07/23/2015 2:57PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/25 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: 87 - 306 / $444.10 BEST BETS: 12 - 23 / $44.30

Best Bet: ART HISTORY (8th)

Spot Play: EIGHT TEN EOM (5th)

Race 1

(2) GRACEFUL VISION was visually impressive wining her most recent baby race and looks like a standout off that performance. (10) JK FANNIE made a costly early break in the NJSS final. I think there is talent here, but would have liked a better post. (7) ALBANY GIRL lost to the top choice by a country mile last time, but was stuck behind foes and did finish up nicely with no shot.

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Race 2

(1) ACELO HANOVER has won two of three starts since the claim by Michael Russo and stands out on paper. (2) MAGNUS DEO moves back into the Tara Hynes barn, where he was a good second two starts back. (6) STORMIN RUSTLER & (7) TRIPLE MAJOR are both capable horses that step up from time to time.

Race 3

(6) ELIN raced very well two starts back but made a break last time. He should be able to get the early jump on (10) DETROIT RAPPER, who is clearly best on paper but didn’t have the cleanest gate and is now stuck outside. (4) WAITING ON A WOMAN has early speed and hails from a high percentage barn.

Race 4

(2) RACING HILL finished up willingly in his most recent qualifier and doesn’t exactly face a loaded field in his debut. (4) ROCK POWER & (7) MR D’S DRAGON both exit Sire Stakes races and might find this NW 1 class more to their liking. (8) SPICEBOMB is going to figure it all out eventually and reward his backers.

Race 5

(8) EIGHT TEN EOM perked up in a hurry on the barn change to Mark Silva. This is a blank field and he should take charge. (3) ASTREOS FLASH went too fast on the engine and paid the price most recently. Perhaps the three weeks off will prove beneficial. (6) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE is hard to strongly endorse, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he raced well.

Race 6

(10) OK GORGEOUS gets some needed class relief and has the early zip necessary to fly off the gate and gain position from post 10. (2) WHITTAKER is perfect in two start for trainer Michael Russo and looks like the one to beat on paper. (4) FREDDY DAY HANOVER has done reasonably well here over the years and should be tight having just raced on Tuesday. (3) UF FAST FEELIN won in his last start at this level.

Race 7

(7) THE SHOW RETURNS put in an even effort in last week’s Mistletoe Shalee and now finds herself in a slightly easier spot where she can gun to the front and take them down the road. (3) STACIA HANOVER is a bit of a mystery. It is hard to explain her poor performance in the Shalee, but I respect her chances of rebounding with a big effort.  (10) WICKED LITTLE MINX raced huge in the James Lynch final at Pocono and qualified sharply last Saturday. The post makes it difficult, but don’t be surprised if she pulls off the upset.

Race 8

(3) ART HISTORY jumps off the page for me in this spot. He has had some trouble adjusting to life against older conditioned foes, but even his losing efforts have been solid. This week he gets major class relief and a cozy inside post to start from. I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t put in a top effort. (5) THINKING OUT LOUD has his big moments and some of them have come right here at the Meadowlands. If there is one horse I fear, it is him. (4) MY NAME IS SAM has displayed the ability to go a big mile at times, but the top pair seem better.

Race 9

(3) WITCH DALI seems to be taking a slight bump up in class, but in reality this field is loaded with Non-winners of $10,000 types who happen to be over that condition cap. Tony Alagna trainee can certainly wake up in this spot. (5) SAY ITALL BB gets away from a salty group in the Golden Girls and reunites with Bongiorno, who drove her to victory two starts back. (4) BEACH GRANNY is a consistent performer that could get aggressive from this post.

Race 10

(3) THAT’S MY OPINION keeps burning my money every week and returning in weaker spots to lure me back for another trip through the wringer. Not only does he drop in class this week, but he also adds Lasix. Sign me up again! (5) SMART ROKKER is the other clear class dropper in the field and he is also moving inside from post 10 to post 5 tonight. One of these guys should win. (4) ROCKNROLL REALITY gets a good post to work with this week and could improve.

Race 11

(4) DEALT A WINNER may have been second or third in the Meadowlands Pace if he could pace a straight line in the stretch. Gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark finds a spot where he can gun to the front and sit a nice trip. (1) PIERCE HANOVER was brutalized in the Hempt and got an easy ride in the Pace elims, costing him a spot in the final. He has some ability. (5) ARTSPEAK continues to be a mystery in recent weeks. The ability is there. (7) SPLIT THE HOUSE has won six of eight lifetime starts and has talent.

Race 12

(9) DAVID’S DREAM comes off a good effort at this level a week ago and seems best of a suspect group. (3) UP UP AND OUT moves inside this time around and should be headed to the front. (2) STEADY PULSE should show some speed and could very well be live for a high percentage barn.

Race 13

(5) CROCADILE CANYON has been racing well for some time and should be able to maintain his form for new connections. (1) SMELLTHECOLORNINE ships in sharp and has early speed in a field lacking an abundance of that quality. (3) BREAK DANCER had no shot of closing into a slow pace last Friday. (4) TIREMAN is coming off a win.

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