12/13/2016 5:39PM

Meadowlands: Thursday 12/15 Analysis


MEET STATS: 59 - 185 / $292.80 (-$77.20)

BEST BETS: 6 - 15 / $15.80 (-$14.20)

Best Bet: GOLDEN SON (4th)

Spot Play: WAITING ON A WOMAN (6th)

Race 1

(9) HILL I AM adds Lasix and drops down this week while facing a rather weak field. (5) BRANDOS MUSCLE MAN closed for third with Brett Miler in the bike two starts back and draws better this week. (3) FASHION ZOOMALOT took a shot and held her ground in her first start for new trainer Chris Marino. Four-year-old can build on that effort. (10) BELL A CHICK seems likely to be along for a nice share if he minds his manners.

Race 2

I’m not convinced whether (4) GAMBLER SPRINGS at 12 years old is fast enough to beat this field, but the weather is expected to be nippy, which should bring them all closer together. You have to at least respect any horse Bob Krivelin drives in the amateur ranks. (2) DREAM ROCKER scored as soon as I jumped ship last week; obvious player. (6) FOX VALLEY STEFFEN was a solid winner two starts back and barn and driver have been doing well.

Race 3

I’m really not thrilled with any of these ladies so I’m going to stick with (6) LET HER ROCK because I won’t forgive myself if she switches to off the pace tactics and wins. (8) MOJARRA HANOVER has made her way to the basement condition here and instantly becomes a dangerous commodity. (1) UP YOUR GAME comes back from vacation with Lasix added off a decent qualifier.

Race 4

(3) GOLDEN SON drifted a bit in his qualifier last Saturday but still was an easy winner. Son of Majestic Son adds John Campbell and should be tough if he behaves. (5) CHICAGO DE VIE missed his first two years of racing but has made up for it with three consecutive wins to begin his career; clear threat. (2) PERFECT ROAD has been racing well and finished just behind the #5 last time. (4) SHOEMAKER HANOVER tends to hit the board more often than not.

Race 5

I’m somewhat torn between (5) ELM GROVE INARUSH & (4) KELLI RACHELLE who are both dropping in class. Ultimately I’m leaning to the former because she comes off a pretty sharp mile despite facing traffic and having to wait until mid-stretch for clearance. (7) SHE’S HEAVENLY also drops in class. She has some dangerous early speed.

Race 6

(3) WAITING ON A WOMAN was completely backed out of the race last Friday when the leader stopped. He would have finished much better with clearance in what was a very quick mile of 1:52 3/5. It is also worth nothing that he picked up a win at this level three starts back. (10) CROSBYS CLAM BAKE ships in off a solid mile and knows how to win here. He could be a decent value play from post 10. (7) PROMISE DELIVERED rallied nicely off the bench in his first start for this barn. (2) JACKS TO OPEN is off a lifetime best mile.

Race 7

(1) BLUSH HANOVER rallied nicely a week ago and has actually been in form for a few weeks now; Brett Miller’s choice. (7) CAVIART SHELLY has the early speed to make some noise if Campbell elects to fire off the wings of the gate. (3) BULLVILLE MAGGIE has been climbing the ladder and keeping her form nicely. (6) ICOMMANDMYSPIRIT failed as the favorite last time but still merits respect.

Race 8

(5) STITCH IN TIME hasn’t shown much in over a month with a quick look but did show more stretch life last time out. Slight class drop this week could make a difference. (10) WORLD CUP has been failing on the lead. Maybe post 10 will force new tactics. (4) ONDA DI MARE is off a sharp score and has the early speed to play a major role. (2) SHEER FLEX & (7) P L ICABOD are both coming off open length victories.

Race 9

(1) INTOVIEW drops back down to the class where she won three starts back. This field came up tougher but she outdrew her competition. (7) SHEEZA SHARK N was better last time and remains very dangerous if she can work out a live trip. (8) RIGHT STUFF sprinted home nicely but was too far back to menace a week ago; needs a smooth trip. (9) TRUTH AND LIBERTY is an interesting shipper from Saratoga. When last seen here she was facing better foes.

Race 10

(2) BIG EXPENSE raced okay from an outside post last time and gets the slight nod for the top driver on the card. (3) WALLTOCOUSINS is back at The Meadowlands while up in class after a win in his last trip here. (8) MIDFIELD MAGIC sees his claiming price drop in half tonight. That alone should make him competitive. (6) ULSTER hung around reasonably well on the lead last time; using underneath only.

Race 11

(7) NOWUCIT NOWUDONT kept his act together with hobbles added and maybe he can show even more now. Let’s give him the weak call in a close-knit race. (4) WINWOOD SCOUT has a serious chance of making the front and might just get lucky. (2) TAC’S DELIGHT blew up at the start and lost all chance a week ago; can rebound. (6) SWEET JUSTICE failed to fire last time but I’m not giving up hope yet. (10) EXQUISITE GLIDE qualified back nicely. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Alagna trainee was ready to fire off the bench.

Race 12

(2) HOT PATOOTIE comes off a confidence building win and faces a blank field; narrow call. (4) WOMAN OF TERROR ships in with form on her side and she has succeeded here in the past. (8) ROCKERS ALLEY won her last week and there is no reason she can’t do it again. (10) ST LADS MORGAN has form but a difficult post to overcome.

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