09/14/2016 4:03PM

Meadowlands: Friday 9/16 Analysis

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MEET STATS: 7-25 /$51.20  

BEST BETS: 1-2 / $2.60

Best Bet: NEW JERSEY VIKING (2nd)

Spot Play: HAPPINESS (5th)

Race 1

(7) SORTIE may have been passed in his latest qualifier, but he looked pretty good despite the loss. Maybe being near the lead is his game? Hopefully McCarthy elects for those tactics. (1) LEXI MARIE has been facing tougher in PASS action. Don't sell this gal short despite the lack of a catch-driver. (2) EBURY STREET is back on the big track where he posted a qualifier win back in July.

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Race 2

(4) NEW JERSEY VIKING should take care of business here without any issues. (7) EXPLOSIVE RIDGE has been nearly flawless with hobbles added and seems like a worthy exacta player. (1) SOUTHWIND WOODY gets Yannick back in the bike. He's the last driver to keep this guy trotting.

Race 3

(7) BILL'S MAN took a shot in the Wellwood, so you know his connections think he has ability. The last time he was at The Meadowlands, Callahan drove him to a two length win. (1) WALNER has now made breaks in two of three career starts, which borders on a trend. That said, the ability remains there. (8) FLY ON has plenty of wins; obvious player.

Race 4

(2) SHAKE IT OFF LINDY has stepped up his game in recent starts and seems worth following. (8) WUTAN raced well last time and now gets Gingras in the bike. (4) MUAY HANOVER is another player in a field without an obvious standout.

Race 5

(7) HAPPINESS wasn't quite in gear for her first start since February, but against this low-level group and with Gingras signed on, I'm expecting more now. (10) SHE'S HEAVENLY is another making her second start off the bench and getting a nice driver change. (4) CARIBBEAN ROSE N gets some class relief and could respond.

Race 6

(2) CANEPA HANOVER put in a big mile the last time he raced in an overnight event. If his head is screwed on straight tonight, he should have a big shot at his first winner's circle appearance of the year. (4) SUTTON has held his own against some of the best sophomore trotters all year. This looks like a good spot for an early speed try. (8) CASH ME OUT has class and experience; using underneath.

Race 7

(5) GWENEEEE J was somehow sent off the favorite last week when she had no business taking that much money. This looks like a much better spot. (6) TABLE TALK is back at The Big M where she won her last start. (10) SASSA HANOVER has the class but got unlucky with post 10; maybe.

Race 8

(8) DREAM BABY DREAM announced her arrival with an open length win last week. This is a huge test, but she showed me she has the tools to step up. (5) HILLARMBRO rated on the rim and won in hand a week ago. (3) FEED YOUR HEAD gets Gingras back in the bike and figures to be overbet. (4) CRANN TARA has never missed the board in five career starts.

Race 9

(5) ROCK OF CASHEL was a solid second last week behind B Yoyo, who worked out a perfect trip. I'll give this guy another shot. (3) ALDEBARAN EAGLE moves inside and should make the front this week. (7) CLASSICAL ANNIE hasn't won since Gingras was at the helm. He's back!

Race 10

(2) PRINCESS AURORA added hobbles and took care of business. Maybe the equipment change was all she needed. (5) ROSESAREEXPLOSIVE has always shown me some hints of ability and the switch to Tetrick couldn't hurt. (9) SOUTHWIND PRIUS is as consistent as they come but doesn't win enough to play in the top spot.

Race 11

(8) HILLOSOPHICAL is back on a mile track and that could solve the recent breaking issues. (1A) DOUBLE L LINDY clearly has ability if he can overcome post 10. (7) PANANA REPUBLIC has a nice turn of speed in her arsenal.

Race 12

(3) LONG TOM has looked okay in limited starts and hails from a barn that can send out a winner when well spotted. (2) SENIA HANOVER moved into the Miller barn and righted the ship in a hurry. (9) POWER AND FAITH makes his second start on Lasix and could improve.

Race 13

(5) GAME THEORY woke up in a big way last time and might be able to build on that effort. (1) BODACIOUS BECKY might be moving up a notch but still merits a long look in this spot. (7) OUT WEST SOMEWHERE comes in off a win and gains Callahan, who finished second with her a few starts back. (9) BLUSH HANOVER won at this level last week but that was over a sloppy track; bad post.

 

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