06/16/2016 2:50PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/18 Analysis

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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: 50 - 140 / $273.20 (-$6.80)  BEST BETS: 7 - 12/ $17.50 (-6.50)

Best Bet: NOWUCIT NOWUDONT (2nd)

Spot Play: BEACH STORY (5th)

Race 1

(4) STORMIN RUSTLER has been super in every start for a straight $7,500 claiming tag. Why should tonight be any different? (2) BROOKSTONE moves into a solid barn and has the early speed to go a long way. (3) KEYSTONE CAMARO carried his Freehold form to The Meadowlands and should get a piece.

Race 2

(4) NOWUCIT NOWUDONT drops three classes tonight and should romp. (5) BELL A CHICK is the only legitimate competition for the top choice on paper. More likely he’ll complete an $8 exacta. (1) TROUBLE is eligible to keep improving. He won last time in his second start back after a three year layoff.

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Race 3

(3) SWAPPORTUNITY actually made three moves while finishing second last week. Four-year-old is feeling good now and ready to score. (5) ROCKIN WIZARD drops back down to the level of his last score. (4) PIERCE is certainly in a winnable spot if Surick puts him in position to win.

Race 4

(6) MISS DEFIANCE picked up a win on Tuesday after she dropped in for this race, so she gets a free ride of sorts in this class tonight. (3) NORTHERN BEAUTY failed on a down the road mission last time; worth another shot. (9) M A JACKIE could fire out for position and get into the exotics.

Race 5

(1) BEACH STORY was once a horse with some promise, but that seems to have gone by the wayside. She makes the switch to the big track tonight and I think that could help her somewhat plodding style of late. (5) FASHION ROCKER is capable in this class and has some early zip in her arsenal. (8) ROYAL ENGAGEMENT can fire off the gate and should hold on for a nice piece. (2) R MARIE HANOVER won her start prior to getting scratched-sick.

Race 6

(3) I TRUSTYOU put in a nice effort in defeat last week and deserves the comeback call. (5) BLATANTLY BEST gets post and class relief in this spot. We all know what he is capable of when on his game. (8) MAJOR BUDDY A looked good winning his U.S. debut and now takes a huge step up the class ladder. (2) MARTINI HANOVER is worth consideration as a price play.

Race 7

(4) INTHEBLINKOFANEYE improved greatly last out while facing better competition. Veteran performer has a career win rate approaching 36% and he might be ready to improve that number. (8) MEDOLAND JATE should keep his form while moving into another decent barn. (6) JACKSRLUCKYTOO continues to rally for nice checks and carve out a good living.

Race 8

(1) SOUTHWIND INDY has fair form and faces a dull field. Driver Vincent Ginsburg can capitalize on the inside post and take them a long way. (2) THE SPY came up short on the engine last time but figures prominently once again. (8) RESPECTABLE DREAM is clearly fast enough to win if Marshall can work out a trip from the outside post. (3) ADDWATER exits the Caramore series and finds an easier spot.

Race 9

(2) CITY PIE rallied nicely in a race where the winner was much the best. As long as he is kept close to the action, this looks like his race to lose. (4) ASTOR could be an interesting player if fired off the wings of the gate. (5) BJ’S RAMEAU doesn’t sport much in the way of form, but this is an easier spot than he has seen in recent weeks. (7) HIGH OCTANE N has some class and would be no surprise.

Race 10

(3) RING WARRIOR steps up off a win but doesn’t really face any killers in this spot; again. (9) AMPED UP could be a major player if able to clear the top this week. (1) TRIPLE MAJOR ships in for a capable barn and could make some noise. (8) DABUNKA pulled off a shocker last time and is worth considering now.

Race 11

(6) MICHAEL’S POWER has dominated this series and there is no reason to believe he won’t continue the pattern. (2) MURDER HE WROTE showed some major signs of life last time and could get aggressive with the inside post. (4) CARD SHOCK is clearly sharp. I can’t fault anyone for using him. (8) GRATIAS DEO is a good grinder that needs some help up front to score.

Race 12

(1) AMERICAN ISLAND was stuck behind a tiring leader last time and got free too late. He seems like a worthwhile stab in this field if the price somehow stays above 6-1. (5) VAGUE TRACES gets a much needed change of scenery and also a barn change. (9) MITTCANT VAN GOGH moves into the Burke barn and is clearly eligible to show more. (2) GOOD DAY MATE is off a decent mile.

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