12/10/2015 4:52PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/12 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: 36 - 103 / $208.80  BEST BETS: 3 - 8 / $10.20

Best Bet: CAPOZZO (7th)

Spot Play: COCOCABANA (2nd)

Race 1

(2) SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP appeared to be purposely driven conservatively and faced a bit of stretch traffic last time. In his fourth start back from a long layoff, I’d expect he is just about ready to shine. (3) BETTOR THAN YOU raced well off the bench and should improve with that start under his belt. (7) BLATANTLY BEST was sharp on the drop-down last time but unfortunately drew into a tough race this week. (1) BENJAMINBANNEKER N was a winner at this level two starts back.

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Race 2

(8) COCOACABANA was trapped behind a wall of horses last week and now we get a switch to a catch-driver. If she minds her manners this daughter of Chocolatier can get the job done. (2) ONE DIRECTION finally got moving in the right direction with a solid rally from the back last time. In a field lacking consistency and an abundance of top form, he looks to have a chance. (7) NATURAL KEMP has raced fairly well since moving into the Julie Miller barn.

Race 3

(1) WEGOTTATRUCKYEA came charging home from the back to just miss by a neck as our top choice at 14-1 (that hurt) two weeks ago. I see some talent in this guy and the price should remain reasonable with (4) RODEO ROMEO in the field. The latter went down the road at this level three starts back and was obviously overmatched versus Wiggle It Jiggleit at Dover. (5) MIDNIGHT LIGHTNING picks up Gingras and could do a bit more now.

Race 4

(1) WALLTOCOUSINS finds a good spot back at the Meadowlands and should be hustled away by Joe Bongiorno. (8) KEYSTONE THOMAS keeps rolling along for trainer Spagnola and looks formidable again. (6) MERGATROID has been racing very well for a Svanstedt barn that is having a good fall/winter meet. (4) LADY CLARABELLA should be tighter in her second start off the bench but is facing boys and older foes.

Race 5

(3) STORMIN RUSTLER was a bit better in his second start since August. One more baby step forward should have him right there at the wire. (5) INSANE IN SPAIN was in against a tough group in that ‘G Notes’ final last time. I’d expect a strong effort this week. (2) GIANT SLAYER has put in two straight decent starts and could pop with a big mile soon.

Race 6

(3) JACKSRLUCKYTOO somehow squeezed up the cones to get the job done a week ago. I like what I’ve seen thus far and will keep rolling with him. (6) PISTOLPACKINPIPER has won two straight and looks like the likely favorite. (5) MR CENSI wasn’t quite as good as the line looks last time and I’m not shocked that Bongiorno chose the top choice. That said, he has a obvious chance.

Race 7

(1) CAPOZZO hasn’t been very sharp of late, but don’t discount the importance of switching back to the big track. He has three wins and two seconds in this class at the Meadowlands in 2015 and all but one of his wins this year came here. (7) JET AIRWAY is certainly facing easier foes this week and should be ready for a peak effort in his third start after a year off. (2) PANCHESTER UNITED should flash early speed and make his presence felt.

Race 8

(8) ROCKIN WIZARD continues to race well week after week and gets my narrow call in a race where you may want to spread on your pick four tickets. (4) ITRUSTYOU has a stellar 49 wins in 132 career starts and comes into this race on a two-race winning streak. (1) SHOOTER’S DREAM steps up but is in fine form. (7) BADIX HANOVER finally returns to a more comfortable level after facing Wiggle It Jiggleit in recent starts. He has a legitimate shot despite facing older foes.

Race 9

(9) ESCAPE THE NEWS hasn’t been at the Meadowlands in almost two years but actually owns a strong local record. I can see improvement on the track change alone. (5) RESTLESS NATIVE was claimed back by Russo, so clearly he sees something good in this guy. (6) DANCIN HILL has come back from vacation in good form and is hard to toss. (1) OK GORGEOUS had some life last time and could be ready to find his best game.

Race 10

(4) GIACODELIGHT hasn’t been overly impressive since shipping in, but has kept up nicely and finished with pace. He drops in class tonight for a high percentage barn. (10) DARCEE N seems to have some ability but has trouble going a straight line and staying on gait. (6) MIGHTY PERUVIAN N gets a better post to work with tonight and faces easier.

Race 11

(8) WINDSONG GORGEOUS raced evenly after getting away slowly in his first start since July. This guy loves to win and faces a field he can handle. (9) EARNDAWG lured Callahan off of a Breshnahan-trained horse, which is interesting. We know Spagnola can make them go fast. (4) EASTEND EDDIE isn’t a win candidate for me but should be involved. (6) UF FAST FEELIN is in good form.

Race 12

(3) ALEX BULLVILLE had some serious traffic trouble last time out. It is hard to ever love this guy on the win end, but these are the spots where he usually wakes up. (2) LEGACY N DIAMONDS picks up Brett Miller this week and should be close to the action. (7) SOME MAJOR BEACH hasn’t been very good this year. Maybe Gingras can shake him up?

Race 13

(1) HUNCHIE came up short in the stretch last time; another shot. (10) GRATIAS DEO has been racing well and reunites with Callahan. (7) SMILE A LITTLE raced well at this level last time. (8) IDEAL CARVER has a nice closing kick.

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