06/18/2015 4:01PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/20 Analysis


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CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 52 - 177 / $258.70  BEST BETS: 6 - 13 / $18.10


Spot Play: INSANE IN SPAIN (10th)

Race 1

(5) HELIOS tends to get brave when he drops to this level. I’ll take a shot. (6) DREAM ROCKER & (7) EXQUISITE GLIDE are both capable of darting out to the early lead and taking this mostly dull group down the road. (4) ASHES CASH was a killer here in early May.

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Race 2

(7) BLOOD BROTHER has been tackling some salty competition in those PASS races. He is far from a lock but deserves the top call. (5) MY NAME IS SAM is capable of putting up a big quarter or two. If the trip is reasonable, he’ll be a factor. (4) BADIOU HANOVER has come to life in Pennsylvania and now ships back to the Meadowlands.

Race 3

In a field where it is hard to have a strong opinion on any horse, (1) BETTER BELIEVE IT gets the inside post advantage for a decent barn and could be firing from the onset. (3) UP UP AND OUT raced well against cheaper last time. Maybe that gets his juices flowing. (6) COLOSSAL just missed to a horse that would be the heavy chalk in this race.

Race 4

(1) RUFO is another horse coming out of some tough PA Sire Stakes events. I’ll give him the slot nod over a decent field of NW2. (4) DREAMS BEACHBOY came right off the bench with a sharp effort against a weaker group. (6) WISHING YOU WELL tried his luck at Yonkers with some success and now moves to the big track; gets tested. (7) PAPARAZZI HANOVER has been stuck in outside posts against PASS company; wakeup possible.

Race 5

(3) MARTINI HANOVER was a solid second on Tuesday at Pocono, so he should be plenty sharp. This guy missed the final but may have lucked-out into an easier spot for only a slightly lower purse. (9) MAXI BON has been stuck in some bad spots on the track of late and only needs smoother sailing to make noise. (4) NORTHERN PRIZE draws inside this week and has shown he can step up from time to time.

Race 6

(6) ODDS ON EQUULEUS is back at a level where he can do some damage. I believe he can loom on the rim and grind down this field. (8) MISTER VIRGIN is the top threat by far. He has high speed and should be controlling the action. (3) MISTER TRUTH looks to be getting class relief, but check those conditions again. These are the same foes that have been beating him in recent weeks, but he may elect to show early speed from this post and stay in striking position.

Race 7

(1) ACCOUNT ROLLOVER looks for the series sweep and while this field has plenty of sharp foes, he has to be considered a legitimate favorite to succeed. (6) DRAGON LORE scored in round one and was a solid second last week. He is the fastest in this group and I wouldn’t be shocked if he won. (7) FREDDY DAY HANOVER has high early speed to make some noise; worth using. (3) STONEHOUSE ADAM comes off a win for trainer Ron Burke. I’m not sure I love his chances, but he could win.

Race 8

(6) HURRIKANE JON PAUL finds an abysmal group of $10k claimers and has a great chance of going down the road. (3) ESPRIT DE KAYJAY A faded to ninth last time but only lost by a couple of lengths; new driver could help. (9) GREAT SOUL drops down and has gone fast enough in the past to win this race.

Race 9

(2) WOODMERE ULTIMATE came up short following a four month layoff. I’ll take a shot that he is sharper this week. (8) BEGINNER’S LUCK ships in for a barn that usually sends them ready. (1) CONNORS CONCORD is certainly facing a duller group this week and does draw well.

Race 10

(4) INSANE IN SPAIN scored for this barn last week despite taking plenty of air on the rim; again. (2) STORMIN RUSTLER comes off a three length victory in the elimination leg of this mini-series and looms as the horse to beat. (3) UNTOUCHABLE ONE moves into a new barn and automatically is eligible to improve.

Race 11

(3) WINDSONG GORGEOUS was a good second last week behind a horse starting in the Graduate on Friday. Despite the fact that this barn has slowed down dramatically in recent weeks, he should go down the road. (4) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE closed well for second at this level two starts back and is always dangerous if kept in striking range. (8) YOU BET YOUR GLASS has plenty of form and seems likely to be forwardly placed. (5) CANBEC KINGKAZIMIR improved after the barn change with Lasix added.

Race 12

(7) DULL ROAR couldn’t gain any ground in a pretty fast mile last time. I’m giving him one more shot. (1) BOLDER hasn’t won much this year, but finds a spot where he should be very aggressive from the get-go. (4) BETTOR NOT MISS is another from the Derue barn; capable.

Race 13

(4) SAWBUCK was the victim of a bad trip a week ago and should have clear sailing to the top this time around. (1) LADY’S BIG MAN can stay close from the pocket and be in with a shot late. (8) ELECTRIFY moves into a new barn and could awaken. (3) ASTREOS FLASH has won two of his last three starts at this level; must use.

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