05/21/2015 4:09PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/23 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: 22 - 77 / $94.30 BEST BETS: 4 - 6 / $10.90

Best Bet: MARTINI HANOVER (11th)

Spot Play: DRAGON LORE (4th)

Race 1

(2) DANCIN HILL showed some subtle signs of life last week. Four-year-old has talent and is bound to wake up sooner or later. (6) ROCK STAR has been in pretty tough lately and should find this field more to his liking. (1) ROCKSTAR STRIDE is back at the Meadowlands in a rather soft spot.

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Race 2

(6) ONEISALONELYNUMBER finished behind two very fast 3-year-olds at Tioga last week. He isn’t a lock, but should prove very tough to beat. (1) SHADES OF BAY scored at first asking two weeks ago and looks like the main danger. (7) BOBBY THE GREEK proved himself here on April 25 with a win and should get at least an exotics spot.

Race 3

(6) YOU BET YOUR GLASS closed strong to finish third last week. He faces a similar bunch this week and only needs to be closer to the action to have a big shot. (4) NORTHERN PRIZE has been a model of consistency this year. (5) NATHAN FEELSGOOD tired after a good middle move last time. He seems to be improving lately.

Race 4

(1) DRAGON LORE returns to the Meadowlands in his second start off a two month rest and should take care of business against this bottom-level group. (8) GRATIAS DEO had some sneaky pace at the end of the mile last time and hails from a barn that is winning nearly 50% of its races during the meet. (4) SMART ROKKER just missed a week ago and clearly has a shot if the top one falters. (6) BULLET BOB dropped to this level and couldn’t handle the uncovered trip. With smoother sailing he can compete for at least a board spot.

Race 5

(1) IDEAL NUGGETS hasn’t looked extremely sharp in her qualifiers, but I guess there is no shame in losing to JK She’salady. Western Ideal-sired filly displayed ability as a 2-year-old and really doesn’t face a scary-fast bunch. (8) WICKED LITTLE MINX put in a decent effort in her debut for this barn and could improve. (5) THE SHOW RETURNS has the bloodlines to be a good one but has yet to realize her potential. (2) CHEYENNE ROBIN was a solid second in leg one of the NJSS.

Race 6

(4) HURRIKANE ALI almost seemed to toy with his competition a week ago; again. (7) REVENGE SHARK leaves me with mixed feelings. I believe he has talent, but you never like to see a scratched-sick line after a few weeks off. (6) GOKUDO HANOVER has only missed the board once in 2015. (1) WEAPONS DEALER has picked up his game since entering the Kevin Carr barn.

Race 7

(6) ART HISTORY certainly showed something by beating tough conditioned foes last time. Five straight seems well within his grasp this week. (1) JENERAL PATTON improved with Lasix added and could be sitting on a big mile. (8) SPEED AGAIN figures to flash early speed and is more than capable of winning.

Race 8

(4) HEZ A BUCKEYE raced well in his first start for this high percentage barn and lured Gingras off a couple of others. (3) ESCAPADO showed speed at both ends of the mile last week. (5) CR FIXED ASSET comes off a win.

Race 9

(3) GRAB YOUR KEYS returns to the Meadowlands and freefalls in class. I have to think he can handle this group. (7) FRITZIE PIC UP MAN comes off a wire to wire win at Yonkers. Ignore his last race here as the mile was extremely fast for the class. (8) MAGNUS DEO raced well in his first start off the claim. (1) TWIN B HOLLISTER has been racing well out of town.

Race 10

(4) HRUBYS N LUCK was used up early in the mile last time. The driver switch might be enough to get this guy to the winner’s circle. (7) PRINCE SHARKA drops in for a cheap claiming tag and figures to be handled aggressively with the possibility of a claim looming. (9) VISA VIPER won at this level a couple of starts back. (3) CROCADILE CANYON adds Gingras.

Race 11

(2) MARTINI HANOVER hung around pretty well despite doing most of the heavy lifting last week. He faces a rather weak group tonight and should cruise at a short price. (1) BREAKIN THE LAW can save ground from the pylons and complete a chalky exacta. (6) FREDDY DAY HANOVER has done well here in the past; outside chance.

Race 12

(1) ALLSTAR LEGEND gets a pass on my book due to the sloppy track last week. He really should beat this field. (5) MAMBO ITALIANO chased a very sharp horse last time and is clearly sharp enough to win if the top one falters. (6) STEADY PULSE beat lesser foes last Saturday.

Race 13

(3) ASTREOS FLASH came up with a big mile when dropped in for this claiming tag last time. Veteran looks best again. (4) ACELO HANOVER perked up in his second start for the Russo barn and looms a serious threat this week. (5) ANDY BARAN finds an easier spot this week. (2) JIN DANDY should be along for his usual share.

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