02/19/2015 4:10PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/21 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

MEET STATS: 103 - 411 / $588.30  BEST BETS: 11 - 34 / $39.60

Best Bet: JL CRUZE (2nd)

Spot Play: CAVIART LUCA (9th)

Race 1

(5) BIG CITY JEWEL was a solid second behind a good one in National Seelster. Ray Remmen trainee seems ready to win. (7) LILYS REAL BOY seems fast enough and should improve with Pierce jumping in the bike. (2) MYSTICAL DALI had no chance last time after chasing a slow pace; Gingras drives. (1) CHUCARO ACERO BC makes his U.S. debut after compiling a 18-for18 record in Argentina. I’m not sure I saw enough to back him on top.

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Race 2

(2) JL CRUZE almost caught (1) OPULENT YANKEE despite that one setting some soft fractions. I’d expect driver John Campbell to get more aggressive and take charge. The latter looks like a clear second best and comes with a pair of decent entry mates. (4) WALK THE WALK has won two straight but needs to step up his game.

Race 3

(5) CAPOZZO faces weaker foes and adds Gingras; two great angles. (6) DREAMLANDS ART was used to the front on a night where speed wasn’t exactly killing it. I’d give him a second chance. (1) SWEET BEACH came off the bench with a nice effort and could improve.

Race 4

(8) IDEAL MAGIC had been racing well on the lead but came from behind and closed well. Four-year-old remains sharp and only needs a live trip. You have to like that Brett Miller chose off #6, who won last week, to drive here. (1) ROCK OUT was super last Saturday. If he brings that effort again the race is over. (4) SIR CARY’S Z TAM is clearly in form. Can he handle this class?

Race 5

(1) NATIONAL SEELSTER was a very professional winner last week and remains undefeated; again. (8) COASTER has proven versatile and could improve in start two for Burke. (3) ROOSTER RABBIT has stepped up before but needs the right trip for that to happen again.

Race 6

(4) REDISCOVERY took another step forward in round two of the Sonsam. He’ll be a great price again and perhaps he is ready to get over the hump. (6) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST couldn’t have raced any better than he did last week, coming first-over and charging home in 25 4/5. He is the one to beat. (3) MAJOR UPTREND is going for the series sweep; obvious player.

Race 7

(3) PANCHESTER UNITED raced okay from post 10 last week and now enters the Burke barn. (8) URGENT ACTION is a classy 8-year-old that could easily step up in this spot. (1) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE scored in this class a week ago and is always dangerous if in striking position. (5) SALEVSTER STALLION draws better this time around.

Race 8

(9) LONEWOLF CURRIER went a nice mile in defeat last time. The outside post hurts tonight, but perhaps that will help to provide a better price. (3) BRICK BAZOOKA looks awful on paper, but this is a big class break and he is first-time Burke. (6) PEACHYS PISTOL gets a major driver change to Brett Miller.

Race 9

I loved the qualifier from (8) CAVIART LUCA on February 12. He bided his time and absolutely pounced on the leaders while full of pace. He’ll need to drop a few seconds tonight but has proven he can go in the 1:51 range needed to win. (4) OK GORGEOUS was hopelessly trapped last week while loaded with pace and everyone saw it. Expect a short price. (5) VICTORY AT LAST raced well on the engine in his debut for the Burke barn; can show more. (6) CLASSIC ART closed reasonably well most recently.

Race 10

(6) DIAMOND SAID dropped and popped with a big effort in the preliminary round of this mini claiming series. Gelding shouldn’t miss a beat in his new barn. (4) OUTA MY HEAD has won two straight in this class; very dangerous. (10) EXPLODENT has enough early speed to overcome the bad draw; exotics at least.

Race 11

(5) WITCH DALI had an off night last week, but I still believe she is the best of this bunch and the price should be higher this time around. (4) EMPRESS DEO goes for the series sweep after surprising to some extent in both preliminary legs. (1) SOUTHWIND SERENITY seems to be getting better each time out in 2015.

Race 12

(8) WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT was spectacular besting older foes in the Sonsam last time. If he brings anything close to that effort these foes will be nowhere near him at the wire. (2) REVENGE SHARK was very good in his most recent qualifier. Three-year-old showed some promise at Lexington last year. (3) SHADOW RECRUIT got in the win column in his second start for Burke, but this is a much tougher spot.

Race 13

(2) STALLONE BLUE CHIP doesn’t win very often but faces an abysmal group in the finale. I have to think that he’ll find a way to win. (3) SLIP has some legitimate trip excuses in all three starts this year. There is a reasonable chance that this 9-year-old can get trainer Jessica Roegner off the Meadowlands schneid. (5) HILARIOUS HALO gets a better post to work with and has proven he can go a big mile at times. (10) HERE COMES SWIFTY should get a piece despite the bad post.

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