01/15/2015 5:37PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/17 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: 54 - 231 / $327.10  BEST BETS: 8 - 16 / $26.20

Best Bet: MAJOR UPTREND (6th)

Spot Play: GOLD ROCKS (8th)

Race 1

(3) WESTERN WEAR displayed good late pace from last despite missing five weeks of action. There is a hint of ability in this lightly raced 3-year-old. (10) MIDNIGHT LIGHTNING closed well in his first start since last August and now adds Gingras. (4) TICKET TO ROLL rallied for third last time. He doesn't look like much, but have you seen the rest of this lackluster group. (6) IRONBARBASSY finished just ahead of the former last time and merits a look.

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Race 2

(6) DOCTOR BUTCH has made a believer out of me with consecutive wins at this level. Whether he leaves or plays it cool early, this race shapes up nicely. (5) WAKE UP PETER is the picture of form. He is simply a hard-knocking horse that battles every week. (4) DAPPER DUDE has early zip and starts for a new barn. (7) BEACH MEMORIES has a chance with the right trip.

Race 3

(3) WEAPONS DEALER was racing very well in Canada and comes off a toss-out mile. Driver switch tonight will make a huge difference. (9) SASSY HANOVER took a step in the right direction last time and could be firing off the gate from the outside. (4) STEADY WARRIOR was shuffled back after making the top last Saturday. Other than his poor 2 for 28 career record, he doesn't look that bad on paper.

Race 4

(6) CANE RIDGE gets his nose on the gate this time, and for a horse that does his best work on the lead, that is a big deal. He's at the right level and should make noise. (3) BREAKIN THE LAW comes off a win and figures to be close to the action. (7) NEW KIND returns to the big track where he won two starts back.

Race 5

(7) SMART ROKKER should have won last week, but was used pretty hard in that mile. Driver change tonight puts him over the top. (4) ROCK STAR rallied nicely from the back most recently. I'll take that late speed as an indicator of coming form. (1) SILVER PHANTOM made a nice move last time but faltered late. With 25 seconds and thirds from 56 starts, that seems to be par for the course. (9) WOODMERE ULTIMATE is hard to decipher from paper. He had no shot from post 10 in his last two starts and now drops down. Notice his strong season in 2014.

Race 6

(11) MAJOR UPTREND was super once again in leg one of the Escort series and despite the second tier starting spot deserves the call. (3) COMPANY MAN also won in first round action and will take plenty of beating. (4) JK PATRIOT has been racing well every week.

Race 7

(6) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST has turned into a killer of late. This field is much tougher but he still looks best. (4) CAPITAL ACCOUNT was a solid second level 3-year-old last year. Now with a start under his belt in 2015, he should be tough. (3) ULTIMATE BEACHBOY qualified very well. If he is ready he can score. (2) CAPOZZO drops to the level of his last score.

Race 8

(5) GOLD ROCKS finally gets a good starting spot to work with and should be forwardly placed this week. This isn't an easy field, but that means he'll offer value. (3) BLATANTLY BEST couldn't be any sharper. (4) OK COMMANDER drops back down. He should be very comfortable at this level.

Race 9

(5) TINK AND TIGER raced evenly after a slow start in his Big M debut, but his previous lines say he should have much more in the tank. The price will be right to roll the dice. (4) SAMANDAR was a decent third last time versus a much better foe in Urgent Action. (6) GAMBLER'S TALE drops down. The last time he was this low on the condition rung, he won.

Race 10

(4) HERE COMES SWIFTY hasn't been in the best spots and now drops to the C-2 condition. He is ready to win and only needs a decent trip. (6) LEG UP gets a switch to Gingras this week. He'll move this guy up a notch. (3) OPEN WATER won three starts back at this level. (2) JACK ATTACK seems to have found his best form.

Race 11

(4) KHAN BLUE CHIP ran into Major Uptrend last week. Gelding should gun to the front and sit the pocket behind (5) WHAT I BELIEVE before pouncing in the lane. The latter scored in leg one and is a clear threat again. (2) WELL SAID STRIDE raced okay in his first start in months; gets a piece.

Race 12

(8) WINDSONGS GORGEOUS should have no trouble making the front this week. Eight-year-old loves to win. (1) TOP GEAR figures to flash plenty of early speed and secure a pocket trip. (7) LENNON BLUE CHIP is off a win. (4) RALBAR had no shot from post 10 last week; chance.

Race 13

(5) NOB HILL HIGH drops back down to a winning level and only needs a reasonable trip to score. (2) ROCK OUT came up big off the bench and would logically improve off that mile. (7) SALEVESTER STALLION moves down in class for a barn that has had a good meet. (1) OUTRAGEOUS ART gets post and class relief for the top Burke barn.

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