07/30/2014 5:03PM

Meadowlands: Friday 8/1 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: 102 - 326 / $574.00  BEST BETS: 16 - 25 / $57.80

Best Bet: ARTSPEAK (5th)

Spot Play: AND HEEZ PERFECT (1st)

Race 1

(5) AND HEEZ PERFECT gets some clear class relief after facing better foes at Pocono and Philly. I'd expect Mitchell Walker to point this gelding down the road. (2) UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD has gone some good miles recently and should enjoy the inside post. (3) CURRENT CRISIS is handled by a very competent amateur driver.

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Race 2

(2) SPEAK TO ME is perfect in three career starts and really jumps off the page in this spot. (4) CRAZY BEAUTIFUL was in tough from post nine versus a very fast filly last time. She could give the top choice a run for her money. (1) ANNALIINA should be fast enough to contend. (5) BEE THE QUEEN has run into some problems lately but does pick up Campbell tonight.

Race 3

(4) JOSIE'S JOY is a half-sister to 2013 Hambo runner-up Smilin Eli. She comes off a nice effort and doesn't face any killers. (5) KELSEY'S KEEPSAKE has raced well in each of her three career starts. (11) THAT'S SO IRONIC chased nicely in a fast mile last time and is certainly eligible to improve. (1) PAD PRINCESS won by open lengths in a slow time to begin her career; gets tested Friday.

Race 4

(5) SATURDAY MORNINGS might be best suited on the lead and she wasn't getting there versus the speedy Mission Brief; good spot. (1) DYNAMITE DAME emerged from that pack to finish second to Mission Brief last time. (3) ALLERAGE STAR gets a new driver and I can see Corey Callahan moving her up a notch.

Race 5

(2) ARTSPEAK is a very talented son of Western Ideal. He should win as he pleases. (1) WELL WELL WELL has had his issues staying on the track but clearly possesses ability. The fact that Tetrick chose off the Toscano-trained #5 for this colt says something. (6) STOVER gets a driver switch to Gingras. (7) MCARDLES LIGHTNING comes off a speedy 1:51 mile at Pocono but got a good trip that start; maybe.

Race 6

(1) SCREAM AND SHOUT has been idling on the rim lately. She is better than that and perhaps the switch to Johnny Takter will help. (3) STRUCK BY LINDY finds a relatively easy spot and just may be the favorite. (1B) DONATELLA HANOVER has shown she can play with this caliber of competition. (5) MY INSPIRATION was second last time but had no excuse for not winning.

Race 7

(3) JOHNNY Z won a C-2 final last week that may have included a tougher group than he tackles tonight; edge. (5) HANG TEN has proven to be very competitive at this level. (7) ANDREW LUCK only needs a clean trip to be a major player.

Race 8

(3) FLY ANGEL FLY is an expensive yearling who qualified well for Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. His brother is in from Sweden to drive and I can recall him taking a division of the Kindergarten series with Yoga last year at huge odds. (1) BY AND BY HANOVER won her career debut for Svanstedt and is the likely favorite. (10) SHAFINA HANOVER has displayed some ability and adds Ron Pierce.

Race 9

(1) FRENCH LAUNDRY looks tough to beat on paper. (6) CURFEW qualified well for Svanstedt and would be no surprise; must use. (8) ALDEBARAN EAGLE comes off an improved effort.

Race 10

(6) LOVELY JAN wasn’t able to stay with Lock Down Lindy, the likely second choice in the Merrie Annabelle final on Saturday. This looks like a good spot for her debut. (3) LADY CLARABELLA raced evenly to start her career and could show more now. (10) FLIRTING FILLY has obvious speed but drew poorly. (8) ILUVMYJIMMYCHOOS looks good if you ignore the break last time.

Race 11

(3) TRUE BLUE STRIDE hasn’t gotten his act together yet but has some ability. This looks like the right spot to help him shine. (2) WHEELS AH SMOKIN sports two good race lines to date; big threat. (1) THE BANK could be the one to beat if he minds his manners. (7) HABITAT proved he can trot fast in his last start. Will he stay on stride?

Race 12

(1) MUSCLE DIAMOND added hobbles and minded his manners last time. (5) SOUTHWIND MOZART exits Sire Stakes competition and should race well if he behaves. (2) FALK ON HILL S is another who could break but has some ability.

Race 13

(4) CROSBY’S CLAM BAKE stays at the same level but clearly catches a softer group. (1) CATHY’S PRINCESS made a costly break last time. She fits with this bunch. (10) B L CLASS ACT has been on a roll but is stuck in post 10.

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