04/24/2014 3:16PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/26 Analysis


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MEET STATS: 117 - 435 / $691.00   BEST BETS: 17 - 35 / $64.20

Best Bet: SCALPED (9th)

Spot Play: LET’S FOAL AROUND (5th)

Race 1

(1) DOUBLE YOUR BET appears to be coming into his 2014 debut off a pair of dull qualifiers, but he did show marked improvement from his first to second effort and was facing some strong competition. Don’t cross a line through this guy too quickly. (3) SWEET ROCK finds himself in a much softer spot this week. I’d be surprised if he didn’t race very well. (6) TWIN B SPEEDO seems ready to roll off his recent qualifier.

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Race 2

(5) ROCKIN AMADEUS put in a solid effort to begin his 2014 campaign and should be even better in start number two. (1) SWEET TALKIN SATIN was used up in a brutal 1:20 4/5 three-quarters. The trip and pace tonight should be softer. (2) VALENTINO steps up off a win but can go with these when feeling good.

Race 3

(7) ALWAYS B MIKI was super off the bench and likely has a major conditioning edge on his main rivals tonight. (2) STRATOS HANOVER lasted in a strong 1:51 4/5 mile at Philly last time. He should make some noise in here. (1A) PARNU HANOVER & (1) FRANKANDJOANNE form a solid entry from trainer Tom Cancelliere. Either horse could step up. (6) ALLSTAR PARTNER is a talented sophomore was figures to need a race.

Race 4

(5) ALEX BULLVILLE has been getting relaxing trips from off the pace but tonight finds himself in a spot where flashing early speed would be wise. He has won at this level in the recent past. (2) JINS DRAGON has been closing well from outside posts and finds himself with a better starting slot tonight. (4) PEMBROKE DEWEY was Campbell’s choice and certainly looks like an exotics player. (8) UP UP AND OUT drops down in class. Marohn was given a choice in this race and elected for this drive.

Race 5

(5) LETS FOAL AROUND has been in tougher spots recently. New driver Corey Callahan can make it happen with this gelding tonight. (4) BELIEVEINTHESPIRIT was a solid second in his recent qualifier and should be tight for this race. (3) SPECIAL JACKPOT tries the big track. Notice that both his wins last year came on larger ovals.

Race 6

(5) MOONLITEONTHEBEACH continued to show improvement with a win in the elimination round of this C-1 mini-series. I expect this 4-year-old will keep picking up his game. (1) FRESH N FAST might not be my top pick on ability, but from post 3 (and with an entrymate in post 4), he should be in line for a perfect trip behind cover in a race that should be hotly contested. (2) CAM B ZIPPER is another that goes as part of a capable one-two entry. He was an impressive winner last week.

Race 7

(10) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE gets a monster driver change to John Campbell. Usually these big driver changes are trap plays, but this is a legitimate horse at the C-2 level regardless of driver. (1) MATTADOR D is another one of these former Irvine horses that have woken up with the switch to trainer Richard Johnson. (6) YOU BET YOUR GLASS is a clear contender, but keeps getting nailed in deep stretch. (3) BOLDER finally draws well and adds Callahan, too.

Race 8

(5) BETTOR DESIGN went a long mile last week and hung in there nicely. (4) SING FOR ME GEORGE followed the former around the track while out every step of the mile; good mile. (8) BLATANTLY BEST is more than capable of winning this race, but he tends to be at the mercy of his trip.

Race 9

(4) SCALPED raced evenly versus better in his first start since October. He should be ready to roll against this dull group, especially with Callahan in the bike. (2) NOBLES GRAND SLAM closed well last time. I’d expect Morrill to be aggressive tonight. (6) MARINER SEELSTER would seem to be in a decent spot if he brings his ‘A’ game.

Race 10

(3) P H POWERPLAY draws a bit better this week and that should allow him be handled more aggressively; Miller’s choice. (2) SOMEPLACE SPECIAL rallied well last time. (9) DULL ROAR flashed good speed and held well in his first start of the year. (1) THE POKESTER will be a player with a smooth trip.

Race 11

(6) ALLSTAR LEGEND should have a tactical advantage once again this week and figures to be tough to catch. (5) DOVUTO HANOVER is probably the best horse in the race at this point, but it will be hard for him to win if Zeron elects to use the usual closing tactics. (7) GOLDEN RECEIVER has been himself lately; wakes up?

Race 12

(6) PRINCE SHARKA has high speed off the gate and faces a field full of question marks. If he gets away soft or sits a good trip, he can win. (3) STORMIN RUSTLER drops to the level of his last win. (5) SEEK THE DRAGON is capable of stepping up with a good mile.

Race 13

(8) MINDSET is one of those horses that only steps up when the competition gets weaker. I wouldn’t say this is a very easy spot, but he can win here. (5) QUIK MAGIC has been racing reasonably well each week. (2) SEE AND SKI qualified in good order and might be ready to right the ship. (1) WILLYMUCHA is off a good effort.

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