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By Edison Hatter, Meadowlands Handicapper Early Double Analysis July 22, 2023

Race 1:

1   SKYWAY BILLY – Kicked in :27 and was closing some ground in the back half of the mile last week against similar from a tough post and trip. Draws much better tonight and will look to be closer to the pace off of the gate here.

2   MASK ON MASK OFF – Won two in a row two and three back against MADC 1 company, but he wasn’t able to get involved last time out on the jump up to MADC 2 competition. Makes his debut for new connections in this one.

3   BANK SEA – Just missed three back against similar and actually put together a solid effort to grab a check two back from an impossible spot from Post 9. Battled well while first over for a while last week down at Philly.

4   GOTTA MINUTE N – Battled through the stretch last week, but had to settle for third in the end. Won just four back against MADC company, though, and has been in solid form as of late against similar. Big chance in this one.

5   SNAP CALL – Just missed three back against similar here at the Meadowlands, but really just hasn’t been able to get a lot going in the last two against claimers. Draws well and does find some class relief tonight against these, though.

6   YER SO BAD – Won two and three back against similar, but wasn’t able to get a lot going in a messy trip from off the pace last week. Draws well tonight and will look to rebound from last week. Form is sharp at the moment.

7   ALBERT A’ SCOOTIN – Big longshot last time out and he wasn’t able to get a lot going in the end. He’s found a tough time of it here in the last two at the Meadowlands and finds himself in an equally tough position tonight.

8   CLAYTONS BETTOR N – Won three back against similar and has been knocking on the door in his other recent starts. Has four wins on the season and has found plenty of success here at the Meadowlands. Serious contender here.

9   I’M BURLINGTON N – Impossible trip last week that should be forgiven and have a line drawn through it. Won just two back against similar and shows a pair of decent tries four and five back against claimers. Does have Post 9 here.

10 THNDRFRMTHETHRON N – Went off at a much bigger number than he should’ve been last week and finished a strong second in the end while just missing. Form is decent at the moment, but Post 10 will be a challenge here.


Selections: 4-9-8-6

Race 2:

1   ODDS ON SELENIUM – She seemed to qualify okay down at Philly and Magical Acres leading into last week’s career debut. She was a clear second last week on debut, but wasn’t able to make much of an impression on the winner.

2   MY SPECIAL EVENT – Took 4-1 support last week off of a pretty even debut down at Philly as a longshot. She made a break down the backstretch and lost all chance last week, but will look to rebound and stay flat in this one tonight.

3   GEITA – She was on the lead early on debut last week, but ultimately had to settle for fourth while losing ground in the last quarter of the mile. She’ll be looking to take a step forward in her second career start tonight.

4   PASS THE DREAM – Minus the break at the very end of the mile in his second Q, he seemed to qualify well leading up to his debut last week. However, she had all sorts of issues last week on debut that she’ll look to iron out tonight.

5   SO OPULENT – Big longshot that wasn’t able to show a lot on debut off of just okay qualifying lines. Making just her second career start tonight, so she is liable to take a step forward, but would need to take a big one tonight.

6   QUICK FIRE – She was pretty well-beaten in her two qualifiers down at Philly and she wasn’t able to get a lot going last week on debut while being well-beaten by her stablemate. Would need to take a major step forward in this one.

7   LORRAINE J – She’s had two starts now and has been fourth in both of them, but was never particularly threatening in either. Draws the outside post tonight and will likely not be as close to the pace early this time. Will need a setup.

DRIVER CHOICES: Scott Zeron 4 Over 7

Selections: 1-2-4-3

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