07/25/2013 3:31PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/27 Analysis




Race 1 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 7 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 108 - 315 / $491.60    BEST BETS: 14 - 24 / $43.00

Best Bet: BEE A MAGICIAN (2nd)

Spot Play: BOLT THE DUER (6th)

Race 1

(7) JERSEYLICIOUS might seem like an odd selection considering she hasn’t won at this top level, but with this group only going for $20k this week when they will be going for five times that amount next week, I can see her leaving hard and getting things her own way on the engine. (4) I LUV THE NITELIFE is clearly the best 3yo pacing filly in the country, but would you blame her if she took it easy this week? (2) MS CAILA J FRA is one to consider if she looks good on the track following a break in her previous start.

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Race 2

(1) BEE A MAGICIAN is a few lengths better than (5) FRAU BLUCHER and 10 lengths better than the rest of these. The latter could not stay with the top one last time but should be forwardly placed and in striking position if she falters. (4) MA CHERE HALL looks like a player if she can revert back to her form before the recent break.

Race 3

(2) E L ROCKET has proven to be too good for NY Sire Stakes foes. He’ll have a chance to stamp himself as a serious Hambletonian contender tonight. (1) CORKY figures to leave in this spot and sit a nice trip. He is the one to beat. (8) ALL LAID OUT has shown some ability but the waters get deeper as the Hambletonian nears.

Race 4

(2A) WAKE UP PETER has been a fringe player against the top 3yo pacers in the country and now gets plenty of class relief in this prep. With only one start in the last 35 days, he needs a nice tightener tonight and I’m expecting Pierce to rev him up. (5) ROCKIN AMADEUS is fast off the gate and gets a similar class break. (2) EMERITUS MAXIMUS should fit nicely in this spot and would be nosurprise.

Race 5

I’m not excited about picking (4) TO DREAM ON, but none of these fillies jump off the page for me. Trainer Jimmy Takter is an expert at aiming for one race and with the option of picking his post for the final with a win, I’m hoping she is ready for a big effort. (6) MISTERY WOMAN has good early speed to get into position, but she has seemed like more of a follower this year. (7) CLASSIC MARTINE appears to have some talent. I’ll be watching her closely this week.

Race 6

(4) BOLT THE DUER only faces a few of the elite pacers in the nation tonight. He should leave and sit a nice trip behind one other possible leaver. (1A) A ROCKNROLL DANCE served notice that the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated with a track record win at Northfield. I’m expecting to see early speed. (2A) SWEET LOU is clearly a major player and hard to leave out.

Race 7

(3) GOLDEN RECEIVER has been a bit hot and cold lately, but the way this way sets up on paper, I can see him taking charge and controlling the race. At the very least, he should sit the pocket at a price. (5) PET ROCK has raced well in every start this year and deserves respect as the likely favorite. (6) HURRIKANE KINGCOLE got back on track last time. We know he is fast; using. (2) WARRAWEE NEEDY is a clear player with any reasonable trip.

Race 8

(1) HIGH BRIDGE drew nicely at the cones and the favorites come in with plenty of question marks. I’ll take a shot that Gingras keeps him on or near the lead and pulls off the upset. (6) SMILIN ELI has proven fastest this year. That said, the month of inactivity and recent sickness have to be an issue for a horse that will likely be the favorite. (8) WHEELING N DEALIN has yet to show up as a 3-year-old. It is hard to figure whether his performances were planned or a sign of not advancing over the winter.

Race 9

(3) SEEK THE DRAGON woke up in a big way last week and perhaps the addition of Lasix was all this guy needed. I’ll give him the narrow call in a tight-knit race. (7) FREDDY DAY HANOVER posted the fastest mile in the preliminaries; big threat. (8) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE was driven very aggressively last time and just held on. I expect driver Michael Pollio will be looking for a trip this time and should offer a price. (1) CHEYENNE REIDER has been second a lot lately.

Race 10

(3) CHECK ME OUT made her first start since October and closed in very nicely in round one of this series. Now Tetrick is back in the bike and she is well-drawn. All systems should be GO. (5) REAL BABE pulled off the upset last time and figures to be forwardly placed. (6) PERSONAL STYLE usually finds a way to get into the money.

Race 11

(3) MAJOR BELLE seems to be in soft this week. (4) KEEP GOING is back at the Meadowlands and gets a nice driver change. Both switches should help. (1) DAMON BLUE CHIP reunites with Gingras. (9) ON THE RADAR has been racing well and hails from a barn that has hit the board with more than 50% of their starters.

Race 12

(5) TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level. Five-year-old gelding should bring a big effort in this spot. (9) ERLE DALE N was charging home here last week; using. (8) BOLERO ANDREW has early speed and plenty of form.

Race 13

(3) MOONLITEONTHEBEACH seems to be coming into his own over the last few weeks. (6) BIG TIME PROMISE has been very good so far in 2013 and looks like the favorite. (1) PRINCE SHARKA has speed and pylon position.

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