03/18/2015 5:31PM

Meadowlands: Friday 3/20 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: 129 - 497 / $708.00  BEST BETS: 17 - 41 / $65.40

Best Bet: MODEST PRINCE (8th)

Spot Play: BIG BANG HANOVER (1st)

Race 1

(8) BIG BANG HANOVER comes off a solid second behind a much-the-best winner in his first start since August. Any small step forward makes him the one to beat. (4) STONEHAM has a lifetime mark of 2:04 1/5 but still could be bet off the board in his debut for Burke/Gingras; huge underlay? (2) MUSCULARITY could be a player if ever able to stay trotting in a pari-mutuel race.

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Race 2

(1) GLOBAL POWER clearly needed the start coming north from Pompano in Florida. This field severely lacks form and this gelding should be close to the action for capable amateur driver Mitchell Walker. (5) KEYSTONE WALLACE has been a solid check-getter of late here. (3) PERMANENT JOY could blow this field away if he was on his game. Maybe he wakes up? (2) HOMER JAY comes off a decent mile and looks playable underneath in the exotics. (8) MAJESTIC GINGER is more than fast enough to win if he can somehow stay trotting.

Race 3

(5) BLACK MAGIC EYES is clearly in good form and seems versatile enough to show early speed in a field lacking that quality. (6) DREAM'S BAR comes off a good effort and lured David Miller off (1) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE, who won by seven-plus lengths last time.

Race 4

(4) HELLO MY DREAM is facing easier company this week and could have the opportunity to cut a soft pace. (3) SUMMER SNOW only needs a smooth trip to have a shot at the top prize. (7) PAN LUIS OBISPO sprinted home from the back last week; needs a live flow. (2) HOT LIST tries the big track for Burke.

Race 5

(2) WALLTOCOUSINS couldn't have asked for a much better spot. Veteran gelding should come out no worse than second and sit in prime position. (4) CAVEAT EMPTOR drops into the basement condition and really has no excuses. (8) STARSABOVEALLERAGE is another moving down in class that should show more. (3) DONATO'S WISH moves into a new barn that is having a good meet.             

Race 6

(2) WIND OF THE NORTH showed early speed and raced even in the stretch a week ago. He'll need to pick up his game to best the obvious chalk (7) MELADY'S MONET, but at least the price will be right. The latter has won two straight and does seem to mind a tough trip. (6) MASTER OF LAW is hard to leave off your tickets.

Race 7

(1) SCANDALICIOUS raced very well while challenging for the lead last Friday. Four-year-old mare was making her first start in three months and should be tighter now. (5) SOUTHWIND SERENITY displayed clear improvement last time. (2) ADDYS WAY beat the top two a week ago and would be no shock once again. (8) INITTOWINAFORTUNE drops out of the Open and into a much better spot.

Race 8

(3) MODEST PRINCE came back from a six week vacation and wound up over his head against open company. Linda Toscano charge drops down a notch and should take care of business easily enough. (2) TEAM SIX was a decent second versus a fellow class-dropper last time; threat on best. (4) LAUDERDALE has early speed and should get a nice share. (1) MY MUSCLEMAN is another I'm using underneath in my exotics.

Race 9

(2) BALLINEEN closed well from an impossible spot in this class last time. She draws much better this week and was Zeron's choice. (4) BELLA BEA comes over from Yonkers where he had no shot from outside posts. Don't be surprised if he perks up. (3) BROWNSVILLE BOMBER drops down in search of form and might just find it. (6) MOJARRA HANOVER has proven more than capable of bringing a big mile when in cheap.

Race 10

(1) FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE drops back down to the level of his last win and deserves the call. (2) CASHAHALLIC follows the same pattern as the top choice and might offer more value of the two with Smith in the bike. (5) CHINESE CUISINE should flash speed and last for an exotics reward. (10) SWEET JUSTICE is capable of destroying this group and did lure David Miller off my top choice. I'll respect his chances and use on some multi-race tickets. (4) LUKAS HALL is a moment away from a break at any time and this tougher field could stress him into a miscue.

Race 11

(5) CASH FOR GOLD continues to close well and may just be in line for a cover trip at big odds from this post. Or maybe he shows speed and gets involved that way. Either way, he has an outside shot if the favorite has road trouble. (1) OPULENT YANKEE should pushy away from the cones and make a brush to the front; major player. (2A) JL CRUZE is a lock to make the final and gets stuck in post 10. Is he just so much better that he wins regardless of trip? Does he get an easy mile in order to wait for the final? I have enough questions to pass on him at 2-5.

Race 12

(3) FALCOR BLUESTONE has been racing better than his lines show since joining the Harmon barn. Amateur driver Roy Marohn has already shown he knows what he is doing on the track. (5) POUNCE HANOVER comes off a win and has an aggressive driver in the bike. (7) CASANOVA LINDY couldn't be in much better form and rates a huge chance. (2) CURRENT CRISIS has been racing just okay of late, but has one of the top amateur drivers behind the lines.

Race 13

(5) TOP BRAND drops down again after a poor effort due to a tough trip. I'm going to give this gal one more shot. (8) ALWAYS AS FAST raced better than it looks when last here and comes off a confidence-building win at Saratoga. (1) CRAZY ON YOU gets post and class relief. (7) JANIE BAY was flat after missing a few weeks and word has it some equipment changes are coming. (11) BEACH GRANNY moves from the far outside to the second tier. Maybe

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