02/09/2012 11:24AM

Meadowlands Analysis: Friday 2/10/12


MEET STATS: 46 - 159 / $347.20

Best Bet: SPECIAL T ROCKS (5th)    Spot Play: ROCK N SOUL (2nd)

Race 1

(8) PHOTO KING raced well in his first start for the new barn and then was given some time off to freshen up. He bumps up in class tonight but the qualifier was solid and I'm thinking he'll be ready. (3) UNDER THE STARS went a long mile in his recent qualifier, but that should serve to tighten him up. He looks like a fit in here. (10) WINDSUN GALAXIE is another who recently changed barns. He made a big move in that qualifier after the early miscue. Let's look for some equipment changes. (2) LUV YA TYLER added hobbles; helps? (4) MYSTICAL CON is an exotics must.

Race 2

(1) ROCK N SOUL toured the track last week in her first start since November. I expect Yannick to get more aggressive with her this time around. (3) HIGHER AND HIGHER has been talent and guts in each of her Big M starts this year; one to beat. (2) OCEANS MOTION proved a little something with a nice rally last time.

Race 3

(10) TWO SHOT LEAD exploded on the scene with a huge effort last time; perhaps he just needed the bigger track. Interesting that Sears had plenty of options and chose here. (6) BABY BLAZE was a bit better last time and is dropping a notch. (9) NOTORIUS BLUESTONE charged home last time after getting trapped along the cones. When considering the outside post and the fact that he may be overbet off that trip, I can't endorse as my top pick.

Race 4

(4) ROYAL CEE CEE N had to wait for room and paced home willingly enough in round one. She'll only get better with the start under her belt. (1) GINGER AND FRED faces the same bunch (for the most part) but a couple of these probably needed the start, making this a tougher spot. (5) BUNNY IN THE BANK is one of those that could improve in her second start off the bench.

Race 5

(3) SPECIAL T ROCKS gets away from Itrustyou and that will help. This is a perfect post for driver/trainer Daryl Bier tonight; he can brush, grind, or wait for cover. (5) FALL BLISS has been showing glimpses of ability. It is only a matter of time until he pops a big mile at a price. (1) SONIC DANCER won leg 1 but really didn't look overly impressive. Of course, he could show more as he races.

Race 6

(4) HAVA KADABRA raced well last year and has some nice qualifiers under his belt to prepare for this race. Everything from this barn seems to be live right now. (7) AISLING couldn't be any sharper. (8) TAKE MY PICTURE ships down from Woodbine in serious form, though he hasn't raced in a few weeks.

Race 7

(6) LOVE THIS PLACE arrives from Balmoral and seems to fit nicely at this level. (3) REILLYS DAUGHTER came up with a nice mile last week and looks like the one to beat now. (10) DELIGHTFUL DIVA gets some serious class relief.

Race 8

(7) MELVYN raced evenly in one of the tougher divisions of the Exit 16W last week. This guy raced very well last year at the Meadowlands, though his gate wasn't the greatest. I can see him stepping up tonight. (1) BOLERO ANDREW is a clear player. (4) BETTORS REWARD has found his `A' game lately.

Race 9

(4) EMILIOS STRIDE is certainly fast enough to play with this group. Her first try here this year was a no-chance effort from post 10 versus much tougher. I don't see her as that big of a stretch. (1) MISS BEHAVE might need to step up her game to compete, but she was racing very well in series action. (7) GORDYYYS PET uses her early speed to get a nice piece every week. (10) CROWN LADY drops in claiming price in search of some form.

Race 10

(4) ITRUSTYOU just keeps piling up wins. I don't feel comfortable playing against him. (7) FEARLESS DIABLO showed a little something last week; main threat. (6) COBALT MAN gets a better post; outside chance. (1) STONEBRIDGE ROCKET was locked in the pocket and appeared to be raging with pace. For some reason I don't buy that he would have roared past.

Race 11

(8) COTTON CANDY raced very well in her 2012 debut; again. (6) GORDYS FILLY YENTA was used early and faded last time. That was her first race in more than a month; more now? (3) NUTMEGS YANKEE drops way down after some dull efforts; tough call.