07/27/2016 3:48PM

Meadowlands: Friday 7/29 Analysis

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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: 108 - 288 / $595.80 (+$19.80)  BEST BETS: 15 - 24 / $38.80 (-9.20)

Best Bet: ARIANA G (2nd)

Spot Play: VICTOR GIO IT (10th)

Race 1

(1) SIGNAL HILL had no problems with the hobbles added in his most recent qualifier. In a race without a clear standout, I'll lean his way. (2) CATCH THE GAME looks like he barely won his last qualifier on paper, but he was never losing that race; clear threat. (10) EARL VARIERA comes off a dull qualifier over a month ago, but trainer Svanstedt is very capable of getting them to roll off the bench; price possibility. (7) YOU CANT HABIT has been okay against stakes foes out of town.

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Race 2

(2) ARIANA G looks like a special filly and should prove very difficult to beat. (7) WAFFLE CONE displayed some ability in her NJSS races and should have every chance at second money. (1) BROADWAY IDOLE has put together three solid races but faces a bit tougher in here.

Race 3

(4) HILLARMBRO came home willingly when he had daylight in his latest start. He definitely seems worth following, especially against this questionable group. (10) STAR'S EDGE has the early speed to make some noise. (2) MYSTIC STELLA has looked pretty good in qualifiers and needs to carry that over to nighttime action.

Race 4

(3) NEW JERSEY VIKING couldn't handle the uncovered route last time out as the favorite. The price should improve tonight and he looks as good as any in here. (2) KING ON THE HILL improved greatly with hobbles added and can step forward off that positive effort. (6) RUBIO is hard to knock at 3-for-3 lifetime.

Race 5

(1) SASSA HANOVER hasn't been very consistent in her 4-year-old season, but she draws inside against a field that seems to lack much early speed and should be able to secure the pocket or brush early. (8) TABLE TALK hasn't been able to stay on the track of late. That said, she can fire off the gate and wouldn't be a shock to wire this field at a price. (6) DELIGHTFUL DRAGON responded nicely on the class drop and may have picked up some confidence.

Race 6

This is the toughest race on the card to decipher. Any of the nine entrants could win if given the right trip. (5) DANISH DURANGO comes off a decent effort despite missing four weeks of action and should be a bit sharper tonight. (8) WORLD CUP was racing well from off the pace and didn't have enough when showing early speed last week; new tactics? (2) RULES OF THE ROAD displayed a bit more late life with Lasix added last time. (1) CANEPA HANOVER is going to wake up sooner or later and I hope I have a few shares of him that night. (3) JEWELS IN HOCK is a capable mare coming off a good win.

Race 7

(2) GWENEEEE J couldn't overcome the outside post last time and doesn't seem to be at her best when on the lead. From this spot driver John Campbell should be able to bide his time and latch onto live cover. (3) FROST DAMAGE BLUES took her shot in the Golden Girls with a speedy early move and paid the price. This should be in her comfort zone. (1) REQUEST FOR PAROLE rode a lifetime best to a near career best mile a week ago; clear threat. (4) NOT BEFORE EIGHT had no shot at catching #1 last week. She is sharp and always dangerous off cover.

Race 8

(3) CHEZATTER has a strong late kick and figures to provide plenty of value with (2) THAT'S ALL MONI signed on. The latter is perfect in two starts for Gingras/Takter. She'll be the heavy favorite but I'm not sure she is a wise play in a field of 2-year-olds that could step up at any time. (7) SIANNA HANOVER should be controlling the action at the start and could steal the race in an elimination where some might be playing for only a top five finish. (1) CAMERON HILL ships down with a perfect record and deserves a look.

Race 9

(7) KEYSTONE THOMAS blasted down the road with amateur driver Hechkoff in the bike. Brett Miller should be able to produce at least that speed, no? (2) CLASSICAL ANNIE gets some major class relief this week and should prove tough. (8) POSSESSED FASHION doesn't love to win but should get a piece of this purse.

Race 10

(5) VICTOR GIO IT got a bit crowded on the final turn and made a mistake in his career debut. I'm not going to hold that one miscue against him assuming I can get north of 2-1 this week. (2) WHAT THE HILL displayed speed at both ends of the mile to win the NJSS final two weeks ago; one to beat. (1) SOUTHWIND COBRA looks okay on paper if you toss the recent break.

Race 11

(5) HANNELORE HANOVER is simply too sharp to pick against right now. (4) JL CRUZE comes off a nice win despite missing a few weeks. Maybe he is finally ready to step up to the Open ranks again. (2) WINGS OF ROYALTY finished second behind the top pick last time and Sears is listed to drive; interesting.

Race 12

(1) MARGARITA M put in an even mile after missing six weeks of action. In a blank field, I can see her stepping up at a price. (4) PRINCE DE VIE raced okay in his career debut. Could a win here springboard him into the Hambletonian with only two starts under his belt? (9) REIGNING MONI gets some major class relief; clear player.

Race 13

(9) VRAKA HANOVER moves into the Burke barn and is eligible to improve in a hurry. (7) EXOTIC BEACH returns to the Big M without too much form and could surprise at a price. (4) M A JACKIE comes off a win at this level but faces better foes this week. (3) BODACIOUS BECKY & (2) LET HER ROCK look like must-use players at least underneath and either could score at their best.

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