10/20/2016 2:39PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 10/22 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

MEET STATS: 0 - 0 / $0.00

BEST BETS: 0 - 0 / $0.00

Best Bet: WALNER (1st)

Spot Play: BILL’S MAN (9th)

Race 1

(5) WALNER has proven himself to be the best 2-year-old trotting colt in North America. It will take a mammoth effort from one of his foes or a poor race on his part to lose. (1) DEVIOUS MAN proved game at the Red Mile to continue his long losing streak. We’ll get to see how good he really is against this group. (7) NEW JERSEY VIKING has ability but needs to be a bit faster to win.

[DRF HARNESS LIVE: Real-time insights from the DRF Harness team this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.]

Race 2

(8) HUNTSVILLE couldn’t have been more impressive when winning in 1:49 in Kentucky two weeks ago. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the horse to beat for the Crown in this division. (2) OCEAN COLONY was scratched last time with a slight fever. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt has talent and can step up. (5) MCTHRILLER seems to be a step behind the top ones but has form on his side.

Race 3

(5) DARLINONTHEBEACH and (6) PURE COUNTRY are the clear leaders among 3-year-old pacing fillies. I’ll give a slight edge to the former because she has a post edge. (4) CALL ME QUEEN BE has dangerous early speed.

Race 4

(7) ROARING TO GO absolutely loved the big track in Lexington and now gets a chance to carry that success over to The Meadowlands. Art Major-sired filly is fast off the gate and should offer fair value. (8) IDYLLIC BEACH is widely considered to be the divisional leader and deserves plenty of respect. (2) AGENT Q seems to be one of those dangerous tricky horses which follow great and can take you down if you show signs of weakness. (1) BRAZUCA has won four straight and gets tested for class now.

Race 5

(2) ALL THE TIME makes her first start since colic surgery and certainly qualified back strongly. Unless she is odds-on, I’m on board with her on the win end. (5) CAPRICE HILL disappointed in Canada last time but did miss four weeks prior to that start. I’m willing to forgive that effort and assume she’ll be sharper tonight. (8) NON STICK is the New York champion. Let’s see how he does when stretching out on the bigger oval.

Race 6

(5) BOSTON RED ROCKS has recently built up his confidence while taking on weaker foes. Breeders Crown champion from 2015 looks like a fresh horse ready to take on some more weary warriors. I’ve always liked (1) RACING HILL, but you can’t be thrilled with his recent performances despite a win last time out. Perhaps he still has more in the tank but I need to see a big effort to back him at short odds. (8) LYONS SNYDER is capable of a big mile but hasn’t shown it often enough to trust him. (7) CHECK SIX has the ability to win races if none of these brings their best mile; very consistent.

Race 7

(8) SUTTON does his best work on the engine and was strangely raced from off the pace last time. I expect a major correction this week with serious speed from the start. (3) SOUTHWIND FRANK put in his best race in quite some time (with a flat tire) despite losing in the Kentucky Futurity. Perhaps the real Frank is finally back. (2) MARION MARAUDER is hard to fault as the sport’s newest Triple Crown winner; clear player.

Race 8

(7) SOMEOMENSOMEWHERE has picked up his game in a big way with Lasix added. This elimination came up soft and I see no reason why she can’t continue her recent success. (5) TORI HANOVER motored home last time versus softer competition. Perhaps this well-bred daughter of Trim Hanover is ready to show her best now. (4) ROCKETTE chased the top choice in her last start and could be doing so once again.

Race 9

(2) BILL’S MAN clearly got into the weaker division. John Butenschoen trainee is moving in the right direction now and only needs to behave to win. (5) JAKE comes into town for a decent trotting barn and has never missed the board. (7) SNOWSTORM HANOVER has early speed and form; very playable.

Race 10

(10) BROADWAY DONNA couldn’t have been any more impressive at Lexington. If she brings anything close to that kind of effort, she can’t lose. (4) EMOTICON HANOVER ships down from Canada off a pair of wins but needs more raw speed to beat the top choice. (6) DOUBLE EXPOSURE hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Deep down I still think she is capable. (8) FLOWERS N SONGS has proven she can play with this group when she brings her A game.

Race 11

(6) BAR HOPPING probably should have done better in Kentucky but I’ll give him a pass since he catches the weaker elimination tonight. (7) DANTE stretches out on the bigger track and is certainly eligible to improve. (5) WINTER HARBOR never got involved last time and now we get a driver change. Perhaps we’ll see different tactics now.

Race 12

(1) BETTING LINE wasn’t as impressive winning his last start. That said, he has proven so much better than the rest of this sophomore pacing crop that you really can’t pick against him. (5) WESTERN FAME has been racing well week after week and offers dangerous early speed. (4) STOLEN GLIMPSE was a highly regarded colt and he finally put it all together with a new lifetime mark at the Red Mile. Perhaps he is finally ready to bloom.

Race 13

(4) BLUE MOON STRIDE gets away from the best of this division and has no excuses. (5) ROCK ME BABY could be dangerous if following live cover behind a quick pace. (7) NEWBORN SASSY is very consistent and certainly looks like a player in here.

Race 14

(6) DOWNBYTHESEASIDE found another gear after setting brutal fractions last time. This guy has serious speed. (3) BOOGIE SHUFFLE has looked good of late but is still a step slower than the top choice. (2) BLOOD LINE can have a say in the outcome with his best effort. (5) WESTERN HILL looks to be as good as any except the top pick.

[MEADOWLANDS: Watch & Wager on all 18 Breeders Crown elimination races this weekend.]