01/22/2015 4:19PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/24 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: 63 - 268 / $372.40  BEST BETS: 8 - 19 / $26.20


Spot Play: JL CRUZE (3rd)

Race 1

(1) WILLIAM H BONNIE was used hard two starts back and closed with some late pace last time, both from outside starting posts. Lightly raced 4-year-old draws inside this week and has a chance to step up versus a suspect group. (5) THEY CALL ME GORDY has the early speed to make some noise and possibly go a long way. (8) WELL SAID STRIDE drops out of the Escort Series and would be my top pick with a better post. I just don't trust that he can leave strong and still finish the mile.

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Race 2

(4) PRINCE SHARKA comes off a complete throw-out mile. He is in as cheap as he has been in a long time and should have every chance to score the upset. (6) CANE RIDGE comes off a professional score and should be leaving strong again. (2) YOU BET YOUR GLASS blew away his competition last time but faces slightly tougher foes.

Race 3

(4) JL CRUZE did all the work on the engine and got nipped at the wire most recently. Round one winner of the Super Bowl might be better chasing a target and should have that opportunity tonight. (1) PROPULSION looks for the series sweep but will have to trot faster this time around to accomplish the feat. As part of a powerful three-horse entry, he is a must use on every ticket. (5) TWO HIP DIP rallied impressively to win last week. Glidemaster 4-year-old seems to have some ability.

Race 4

(3) WARP FACTOR THREE doesn't look like much on paper recently, but there are some lines back during the summer which says he can go a bit. Although his qualifier wasn't great, he did face some good older foes and paced a quick mile. (2) WESTERN WEAR takes what is usually a big step up from NW2 to NW3, but this field doesn't look that tough. (1) LILYS REAL BOY comes off a good speed try and drew well again.

Race 5

(4) SIR CARY'S Z TAM returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and is the type of horse that should benefit from the slightly longer distance of this race. (6) JETTY is very sharp now and merits serious consideration. (1) ROAD UNTRAVELED has been pacing well at the ends of his miles against better competition. (11) ROCK STAR has a pair of seconds at this level recently. (12) HERE COMES SWIFTY disappointed on the drop to this condition but deserves a second chance.

Race 6

(5) DONTTELLRUSS took care of business out of the pocket in round two and blew the field away in round one of the Worldly Beauty. She is perfect in three starts for trainer Ron Burke and deserves to be the favorite now. (9) WITCH DALI suffered her first defeat in some time to the top choice last week. She is clearly imposing but has her work cut out for her from post 10. (1) FRAME WORTHY hasn't been bad in this series and might work out a good trip from the inside; exotics player. (2) SAFE FROM TERROR could be coming into her own in her second year of racing.

Race 7

(1) MAJOR UPTREND had all kinds of trouble last week and I'm not sure where that came from. The bottom line is that if they all bring their A game, he should win. (2) COMPANY MAN is clearly fast enough to win and only needs a smooth trip to make his presence felt. The fact that Tetrick chose him over Linda Toscano trainee (4) KHAN BLUE CHIP is interesting. The latter seems to be getting stronger each week. He'll certainly be a major factor on the win end. (5) WHAT I BELIEVE has been on a tear lately but will have to work really hard on the engine if he wants to win this final.

Race 8

(1) SAMANDAR gets in against a group that doesn't appear to have a ton of early speed. He could end up sitting the pocket or making one brush for a good trip. (7) GAMBLERS TALE closed well on the class drop and keeps Pierce. (8) NEW KIND was gaining ground in the stretch last week when he ran into a wheel on the winner's bike. He fits and should offer some value. (6) IAM BONASERA drops down and is very capable. Don't be shocked if he wakes up this week. (5) MISTER VIRGIN has been picking up big checks every week.

Race 9

(2) LONEWOLF CURRIER has been done in by outside posts the last two weeks. He is in a prime spot to brush and crush. (7) GOLD ROCKS closed well with no shot last Saturday. I'd love to see him leave this week. (4) BURKENTINE HANOVER figures to get an aggressive steer from this post. (1) SASSY HANOVER is feeling good but faces more seasoned foes this week.

Race 10

(1) OK COMMANDER was an even fourth at the B-2 level last week and now drops to face C-1 types. This is a winning spot. (2) VOICE OF TRUTH is another dropping down. His form looks awful, but the outside posts weren't doing him any favors. (5) IDEAL MAGIC has plenty of form.

Race 11

(1) DIAL OR NODIAL seems to be sitting on a big race and now gets a better post position to help set him up. (5) ROCKIN WIZARD has been as consistent as they come. (2) BLATANTLY BEST couldn't be any sharper.

Race 12

(7) WINDSONG GORGEOUS didn't leave hard and wound up stuck in the outer flow behind a slow pace. Let's see him head to the top this time. (5) FOUR STARZZZ Z should be sitting no worse than the pocket this week. (4) LENNON BLUE CHIP needs a trip but is fast enough to win.

Race 13

(2) WHY DON'T YOU STAY moves into the Burke barn and clearly has a chance to step forward. (3) QUIK MAGIC has missed a few weeks of action but drops into the basement condition. (1) RELENTLESS G is racing well now. (4) CODE WORD was okay from an outside post most recently; moves inside.[DRF HARNESS: LIKE us on Facebook and get timely updates on the latest harness news]