04/10/2014 4:26PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/12 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: 101 - 383 / $599.40   BEST BETS: 14 - 31 / $44.20


Spot Play: CAM B ZIPPER (3rd)

Race 1

(6) WINDSONG GORGEOUS drops down to the basement claiming level and should win for fun. (4) BOILER BOB THE QB finds a good spot to flash some speed and sit the pocket behind the top choice. (8) ANDY BARAN arrives from Yonkers in form.

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Race 2

(5) GOLDEN RECEIVER does his best work when he can get the early lead comfortably. I’m expecting a reasonable 26 3/5 or so opening quarter and the 61st win of his career. (6) DOVUTO HANOVER has really stepped up his game this year. Four-year-old has the ability to grind on the rim. (4) ALLSTAR LEGEND will be leaving and likely sitting the pocket.

Race 3

(4) CAM B ZIPPER jumps off the page in this spot. Driver Scott Zeron figures to give him an aggressive steer. (2) ALWAYS B MIKI is a promising young 3-year-old making his first start of the year. Callahan chose off the top one to drive, but that is likely with an eye towards the future. (3) TWIN B FAMOUS has some form and previous big track success on his résumé.

Race 4

(2) AT PRESS TIME posted a decent qualifier to prepare for his 2014 debut. Western Terror-sired colt doesn’t face any monsters. (5) CARD SHOCK was okay in his first start since November and could certainly improve. (9) BEST SAID scored at first asking but did appear to be ‘on a line’ in the stretch.

Race 5

(3) STALLONE BLUE CHIP responded nicely to sweep past the field for new driver John Campbell. This is a tough race with any in the field capable of winning, but this gelding gets a cozy post to work out another decent trip. (1) WILLY MUCHA went a nice mile to pull off the upset last time. He forms part of a Brad Irvine-trained entry. (6) SKY MCFLY has come around for trainer Ron Burke; very dangerous. (2) PEMBROKE DEWEY is hard to toss but winless on the year.

Race 6

(3) PRAIRIE JAGUAR took plenty of air and faded upon arrival. His best races have come on the lead and this looks like the right spot to gun to the front. (1) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND should protect position from the pylons and bring a strong effort. (7) WAKE UP PETER might be the one to beat in the final, but I see an off-the-pace trip for this second leg race.

Race 7

(6) MAJOR BELLE has been racing well all year and certainly knows his way to the winner’s circle. This gelding looks like a decent value play. (5) COLOSSAL gets a fair amount of class relief and figures to be forwardly placed. (3) GALLANT SEELSTER lured Callahan off my top choice, but he is typically loyal to this barn. Four-year-old is off a big mile at Philly and has a good chance.

Race 8

(3) OH MY JOEPA raced okay in his first start after a seven week hiatus. If he picks up live cover on Saturday, this gelding is very capable. (6) SHARK ON BOARD didn’t exactly impress me last week, but this field is hardly filled with strong options on the win end. (1) ATLAS ALLIANCE N should flash some speed and stay close to the action. (7) YACHT KING has raced well all year.

Race 9

(1) PIERCE stands a disappointing 0 for 17 this year. That said, he couldn’t ask for a better spot and has no excuses tonight. (4) ROCK OUT scored in his 2014 debut and must be used on all tickets. (7) ROCK FAME looks like a clear exotics threat.

Race 10

(2) YOU BET YOUR GLASS lured driver Jim Morrill off a Ron Burke horse, which doesn’t happen very often. This guy is getting class and post relief. (6) VOICE OF TRUTH got Callahan’s call over #1, who is dropping in class; interesting. (10) ALEX BULLVILLE hasn’t been racing as badly as it looks on paper. The last time he was in this class, he won from post 10. (1) HRUBYS N LUCK is another with a 10-hole victory when last seen racing at the C-2 level.

Race 11

(4) CAPTIVE AUDIENCE romped last week and keeps getting better. It would be hard to pick against him. (2) SUMMER SMACKDOWN finally seems to be trending upward. (1) SKY IS THE LIMIT rallied nicely between horses last time. (3) SCOTT ROCKS chased home the top choice most recently.

Race 12

(3) SING FOR ME GEORGE closed well from post 10 upon arrival. He adds Scott Zeron tonight and can improve. (4) CANE RIDGE will assume his usual spot on the lead and can certainly take this field wire to wire. (5) VERDAD & (7) UP UP AND OUT are both worth considering.

Race 13

I must admit that I have no opinion on this formless group. (4) TO BEACH HIS OWN displayed talent last year and has plenty of early speed. (1) BANGBANGKISSKISS draws better and can be involved. (7) JINS DRAGON qualified well behind Warrawee Needy.

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