01/29/2015 4:48PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/31 Analysis

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Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 74 - 303 / $430.60  BEST BETS: 9 - 22 / $33.20

Best Bet: NATIONAL SEELSTER (2nd)

Spot Play: SPENDER HANOVER (10th)

Race 1

(6) WHY DON'T YOU STAY rallied nicely at 8-1 to be second best last time. You won't get that sweet of a price this week. (3) SMART ROKKER was done in by a bad trip in his most recent race; clear player. (1) WESTERN COLE is back at the Meadowlands at a reduced level.

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Race 2

(9) NATIONAL SEELSTER couldn't have been more impressive in his two qualifying races. Driver Andy Miller was just sitting on the 3-year-old colt waiting for the stretch to unleash him. The outside post doesn't help, but I see some talent here. (2) BIG CITY JEWEL displayed some ability as a 3-year-old but hasn't raced since June; barn change. (3) SHANE ADAM could have been a contender if not for the break last time. I'm not willing to write him off yet. (4) SHADOW RECRUIT moves into the Burke barn.

Race 3

(7) THAT'S MY OPINION has geared up for his 2015 debut with a pair of decent qualifiers. This guy probably has the most talent in the field. (1) BETTOR BELIEVE IT had no chance of closing into slow fractions in the Escort final. (8) FRITZIE PIC UP MAN is back at the Meadowlands off a confidence building win.

Race 4

(10) IDEAL MAGIC hasn't been able to get over the top in this C-1 level , but this is clearly an inferior group than what he has faced. (9) COLOSSAL has enough early speed and form to make his presence felt. (2) RELENTLESS G steps up while clearly sharp. (1) TEX chased a pretty good one in his return qualifier.

Race 5

(4) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE made a big move to get into contention at Yonkers last time, but coming from eighth at the half and sustaining your move is no easy task on a half-mile track. Veteran 12-year-old returns to the Meadowlands at the basement condition and should be formidable. (7) HARE CRAFT ships in from Ohio for a hot barn while in form. It is hard to believe he is making the eight hour ship for nothing. (2) IAM BONASERA can bust out with a big mile at any time and he gets more class relief tonight.  

Race 6

(8) ULTIMATE BEACHBOY was a sharp second versus one of the hottest horses around in Rockeyed Optimist last time. Classy 5-year-old should be tighter in his second start since October. (2) ROCKIN WIZARD paced home willingly with no shot last week. He can be a player with a decent trip. (5) ODDS ON EQUULEUS drops down and becomes very dangerous. (6) BLATANTLY BEST couldn't be in better form.

Race 7

(7) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE had pace while in traffic last week and now he gets Zeron back in the bike. Zeron steered this gelding to a career best 1:49 3/5 mile back in December. (6) JOURNEYMAN has certainly looked to be worth the money after winning two of three starts since moving to the Burke barn; qualifier was good. (10) DIAL OR NODIAL has plenty of class but drew worst.

Race 8

(2) ABELARD HANOVER has looked absolutely awful in his last two starts, but when you look at this field, who are you really in love with on the win end? (9) MOONLIGHT RANSOM looks like a cinch to hit the board. Those 11 seconds versus three wins in his last 32 starts make him risky on top. (7) ROLL'EM UP is back at the Meadowlands at a reduced level and now gets Tetrick in the bike; using. (4) HUNCHIE adds Gingras after some no chance efforts from outside posts at Yonkers.

Race 9

(2) TOP GEAR needs to step up his game a bit, but the inside post should give Gingras plenty of options. (4) THISDEUCEISWILD could be sitting pretty behind cover in a field loaded with early speed potential. (6) CANE RIDGE is certainly in form as he moves up in class. (10) WINDSONG GORGEOUS knows how to win in this class. If he can somehow work out a trip from the outside, watch out!

Race 10

(5) SPENDER HANOVER flashed early speed and still finished up his mile okay after a three month layoff. Nine-year-old can put up a big mile in this spot. (8) MAGIC TRICKS scored a big upset in this condition three starts back; expecting speed. (3) ROCK STAR seems to be close often enough. Can he get over the top?

Race 11

(7) SALEVSTER STALLION has been racing somewhat evenly against better foes. He should have every chance to perk up on the class drop. (1) SIR MELO'S Z TAM is going to take a boatload of money with Tetrick picking up the drive; clear chance. (3) JETTY has early speed and has been fairly consistent. (8) ROAD UNTRAVELED put in a wake-up effort last week.

Race 12

(6) ASTREOS FLASH gets a decent post to work with this week and can get over the top. (1) EIGHT TEM EOM has three seconds in his last four starts for this claiming tag. (3) MC ATTABOY gets a major driver change to Pierce.

Race 13

(2) DRAGON LORE drops down and adds Gingras; obvious play. (5) STALLONE BLUE CHIP finally picked up his game last time. When right he can put in a nice mile. (8) NEW KIND is back at the level of his last victory. (1) TRAFFIC COP can save ground and get into the lower exotics.

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