01/27/2015 3:42PM

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 1/29 analysis


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EARLY PICK 4 TICKET: 79/34/57/136810 = $40

MEET STATS: 25 - 73 / $153.90  BEST BETS: 2 - 7 / $13.20  SPOT PLAYS: 2 - 7 / $28.40


Spot Play: STEALTH JETTA (1st)

Race 1

(5) STEALTH JETTA, last Thursday's Spot Play, returns in that role hoping to get a better trip as he was stuck behind the fading leader down the lane while having plenty of trot he couldn't make use of. This group is within his reach as he makes his third start over Woodbine. (1) MANIMAL took heavy action at the windows and was driven with no interest at all. Perhaps they were trying to get a clean line on him after a miscue in his penultimate start. Price should be better here. (9) WIRE ME CASH waited and waited for cover and when no one took the bait he drove on to a nice first-over win aided by a glacial 3rd quarter. He's in the mix but it's doubtful that he repeats from out there. (8) PL GEMSTONE switches barns to Vanderkemp and could go better, especially if he replicates his January 25th effort.

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Race 2

(2) CAST NO SHADOW makes her season debut and looks perked up with the move to the Tackoor barn as indicated by her winning qualifier 6 days ago. She won't need much improvement off that mile to take this group. (6) FRANNEY LOVE DAT made two moves in her sophomore debut last week but despite a good trip came up short in the lane. She may have needed that start. (1) MEGA MACHSY debuts with MacDonell handling both training and driving duties. She looks like she has some talent to offer but may not be rushed to produce her best first out.

Race 3

Quite the mishmash in this group of maidens. We'll call (6) MURS SON to upset. He was one of few that had late trot in his most recent and maybe Henry can get him a good trip up near the front tonight. (1) WHY ARGUE couldn't chase down a perfect-trip winner in the lane and is one of the more obvious ones but he will need more speed to take this. (8) TAROT showed nothing until the final quarter in his season debut and we've seen Rekila pops with this kind before second time out; beware.

Race 4

(9) WAKE N BAKE won so easily last week in her debut it appears she may be able to step right into NW2 and repeat. (7) NIPPY W HANOVER looks ready to roll for trainer Burgess and it will likely come down to one of the top two choices down the lane. (3) A FELLAS SECRET has some talent but has also shown to have some gait issues which could keep her in this class for a while. (4) ARIENNE was blocked with pace in the lane last week and might offer some value on the bottom of vertical wagers at a big price here.

Race 5

It appears (4) MAGIC MADNESS was bought by conditioner Gallucci for himself after a big upset win two weeks ago in a similar class. He retains Christoforou and has a big shot to double up. (3) STAR OF THUNDER's last line may be better than it looks as he trotted a :28 flat third quarter and came home well while far back. Expect Allard to place this one closer to the front early and possibly get a big piece at a huge price. (1) ELIZA DREAM continues to plug along and pick up checks but she needs to find more late speed to graduate from this class.

Race 6

(5) GOOD LUCK KATHY converted a beautiful trip into a win vs. $8K claimers two weeks back. This group of conditioned $15K claimers doesn't look much tougher and the 3rd-place finisher from her winning effort has already come back to score nicely. She gets top billing. (7) CALL ME MAYBE gets away from Blizzard Series foes and rates highly vs. this suspect group. (3) ONE NIGHT DANCE closed belatedly for 2nd last week but was the beneficiary of a plenty of front-end battling throughout the mile; for a minor award only.

Race 7

(6) A AND C ARTIST had good late speed to offer last time against a better group than he meets here. He can pull an upset with the right trip. (3) CAPELO was moved at exactly the right time by Christoforou to blow by a faltering leader and open an insurmountable lead quickly in the third 1/4. He is dangerous but likely to be overbet off that win that probably looked better than it really was. (1) PORT SIDE is one that quite often gets himself into traffic issues, but he is sharp and of these times soon Mayotte is going to reverse tactics, leave out with him and convert a good trip at a price. It may even be tonight.

Race 8

Those making their debuts look most likely to get their picture taken from this maiden group and from that group we'll side with (6) BET ON HILL who has shown both early and late speed in her New Jersey qualifiers. Expect Henry to send this one right down the road. (2) HAPPY ENDING GAL has shown great improvement in each qualifier and would be no surprise either. (3) WARAWEE QUALLY continues to show the qualities of a hanger/money-burning type. We'll continue to play against on the win end but she should make the board.

Race 9

(4) CANADIAN EDITION came through with one last win for his previous owners when claimed last week. We have a feeling he'll go even better for Puddy/Henry. Call right back. (7) ELECTRIFY got too far back early last time to make much of an impact late. The shorter field plays to his strengths tonight. (3) SEA STAR really had no excuse last time as he had clear sailing and dead aim bit couldn't reach the choice; for another minor award.

Race 10

(9) ARTISTIC MADISON fired off a wicked rally first time in Waxman's barn and looks best right back in here a week later. (7) B SANTANNAS LOVE went a big first-up trip to take a clear lead in the stretch but was no match for the choice; good chance of a repeat exacta here. (10) WILDCAT MAGIC parlayed a pedestrian half into a blowout win over Blizzard Series also-rans. She moves to the 10-hole vs. better company. We'll try to beat her out of the exacta and maybe even the tri, too. (5) KISS ME OR NOT dropped and popped showing great improvement albeit aided by a perfect trip; using in lower slots. (8) BETTIM JENNY drops out of the Blizzard Series and may offer some vertical wager value here from an outer slot.

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