12/01/2016 3:35PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/3 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: 0 - 0 / $0.00

Best Bet: UNCLE COZ (1st)

Spot Play: SOME POWER (5th)

Race 1

(3) UNCLE COZ came off the shelf with a vengeance romping over similar at Pocono. Lightly raced gelding arrives sharp and should handle these with ease. (8) DJNORTHERNSTAR was in a very dull cover flow in his local debut and fired nicely in the stretch before overpacing himself near the wire. (10) BORN OF FIRE has a pedigree that suggests he'll improve with additional racing.

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Race 2

(1A) IN THE ARSENAL returns to the big track after making a miscue at Yonkers bumping into the starting gate. This millionaire has a decided class edge over these and need only mind his manners to get the job done. (3) UNCLE LILE A has been on these shores a short time but continues to impress. Gets boosted up the ladder here facing the best field locally but may be more than up to the task. (5) ASHLEYS HUSBAND could be compromised once again by a slow pace.

Race 3

(8) EVER AGAIN is another top pick returning after a break at Yonkers and this one seems to be a standout in this pseudo-handicap event. Noel Daley-trained gelding has come of age towards the end of the campaign and should be able to overcome the assigned post. (3) CHILLN MATISSE looked like he had some potential earlier this year but has taken some time to get there. Soph is inside his main rival and could prove troublesome. (7) MAAJAACKKOBE ships in and moves into the Russo stable.

Race 4

(3) LAST DRAGON took plenty of early tote action last week then promptly took back at the start and lagged through a soft opening fraction. Sub-1:50 performer in his last two years should be able to rise to the occasion with a touch of early foot here. (2) MAJOR BUBBLES N can be excused for lackluster efforts against tougher in his last two given the outside draws; improved spot tonight. (7) STATESMAN N has a good deal of back class and needs to be respected in his return from Ontario.

Race 5

(3) SOME POWER has been matching strides with some tough mid-level claimers at Harrah's in recent weeks. One-time $270K yearling purchase seems to have a class edge on most of these. (5) BROWN COLOR had no chance in his local debut but finds a better spot and may look towards the front. (4) MR BLISSFULL steps up in class after two solid miles.

Race 6

(1) NORTHERN ASSASSIN A has shown high speed in both of his U.S. starts. Import may appreciate the big track and is certainly in a good spot. (8) BARIMAH A takes a nice drop in class after a much needed start and may look to get engaged early in this group. (9) ARI ALLSTAR moves into the Russo stable upon his arrival from Pocono and should do well at this level.

Race 7

(3) ELWELL was a 1:50 winner here a month ago from a similar spot and finally gets a bit of post relief. (1) URBANITE HANOVER is another in that's lost his edge racing from the outside. Veteran has speed and an inside lane. (7) JACKSRLUCKYTOO is in the midst of a banner season finishing first or second in nearly half of his 31 starts; post could be an issue.

Race 8

(8) MATRIX OF LUCK had no chance racing from off the pace in his local debut but held evenly late. Burke-trained Indiana-bred is likely to get closer to the action early this time. (1) J J FLYNN won in his first try for Spagnola at Saratoga. Soph faces mostly older foes here but clearly has the speed to handle the assignment. (3) SAM MCSMITH has obviously had issues this year with limited starts for Alagna but this son of McArdle qualified back strongly and may be ready for a late season surge.

Race 9

(5) SPEED AGAIN ships in relatively sharp for Burke and seems the best of these with Gingras in the bike. Dragon Again-sired gelding oozes class. (7) DR CS Z TAM can be excused for flattening out last time after being parked to a :26 2/5 opening quarter. Veteran has been racing at a higher level. (9) CITY HALL could be compromised by the outer draw but is razor sharp.

Race 10

(9) BOLD AND BRAVE was rather impressive finishing third after grinding up in a second move last week. Fusco-trained gelding draws outside again but may look to the front. (2) WINDSONG GORGEOUS is usually very tough at this level, especially with the inside draw. (3) GAMBLERS TALE has been knocking on the door but coming in a tad short recently; figures closely.

Race 11

(8) STIMULUS PLAN was extremely game on the front end failing to give in under constant pressure. Veteran was 1 for 21 prior to joining the Ginsburg stable this year and is now 2 for 2. (6) PARNU HANOVER is obviously a horse with plenty of talent but has had issues that have kept him from achieving a high level. A 1:49 3/5 winner as a 3-year-old he's won only two races since then and is now approaching 6. (2) ELRAMA N arrives off the claim by Russo and could be a factor with these.

Race 12

(6) OUR CULLENSCROWN N can be excused for getting a bit too wound up on the front end last week and caving in come stretch time. Veteran import has the ability to control the issue and should do so here. (2) ESPRIT DE KAYJAY A has been first or second in more than half of his 41 starts this year. Import changes hands but finds a solid spot. (1B) KEYSTONE CAMARO suffered from an overland journey in his first trip for Fraley and could rebound.

Race 13

(4) BROADIES SONG was used very hard against this type in last and did very well to hold on for third. With his speed and an inside draw he could get a more manageable fraction here. (5) OVERLOADED has a reasonable closing kick and may improve with the move to the big track. (8) TWINCREEKS JACK is dangerous with a trip.

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