12/11/2014 3:57PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/13 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: 22 - 104 / $107.90   BEST BETS: 4 - 6 / $14.80

Best Bet: ALEX BULLVILLE (12th)

Spot Play: ROYAL KEE WEE N (6th)

Race 1

I passed over (6) ROYAL KEE WEE N quickly when first looking at this race but made a last second decision to move him up to my top pick. While he tired badly last time, he did race uncovered, was coming off a scratched-sick line, and also had an off track as an excuse. His prior form ranks him as one of the fastest in the field. (5) BRICK BAZOOKA ships east with a perfect record in three starts. (4) PRINCE PALISADE is another newcomer without a loss. He won easily to start his career at Monticello.

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Race 2

(4) SPARKY MARK was used hard two starts back and rallied nicely with no chance last time. He gets the perfect post to make his presence felt and the price should be right. (8) AL’S HAMMERED gets some clear class relief but hasn’t shown much early speed; mixed feelings. (3) LONEWOLF CURRIER finally woke up as expected. Speedy 4-year-old is capable of another improved effort.

Race 3

(5) STALLONE BLUE CHIP is hard to get excited about, but this field is awful; no excuses. (7) JACK ATTACK went too fast on the lead in the slop last time; another shot. (3) MACHIN MONEY has been closing pretty well; chance with a trip.

Race 4

(8) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE seems to be ready for a big effort. He was shuffled back last time after leaving for position. (3) SIR CARY’S Z TAM qualified back nicely with a strong final quarter kicker. (9) JK PATRIOT comes off a nice win and doesn’t face the sharpest C-1 field.

Race 5

(7) LET’S FOAL AROUND never got involved last time in his first start since August. This guy is as fast as any signed on to this NW3 race and can surprise with an aggressive steer. (1) KINGS BARNS has the ability to win if he is ready off the layoff. (9) ACE OF SHARKS made a strong move but was rebuffed most recently; post hurts. (3) ART DEGREE, (4) STEADY WARRIOR & (2) CARRACCI HANOVER all look like legitimate contenders in a wide open race.

Race 6

(3) THE LUNCH PAIL lacked any stretch pop last week, but maybe he didn’t like the off track. He gets a new driver this week and sometimes that makes a huge difference; fresh Lasix, too. (2) CAPOZZO comes off a good effort; must use. (4) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST was super versus a weaker group. (9) NEXT THING SMOKE’N moves into a new barn; hmmm.

Race 7

(3) SUMMER SMACKDOWN has been closing pretty well with no shot from outside posts. Don’t be shocked if he pulls off the upset. (6) LINDWOOD PLAYER steps up slightly off a good win. (4) BETTORS GLASS is better than his recent outing on the sloppy track. (7) DEDI’S DRAGON will leave and get a big piece.

Race 8

(8) DRAGON LORE fought gamely to come back and just miss last time. Four-year-old is clearly sharp and should be forwardly placed. (5) LAST DRAGON made a valiant attempt before tiring last time; needs better trip. (9) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE is always a threat but the ouside post will hurt his chances. (7) FIVEKNUCKLESHUFFLE drops down a notch.

Race 9

(6) UP UP AND OUT took a stroll around the track last time from post 10. Now he drops in class and draws better. (4) MAJOR BOMBAY has plenty of class but needs a wake-up call. Gingras can provide that. (3) JINS DRAGON was okay in his first start since August; more now?

Race 10

(6) SECRETSOFTHENIGHT ships down from Canada after a workmanlike year where he competed in low to mid level conditioned races. I give him a decent chance in this close-knit race. (5) BLATANTLY BEST burned plenty of money when he broke last week. Remmen trainee is dangerous with a clean trip. (1) PANPERPO FIRPO comes off a dominating score at Saratoga. That angle has worked well at the Meadowlands this year.

Race 11

(5) DOCTOR BUTCH was overbet last week because he was locked in with pace in the prior start. Of course he finished fifth while failing to get a clean trip once again. This looks like a better spot for him and I expect that we’ll see early speed. (7) SPEED AGAIN is sharp and has plenty of early speed. (1) SHOOTER’S DREAM has finished second or higher in each of his last four starts. (6) WAKE UP PETER is dangerous but may have to close from last.

Race 12

(4) ALEX BULLVILLE did a good job to get third in a bulky 12-horse field last time. Veteran finds a great spot this week and should be put into play. (6) MISTER VIRGIN makes his first start for a new barn and gets the top driver. (3) BELIEVEINTHESPIRIT succumbed to a tough trip most recently.

Race 13

(5) JETTY finished a good second at Monticello in his first start since June. Eight-year-old was racing well when last seen here. (3) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE could be tighter in his second start back from the layoff. (8) WHITE SPORTSCOAT looks okay if you excuse the recent break. (6) FASHION SHARK is as good as any of the others in this tough to decipher race.

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