05/28/2015 3:12PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/30 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: 30 - 102 / $125.10  BEST BETS: 5 - 7 / $14.50

Best Bet: STACIA HANOVER (8th)

Spot Play: STEADY PULSE (5th)

Race 1

(2) MUFFIN’S MAN raced well in his 3-year-old debut and doesn’t exactly face the best in the division tonight. (7) ARTSMAH gunned down the road at Pocono most recently and a similar effort should put him in the mix. (3) BRUCE’S MAGIC comes off a strange qualifier where he gapped then came on late; mixed feelings.

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Race 2

(2) JENERAL PATTON couldn’t sustain while first over last Saturday. With the #3 and #6 leaving to his outside, I’m hoping for some live cover via the post one horse. (6) ART HISTORY has won five straight and is clearly the one to bet if you like 3-5 shots that could possibly lose. I’ll use him on my pick five ticket but avoid on the win end. (3) DAPPER DUDE did all the heavy lifting and helped set a new lifetime mark for the former.

Race 3

(2) HIGHLAND TERRIFIC owns a win over the track and adds Tetrick this week. (4) BATTLESHOE TOM has been racing reasonably well at Freehold and should be forwardly placed. (1) PAIR OF DICE is another contender in a wide open race for lower level types. I’d expect driver Joe Martin to push off the gate hard from the pylons. (6) LITTLE GOLD RING is still searching for his first win of the year. Perhaps the big track will help.

Race 4

I honestly don’t have a ton of confidence in (10) MISSION BRIEF from what I’ve seen so far in 2015. That said, Mission Brief on her B game beats these easily. If she doesn’t break, she wins. (3) MODEL BEHAVIOR showed a hint of ability in the second leg of NJSS and seems to be trending upward. (4) RILEY’S DREAM has a perfect in-the-money record; using underneath only. (2) RULES OF THE ROAD has been inconsistent but can step up at times.

Race 5

(9) STEADY PULSE comes off what looks like an even effort, but he was pacing pretty good down the lane last time. Michael Russo trainee reunites with Gingras and should be firing off the wings of the gate. (1) MAMBO ITALIANO has pylon position and early speed; threat with the right trip. (10) MOONLIGHT RANSOM has proven to be a consistent performer at this level and may be able to overcome the outside draw. (2) MAH SISH N had no shot from post eight at Freehold; worth a look.

Race 6

(4) HURRIKANE ALI has done everything that has been asked of him this year and done it very easily. He’ll get a true test from (8) ARTSPEAK tonight, but does have a tactical edge with the inside post. The latter posted a sizzling 1:49 mile in his 3-year-old debut and is obviously very dangerous. (6) GOKUDO HANOVER has raced well in just about every start; using underneath. (9) DEALT A WINNER has some ability but comes off a scratched-sick line and drew poorly.

Race 7

(1) FREDDY DAY HANOVER brushed and crushed in last week’s preliminary round. Veteran campaigner has proven himself here on many occasions and deserves the call in a tough race to handicap. (5) YOU BET YOUR GLASS went down the road a week ago and seems likely to be pointed in that direction again. (6) DRAGON LORE raced well in his first start with Lasix added. This guy is plenty fast and has a big shot of winning this mini-series. (2) FRITZIE PIC UP MAN has been racing very well of late but the top three have a bit more upside.

Race 8

(4) STACIA HANOVER has been handled conservatively in each of her starts this year. This daughter of Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip has plenty of talent and could be unleashed on Saturday. (6) HAPPINESS has been super for trainer Ron Burke this year and certainly looks like the one to beat on the front. (1) LINDYS OLD LADY is perfect in two career starts. She is hard to dismiss.

Race 9

(4) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE has been doing his usual chase early and sprint late routine with no results versus better foes. He drops back down this week and should be able to pick up live cover in a race with some outside speed. (5) MISTER VIRGIN sheds $10k off his claiming tag and figures to have a clear path to the top. (6) MISTER TRUTH looks plenty fast enough if you ignore the equipment issue last time. (7) WINDSONG GORGEOUS is a proven commodity that may be on the wrong side of a form spree.

Race 10

(5) STONEHOUSE ADAM had pace at both ends of the mile last Saturday. Expect Gingras to take charge in this spot. (2) MAGNUS DEO is another which started and finished well last time. Gelding has been in form lately. (4) ONE MORE MIRACLE could leave fast and sit a good trip behind the top choice.

Race 11

(4) CANEPA HANOVER gets a driver change to Yannick Gingras, which helps, but the best part is that he drew inside of main rival (6) GUESS WHOS BACK and will likely be able to control the race to some extent. The latter is perfect in two starts this year and is probably on level playing ground in terms of talent. (2) FRENCH LAUNDRY is a nice trotter that is sure to be forgotten in the wagering.

Race 12

(3) MY NAME IS SAM came up with a nice effort last week while losing to a quality foe. (7) WELL BRED showed some heart to dig in for the win in his qualifier. (1) SHADES OF BAY is a clear player judging by his first two races of 2015.

Race 13

(5) DANCIN HILL has been slowly working his way into shape. I think we are ready to see a big mile from him. (8) LONG LIVE ROCK returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and is very dangerous. (6) SHADOWS DREAM has been stuck with outside posts at Yonkers since the trainer change. (2) PIECE OF THE ROCK is off a win at Freehold; exotics player.

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