05/12/2016 3:58PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/14 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

CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 10 - 22 / $68.70 (+$24.70)  BEST BETS: 2 - 2 / $5.10 (+$1.10)


Spot Play: MARTINI HANOVER (8th)

Race 1

(2) ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD has more seasoning in 2016 than the other likely contenders and might be able to steal this race. (1) TOM HILL finished well in his most recent qualifier. There may be some ability here but I fear he’ll be handled with care in his first start of the year. (5) MINDTRIP has looked pretty good in the morning and did lure Tetrick off #1.

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Race 2

(7) PRINCE PALANI was a solid second behind Calvin B, who was much the best on paper and has since jumped two classes. Patti Harmon trainee should be able to find the winner’s circle. (4) BULLVILLE KYLE has displayed some life of late; upset chance. (6) MOONLIGHT RANSOM finally got aggressive but had to be used hard a week ago. He should have a say in the outcome tonight.

Race 3

(5) HIGHLANDBEACYCOVE was a very sharp winner with Lasix added on a track that was clearly playing slow. (2) ROLL AWAY JOE should get around the rail horse and work out a decent trip. (6) READYSETLETSROLL comes off a win here last out and picks up Gingras; clearly a contender.

Race 4

(6) MISSILE J finished very well down the center of the track in his return qualifier after a two-plus month break. It looks like he is ready to roll. (3) PRETTY BOY HILL raced well in his first start of the year but (2) STOLEN GLIMPSE got the jump on him. Both horses rate highly in this field.

Race 5

This is a wide-open race with so many contenders that you should basically watch the board and go with the best price. (1) LUCKY MASS has two recent wins in this class. (6) WINNING WIZARD might be one of the faster ones in here if he can stay trotting. (3) STITCH IN TIME is having trouble getting the mile distance but perhaps different tactics could help. (2) VERDI moves into a new barn. (4) NEVER EVER CLEVER, (5) BLUE MUSE & (9) MESMERIZED all drop in class.

Race 6

I’m going to take a flyer with (1) ROLAND N ROCK. The 4-year-old was in some tough spots at Yonkers but did qualify nicely behind top FFA types here last week. Maybe the switch to the big track can perk him up. (5) HAWK’S RED CHIEF has been razor sharp all year; one to beat. (6) J EAGLE FEATHER has won two of three starts but gets tested this week. (7) JACKSRLUCKYTOO is hard to toss at this level.

Race 7

(1) DOVUTO HANOVER has proven himself on multiple occasions at this level and may offer a hint of value with Zeron opting for #5. (2) ART HISTORY won at odds-on as expected versus a soft group a week ago. He can easily handle the jump in class. (3) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND could be a threat with clear sailing in the lane. (5) ODDS ON EQUULEUS is simply too erratic for my liking. He just seems to have races where he doesn’t show up.

Race 8

(8) MARTINI HANOVER gets some class relief this week and I love the fact that David Miller is in the bike. (6) CALVIN B torched easier last out, but this guy is plenty fast enough to keep rolling. (5) IDEAL SHADOW raced well in his first start off the bench and could improve.

Race 9

(2) UNION MAN HANOVER had no shot when last here from an outside post. Now he returns in a new barn with Tim Tetrick at the controls. (5) TO BEACH HIS OWN is another in a new stable now. He looks as good as any in this mostly formless group. (3) RUSSLEY RASCAL N picks up Gingras in the bike.

Race 10

(6) MAJOR WAR seemed to have more interest in the stretch with Lasix added. Perhaps this 4-year-old is ready to take a step forward now. (1) MICHAEL’S POWER drops down and has to improve, right? (7) OUREA NOURRIR drops back down to the level of his last win. (5) WELL BRED has been keeping up in some quick miles and I wouldn’t be shocked if he upset. (9) MEDOLAND JATE was a sharp winner right off the claim by Johnson.

Race 11

(1) MEL MARA certainly came to play with a career best in his first start for trainer Dylan Davis. He takes a giant step up in class this week, but with some others coming off the bench, maybe he can pull off the upset. (6) ALWAYS B MIKI is clearly the horse to beat at short odds. (1A) IN THE ARSENAL qualified very well while a content second last Saturday. (2) MCWICKED has a pair of qualifying wins under his belt and looked good in both. (5) JK ENDOFANERA perked up with Gingras in the bike.

Race 12

(4) BACKDRAFT HANOVER & (3) UF FAST FEELIN gets some class relief after racing at the $10,000 claiming level against each other last time. I’ll give the edge to the former since his overall form is better. (8) PRINCE PINANG also drops, but drew an outside post. (2) CAMWISER will try to keep his form for new connections.

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