08/03/2016 1:19PM

Meadowlands: Friday 8/5 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: 118 - 314 / $649.30 (+$21.30)   BEST BETS: 16 - 26 / $40.90 (-11.10)

Best Bet: ALEXIE MATTOSIE (12th)

Spot Play: UVA HANOVER (5th)

Race 1

(3) BLUE MUSE has found a softer spot this week and should be sent as far as she can go on the lead for Sarah Svanstedt. (5) NO RECESS was in over his head versus a very strong field last time. (2) WHATNBLAZES is probably not a win candidate, but he knows how to make his way into the money at a price. (9) FREEDOMBRID is driven by one of the hottest amateurs in the bike right now.

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Race 2

(4) WAY OUT WEST added trotting hobbles and behaved in her qualifier. I'll take a shot that the equipment was a game changer in a very questionable field. (1) ICE ATTRACTION & (3) GRAND IDEA picked up checks in NJSS action and that stamps them as sharp in this group.

Race 3

(9) WUTAN showed early speed in his debut before a miscue took him out of the race. We clearly haven't seen his best yet. (4) BILL'S MAN was a solid second last time and could be the favorite off that mile. (1) SHAKE IT OFF LINDY didn't go very far from post nine, but was able to pass horses late; maybe.

Race 4

(5) COMMENTARY is not one of my favorite horses to play on top, but I see a bunch of early speed signed on and if Roy Marohn can bide his time, I can see him pulling off the upset. (1) KEYSTONE THOMAS seems destined to be gunning off the gate from the inside and who knows if driver Robert Hechkoff will even consider yielding. (2) B L CLASS ACT has the ability to step up if he gets a smooth trip and stretch clearance. (4) SWEET JUSTICE has the class and a hot driver.

Race 5

Don't discount the importance of the inside post this week for (2) UVA HANOVER. His best races seem to be when he is near the lead and that opportunity should present itself this Friday. (5) ALDEBARAN EAGLE clearly beat up on easier last time but at least he did it impressively. This guy has always been fast and maybe he is finally ready to show his true talent. (7) ITS HUW YOU KNOW has proven to be an honest horse this year; using underneath. (8) DANISH DURANGO could be a player if they mix it up on the engine.

Race 6

(2) DELIGHTFUL DRAGON has found her groove over the last couple of weeks; I'm on board. (5) STACIA HANOVER picked up a win against cheaper at Tioga and might be able to build on that momentum. (6) REQUEST FOR PAROLE has dangerous early speed if left alone on the engine. (8) NOT BEFORE EIGHT is plenty sharp, but she is likely at the mercy of the pace and outside flow.

Race 7

(9) CUFFLINK HANOVER kept up very well and was actually gaining on Southwind Frank in last week's Reynolds. It seems the bigger track at The Meadowlands suits this son of Andover Hall. (10) DAYSON is likely the most talented horse in the field but he has shown a high tendency to break. He stayed flat with hobbles last time, so perhaps that will right the wrongs with him. (2) LIMA CADILLAC is moving in the right direction lately.

Race 8

(9) BETTOR BE STEPPIN finally showed some small signs of life last time. She plunges in class this week and almost has to win this race by default. (10) TABLE TALK is another classy gal who has a good chance to pick up her first win of the year. (2) ENCORE DEO switches to the big track and could step up.

Race 9

(1) HITITOUTOFTHEPARK goes from facing the top 3-year-old trotters in the game to this weaker group. (2) SOUTHERN CROSS is clearly sharp and has early speed in his game. (5) SOUTHWIND FLASH is certainly capable but hard to love at 2 for 22 lifetime. (10) WINTER HARBOR added hobbles and cruised in his most recent qualifier. This guy has some talent and will show it sooner or later.

Race 10

(2) MISS TEZSLA couldn't make the Hambo Oaks but should be able to step up in the Duenna tonight. (4) GIN AND LINDY has a big late kick and only needs to be in striking position to be in the photo. (3) SOUTHWIND HOPE has only missed the board once in 2016.

Race 11

(1) SYNONUMOUS HANOVER wasn't bad in the Hambo Oaks last time and certainly faces a softer group tonight. I'll take a shot here at a price. (2) SOUTHWIND PEARL also exits the Oaks and now has a better post to work with this time. (5) GLAD ALL OVER looks good if you ignore the one break two starts back. (4) GINNY WEASLEY seems capable of stepping up in a field without a standout.

Race 12

(6) ALEXIE MATTOSIE gets class and post relief this week. He should bring a huge effort on Friday. (9) EL BLOOMBITO comes out of the same race as the top choice and is the main danger. (3) SUMMER CAMP comes off a solid effort.

Race 13

(1) WINDSONG GORGEOUS was used hard early last time and paid the price. He should have an easier go of it from post one. (7) SOUTHERN PURSUIT N comes off a decent U.S. debut and can improve. (8) BETTOR BELIEVE IT drops down and is hard to toss. (6) WOODMERE ULTIMATE is moving in the right direction lately.

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