04/20/2016 2:52PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/22 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: 158 - 537 / $928.40 (-$145.60)  BEST BETS: 20 - 41 / $81.80 (-$.20)

Best Bet: MC TINY’S HOPE (10th)

Spot Play: SHAKE IT CERRY (6th)

Race 1

(2) CUP DAY SPUR N raced well last out, but just isn’t as good a horse as B L Class Act. Tonight he finds himself in a perfect spot and should be sitting close to the action. (5) MICHAEL’S WILD BOY has displayed the ability to gun down the road at times. Can Ehrenberg fire him up early? (7) FEISTY LOVE should be closing for at least a share; more if the pace is hot.

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Race 2

(1) SODERBERG & (1A) HONOR ABOVE ALL form a powerful entry for trainer Jimmy Takter. Both are coming off solid qualifiers and look imposing in their 2016 debuts. (7) FREE WILLY HANOVER raced gamely in his latest qualifier; you can’t teach heart. (5) NEW SHERIFF N TOWN also won his qualifier but was tiring late.

Race 3

(3) TROTALOT broke in his last try here but figures to be firing off the gate if there are no miscues. (6) I’M FABULOUS has been racing well and gets one of the better amateurs this week. (2) DOC SIMON’S DREAM is certainly well spotted this week and driver Marshall IV has been hot.

Race 4

(1) PROMISE DELIVERED is a bit of an unknown in that he qualified at Southern Oaks Training Center, but you have to be impressed with the 1:54 4/5 clocking. He did keep up in some good miles at Lexington last Fall, so at least you know he has a hint of ability. (8) MIKKELI HANOVER must be a decent colt because Gingras came to The Meadowlands to drive this guy before heading to Yonkers; more this week? (7) SECRETCODE HANOVER looks okay if you toss the recent break. (6) MUSCLES ON FIRE won his career debut easily enough; can’t completely toss him.

Race 5

(6) STORM POINT raced well to be second in her 2016 debut behind a nice-looking Down Under import. A small step forward tonight should make her tough. (2) ANISTON SEELSTER wasn’t as bad as the last place finish would have you believe in her first start down from Canada for trainer Ron Burke; Gingras drives this week. (9) DELIGHTFUL DRAGON exits stakes action at Yonkers and may enjoy the change of scenery. (8) NOT BEFORE EIGHT won against this type two starts back, though that field may have been slightly easier.

Race 6

(4) SHAKE IT CERRY raced much better than I thought last week after just one qualifier. Multi-millionaire should be ready for a top effort. (3) BEE A MAGICIAN has looked super in the mornings but seems highly unlikely to show speed in her 2016 debut. If by some chance Sears can work out a cover trip, she’s likely a winner. (6) CREATINE came up second best behind the latter a week ago and should improve off that mile.

Race 7

(3) FASHION CREDITOR raced evenly from off the pace against a strong group last week. Now in his second start off a five month break in action, he should be ready to show more. (5) IN NOMINE PATRI has some form on his side and this barn has been going good lately. He could sneak into the number at a healthy price. (9) YOU’RE MAJESTIC had every chance last time out, but she should show speed and have a good shot once again.

Race 8

(6) B YOYO has found his form in recent starts and has proven that he can step up to even the top level when he is on his game. (5) ROCK OF CASHEL was out-kicked by the top choice last week but looms a serious threat. (4) RULES OF THE ROAD is capable of going a big mile on the engine and might be primed to do so in her second start off the bench.

Race 9

(5) B L CLASS ACT raced very well in amateur action a week ago and seems to be in a winnable spot where he out-drew his main competition. (8) COMMENATRY was sharp in his first start for the Harmon barn and deserves respect now. (9) SWEET JUSTICE is always dangerous when down in class; must consider. (7) MEADOWBRANCH WENDY finished with trot last time.

Race 10

(2) MC TINY’S HOPE was my top pick last week versus better and wound up an even third. Now he drops to the basement condition and has no excuses. (3) THE FRANCHISE was used hard early and had nothing left last time; another shot. (7) IMA GOLD DIGGER N should have been better after rating soft fractions last Friday. Maybe a switch to off the pace tactics will help? (5) ROYAL MALINDA switches to the big track and is eligible to awaken.

Race 11

(6) REQUEST FOR PAROLE was a solid second in a qualifier behind Open winner Always At My Place when last seen here. Her only prior Big M efforts resulted in a troubled trip and a 1:50 score. Don’t ignore this gal. (1A) DIVINE CAROLINE came up short in her first start of the year, but she is the fastest of the group if ready. (4) KATIE SAID did nothing wrong in her comeback qualifier.

Race 12

(6) BALLINEEN actually displayed some signs of life on the class drop last week. She drops down again this week and may finally be ready to wake up from her slumber. (1) DAVITA has been racing okay and gets a new set of hands at the controls. (2) FASHION ROCKER comes off an improved effort. (8) M A JACKIE picks up a more aggressive driver. (10) ROYAL ENGAGEMENT is clearly sharp now.

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