01/02/2014 4:11PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/4 Analysis

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Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 31 - 117 / $207.60    BEST BETS: 4 - 9 / $14.30

Best Bet: TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER (11th)

Spot Play: AXIOM HANOVER (4th)

Race 1

(8) EDDIE SWEAT spent the entire mile on the rim last week and had every right to come up short in a very fast mile. (3) BLATANTLY BEST is racing better than his recent finish positions would suggest. New 4-year-old is capable on the mile track. (4) COWBOY TERRIER has early speed and comes off a decent effort.

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Race 2

(2) SWEET WATER JACK arrived at the Meadowlands last time and raced well to be third. This looks like a winnable spot. (5) CAPITAL ACCOUNT scored at first asking but finds himself in a slightly more difficult spot. (6) BERKSHIRE BEAR closed well in his last start, but that was four weeks ago.

Race 3

(2) VICTORYDAZE WILWIN got away slowly and lost all chance in his last start. His prior form at Philly was fine. (4) EXPLODENT experienced highs (first) and lows (tenth) over his last two starts. He is capable of winning. (6) MATTADOR D looked good last time and likes to win. (8) FALL BLISS was full of pace in the stretch despite missing two months of action. If he is finally ready to give his best, watch out!

Race 4

(2) AXIOM HANOVER squeezes under the earnings cap for this condition and really finds the perfect spot. He hasn’t raced since December 7, but it is worth noting that he raced well the prior time he had a gap between starts. (3) CRUIJFF has been stuck with outside posts lately and could turn things around. (4) BOOGIEWOOGIEBRIAN raced pretty well upon arrival from Yonkers.

Race 5

(1) KEEP GOING switched barns and blew away the competition in his last start at Philly. Veteran pacer has proven he can win here and seems revived for trainer DiDomenico. (2) CASHENDASH HANOVER gets some needed class relief and a better post to work with; Miller’s choice over #1. (4) COBALT MAN has been racing well  and was stuck in traffic last time. (6) APPLEY EVER AFTER was facing better when last seen here.

Race 6

(4) HYPNOTIC BLUE CHIP has found his form quickly despite a long layoff. Talented and fast 8-year-old is simply too good to pick against right now. (6) BETTOR’S EDGE should have an easier path to the top this week; player. (7) AROCKIN HANOVER has won two straight but will need to pass them all to win.

Race 7

(2) BIG GAME HUNTER has been caught in some very fast miles since coming east. Gelding finally finds a softer bunch to play with. (1) TROON made an aggressive move and held pretty well in his last start. (9) MUSCLE BEACHBOY has enough early speed to overcome the bad draw. (5) LATE NIGHT JOKE bumps up off a nice win.

Race 8

(8) ALEX BULLVILLE finished with some late pace in his first start in a month. This guy has won here before and only needs a reasonable trip to be involved. (5) EAGLE JOLT gets class and post relief. (3) STORMIN RUSTLER should flash early speed and get a nice piece.

Race 9

(3) MANCHESTER charged home last time despite missing five weeks of action. He faces a similar group this time. (4) TARPON HANOVER woke up a bit in his third start for this barn. Don’t be shocked if he moves forward again. (1) IMA GIGGITY FOOL could be very interesting if sharp off of two qualifiers.

Race 10

(4) STOLEN CAR flew off the gate and was a solid second last time in this class. He moves inside from post 10 this week and should be a player. (3) CAM B ZIPPER & (2) SEEK THE DRAGON have each proven themselves at this level but haven’t raced in four weeks.

Race 11

(7) TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER has been very competitive versus higher caliber foes over the last two weeks. He is supposed to win on Saturday. (4) ALEXIE MATTOSIE should be sitting no worse than second and I’m thinking he won’t have to work as hard to get that trip. (1) YO CHEYENNE ROCKY drops down and draws inside.

Race 12

(6) MAY DAY had a solid 3-year-old year and seems capable at taking on the older crowd. (2) DREAMLANDS ART drops down a notch for top trainer Ron Burke. (3) DIGITAL Z TAM closed well last time and now adds Zeron.

Race 13

(6) ROCK FAME was handled patiently but came home with good energy in his recent qualifier. Three-year-old colt finally appears ready to show what he has to offer. (1) IDEAL AMERICAN battled nicely in the morning in defeat. He should be tight now. (8) PIERCE qualified very well back in November and hasn’t been seen since; mixed feelings.

 

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