03/17/2016 2:44PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/19 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: 118 - 421 / $679.50 (-$162.50)

BEST BETS: 16 - 31 / $66.30 (+$4.30)

Best Bet: MAAJAACKOBE (2nd)

Spot Play: GOOD DAY MATE (12th)

Race 1

(6) HALL PASS HELEN was s sharp winner last week and gets to face a similar bunch looking for the repeat. (4) BELL A CHICK could be a sneaky price play in a race without any killers. (5) COOL BEANS drops down and seems likely to be headed to the front. (7) LAZURUS comes off a win versus lesser.

[DRF HARNESS NEWSLETTER: Sign Up for the NEW FREE DRF Harness Newsletter. Fresh content and insights delivered each Friday.]

Race 2

(1) MAAJAACKKOBE has been chasing Honey I’m Home through pedestrian fractions lately and finally gets away from that foe. This looks like his week. (4) JIMMY C R almost lasted on the engine last time and could be ready to turn a corner. (6) HUDSONANDBERNARD makes his third start of the year and the 26 3/5 final quarter last time says he could be ready for more.

Race 3

(5) LUCKY MASS finds a great spot where his early speed should net him perfect position. (6) IMA GOLD DIGGER N ships in from Freehold off the claim by a high percentage barn. Veteran 11-year-old won 14 times last year. (3) ORANGE BIGI was a convincing winner when last seen at this level.

Race 4

(7) GOOD CITATIONS rallied reasonably well from a tough spot a week ago. Hopefully Zeron will place him closer to the action this time around. (5) LUCKY LUCKY LEO was stuck in the 10-hole and wound up taking plenty of air last out. Let’s give him another chance from the better post. (1) CAMWISER surprised my top two selections last Saturday and deserves consideration.

Race 5

(2) EARLY STORM finished with a strong 26 1/5 kicker in his first start for this barn and now drops into the basement condition at the track. This guy can get David Miller immediately in the win column for his first start back at the Meadowlands after a Florida winter break. (1) MYSTERIOUS MOMENT flashed good speed but couldn’t last the mile after dropping to this condition; saver play. (7) STORMIN RUSTLER was used in the pace most recently; can do better.

Race 6

(5) ART HISTORY is feeling good now and while he moves up the condition ladder, let’s remember that this guy posted a 1:48 2/5 win as a 4-year-old here last year. He can keep rolling. (4) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE & (2) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND are both serious threats to come charging late given the right trip. It is worth noting that Brett Miller chose the former over the latter.

Race 7

(6) MEL MARA looks to have been written into the race under the AE condition. He should be ready to roll in his second start off the bench after a long break in action. (8) IM SUPERSONIC A can’t be faulted for finishing sixth in his first stateside qualifier while being driven by his trainer and facing some top older foes; could be talent here. (4) MOONLIGHT RANSOM has been second or third in three of his last four starts at this level.

Race 8

(4) WINDS OF CHANGE was part of the early pace of a quick mile last time and wasn’t up to the task coming out of slower races at Yonkers. More class relief comes this week and a turnaround is possible. (8) MCARDLES LIGHTNING is also moving down the class ladder and seems like a must use. (1) THAT’S MY OPINION tends to do well in the NW5000 ranks and does drop in for a tag to remain there, but I’m not crazy about the post one draw with a tricky horse to handle. (5) OUREA NOURRIR had some traffic trouble last time.

Race 9

(2) ODDS ON EQUULEUS put in a very sharp qualifier and seems to be ready for action. (9) PANSFORMATIVE couldn’t be any sharper. The outside post doesn’t help, but he has the speed to overcome. (1) KINGOFTHEJUNGLE is back in form and should be helped by the inside post.

Race 10

(2) AVENUE HANOVER has been racing well for the last six weeks and looks to be in a good spot this time around. (5) CITY PIE threw in a clunker last time but his prior start in this condition was a win; don’t ignore him. (6) BACKDRAFT HANOVER battled for the lead and weakened late a week ago. With a better trip he can menace. (1) ROCKIN JIMMY & (3) PIECE OF THE ROCK are both capable given the right journey.

Race 11

(7) HOPE FOR BADLANDS seems like he was a bit flat on the drop to this level, but he did get stuck in a quick mile last time. This NW7500 came up a bit soft and he could be handled very aggressively. (2) ARTIST NIGHT moves down the class ladder and figures to play a major role in the outcome. (3) ALEX BULLVILLE sports some form and looks like a must-use underneath.

Race 12

(2) GOOD DAY MATE drops down and adds David Miller against a dull field; wake-up time! (9) BAKIN ON THE BEACH disappointed me when he didn’t leave last week. If he shows speed I think he’ll be a player. (5) GRATIAS DEO & (6) SOUTHWIND INDY are both trip players from off the pace.

[DRF HARNESS LIVE: Real-time insights from the DRF Harness team this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.]