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