02/25/2016 4:37PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/27 Analysis


Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 5 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 9 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 98 - 341 / $567.70 (-$114.30)  BEST BETS: 13 - 25 / $53.30 (+$3.30)

Best Bet: PIECE OF THE ROCK (1st)

Spot Play: ASHLEY’S HUSBAND (9th)

Race 1

(6) PIECE OF THE ROCK plunges to the bottom claiming ranks after some even efforts versus second level conditioned foes. Veteran has some back class and I expect to see it on display Saturday. (8) EIGHT TEN EOM knows his way to the front and should take the field as far as he can. (5) UF FAST FEELIN was an easy winner when last seen in for this price tag.

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Race 2

(6) MISSILE J was spectacular last week and is hard to pick against versus similar competition. (5) CONNECTING FLIGHT was used early in the mile and paid the price late. Maybe this guy needs to follow horses to put up a fast mile? (3) MAAJAACKKOBE rallied nicely versus the top pick a week ago.

Race 3

(3) TWO HIP DIP put in his best race of the year last week when he rallied home in 27 1/5. He seems to be sitting on a top effort and there is enough outside speed signed on to set him up tonight. (6) UPFRONT BILLY is more than capable of winning against this group and should offer value due to the defection of Gingras to (5) MONEY ON MY MIND, who should be on or near the front.

Race 4

In a race lacking form and seemingly an abundance of early speed players, I see (7) JUS’ LIKE A VIRGIN and (8) FOOL OF IDEAS as interesting plays. Both have been racing somewhat evenly of late, but they also have displayed past ability to leave hard and take charge. I can see either getting aggressive and never looking back at a decent mutuel. (1) RED ROCK finished willingly with no shot a week ago and might just be the favorite now. (2) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE should enjoy the improved post.

Race 5

(6) BRODY ships in from Dover and catches a softer NW $7,775 field. Notice the last time this guy visited the Big M he faced much tougher company. (3) THAT’S MY OPINION was super last time out but hasn’t been known for stringing together top efforts. (4) BAKIN ON THE BEACH gets an improved post and has a chance to get a big piece with the right trip. (8) GRAND THEFT raced evenly after missing a month of action. He seems like a fit here.

Race 6

(2) GIACODELIGHT missed more than eight weeks of action and had post 10 last week, so I don’t think anyone was expecting much. He stays at the basement condition and should bring a much better performance to the track. (9) LAST DRAGON didn’t have much of a chance last time out. I imagine Gingras will have him more involved in the early stages. (1) TWINCREEKS JESSE doesn’t entice on the win end but should get into the trifecta or super.

Race 7

(5) ALLSTAR LEGEND might have finished seventh but that was a pretty strong effort while pressing a quick pace. I’m giving this guy another shot. (7) MR CENSI rallied impressively with Lasix added last time; using. (1) UF LARRY ALLTHEWAY has been racing well of late and picked up a second at this level last time. (2) SOUTHWIND INDY drops down after an even effort; more this week?

Race 8

(8) ROCKIN WIZARD might seem like a stretch to some extent, but he did pace home in 26 4/5 last week while facing a keyed-up Jet Airway. This division of NW $11,750 is softer than what he has been facing. (5) ROCK OUT steps up in theory but tackles mostly similar foes; wire to wire threat. (3) MUDSLIDE hasn’t put in a bad effort this year; trip player.

Race 9

(4) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND comes off what I consider to be a throw-out mile because no one was beating Rockeyed Optimist last week. He is back in with a group he can beat and only needs to be in striking position to mow them down late. (1) CALVIN B seems to be working his way into shape and I expect a step forward in his third start off the bench. (6) DOVUTO HANOVER raced pretty well coming off a layoff last year, though that was for a different barn. (5) ITRUSTYOU qualified back sharply and has plenty of class.

Race 10

I can see almost any of these horses winning. (9) GOLD ROCKS raced big on the drop to this level and won in his previous try in this class. (3) THORN IN YOUR SIDE almost lasted on the engine a week ago. (2) YIPPITY HANOVER was a bit disappointing last time but I’m not willing to completely jump ship. (5) MAJOR WAR has been hanging more often than not, but one of these days he will get over the top.

Race 11

(4) SHOOTER’S DREAM is back on the level of his last win and should prove tough again. (3) COBALT MAN is certainly feeling good right now. (6) FIRST OF ITSKIND steps up but if the pace is fast he could be rolling by late. (2) INVICTUS HANOVER was a winner in his last Meadowlands start.

Race 12

Trainer Mark Silva has (3) AVENUE HANOVER razor sharp right now and despite the class rise and shorter price expected, I’m going to stick with him. (2) CITY PIE took the mandatory step up in class and couldn’t last the mile; drops again. (5) TYRON MY GIGOLO moves into a solid barn and could perk up in a hurry.

Race 13

It certainly won’t be easy, but I have to believe that (10) ART HISTORY is ready for a peak effort in start three this year and can overcome the outside post. (7) GHOST PINE stepped up with a nice mile in his second start for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. I’m inclined to keep using this guy. (2) GIANT SLAYER & (1) INTHEBLINKOFANEYE are razor sharp speedsters with inside posts; clearly dangerous.

Race 14

(6) MUST BE THE BUNNY draws a decent post for the first time in a while and faces an awful field. Eleven-year-old gelding seems to have found a sweet spot this week. (5) JOLLY JUBITER was short after a couple of months on the shelf. He has shown plenty of miles that are good enough to win this race. (3) ROCKIN JIMMY has been closing for a piece of late; change in tactics now? (1) YOU BET YOUR GLASS has been stuck outside week after week; inside now; very capable.

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