02/05/2015 5:53PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/7 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: 84 - 339 / $474.50  BEST BETS: 10 - 25 / $37.00



Race 1

(10) RODEO ROMEO was a very impressive pocket-rocket winner in his most recent qualifier. Post 10 could present some issues, but there don't appear to be any killers in this group. (1) COUSIN BRUCIE is the product of multi-millionaires Southwind Tempo and Rocknroll Hanover. He was conspicuously kept off the gate and seemed to have something left in his lone qualifier; mixed feelings in his debut. (6) FAST MOVIN TRAIN showed a bit of ability at 2 and gets Gingras for his sophomore debut.

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Race 2

(3) EXPLODENT faces a decent field this week but is simply too sharp to pick against. (6) ROCKIN RUMBLE closed some ground from the back after shipping in from Flamboro. He can impropve in his second start in seven weeks. (9) EIGHT TEN EOM moves into a barn that was hot last weekend. (1) PRINCE SHARKA closed well most recently and could be coming into form. (7) ASTREOS FLASH comes off a win at this level.

Race 3

(4) WINDSONG GORGEOUS drops down the claiming chain one level and thus finally gets a good starting post to work with for a change. This is his race to lose. (2) FITZ'S Z TAM came here and got the job done. A repeat is well within his reach. (5) ILIKETHEMTRASHY comes off a trio of third-place finishes and fits nicely given a trip.

Race 4

(5) ONTARIO SUCCESS has come back from a long vacation in fine form. Any reasonable trip should see this guy at least in a win photo. (8) IDEAL MAGIC was superb a week ago and seems ready to step up against this group. (2) BLATANTLY BEST has been racing well for some time; clear threat.

Race 5

(5) SHADOW RECRUIT almost lasted in his first start since October. I expect him to head down the road against this suspect bunch. (4) ROLL BIG has displayed a good late kick and faces the easiest group he has seen here. (1) WELL SAID STRIDE was better when dropped into this condition; maybe.

Race 6

(6) DRAGON LORE was awesome in the preliminary round of this mini-series. He loses Gingras tonight, but should be able to produce another big effort for Callahan. (2) BAKERSFIELD has come to form for trainer-driver Dauplaise, who has done well in these C-class finals. (5) ABELARD HANOVER finally woke up last time; ready to roll now? (1) ROAD UNTRAVELED is hard to ignore with speed from the inside.

Race 7

(8) THAT'S MY OPINION was even at best and probably a bit flat in his first start since September. I'm guessing that was a prep for this series and he'll be sharper now. (7) COMPANY MAN has only missed the board a few times in 22 career starts for the red hot Virgil Morgan barn. (6) WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT has won both of his career starts and could have some ability.

Race 8

(2) SMART ROKKER has some sneaky late pace last time and some less than ideal trips in prior starts. Let's give this gelding one more shot in the top spot. (9) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE was used on the engine and hung in there gamely last time. Veteran campaigner should make the front easily enough in this spot. (1) MAMBO ITALIANO displayed some subtle signs of life last time.

Race 9

(8) ALLTHATGLTRSISGOLD is certainly facing an easier field this week and should improve accordingly. (6) ALEX BULLVILLE can be hot and cold. Last week he was cold but before that hot. This is the type of group that he usually handles. (10) PANCHESTER UNITED has a serious chance, but could be limited by the outside post.

Race 10

(7) SPENDER HANOVER hasn't been bad or good in his first two starts of 2015. This is a spot where he is supposed to fire a big shot. (4) MAGIC TRICKS has speed and comes off a decent effort. (3) SIR CARY'S Z TAM closed well last time and is a clean trip threat. (1) HERE COMES SWIFTY was a bit better last Saturday.

Race 11

(1) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST was coasting in that qualifier, so don't be worried that he didn't win. There is no reason not to expect a big effort this week. (8) MAJOR UPTREND rebounded nicely but had too far to come last time. (5) FRITZIE PIC UP MAN is another live horse from the Morgan barn.

Race 12

(1) HURRIKANE KINGCOLE has missed some time, but is still the fastest in this group. Unless he is a heavy chalk, I'll back him. (5) ROCK OUT is a rapidly improving 4-year-old. It is hard to leave him off your tickets. (6) OUR DRAGON KING could be a sneaky play for a hot barn since Miller opted to (2) ROCNROLWILNEVERDIE, who is racing well.

Race 13

(5) CAM'S ORACLE has been caught in some fast miles at Dover and finds a pretty blank field. (1) SAMANDAR picks up Gingras and probably rates as the one to beat; must use. (3) MIDNIGHT DYLAN N has been stuck with some tough posts at Yonkers and could be an interesting price play on the big track. (4) LIGHTNING STRIKE flashed late speed a week ago.

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