02/04/2015 5:15PM

Meadowlands: Friday 2/6 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 84 - 339 / $474.50  BEST BETS: 10 - 25 / $37.00

Best Bet: ROCK OF CASHEL (7th)        

Spot Play: DREAMS BAR (8th)

Race 1

(1) SAWYER posted a pretty good effort in her first start since September and should improve with that race under her belt. (8) FASHION ROCKER closed well in her career debut and now moves into the Burke barn. (2) CHEYENNE ROBIN displayed early speed and some ability on smaller tracks as a 2-year-old. If that translates to the bigger track she'll be tough.

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Race 2

(5) MASTER OF LAW grinded on the rim and was simply too much for his foes last time. This field is at best on par with the one he bested. (7) FOX VALLEY SMARTY has been racing somewhat over his head and gets a class break with the switch to monetary conditions. (4) CANADIAN WILDCAT is racing well right now.

Race 3

(5) KEYSTONE BOCA cruised in her recent qualifier for trainer Ron Burke. This field came up light and she should be one of the favorites. (1) ROYAL ICE finally got in the win column a couple of weeks back, but I wouldn't qualify the effort as ultra impressive. (4) BAD I AM was racing well prior to the Super Bowl final. He did his best work near the lead and should be able to get there this week.

Race 4

(3) FRENCHMEN draws nicely to the inside in a field with plenty of outside speed. This guy tends to finish up his miles well and could find a good setup at a price. (6) CRAZOLO comes off a win at this level and is a clear player. (9) FUEL CELL has high early speed; must use at least underneath.

Race 5

(4) FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE finds a much easier spot, more in line with the group he defeated two starts back. (2) B YOYO also gets a class break. Gelding should be close to the front. (10) WELL BUILT seems unlikely to gun out from post 10, but if Campbell can work out a trip this guy will have a shot.

Race 6

(1) DONTTELLRUSS went a huge mile in the Worldly Beauty final only to come up a bit short. There is no reason not to back her here. (7) WITCH DALI rode a good trip to victory over the top pick most recently. The outside post is the only concern. (4) JUST FINE clearly has some ability. Maybe one day she'll put it all together.

Race 7

(6) ROCK OF CASHEL was far and away the most impressive preliminary round winner of this C-Notes final. Now he gets Tetrick in the bike and should win at 3-5. (9) MY MUSCLEMAN has been very consistent and could offer value from the outside post. (4) CAPTAIN PRIMEAU is not as fast as he once was, but he can still go with these if they don't go an insanely fast mile. (2) GREY ICE has speed, form and Gingras.

Race 8

(6) DREAM'S BAR has been in sneaky good form for some time and should get over the hump with Pierce jumping into the bike. (2) INITTOWINAFORTUNE loses Tetrick, but that could be a loyalty thing for the Toscano barn. Mare raced evenly following a six week break and can certainly improve. (4) KEN DOLL J could make the front in a hurry and looks like a clear player.

Race 9

(3) WESTERN EMPRESS returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and faces a somewhat suspect bunch. I'll take a shot and hope Yannick wakes her up. (2) ACE OF PACE has probably been racing better than her recent lines look and her last effort looks like the best of the lot. (6) BRING THEM HOME burned plenty of money due to an equipment issue last time. Mare could be firing down the road in this spot.

Race 10

(1) HELIOS couldn't quite get there as my value play last week but I'll stick with him once again. Unfortunately the price will shrink this time around. (2) UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD spent plenty of time on the rim a week ago and now draws better. I'd expect one of my top two to win this race. (7) DR CAL only needs to take a small step forward to get into the mix at a price.

Race 11

(5) SHEBESTINGIN hasn't been out since October but truly has no excuses in this mid-level condition race. (3) DELIGHTFUL DRAGON was a sharp winner last Friday. Often enough confidence is all a horse needs to get rolling. (2) LEAVEUMLADY should be close to the pace for top connections.

Race 12

(8) CASANOVA LINDY is certainly at a winning level and only needs a reasonable trip to score. (7) PHOTO MASS made a very ambitious wide move on the final turn only to flatten in the stretch. That was his first start in eight weeks; improvement likely. (4) MR FENWICK has early zip; using underneath.

Race 13

(5) RAISE YOUR GLASS understandably came up flat in his last start after a five month layoff. She has as good a chance as any in this suspect field. (7) SMOKE PAN MIRRORS closed well from post 10 and now moves in a few spots on the starting gate. (9) ARIA J is capable of gunning down the road if she is feeling right; chance at a price. (2) BLUSH WITH PRIDE figures to get a more aggressive steer from the better post this week.

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