05/14/2014 3:35PM

Meadowlands: Friday 5/16 Analysis

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CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 17 - 52 / $99.40   BEST BETS: 3 - 4 / $13.00

Best Bet: SHEBESTINGIN (11th)

Spot Play: HEAVENS DOOR (4th)

Race 1

(9) PROPULSION was given a relaxing tour of the track in his first career start. Post nine is hardly ideal, but I’m not crazy about any of his competitors. (1) MUSCERENE put in a decent qualifier and could certainly move forward. (6) GURAL HANOVER ships east with a perfect record in one start. I can’t imagine they would come all this way if the gelding couldn’t play at this level. (8) MISTER BS WAY took plenty of action at the windows and made a break; another chance.

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Race 2

(7) TRIXTON was absolutely awesome last week and is hard to pick against. (5) RAGAZZO DOLCE was super with the hobbles added. Let’s see if he can pick up his game in terms of pure speed. (1) ODDS ON AMETHYST raced well to start his 3-year-old season. Can he control the race tonight? And if he doesn’t get the lead, will he be happy chasing? Unless the price is very high, I might shy away from this guy tonight.

Race 3

(6) FIRSTCLASSPRINCESS gets a meaningful drop in class and finds a spot where an aggressive steer is in order. (4) DREAM DEFENCE N made a break in his U.S. debut at Yonkers, but I’m not ready to lose faith in this guy just yet. He could be forwardly placed in a field lacking a ton of early speed. (7) MARCH AWARENESS sports the best form in the field but may be at the mercy of the pace setup.

Race 4

(3) HEAVENS DOOR never found room in that qualifier, so I wouldn’t hold the fifth-place finish against her. Muscle Hill-sired filly has talent and I’m looking for her to be ready to fire. (1) MOONLIGHT IN MIAMI comes off a nice morning effort where she was basically coasting on her own late; dangerous. (2) DEMOISELLE HANOVER is another filly with some ability. Check her out on the track.

Race 5

(5) KEN DOLL J raced well in her first start since last October and posted some big miles at Lexington last year. (1) CARLOTTA BLUE CHIP picked up her game in her second qualifier of the year; chance. (4) UP FRONT ELIZABETH has dangerous speed.

Race 6

(5) MUSCLE NETWORK looks to be in a very easy spot to start his sophomore campaign. As long as he minds his manners, he should take a picture; adds hobbles. (4) MARTINIWITHMUSCLE is perfect in two starts this year; using. (2) SKATES N PLATES qualified well in his Smedshammer barn debut.

Race 7

(4) SIR LBS Z TAM is my least inspired pick on the card. This race is wide open and none of these really jump off the page. Hopefully Lachance works out a good trip. (1) LIL MISS SNOWFLAKE adds Tetrick and finds a soft spot. (3) WANNA WIN is an unknown quantity from Cal-Expo; maybe. (10) ENDURING DELIGHT might be the favorite from a better post.

Race 8

(6) FICO improved from his first to his second qualifier and flashed good ability as a 3-year-old. Staffan Lind trainee finds a good spot and should start the year off on a winning note.(3) GREEN HORNUT raced well in his last qualifier but I’m not sure he had more in the tank; mixed feelings. (7) REVRAC HARBOUR flashed some ability as a rookie but may take it easy in his first start of the year.

Race 9

(7) DROP THE BALL finds the easiest spot she has seen in years. Perhaps the 6-year-old mare has lost a step, but I’d be surprised if she didn’t fire on Friday. (4) HOT LIST raced pretty well last time and could be sitting a good trip close to the pace from this improved post. (3) OUR ELS DREAM N didn’t seem to enjoy being placed on the engine; another chance. (6) MARTY PARTY & (9) MATTIE TERROR GIRL are both sharp mares.

Race 10

(4) CALIPARI switches barns, adds Lasix and hobbles. Those are three legitimate angles against a lethargic group of C-2 trotters.  (5) BOSSY VOLO drops down and should be the one to beat. (6) PTS BOOMERANG moves into a good trotting barn; maybe.

Race 11

(5) SHEBESTINGIN is the fastest female of all time. She should take care of business tonight. (2) JERSEYLICIOUS has put in a good showing as a 4-year-old and can continue to move forward. (7) ROCKLAMATION hasn’t shown her ‘A’ game this year. Maybe the big track will help.

Race 12

(8) ELLENS ISLE hasn’t come back in prime form this year but does return to the Meadowlands for the first time since July. Mare has put in some nice miles in New Jersey. (2) BROADWAY ROCKS has raced well in both 2014 starts. (9) TIGERS TOO GOOD drops down and has a strong closing kick.

Race 13

(6) CAROLSIDEAL returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level. Mare is very capable and she usually offers value. (3) IDEAL GINNY had an interesting trip last time and now adds Pierce. (7) LEAVEUMLADY drops down in class for Burke/Gingras.

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