04/15/2015 3:41PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/17 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: 157 - 596 / $842.50  BEST BETS: 20 - 49 / $74.90

Best Bet: TAG UP AND GO (11th)

Spot Play: TIGERS TOO GOOD (9th)

Race 1

It is worth noting that the track had a strong speed bias last weekend. It is worth keeping an eye on this Friday.

This amateur event shapes up as wide-open and almost any of the nine could score. (9) AND HEEZ PERFECT went a bit too quickly early at Philly last time. There should be a quick pace in here and I can see this guy coming hard late at a decent price. (7) MR RIDGETAKER almost lasted the distance despite looking like he could break at any moment two weeks ago. If trainer McDermott has him straightened out, this one will be tough. (8) JACKS TO OPEN bested the former last time; threat. (5) PICTURE PERFECT fits nicely with this group and hails from a good barn.

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Race 2

(8) WHOM SHALL I FEAR is a full brother to Father Patrick, so the bloodlines are solid. His qualifier was good and in a field full of potential breakers he figures to be close to the pace despite the outside post. (2) DANISH DURANGO could have qualified better, but we’ve seen this barn improve horses by leaps and bounds off a soft morning effort. (3) MADMAN HALL trotted home willingly in his first start of the year. (5) STARZINNER was better than the line looks in his most recent qualifier; using.

Race 3

(9) CASANOVA LINDY was a solid second last time. As long as driver Hannah Miller fires this gelding off the gate to at least get position, he should be the one to beat. (6) GLOBAL POWER seems to be moving in the right direction and should offer fair value. (8) MAJESTIC GINGER was super while sweeping the field back on March 20, but blew up last time; risky but capable.

Race 4

(3) LADY WINONA rolled down the road while completely on her own in her lone qualifier. Credit Winner filly could finally be ready to live up to her $155,000 Harrisburg price tag. (10) JEWELS IN HOCK has displayed flashes of clear ability yet could not get her act together in January. Now she returns for new trainer Linda Toscano and qualified well; worth some thought. (1) BLK THAI OPTIONAL raced evenly in her career debut and can build on that effort. (7) MARION MILLIONAIR comes off a win but finds herself in deeper waters now.

Race 5

(4) JANIE BAY should get away in closer attendance from the better post this week. It also helps that he goes from a field of sharp horses to a more questionable group. (5) SIR LEHIGH Z TAM finds the perfect spot to fire off the gate. If Smith gets aggressively this mare could prove very tough. (1) CANDY STYX N would figure to try to flash early speed in this spot; using underneath. (6) SMOKIN N GRININ adds Gingras and could easily wake up.

Race 6

(7) WIND OF THE NORTH wired the field in this class last week and faces a very similar group once again. No reason to believe he won’t fire down the road once again. (5) HANDOVER BELLE perked up against lesser a week ago. At least you know the price will be right with Gingras opting elsewhere. (1) MASTER OF LAW & (1A) LINDY’S TRU GRIT form a capable entry; exacta must.

Race 7

There are quite a few options in this race. (5) THAT WOMAN HANOVER picks up a more accomplished pilot this week after a good tightening mile with the trainer in the bike. This gal has some ability and should be able to show more in her second start. (3) COFFEE ADDICT was beaten up by some better foes at Yonkers in the Blue Chip and now tries the big track with Gingras in the bike. (8) PAN LUIS OBISPO is clearly the sharpest horse in the race; post could hurt. (2) CLORIS HANOVER drops down but usually needs a clean trip.

Race 8

(4) B L CLASS ACT has been chasing the speedy Pounce Hanover of late and now catches a duller group. I’m expecting Campbell to get aggressive with this veteran. (6) HOME TURF has raced well for Gingras; another with early speed. (1) ALL ABOUT JUSTICE should stay close from the inside post and have a chance. (3) MY MUSCLEMAN is back at the Meadowlands at a reduced level. You toss the start from the outside post at Saratoga and the break in the prior start. He has some excuses.

Race 9

(2) TIGER’S TOO GOOD took four months off and was greeted with two outside posts. His second effort was better than his 2015 debut and I can see a big step forward coming with this huge post advantage over his main competition. (9) STITCH IN TIME has posted back to back wins and only has the outside draw standing in his way. (8) POUNCE HANOVER is fast off the gate and on a winning streak of his own, but he is facing tougher this week. (6) SCORCHER HALL righted the ship with the hobbles added last time. (7) LAUDERDALE gets plenty of class relief. Will that help?

Race 10

(4) WICKER HANOVER was an easy winner while completely on his own in his qualifier. While he stands out for me in this field, I caution that he is facing some older foes and is by no means a lock. I always seem to be surprised when (10) FERRAGAMO wins. Credit Brett Miller for a good drive last time. (3) ENTRANCED was Callahan’s call over a few others, which surprised me. Maybe he knows something I don’t.

Race 11

(5) TAG UP AND GO fired off the gate and was a good second behind a horse that moved up to the Open level this week. Staying in the same class, this is his race to lose. (3) TWIN B SPIKE MAN is capable with the right trip and the switch to Campbell could help. (4) SWEET JUSTICE was hung out last time. I’m not going to hold that against him.

Race 12

(4) BROOKLYNS BEST kept up with the field while not showing much in his last start, just his second race since December. He drops to the basement claiming level and could awaken. (1) EVERYMILEAMEMORY has won consecutive starts since the purchase by owner/driver Nick Surick. My main concern here is that she is 9 and her lifetime mark is over a half-mile track. (6) MCNICKELS MCDIMES is somewhat tempting because she shows reasonable lines over the track, but she also lacks mile track success.

Race 13

(10) DREAM ROCKER went a nice mile the last time Gingras jumped in the bike. Post 10 doesn’t help, but this guy can fire off the gate and take this dull field down the road. (1) FALCOR BLUESTONE should be handled with vigor from the inside post and have every chance to win. (5) PT’S BOOMERANG is a steady sort; not impossible. (3) CIAO BELA looks okay if you toss the break last time.

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