By Meadowlands Handicapper Edison Hatter — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, May 13, 2023
1 CANTSTOPLYING Raced pretty well last time out on the class drop down to this level when finishing third. He just hasn’t quite been able to break through yet this year, but should be able to find some friends down at this level.
2 CLAYTONS BETTOR N He has three wins in his last five starts and certainly seems to be sharper than most of the rest in this group right now. While he may not have the back class of some of these, I’ll try on top given his current form.
3 GINGRAS BEACH Recent form doesn’t show a lot over at Yonkers, but he finds some class relief in this one tonight and returns to the big track where he’s had some success in the past. I’ll use him in the numbers tonight in this one.
4 CENTURY FURY Finished a distant third last week down at Philly in a pretty decent try off of the sick scratch. Class drop certainly seemed to help him last time out and he’ll look to prove that form on the big track here. Draws well.
5 JUSTASEC N He won five times last year and had a pretty decent season, but he just hasn’t been able to figure it out so far in nine starts in 2023. He does get further class relief here, though, and will have a chance to get on track here.
6 SPORTS ADVISOR Big longshot in his last two starts here at the Meadowlands against slightly tougher company. While he does get a bit of class relief here on paper, this is still a pretty similar spot to his recent starts.
7 JOINT ACCOUNT Recent form doesn’t show a whole lot, but he may have needed an acclimating mile over this track last week on the ship in from Philly. I wouldn’t totally rule out his chances here if he can work out a trip.
8 I’M BURLINGTON N Took significant money against slightly tougher last time out on the class drop, but wasn’t able to get the trip to work out in the outer flow. Outside draw tonight, but could be in the mix here with the right setup.
9 EXPLOIT A couple of outside posts and a break mar his recent form, but he did win five times last season and posted a 1:50 mile down at Philly last year. Outside post tonight, but will look to get on track tonight on the big track.
Driver Choices: Todd McCarthy 3 Over 6 | Andrew McCarthy 8 Over 4, 7
Top Contenders: 2-8-3-5
1 P L PORTIA She’s won two in a row up at Monticello and has put together some very sharp form in New York recently. She’ll have to prove the form on the big track tonight, but I’ll use her underneath in this one.
2 DRAGONS REVENGE Last two just haven’t worked out for him since joining the Jenn Bongiorno barn, but they have both been tough trips from Post 10. He finally draws better, but I’ll take a pass until I see a bit more from him.
3 MILADY DENVER A Last two over at Yonkers have been unique races at a mile and a 1/16 and a half-mile. She won here earlier this season and raced well five back against similar. I’ll use her on the return to a more conventional race.
4 LADYZAR She hasn’t been able to show the most in her recent form and she is a three-year-old taking on older in this spot, but she’s certainly kept very solid company as of late. I’ll use her on top and trust her class gets it done here.
5 YOU BEDA ROCK She’s rounding her way back into form and has won two of her last four. She’s pulled several upset wins here already this meet and will look to be in the mix tonight in this one. Draws well and the price should be right.
6 TARGARYEN EMPRESS She hasn’t been able to get a lot going in her last two tries down at Philly against tougher, but she was third at a price when last seen here at the Big M against similar. Will look to build on that mile in this one.
7 TOPVILLE RHONDA She had a tough trip against similar two back, but still raced very well to finish second at a big number in the end. However, she wasn’t able to get much going from an outside post last time. Will look to rebound.
8 SKATEBOARD CHIC She’s found some success in recent starts between Monticello and Tioga and she has won here this season already but hasn’t found too much consistent success here recently. Outside post doesn’t help here.
Driver Choices: Yannick Gingras 1 Over 4
Top Contenders: 4-3-5-1