03/13/2014 2:58PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/15 Analysis


Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 80 - 286 / $459.10   BEST BETS: 12 - 23 / $38.50

Best Bet: SEE AND SKI (1st)

Spot Play: CODE WORD (8th)

Race 1

(3) SEE AND SKI was a highly regarded 3-year-old in the Casie Coleman barn that just didn’t get his act together last year. This guy has plenty of ability and could be a major force in this series. (1) STARS ABOVE has the early speed needed to make good use of the inside post, but has lacked the desire to pass at this level. (8) BURKENTINE HANOVER drew worst but is hard to toss.

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Race 2

(6) GOLDEN RECEIVER was used hard to make the front and paid the price last time. This field should set up with a slightly better pace scenario. (2) ALLSTAR LEGEND might have won with a more patient drive last week. He has been sharp since arriving in the Burke barn. (5) EASY AGAIN remains in fine form but might be a step slower than the top two.

Race 3

(4) FATEFUL CHOICE took a nice tour of the track while getting a solid mile under his belt. In what looks like the easiest of the three divisions of the Hirt series, I can see this guy improving enough to have a shot. (1) ANDREW LUCK gets an inside draw and reunites with Tetrick. (3) AMERICHI is eligible to step up for the powerful Burke stable.

Race 4

(6) MARINER SEELSTER faces an awful group and one that seems to lack early speed. If Miller elects to leave and faces little resistance, this race could be over. (5) URGENTLY was okay last week in his second start on Lasix. I think that was a tougher group he faced. (1) CASINO KING is certainly capable of beating these.

Race 5

(8) ONE THROUGH TEN returned from a three-plus month break with an even effort last week. David Miller had some other decent options in here and stuck with this guy, so I’m guessing we’ll see more this time around. (2) KOSTAS WINE was one of the horses that lost the services of Miller. This 4-year-old is sharp and looks like a clear player. (3) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE is certainly feeling it now. (1) K SLATER drops down a level.

Race 6

(2) SHOOBEES PLACE has been stuck with outside posts since moving up to this level. Seven-year-old remains reasonably sharp and seems to be in a softer spot. (1) GUNS AN ROSES had no real shot in his debut for this barn; another chance. (7) UP UP AND OUT has the speed to mix it up early and should be a factor. (4) SILENT SWING was stuck uncovered in his last start here at this level.

Race 7

(7) SIMPLY BUSINESS took a bunch of air in his second start for trainer Mark Silva. There are no killers signed on to this race and with a better trip, he should be able to make some noise. (4) HRUBYS N LUCK steps up in fine form. (6) DUEL IN THE SUN had trouble keeping up with some salty competition in his return qualifier. I’m guessing he will need a start but there is ability here.

Race 8

(6) CODE WORD was caught in a very fast mile against some upper-echelon foes last week. After 2 1/2 months on the shelf, he wasn’t up to that kind of mile. Now he drops down and finds a sweet spot. (3) TARPON HANOVER seems to be cursed lately. Last week he was sitting in a prime spot when the horse in front of him broke. (1) KEEP GOING is back on the mile track where I think he does his best work; capable.

Race 9

(6) STALLONE BLUE CHIP moves inside a few slots and drops to the basement conditions level. He is very capable of scoring and probably at a fair mutuel. (1) THAT’S JUSTICE can’t get over the top but is clearly sharp. (8) SHARK FANTASY scored at first asking for Burke/Gingras. (7) BETTOR B finished with plenty of late life in his first start since November; dangerous. (5) SHARK ON BOARD gets a barn change and lured Callahan off #1.

Race 10

(9) PIERCE gets some major class relief on Saturday and has no excuses. (3) NEW KIND was hopelessly trapped two starts back and in too tough last time; underlay? (7) WEST MATTERS gets a new driver but remains 0-for-10 lifetime.

Race 11

(2) ALEXAS JACKPOT raced evenly against many of these last time and now draws better. Gelding appears to be as fast as most of these and should offer plenty of value. (9) WAKE UP PETER is the horse to beat in the series but the outside post could pose a few problems. (4) RIVER RUN FOR RYAN was sharp last week.

Race 12

(8) BETTORS GLASS took plenty of air and dug in like a champion last time. He bumps back up but may have picked up some confidence. (2) MOJO TERROR tackled much tougher last time and should be a player. (4) ROAD UNTRAVELLED gets class relief.

Race 13

(5) SPARTACUS PV took a shot uncovered and faded last time. He drops from C-1 to C-2 tonight. (4) STORM THE BEACH got a class break last time and now post relief. (2) ALLSTAR BLUES should flash speed. (3) SIR MELOS Z TAM has at least an exotics shot with a smooth trip.


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