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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By James Witherite, Meadowlands Handicapper EARLY DOUBLE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Race 1

1             PAPRIKE BLUE CHIP          No-match second to Robbie Burns N from the pocket five back, but lacked since. Can the pole aid?

2             AINTNOBETTOR A            Gains off cover last out are a plus, and he closed similarly three back, too. Can share with similar.

3             SHORE OF HIMSELF         Pressing bids in his last two spelled trouble late, but he lunged well off a clear stalking trip 3 back.

4             KISSINBYTHEBEACHES     Returns off an OK Q after weakening badly on the far turn on 10/28. Before that, he nearly lasted.

5             A B COLLINS       Adds Lasix after failing to fire last time. Stalking and closing efforts in October starts encourage.

6             FERDINAND A    Gave way under pressure last week but won four back. Could he end up unopposed speed here?

7             P L PORTIA          She gained well for second in a similar event four weeks ago but failed to fire after. Mixed bag.

8             PREMIER JOY A  Blasted clear to upset at 18-1 three back, but mired in traffic more recently. Needs clear sailing.

9             MEET THE CREEPER         Was empty from the 10-hole in his first start since July. Similar situation awaits; wait for improvement.

10           SHARP RAZOR    The plus: He circled off cover to pass tired foes last out. The minus: Post 10 makes a tougher task.


Race 2

1             MAXIMUM IDEAL            Saratoga shipper finds easier on arrival after even finishes of late. Pole keeps him close; can share.

2             GOOD INVESTMENT        Chased for minors in October; lifted hard through the middle half on 11/11. Ability to do work noted.

3             HIGH BALLER      10-hole stung him two back, but he gained. Dropped to this level, and he gained more. He’s rising.

4             LOVE YOURSELF Vernon invader rose from traffic for third on 11/18, but was empty 2 and 4 back. Tougher await here.

5             BAY MEADOWS  Stayed even late in his last two after stretches of early exertion. Can share again with similar effort.

6             CENTURY FURY  He’s largely struggled to get involved of late from rearward trips. Live cover is an absolute must.

7             LOU ED ZEPPELIN             Showed little from astern last out after tiring through the far turn two back. Others show better, I fear.

8             NAZARE               He hasn’t done much since he rallied from last for third against tougher at Scioto, but he drops into a spot where he should be able to use raw speed better. Wide draw seems to be his main obstacle.

9             ALWAYS ROCKIN               Closed OK for third at Pocono three back, then lacked twice locally. Wide draw hinders once again.


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