02/27/2014 4:04PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/1 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 67 - 239 / $388.90   BEST BETS: 10 - 19 / $33.50

Best Bet: THAT’S JUSTICE (13th)

Spot Play: K LEES SHAKENBAKE (5th)

Race 1

(8) LAMA BLUE CHIP drops out of series action into a very soft spot. He doesn’t look like much on paper, but he hasn’t really had a chance to shine while facing foes that would be 1-5 in here. (3) TELL STIENAM gets a better post. He could be a player with a smooth trip. (5) KOSTAS WINE has flashed ability in the past and his qualifier wasn’t bad. (6) NITROS WIGGLE has shown the ability to make a move during the mile.

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Race 2

(4) DOVUTO HANOVER raced well while uncovered last time and this small field looks loaded with potential early speed to set him up; taking a shot. (5) GOLDEN RECEIVER is certainly the king of this class, but I can see him having to work pretty hard to make the top. If he gets there in under 26 seconds, he could be in trouble. (1A) EASY AGAIN is one of the sharper horses in the country.

Race 3

(3) WEST MATTERS faced a monster last time in National Debt and he held his ground well considering it was his first start since September. I’m guessing with Miller in the bike this week and the start under his belt, we’ll see a more aggressive try. (1) BLUEBIRD CHEETAH comes off a decent try and this combination of trainer and driver has done well here. (8) ONE BAD NIGHT arrives from Canada and enters a good barn.

Race 4

(9) ON THE RADAR has been racing well considering some bad posts and a start with the trainer in the bike. Tetrick gets the assignment tonight and could make the difference against this questionable group. (6) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE gets a better post to work with and weak competition. (7) CALL ME BUD wasn’t involved last time; another shot.

Race 5

(4) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE closed well from the back despite a 9-week layoff. He should be primed for a big effort tonight. (5) BURKENTINE HANOVER usually brings a strong effort. (1) CC HEET SEEKER raced evenly upon arrival and might be more forwardly placed from the cones.

Race 6

(5) BLATANTLY GOOD has got his legs back under him after a couple of starts versus lesser foes. Ten-year-old looks to be in form and should be right there with this group. (4) ALLSTAR LEGEND was a winner when last seen at the Meadowlands. (7) MOJO TERROR is clearly in form but needs some pace help to set up his rally. (2) COLOSSAL has been fairly consistent.

Race 7

(6) FLEM N EM N was in against tougher in both his recent local starts. There is no reason to believe he won’t step up against this bunch. (8) SHOOBEES PLACE has speed and form. (5) COBALT MAN returns to the level of his last win.

Race 8

(3) ARSENAL was a fringe player at the B-2 level and now drops to the C-1 class. This looks like a winning spot and new driver Tim Tetrick can get him home. (8) SIMPLY BUSINESS displayed some of the talent he showed as a 2-year-old in his win last week. New trainer Mark Silva may have figured this 5-year-old gelding out. (5) WINDSONGS GORGEOUS was reportedly sick last time; another shot? (1) ROCKNROLL JEWEL is sharp.

Race 9

(8) OLDE TIME HOCKEY gets another bad post, but should be sharper in his second start of the year; driver change, too. (6) P L FIGHTER drops back down for top connections. (5) RIVER RUN FOR RYAN has been racing well all year.

Race 10

(6) HRUBYS N LUCK went from tenth to third in the stretch last week. That’s impressive! This field is awful and he seems as good as any. (4) UPBYFIVE has shown early speed in the past. That would serve him well in here. (5) BOBJACKS ANGLE A certainly looks like a player but may have too many horses to pass in this bulky field.

Race 11

(6) DINNER AT THE MET should romp tonight. (7) WELL SAID STRIDE finished well after an early miscue. This guy has some ability and would be no shock. (3) GRANDPA DON raced well last time and is clearly sharp.

Race 12

(3) MATTADOR D went a nice easy ground saving trip last week. If Bongiorno gets aggressive, he should get a big piece of the pie tonight. (8) SEE AND SKI has plenty of talent and Silva is the perfect guy to extract it. (7) DR CS Z TAM should be along for a decent share.

Race 13

(1) THAT’S JUSTICE drops down and gets a major driver switch to Callahan. No excuses this week. (2) STORMIN RUSTLER also drops and gets a higher percentage driver. (10) CANE RIDGE was flat in the stretch but still paced an okay mile. We know he has early speed.


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