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By Edison Hatter, Meadowlands Handicapper Early Double Analysts July 14, 2023

Race 1:

1   WHATS STANLEY GOT A – Upset winner three back in his North American debut, but hasn’t quite been able to find that success in the last two on the class jump. Draws inside, but would need to take a step forward against this group.

2   IWANNABEWITHYOU – Took back early and couldn’t get involved last time out against similar here off of a few weeks off. Would need to take a major step forward in his second start off the bench to be in the mix in this one.

3   TYGA HANOVER – Recent form for him has been fairly solid over at Yonkers and he does have past success over this track. However, this is a jump up in class tonight and he seems to run into a pretty tough group in this spot.

4   ROCKIN ON VENUS – Had to settle for fourth last week down at Philly against tougher on the class hike, but he’s proven competitive against these types in the recent past. Will look to make amends for a tough one here four back.

5   REACTOR NOW A – Breaking issues last time out in a qualifier, but his first Q in North America appears solid enough. Draws well for his North American debut and we do often see these Down Under horses be live on debut.

6   LOVE YOUR WORK A – I’ve been on him in several of his recent starts, but he just has left himself a bit too much work to do late in the last two. Moves up in class and has the potential to be in the mix, but I’ll go elsewhere tonight.

7   WHITECOOKIE – Was on the lead through a :54.4 half last week and ultimately had to settle for fourth in the end against easier. Did win four back against similar, but couldn’t get a lot going two or three back against these types.

8   MONGOLIAN HERO N – Ignoring a couple of off the pace trips from outside posts, his recent Big M form has been fairly solid. Does draw outside here though. He’s been claimed several times lately and will start for a new barn here.

9   GOOD INVESTMENT – He shows some decent miles at Scioto this year, but he wasn’t able to get anything going on the ship in last week in a tough spot. Gets class relief tonight, but would still seem to have some improving to do.

10 EARLY ACTION – He has all sorts of back class from the Graduate Series and other past Stakes events and he was just third last week against a tougher conditioned group. Big chance on this further class drop, but does have Post 10.


Selections: 4-10-5-8

Race 2:

1   SNAP CALL – Did get charted with an interference break at the start last week that obviously didn’t help his chances in the end, but he was 50-1 in a similar spot. Will look to get a cleaner trip tonight and show us how he fits here.

2   BETTER THAN SOME – Won four back against similar, but hasn’t quite gotten it to work out since. He was parked out three back, was too far back two starts ago, and made an early break last week. Will look to get back on track tonight.

3   I’M BURLINGTON N – Won well last time out despite a rough trip against MADC foes. Tough trip two back against similar, but he has competitive lines recently against these. Has a post advantage over some of his main rivals here. 

4   JK’S ON THE MOVE – Big longshot in recent tries against similar and hasn’t been able to get too much going, but last week was his best try against these in recent times. Kicked in :26.2 and was beaten just over two lengths in the end.

5   JACKAMINO – Won two back against MADC company, but he wasn’t able to get a whole lot going last time out. Draws well tonight, but looks to have a bit of improving to do in this one to be able to contend with these.

6   DA GHETTO WIZARD – Won four back against similar down at Philly, but really couldn’t get a lot going last time out here at the Meadowlands against a conditioned group. I’ll pass and watch to see how he fits in this group.

7   MINDTRIP – He’s picked up some checks at big prices against similar claimers in recent times, but he just hasn’t been able to get a lot going in the last two against conditioned foes. Continues to hunt for his first win of 2023 here.

8   GOOD ROCKIN – He has two wins this season from 19 starts and ten minor placings. Recent form is a great example of that as he has been knocking on the door in four straight now. Will surely break through again sometime soon.

9   BOILER MAKER – Worked out a trip in the outer flow last week from an outside post to get the job done with a sharp :26.1 kicker. Has six wins this season and can beat these at his best, but does have to work from an outside post again.

10 TAM MAJOR A – He was super sharp against claimers earlier this year, but he’s found tougher times lately against some tough groups and from some tough posts. Another tough post tonight as he looks to get back on track.

DRIVER CHOICES: Joe Bongiorno 10 Over 1, 5 Andrew McCarthy 3 Over 2,7

Selections: 8-3-9-10

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