02/24/2012 11:50AM

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/25 Analysis


MEET STATS: 67 - 227 / $548.40

Best Bet: GRAMS LEGACY (1st)   Spot Play: ARTS IDEAL HANOVER (2nd)

Race 1

(6) GRAMS LEGACY only won by a half-length but really won as he pleased in an easy effort. This step up should not pose a problem. (10) A MAJOR HAZE has posted two good races in a row. If Sears can work out a trip, he has a shot at a decent price. (7) RELENTLESS G beat the former last time and draws better once again. (1) WAIVER HANOVER looks like an exotics must.

Race 2

(1) ARTS IDEAL HANOVER was placed in an impossible spot in his career debut. Let’s look for new tactics this time around. (6) ATTENTION SEEKER made a nice move at Yonkers and gets a big switch to Sears now. (3) BETTORIFFIC beat #6 last time. Gelding might have some ability.

Race 3

(1) ADAMS HANOVER moves into a new barn now, the same move that improved Race 8-#5 for similar owners. Drops in for a tag, too. I’d be surprised if he didn’t give a good account of himself. (6) FOUR STARZ TWINS won from post 10 two back; says something. (7) DID IT AGAIN moves up off a nice score.

Race 4

This race came up tough despite the short field. (5) MELVYN deserves some points for going first up against the sharp Warning Zone and hanging around nicely. I’ll give him the narrow call as he seems to be improving each week. (6) KEEP GOING gets Sears back in the bike; big change. (4) SOUTHERN SPORT may have rolled against lesser last time but he fits with these. (3) ROCKEM surprised in the Aquarius. This spot is just as tough.

Race 5

Nothing really sticks out for me in this race. (6) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE gets a new set of hands at the controls (Sears) and might just respond. (1) FUTURE CHARACTER figures to be on or near the lead. (9) RHOMBUS is stuck with an outside post once again. He has a big shot with a smooth trip.

Race 6

(9) STRAND HANOVER was put in a tough spot last week and finished well when clear late; narrow edge in a tough event. (2) TRANSCENDING has been facing some monsters lately. The class drop should help him improve. (4) RESCUE PLAN is clearly racing well now. (5) BETTOR DESIGN has a win and a second in his last two tries at this level.

Race 7

(8) DOUBLETROUBLE has some excuses but they are going to run out fast if he doesn’t perk up tonight. Sears in the bike is a nice plus. (6) FREDDY DAY HANOVER finally posted a wakeup mile. He could be ready to run off a few nice efforts now. (1) VERTICAL HORIZON finds a good spot for his first Meadowlands race since 2009.

Race 8

(9) WESTERN POSSE scored first-over against $25k claimers last week; again. (3) COBALT MAN drops out of series action and in for a tag; curious move. (5) ALEXPANDERTHEGREAT is going well now and should be included.

Race 9

(3) WHITE MOUNTAIN TOP is back in for a $30k tag and should respond. (5) BORDER FIGHTING possesses a strong kick. No reason he can win this race. (8) WESTERN TRADEMARK sports wins in his last two tries at this level.

Race 10

Harness Eye Horse of the Month for January (1) GOLDEN RECEIVER returns from a brief break. Sears will likely leave hard and sit first or second. (3) BLATANTLY GOOD finds a field with enough speed to set him up as long as he isn’t stuck uncovered. (5) WARNING ZONE moves into a new barn and faces tougher competition.

Race 11

(6) WHOGOESFIRST was Pierce’s choice over a decent looking rail horse. If he gets any kind of a pace to rally into, he can score. (4) GET IT NOW will have a much easier time making the top tonight; use. (10) NOBLE FALCON is a proven player at this level. With no early speed, post 10 hurts his chances for the top spot but not underneath at a good price.

Race 12

(2) POKER HAT drops down, moves inside and adds Tetrick. All systems go! (4) FAT MANS ALLEY scored at first asking for Silva and can come right back with a decent trip. (7) ABELARD HANOVER is another dropper; qualified well.

Race 13

If you like puzzles, this is your race. Not much to sic your teeth into as far as past performances. (10) TAXED went a flat qualifying mile. That is a step in the right direction. If he paces the mile, he likely wins. (6) YO CHEYENNE ROCKY has a steady line of qualifiers; should be tight. (8) IM NOT TELLING drops out of series action.