05/06/2015 4:30PM

Meadowlands: Friday 5/8 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: 10 - 26 / $45.70 BEST BETS: 2 - 2 / $4.90

Best Bet: PROVE UP (9th)

Spot Play: JERSEYLICIOUS (1st)

Race 1

(6) JERSEYLICIOUS has been super in her morning qualifiers and seems ready to win. (2) COFFEE ADDICT hasn’t been very reliable this year, but she is a capable mare given the right trip. (3) THAT WOMAN HANOVER has yet to find her peak form but could be sitting a perfect trip behind the top choice. (5) PAN LUIS OBISPO could be dangerous with the right trip.

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Race 2

Driver Hannah Miller has seemingly won every race this year (though that is not the case) and I just can’t get myself to pick against (6) JACKS TO OPEN. The gelding figures to get a good pace to close into considering the abundance of early speed signed on. (8) CURRENT CRISIS has a win and a second in this series and you can never go wrong with Krivelin in these amateur races. (5) ALL ABOUT JUSTICE was a good second last time and seems to have an upset chance. (1) MAJESTIC GINGER is erratic but very capable; tough call.

Race 3

(5) ARIEL SALUTE reverted to his breaking ways last time. He faces a very suspect bunch on Friday and will win if he behaves. (2) DEMONS N DIAMONDS chased better foes in her seasonal debut and could certainly show more with that start in hand. (6) STONEBRIDGE FORCE is another that could improve in his second start of the year.

Race 4

(1) TRUE BLUE STRIDE went back to racing with hobbles and minded his manners. The last qualifier doesn’t look like a great line, but he was facing some of the best 3-year-old trotting colts. I’ll give him an upset chance in here. (4) DAPPER DON sprinted home to an easy score in his most recent morning effort; Tetrick’s choice of three. (5) BOLI was done in by a bad post in his 2015 debut; shows more? (10) MARION MILLIONAIR has a chance but is tough to love from this post.

Race 5

(5) A PLUS got nipped at the wire by Horse of the Year JK She’salady in her latest qualifier. Tony Alagna-trained filly was aimed by as a rookie and could have some ability. (9) SPARTACUS was facing better foes in the Spring Preview and has the early zip to overcome the outside draw. (2) LINDYS OLD LADY sports some strong qualifying lines; unknown quantity.

Race 6

(5) BETTOR BE STEPPIN won by a country mile against inferior competition at Philly to start her 3-year-old racing campaign. This group should provide a good barometer of where she stands in the division. (2) BEDROOMCONFESSIONS chased along in a good mile to start 2015. She could easily show more now. (4) DIVINE CAROLINE is perfect in two starts this year; clearly dangerous.  (3) HAPPINESS could conceivably step up but seems a step slower on paper.

Race 7

(7) MUSCLE NETWORK simply grinded down the leader in his 2015 debut and from watching him in qualifying action, that seems to be a good style for him. Former 2-year-old standout has every chance to make a name for himself as he climbs the condition ladder. (3) POUNCE HANOVER has won four straight and is a must on your tickets. (1) PHOTOSAVVY finds a tough spot in his return to the Meadowlands, but should at least get a minor award.

Race 8

(2) RILEY’S DREAM came back from a two month break with a pair of solid second-place finishes. I’ll give her the narrow edge to pick up her first career win. (4) ALLERAGE STAR showed some ability as a 2-year-old and her qualifiers seem good enough. (9) MODEL BEHAVIOR wasn’t bad in her first start of the year. The post tonight hurts, but I could see an improved effort coming in the near future. (1) MURDERERS ROW looks competitive on paper; worth using.

Race 9

(3) PROVE UP gets class relief for a high percentage barn and jumps off the page. (1) CRAZY N LINDY should get away close and have every chance in the lane. (9) ASHES CASH was able to last the distance a week ago and in theory could wire them again. (4) KINGAPORE gets a driver change and could show more.

Race 10

(2) DREAM ROCKER has been racing well for most of the year and this group doesn’t exactly look too strong. Four-year-old should head to the front and could offer some value with the defection of Gingras to the Burke-trained (5) HOME TURF, who is usually hit and miss. (3) LAZURUS comes off a pair of seconds and seems like a logical play for at least the exotics.

Race 11

(4) VALERYA lured Callahan off of #3, which is saying something. Seven-year-old proved herself last time at Pocono and seems to be a different horse this year. (7) WEEPER has natural speed and will prove tough if she is firing off the gate in her first start of the year. (2) GALLIE BYTHE BEACH has a couple of starts under her belt now and could be ready to step up with a big effort; don’t ignore. (3) INITTOWINAFORTUNE has been coming up with top efforts in this class for weeks now.

Race 12

(7) TWO HIP DIP faces a field with more quality than his most recent win. That said, he is plenty fast enough to win again. (6) LOCK DOWN LINDY is a filly that has displayed flashes of talent and the switch to Tetrick this year seems to be agreeing with her. (2) DONNIE DARKO comes off a decent effort and should be a part of the equation tonight. (1) BATTLE IMAGE improved last time.

Race 13

(7) KZ BEACH GIRL rallied willingly with no shot last time despite some stretch traffic issues. She is the one to beat on paper. (6) OCEANS MOTION toured the track in her debut for the Elliott barn and can show more now; using on all tickets. (5) BRUSHSTROKES moves into a barn that is having a solid meet. (1) TOP BRAND has been racing better lately; exotics player.

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