06/11/2014 5:17PM

Meadowlands: Friday 6/13 Analysis

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MEET STATS: 48 - 157 / $301.80   BEST BETS: 6 - 12 / $22.20

 

Best Bet: CAPTAINTREACHEROUS (10th)

Spot Play: TEAM SIX (8th)

Race 1

(8) GURAL HANOVER put in a sharp qualifying mile in his first start for trainer Ron Burke. A similar effort or slightly better gets the job done in this field. (1) DEJATIERO was a professional winner in his career debut and certainly merits inclusion. (3) MUSCLE MIDAS flashed some ability at 2 and debuts for a new barn. (6) LIGHTNING FORCE drops out of Sire Stakes competition and is certainly fast enough to win.

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Race 2

(5) J CS JAKE has been finishing well from outside posts lately. I'm not expecting him to muster up any early speed, but if he can follow live cover from (4) LAD PINE, he should be in a winning position. The latter has been racing well but doesn't make me want to run to the windows as the potential favorite. (3) BLUTO has ability but has been awful this year.

Race 3

(3) ANGELS RANSOM put in an even mile in his 3-year-old debut and now adds Tetrick to the team. (5) KING CITY was driver David Miller's choice over my top pick. This colt drops out of Sire Stakes action and figures to improve, but he is 0-for-15 lifetime. (2) GREEN HORNUT continues to make mistakes. I'm still convinced he'll win a race sooner or later, just not with my money, likely.

Race 4

(2) MISTRESSTOTHESTARS is far from my favorite selection on the card, but she should be forwardly placed and have a big shot to score. (5) JARNAC can't buy a win this year. She'll likely be leaving and should be involved. (3) ALBANIAN ERA has been racing fairly consistently.

Race 5

(2) ARIA J is down in class this week and seems to be maintaining her form well enough. (8) GETTINGREADYTOROLL got hung out in the NJSS final and made a break. She tackles older mares but certainly can go with this group. (1) MARINADE HANOVER doesn't face the toughest group and should be close from the pylons.

Race 6

(4) MONEY ON MY MIND took a month off and tired in the stretch last time. He finds a decent spot this week and should be sitting in a winning spot. (9) SMOOTHER RIDE finally got over the hump last week after a run of seconds; using. (2) WORLD CUP always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time; capable. (3) MA CHERE HALL & (10) SWEET JUSTICE are both fast enough if they decide to cooperate.

Race 7

(2) CAROLSIDEAL came up second best in first round action but has made a good living by capitalizing on these low-level series races. (3) MOJARRA HANOVER proved game on the lead and just dug in to hold on for a win in the first leg of the Cathedra Dot Com. (7) IDEAL A LITTLE bested my top choice last week but seems unlikely to get the front quite as easily this week. (6) THE SUMMER WIND comes off a good second-place finish and hails from a powerful stable.

Race 8

(6) TEAM SIX has been brought along patiently in his initial starts of the year. This is not the easiest C-1 field, but you have to think he'll be handled more aggressively in his third start of the year. (3) TIME TO QUIT has been chasing in some fast miles lately. I give him a huge shot in this spot. (7) ELLEN'S ISLE won when last seen at this level; dangerous.

Race 9

(9) CALIPARI has done very little to warrant a spot as my top selection, but that should result in a big price on the tote board. My one angle here is driver Brett Miller and his ability to fire a horse up. If he can fire this gelding off the gate, he might just go a long way. (4) UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD spent too much time on the rim in round one of this series and only needs a reasonable cover trip to score. (1) DASH FOR THE CASH was a good second last time and could certainly trip-out from the pylons. (10) HELIOS was a convincing winner despite looking suspect at times in the pocket. He could break, but if he doesn't, he has a big shot of winning. (8) STAR PHOTO comes off a win and hails from a top barn.

Race 10

(10) CAPTAINTREACHEROUS has been brought along slowly and purposely for this spot as a precursor to what his connections hope will be a huge final year of racing. Is the 10-hole an issue, perhaps, but no matter how you handicap the race, Captaintreacherous is the best horse. (3) APPRENTICE HANOVER has been sharp all year and has yet to miss the board. (8) ODDS ON EQUULEUS is a tough horse to bet because he tends to lag on the rim, but he is certainly fast enough to be right there.

Race 11

(8) MCKENZIE'S STAR blew away the competition last time and is tough to look past now. (2) TSMLIL ORPHAN ANDY draws better and should be forwardly placed. (6) SINA raced well in round one but did get a great trip.

Race 12

(6) KODAK LINDY faces an awful field and gets a nice driver change to Tetrick. (3) GASLIGHT knows how to step up in these bad fields; capable. (1) CAVEAT EMPTOR should be ready to go in his third start of the year.

Race 13

(5) ALWAYS ON A ROLL drops back down and adds Gingras. (4) RX JOLT raced pretty well last time; using. (6) WANNA WIN faces a soft group and draws a better post. (3) ALL ABOUT BOYZ exits NYSS action where she was overmatched.

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