05/29/2013 4:17PM

Meadowlands: Friday 5/31 Analysis




Race 1 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 34 - 105 / $156.70     BEST BETS: 4 - 8 / $13.80

Best Bet: DÉJÀ VU TOO (3rd)

Spot Play: MISS SAND CREEK (10th)

Race 1

(4) GLISTER HANOVER faces a pretty dull field. Those recent NW 1 races here were against better competition; narrow edge. (5) BAS HANOVER added hobbles and stayed trotting the entire mile; more now? (2) HES GOT MUSCLE jumped in his first career attempt but deserves a second chance.

Race 2

(7) ACQUAVELLA paced evenly with some nice foes in her qualifiers. Western Ideal-sired filly doesn’t face the toughest group and could be ready at a reasonable price. (3) MAGNA BLUE CHIP improved in her second start of the year and is eligible to step forward again. (2) CULT STATUS was third in the Shes A Great Lady last year, so you know she has some talent; using.

Race 3

(8) DÉJÀ VU TOO chased a strong winner in the Simpson last time. The competition is much softer tonight. (9) SHEENAS SHADOW made a pair of breaks against Sire Stakes company in her 3-year-old debut. Smedshammer-trained filly has some talent and could surprise. (2) TO THE GOOD LIFE came up with a good effort to start her season; can’t toss her.

Race 4

(2) MISS CONNOR looks like the one to beat if she can mind her manners. (1) ORANGE BIGI is better than her last two efforts would indicate. If trainer/driver Hanney gets aggressive, I can see her getting a big piece. (6) FOUNTAINBLEAU VOLO was a good second versus much lesser in her last race. That was his best race in quite some time.

Race 5

(2) B L CLASS ACT really had no shot from post 9 last week. Moving inside gives Tetrick some options and I’ll give this gelding the slight nod. (8) HELIOS seems ingrained as a speed type that will go to the front. I don’t love him on top but respect his chances. (5) CAMERON CHIP only needs live cover to have a chance in the stretch. (1) SPECTATOR K is hard to toss off your tickets; at least underneath.

Race 6

(7) ABROKENART HANOVER gets some serious class relief this week and we know she has the early speed to take charge. (2) SANGAAL comes back across the river and finds a decent spot. I wouldn’t be shocked if she lit up the board. (3) LIGHTNING PAIGE is clearly in form. (8) NIKKI BEACH is the most talented of the group, but she is a 3-year-old facing older and I can see a conservative drive coming.

Race 7

(8) COCO LINDY returned from a break and raced rather well. Any step forward makes him the one to beat in here. (3) TEMPLE OF DOOM comes off a decent effort and might have a tactical early speed advantage. (6) FROM ABOVE gets away from some tough foes. There is no reason he can’t win this race. (2) ANOTHER AMARETTO is moving in the right direction.

Race 8

(4) NUTMEGS CIDER hails from a barn that showed some life last Saturday. She was stuck in post 10 last time and raced evenly. Now she moves inside and Callahan sticks with her over (2) HOW BOUT A SMOOCH. The latter tried to brush and crush but packed it in through the lane. Switch to Tetrick can’t hurt. (3) FEELINGMIGHTYGOOD is a fringe player who would be heavily favored with a catch-driver.

Race 9

(5) S J BETTER DAYS takes a shot at the big track and might actually appreciate it. He has been facing arguably tougher foes at Yonkers. (7) SCHALOM G is certain to be a factor once again, but getting over the top for a win is not his best attribute. (2) CHOCOHOLIC exits a confidence-building win at Tioga; capable.

Race 10

(4) MISS SAND CREEK makes her way to the basement condition. This lady has early speed and those to her inside appear to be lacking that quality; new tactics coming. (1) BUBBY JO comes off a good effort and gets a hungry driver who will be aggressive. (9) SUPERSTAR DREAM rarely puts in a poor effort; consistent.

Race 11

(4) UNDERCOVER STRIKE received a brutal trip in the Cutler and got a week off to rest. This is the perfect spot for him to go down the road or sit the pocket and pounce. (2) HOT SHOT BLUE CHIP made a miscue in his first start of the year, but I’m guessing Callahan will keep him closer to the action, and thus, happier. (5) BEATGOESON HANOVER could be forgotten in the wagering despite her 4-race win streak. (6) GUCCIO will be charging in the lane. (3) MARKET SHARE is the reining Hambo winner. Let’s give him a start to get up to speed.

Race 12

(10) PIERRE LAVEC moves from Amateur Olford to top driver Tetrick. Eleven-year-old has shown some races that are fast enough to win this event. (7) REGION HALL finished an even fourth last week in this class and might be the favorite. Yuk! (2) CAVEAT EMPTOR certainly looks like a player if Schnittker can keep him trotting.

Race 13

(1) LEMON DROP HALL got a late driver change from Tetrick to Hanney last week and clearly caught some people off guard, as evidenced by the 1.90 off-odds. Let’s look for speed and a better effort tonight. (7) WILDRIDGE SAM moves into a new barn and tries the Meadowlands again; possible. (3) IN KENNYS HONOR seems very usable for a bottom exotic slot in his current form.