01/01/2015 4:56PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/3 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

Best Bet: YOU BET YOUR GLASS (13th)

Spot Play: NEW KIND (4th)

Race 1

(5) RELENTLESS G didn't win that often last year but was competitive generally against a better group than this. Veteran finds a good spot in a suspect field. (4) SECRETSOFTHEKNIGHT has been given the requisite starts to tighten up and has yet to show the form of a $400K winner. (7) MEGA LIGHTNING won under similar conditions early last season but didn't have speed inside on that occasion.

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Race 2

(8) WILLIAM H BONNIE finished impressively in his lone Meadowlands qualifier. Four-year-old has taken a long time to get here but appears to be of some stock. (10) TECHTOR HANOVER has prepped nicely for his three-year-old debut but figures to be severely undervalued especially with the draw. (7) CALL ME BUDDY may fit this class for a long time.

Race 3

(5) DRAGONS SUCCESSOR showed speed and power in a limited first season at the races. Dragon Again-sired gelding qualified back strongly for his local debut. (10) ART DEGREE has the early speed necessary to get into play from this spot and is dangerous. (3) BRICK BAZOOKA has acclimated nicely since arriving from Chicago. Four-year-old gets his biggest test here.

Race 4

(8) NEW KIND was competitive against solid claimers at Harrah's. Four-year-old was overmatched in his local debut and seems better suited here. (3) MAJOR BOMBAY may still need some time to find himself. Veteran missed plenty of time and doesn't seem to be finishing like he used to. (2) ALEX BULLVILLE is always a figure horse at this level.

Race 5

(4) SKY IS THE LIMIT has been showing positive signs at Yonkers. Five-year-old gets a nice spot and seems versatile enough to handle these with the right trip. (3) THE LUNCH PAIL was used hard last time and paid dearly for the effort. Jeff Smith-trained gelding seems the one to beat. (6) SAMANDAR has the class to be competitive at this level.

Race 6

(1) LINDWOOD PLAYER has maintained his edge over the last month with a series of no-chance miles. Six-year-old is razor sharp and draws into a spot where he should be on or near the top. (9) SHOOTERS DREAM beat a better group than this back in December. He lands outside in the handicap but definitely has the speed to get into the action. (3) OK COMMANDER was game in defeat after taking the worst of a speed duel.

Race 7

(8) WAKE UP PETER has been the most consistent horse since the meet began. Now five-year-old may get a little more pace and reasonable cover in this field. (2) WARRAWEE NEEDY has been able to showcase his speed effectively against lesser foes. Incredibly fast six-year-old must prove it when looked in the eye. (4) DAPPER DUDE has been racing in peak form and remains a factor whether on or off the action.

Race 8

(2) ODDS ON EQUULEUS has had a couple of races to tighten and now gets the drop in class that should help him regain winning form. Classy veteran is Tetrick's choice in here. (1) LONEWOLF CURRIER may be in for a big winter for trainer Kevin McDermott. This speedy five-year-old has a wicked kick. (6) SWEET ROCK was used a few times in last and was still pacing through the wire.

Race 9

(4) MALAK USWAAD N returns to Pierce in the bike and faces a much softer group than he's accustomed to. Import should try to dominate these on the front end. (2) WINDS OF CHANGE failed to keep up with cover in last and now gets the drop in class he may need. (5) OUR DRAGON KING is another classy veteran looking to find himself at the B-2 level.

Race 10

(6) WINDSONG GORGEOUS has been lethal moving from trainer-to-trainer. Veteran returns on a form spree and should get the job done here. (4) STORM THE BEACH looks for his third straight on the big track for trainer Virgil Morgan. (8) EWALD HANOVER makes his debut in claimers and could wake up.

Race 11

(7) ROAR has been quietly rounding into form and seems ready to break out with Zeron at the controls. (1) MAXI BON has always had a high turn of speed but needs his move to be timed perfectly to get home making the rail a difficult starting point. (2) IDEAL RACE has enough back class to wake up under the Burke umbrella.

Race 12

(1) ILIKETHEMTRASHY put in an ultra-game performance going the added distance in last. He draws well upon moving up but should continue to flourish. (5) IM THE REAL MAJOR had no real excuse as the chalk in last and again figures to take tote action. (4) JOKERMAN should be finishing fastest.

Race 13

(7) YOU BET YOUR GLASS obviously loves this track and shouldn't mind the switch to claimers. Now a dozen years old this son of Bettors Delight has the speed and guts. (8) ASTREOS FLASH should also be pointed forward from this spot. (3) BREAKIN THE LAW takes a steep drop following a second lackluster performance in a row and may awaken.

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