07/07/2016 3:10PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/9 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: 74 - 209 / $439.80 (+$21.80)   BEST BETS: 10 - 18 / $27.90 (-8.10)

Best Bet: ALL THE TIME (2nd)

Spot Play: ROADWAY (13th)

Race 1

(5) LIMA CADILLAC has responded nicely to the addition of hobbles and couldn’t have won his last start much easier. This guy seems to be moving in the right direction as he faces his toughest test to date. (3) FREE WILLY HANOVER gets an interesting driver change to David Miller and deserves a look in the post parade. (1A) SELFIE HANOVER was freewheeling on the engine in her qualifier and was able to stay on stride. Maybe trainer Jimmy Takter finally has her figured out.

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Race 2

(7) ALL THE TIME has looked spectacular in her last two trips to the track and looks hard to beat in this lower level stake. (8) DOUBLE EXPOSURE was my wintertime Hambo Oaks selection. We’ll learn more about her chances on Saturday. (4) SOUTHWIND PEARL comes off a win, her first in 14 career starts. Maybe that will spark her on to better things.

Race 3

(6) MARTY MONKHOUSER A uncorked a 1:54 4/5 winning mile at Monticello in his U.S. debut. That mile certainly catches my eye. (7) FLIGHT DECK N clearly had something left in the tank when qualifying here last Saturday. (4) OUREA NOURRIR can take some air and still finish strong.

Race 4

(5) CAN DO hasn’t been on his game, but drops down to a level where you would expect him to right the ship. (2) SUMATRA had some late life in a better field last time; more now? (7) PHOTOSAVVY broke in her first try for this barn; another shot.

Race 5

(8) UNICA STEED took plenty of air while parked the mile in her first stateside start and still trotted home reasonably well. Italian import was perfect in her home country and is Hambletonian Oaks eligible. Let’s see what she can do with Tetrick in the bike this week. (1) SPICEDBOURBONGIRL has plenty of early zip to secure position from the inside and reunites with Gregory, who has gotten some good miles from her. (9) SOUTHWIND HOPE hasn’t missed the board in nine starts this year.

Race 6

(4) ART HISTORY hasn’t had much luck in terms of trip and has clearly been racing against better company than he faces tonight; winning spot. (3) MAJOR WAR has high early speed and should be using it once again. (7) EL BLOOMBITO can’t be faulted for the equipment break last time; capable with a smooth trip.

Race 7

I wasn’t thrilled with (2) LYONS SNYDER for much of his qualifying mile, but he did kick in late and I have to think trainer Mark Silva should have him right for tonight’s Meadowlands Pace elimination. Along with (9) CONTROL THE MOMENT, they appear to be the two fastest horses in an otherwise evenly-matched field. (1) TALK SHOW never got into contention from last on the rim in the Hempt Final. At the right price I would give him another shot. (5) BOSTON RED ROCKS has been very consistent but can’t seem to get over the top.

Race 8

On paper this is probably the best race on the card. I couldn’t fault a selection of any of the 10 starters here, but let’s try to narrow it down for pick four purposes. (6) MAESTRO BLUE CHIP has been virtually flawless all year and simply had no chance in the Cleveland Trotting Classic last time. This looks like a perfect spot for him to gun to the front in a race that seems to lack an abundance of inside early speed. (1) WINGS OF ROYALTY has already proven he can go a big mile here and the 1:52 2/5 Vernon Downs qualifier seems to indicate that he is sharp. (4) CANEPA HANOVER has all the ability in the world but can’t seem to keep his act together on the track. If he drifts up above 6-1, I’ll certainly be interested on the win end. (9) CRAZSHANA has raced very well since moving into the Bamond barn and has a shot with the right trip.

Race 9

(3) FROST DAMAGE BLUES posted a sharp mile in her first start of the year and seems to be in another winning spot. (6) NOT BEFORE EIGHT is always a player at this level if given a decent trip.  (7) BETTOR BE STEPPIN continues to search for form in 2016, but it is encouraging that stablemate Divine Caroline found her stride last week. Maybe it will rub off. (5) KELLI RACHELLE seems fast enough on her best game and does add Tetrick.

Race 10

The rematch between (3) WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT & (8) FREAKY FEET PETE takes place here but I’m strongly leaning to the former as a key. WIJI worked much harder while attacking the lead in the Ben Franklin than FFP, who had a nice pocket trip. At the wire they were separated by just 1-1/4 lengths. Let’s look for driver Montrell Teague to take no prisoners on Saturday and for FFP to cap a $5 exacta. (7) ROCK N’ ROLL WORLD had no shot in the Franklin from an outside post, but his prior form was fine.

Race 11

(1) BETTOR BELIEVE IT gets a written invitation into this race courtesy of the also eligible condition. I have to think trainer Andrew Harris will have him ready to roll and not waste a gift like this one. (3) AMPED UP took back in his first start for this barn and lost any chance; don’t ignore him here. (4) STIMULUS PLAN has good enough form to make his way into the number.

Race 12

(1) OUR JERRY LEE N & (2) URBANITE HANOVER come out of the same race where they both closed well in their first starts on Lasix. I’ll give the edge to the former on the driver change angle to David Miller. (4) VICE CONSUL N & (5) VILLAGE BEAT seem like the logical players for the exotic spots.

Race 13

(6) ROADWAY drops down in claiming price this week after a decent sixth-place finish where he had every right to be short having missed three weeks of action. (5) BO’S SO HOT is another that is down in class who is capable of stepping up at times. (9) STORMIN RUSTLER is a proven commodity at the $7,500 claiming level. (4) WHO DO YOU LIKE has high early speed and should be involved.

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