04/02/2015 4:02PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/4 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: 143 - 547 / $770.30   BEST BETS: 19 - 45 / $70.70

Best Bet: DYNAMIC YOUTH (4th)

Spot Play: K SLATER (3rd)

Race 1

(1) MY NAME IS SAM came up a bit short last time here, but that was a brave effort regardless. He looks like the clear chalk in this spot. (4) GOKUDO HANOVER got back in the win column with a decisive score a week ago; main danger. (6) BIG CITY JEWEL hangs a bit too much in the stretch to get my attention in the top spot. He is worth using underneath.

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Race 2

(6) MURDER HE WROTE finished willingly enough last time when you consider the mile went in 1:50 1/5 and that was his first start since September. This is a short field with no standouts. Any improvement makes him a winner. (5) HEART FELT moves into a good barn and has high speed ; dangerous. (1) THAT’S MY OPINION was an expensive yearling that has yet to pan out. The talent may still be there, but qualifying win was nothing to write home about.

Race 3

(5) K SLATER is more than likely going to blast off the wings of the gate and try to take this abbreviated field down the road. Tom Fanning trainee looks like a very interesting price play. (3) DIAMOND SAID has won two straight and now moves into another high percentage barn. I’d expect a good effort, but will he be as good? (7) BREAKIN THE LAW could be the other early speed in the field. If he finds a nice seat, he’ll at least get into the exotics.

Race 4

(3) DYNAMIC YOUTH wasn’t going anywhere in his 2015 debut from an outside post versus one of the sharpest horse on the grounds. Near millionaire should be ready for a peak effort in his second start back; all systems go! (4) IDEALBEACH HANOVER chased Rockeyed Optimist for three weeks in the Clyde Hirt series with no luck. Now he seems to get class relief but has to face the top choice; second best. (5) IDEAL MAGIC has as good a chance of finishing second as the #4. It will likely come down to the trip.

Race 5

(1) MAMBO ITALIANO reunites with Callahan and gets pylon position. He’ll either sit the pocket behind (5) SASSY HANOVER or try to brush and crush. The latter took a slightly easier group down the road a week ago; threat again. (3) ROCK STAR couldn’t close into the wind from post 10 last time; trip threat. (2) ALEX BULLVILLE & (6) RELENTLESS DREAMER are capable at this level.

Race 6

(7) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE was a bit short last week following a month on the shelf. With (6) WINDSONG GORGEOUS likely posting a solid pace, this guy should have every chance to nail him at the wire. The latter has been on a tear, but he has seemed a bit sharper in the Morgan barn and now he moves back to Mike Watson. He can win, but I’m playing against. (4) PANCHESTER UNITED was a decent third behind #6 last time out.

Race 7

(3) STEADY PULSE has a big motor for about a quarter of a mile. In a race where the purse is 2 1/2 times what these $10k claimers normally go for, I’d expect there to be some action up front and for him to change tactics. All he has to do is time his move right. (1) TRIPLE MAJOR has been fairly consistent and can take advantage from off the pace. (4) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE will be a big price and seems sharper than he looks on paper. (2) YOU BET YOUR GLASS enters a new barn. His mile two starts back would win this race.

Race 8

(4) JJ SHARK was certainly in against a sharper group in last week’s G Notes final. Driver David Miller had some fine options and stuck with this gelding. (3) DULL ROAR has proven he can win here and really had no shot at Pocono last time after sitting behind a slow pace. (9) MC ATTABOY gets a driver switch to Callahan and could be firing early in a field that lacks a ton of early zip.

Race 9

(4) RODEO ROMEO raced reasonably well versus much better foes in the Gilmour series. He looks like the clear one to beat. (6) COLORFUL SPEECH has plenty of early zip and I like the switch to Callahan. (1) CHUCARO ACERO BC qualified with Lasix. Maybe that will help.

Race 10

(3) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE hasn’t been especially sharp this year, but finds a dull group and has no excuses in this spot. (2) SEEK THE DRAGON has displayed success here, which is more than some of these can say. (6) SPORTS SINNER had no shot from post seven at Yonkers. I wouldn’t be shocked if he got rolling for this high percentage barn.

Race 11

(6) SWEET ROCK ships in on a five-race win streak and can take charge in this small field. (5) SMART ROKKER has been sharp for some time now but needs pace help up front to rally off cover. (4) ONTARIO SUCCESS would be no surprise but does come off a dull effort.

Race 12

(3) GRATIAS DEO moves into a barn that is 5-for-9 on the meet and faces a blank field. (5) JAKES SPUR has early speed to secure position; clear player. (6) LAST BEST CHANCE has been on quite a roll at Monticello and now takes his shot at the big track. (9) HURRIKANE JON PAUL qualified decently.

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