12/17/2015 4:43PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/19 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 44 - 129 / $244.00  BEST BETS: 4 - 10 / $13.20

Best Bet: RODEO ROMEO (2nd)

Spot Play: BLATANTLY BEST (7th)

Race 1

(10) WINDSONG GORGEOUS showed some signs of life last week and paced faster (1:51 3/5) while finishing sixth than most of these have all year. I’ll take a shot with him at the better price this time. (2) OPEN WATER gets class relief upon arrival from Yonkers and merits serious consideration. (9) TALKING BLUES could flash high early speed switching to the big track. He went his lifetime best here last year.

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Race 2

(1) RODEO ROMEO should cruise at 1-5. (2) SAID NO ONE EVER has been very sharp at Philly and will get tested in a big way tonight. (6) WILD AGAIN comes off a pair of decent attempts and seems worth using underneath. (4) WINTER BLAST is down from Saratoga in form.

Race 3

(3) ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD has looked very good in the morning while preparing for his pari-mutuel debut and faces a questionable group. I imagine he’ll be taken off the pace but as long as he avoids traffic he should get the job done. (5) MAJOR IN LIFE comes off a string of decent efforts and seems like the top underneath horse. (8) THESPYWHOLOVEDME has won four straight at Saratoga. Will he handle the big track?

Race 4

(1) THAT’S MY OPINION has been close to awful but finds himself facing a blank group. If he can’t beat this field, it may be time to find a different venue, perhaps Freehold. (5) SOME MAJOR BEACH raced well with Gingras added last time and should show early zip again. (6) MR DE LUCA fits nicely with this bunch and should get involved at some point in the mile. (4) MARINER SEELSTER makes his second start in two months and is eligible to improve.

Race 5

(6) A REAL MIRACLE raced evenly a week ago after missing two months of racing. This barn has been bringing in live horses all meet and has a shot to score at a price here. (3) CLASS SIX has been on a roll out of town. We’ll get to see how fast and good he is tonight. (2) BUBBIE BOY was an easy winner at Yonkers and has had past success here. (1) DANCIN HILL is sharp now.

Race 6

(3) JENERAL PATTON is a horse with a good turn of speed that has been racing rather well at Philly. I’ll take a shot here in a field with no standouts. (7) AIMO HANOVER finds a field without much early zip and could take charge. (5) THAT’LL BE THE REI could get aggressive in this spot and reap the rewards. (6) SWEET BEACH is a trip player with a shot.

Race 7

(6) BLATANTLY BEST was super two starts back then ran into a salty group last time. It might look like he is facing the same class as last week but this group is easier. (9) OUR DRAGON KING was used hard last time and paid the price. He can do better than sixth in here. (3) MADIBA MAGIC N went down the road from post eight last time at Yonkers. Down Under import may be this good.

Race 8

(3) CASTLE FLIGHT won against lesser three back and couldn’t handle the tough trip in this class two starts ago. He was an even sixth versus better most recently. (5) LETS ROCK TOGETHER ships in sharp and has proven plenty fast enough. (4) MONTERA ships in for a barn that has been known to send out a winner or two. (6) CAN HE GO switches barns; improves?

Race 9

(9) WINDS OF CHANGE was raced conservatively and finished up strong in his first start with Lasix added. I’m thinking we’ll see a bit more aggression this time around. (2) MR FRANKLIN N was short after three weeks on the sidelines; very dangerous tonight. (3) SHOOTER’S DREAM has been putting in an honest effort every week and merits inclusion at least underneath.

Race 10

(1) BONDI HANOVER drops down against a field that seems to be mostly moving up a touch in class. Expect a brush early in the mile and hopefully he hangs in there. (11) MOONLIGHT RANSOM seems to do some of his best work with Zeron in the bike; dangerous with a trip. (3) TWIN B SPEEDO picks up Gingras and has proven capable of going a fast enough mile to win this race.

Race 11

(8) YOU’RE MY HERO won at first asking in the new barn at Freehold and while this may seem like a big jump up, this group doesn’t look very imposing. (6) RED ROCK may be the best horse in this race and you’ll get a good price because Abbatiello doesn’t get bet strong at the Big M. (1) CHECK’S COMMODORE comes off a win and could be hustled away from the inside.

Race 12

(3) SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP continues to improve each week and should get a live trip from one of the two sharp horses inside. (4) KINGOFTHEJUNGLE seems to be in career form and may be sharp enough to compete with this group. (7) MELBERBY BEACH has high speed and a lifetime mark that blows this group away. (1) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND is impossible to ignore despite the class hike.

Race 13

In a race without much form, (11) AHDOUGHNOLUM changes connections and has shown some good lines here at this level. (2) TREND SPOTTER technically drops in class. (6) BRENT MONTANA got up for second in this class at big odds on Dec. 5.

Race 14

(6) KNOCKING AROUND has the best form in this field by far and deserves the call. (4) OK GALAHAD had no shot from post eight at Yonkers most recently but his prior form was fine. (7) OUREA NOURRIR changes barns and should be able to keep his form. (9) CARD SHOCK takes a slight reduction in claiming price.

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