09/07/2016 3:19PM

Meadowlands: Friday 9/9 Analysis


CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 130 - 343 / $720.90 (+$34.90)

BEST BETS: 18 - 28 / $47.30 (-8.70)

Best Bet: WALNER (5th)

Spot Play: ROCK OF CASHEL (4th)

Race 1

(4) SOUTHWIND PRIUS is certainly the most consistent of this bunch. I guess she is the default winner unless one of the others has some hidden ability they are ready to break out. (6) DECADENCE picked up her game in start two and certainly seems to be on the improve. (2) WAFFLE CONE proved herself with a big mile versus Checkmate Time back in early July, but she hasn’t done much since and shows a five week gap in action.

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Race 2

(5) POWER AND FAITH reunites with Tim Tetrick, who steered this colt to a win back in early August. (6) PANANA REPUBLIC improved greatly in her second start with Lasix. (7) HILLMAN has been consistent at Yonkers and should offer fair value.

Race 3

(3) CRANN TARA has yet to miss the board in her career and her latest effort was certainly her best. She is clearly the one to beat. (6) HILLARMBRO might have the most talent in the race, but the six weeks off and recent scratched-sick line does not inspire confidence. (5) FEED YOUR HEAD has won two straight but loses Gingras as he is in Canada.

Race 4

(6) ROCK OF CASHEL did very well at the Big M earlier in the year. Lately he’s been handicapped by outside posts on smaller tracks, but he did almost close from last to win at Pocono. (8) ALDEBARAN EAGLE is back at The Meadowlands. He has the high early speed to dart to the top and take them a long way. (4) CLASSICAL ANNIE has a win at this track and at this level not too long ago.

Race 5

(1) WALNER has the looks of a talented young colt with a bright future. I can’t say the same about most of his competition. (7) FLY ON was simply awful at Freehold last time, but since he is right back in to race, I’m going to toss that effort out and focus on his prior excellent form. (6) SWEET PERKS raced well in his career debut and seems worth consideration.

Race 6

(2) CHARMED LIFE ships down from Canada in good form and should have the option of taking charge in this abbreviated field. (4) BARN DOLL has to be thrilled that Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry aren’t in this race. She is clearly a major player. (7) JEWELS IN HOCK is another contender, but my feeling is that her price will be shorter than warranted with the addition of Tetrick.

Race 7

(3) SHEEZA SHARK N was racing well here earlier in the year and really hasn’t had much chance from outside posts at Yonkers lately. She seems worth a shot if the price is in the double digits. (1) STACIA HANOVER hasn’t won a ton of races this year but always seems to be a contender. (7) SASSA HANOVER is clearly in a decent spot if she brings her best game. Will Bongiorno leave hard with her this week?

Race 8

(6) HE’S GONE has been racing fairly well while trying to close on smaller tracks versus tough PA Sire Stakes foes. I can see him picking up his game back on the big track and having Smedshammer in the bike ensures a decent price. (3) EASTERN PROMISE appears to be improving slightly in recent weeks. (7) SHEER RESULT won his qualifier by 30 lengths and that will certainly catch some eyes. Chapter Seven-sired colt seems to be in with a chance.

Race 9

(5) BLUSH HANOVER freefalls in class this week and has no excuses. (7) IDEAL NUGGETS is the other big class dropper; respect. (1) MACY BLUE CHIP N was a bit flat after missing time and could show more now.

Race 10

(6) DREAM BABY DREAM won her career debut by six lengths but could have won by double that if she had daylight sooner. Homebred seems to have some ability and is worth following. (1) SUNSHINE DELIGHT & (7) OVERDRAFT VOLO already have 1:56 and change lifetime marks to their credit and rank as the clear favorites.

Race 11

(9) SOUTHWIND POSEIDON is an interesting proposition. If he trots the entire mile, there is little doubt this field is in trouble. That said, he shows breaks in three of his last four starts. (6) MOUNTAIN TOP was in some less than desirable spots—post eight at Yonkers and post one at Pocono—in his first starts off a long layoff. Don’t be shocked if he perks up tonight. (4) MONEY ON MY MIND used to be a good horse; barn change could help.

Race 12

(6) SHE’S HEAVENLY has missed a month of action but this is a field full of question marks. I’ll take a shot that she’s ready to roll off a decent qualifier. (4) BODACIOUS BECKY had a long road on the rim last time. (3) LET HER ROCK has a win here, which is always a plus. (10) JARNAC could provide value to the exotics from the outside post.

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