07/20/2016 2:49PM

Meadowlands: Friday 7/22 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: 97 - 262 / $541.90 (+$17.90) BEST BETS: 14 - 22 / $36.40 (-7.60)

Best Bet: FLY ON (2nd)

Spot Play: GRANDMAS MONI (3rd)

Race 1

(9) DREAM ROCKER finished nicely in last week’s amateur event. Hopefully he’ll be in striking position this week. (7) CARNEGIE has early speed in a field that seems to lack an abundance of that quality; clear player. (1) ROCKET MASTER is clearly in decent form and wouldn’t be a surprise. (6) DREAMS OF THUNDER is off an improved effort and Joe Lee has been doing well in the bike this year.

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Race 2

(6) FLY ON raced well versus some quality foes in NJSS action and sticks out in this field as the clear one to beat. (1) FLY BEYOND weakened late in his first career start and can learn from that race. (5) SONGNATRA finished up willingly to begin his career; more now?

Race 3

(6) GRANDMA’S MONI qualified very nicely and lured Tim Tetrick off the Linda Toscano-trained (7) CRANN TARA, who also did okay during morning action. I’m siding with Tetrick on this one. (5) GRAND IDEA comes from great connections and does drop out of Sire Stake races.

Race 4

(3) RUBIO breezed through his morning qualifiers with wins and scored at first asking at Pocono. I wouldn’t call him a lock tonight, but he does look imposing at short odds. (8) INTERNATIONAL MONI didn’t have as smooth a trip as it looks on paper in his debut. There is some talent here and room for improvement. (4) HE’S GONE broke in his debut but deserves a second chance and does reunite with David Miller.

Race 5

(6) ONDA DI MARE ships in from Hoosier and finds herself in a new barn with a new pilot at the helm. She appears to fit nicely with this group and seems worth a play as long as she isn’t hammered at the windows. (9) FLYING ISA N has proven capable of trotting a 1:53 and change mile, which should be enough to put her at least in a win photo. (7) DETROIT RAPPER has been off his game but has proven to be faster than these when right. He is at least worth a look on the track. (1) WIN THE DAY gets a better post to work with and seems worth using on multi-race exotic tickets.

Race 6

(7) OVERDRAFT VOLO comes off a blowout qualifying win in a fast time and seems worth following. (1) AMBER ELLA chased the winner in that same mile and seems destined to be doing it again. (8) SUNSHINE DELIGHT comes off a decent debut mile at Monticello.

Race 7

(1) BARN DOLL is clearly moving in the right direction based on her last two races. This field is filled with some talent, so demand a bit of value. (3) WORLD CUP has won two straight and looms as an obvious threat. (5) DANISH DURANGO was scratched-sick in his last start and hasn’t raced since June 24, but he was on a nice winning streak. (7) FASHION CREDITOR gets some major class relief and should be right at home with this bunch.

Race 8

(6) REQUEST FOR PAROLE is back on the big track where he just missed in this class in June with Bongiorno driving. Now Gingras joins the equation and I’m expecting another strong effort. (8) NOT BEFORE EIGHT puts in an honest effort every week and is clearly a major threat. (1) HAZMATT came up short late after a few months on the bench; can show more now.

Race 9

(5) SUMATRA took care of business easily enough when down in class last week. Technically he climbs one rung on the class ladder, but this field doesn’t look that strong. (2) CLEMENTINE DREAM drew post one, which I’m not sure is a plus for him. A lot will depend on how hard he needs to work in the early stages. (1A) BLUE MUSE is a consistent sort who can certainly step up if given a smooth trip.

Race 10

(9) STACIA HANOVER closed well from a tough spot last time and now gets to double-drop in class. (6) DELIGHTFUL DRAGON exits the same race as the top pick and should prove her main competition. (5) INTOVIEW was a well meant winner last week and has the ability to step up the ranks.

Race 11

(5) VICTOR GIO IT was the talk of the town after his 12-plus length qualifying win. Son of Ready Cash looks like the real deal. (3) LIMERENCE is perfect and two career starts and deserves some respect. (6) WUTAN has been solid since adding hobbles.

Race 12

(8) WINDSUN GALLIANO has his trouble behaving but does go from an amateur to a catch-driver tonight. This guy knows how to win here and should bring a solid effort if he stays trotting. (3) PARIS PRINCESS N & (2) LAZURUS both drop a notch and seem capable.

Race 13

(4) R MARIE HANOVER returns to the Meadowlands at the basement condition and adds Gingras. (5) M A JACKIE has been racing reasonably well of late. (6) BODACIOUS BECKY was used hard last time and could improve with a smoother trip. (9) JANIE BAY is clearly facing an easier group this week.

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