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Meadowlands: Saturday 1/5 Analysis
By Jay Bergman
Race 1 - $20,240 Pick Five Carryover
Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool
Race 7 - $75,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool
Best Bet: HOLDINGALLTHECARDS (2nd) Spot Play: BOLERO ANDREW (12th)
(8) ONE THROUGH TEN had some stakes experience at three while earning six figures and winning just one time. This four-year-old has prepped smartly for his debut at The Meadows and seems to have more than ample speed and class to handle this crew. (2) YO CHEYENNE ROCKY has exhibited steady improvement towards the end of his first year of racing and finds a good spot. (5) DOOMSDAY HANOVER was less than impressive with dead aim in his local debut but that came after a month on the sidelines.
(7) HOLDINGALLTHECARDS was a three-year-old racing extremely well against aged company at Balmoral. Oft-winning gelding seems primed for the late closers ahead. (2) DEFYING GRAVITY has shown more than enough quick speed racing over the smaller tracks. This improving son of Ponder steps up significantly and may be able to go with this class. (1) ARTS IDEAL HANOVER is a Takter castaway that has found his niche for Milici.
(1) DALLENBACH HANOVER has been bitten by the outside draws at Yonkers. Classy veteran hails from a solid stable and couldn't have found a better spot. (2) FREDDY DAY HANOVER will definitely appreciate the switch to the big track. Six-year-old qualified back very well. (5) MYSTIC DESIRE has a good deal of back class and steps up following a good confidence builder.
(3) GAELIC THUNDER returns to claimers after a gutty attempt against a lower class. (9) TIGER WILLIAMS takes a slight step up in class off a very handy score in opening week action. Five-year-old clearly has the speed to overcome the outside draw. (1) OYSTER BAY should get a lot of support from the inside but may prove an underlay.
(6) VILLAGE BEAT took the long route last week to no avail failing to get a check. Hard-hitting veteran looks towards the front end this time. (9) GRAMS LEGACY showed that wild blistering speed he exhibited at two and three for the Takter stable last week. Unfortunately he continued to have difficulty handling the Meadowlands stretch making a break while a certain winner. (8) MYBROTHERGEORGE is likely to benefit from the move to the big track with his stout closing kick.
(5) GOLDEN RECEIVER should be a lock to hit the front end in this one and likely feel very little pressure. He'll be a lower price and well deserving. (3) DIAL OR NODIAL is hard to fault on his Philadelphia form, but this veteran still must try to outmaneuver the winner and that may not come for a few weeks. (1) MEIRS HANOVER may benefit from the return to the big track.
(8) SILVER EAGLE shipped in with good credentials from Ontario last week and put in a solid mile in his Remmen stable debut. He finds a field again with limited speed and can take advantage. (7) MUSSELSFRMBRUSSELS has disappointed his backers twice since arriving from Ontario. At Yonkers he couldn't get his stride and he didn't seem all that comfortable at the Meadowlands last week. Theoretically he could leave this week but it's hard to think Dube will have the confidence to blast. (2) SIR ZIGGYS Z TAM has a reasonable amount of class and is rounding into form.
(8) DINNER GUEST may have pushed the envelope a bit with his :26 3/5 opening quarter last week. More sensible handling will be needed here. (6) MAJOR STONE moves inside a little and could use his early speed to advantage. (3) ETHAN HANOVER is in top hands.
(5) LAHAYE gets the benefit of a very favorable class. Seven-year-old finds a very formless field for his return and could be worth a price. (8) FUZZLEGSANDALL has yet to find form for the Burke stable but qualified well for his Meadowlands debut. (3) TIREMAN has been going for a long time and remarkably still has some tread left.
(4) SHAWS CREEK BUFF made a couple of moves and showed determination in his first start for Nick Drennan. Four-year-old could have a bright future. (3) FINANCE THE MASTER showed talent over this strip a year ago. Six-year-old didn't make the trip last week from post ten but should be live and ready from this spot. (1) FANCY FOOTWORK will make good use of the pole.
After watching Hillbilly Hanover race last week there's certainly reason to believe that (4) ESCAPE THE NEWS can tackle this type of company. Burke-trained four-year-old was really sharp at the end of his three-year-old season and can go with these. (2) ELECTROFIRE was most impressive in his first trip for Coleman off the claim. This is a step up but one he's more than capable of making. (8) RIVER SHARK figures to be a little closer to the action in his quest to go over the $1 million mark in career earnings.
(6) BOLERO ANDREW had a reasonable excuse to be short in his last start after missing four weeks. Five-year-old has done well her in the past and seems more than fairly classified. (4) DOMITIAN HANOVER has been in with much better during his career and is expected to be bet here. (5) DANAS SHARP SMART was a pretty serious horse as a three-year-old in 2011 but raced just three times last year. Five-year-old returns for Rob Harmon and may surprise.
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