06/19/2014 3:00PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/21 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

MEET STATS: 57 - 183 / $353.40   BEST BETS: 8 - 14 / $31.40

Best Bet: COBALT MAN (2nd)

Spot Play: TARPON HANOVER (6th)

Race 1

(3) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST has raced very well in each of his starts this year and was simply too far back last time. (4) TWIN B TENACIOUS qualified back well enough after consecutive breaks. Three-year-old appears to have some ability. (2) SWEET BEACH got the job done last week but always seems to be looking for a horse to catch him.

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Race 2

(4) COBALT MAN drops down in class and should take charge. (8) QUIK MAGIC was too far out of it last time; using. (7) SIR MELO’S Z TAM has hit the board in half of his 14 starts in 2014.

Race 3

(6) KEEP ON AMAZIN gets a huge driver change and also a better post to work with this week. (3) CHASIN RACIN hasn’t won in years and still looks like a contender. What does that tell you about the quality of this field? (2) YUMA HANOVER could be close to the lead.

Race 4

(1) SOMEWHERE IN L A is a 3-year-old of some quality facing much lesser older foes. This is a spot where he is supposed to awaken. (5) DAVID’S DREAM has been racing well but can’t get over the top. (3) A COOL CARD has ability but might need a start.

Race 5

(4) J CS JAKE was a bit sluggish for most of the mile but still blew by the field impressively in the stretch. There is some outside speed signed on to this $23K final and he should be in position to make another late surge. (1A) SINA has surprised me in each of the last two weeks. She looks like the more reliable half of a solid entry. (7) MCKENZIE’S STAR is more than fast enough to win and could provide decent value.

Race 6

(2) TARPON HANOVER had a slew of traffic trouble in last week’s Maturity versus much tougher competition. I’d expect him to be more forwardly placed this week. (7) URGENT ACTION missed a week of action but was razor sharp prior to that. (5) WAKE UP PETER is too complacent of a horse to feel confident about in a field with any talent.

Race 7

(8) TELL US MORE looked like the one to beat in this series from the word go and has swept through the preliminary legs easily enough. He is the clear and deserving chalk. (3) GRAB YOUR KEYS also won in both rounds of the series and should be a major player. (5) RELENTLESS DREAMER thrives when the pace is hot and that could certainly happen in this race. (1A) DUEL IN THE SUN has been racing very well and could easily step up on Saturday.

Race 8

(3) MOJARRA HANOVER could be the best value of the five or six logical contenders (all of which drew inside). She is clearly sharp and only needs a reasonable trip to be right there at the wire. (5) THE SUMMER WIND was used early and still hung on for the win last time. (2) KZ BEACH GIRL has picked up her game since this series began. (1) ODDS ON AVENTURE raced well last week for second.

Race 9

(6) CASINO KING faces an awful field and showed some signs of life last week; price play. (1) SENOR GRANDE closed well to be second most recently. (8) ITTAKESTWOBABY seems like he could be a player if the trip worked out.

Race 10

(8) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE finds a field without much early speed and might actually make the top this week. (4) UPFRONT COSMO draws better and hails from a barn that can get them live in good spots like this one. (2) MARINER SEELSTER should at least get a good check and will likely hit the board.

Race 11

(2) ALEX BULLVILLE drops back down to his optimum level. (3) HANG TEN ships into a good spot and should show early speed. (5) MARTINI HANOVER has raced well and steps up with a big mile at times.

Race 12

(6) DRAGON LORE gets written in under the earnings portion of the AE condition. He should take care of business. (2) DANCIN HILL was thought to have some ability but hasn’t shown it yet; dangerous. (1) LORD OF MISRULE exits Sire Stakes competition.

Race 13

(1) THE X HORSE draws better and looks like the only horse with any semblance of form. (9) JOLTS VIRTUE raced okay when dropped to this level last week. (5) EYES ONLY FOR YOU comes off a second-place finish.


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