05/25/2016 4:32PM

Meadowlands: Friday 5/27 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

CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 26 - 69 / $127.60 (-$10.40)  BEST BETS: 3 - 6/ $7.70 (-4.30)

Best Bet: JACK VERNON (6th)

Spot Play: NOT BEFORE EIGHT (7th)

Race 1

(2) DOC SIMON'S DREAM was stuck in a tough spot as the winner swept the field and he had to wait for room. Four-year-old has been sharp lately and gets the narrow call in this amateur event. (7) FEISTY LOVE was super last time and has to be considered off that performance. (10) NO RECESS has been in against tougher company and should be leaving from the outside post.

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Race 2

(4) SOUTHWIND PEARL was a credible third behind one of the better fillies in the country. This field came up very soft and this daughter of Muscle Hill can be ready for a peak effort in her third start of the year. (3) HILLOSOPHICAL finished just ahead of the top choice last time out but got to save ground while Southwind Pearl showed some early speed. (2) SILVIA still sports a 1:56 2/5 winning mile from last year. Maybe tonight will be the night she minds her manners.

Race 3

(7) GOIN TO THE LIMIT seems to have righted the ship with hobbles added to the mix. In a field of question marks, he seems like the best educated guess. (3) ZLATAN finished second from post 8 at Philly in his first start since September; eligible to show more. (8) EVERYTHING N MORE wasn't great in her qualifier but showed enough. We saw last year that this gal has some go to her.

Race 4

(5) GLAD ALL OVER finished up willingly after chasing slow fractions in her career debut. Daughter of Muscle Hill-Distaff could be ready to step up with the initial start under her belt. (2) SEASIDE ILLUSION lost to three horses in her first career start that would be odds-on against this field; very dangerous. (3) SOUTHWIND HOPE has been very consistent in her career but I'd rather take a chance on others. (1) NEW LEAF gets some post relief and wouldn't be a shock.

Race 5

This is a weak group without a clear standout. (3) M A JACKIE returns here at a reduced level for a barn that can take advantage of good spots like this. (7) FASHION ROCKER comes off a decent try and looks like the favorite, but she is only 1 for 16 this year. (5) THINKYOUCANDANCE is one of the sharper mares in the field.

Race 6

(9) JACK VERNON flashed good early speed and made a break for seemingly no reason last time. After watching the replay multiple times, the field did crowd a bit and this colt came very close to the pylons. I'm going to forgive and forget as he lays over the field if he behaves. (5) MAVENS WAY made a good move before tiring in his latest qualifier and now picks up Campbell. (1) DOUBLE L LINDY raced evenly behind the early Hambletonian favorite a week ago.

Race 7

(4) NOT BEFORE EIGHT was saddled with a bad post while facing a slightly better group last Friday. She finally draws a cozy starting post and should bring a big effort to the track. (8) TOTALLY RUSTY woke up in a big way last time. She'll need some early speed to repeat tonight, but I think that skill is in her repertoire. (7) GWENEEEE J just missed versus #8 last time and has been racing well all year.

Race 8

(1) YOU ROCK MY WORLD scored at first asking off the claim last time and doesn't exactly face a more difficult field despite the 'paper' class rise. I'll stick with this gelding. (6) DANISH DURANGO was left with too much to do but almost got to the top choice last Friday. He gets in against fewer horses this week and might be closer to the pace. (2) OUTBURST is certainly capable given the right trip.

Race 9

(7) THAT WOMAN HANOVER was short last time at Tioga, but that was her first race in almost four weeks. I know this Henrik Lundell trainee is capable of going a big mile here and the price should be right. (2) PENPAL was a bit disappointing a week ago at Philly. Three-year-old filly has talent and doesn't exactly face a strong field tonight. (1) BELLINEEN finally draws well after a string of outside posts.

Race 10

(4) NOWUCIT NOWUDONT almost went down the road last time and now drops slightly. (5) MONTALBANO BI came up with a big speed mile out of nowhere. Can he possibly repeat that effort? (3) COMMENTARY seems to be back on the right track after making some breaks in April.

Race 11

This race seems like an odd choice for the Jackpot Hi-5 since all of the horses have suspect form and seeing bombs run 1-2-3 is certainly possible. (2) ROADWAY comes in for a good barn and has been facing better of late. (6) NF DRUM ROLL is the only horse in the field with a yearly best winning mile at The Meadowlands. (4) COPPER COAST A raced evenly when last here and certainly faces lesser in this go-around. (8) DENY DENY DENY has some early speed and could use it in this spot.

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