06/24/2015 3:24PM

Meadowlands: Friday 6/26 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

CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 61 - 202 / $304.50  BEST BETS: 8 - 15 / $25.70

Best Bet: ROCKLAMATION (7th)

Spot Play: MELADY’S MONET (6th)

Race 1

(7) SPICEBOMB is a full brother to three $200K earners including Major Bombay ($575,131). Mom also threw She’s Da Bomb, a fast filly that put up a 1:50 3/5 mark at age 2. This gelding finished with plenty in the tank when I saw him on 6/6 at the Meadowlands and seems worth a shot. (1) IDEAL ROCKY was very fast off the gate in his 6/20 baby race and proved game enough to win the race under a drive. (4) ROAD BLOCK wasn’t exactly raging with pace in his lone morning effort, but he was chasing a nice one in Brooklynite.

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Race 2

(6) PIERRE should have picked up some confidence with a down the road score at Philly last time. This field lacks a standout player and he certainly has a big shot. (1) LINDY ON THE ROCKS raced evenly last time and could be closer from the cones. (2) RILEY’S DREAM has proven to be a consistent on-the-board candidate.

Race 3

(6) SHE’S A HOT MESS is certainly an appropriate name for this young lady. If she behaves and decides to bring anything close to her best game tonight, she wins. (4) QUICK AINT FAIR displayed some late pace from an outside post last time; chance. (5) THIRTY X figures to be heading to the front and has raced well in both career starts; must use.

Race 4

(5) CRESCENT CITY made a nice move before tiring in a fast mile two starts back and spent too much time on the rim at Philly most recently. Three-year-old filly seems ready to win. (1) AMERICAN TRUTH gets a driver switch to Tetrick and could awaken. (2) STRUT MY STUFF gets class relief after a solid qualifier. (7) B STERN is capable of a big mile; worth using.

Race 5

In a field without an abundance of clear early speed, (3) DREAM ROCKER seems to be in a prime spot to try to wire the field. (2) FOX VALLEY LEGEND was left with too much to do last week. He moves to a better post and merits serious consideration. (1A) JACKS TO OPEN seems likely to take a good portion of the tote action. Gelding has a big chance but isn’t going to be worth the low price. (9) GELATO MAN is as fast as any of these; exotics value.

Race 6

(2) MELADY’S MONET followed cover behind a very slow pace last Friday and had no shot despite finishing in 26 3/5. There is no doubt he’ll be somewhat overlooked in the wagering and that makes him intriguing. (6) MR PICOLIT was nothing to write home about in his lone U.S. qualifier, but we’ve already seen trainer Ake Svanstedt improve horses quickly off dull-looking morning efforts. (4) OBRIGADO was hopelessly locked in the pocket last time while appearing like a winner. I give him a big chance but fear that the price will be a bit shorter than he deserves. (1) DW’S NY YANK stole the Open Handicap last week. He is capable of putting up a 1:51 mile at any time.

Race 7

(4) ROCKLAMATION was a bit better last time while facing some of the better mares in the sport. This looks like the right spot to wake her up on the engine. (1) BEACH GRANNY has been racing well each week and should be in close attendance to what could be a slow pace in an abbreviated field. (5) MAJOR DANCER drops out of the Open Handicap in her second start with Lasix and looms as a major danger.

Race 8

(3) SMOOTHER RIDE was up against it trying to compete against top trotters following a two month layoff. He gets necessary class relief this week and has a right to improve. (7) TIRADE HANOVER was a very solid second behind Sebastian K in his 6/20 qualifier. He looked more than sharp enough to win despite missing more than two months of action. (2) CLEMENTINE DREAM has a big chance if the top two fail to fire.

Race 9

(7) PROPULSION only has himself to beat. If he trots and behaves, he wins. (1) RULES OF THE ROAD has speed and inside position to control the race. (6) SUITE AND TIE had traffic trouble and finished up nicely with hobbles added.

Race 10

(5) SOBORO HANOVER just missed in a good mile on the engine. With that clean line on his card, maybe we can expect even more. (4) TOTAL DARKNESS comes off a nice win at this level last time. (2) FINISH LINE finished third behind one of the top Hambo contenders at Pocono most recently.

Race 11

(3) RIVER RUNS THRU IT won at odds-on versus slightly lesser a week ago; staying here. (4) SAYITALL BB hasn’t been able to acclimate to facing older mares; easier spot. (1) KZ BEACH GIRL has speed and adds Tetrick; using.

Race 12

(7) QUICK DEAL has behaved in consecutive starts and seems a step faster than this group. (1) HOME TURF kept his act together with hobbles added and can be tighter in his second start after a four week break. (6) WALLTOCOUSINS & (9) LIGHTNING STORM are both getting class relief and capable of waking up.

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