06/15/2016 4:09PM

Meadowlands: Friday 6/17 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: 50 - 140 / $273.20 (-$6.80)   BEST BETS: 7 - 12/ $17.50 (-6.50)

Best Bet: WORLD CUP (3rd)

Spot Play: JAZEBEL DE VIE (10th)

Race 1

(3) I C CAVIAR hooked up successfully with Marshall IV here back in April and has maintained his form nicely over the last few months. (4) JACKS TO OPEN has been a consistent threat in the amateur ranks with Hannah Miller at the controls and could take charge from the onset in this spot. (8) KEYSTONE THOMAS has plenty of early speed and a good record with amateur Hechkoff in the bike.

Race 2

(2) HEELS ON THE BEACH seems to have an affinity for the front but hasn’t been able to stay the mile. She qualified back nicely and doesn’t exactly face a field of winners, so this looks like a good spot. (5) HUG A DRAGONESS comes off two solid efforts and is clearly a win player. (6) IVY LEAGUE has some big-name parents, but hasn’t lived up to the hype as of yet.

Race 3

(2) WORLD CUP was back on his game with the return to The Meadowlands last time and shouldn’t be hurt by the addition of David Miller. (1) UPFRONT BILLY ships in sharp, has inside position, early speed, and Tetrick; plenty to like. (3) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE can leave fast and should make some noise.

Race 4

(2) SEASIDE ILLUSION hasn’t been able to put it all together yet in her three-race career, but does catch a softer group this week. Anything less than a win this week is a disappointment. (4) GLAD ALL OVER raced okay versus NJSS foes and should be dangerous on the class drop. (1) DREAM MERCHANT was short in his 2016 debut; more now?

Race 5

(4) DOC SIMON’S DREAM comes off a positive effort where she finished second at big odds. She looks as good as any in this Amateur race and has some early speed to utilize as well. (2) SHANGHAI JACK is sure to be leaving fast off the gate and should be a major player. (6) CAPTAIN PRIMEAU has consistently been getting a nice share and should hit the bottom of the exotics somewhere. (7) GUILTYWITHANEXCUSE is certainly in a winnable spot if he brings his best game.

Race 6

(4) TOTALLY RUSTY failed on the engine last time and I expect she’ll return to the off-the-pace tactics that helped her win two of her last four starts here. She should offer fair value this week. (1) SHEEZA SHARK N is developing a knack for getting up a bit too late. She remains a serious player. (3) GWENEEEE J was used hard last week and paid the price late; can do better.

Race 7

(4) CLEMENTINE DREAM raced evenly after a four week break. This looks like a close-knit group and she should offer a bit of value. (2) SPIDER BLUE CHIP seems to have found his class for new trainer Mark Ford. (7) B YOYO romped versus easier last week. (3) MEADOWBRANCH WENDY looks good if you draw a line through the break in her last outing. (6) SWEET JUSTICE is sharp enough to upset.

Race 8

(3) IDEAL NUGGETS wasn’t exactly loaded with pace in her qualifier, but she was facing some good boys that day. In a field full of question marks, I’ll take a shot that she is ready to roll. (4) BETTOR BE STEPPIN is supposed to handle this field, but this horse and the barn in general hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire of late. (5) CAPELA couldn’t lose at Yonkers back in March and qualified well behind Pure Country.

Race 9

(4) WINNING DOUBLE flashed early speed on the drop to this level and finished a good second. The addition of Callahan in the bike is a nice one. (7) BLUE MUSE typically does his best work one class lower than he faces tonight, but I’m not crazy about the competition and he might be able to step up. (2) COMMENTARY has been racing well and should hit the ticket somewhere. (5) OUTBURST burnt money as the chalk last time and rates as a competitor once again.

Race 10

(1) JAZEBEL DE VIE dealt with some traffic issues and finished up her mile nicely. She drops out of stakes action tonight and seems to be ready to put in a big mile. (4) TECH TITAN sits at an unappealing 0 for 11, but there is a bit of ability in him. (3) BATOUTAHILL has a NJSS win under her belt and probably deserves to be the chalk in here.

Race 11

(2) THAT WOMAN HANOVER comes off a scratched-sick line but only missed a week, which isn’t a big concern. She has as good a shot as any in a wide-open race. (8) REQUEST FOR PAROLE has been facing better in Pennsylvania and is capable of blowing this field away if on her game. (4) DELIGHTFUL DRAGON needs a trip but is very capable. (5) BLUSH HANOVER steps up off a win.

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