06/03/2015 8:18PM

Meadowlands: Friday 6/5 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: 39 - 127 / $168.10  BEST BETS: 5 - 9 / $14.50


Spot Play: CINNABAR (2nd)

Race 1

(5) SOPRAVVISSUTO comes off a solid race and outdraws the only other logical play on paper. (10) HEZ A BUCKEYE has raced well in each of his starts for this barn and had no shot last week. I’m guessing he’ll be firing out this time. (4) TRIPLE MAJOR qualified back well and might benefit from the vacation time.

[SCIOTO DOWNS: Watch Bee A Magician in the Charlie Hill on Saturday--Live on DRF!]

Race 2

(3) CINNABAR seems to be moving in the right direction and could be ready for a big effort against this somewhat questionable group. (4) SHOW BIZ HALL rallied nicely in both of his 2015 starts. Is he ready to pick up his game? (2) FROU FROU has done okay in NYSS races and should be a nice fit with this group.

Race 3

(8) THAT WOMAN HANOVER should cruise down the road at about 2-5. (3) VICTORIA MAY N comes in from Freehold with good form and has a win over this track. (4) FOUR STARZ ROE picks up Gingras and becomes at automatic possibility for the exotics.

Race 4

(3) MOJARRA HANOVER has made a good living in these low level mini-series races for Freehold shippers. She is certainly no lock, but let’s just say she is the one to beat. (5) PRECIOUS ROSE N won four of six races here last year and is very capable of taking this field down the road. (7) HS OPEN WATERS comes in from Freehold in fine form.

Race 5

(8) ENTRANCED finished up with good trot last time and seemed to get along nicely with driver Scott Zeron. It is worth noting that he was pulled from the sale on May 31. (2) UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD qualified back well enough and certainly benefits from Gingras in the bike. (10) SOUTHWIND POSEIDON comes off a nice wire to wire win and would be no surprise. (4) ROYAL MALINDA drops down after a decent second last week; Zeron opted to the top choice.

Race 6

(3) BRUSHSTROKES was a solid second last time to That Woman Hanover, who will be a heavy favorite in a separate division of this series. Veteran mare seems to be ready for a top effort. (5) REAL DRAMA won against similar last time and rates as the one to beat. (8) NEXT FLIGHT finished second behind the former last time; contender.

Race 7

(3) LOCK DOWN LINDY flashed some ability as a 2-year-old and seems to be displaying that same talent this year. It would be nice if she was racing against straight fillies, but I still think she is best. (8) JUSTIN ON BROADWAY was trapped and finished willingly last time; clear threat. (9) TWO HIP DIP races well when he stays flat and would be tough if he behaved this time.

Race 8

(5) WEEPER was my pick when there was a chance Gingras would drive and remains the choice with McCarthy in the bike. Jimmy Takter trainee has been solid in both 2015 wins and looks to have a bright future in this division. (3) KATIE SAID was absolutely flying to beat lesser in her most recent start. If she is sitting in striking position, watch out! (6) INITTOWINAFORTUNE has put in a good effort every week and should get the jump on other outside speed. (9) RADAR CONTACT comes off a Betsy Ross win and looks like the best mare in the sport right now. If she can win from the outside post against this bunch, there will be no doubt who is queen.

Race 9

(6) CAMBRIDGE spent a long time on the rim in his debut on Lasix after a six week break. Four-year-old has every right to be tighter in this spot for a live barn. (2) BLUEBRID KIDSQUEEN has proven capable of stepping up in soft spots like this one. (4) CARNEGIE returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level.

Race 10

(7) BEACH STORY got over the top for her first win of the year. That confidence builder might be all she needs to go on a nice run. (1) BEAUTIFUL LADY has performed well in seemingly every start in this class. (3) SAYITALL BB & (4) TABLE TALK are two classy mares which lack consistent recent form; either could score.

Race 11

(6) FLYHAWK EL DURADO was visually impressive with a powerful stretch rally against slightly lesser last week. (3) COCO LINDY goes for three straight wins and seems likely to be pointed for the top. (1) WATKINS comes off a nice win but loses Tetrick to (8) LIGHTNING STORM, who was a solid second in his first start since October.

Race 12

(10) UNTOUCHABLE ONE doesn’t knock your socks off but has been racing steadily up at Plainridge. His 1:50 4/5 win at Pocono last year tells me he has the speed to win and if someone can get the best out of him, it is Gingras. (1) ACELO HANOVER was claimed right back by the Mike Russo barn and seems likely to be odds-on. (4) SMELLTHECOLORNINE moves into a new barn and could awaken. (7) CAJON HOT SHOT will be firing early; trifecta and superfecta must.