01/07/2016 4:41PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/9 Analysis

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MEET STATS: 58 - 187 / $310.50  BEST BETS: 7 - 14 / $21.50

Best Bet: DOCTOR BUTCH (2nd)

Spot Play: CAN HE GO (8th)

Race 1

(8) WEGOTTATRUCKYEA came up with broken equipment and made some mistakes last week against a field where he was over his head anyway. He’s back in against his peers now and has a big shot at rallying for the win. (2) GRAND THEFT comes off a good effort and keeps Brett Miller in the bike. (4) EASY LOVER HANOVER is capable of better than we saw last week. (3) MAJOR IN LIFE gets his nose on the gate this time around and could show some early speed.

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Race 2

(6) DOCTOR BUTCH rallied nicely from a tough post in his first start October 3 and has a touch more class than most of these. This should be his week. (5) KINGOFTHEJUNGLE was used hard last time and paid the price. He is capable in this spot at a price. (2) SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP seems likely to be a threat at this level every week.

Race 3

In a race lacking any standouts, (5) WOODMERE ULTIMATE showed some pace closing from last a week ago and gets a nice post break this time around. I can see him flashing early speed and pulling off the upset. (4) SOME MAJOR BEACH could conceivably go off the favorite, which is scary considering he hasn’t won in years. (1) THAT’S MY OPINION has the most talent and perhaps the weakest mental game; risky play but dangerous.

Race 4

(5) MR CENSI finished willingly with no shot last Saturday. Four-year-old finds a field with plenty of early speed to benefit his tactics tonight. (8) THESPYWHOLOVEDME comes off a game try and figures prominently again. (9) TRUE BLUE HALL raced well when last seen; needs a trip.

Race 5

(3) HOPE FOR BADLANDS drops in against easier foes this week and should be able to take care of business. (9) GONE NUCLEAR gets his nose back on the gate and an aggressive pilot; expecting early speed. (1) HUNCHIE & (2) UP UP AND OUT each have some form and inside posts. (8) MUST BE THE BUNNY wouldn’t be a complete shock.

Race 6

(6) MAJOR WAR qualified reasonably well with the trainer in the bike. This is the gelding’s first start for Mark Capone and improvement is possible. (9) WHAT I BELIEVE had some traffic issues last time. He gets some needed class relief but remains handicapped with a tough post; price play? (5) CHARGER BLUE CHIP has been closing for small pieces of late and seems like a good fit underneath in exotics. (7) THAT’LL BE THE REI has a shot, but had some traffic issues and could be an underlay. (1) VICE CONSUL N is an unknown from Down Under coming off a decent qualifier. (8) DUNE DUDE has been racing well and adds Tetrick.

Race 7

(1) DAVID’S DREAM was flat trying to rally from last after drawing post 10 a week ago. That was his first start in three weeks and now he moves way inside; taking a shot. (3) ALL WEEK is a sharp horse changing barns that should be able to keep it going. (4) KNOCKING AROUND is also in fine form; using. (2) VILLAGE JACKSON rallied nicely to finish ahead of the top choice last time, so I have to consider him, no?

Race 8

(3) CAN HE GO finished okay from the back in his first start for this high percentage barn. Six-year-old drops this week and could be ready for a big effort. (14) GRATIAS DEO proved he has no trouble starting from the second tier; sharp. (7) SMILE A LITTLE seems to be in the right spot to fire off the wings of the gate and get the edge on this bulky field. (13) ESCAPE THE NEWS is more than capable of winning if Gingras can negotiate traffic from post 13.

Race 9

(7) ULTIMATE BEACHBOY takes a meaningful drop in class and gets back on the 7-day rotation after missing four weeks of action. (2) SECRETSOFTHEKNIGHT finished with good pace last Saturday and gets a better post this time around. (1) MR FRANKLIN N typically puts in a good effort; has a chance. (6) ROCKIN WIZARD was Callahan’s pick over the former.

Race 10

(6) JET AIRWAY was a winner when last seen at this level. He’s stuck in this class for now, so I would expect a proactive drive. (2) REAL NICE is one of a trio of class droppers that have decent form. (7) COOPERSTOWN completes the trifecta of those dropping down; obvious player. (5) COBALT MAN finished well last week at this level. (3) KINGS BARNS looks good if you ignore the break last time.

Race 11

(3) CAPOZZO continued his descent in class and actually showed some signs of life in his most recent race. He steps down the condition ladder again tonight and seems ready to turn things around. (4) GIANT SLAYER was a sharp winner in his last two starts. (5) VICTORY AHEAD made an impressive move and held gamely last Saturday; faces tougher now. (2) POINTSMAN would be my top choice with a catch-driver. (6) FRATERNITY has won two of three starts. (1) BETTORSLUCKYSTREAK won at this level two starts back.

Race 12

(2) LETS ROCK TOGETHER stepped up last time and couldn’t handle a trio of misfortune—bad trip; bad post; class jump. This looks like a better spot. (1) EASTEND EDDIE goes from back-to-back 10-holes to the rail; improvement expected. (4) JUNGLE OF TERROR double-jumped in class off the claim and finds a happy medium now.

Race 13

(3) GLASS PRINCE improved last time out, though that was four weeks ago. As long as he isn’t short, he has as good a shot as any in this weak field. (7) AMPED UP has a reasonable shot of getting an easier lead this week and could go a long way. (4) CITY PIE has proven he can rally given a decent trip and/or pace scenario.

Race 14

(2) AROCKIN HANOVER faces a blank field and should be able to take charge from the inside post. (1) EIGHT TEN EOM is another with inside speed. The only issue is the month layoff. (7) NF DRUM ROLL takes a sizable jump after beating bottom level foes at Freehold, but has won here in the past. (8) GALACTIC STAR can rally for a minor award.

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