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Meadowlands: Saturday 1/12 Analysis
By Jay Bergman
Race 1 - $15,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool
Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool
Race 7 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool
Best Bet: DINNER GUEST (8th) Spot Play: BAKIN ON THE BEACH (7th)
(5) ALL BLUES moves into the Julie Miller stable after arriving from Balmoral. Four-year-old is well placed in a field he can deal with. (4) TERRYANG FRA showed hints of ability late last year and had no chance in his seasonal debut. (2) CYCLONE ARTIST is a Maine-invader that should appreciate facing a weaker group.
(1) GOLDEN RECEIVER was simply awesome in his season's debut. Eight-year-old has too much early foot to be stopped at this level. (4) MEIRS HANOVER showed that he could pace with the choice last week but doesn't have the ability to go by. (3) ABELARD HANOVER should be closer to the action this time around.
(8) RECENT NEWS ships to the big oval after a pair of difficult journeys at Yonkers. Five-year-old hails from a very hot barn and can overcome the outside draw. (2) AUTOMATIC TELLER is another that has been hampered by difficult draws. Five-year-old may be an underlay. (9) STONEBRIDGE ROCKET was in with much tougher company in October and may find himself at this level.
(5) ON THE RADAR found himself inside with nowhere to go in a 12-horse field last week. Prior to that he was in with better and performing well. Trainer Mark Silva has been a high-percentage trainer much of his career and may pull the surprise here. (6) SEA ME NOW has had a pair of no-chance miles and could spring to life for Gingras. (1) GIDDY UP DELIGHT remains at a winning level off the claim.
(7) LAWGIVER HANOVER steps up off a long and difficult mile in his big track return. Four-year-old faces a formless group and is worth following. (4) TREND SPOTTER gave way late in his last and seems the one to beat. (6) RHOMBUS drops and has the speed to contend.
(4) DIAL OR NODIAL put in a useful tightener for this series last week. Draws away from the top horse and should be forwardly placed. (6) MR HASANI N was battling with the choice at Harrah's Philadelphia with success but returns after missing three weeks. (1A) ROCKIN THE HOUSE seems the stronger of the Burke entry.
(10) BAKIN ON THE BEACH was driven last week like he was ready for action. Four-year-old has an obvious high turn of speed and should be able to utilize it despite the outside draw. (3) MYSTIC DESIRE appears on his way back to the higher classes. Near-$700,000 career winner has been strong in both starts back. (1) VILLAGE BEAT fits well at this level.
(7) DINNER GUEST showed high speed early and then didn't find clearance until the race was decided last week. Rugged veteran gets the best of the draw in the handicap and may be worth a price. (5) SCOTTY MACH N went a huge trip in last and now moves into the Drolet barn ready for a big mile. (9) ESPRIT DE KAYJAY A is razor sharp but may be too far back to get into the hunt this time around.
(9) I FOUGHT DALAW showed speed and staying power in a much needed confidence builder last week. Four-year-old is on the comeback trail and has the speed to overcome the outside draw. (8) BLUERIDGE WESTERN double drops to a very competitive level. (3) HEMERS CARD SHARK elected to return to the Meadowlands after drawing the also eligible tag at Yonkers. He's certainly dangerous from this spot.
(4) FOOL OF IDEAS has always seemed better as a one-run horse rather than leaving and going without cover as he did in his Meadowlands debut. Five-year-old finds a good spot to respond. (5) BOLERO ANDREW was on cruise control dominating weaker for the red hot Poliseno stable. (7) PICTURE ME should be more competitive with these.
(7) ESCAPE THE NEWS showed some of that `laziness' that makes him such a good horse last week rallying very late in the game to just miss. Four-year-old may need to be more assertive early to avoid a similar result. (6) SILVER EAGLE is a serious threat despite the nose victory. Remmen-trained gelding had a horse in his face from the half to the wire and still managed to eke out a win. (5) SILENT SWING won 13 times as a 10-year-old in 2012 and must be respected at this level.
(3) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE has been sharp in both outings since shipping in from Yonkers. There's not much in here to be afraid of. (1) R CAAN moves inside for the Burke-Gingras connection and scares me due to his 10 third place finishes a year ago. (9) PAINTED BLACK will get into the fight despite the post.
(2) BIG TEN CHAMP went a very solid mile against what probably was a better group than this on opening night. Gelding can take advantage of his spot. (6) BLUE CLAW doesn't like to win that often as last year's 2 for 39 would indicate but this field is loaded with that type which makes him a contender. (4) RELENTLESS DREAMER may have needed his last.
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