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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By James Witherite, Meadowlands Handicapper Meadowlands Early Double DEC 8

Race 1

1             SKYWAY BILLY    Back after a month away. Was flat in last, but shouldn’t have as quick a pace to contend with.

2             BACKSTREET LAWYER     Draws more cozily than in his last five starts, none of which particularly inspired. Needs live cover.

3             MV OK PALACIO BR         Failed to fire last week but rode the pocket to a fast second two back. Draw can keep him handy.

4             FERDINAND A    Consistent MADC contender boasts leaving ability, raw speed and staying power. The one to beat.

5             KNOX THE FOX   Steadily passed horses two back, then made mild inroads 11/17. Can benefit from pressure afore.

6             CAVIART SAGE    In from Monti after posing on threat to bottom-level types there. Winless record this year hurts, too.

7             GOTTA MINUTE N            Wide draw hindered this guy last out, but he didn’t lack late. Can sneak in for a minor with live flow.

8             SWEET MOVES   Earned minors in two of her last four via even finishes, but was outmatched in past amateur events.

9             MEET THE CREEPER         Improved second out, rallying to just miss P L Portia at 53-1! Roughie potential if trends continue.

10           STOLEN ART       1-for-37 this year and eighth or worse in his last five. Extreme outside draw spells continued woes.

Top Contenders: 5-4-3-9

Driver Choices: Joe Lee: #1 over #8

Race 2

1             CELCIUS               Doesn’t lack for ability, noting her Philly win 4 back and effort to clear 2 back. Can stalk and share.

2             ON A WHIM        Good stalking efforts for minors at Saratoga and late gains here, too. Roughie option with similar.

3             UTE BLUE CHIP  Presser-stalker worked into third in a N3L at Philly two back. Can bounce on switch to two turns.

4             SANTAFE’S APPETITE       Made serious ground from off the pace in both starts for Lachance! Should be in striking range.

5             LET’S MISBEHAVE             Stakes-tested filly has hit the board in two-thirds of her 2023 starts. Extremely versatile, too. Strong call.

6             JUST MY MAMA                Fhld shipper closed to just miss three back, but into a slowing pace. Much tougher await on arrival.

7             RACIN FOR ROYALTY        Enjoying similar form as #5, but moving laterally from overnights. Credit her first-over win on 11/17.

Top Contenders: 5-4-7-2

Driver Choices: None

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