12/18/2014 6:10PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/20 Analysis

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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: 26 - 130 / $130.50  BEST BETS: 4 - 8 / $14.80

Best Bet: DOCTOR BUTCH (7th)

Spot Play: ROCKEYED OPTIMIST (3rd)

Race 1

(1) MAJOR BOMBAY is now making his third start at this level. It doesn't get much easier than this race. You have to think he'll win. (7) MY TEMUDJIN N drops down and rates as a serious threat. (3) BREKAIN THE LAW was having a bad year before taking a three month break. Maybe Burke has him ready now.

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Race 2

(1) FRANZO was a professional winner in this class last time. Tonight's race came up a bit tougher, but he still looks like the one to beat. (5) BRICK BAZOOKA is perfect in four career starts and had no trouble in his Big M debut. (6) BAD TO THE BONE moves into a new barn; improvement possible.

Race 3

(2) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST was a respectable third versus better most recently. Having drawn inside of his main foes, this race is his to win or lose. (8) JK PATRIOT has won four of five races while overcoming bad posts in his last two. (7) SMART ROKKER comes off some good races at Freehold. Will that form translate to the big track? (9) BAKERSFIELD picks up a catch-driver and looks primed for a big effort.

Race 4

This is a good race on a card full of hard-to-decipher races. (4) WARRAWEE NEEDY is still the co-fastest horse in history. He has been racing pretty well lately at Yonkers and might move up on the bigger track. (10) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE swept the field impressively with a mega-burst of late speed last week. Post 10 will make it hard, but if he can kick home in 26 seconds again, watch out! (1) TWIN B HOLLISTER & (3) TALKING BLUES both come in from Yonkers in solid form but have been settling for minor awards. (6) OK COMMANDER & (7) AMERICAN RAGE are capable with live trips.

Race 5

(1) JOKERMAN won't have an easy time in this bulky field, but he is razor sharp right now. The inside post should help keep him out of trouble. (7) ILIKETHEMTRASHY has been racing well just about every week; expect early speed. (11) DINNER GUEST moves into a barn that has started off the meet well. (10) I'M THE REAL MAJOR has won four of five starts and looks like another live Saratoga shipper.

Race 6

(2) SANTA FE BEACHBOY never got involved last time from a more outer post. Burke trainee looks like a reasonable play in a field full of legitimate contenders. (8) ODDS ON EQUULEUS was freshened up after the Red Mile and his comeback qualifier was pretty good against a top pacing mare. (10) GOLDEN RECEIVER is reportedly making his final career start. It would be nice if the $2.2 million career earner could go out a winner, but he'll have to earn it. (3) SHOOTERS DREAM & (7) AL'S HAMMERED only need a live trip to menace for the top spot.

Race 7

(2) DOCTOR BUTCH finally gets some class relief. One would expect that driver Tim Tetrick will take no prisoners in this spot. (3) SWEET ROCK is very sharp right now and a clear threat. (10) DIAL OR NODIAL is as good or better than the top two, but drew poorly.

Race 8

(6) GOLD ROCKS takes on some stiff competition this week but luckily drew to their inside. I'd expect him to be on the move early and sitting a good trip. (8) WINDS OF CHANGE qualified back nicely. He didn't have a breakout year, but this colt has some ability. (7) NATIONAL DEBT is not as bad as he has looked recently or as good as he looked at the beginning of the year; fits here.

Race 9

(6) LONEWOLF CURRIER seems to be getting a bit sharper each week; slight class drop. (5) MOJO TERROR has had pretty good success here. (1) MEMORY GAME comes in off a pair of open-length scores at Saratoga.

Race 10

(5) JOHNNY Z is winning every other week and this is supposed to be a good week. Notice he has won here this year. (8) TOP GEAR has good early speed and hails from a top barn. (1) GUNS AN ROSES is another with early zip and a high win percentage this year.

Race 11

(5) DREAMLANDS ART won by three lengths in his last try at this level. (2) DRAGON LORE has been racing well and should be in close attendance to the front; Gingras drives. (7) ROAR might need some help up front but has a clear chance.

Race 12

(8) MAJOR UPTREND moves into a new barn and adds Callahan. (1) WHAT I BELIEVE won by seven lengths in his debut for the Burke barn. (5) GLORY BEACH has rarely missed the board in upstate New York and seems like a fit here.

Race 13

(2) STORM THE BEACH doesn't inspire much confidence but simply looks best. (6) LUCKY LUCKY LEO failed to rally in his first start for Jean Drolet; maybe more now? (1) LITTLEBITACLASS draws better this week.

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