05/14/2015 3:09PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/16 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: 15 - 52 / $64.90 BEST BETS: 3 - 4 / $8.70

Best Bet: HAPPINESS (2nd)

Spot Play: MARTINI HANOVER (10th)

Race 1

(4) LINDYS OLD LADY rallied impressively in her debut and could have some ability. (3) WICKED LITTLE MINX raced okay after the early break; second chance. (1) SMART ZONE had no shot last time from post eight at Pocono.

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Race 2

(4) HAPPINESS looked good scooting up the cones for an easy win last time and jumps off the page in this spot. (5) LISSAN figures to flash speed and sit first or second; cold exacta. (7) STACIA HANOVER will have to find some early speed or get lucky to get up in time.

Race 3

(5) DAPPER DUDE has really come to form since shipping to the Meadowlands. This is no easy spot, but the addition of Gingras is a nice plus. (1) ART HISTORY has won three straight and now steps up to face more accomplished foes. If he wins again, he’ll have to earn it. (4) SWEET ROCK is getting some serious class relief; using. (3) ONTARIO SUCCESS moves inside this week and could improve.

Race 4

(1) DEALT A WINNER had a strong freshman campaign and was much better than his nose win in that most recent qualifier would have you believe. (4) ARTSPEAK has a world of talent but also a bit of a breaking issue. He was babied along for much of his last qualifier and absolutely flew home. I have mixed feelings and just can’t back him as the chalk. (5) GOKUDO HANOVER could blast out and get a sweet trip.

Race 5

(3) BREAKIN THE LAW hasn’t been very reliable with just 2 wins in his last 31 starts, but all his recent races have been against better company. Tonight’s drop in class presents a big opportunity. (5) RELENTLESS DREAMER does his best work when in cheap and this field qualifies. (7) PRINCE SHARKA didn’t fire his best from an outside post after a three month break; can improve.

Race 6

(6) ELLIS PARK hasn’t really been let loose with an aggressive effort. I think he can take advantage of this field if he fires off the wings of the gate. (5) BLATANTLY BEST only needs a cover trip to be a major player. (4) ODDS ON EQUULEUS certainly has a big shot of winning, but I think he may need to show early speed to win.

Race 7

Sometimes you have to go by feel and (3) MARKET SHARE falls into that category for me. His qualifiers were both solid and if you believe in patterns, he has dropped almost two seconds in each start. The connections said from the get-go that he would be brought along slowly and I believe we will see close to a peak effort this week. (8) BEE A MAGICIAN has been super in both 2015 starts and it would be foolish to toss her out. (6) WIND OF THE NORTH has early speed, staying power and rarely throws in a dull effort.

Race 8

(9) GOOD SIDE posted a spectacular mile on the engine last time off the barn change and the addition of Lasix. This field came up tough and that should keep his price reasonable. (8) MAMBO ITALIANO moves back into a barn that had him rolling a few weeks back; driver switch to Yannick Gingras. (4) ROCK STAR drops down and adds Brian Sears; may be overbet. (2) BULLET BOB is another getting class relief. He projects as a player with the right trip. (5) ROCKAHOLIC has been very sharp for some time now.

Race 9

(4) REVENGE SHARK has been bringing a top effort to the track every week. If he is in striking position, he’ll mow them down at the wire. (7) HURRIKANE ALI once again lured Yannick Gingras off a pair of Ron Burke-trained horses. The talent is there with this guy. (1) ROCK OF THE AGES has been racing very well and now gets tested. Maybe he is this good?

Race 10

(9) MARTINI HANOVER had some stretch traffic last time. Five-year-old has good early speed, drops to the basement condition and should be tighter in his second start since September. (1) SMART ROKKER takes a bigger class drop than the top one and also draws the inside post; very dangerous. (2) YOU BET YOUR GLASS has high speed and returns to the barn where he won his last race.

Race 11

(1) MODERN LEGEND finds a really nice spot from the rail in a short field. He should fire out and set himself up for a sweet trip. (6) JK ENDOFANERA has looked pretty good in his qualifiers and figures to be tough if he leaves fast. (5) DOVUTO HANOVER only needs live cover to get the job done.

Race 12

(4) ALLSTAR LEGEND gets some class relief in his second start off the bench and should take care of business. (6) ROCK OUT doesn’t win nearly enough for me, but should be cutting the pace here. (3) JENERAL PATTON adds Lasix but needs to pick up a couple of seconds in time.

Race 13

(1) CAJON HOT SHOT faces an awful field and should take charge. (7) IN KENNY’S HONOR was burnt to a crisp while uncovered last time. This spot is much, much easier. (9) HEDGES LANE could be a factor if the pace is fast. (10) JIN DANDY knows how to get up for the bottom of your trifecta and superfecta tickets.

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