02/25/2015 5:55PM

Meadowlands: Friday 2/27 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 109 - 435 / $614.10  BEST BETS: 13 - 36 / $48.60

Best Bet: CASHAHALLIC (1st)

Spot Play: PRECIOUS ROSE N (7th)

Race 1

(1) CASHAHALLIC only appears to be taking a small drop in class but really hasn't been in this light since he brushed and crushed on January 16 in a career best 1:54. I'd expect similar tactics on Friday. (6) EVIL URGES has the class to wake up at this reduced level. (7) PROVE UP has been closing well; needs pace help.

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Race 2

(5) DELICIOUSLYNAUGHTY has four wins at the Meadowlands since the start of 2015 and seems to prefer the bigger track. (4) CAVIART SHELLY can't seem to get over the top but is usually good for an exotics spot. (2) THE SUMMER WIND came up flat versus a runaway winner last time. This mare is capable of stepping up at any time.

Race 3

(2) AGGRESSIVE broke in his first start stateside and closed from ninth for a check at Yonkers last time. Nikolas Drennan charge hasn't shown his best yet but gets every opportunity tonight. (7) CANDY STASH raced well for second a week ago and could be tough with a clean trip. (5) CASH FOR GOLD won a division of the General Brock at Woodbine two starts back and seems like a possible fit.

Race 4

(2) OUTBURST made over $250K in his first two years of racing, but some could argue he hasn't lived up to his ability level.  His return qualifiers were good enough to think he can pull off the minor upset. (3) SCORCHER HALL should prove tough to beat if he elects to stay trotting. (1) WINDELL WINKIE is clearly at a winning level; must use. (5) CLEMENTINE DREAM drops down and merits consideration.

Race 5

(5) MAJESTIC STONE changed tactics last time and went nowhere fast. I'm hoping a trip near the engine is in the cards. (6) CHOCOHOLIC has early speed and in this questionable field that makes her dangerous. (1) WHATNBLAZES should save ground from the cones and grab a share.

Race 6

(9) DW'S NY YANK is clearly versatile enough to overcome the outside draw. Classy Ron Burke trainee qualified back nicely and doesn't exactly face the best Open field. (7) MELADY'S MONET seems like a clear player if healthy. He was flat last time and is coming off a scratched-sick line. (8) ODDS ON AMETHYST has speed and form, but is always a risk to break.

Race 7

(5) PRECIOUS ROSE N returns from Yonkers in a rather sweet spot. Veteran pacing mare knows her way to the winner's circle here. (3) TREVOR'S BEBE drops down a notch; very dangerous. (10) BEACH GRANNY raced okay last time in her first start since November. The price should be right to take a shot from post 10. (4) ROCK N LOAD is another class-dropper; maybe.

Race 8

(5) IL MAGO qualified back nicely after a six week break from the action. Six-year-old has plenty of back class and is as good as any in this talented mid-level trotting field. (2) TAKE A PICTURE gets some much needed class relief and could finally awaken from his 2015 slumber. (10) UPFRONT BILLY took care of business last week versus much weaker competition, but sometimes all a horse needs is some confidence to get him rolling. (3) MONEY ON MY MIND has early speed for a top barn; using underneath.

Race 9

(4) SIR LEHIGH Z TAM appears to have dull form, but I can put a line through many of her recent past performances and simply ignore them. This is the type of spot where I'd expect a big effort. (6) WIKEDWITCHOTHEWEST has early speed and could be alone on the lead. (3) AMERICANAUTOMATION lured Zeron off another foe who looked better in my book; interesting.

Race 10

There are a bunch of ways you can go in here. I'll take a shot with (4) NORTHERN MATADOR, who rallied off cover last time and should be in a prime position second- or third-over behind a contested pace. (2) CASANOVA LINDY has yet to miss the board in 2015 but was claimed by a barn that can't buy a good performance lately; tough call. (9) FOX VALLEY LEGEND stormed home between foes and now finds himself in a new barn. I'd back him again with Marohn driving, but I'd like Tetrick to have a start with him before I jump in with both feet. (7) POCKET PASSER is clearly sharp enough to win.

Race 11

(7) CHARISMA HANOVER qualified back in good order and lucks out into a rather weak Open Handicap field. (1) INITTOWINAFORTUNE might be over her head, yet she seems sharp enough to have a shot. (8) ICOMMANDMYSPIRIT returns to the Meadowlands in fine form; using.

Race 12

(3) LAUDERDALE comes off a confidence-building win and can take another. (4) DEWYCOLORINTHELINE stayed flat with hobbles added. Schnittker-trained horse has some class. (8) WINDING HILL has early speed and could be a player if left alone to do his thing.

Race 13

(4) LINDY MCDREAMY took plenty of air and tired last time. Pierce seemed to get along with him to some extent and perhaps they'll get a smoother trip this time. (7) MR FENWICK has early zip and adds Gingras. (2) LEXIS AMIGO would be the one to beat if we knew he would mind his manners. (3) PRIMETIME JERRY looks playable if you ignore the recent break.

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