07/16/2014 3:31PM

Meadowlands: Friday 7/18 Analysis


Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool


MEET STATS: 86 - 274 / $495.80  BEST BETS: 13 - 21 / $46.80

Best Bet: GIFTED WAY (2nd)

Spot Play: LOCK DOWN LINDY (4th)

Race 1

(1) I'M FABULOUS hasn't raced much lately but did qualify back well. Veteran mare looks like a standout in this amateur event. (2) CURRENT CRISIS comes off a string of third-place finishes and has raced well over the big track here. (5) WHATNBLAZES & (4) NOWERLAND NATHAN have early speed and are capable given the right trip.

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Race 2

(1A) GIFTED WAY & (1B) CANEPA HANOVER were high priced yearlings that have already exhibited speed on the track. As part of a three-horse entry they appear impossible to pick against. (4) WHEELS AH SMOKIN swept from the back in his pari-mutuel debut. (6) MOUNTAIN TOP raced well in the NJ Sire Stakes final.

Race 3

(6) ROCKINGCAM PARK took some time off and started back a bit over her head in the Mistletoe Shalee. This non-winners race should suit her just fine. (2) BLIXTRA is off a blowout win; using. (5) EASTER SURPRIZE has been racing well lately.

Race 4

(7) LOCK DOWN LINDY was let loose in her last qualifier and she certainly shined. I'm expecting a nice mile from her on Friday. (6) SARCY was okay in her career debut and finished with broken equipment last time. (5) ARMATRADING, (2) JOLENE JOLENE & (1) HOT START have each shown enough to merit consideration at least underneath.

Race 5

(8) RAY HALL drops into a soft spot and should take charge. (3) BROADWAY ROCKS comes off a pair of decent efforts. (2) CHARMING DREAM was David Miller's choice. (9) UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD lost Miller but still has enough form to compete.

Race 6

(4) MASTER OF LAW charged home like the Flash in his recent qualifier, his first start since the barn change to Jimmy Takter. Perhaps the Hall of Fame conditioner has this guy straightened out. (7) ROYALTY FOR LIFE was taken out in his 2014 debut. Hambo winner should be tough in this spot. (2) SWEET JUSTICE picked up his game against lesser. Let's see if he can build on that effort.

Race 7

(2) CLEAR VIEW HANOVER is capable of going some nice miles and seems to be rounding into form after winter break. (6) MACHAROUNDTHECLOCK was in a bit tougher last week. Mare has early speed and should be a presence from the start. (3) CAROLSIDEAL is always capable with a decent trip.

Race 8

(7) WORLD CUP gets a new driver and class relief. The combination should be the perfect wakeup call. (2) UPFRONT BILLY is another stepping down the class ladder; consider. (1) LOLA DE VIE romped in a C-2 and now tries her luck at a higher level. (4) HILLUSTRIOUS has displayed some ability but will need a bigger effort versus this group.

Race 9

(2) EXQUISITE GLIDE raced okay versus some stiff competition in his recent qualifier. New trainer Tony Alagna seems to have him moving in the right direction. (1) SCREAM AND SHOUT gets some major class relief; using. (4) DEJATIERO adds Miller and didn't look that bad to begin with.

Race 10

(4) TIME TO QUIT has been keeping better company at Yonkers and returns to New Jersey against the basement level conditioned foes. He really should perk up against this group. (2) VIDA DE VIE has been getting good checks and finds herself in the right spot to perhaps pick up more. (6) CATHY'S PRINCESS comes off an open-length score at Pocono.

Race 11

(1A) MISTERY WOMAN came up flat late in her first start with hobbles but stayed on stride. That is a step in the right direction. (5) PERFECT ALLIANCE was perfect prior to her last two starts. Friday will tell plenty about where she is right now. On paper she should win easily; adds Lasix. (1) MA CHERE HALL is the second part of the entry. Either could score if on their games. (2) HANDOVER BELLE knows how to step up with a big mile.

Race 12

(1) NUNKERI proved game in her first career start and the will to win is always a good quality. (8) CRAZY BEAUTIFUL looked good in the morning for Alagna. (4) LADY CLARABELLA stayed flat with hobbles added.

Race 13

(2) MAGGLIO hasn't been racing well but is in a prime spot. (4) THE NORTHERN DUDE was a decent third in his first start since April. (10) MCKENZIE'S STAR might be the one to beat with a better post. (5) KEYSTONE WYATT has some early speed.

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