07/21/2016 3:12PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/23 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: 97 - 262 / $541.90 (+$17.90)  BEST BETS: 14 - 22 / $36.40 (-7.60)

Best Bet: ART HISTORY (7th)

Spot Play: JANN AND DEAN (5th)

Race 1

(8) BUCKETLIST HANOVER found his best stride in start number four this year. It is certainly possible that this Hambletonian eligible is ready to perk up as he approaches the Big Dance. (4) CATCH ALL kept his act together with hobbles added and is certainly eligible to improve. (2) TECH TITAN might be winless in 14 career starts, but he has shown races that are good enough to win this event. (3) PRINCE DE VIE finally makes it to the races in July of his 3-year-old season. He has a long way to go in order to live up to his $400,000 yearling price tag.

[DRF HARNESS LIVE: Real-time insights from the DRF Harness team this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.]

Race 2

(3) DIAL OR NODIAL drops to the basement condition tonight. His last effort was improved and I have to think his class will take over against this group. (9) WINDSONG GORGEOUS hasn’t raced since December, but his qualifiers were decent and he has a history of good performances here. (7) FIRSTCLASSALLTHWAY makes just his second start in three months; more now?

Race 3

(5) CELEBRITY EXPRESS never got into the race last week as the fractions were fast early and he dug himself a deep hole. That said, he was able to stay trotting the entire mile with hobbles added and could take a step forward off that flat line. (7) ALDEBARAN EAGLE is a 4-year-old facing younger foes. He has high speed in his arsenal if ready to fire off the long layoff. (6) SOUTHERN CROSS comes off a sharp win.

Race 4

(3) MANATTACK has some good-looking lines under his belt up at Vernon and Callahan chose here over some other good options. (1) ODDS ON DELRAY scored at first asking for top trainer Tony Alagna; one to beat. (6) HYPOTHETICAL finished up his last qualifier full of pace while in hand, but Zeron elected for #1 instead; mixed feelings.

Race 5

(4) JANN AND DEAN sprinted home behind a fast one in American Passport in a qualifier last weekend. He also posted a win here a few weeks back in 1:51 2/5. (3) SPICEBOMB comes off a win but isn’t overly reliable. (8) BRUCE’S MAGIC gained some confidence at Pocono and tries his luck at The Big M again.

Race 6

(3) CLEAR VISION made a late return to the races this year but seems to be finding his form in recent starts. Don’t be surprised if he guts out a win. (6) DEALT A WINNER lost all chance in the Haughton with an early miscue. I’m not willing to give up on him just yet. (7) ASHLEY’S HUSBAND should bring a decent effort despite the class rise.

Race 7

(3) ART HISTORY battled on the lead and could not sustain a rather quick pace last time. He drops down this week and has no excuses. (2) BETTOR ROCK ON N comes off a decent effort and gets post relief tonight. (6) EL BLOOMBITO attacked the top one on the rim last time and understandably weakened. He has a shot here with a better trip.

Race 8

(2) LINDYTHEFOURTEENTH only won his most recent baby race by a neck but looked good doing it. He has a decided post edge on some of the other contenders in here and deserves the narrow call. (7) MACHIAVELLI got caught in a fast mile at Pocono most recently. This race should be slower. (9) VERY SPECIAL AGENT rallied nicely in his debut at Saratoga and seems to have ability.

Race 9

(2) INTHEBLINKOFANEYE has displayed hints of turning the corner as he drops in class. Tonight he reaches the NW5500 level and should feel right at home. (4) GRATIAS DEO is another getting a class break. This guy doesn’t need his trip to win. (1) YACHT KING moves into a good barn and is certainly eligible to wake up.

Race 10

(3) MOONLIGHT RANSOM went some fast fractions on the lead last time and paid the price. This field came up very soft and he should dominate. (1) VICE CONSUL N could be a factor if he minds his manners, but honestly, it is hard to love any of these horses, even the top pick. (5) MONTANA PABLO A comes off a decent mile and picks up a driver with confidence to spare.

Race 11

(8) SHE’S WATCHING was spectacular winning her career debut while basically in hand late. Sister to He’s Watching looks like a good one. (2) TORI HANOVER is a half-sister to millionaires American Jewel and Luck Be Withyou. Like her stablemate above, she appears to have ability. (9) MISS JONES put in a good effort versus the top pick last out.

Race 12

(7) AMPED UP was awful in the slop last time and really hasn’t done much since the claim. Maybe a dry track and the switch to Gingras will help. (4) UNIX HANOVER arrives for a solid trainer while facing an abysmal field. (2) CLARK KENT moves into a new barn and could awaken.

Race 13

(6) NORTHERN PRIZE displayed a hint of life last week despite finishing last a week ago. Now in his fourth start of the year and with the slightly better post, I can see him ready to fire at a price. (8) DABUNKA has won two straight and should keep his form for the new barn. (4) STORMIN RUSTLER puts in a steady effort each week and should get a piece. (1) BO’S SO HOT has early speed and an inside post to use it.

[SARATOGA: Watch Bit Of A Legend N take on Wiggle It Jiggleit in Saturday's Gerrity--Live on DRF!]