03/24/2016 2:29PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/26 Analysis

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Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: MCARDLES LIGHTNING (8th)

Spot Play: FOUR STARZZZ Z (10th)

MEET STATS: 129 - 445 / $731.00 (-$159.00) 

BEST BETS: 18 - 33 / $71.00 (+$5.00)

Race 1

(4) MONTALBANO BI was part of a pretty quick pace for this level last time. His prior effort was a nose loss at this same condition. (1) NO REASON AT ALL raced well after three months on the shelf and could show more in his second start as a 4-year-old. (7) KASCARA ROSA blew away a field at Yonkers last time and raced well after taking plenty of air when last seen here.

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Race 2

(8) SKYWAY DANTE finished fast from last to pick up a second-place check upon arrival from Saratoga. I saw enough to put my support behind him against this shaky group. (7) has a string of average efforts to his credit in recent weeks but this veteran 13-year-old is capable of firing off the wings and going a long way on the engine. (9) GOOD CITATIONS has been closing for a good check each week and the outside post isn’t going to do him any favors in his quest for a picture.

Race 3

(2) STITCH IN TIME was a winner when last seen at this NW7500 level. He seems like a worthwhile play at 5-2 or better. (4) UPFRONT BILLY was in tough at Pocono last Saturday and should bring a better effort here. (5) HALL PASS HELEN dug in gamely a week ago and is clearly in form.

Race 4

(4) IDEAL MAGIC was a winner a few weeks ago at Pompano and is coming off a solid 2015 campaign. He looks as good as any in this bottom level event. (3) TWINCREEKS JESSE won in his only appearance at this level two starts back. (7) OUREA NOURRIR has good late pace in his most recent race, which is the norm for him. If the trip and pace work out, he can win. (9) NATHAN FEELSGOOD is back up north after a start at Pompano. He can play with this group.

Race 5

(4) BETTOR MEMORIES is going to turn the tables on (6) HONEY I’M HOME one of these days. He draws inside of that one again and hopefully he can keep him from getting away with the usual soft fractions. (5) DUKE OF DELRAY woke up in his second career race. There may be some ability here.

Race 6

(1) HOBOKEN HANOVER moves from a straight $12,500 claimer to a race filled with mostly $10k types. I’m expecting Zeron to make an early move to the front and take them a long way. (9) PIECE OF THE ROCK has retained his form despite switching barns and has the early speed to overcome the outside draw. (7) ROCKIN JIMMY could be a win threat if the pace is fast and his trip is clean.

Race 7

(7) MEL MARA was given a sweet spot and took advantage last Saturday. This crew is clearer tougher, but he seems up to the challenge. (5) PANSFORMATIVE is one of the sharpest horses on the grounds. (6) REAL NICE gets some serious class relief and seems like a must on your pick four tickets. (1) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND has proven over time that he can win at this level. (2) DYNAMIC YOUTH lured Bongiorno off Pansformative; that’s saying something.

Race 8

(4) MCARDLES LIGHTNING came up big when given class relief last time. He moves back up the ladder but should have the confidence to keep rolling. (6) HOPE FOR BADLANDS stays at the NW7600 level despite winning very easily last time; must use. (9) AVENUE HANOVER is sharp enough to compete, but it won’t be easy from post nine. (5) INVICTUS HANOVER has been racing pretty well; using underneath, at least.

Race 9

(5) MR CENSI dropped to this condition last time but actually gets a decent post position to work with this week. (1) JUNGLE OF TERROR won by three lengths when last against this kind. (9) THAT’S MY OPINION has proven capable. Driver Andy Miller needs to fire off the gate to have a chance. (3) SOUTHWIND INDY steps up off a win.

Race 10

(3) FOUR STARZZZ Z wasn’t going very far from post 10 in his first start since early January. I’m expecting to see a big effort this week. (7) CAPOZZO gets post and class relief this week. This guy has disappointed all year but this is certainly the easiest spot he has seen. (9) DAVID THE SAINT ships in from Yonkers in order to get in a cheaper condition; worth a look.

Race 11

(5) IM SUPERSONIC A was a sharp second behind a classy horse last out. If he puts in a similar effort, the result should be a win. (2) SWEET ROCK & (7) COBALT MAN get away from the streaking Art History and other top pacers currently racing at the Meadowlands.

Race 12

I’ve been going back and forth between (6) STEADY PULSE & (4) PEDRO’S DREAM. Ultimately the former gets my top call because he comes out of the higher percentage barn. He was used too hard last week and got caught in a fast mile two starts back. This should be his week. The latter picks up David Miller and should be able to make the lead quickly. (1) OAKMONT brushed and weakened in his most recent. I’m not a fan of this horse but respect his chances of hitting the board. (8) STORMIN RUSTLER is capable of hitting the exotics.

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