12/03/2015 5:30PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/5 Analysis


Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 8 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 27 - 77 / $156.80  BEST BETS: 2 - 6 / $7.40

Best Bet: GRATIAS DEO (11th)

Spot Play: JACKSRLUCKYTOO (12th)

Race 1

This is a competitive race with many options. (4) UF FAST FEELIN has won two of three starts and should be nicely positioned in mid-pack to rally off a strong pace set up by outside speedsters. (8) GONE NUCLEAR drew the worst post but sure does look appealing coming off a 1:51 4/5 win. If McCarthy can work out a decent trip he'll be right there. (1) INTHEBLINKOFANEYE moves into a somewhat unknown (35-5-6-7 this year) barn after a good effort and comes with a capable entrymate. (7) BRIONI has won two straight but drew outside; dangerous.

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Race 2

(2) NATURAL KEMP came up a bit short off the bench. Now with a start under his belt for new trainer Julie Miller perhaps we'll see more. (4) SHOW BIZ HALL is another making his first start after a break in action; second time Lasix. (9) ONE DIRECTION switches to a more accomplished Miller and could have a bigger say in his second start off the bench.

Race 3

(1) PISTOLPACKINPIPER scored at first asking for his new barn and looks to have found a good spot for the repeat. (4) MR CENSI came back with a solid effort and it seems the two month break really helped. (2) MULLET BLUE CHIP just missed to the top choice last time.

Race 4

(8) B YOYO has made breaks in two of his last four starts and comes with obvious risks because of that issue. That said, he has been racing versus better company and is capable of gunning down the road. (7) YOU ROCK MY WORLD steps down and adds David Miller. (6) CAMBRIDGE is back on the big track where he won two straight back in June.

Race 5

(5) HUNCHIE was in against much tougher including a revved up Our Dragon King last time. This field is much easier. (6) SMILE A LITTLE has been getting away slowly and losing any chance on smaller tracks. (2) SWEET TALKIN CLYDE flashed big speed in his recent qualifier. Did that mile get him tight for Saturday? (1) TWINCREEKS JESSE lured David Miller off a few others.

Race 6

(6) BLATANTLY BEST was flat in the stretch last time versus a field I'd classify as slightly tougher than he faces tonight. Classy 5-year-old should be tighter in his second start since September. (5) SO TAKE THAT comes in with some form, which is more than I can say for most of these. (4) BAKIN ON THE BEACH is not the same horse he was a few years ago but is better than the ninth-place finish from a week ago.

Race 7

(2) GIACODELIGHT was in over his head last time. Spagnola trainee can bring a much better effort versus this group. (8) BETTOR THAN YOU qualified back with a strong mile and might be ready to roll. (1) MISTER TRUTH is very consistent; using mostly underneath.

Race 8

(5) ROCKIN WIZARD is not as good as some of the others signed on to this race, but he is sharp and honest. I'll take a shot at a price. (7) ULTIMATE BEACHBOY lured Gingras off #8. The qualifier was just okay but the class is there. (2) ASHLEY'S HUSBAND takes a big step up in class but is fast enough to compete. (8) SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP loses Gingras but still merits consideration; using in pick four.

Race 9

(4) EL SHOOTER scored at first asking for trainer Ron Burke upon arrival from Hoosier. This is a rather evenly matched group but I give this one a very slight edge. (2) REAL FLIGHT comes off a win and lured Zeron over #s 3 & 9. (9) BUGGER BRUISER has the early speed to get in play from the outside and should offer some good value. (1) EASTEND EDDIE should be involved somewhere in the exotics but likely needs to get lucky to win.

Race 10

(6) RAISE THE CURTAIN has been racing well out of town and might actually be helped my switching to the bigger track. Brett Miller in the bike is also a plus. (1) POSSESSED FASHION was second at this level last time out and seems like a must on most tickets. (7) HOUSE OF CASH gets class relief and a driver switch to Gingras.

Race 11

(4) GRATIAS DEO was parked every step of the mile and held very well last time. This guy is definitely ready to win. (3) ORILLIA JOE moves inside and should make the top this week; big threat. (5) SUPREME MACH N loomed and couldn't find enough a week ago. I wouldn't be shocked if he continued to improve in just start four in the U.S.

Race 12

(2) JACKSRLUCKYTOO raced very well in his recent qualifier, aborting a possible leave attempt and charging home in the lane. I'm on board at what should be a decent price. (3) MAJOR IN LIFE just missed last time; obvious player. (10) VILLE VALO has the early speed to overcome the bad draw; maybe.

Race 13

Trainer/driver Rick Dane is still seeking his first win of the meet and seems to be in the perfect spot with (7) GALACTIC STAR. This veteran gelding likes to win and faces a very questionable group. (4) STORMIN RUSTLER was short after missing multiple months; proven on this track. (2) FRATERNITY moves into a new barn and picks up Brett Miller; maybe. (5) NEW YORK TERROR gets a driver change to Zeron.

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