04/13/2016 3:20PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/15 Analysis

Email

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: 151 - 513 / $893.80 (-$132.20)  BEST BETS: 20 - 39 / $81.80 (+$3.80)

Best Bet: IMA GOLD DIGGER N (5th)

Spot Play: MEADOWBRANCH WENDY (10th)

Race 1

(8) MASSIVE CLOUT closed in steadily in his 2016 debut with the trainer in the bike. John Campbell joins the team this week and I’m hoping he’ll be a bit more aggressive. (7) SECRETCODE HANOVER is also making his second start of the year. He raced reasonably well in start one and looks like a deserving favorite. (6) MIKKELI HANOVER comes off a good qualifying line on paper, but he really should have won.

[DRF HARNESS NEWSLETTER: Sign Up for the NEW FREE DRF Harness Newsletter. Fresh content and insights delivered each Friday.]

Race 2

(1) SHEER FLEX gets a good post to work with this week after a couple of outside posts. This is not necessarily an easy field, but he can stay close and pounce or brush early and hold on. (6) YOU’RE MAJESTIC flashed speed at both ends of the mile last week. Mare has some ability. (3) ROYAL BECCA J will be gunning off the gate and should last for a spot in the exotics. (2) MR LOVER is certainly in a winnable spot and only needs a clear path late to set him up.

Race 3

(4) TWICE AN ANGEL has been facing some sharp foes in her first two start of the year. Now she catches a group were the logical contenders are all making their first starts of 2016. This could be her week. (1) MISS ME ONTHEBEACH didn’t stand out in her most recent morning workout, but she did sprint home nicely and lured Campbell to the team. (3) ROCK MY GIRL chased a quality filly in her qualifier; Campbell chose #1. (5) IVY LEAGUE kept up nicely through fast fractions in her lone qualifier, but she really should have won. I fear she’ll be over-bet due to the Takter angle.

Race 4

(3) WINDSUN GALLIANO comes off a throw-out effort. This looks like a soft group where he can make some noise. (1) FEISTY LOVE closed well with Marohn in the bike last week. (4) MAGGLIO is capable given the right trip and I can see a speed battle developing to set him up.

Race 5

(1) IMA GOLD DIGGER N dealt with some stretch traffic while in a pretty quick mile a week ago. He draws well in a field without any standouts and should prove tough. (5) WINDSONG ILLUSION returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and gets a new set of hands at the controls. (8) PANITE has been closing well. Can Campbell keep him close enough to menace?

Race 6

(7) JL CRUZE hasn’t missed a beat in his first two starts of the year and should continue to roll for now. (4) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE broke while leaving last week. Considering the miscue, he could provide some value in the exacta. (3) OPULENT YANKEE will be leaving and should sit a decent trip; using underneath. (6) SHAKE IT CERRY didn’t show me enough in her qualifier. I think she needs a start.

Race 7

(2) SHEEZA SHARK N charged home to win a race she probably shouldn’t have won in her U.S. debut. My only concern with her is that Miller may get aggressive off that win and how she will race in front is an unknown. (6) NOT BEFORE EIGHT is in good form for a top barn. (3) THE SUMMER WIND has some class and is sharp. (7) ANISTON SEELSTER ships down from Canada for trainer Ron Burke.

Race 8

(5) MC TINY’S HOPE has been facing better foes of late and should show early speed and flex his muscles in this spot. (2) NATURAL KEMP is racing better of late; capable. (7) THE FRANCHISE makes his third start for this barn and is certainly eligible to improve. He hasn’t raced on the big track since 2013, so who knows how he’ll handle it.

Race 9

(9) ZOOMING was in against a tougher group at Philly last time. Although he was assigned the worst post tonight, he can overcome. (6) ROCK OF CASHEL seems like a horse that is better suited on a big track, so I’m not holding those lackluster Yonkers races against him. (2) OUTBURST drops back down to the level of his last win, but this group looks tougher than the field he beat that night.

Race 10

I was confused on paper by Brett Miller’s decision to choose (7) MEADOWBRANCH WENDY. She raced okay in her 2016 debut at the Meadowlands but had a bit of a hitch in her gate. Last out she was actually sent to the front and broke just before clearing. My gut (and the 1:53 3/5 win from last year) tells me she is going to put up a big mile soon. (4) LUCKY MASS scored at first asking for the new connections. (2) STITCH IN TIME drops down off a good effort.

Race 11

I’m not thrilled with any of these mares. (1) BALLINEEN double-drops in class and should improve. (6) DEUCES FOR CHARITY has some excuses in her last two starts; She seems capable. (5) MISS DEFIANCE is a fairly honest sort.

Race 12

(3) FASHION ROCKER displayed some signs of life last out and could be ready to get off the schneid in 2016. (5) GIMMESOMEROOM beat some of these in her most recent start and deserves respect off that win. (8) ROYAL ENGAGEMENT has the early speed to get involved. (4) M A JACKIE closed well last time.

[DRF HARNESS LIVE: Real-time insights from the DRF Harness team this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.]