02/26/2015 4:52PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/28 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: 109 - 435 / $614.10  BEST BETS: 13 - 36 / $48.60


Spot Play: WITCH DALI (11th)

Race 1

(8) LONEWOLF CURRIER went a nice mile in defeat last time while facing better foes. The outside post hurts tonight, but perhaps that will help to provide a better price. (3) MAGIC TRICKS is another dropping down a condition level. He is more than capable against this group. (1) BRICK BAZOOKA looks awful on paper, but this is a big class break and he is first-time Burke. (7) BULLET BOB comes out of the same race as the top choice; has early speed.

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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

I loved the qualifier from (3) 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. (9) VICTORY AT LAST raced well on the engine in his debut for the Burke barn; can show more. (8) OK GORGEOUS was hopelessly trapped last time while loaded with pace and everyone saw it. Expect a shorter than deserved price. (2) ALWAYSFOOLNAROUND only lost by a couple of lengths most recently despite a tough trip; worth considering.

Race 4

(5) 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. (3) OUTA MY HEAD has won two straight in this class; very dangerous. (9) EXPLODENT has enough early speed to overcome the bad draw and actually got lucky when one of the horses from last week's cancelled card didn't return and helped him move in one spot; exotics at least.

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

(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. (1) WINDSONGS GORGEOUS was claimed right back by trainer Mike Watson. Veteran war horse loves to win and is sharp as usual. (10) ROCK OUT was super two weeks back. If he brings that effort again the race may be over. (4) SIR CARY'S Z TAM is clearly in form. Can he handle this class? (5) ASHLEY'S HUSBAND is always a threat if the pace is quick.

Race 8

(2) CAPOZZO faces weaker foes and although this field is competitive, he does have a nice post edge. (6) MISTER VIRGIN is a bit of a hanger in the stretch, but this field is loaded with early speed types and he might have no choice but to roll past many late. (8) DREAMLANDS ART was used to the front on a night where speed wasn't exactly killing it. I'd give him a second chance. (7) FOUR STARZZZ Z comes off consecutive second-place finishes.

Race 9

(2) SPENDER HANOVER is back down in class. In a field that is hard to separate, maybe a new set of hands in Trace Tetrick can make a difference. (3) J M JET SET raced reasonably well in his first start for this barn; more now? (9) MIDNIGHT DYLAN N steps off following a few solid efforts. (8) MOONLIGHT RANSOM was Zeron's choice over a few others.

Race 10

(1) NEW KIND should push away from the cones and make a backside brush. In a field with no standouts, I expect Pierce to be aggressive. (3) HILARIOUS HALO raced okay from post 10; this post is clearly better. (9) MAMBO ITALIANO moves into a new barn; maybe.

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. (1) 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

(7) PANCHESTER UNITED raced okay from post 10 last time and now enters the Burke barn. (1) I'M AN ATHLETE comes off a poor mile and hails from a dull barn, but he had missed some time prior to that start and is dropping in class. (3) URGENT ACTION is a classy 8-year-old that could easily step up in this spot; missed four weeks, though. (2) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE scored in this class a week ago and is always dangerous if in striking position. (4) SALEVSTER STALLION draws better this time around.

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