07/26/2012 11:55AM

Meadowlands: Friday 7/27 Analysis


CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 105 - 314 / $561.90

Best Bet: CAPTAINTREACHEROUS (2nd)       Spot Play: BIG SKY HURRIKANE (9th)

Race 1

(1) WEEKEND VACATION was on a roll but got sick and was sidelined for a few weeks. Now she makes her second start back and reunites with Gingras, who posted a big score with her at the end of June. (5) CHILITODAYHOTAMALE raced okay last time. This spot is tougher but she gets a catch-driver back in the bike. (6) KENDA seems to trot with the pack nicely; gets a nice piece. (3) STERLING VOLO is capable of better than she has shown lately.

Race 2

(1A) CAPTAINTREACHEROUS & (1) ROCKNMYJEANS form a powerful entry from trainer Tony Alagna. These colts appear to have a world of talent and either could win tonight. (3) ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUY was stuck behind slow fractions last week and had no chance. (6) MATTS AWAY TEN has a decent late kick.

Race 3

(4) TO DREAM ON has been a killer in her first two starts of the year. Now Dave Miller takes over the driving; expect even more? (7) LADY RIVIERA comes off a track record performance at Monticello. This young lady has plenty of talent but might not be as fast as the top one just yet. (2) FIND THE MAGIC sports an impressive burst. (6) DEWEY LANE is hard to toss off her latest triumph.

Race 4

(8) MISS STEELE has finished second twice in three starts but seems to be a pretty game filly. I’ll give her the narrow call in a close-knit elimination. (1) UF TADYS DONATO stayed flat and posted a nice mile last time. (2) TIME TO KILL posted a nice debut; more now?

Race 5

(7) MY MAN CAN has been awesome in the morning. This son of Cantab Hall could have some serious ability. (2) MAJOR ATHENS raced huge out of town and lures Sears off another good looking colt. (4) ARCTIC TALE has good early speed and seems likely to be using it tonight. (5) FICO added hobbles and raced well.

Race 6

(7) WINNING MISTER finally gets some class relief after tackling the best trotters in the sport over the last month. I love the addition of Sears in the bike. He seems to get that little bit extra out of horses that like the lead. (2) ANDERS BLUESTONE loves to win and arrives sharp. (4) DON’T KNOW CHIP is another sharp veteran that is hard to toss off of your tickets.

Race 7

(1) DO ME HONOR moves into a new barn and picks up Sears. Notice that she has been racing against the upper-level mares in Canada. (3) BETTOR B LUCKY has raced much better since moving into the Burke barn. How will she handle her elders? (2) FOUR STARZ ROE missed seven weeks of action and raced pretty well considering the time off. (7) DRAGON PRINCESS comes off a win.

Race 8

(2) SHOW TICKET has a nice burst of speed in the tank and gets a driver change. (3) FASHION BLIZZARD raced well in an easy spot last time. Let’s see what he can do. (1A) CAVEAT EMPTOR is clearly fast enough but comes with the risk of a break; tough call. (6) THE FRESH PRINCE raced well in his career debut.

Race 9

(3) BIG SKY HURRIKANE was stuck in a bad spot last week and still closed with late trot. This gelding is sharp, outdraws tonight’s rivals and picks up Miller; lots to like. (10) ELLENS ISLE minded her manners and romped last time. If she trots, she’ll be tough again. (1) SOUTH JERSEY FLASH posted an upset last time and stays at the same level. (5) LUCKYCHARM HANOVER has been facing better with little success; question mark.

Race 10

This is a tough race to handicap, as each of the contestants will compete for 15 times the purse in the final. I’ll stick with (2) NIKKI BEACH , who is perfect in two starts and has looked good. (1) ACQUAVELLA also comes off a win. (6) MISTRESSTOTHESTARS is coming off a solid mile.

Race 11

(10) BROADWAY ROCKS wins the majority of his races and has the early speed to overcome post 10. I can’t figure out how he fits this condition but I’m guessing some of his wins were against state breds. (8) MODERN FAMILY & (7) EPIC TALE are both exiting tougher spots.

Race 12

(6) AISLING drops down the condition ladder and should cruise to victory. (8) DREAMING OF AMY finds an easier spot and hails from a barn that can wake one up quickly. (3) DIMANGGIO can be a player if flat.


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