter of Well Said did hold her ground respectably against a tougher field than this and now needs to step up. (10) BODACIOUS had a rather long journey around the track racing three and four wide through the final turn before trying to kick home into a quick quarter. With that start it may be time for her to get serious early here. (2) HAPPINESS appears to be the type of filly that needs everything to go right; that could happen here.

Race 12

(2) ANGELS RANSOM got outkicked by the horse he gave a perfect trip to last week. This 5-year-old had been in the open last year and now finds himself at the bottom ready to work back up the ladder. (3) IM NOT VANILLA returns to Tetrick in the bike and that combination worked very well two starts back. (9) BELL A CHICK was most impressive coming from far back to circle a slightly cheaper division last week. Post is a drawback but there is clearly ability here.

Race 13

(7) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE needs to get aggressive early in the mile against this crew. Hard-hitting mare was successful with a big speed trip on the engine in January. (5) LIGHTNING PAIGE is another from the Elliott stable that likely may be in need of more seasoning. (8) CAMPANILE finished briskly in last but draws a tough assignment here.

Race 14

(3) ARMBRO DAVID didn't fade badly after an overly aggressive drive last week. Oldtimer has come back strongly and just needs to work out a less stressful journey. (7) EIGHT TEN EOM is a hard-hitting type at this level that should be respected. (8) YOU BET YOUR GLASS showed some of that old class rallying past this type in last. Whether he has the legs to cut a mile remains to be seen.

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