02/03/2012 12:59PM

Meadowlands Analysis: Saturday 2/4/12


MEET STATS: 30 - 125 / $254.00

Best Bet: BLATANTLY GOOD (4th)   Spot Play: STRAND HANOVER (7th)

Race 1

(3) HAGI is the only one dropping down in class and faces a pretty shaky group. (7) BERRY BERRY FAST comes off a decent effort considering he had post eight at Yonkers. I can see him getting involved at a nice price. (8) CAMBASSADOR drops way down in his first start for a new barn. Something doesn’t seem right. (1) LIES LIES LIES steps up off a good effort.

Race 2

(2) TALBOT REDNECK probably needed that start last time. He moves inside tonight and catches a dead field, though Tetrick did chose elsewhere. (1) RATHBONE N has been picking them off in the lane during recent marathon events. It’s been a long time since he last saw the winner’s circle, but if he can stick closer, he seems to have a shot. (7) PASS THE DECK was okay last time; big positive in this field.

Race 3

(1) LOGAN M missed over 6 weeks and put in a pretty good effort. Barn has been good, too. With no standouts signed on, I’ll take a shot. (6) LEMON DROP KIDD could perk up on the drop. (8) EQUINOX SEELSTER closed nicely off the claim and both of this barns starters were okay; maybe.

Race 4

(5) BLATANTLY GOOD is clearly rounding into form. He loomed in the Presidential but could not get past a stubborn leader. This is an easier spot, but not by much. (8) WARNING ZONE has been rolling along on the engine and probably won more easily than it looks on paper. (7) TRANSCENDING is right there each week.

Race 5

(2) TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER missed plenty of time and still raced very well. There is no reason to think he can’t show more now. (3) CAMAES FELLOW comes down from Canada and adds Sears; interesting. (11) WESTWARDHO HANOVER comes off a series win at Woodbine and certain looks like the possible favorite. (10) IM FEELIN GOOD has the talent. Can he overcome post 10?

Race 6

(1) BETTOR DESIGN got caught in a very fast mile last week and was stuck in post eight during his prior start. He drops down the claiming ladder tonight and catches a pretty good spot. (5) INTRIGUED ROYALLY & (7) JOLTIN COLT both drop out of series action and look plenty good enough to win.

Race 7

(7) STRAND HANOVER took a ton of tote action and not shockingly woke up with a nice effort. Now he double-drops in class. I’d be shocked if he didn’t bring a big effort. (2) LOOKINFORADVENTURE finally displayed some of his talent last week. This spot looks tougher. (8) FREEDY DAY HANOVER exits the Complex and should get a decent piece.

Race 8

(6) TAMAYO was used early and could not rally last week. He takes a small drop now and gets the narrow call. (4) BORDER FIGHTING made a bold move on a tiring track last week and paid the price; another shot. (3) GAELIC THUNDER raced well from post 10 last time and was second in his previous try.

Race 9

(8) STAR OF THE GAME was in an impossible spot fourth over last time. He is as good as any in this wide open field. (5) IDEALIC LIFE was used hard last week; good barn. (6) HANKS KID got parked in his most recent; needs smooth trip. (10) TONGUE TWISTER is one of the few in here which has been racing at the $20k level consistently. (2) LAGUNA BEACH won for a $20k tag last time.

Race 10

(10) MAJOR BELLE gets away from the lions and faces mostly kittens tonight. The post is a problem, but the competition should perk him up. (4) DOMITIAN HANOVER was a solid second last week for a barn that has been doing well early in the meet. (5) CASIMIR CAMOTION & (6) WESTERN TSUNAMI are both coming out of tougher races.

Race 11

(3) LEE AVE drops down and in for a tag. This spot is much easier than last week. (1) WESTERN TRADEMARK was not the same horse last week; drops now. (6) MASTER STROKE has yet to wake up in 2012. It could happen at any time. (2) PAN GRAD is a must on the bottom of your tickets.

Race 12

(3) ADAMS HANOVER improved in his second start off the bench. He should be ready for a peak effort in his third start back for a hot barn. (6) FINANCE THE MASTER was never involved last week from post 10; shot in here. (5) BLUE CLAW should make an easy lead tonight. If that happens, watch out!

Race 13

(2) OSCAR OSCAR enters the Miller barn and qualified sharply; on board. (1) TAKEMEWITHYOU came up big last week on a night when trainer Burke won 5 races. (6) WESTERN VICTORY drops out of series action.