04/02/2014 4:03PM

Meadowlands: Friday 4/4 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: 95 - 357 / $578.00   BEST BETS: 13 - 29 / $40.90

Best Bet: ART IDEAL (12th)

Spot Play: RAVEN VICTORY (1st)

Race 1

(6) RAVEN VICTORY looked much better with hobbles added in his recent qualifier. Although this basement C-2 race is a bit tougher than normal, I’m going to play him on the hobbles angle. (2) HASTY PROFFITT is another that was able to mind his manners with hobbles added. Notice the foes he was chasing are all in the Free-For-All race later tonight. (7) MONTANA SKIES has early speed and comes off a good try.

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Race 2

(1) JK LETITGO is perfect in seven starts this year and looks too good to play against. (5) PANERA HANOVER picks a difficult spot to make her 4-year-old debut, but she qualified nicely and should offer some value. (7) AMERICAN IN PARIS is another without a loss this year (4-for-4); clearly dangerous.

Race 3

(5) NAUGHTY MACHBEAN made a decent middle move at Yonkers in her first start for this barn. Combination of Scott Zeron and Carmen Auciello have done well together. (6) MOONLIT SHARK looked good enough in her morning effort to consider against this questionable field. (4) UP FRONT ELIZABETH could be a player with the right trip.

Race 4

(4) BROOKROAD KNIGHT would have finished better than seventh if he had clearance in the stretch last time. This is a very winnable spot. (7) MAJESTIC STONE put in a valiant effort last week and looms a major player tonight. (1) SKYLINE ROAD looks okay if you toss his recent break.

Race 5

(6) WOMAN OF TERROR was much better in her most recent qualifier and finished with good late energy. Perhaps new trainer Steve Elliott has her figured out. (2) ABROKENART HANOVER is probably the one to beat but hard to bet at 0-for-6 this year. (7) LIZS LIL K K is always capable at this level but very hard to rely on. (4) CULT STATUS has hit rock bottom at the Meadowlands; wakes up?

Race 6

(6) UNDERCOVER STRIKE couldn’t have looked any better while winning his qualifier with plenty left in the tank. He’ll need to drop a couple of seconds to compete, but this is well within his grasp. (3) REAL BABE has a race under her belt now and could step up this time around. (8) QUICK DEAL will be winging it on the engine and could easily go down the road.

Race 7

(8) BELLE BOYD is a talented young 4-year-old trying to find her way as an older mare. She gets a good deal of class relief tonight and should be ready to show what she can do. (6) COFFEE ADDICT and (3) HANDSOFFMYCUPCAKE are both coming out of a very fast race; using.

Race 8

(3) SIM BROWN has been facing some monsters in recent weeks and now returns to the level of his victory three starts back. (5) SPLITSVILLE keeps getting better each time he steps on the track; very dangerous. (9) HARBOR POINT kept his act together with hobbles added last time. (2) BAMBINO HALL is a must at least underneath.

Race 9

(4) NOTREADYTOBENICE kicked home nicely last time and may be ready for a peak effort. (5) DRAGON PRINCESS is at the level where she tends to do damage. (2) JARNAC draws well and has been racing in form lately.

Race 10

(1) WINDSUN FIREBALL doesn’t appear quite as fast as some of the others in here, but along with his entrymate, they make up the likely speed of the race. I can see the race shaping up nicely for him to score. (6) TIGERS TOO GOOD engulfed the field from the back last week and would be my top call if I knew he would be close to the action. (4) MERITED VICTORY scored off the bench last time; could show even more now.

Race 11

(4) MAGGLIO raced well in the Horse & Groom final with Campbell in the bike and should prove tough in this spot. (2) HELIOS is allowed to drop down off a break. He won two starts back at this level. (9) DEMENTED was beating up on lesser; gets tested.

Race 12

(1) ART IDEAL jumps off the page in this field. (2) ROAD BET comes in with some pretty lines from Yonkers. (3) WINBAK SPEEDI adds Callahan; using.

Race 13

(5) DON’T BLAME HER faces the weakest field she has seen in some time. Her class should shine through. (3) SAM SWIFTY figures to find speed in this spot; dangerous. (1) MY SWEET MANDY draws inside against a field that lacks early speed; should be close.

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