01/21/2016 4:08PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/23 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 71 - 243 / $399.50  BEST BETS: 9 - 18 / $33.90

Best Bet: STITCH IN TIME (1st)

Spot Play: SANTANNA STAR (2nd)

Race 1

(6) STITCH IN TIME chased in a very fast mile last time out and now gets to drop to the basement condition. This looks like his week. (2) P L HOUDINI gets his nose on the gate this week, which is a huge deal for a horse with breaking issues. The speed is there. (7) HILL I AM looked sharp in his second qualifier but I’m going to wait for an easier spot or a better post.

Race 2

(6) SANTANA STAR raced evenly in a quick mile behind others which would clearly be favored in this spot. Four-year-old should be tighter in his second start after a month on the shelf. (8) MISSILE J showed something with a much more professional effort in his second career start. If he had an inside post I’d use him on top. (3) HONEY I’M HOME had some stretch traffic in that qualifier and wasn’t exactly asked for top speed.

Race 3

(4) WINDSUN GALLIANO comes off a win and gets the weak call against a field that hardly inspires confidence. (7) LUKAS HALL drops down for a barn that is good on that angle. (10) SHARP EDGE should be good to get a piece of the pie.

Race 4

(7) BOOGIEWOOGIEBRIAN hails from a barn that is capable of bringing in a sneaky horse and this guy does return here at a reduced level; worth a shot in a blank field. (1) ADDWATER draws inside this week and may be handled more aggressively. (6) PEDRO’S DREAM could be interesting if hustled to the front.

Race 5

(5) UF FAST FEELIN was used hard last time and paid the price. Now he drops to the bottom claiming level and appears the clear choice. (4) SHAVING MUG picked up some confidence in Freehold and has had past success here. (7) AMPED UP is another dropping down; using underneath.

Race 6

(2) MONTERA raced okay last time and picks up a higher percentage driver while facing a blank field. (5) UF LARRY ALLTHEWAY never got into the race last time. He is better than that. (9) MAGICAL TELF N hasn’t won in a while but seems to be racing well enough to get into the exotics.

Race 7

(5) THAT’S MY OPINION responded very nicely to the change in tactics last time and we all know he is fast enough to handle tougher foes. (9) HOPE FOR BADLANDS comes off a race you can completely toss. Tonight he faces a softer group and should improve accordingly. (2) MOONLIGHT RANSOM comes off a win versus lesser and drew well this week. He can make some noise in here.

Race 8

(5) VICE CONSUL N put in a credible effort in his first stateside attempt and can build off that effort against an evenly-matched field. (3) STARSKY’S DREAM N was just okay after a layoff but continues to lure Tetrick off other contenders. I’m guessing we’ll see something good from him soon. (1) PANSFORMATIVE is too sharp to ignore.

Race 9

(6) SWEET BEACH drops out of the Open into a class where he proved victorious back in December. (2) REAL NICE is razor sharp and with enough class to keep it going for a while. (9) KINGOFTHEJUNGLE & (5) SHOOTER’S DREAM are the other two exiting Open company; either is capable of winning.

Race 10

(4) GOLD ROCKS gets post and class relief tonight and has a big chance. (9) HERE COMES SWIFTY closed well from post 10 a week ago and is stuck outside once again. With any kind of trip he can win. (2) SO TAKE THAT is another dropping down the class ladder; wakes up?

Race 11

(7) COBALT MAN gets some needed class relief. This isn’t the easiest NW7500 around but he has a big shot. (1) DULL ROAR raced well against better when last at the Meadowlands; worth using. (2) FRATERNITY is so sharp. Others may be a touch faster but if they race the track will likely be very wet and negate the advantage. (8) MUDSLIDE is capable given the right trip.

Race 12

(3) BENJAMINBANNEKER N found a different gear and closed well once his earplugs were pulled last time. He takes a meaningful drop in class and can get the job done if the pace is fast enough for his rally. (7) INTHEBLINKOFANEYE is plenty fast and should take them a long way. (4) AROCKIN HANOVER couldn’t be any sharper but this field is much better than what he has been facing. (2) CASTLE FLIGHT is down in class and capable of stepping up.

Race 13

(6) CASHENDASH HANOVER comes off an impressive win at Dover and looks ready to handle the Meadowlands for a Davis barn that is 4 for 8 this meet. (4) OUREA NOURRIR has been chasing another sharp Dylan Davis trainee in Dinner At The Met. If the pace is quick he’ll pounce late. (1) ALL WEEK is sharp, has early speed and an inside post.

Race 14

(3) VICTORY AHEAD faces a much easier field this time around and should bring a top effort. (1) EIGHT TEN EOM has been racing well; main danger. (7) GIANT SLAYER has some early speed in his arsenal; drops. (8) SUITS gets a new driver.

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