11/12/2015 3:51PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 11/14 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 8 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 0 - 0 / $0.00  BEST BETS: 0 - 0 / $0.00

Best Bet: JOLLY JUBITER (6th)

Spot Play: DULL ROAR (11th)

Race 1

(8) RODEO ROMEO sprinted home willingly in a very useful qualifier last week. Rocknroll Hanover-sired 3-year-old displayed hints of ability earlier this year and could be ready to fire off the bench versus a questionable group. (6) ALL THE COOKIES road a pocket trip to victory in his career debut. He could be an overbet favorite. (5) BETTOR MEMORIES also raced well in his first pari-mutuel start.

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Race 2

(1) SPIDER MAN HANOVER just didn’t have it in the Breeders Crown final. I’m not sure he is that far behind some of the others in here from a talent standpoint and the price should be reasonable. (3) BOSTON RED ROCKS was certainly sharp in his qualifier, but looms a short price off his Breeders Crown win and wasn’t exactly a top contender going in. (8) BIG TOP HANOVER seems to be getting better at the right time. That said, he didn’t beat much in the Matron.

Race 3

(4) CELEBRITY EXPRESS made an aggressive brush to the front in the Kindergarten only to break at the head of the lane. There seems to be some ability in this $200K yearling purchase. (7) MARION MARAUDER has raced well nearly all year and was a credible second behind divisional leader Southwind Frank in the Breeders Crown. My only concern is his lack of early speed combined with an outer post. (2) MILLIGAN’S SCHOOL has displayed the ability to step up with a big mile; dangerous.

Race 4

With 34 second- and third-place finishes versus 10 wins over the last two years (2) ROCKIN WIZARD could be considered risky in the top spot, but he finds a short field and has the early speed to control the tempo. (7) DARCEE N appears to be in a slightly easier spot. The last time Yannick Gingras drove this gelding, he won. (4) MIGHTY PERUVIAN N fits nicely with this group; obvious contender.

Race 5

(6) LAGERFELD jumped it off in the Breeders Crown but all his prior efforts were solid. It shouldn’t hurt that Gingras returns to the bike. (2) DOG GONE LUCKY is riding a three-race winning streak and that makes him the one to beat; must use. (5) BAR HOPPING has plenty of ability and could be overlooked in the wagering with Takter in the sulky.

Race 6

(2) JOLLY JUBITER faces a blank field and fits right in. Trainer Jordan Derue had plenty of success with 5 wins in 17 starts from January to August at this track. (5) ROCK FAME & (7) RED ROCK ship in from Freehold (as do most of these) with form and should make some noise during the mile.

Race 7

(2) RESOLVE has been a bridesmaid more than I would like to see this year, but he has inside position and figures to be in a perfect spot in the stretch. (5) E L TITAN has been selectively spotted with only five starts on the year. That said, this guy is as talented as any in the field. (1) OBRIGADO charged home with no shot in his qualifier; obvious one to use.

Race 8

(6) HOPE FOR BADLANDS matched his career best in his second start for trainer Mark Capone. This spot is much tougher, but I’m willing to take a shot that the veteran conditioner has this guy figured out. (7) BURKENTINE HANOVER disappointed last time as the odds-on favorite at Vernon. All his prior starts were against tougher company. He is very dangerous. (4) STEADY PULSE was unlucky to get into a tougher division of this class; using underneath.

Race 9

(2) TALK SHOW stalled some on the final turn but kicked in strongly late in his most recent qualifier. The talent is there if he brings his best game. (3) IDEAL ROCKY had no shot from post eight at Dover most recently. All of his prior efforts are good. (7) CHECK SIX displayed plenty of ability earlier in the year. Is he ready with just one qualifier after two months off? (8) KATIES ROCKER had a long trip at Dover last time; worth considering.

Race 10

(2) THAT’S MY OPINION was a bit flat after a two and a half month break. This is a great spot for him. (5) BETTOR BELIEVE IT also makes his second start off the bench; main threat. (8) HANDS OFF FRANK is fast enough but lacks any recent form.

Race 11

(2) DULL ROAR has a plethora of angles in his favor. He drops in class for a barn that excels with that move, adds Gingras in the bike and is a proven winner at the Meadowlands. (4) AHDOUGHNOLUM won during the summer at this level here. As mentioned earlier, this barn has done well here this year. (1) ELECTRIFY gets a big driver change to Tim Tetrick and deserves some consideration.

Race 12

(6) JK ENDOFANERA is a bit of a one-run horse, but should get smooth sailing in this abbreviated field and have every chance. (2) DOO WOP HANOVER qualified in good order and should bring a solid effort to the track. (4) LUCK BE WITHYOU comes off a solid second-place finish behind Always B Miki at Balmoral.

Race 13

It is hard to love any of these horses in the top spot. I’ll take a shot with (6) BILLABONG BEACH, who projects as a 1:52-1:53 pacer off his out-of-town form and adds Gingras. (3) RESTLESS NATIVE has early speed and consistent recent form. (9) EIGHT TEN EOM comes off a monster mile, but at 4 for 58 over the last two years, I doubt a repeat performance is coming. (4) BREAK DANCER has at least won a race here.

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