By Edison Hatter, Meadowlands Handicapper Early Double Analysis Friday, June 16, 2023
1 TO ALL A GOODNIGHT – Took a solid step forward last time out to finish third down at Philly in her third start off the bench. She finds a bit of a softer spot here and will look to take another step forward to get in the mix in this one.
2 TOP HONORS – Won well two back after knocking on the door against that level of competition for several starts in a row. Couldn’t get a lot going last week on the class jump. Draws well, but would need to step up in this one.
3 BAD MS JOHNSON – Won three back against easier. Tough Post 10 draw two back and a tough spot last time out against a tough TM group. Draws inside tonight, but is another one that would need an improvement here.
4 NITE TIME DEAL – Won two back against easier in a lifetime best mile, but she couldn’t get a lot going last time out against similar at a big number. Finds a similar spot tonight and would need to step forward to contend here.
5 PURAMERI – Raced well four and five back against tougher over at Yonkers, but couldn’t get a lot going three back when last seen here at the Meadowlands. Does draw well and the class drop could help her out in this one.
6 HEY HEY DBAY – She just missed last week against easier on the ship in from Yonkers and the big class drop. She does move slightly up in class tonight, but looks to have the talent and class to be able to be in the mix here.
7 ARNIE’S ANGEL – Won against an Open field two back up at Tioga and has been competitive against some tough fields up there recently. She gets some class relief tonight and can be in the mix if she takes to the big track tonight.
8 A BETTER GAME – Couldn’t get too much going three back when last seen here, but she did score in a lifetime best 1:50.4 mile here last year. She’s been getting checks recently and will look to rebound from her last try on the big track.
9 WOODMERE HARRIET – Massive longshot last time out off the sick scratch against tougher here at the Meadowlands. Recent form doesn’t show a lot, but she does get class relief in this spot. Has five wins already this season.
10 WATCH ME NOW N – She qualified okay last week and now returns from a month layoff. She has faced much tougher than this field in the past, but the layoff and Post 10 will make it a challenging ask in this one tonight.
DRIVER CHOICES: David Miller 1 Over 4
1 VASARI N – Gets a slight drop in class on paper, but finds a similar spot to his most recent try. He does draw better than last week, but was a longshot and couldn’t show a lot. Would need a big step forward in this one.
2 CAMPORA N – Was close to the pace early last time out, but tired a bit late and had to settle for sixth in the end. He showed some decent Freehold form at times earlier this year and could catch a piece in this one off last week’s effort.
3 TRE CRUZ – Won five back out at Miami Valley, but otherwise hasn’t shown a whole lot in his recent form, including the last three since joining the Andrew Harris barn. However, this is a big class drop in this one that can’t be ignored.
4 TAKEITTOTHEFACE – Won well last time out against MADC company after continually knocking on the door in recent tries. He draws well in this one tonight and will look to continue his current solid form. Already proven over this track.
5 CURBSIDE PICKUP – Shipped in from Freehold to take on similar last time out, but was a pretty even fifth in the end. Does draw well for this try and will look to build on his mile from last week on the continued drop down the ladder.
6 BUCKEYE EMERY – Won three back out at Northfield, but hasn’t gotten too much going in the last two over at Yonkers since joining the Paul Blumenfeld barn. Does get significant class relief tonight, though, which should help.
7 THANOS – Tough trip last time out here at the Meadowlands against claimers in a Series. Finds a softer spot tonight and he has already found success several times here in the past few seasons. Chance to rebound from last week.
8 PASSA-GRILLE BEACH – He hasn’t been able to show much in his recent form, including last time out when seen here at the Meadowlands against tougher. He continues his plummet down the ladder tonight and surely will wake up here.
9 JUST WAVE GOODBYE – Finished third against similar last time out up at Monticello off of the sick scratch. He’s started to show a bit in the last few starts on the drop down in class, but he’ll have to prove himself on the big track.
10 FIREBALL FREDDY – Couldn’t show a lot last time out at Pocono off of the sick scratch and he has now had several weeks off since then. Finds a tough spot tonight on the ship to the big track from this Post 10 assignment.
DRIVER CHOICES: None