06/29/2016 3:34PM

Meadowlands: Friday 7/1 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: 65 - 186 / $388.40 (+$16.40)  BEST BETS: 8 - 16 / $20.10 (-11.90)

Best Bet: WORLD CUP (9th)

Spot Play: HAMMER TIME (3rd)

Race 1

(4) CHECKMATE TIME has looked very good in morning action while sprinting her final quarters. A few years back trainer Dennis Laterza won the Sire Stakes final with Hill I Am and perhaps he can do it again with this gal. (1) SOUTHWIND AVANTI is another who has been finishing up her miles nicely in qualifiers. (5) FEED YOUR HEAD hasn’t done anything wrong in two qualifiers and hails from the Takter/Gingras team.

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Race 2

(2) DEO GALILEO ships in for a good barn off a sharp win at Grand River. Fifth foal from Madam Countess is a half-brother to 1:48 4/5 winner Validus Deo. (5) NOTENOUGH FOR ME was a distant second in his debut, but maybe he wasn’t prepared for a 1:58 clocking on a half-mile track to start his career. By If I Can Dream, this gelding is the second foal out of $1.3 million winner Not Enough. (4) EVERY WAY OUT got caught in a quick mile last time and does own the fastest mark of the group. (3) ALWAYS SAFE BET deserves mention because he is a half-brother to the great Foiled Again.

Race 3

(1) HAMMER TIME made up some nice ground after the early miscue last week. Don’t discount this guy’s chances at a price. (3) ETERNAL PATROL flashed early speed in both qualifiers and doesn’t appear to be in a tough field; worth a shot. (4) MOUNTAIN OF LOVE was a $280,000 Lexington purchase and comes with high expectations. He has been okay in the morning but has hardly looked like a star as of yet.

Race 4

(2) KING OF THE HILL finished up with very good energy in his latest qualifier. Jimmy Takter-trained colt is a full brother to Hollywood Hill, who trotted in 1:56 2/5 as a 2-year-old, and a half-brother to $1.1 million earner The Bank. (4) FLY ON has two qualifying wins under his belt and is a half-brother to Finish Line, who owns a 1:54 3/5 lifetime mark. (5) SOUTHWIND COBRA hails from the Burke barn and has some decent Gaitway qualifiers.

Race 5

(4) BELL A CHICK tends to perk up when he reaches soft spots like this one. Gelding had no shot last time but seems to be in good form. (1) EARN AND BURN raced well considering the trip in his 3-year-old debut. He is eligible to show more now and may offer a bit of value with Takter in the bike. (2) MONTALBANO BI kept his act together in his most recent qualifier; possible. (7) TOO MUCH HANOVER has some form but remains winless on the year.

Race 6

(2) SOUTHWIND PRIUS hasn’t been able to win in two qualifiers, but winning isn’t the main goal during those training miles. Full sister to Southwind Hope (1:54 1/5, $136k) should be forwardly placed and in with a big shot. (7) ARIANA G has displayed early speed and a strong stretch sprint in her morning action. Full sister to 3-year-old filly trotting star All The Time (1:53 2/5, $518k) seems like the obvious favorite. (4) WAFFLE CONE he reeled off a pair of qualifying wins. This is the first Muscle Hill-sired filly from this mare.

Race 7

(2) REAL DJ HANOVER has been rallying nicely in amateur races and I’d expect Ake to keep him closer this week. (7) IT REALLY MATTERS drops down and could be a major player if sent hard from the start. (5) STICK OF BUTTER couldn’t be any sharper.

Race 8

(4) INVERSE HANOVER had something left in the tank when fourth in her lone qualifying mile. First foal from Ideal Newton (1:49 4/5, $629k) appears to have some ability. (5) WORLD APART showed some guts winning her last qualifier and looks ready to roll for trainer Linda Toscano. (8) AMERAWAY sprinted home in her lone morning race and moms only other foal was Western Fame, who owns a 1:50 4/5 mark and is racing in the $500,000 Hempt at Pocono Saturday. (3) PERPLEXED wouldn’t be a shock off her qualifying lines.

Race 9

(5) WORLD CUP drops down off a decent effort and really should take charge in this spot. (6) CALIPARI raced well in his first start for this barn and now picks up Gingras; interesting. (1) UNCLE HANOVER came up big with Campbell added to the team; Callahan should fill his shoes well for this race.

Race 10

(10) LIVINGINTHEDREAM has an experience edge on this group as the only horse to race in a pari-mutuel event. Despite post 10 she jumps off the page for me. (2) ROSE RUN SALLY may have finished eighth, but she did kick home in a solid 27 2/5 during that mile; hidden ability? (7) STRONGRTHNDASTORM is off a decent qualifying line and does add Tetrick. (1) DREAM OF PARADISE is in a new barn and hails from a mare that has thrown five $100k winners from her 12 previous foals.

Race 11

(1) AMERICAN PASSPORT left at 100MPH and couldn’t keep his act together in the Hempt elims. New driver Tetrick should be able to ease him away in second or third and make one decisive move. (5) JACKSRLUCKYTOO has been a model of consistency, but if he could pass the leader last week I can’t play him to win. (4) MAJOR WAR has high early speed and a driver that knows how to use it. (2) MICHAEL’S VICTORY is a quality horse that is capable of making some noise.

Race 12

(2) ALL THE TIME was very sharp in her recent qualifier and seems ready to rip off a sub 1:53 mile at any time. I can’t say that for any of her male or older rivals tonight. (6) DOG GONE LUCKY hasn’t shown too much in his morning efforts, but let’s face it, the Hambletonian is the goal here. I expect a conservative steer and a strong late kick. (4) POSSESSED FASHION consistently gets checks. (8) CLEMENTINE DREAM showed up with a solid effort last week and is capable of doing it again.

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