05/01/2014 4:53PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/3 Analysis


Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool


FINAL WINTER MEET STATS: 122 - 461 / $728.20   BEST BETS: 18 - 37 / $67.20

Best Bet: THAT’S MY OPINION (5th)

Spot Play: OLDE TIME HOCKEY (11th)

Race 1

(7) CARD SHOCK faces the easiest group he has seen this year and should have an opportunity to pick up his first career win. (5) THEREISAPACEFORUS saw some stakes action as a 2-year-old and lured Gingras off a Ron Burke-trained horse. (1) SIR SAM’S Z TAM was keeping good company as a rookie. His qualifiers weren’t awful and he faced some top competition; maybe.

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Race 2

(5) ROCKIN AMADEUS doesn’t exactly glide around the track with a flawless motion, but has come back to the races strong and merits the repeat call. (7) WAKE UP PETER was spectacular in defeat when last seen on April 19. He won’t go down without a fight. (2) CADILLAC PHIL has looked good in Pennsylvania; exotics player.

Race 3

(4) THEINDECENTLAWYER hails from a barn that sent top colt Allstar Partner out to a solid effort off the bench. With no killers signed on to this race, I’ll give this guy the narrow edge. (2) BET THE TRUTH raced well in his Meadowlands debut. (3) SIR JAKE’S Z TAM closed well in his first race of 2014 and now adds Gingras; overbet?

Race 4

(4) JINS DRAGON made a nice move last time only to give way after the tough fractions. It does seem as though this gelding is trending in the right direction. (1) PRIBCE SHARKA finds a field without much early speed. This is a good spot for him. (5) SCALPED tired late after getting used in the opening quarter. This is only his third start since October and he could show more.

Race 5

(1) THAT’S MY OPINION put up a fast qualifying time on a track that wasn’t exactly lightning fast. Promising Somebeachsomewhere-sired colt appears ready to roll. (3) LET’S FOAL AROUND raced well on the engine last time and seems to be showing continued improvement. (5) THETRUTHABOUTDAVID comes in with form; maybe.

Race 6

(8) ALLSTAR PARTNER put in a solid effort off the bench against another top colt in Always B Miki. Four Starzzz Shark-sired gelding figures to be firing out and looks to have the edge. (5) JK ENDOFANERA won the Governor’s Cup last year and has qualified well; big chance. (7) JET AIRWAY seems to have some ability; upset potential. (1) IDEAL COWBOY returned to the races with a big mile at Pocono.

Race 7

(3) URGENT ACTION finished up with good pace in his first start since November. This guy made over $121k last year and is more than capable of winning tonight. (1) ODDS ON EQUULEUS has put together two good qualifiers in preparation for his 4-year-old debut. That said, it is hard to take a short price on a horse that never won as a 3-year-old. (6) QUIK MAGIC & (5) MOONLITEONTHEBEACH are too sharp horses that figure to get a big piece.

Race 8

(5) SOMEPLACE SPECIAL made a bold move and came up just short in last week’s elimination race. Mark Silva trainee has more talent than we have seen and he might be peaking at the right time. (9) YOU BET YOUR GLASS keeps getting better each week; the one to beat. (10) PEMBROKE DEWEY couldn’t be much sharp, but Campbell will have his hands full from post 10.

Race 9

(3) ROAR put in a nice steady mile from off the pace after a four month break in action. Notice that 1:49 4/5 mile last year at Mohawk and you realize that there is talent here. (8) TWINCREEKS JESSE drops down but doesn’t have much early speed; mixed feelings. (10) FRIDAY AT FIVE has form but a bad post. (9) SKY MCFLY would be no surprise.

Race 10

(6) STALLONE BLUE CHIP has been stuck in races that are going a bit too fast for him. He drops in class on Saturday and figures to perk back up. (2) SIR MELO’S Z TAM raced very well when last seen at this level. (5) BOLERO ANDREW is another getting class relief; dangerous.

Race 11

(6) OLDE TIME HOCKEY arrives back at the Meadowlands at a reduced level and I’m expecting Callahan to be leaving fast off the gate. (4) MIGHTY YOUNG JOE finished fast from far back last time and might change tactics with the better post. (5) SEE AND SKI comes off a good effort but is too unreliable at what figures to be a shorter price. (9) DREAMLANDS ART gets Yannick back in the bike.

Race 12

(7) DULL ROAR was done in by the tough post last week in just his second start of the year. Dave Miller jumps in the bike this week. (3) INSTANT REFUND put in his best recent effort when Yannick was at the controls. (2) EIGHT TEN EOM makes his second start off the bench and draws better.

Race 13

(3) EXPLODENT chased along decently against much better after missing two months of action. This is an awful group and I expect this guy to take charge. (5) THE PRICE YOU PAY had a tough trip last time. (10) JETTY comes off a good effort and might actually end up the favorite despite the outside post.

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