02/19/2014 5:27PM

Meadowlands: Friday 2/21 Analysis


Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 24 - 76 / $171.00   BEST BETS: 2 - 6 / $6.80



Race 1

(5) MYPLACEONTHEBEACH makes her sophomore debut for Takter off a solid qualifier. Nicely-bred filly hails from the same immediate family as Rock N Roll Heaven. (4) ALWAYS ON A ROLL has been well-supported at the windows in each of her local starts and has yet to find the winner's circle this season. Four-year-old should be in striking position. (10) HANDSOFFMYCREAMPUF defeated a similar group in last but is saddled with a tough spot.

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Race 2

(4) CORAGGIOSO made a couple of costly breaks in his third start back. Veteran has never been known to have a breaking problem so hopefully he's back on track this week. (7) TWIN B SPIKE MAN has shown versatility and consistency this meet and is dangerous even with the outside draw. (1) SMOOTHER RIDE steps up off an easy victory wearing hopples.

Race 3

(2) BUFFALINO HANOVER ships in after a pair of tighteners at The Meadows. Six-year-old appears to be on the comeback trail and draws into a weak group. (3) LINDY MCDREAMY has had limited opportunity at Yonkers racing from outside posts. (9) CHECKNYOUOUT somehow managed to turn a pocket trip at the added distance into an adventure last week for driver Mike Simons. Hopefully he'll keep his cool tonight.

Race 4

(7) LANCO EXPRESS actually held her ground pretty well despite a tough trip in her local debut. Five-year-old faces a blank field and may be some value. (9) RACHEL CUHENO gets a major driver switch to Gingras and may come to life. (5) N Y YANKEES came up short in her first start in four weeks; improvement is expected.

Race 5

(10) P TS BOOMERANG hails from a solid trotting stable. Six-year-old mare has raced well over this surface. (2) HELIOS finds a much better spot to assert his one-run style from. (9) MAGGLIO takes a very important drop in company and can't be eliminated despite the outside draw.

Race 6

(3) LIGHTNING PAIGE returns to a much more comfortable level after some difficult trips. (7) JUSTATEQUILATALKIN tweeted that they were in too tough last week and the guess is that the racing secretary read it. Five-year-old drops a big notch off a fourth place finish. (6) ARIA J looked a little lazy on the front end for Tetrick but responded when necessary. Four-year-old appears ready for a bounce back season.

Race 7

(7) FIRSTCLASSPRINCESS has had the necessary tighteners for Smedshammer and should be ready to take off the training wheels tonight. (3) WHATA DONATO takes a rather large step up in class off a powerful score last week. (1) BANKER VOLO may try to tackle these going down the road with the big driver switch to Callahan.

Race 8

(1) LEAVEMLADY showed some ability racing at Yonkers for Andrew Harris. Four-year-old makes her Meadowlands debut from a good spot. (6) MARINADE HANOVER was handled a bit more carefully after making a wild break in the previous outing. Tetrick may have more confidence in her now. (4) HANDSOFFMYCUPCAKE has been chasing better company and can take all with the right trip.

Race 9

(4) BROOKROAD KNIGHT couldn't get into the hunt last week. Five-year-old has been hinting at a return to form and the drop in class may be all that's needed to get him back in the winner's circle. (3) MARCUS BI showed sharp trot finishing upon moving up to this level and must be respected on back class. (1) FLASHBACKS was a bit overmatched in his local debut. Five-year-old drops and draws inside.

Race 10

(4) CHARLOTTES MAGGIE has the early speed necessary to carve out position in this extended event.  (7) NUTMEGS DESIRE is another with solid early foot that may be more interested in a trip after faltering on the engine. (1) DRUNK AND DRAMATIC picks up Tetrick and lands inside after facing somewhat tougher at Yonkers.

Race 11

(2) ABROKENHEART HANOVER has missed a month since her first start of the year but this five-year-old lands a good spot and drops to a level she can dominate. (8) SHOOTOUTTHELIGHTS is going to have to improve off disappointing miles at Yonkers but is in live hands. (6) ENVIOUS HANOVER will probably try to hold on to cover a little longer this week.

Race 12

(5) SKYLINE ROAD has had some breaking problems this year but hopefully those have been resolved as he drops to the basement. (9) EAGLE SAY found herself facing just mares last time at this level. Seven-year-old retains Tetrick and that is a good sign. (10) HURRIKANEBIGGEORGE showed some trot finishing in his first start off a layoff. Veteran has some class and can overcome the outside.

Race 13

(5) SMOKE PAN MIRRORS will most definitely enjoy the drop to this level. Rugged veteran is in good position. (2) UP FRONT CRUISER has been knocking on the door at this level. (9) SWEET BET showed some pace finishing in her local return and may look to leave at a price.


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