04/22/2015 4:39PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/24 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: 166 - 622 / $901.30  BEST BETS: 21 - 51 / $79.90

Best Bet: WHOM SHALL I FEAR (2nd)

Spot Play: KINGAPORE (13th)

Race 1

(4) PERFECT PICTURE looked super last week and seems like the most logical winner. That said, don’t take less than 7-5 on him. Both driver Robert Krivelin and (2) PERMANENT JOY have a history of success here; must use. (6) JACKS TO OPEN has raced well each of the last four weeks and would be no surprise. (5) GLOBAL POWER closed well last time and could be coming into form.

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Race 2

(8) WHOM SHALL I FEAR romped against a slightly lesser group last week but should have no trouble remaining perfect on the year. (1A) STARZINNER was a distant second behind the winner last time; adds Tetrick. (1) EL MURO BR finished with a solid kicker in his 3-year-old debut and could build on that mile. (5) GO BYEM has been racing pretty well at Dover.

Race 3

(9) CASANOVE LINDY was huge last week, overcoming a parked-the-mile trip in game fashion. This field came up light and amateur driver Hannah Miller seems likely to build her résumé. (8) ALL ABOUT JUSTICE has been in against better foes of late. If Jenny Melander can have this 11-year-old close to the action, she’ll have an excellent chance of capping off an all-female exacta. Girl power! (5) MAGGLIO finally put in a decent race and could be ready to turn the corner.

Race 4

(7) STRUT MY STUFF had to wait for clearance in the stretch and paced home nicely late in her lone qualifier of the year. Western Ideal filly has to prove she can handle the big track, but there seems to be some ability within and I liked the way most of the horses from this barn looked during morning action last Saturday. (1) AMERICAN TRUTH has won three straight and should make her presence felt. (3) LISSAN posted a decent qualifier and figures to be fowardly placed. (6) DELI BEACH flashed some ability in stakes races as a rookie. (8) STACIA HANOVER, (5) B STERN and (4) ROSIE DE VIE also seem to have a shot in a race that may require the ALL button.

Race 5

(6) ARIEL SALUTE is not for the faint of heart. He is a 4-year-old making his first career start. He broke in two of the four qualifiers leading up to tonight and drifted twice during the mile in a race where he behaved last time. All that said, I’ve seen the talent buried inside this son of Credit Winner and if the price is fair, I’d take a shot. (3) TWO HIP DIP is another sometimes erratic stallion that has pure speed. (5) STEEL CURTIN should be closing for a share, a big one if the top two make mistakes.

Race 6

(2) B YOYO was let loose on the engine a week ago and understandably got a bit leg weary nearing the wire. The horses to beat (in theory) are coming back from layoffs and this guy just might be able to steal the race. (8) MUSCLE NETWORK was much better in his second qualifier than the first, but I still haven’t seen the raw speed he displayed as a 2-year-old. Maybe he is simply building up to it. (7) QUICK DEAL is crazy fast and often enough, just crazy. He is capable of winning this race by five lengths or starting the race 15 lengths behind the gate.

Race 7

(4) EMPRESS DEO comes in from Dover in fine form and could offer a hint of value with (6) THAT WOMAN HANOVER likely to attract a ton of attention at the windows. The former has been racing better than her PP lines look and now gets a major switch in the bike to Tetrick. I’ll be keying the top pair in my pick fours. (3) ROCK N LOAD is an exotics must.

Race 8

(2) HOLY HALIBUT raced well in his first start after shipping up from Pompano. In a race that doesn’t project to have a ton of early movement, I can see him sitting close and pulling off the minor upset. (1) TIRADE HANOVER threw in an uncharacteristic break last week. Driver opted off for a stakes-caliber mare, so don’t discount this guy’s chances because of it. (5) MADEWELL HANOVER is sure to take plenty of tote action on the driver switch to Tetrick, but does she really look faster than the top pair? I’ll use her in the pick four but not on the win end for intra-race bets.

Race 9

(6) BEST BOSS looked fresh and ready chasing much better foes willingly in his latest qualifier. In a field without a standout he’ll have every chance to take charge. (10) KZ BEACH GIRL is the other one I’m eyeing on top. She got away poorly and put in an even mile following a six week break and now her connections enlist a Brett Miller to steer. She can fire off the gate and there isn’t much early zip in this race. (4) JANIE BAY is very capable given a reasonable clip to close into. (7) TOP BRAND has a bit of early speed which could come into play. Don’t downplay the possible improvement that could come from this seemingly minor driver change.

Race 10

(2) TIGER’S TOO GOOD had too far to come last time and only needs to be within striking position this week to get the job done. (1) LAUDERDALE takes on a slightly easier group and should be forwardly placed this week. (7) FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE comes off a win and was Yannick’s choice.

Race 11

(4) ROCKLAMATION wasn’t ready to fire in her 2015 debut. Double-millionaire figures to get more aggressive this week as some stakes races loom in the coming weeks in May. (5) INITTOWINAFORTUNE has been chasing (6) RADAR CONTACT from the pocket with no success and they both figure prominently once again. (3) MAJOR DANCER makes her first start as an older mare after a good qualifier; capable, but watching one.

Race 12

(8) JEWELS IN HOCK circled the field with an eye-catching 27-second final quarter to win going away in her first start for this barn. She looks like one to follow. (1) MARION MILLIONAIR has speed from the inside and could prove tough if the top choice is too far back early. (5) ALL THAT SPARKLES finished with steady trot in her qualifier but might need a start.

Race 13

(3) KINGAPORE finished up willingly last time and clearly has a shot at a price with a smooth trip. (4) ASHES CASH weakened after an overland trip last time. That solid effort on the rim could indicate an impending form spree. (5) B L CLASS ACT is fairly consistent and merits some consideration. (6) LEXIS AMIGO is a threat if the pace is reasonable and he doesn’t break.

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