03/26/2015 4:00PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/28 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: 134 - 522 / $728.50  BEST BETS: 18 - 43 / $68.60

Best Bet: JL CRUZE (2nd)


Race 1

(1) WESTERN WEAR was in over his head against the likes of Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Gilmour series. This 3-year-old is not going to be a world-beater, but this is a spot where he can make some noise. (8) DANCIN HILL was thought to have some major ability at one point but could not maintain his success. I wouldn’t be shocked if he stepped up against this group. (7) FF BIGSHOW went down the road at big odds last time.

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Race 2

(2) JL CRUZE is simply better than these right now and can’t be played against. (1A) OPULENT YANKEE is as consistent as they come; second best again. (5) CASH FOR GOLD lost any chance with a break last time. He could add some value in the exotics with a clean trip.

Race 3

(5) MIDNIGHT LIGHTNING was a decent third a week ago while facing some tough competition. This group seems a step slower on paper. (4) GOKUDO HANOVER has looked good in his last two starts; main danger. (3) DRY MARTINI gets a nice driver switch to Brett Miller and could build on a decent effort last time. (2) WEGOTTATRUCKYEA did gap a bit in his last qualifier but was resurgent late in the mile.

Race 4

(6) MAMBO ITALIANO comes off a solid effort despite a tough trip and only needs smoother sailing to get over the top. (7) DIAMOND SAID is the one to beat if he can stay pacing. It doesn’t always look pretty, but he has won three of his last five starts. (5) MC ATTABOY went a bit too fast on the engine last time and can do better with a different trip.

Race 5

(9) STEADY PULSE tried to bottom out the field and came up short in the last few steps. That effort was still a nice improvement over prior efforts and I can see him moving forward again. (3) GRATIAS DEO has been in fine form; must use. (6) JIM DANDY may be 0-for his last 45, but he should be closing for a piece.

Race 6

(6) WINDSONG GORGEOUS has lowered his lifetime best time in consecutive starts when in the Virgil Morgan, Jr. barn. I don’t see how you can play against him with confidence right now. (5) SIR MELO’S Z TAM was a solid second behind the top choice last week and seems likely to offer fair value. (8) DYNAMIC YOUTH & (7) ANNIESWESTERNCARD are two classy veterans coming off qualifiers. Either one is capable if on their games.

Race 7

(3) JJ SHARK rallied nicely with a 26 4/5 kicker upon arrival from The Meadows in the preliminary leg for this mini-series final. Six-year-old won in 1:49 2/5 at Pocono last year and is clearly capable of picking his game up a notch. (4) J M JET SET gave his all on the engine and came up second best to the pocket-sitter. He merits consideration again. (5) KEEP GOING got back to the winner’s circle last week.  If he is truly trending upward, he is fast enough to win and draws a nice post. (10) DREAMLANDS ART has a shot and the speed to overcome the bad post.

Race 8

(3) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE has missed a month of action but that doesn’t bother me with this type of late-closing horse. He’ll relax early and gobble them up if given the chance. (4) MOONLIGHT RANSOM loses Zeron to the top choice, but he still has plenty of form and early speed. (6) MISTER VIRGIN merits a long look on the class drop, but he has proven to be a bit of hanger in the stretch. (2) EL BLOOMBITO is sharp and dangerous; worth including.

Race 9

(1) ALEX BULLVILLE tends to wake up when he gets to the basement condition and should bring a strong effort on Saturday. (8) SASSY HANOVER double-drops in class; no excuses. (3) GOOD DAY MATE gets a positive driver change and class relief. (10) ROCK STAR has a bad post but could overcome with the right trip.

Race 10

(5) OUTA MY HEAD was certainly flat last time, but in this short field with little form, he can find himself. (4) HILARIOUS HALO is always a closing threat. Will the pace be fast enough to set him up? (2) NF DRUM ROLL is one of the few in here with early speed.

Race 11

(1) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST has repeatedly destroyed these; 1-5 is about right. (4) CAVIART LUCA has been making good money chasing the top choice; second best again. (3) LORD OF MISRULE could have a shot to split the top pair with the right trip.

Race 12

(2) YOU BET YOUR GLASS was super going down the road last time and seems like a good bet-back. (7) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE is clearly rounding into form and will score at a price sometime soon. (10) TRIPLE MAJOR has hit the board in four of his last five starts. (5) PENN TURBO TED picks up Tetrick.

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