06/04/2015 4:50PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/6 Analysis

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CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 39 - 127 / $168.10  BEST BETS: 5 - 9 / $14.50

Best Bet: LONG LIVE ROCK (4th)

Spot Play: OLDE TIME HOCKEY (5th)

Race 1

(8) DRAGON LORE had a tough trip last time and really has been used pretty hard in both recent starts. This field came up very light and I expect a big mile. (4) LITTLE GOLD RING comes off a solid second-place finish a week ago; clear player. (2) KINGS BARNS blew them away at Yonkers on Monday. He seems like a fit with this group.

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Race 2

(9) K-LEES SHAKENBAKE charged home from too far back versus better and had to settle for third. The outside post hurts here, but if he can get a reasonable trip, watch out! (2) STEADY PULSE looked like a sure winner but couldn’t fend off the game leader last time. He’s a big threat once again tonight. (1) SOMEWHERE FANCY gets a ton of class relief, but really doesn’t show anything that makes you think he’ll be worth the possible shorter price he’ll offer.

Race 3

(4) GURAL HANOVER was aired out in his recent qualifier like he was on a mission to put up a big mile. In this short field he could get away from them. (2) SHAKE IT CERRY got back on track at Tioga and is clearly the main danger. (5) DATSYUK raced okay in his 4-year-old debut and could show improvement.

Race 4

(10) LONG LIVE ROCK raced well in his return to the Meadowlands a week ago. Trainer Jeff Dauplaise actually gets out of the bike this week and reaches for Scott Zeron to drive. That should tell you he wants a win. (8) MARTINI HANOVER has been disappointing in recent weeks while racing in spots where you’d think he would win. Chris Ryder trainee is capable of stepping up. (4) ELECTRIC OUI won at this level two starts back.

Race 5

(7) OLDE TIME HOCKEY raced evenly last Saturday in his first start since November. Five-year-old faces a mostly suspect group and figures to pick up his game with the start under his belt. (2) ROCKAHOLIC was a winner when last seen in the Michael Russo barn and did have a tough trip most recently. (1) MY TEMUDJIN N tends to pace at the same speed every week and that would get him in the mix tonight. (10) EXPENSIVE TOY shows multiple wins over the track and gets Gingras in the bike; not impossible.

Race 6

(4) ROCKEYED OPTIMIST didn’t miss a beat in leg one of this series despite missing two months of action. For me, he is the clear favorite despite the tough competition. (1) JK ENDOFANERA won his only start of the year and his qualifier a week ago was sharp; main danger. (2) LUCK BE WITHYOU is clearly in form and could step up with a big mile at any time.

Race 7

(4) ODDS ON EQUULEUS is far from one of my favorite horses to bet, but this looks like one of those spots where he is going to be sitting pretty second-over and able to pounce after a very fast pace. (6) DOCTOR BUTCH has proven himself over and over in this class. He’s fast and dangerous. (3) ART HISTORY wins every week, but this is a huge jump in class. If he beats this group, he’ll earn it. (5) DAPPER DUDE hasn’t missed the board in some time and will be part of the early scrum.

Race 8

(1) DOO WOP HANOVER comes off a track record performance at Tioga and really looks like he could be a top older pacer in 2015. (5) ALL BETS OFF battled most of the mile in the Molson and finished a game second. He deserves respect. (3) SOMEWHERE IN L A qualified back well enough and does add Gingras. That said, I’m going to watch one and wait until next time.

Race 9

(7) MAXI BON has been showing some late pace while stuck in outside posts on smaller ovals. This looks like the week he picks up his first win of the year. (4) ACCOUNT ROLLOVER has early speed and adds Tetrick. (1) ANDWIN HANOVER moves to an inside post and figures to be handled aggressively.

Race 10

(3) WINDSONG GORGEOUS should get a clear shot at the front and sit close to the pace without getting parked like in recent starts. This is a tough race and I’m looking to this guy for a price. (6) ALLSTAR LEGEND doesn’t always finish off his miles but tends to get a big piece of the exotics pie. (8) MISTER VIRGIN changes hands after a game try on the engine. (7) MISTER TRUTH is off a sub-1:50 win. (5) JK PATRIOT will need a career best mile to win, but it is not impossible.

Race 11

(5) FATHER PATRICK looks like the best trotter currently racing in North America right now. (3) JL CRUZE chased home the top choice in a recent qualifier and might be doing the same again on Saturday. (4) OPULENT YANKEE has never finished worse than second in 15 start this year.

Race 12

(7) THE BRUISER came up with a victory in this class last week and faces a rather dull group. (8) NORTHERN PRIZE overcame post time last Friday and is an obvious threat. (1) KEEPING OPTIMISTIC had a long trip last time and is capable of stepping up with a smooth journey.

Race 13

(4) STORMIN RUSTLER couldn’t get the job done from post 10 but should enjoy this improved post. (5) SAWBUCK comes off a nice victory with Zeron in the bike. (8) GRATIAS DEO drops back down in claiming price and could certainly win. (7) CROCADILE CANYON has been racing okay of late. Barn change could perk him up.