05/28/2014 3:51PM

Meadowlands: Friday 5/30 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: 34 - 105 / $235.40  BEST BETS: 4 - 8 / $15.60


Best Bet: FICO (2nd)

Spot Play: CAROLSIDEAL (5th)

Race 1

(2) GREEN HORNUT needs to be placed on the engine and allowed to chug on down the road at his own pace. If he is allowed to do that Friday, he should score. (5) SILVERHILL VOLO is an expensive yearling that has yet to pay his way. Driver switch to Pierce should help. (6) MASTER KEMP raced well in his debut and can improve.

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Race 2

(3) FICO tired in the stretch to begin his 4-year-old season. He should be tighter this week and the addition of Pierce can only help. (6) QUEEN OF MORE has no shot in his first start for this barn; playable. (1) LOVE TALK flashed some ability at 2 and doesn’t exactly catch the toughest group in the world to start her sophomore campaign.

Race 3

Quite frankly, this is an impossible race to handicap and I’m advising hitting the ‘ALL’ button (or at least use a handful) if you try the pick 4 or pick 5. (5) MR JIM DANDY comes into this race in fine form and should benefit from a likely quick pace with outside speed signed on. (4) ASHCROFT rallied for second in his last try here. (6) HARDROCKENJESSICA had an awful trip last time but seems to be racing well. (7) GIMME THE LOOT is more than capable of winning with top amateur driver Krivelin in the bike. (8) IPO BLUE CHIP will probably be the one to beat if Oldford can keep him trotting.

Race 4

(3) CELTIC MERCHANT doesn’t look great on paper (which means he’ll be a price), but this 11-year-old veteran knows his way to the winner’s circle. (8) BROWNER SHUTTLE has been racing well and deserves respect as the chalk. (6) LAD PINE had some traffic last week and finished well. (7) WHATNBLAZES should flash speed and get a nice piece. (4) JAILHOUSE SCORPION scored his only 2014 win here.

Race 5

(2) CAROLSIDEAL should be primed for a nice effort in her third start since January. Five-year-old mare knows how to step up and score at a price. (5) MISTRESSTOTHESTARS arrives here sharp. (8) JARNAC has been second or third in 9 of her 12 starts this year.

Race 6

(2) LIGHTNING STORM raced well in his 2014 debut and wouldn’t need to step up much to score an upset on Friday. (9) QUICK DEAL is an erratic speed-ball who seems likely to wire the field if he can make it past the start. (7) WORLD CUP is nearly a lock to hit the board and certainly a threat to win. (6) UPFRONT BILLY seems likely to show speed in this spot. (8) HERE COMES NUMBERS can blow past the field in the stretch if feeling good.

Race 7

(7) ICOMMANDMYSPIRIT seems to be in line for another good trip either in the pocket or on the lead; fine form. (9) MONOCHROMATIC didn’t exactly get a smooth trip last time; using. (4) HANDSOFFMYCOOKIE returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level.

Race 8

(6) RINGSIDE LAURYN faces a field full of unreliable types. I’ve seen this barn miraculously wake up worse horses than this mare. (1) PTS BOOMERANG had a tough trip last time but was a solid second in her prior start. (7) ARRIBA AMIGO does his best work on the lead and might get a more aggressive steer this time.

Race 9

(2) MARINADE HANOVER finds a great spot this week and should be driven accordingly. (6) MISS MACHQUEEN has performed well at this level in the past. (8) ALWAYS ON A ROLL never got involved last time; another shot. (1) WANNA WIN has early speed and an inside post.

Race 10

(3) BLUTO kept his act together and trotted evenly with hobbles added. Four-year-old son of Donato Hanover has talent and could be ready to show it in this bottom-level spot. (5) UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD had no chance last time; another shot. (4) RIVERFEST drops down and should be involved early.

Race 11

(5) HANDOVER BELLE picked up her game last week with a nice effort and could be on the verge of a form spree. (2) SWAN IN A MILLION raced very well against the bias in his first start since October. He looks like a major player in this race but one who will be an underlay. (7) TIME TO QUIT gets class relief; using. (9) BROADWAY ROCKS has speed and form.

Race 12

(2) SINA hasn’t started in three weeks but looks much the best on paper; mixed feelings. (6) SILVER DELIVERY had no shot last time; chance. (1) TOUCH OF CHARM has early speed and an inside draw to get position.

Race 13

(2) IDEAL A LITTLE tried to brush and tired just a few days ago at Philly. If that race doesn’t have her tight for tonight against this awful group, nothing will. (8) MOJARRA HANOVER was bad last time but deserves another chance. (7) ARIANE HANOVER adds Callahan.

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