03/30/2016 3:01PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/1 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: 134 - 465 / $768.00 (-$162.00)  BEST BETS: 19 - 35 / $73.60 (+$3.60)


Spot Play: DANISH DURANGO (6th)

Race 1

(6) SIX BAX came back to the races with a sharp win at Monticello and has the back class to make some serious noise for top amateur Krivelin. (2) BABY BOY GRIN never got involved upon arrival from Pompano  but should be more forwardly placed in this spot. (5) CUP DAY SPUR N has raced very well for Hannah Miller and deserves consideration. (8) TROTALOT has the Spagnola/Hechkoff combination in his favor.

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Race 2

(2) WAITING ON A WOMAN seems likely to get forgotten in the wagering to some extent but is very likely to be sitting the pocket behind (5) OPULENT YANKEE. I can see him pulling off the upset as he pushes past Opulent Yankee late. (7) JL CRUZE could win this race by a handful of lengths, but I haven’t seen a sharp enough qualifying effort to warrant taking a short price.

Race 3

(4) KEYSTONE THOMAS has proven himself versus amateur types time and again over the last year. (5) WINDSUN GALLIANO finally woke up last week. He picks up a more than competent amateur driver in Kleinhans tonight. (9) DETROIT RAPPER closed in but not quite fast enough last Friday. The outside post presents a problem but he is more than capable. (7) B L CLASS ACT should get into the number somewhere.

Race 4

(6) SWEET ROYALTY impressed me with a gutsy uncovered effort in his 3-year-old debut and first start since September. I’m sticking with this son of RC Royalty. (10) THE POWER OF MANY enters a new barn and adds Lasix and hobbles. She is probably going to get an easy trip in her sophomore debut, but I also wouldn’t be shocked if she stepped up. (1) MOSCONI HANOVER has qualified well enough to expect a solid showing. (8) CURFEW is fast enough to win but capable of blowing up at any moment.

Race 5

(5) K J’S CAROLINE raced okay off the bench and should prove tough given the class relief. (3) CNDIANA JONES drops down and was Zeron’s choice. (8) A AND G’S DESIGN has some form on his side.

Race 6

(2) DANISH DURANGO gets some major class relief and the switch to David Miller doesn’t hurt. (1) POUNCE HANOVER went an even comeback mile at Pocono on Tuesday and has won here in the past. (4) ALL THAT SPARKLES makes her second start since October and should improve.

Race 7

(4) OUTBURST has done most of his recent work on smaller tracks but seems to have found a good spot where he can leave and sit a trip or rally off cover. (6) ITS HUW YOU KNOW is on quite a roll and hard to ignore. (2) B YOYO is clearly a threat if he brings his best game. (7) YOU’RE MAJESTIC raced well from off the pace upon arrival; trip player.

Race 8

(9) LIGHTNING PAIGE was up in class when last seen at the Meadowlands. Her last start at Yonkers was strong and I’m expecting a big effort tonight. (5) TWICE AN ANGEL put in a steady qualifying effort in her debut for the Russo barn. There is room for improvement here. (4) ROYAL ENGAGEMENT has only missed the board twice in 2016.

Race 9

(5) NEVER EVER CLEVER is in very cheap and really should out-muscle this field. (7) COMMENTARY comes off a good race and seems to be improving. (10) NATURAL KEMP gets class relief.

Race 10

(5) CLEMENTINE DREAM has been in some bad spots of late at Yonkers. She could get aggressive tonight. (4) POSSESSED FASHION makes his second start off the bench and could be ready to show more. (9) CAN DO & (8) TWO HIP DIP are capable given the right setup from outside posts.

Race 11

This looks like one of the tougher races on the card. (8) IDEAL NUGGETS & (7) ASHOK ACE are both making their second start of the year as they embark on their careers as older mares. Either is talented enough to bring a big effort. (6) PURITY is very sharp right now.

Race 12

Here is a field lacking a standout and (1) BELL A CHICK actually had some sneaky late pace a week ago. This looks like a winning spot. (3) BAD DAY BLACK ROCK has some legitimate excuses of late and couldn’t have asked for a better field to face. (10) BROOKROAD KNIGHT raced well on the drop to this level a week ago. (8) GLORIOUS WINNER picks up Miller and could respond.

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