04/16/2014 3:26PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/18 Analysis


Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 111 - 409 / $639.00    BEST BETS: 15 - 33 / $46.80


Spot Play: NIKITES (3rd)

Race 1

(3) BACK N THE SLAMMER added hobbles and won easily. Perhaps this 3-year-old first-time starter is ready to score at first asking. (5) GLOWNGOLD has shown ability at times and this isn’t exactly a scary group of trotters. (9) ATTAINABLE qualified in good order at Pocono. No reason to believe he won’t be ready.

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Race 2

(2) INVESTOR VOLO got going too late and just missed last week. As long as he minds his manners he should have a big say in the outcome. (8) DOT DOT DOT DASH has proven herself here already but hasn’t started in a month. I have mixed feelings but have to include her underneath. (5) ACADIA AS bested my top pick with a perfect trip last time. (4) O NARUTAC PERFETTO stayed flat last time; not impossible.

Race 3

(2) NIKITES put in a good mile in her first start since last July. With that start under her belt, I’d expect a big effort tonight. (8) BREATHTAKING qualified well and seems to be moving in the right direction for new trainer Noel Daley. (4) EVIL FIGHT comes in from Dover with four wins in five career starts.

Race 4

(3) BLUEBIRD KIDSQUEEN has been in form all year and now finally draws a good post. This is a spot where she should take advantage. (4) LOLA DE VIE is clearly trending upward; must use. (8) DASH FOR THE CASH broke last time at Yonkers, but was facing better previously. Note that he posted a 1:54 4/5 win here last year. (1) CAPTAIN PRIMEAU has been racing pretty well.

Race 5

(5) WHEELS dropped to this level but had too much work to do from post 10. He should have every chance to get the job done on Friday. (3) DON’T KNOW CHIP has a big late kick and finds the right spot to make it pay off. (2) MARCH AWARENESS is back at the Meadowlands. He looks like a fit with this group.

Race 6

(2) MARINADE HANOVER gets some major class relief as she returns to the level of her last victory. (1) MACHAROUNDTHECLOCK raced well upon arrival from post nine; draws better tonight. (3) LEAVEUMLADY was used early the last time she raced here. New trainer Ron Burke was hot last weekend.

Race 7

(1) UNDERCOVER STRIKE was driven very conservatively in his first start of the year. He is cozily classified as a B-2 and really should take charge versus this group. (4) TIGERS TOO GOOD is in career form and just might be able to handle the class rise. (2) HIGH BRIDGE qualified back well and has ability. (9) REAL BABE is too risky in this spot. If she leaves and minds her manners, she’ll have a say. (7) NF HAPPENSTANCE has been overlooked in the wagering to some extend and paid nice dividends; capable.

Race 8

(9) UF DRAGONS QUEEN made the front last week only to wind up shuffled back to fourth on the rail. That start was against a far superior group. My only question is why David Miller opted off for (6) PARDON, who drops down to an easier level and has early speed. (3) BAD GIRL VEGAS finally gets a good post to work with.

Race 9

(8) ZUPPA INGLESE lost to a very sharp foe most recently. This 4-year-old mare is sitting on a big race. (4) VIPER BLUE CHIP returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level. (3) MAGGLIO has likely been waiting for the week I pick against him to step up.

Race 10

(4) UPFRONTWHOSURLADY is one of many ho-hum mares signed on this event. She has been racing well enough to get checks lately and might step up at a price. (1) SHAWNEE DANCER flashed some late life last time. (6) DELICIOUSLYNAUGHTY could be a threat if sent to the front.

Race 11

(4) SWINGING BEAUTY was in a bad spot last time. I can see her coming up with a big effort out of nowhere in this rather evenly-matched group. (8) LORRIE PLEASE will be sent to the front and certainly faces the easiest group she has seen in a while. (3) MAJOR LOOK comes off a solid score; loses Callahan.

Race 12

(6) ALL ABOUT JUSTICE chased some good ones in his return qualifier. That should have him tight for this race. Veteran trotter should be able to handle this group. (2) KINGS CAVALIER should be close to the pace and adds Corey Callahan. (4) HASTY PROFFITT gets a better post to work with tonight. (7) MERITED VICTORY could be tough with a smooth trip.

Race 13

This is one formless bunch. (6) SEA CRUISE HANOVER hails from a barn that tends to send them ready when well classified. (1) SADIES PLACE adds John Campbell. (2) SAM SWIFTY will be driven by Pat Lachance, who is driving earlier on the card, heading to Yonkers, and then returning to drive this mare. If he is going to all that trouble, perhaps she’ll race well.


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