03/12/2015 4:04PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/14 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: 120 - 471 / $676.50  BEST BETS: 15 - 39 / $57.80

Best Bet: DOCTOR BUTCH (6th)

Spot Play: FREDDY DAY HANOVER (12th)

Race 1

(1) MCNICKELS MCDIMES chased a quick pace from an outside post last Friday. He should have an easier time securing position from the pylons. (6) ROCKAHOLIC closed well from post 9 in his first start for this barn and now moves in a few slots. (4) NF DRUM ROLL pulled off a shocker last week with a quick brush from Gingras. (3) TRIPLE MAJOR & (2) GRATIAS DEO are clear exotics threats.

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Race 2

(2) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST tackles a decent group of 4-year-olds but seems a step or two faster right now. (3) ROCK OUT seems likely to control the action and could upset if allowed to get away cheap on the front. (4) CAVIART LUCA capitalized on a good trip to win his 2015 debut. Son of Somebeachsomewhere has some untapped ability.

Race 3

(1) LOCKLOADNEXPLODE looks like a risky play on top following a string of runner-up placings, but this field lacks form and he has speed from the inside. (4) WESTERN TSUNAMI was a bit flat in the lane a week ago but his prior form is fine; only clear threat. (6) BESTNOTLIE HANOVER was able to post a win at this level two starts back; maybe.

Race 4

(6) SECRET DELIGHT wasn't driver Brett Miller's choice, but that is because he sticks with his top account, the Remmen barn. Three-year-old colt has posted back-to-back solid qualifiers and could be ready to roll. (7) GOKUDO HANOVER blew away a similar field last week; must use. (8) ROOSTER RABBIT upset at 30-1 in this class four starts back and has some early speed.

Race 5

(3) JACK ATTACK took plenty of air and stopped last time. Four-year-old is not the type that can handle too much time on the rim. He needs to be on or near the lead and that seems very possible this Saturday. (7) ARTISTS RALLY visits the basement condition and qualified back well enough that he can make some noise. (6) MODERN GESTURE ships east and shows a 1:51 winning mile in 2014. (2) DREAMZZZZ R FOR U & (1) RELENTLESS DREAMER show wins at this level in February.

Race 6

(2) DOCTOR BUTCH returns to the Meadowlands with questionable form but faces much easier competition and figures to find his mojo. (5) ONTARIO SUCCESS put in another solid effort last time despite missing a month of action. (7) BLATANTLY BEST is probably better suited to the big track in East Rutherford than Yonkers; should race well. (1A) SPEED AGAIN is clearly good enough to win, but he was originally in to qualify and that tells me he needs a start.

Race 7

(2) LONEWOLF CURRIER has no apparent excuse for losing last time except that he simply lacks a lot of guts in the stretch. That said, he is as fast as or faster than any of his foes on Saturday and should have an opportunity to make amends. (7) WINDSONG GORGEOUS rarely brings a subpar effort to the table. If he somehow makes the top, he'll be tough. (1) ROCKNROL WILNEVERDIE figures to protect position from the pylons and get at least a slice of the pie. (5) SCHOOL KIDS ships in with iffy form but can go a big mile at times.

Race 8

(3) SOUTHWESTERN DREAM makes his third start back from winter break. Ten-year-old millionaire war horse should be ready to fire. (1) ALEX BULLVILLE drops back down to the level of his last win. (2) HUNCHIE usually brings a good effort from an inside post.

Race 9

(3) PANCHESTER UNITED has posted two strong efforts in a row and deserves the nod despite the class rise tonight. (5) BETTORS GLASS has plenty of ability and should be tighter in his second start off the bench. (1) OK GORGEOUS takes a sizable step up from NW3 to NW4. Let's see if he is up to the task.

Race 10

(5) ASTREOS FLASH has proven to be a legitimate $15k claimer and is facing mostly $12,500 types tonight. As long as he doesn't have to work too hard on the engine he should be right there at the wire. (7) NASSAU COUNTY is a horse I have avoided at the Meadowlands due to his lack of big track success. That said, his best asset is his late kick and I can see a fast pace developing. (4) DIAMOND SAID comes off a win versus easier. (6) KEEPING OPTIMISTIC moves into a new barn and double jumps in class; maybe.

Race 11

(4) WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT has simply toyed with his competition while keeping his unbeaten streak intact. It is nearly impossible to go against him at this point. (1) NATIONAL SEELSTER came up a bit flat last week for the first time in his career. As part of an entry with the capable (1A) RODEO ROMEO, I'll take my chances on the likely $5 exacta. (3) FAST MOVIN TRAIN has raced well in both legs of the series and should be involved in the outcome.

Race 12

(1) FREDDY DAY HANOVER returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and gets a major driver change to Gingras. (4) MAMBO ITALIANO showed some late life in his second start for this barn. (3) MAGIC TRICKS is certainly at a winning level if he can get his act together.

Race 13

(4) JANIE BAY ships down from Woodbine and enters a very live barn. Veteran mare sports a 1:51 3/5 mark here last year. (10) BEACH GRANNY, (6) MANDY'S MATTJESTY & (3) CANDY STYX N all drop down in class and any could be live.

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