07/28/2016 3:14PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/30 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: 108 - 288 / $595.80 (+$19.80)  BEST BETS: 15 - 24 / $38.80 (-9.20)


Spot Play: MAKE OR MISS (3rd)

Race 1

(6) FLYING ISA N came up with a big mile in his third U.S. start. Normally he would be a short price in this field, but with Amateur John Calabrese in a field that has three pros, you should get fair value. (8) TROPICAL STORM BI raced well the last time Campbell was in the bike while facing a decent field. (1) B L CLASS ACT comes off a blowout win and has a Hall of Famer in the bike.

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Race 2

(1) BOSTON RED ROCKS gets some serious class relief and should be able to put a stop to his losing streak. (3) IDEAL ROCKY has finished just behind Boston Red Rocks a couple of times this year. Maybe the recent addition of Lasix will push him over the top. (5) DON’TCALLMEFRANCIS could improve in his second start for this barn.

Race 3

I’ve been waiting quite some time for (7) MAKE OR MISS to be in at The Meadowlands when not against the best 3-year-olds in the sport. Yes, he has a breaking issue, but he seems to get around The Meadowlands better than any other track. I’m all-in at what will hopefully be a price tonight. Keep him flat, Joe! (5) THANKFUL REWARD comes off an improved effort in the Zweig and can build off that race. (6) SUNSET GLIDER has the early speed to make some noise if she brings her best game.

Race 4

(1) R J P has flashed a decent late kick in his first two starts and gets a huge post advantage over main threat (10) CAPTAIN VELOCITY, who comes off a pair of qualifying wins for top trainer Tony Alagna. (2) NORTHWEST YANKEE has picked up a pair of second recently and figures closely.

Race 5

(6) CUFFLINK HANOVER isn’t high on my list of horses to bet on Saturday, but he should be forwardly placed and likely heavy favorite (11) SOUTHWIND FRANK is stuck in the second tier. My concern with ‘Frank’ is that the #1 came away eighth from post one last week and the #2 and #3 have been known to get away from the gate slow or make breaks. That said, if he has a clean trip starting from behind the field, he’ll win by five lengths. (9) DESERT RUNNER has been stuck with outside posts recently. The driver change to John Campbell is interesting.

Race 6

(5) CAPRICE HILL ships down from Canada in fine form and has the early speed to take charge; clear one to beat. (2) UNICA STEED picked up her game in the Del Miller and might finally be acclimated to life in North America. (7) WOMANS WILL is as consistent a horse as there is in this division; exotics must. (8) WINDOWSHOPPER looked to be rolling home to victory when she made a miscue in the Del Miller. If Svanstedt can get her a trip, watch out!.

Race 7

(2) CELEBRITY EVENTSY has been a step behind the top ones so far but doesn’t seem so far back that she can’t step up and win this race. I’ll take a stab at a price. (8) BROADWAY DONNA is the one to beat but not exactly a great play as the favorite. (5) ALL THE TIME is as good as any 3-year-old trotting filly when she is right. Unfortunately she has been slightly off her game of late. (6) DOUBLE EXPOSURE has a world of ability. I still think her coming-out party will be next Saturday.

Race 8

(4) CALVIN B has proven in the past that he can pop a big mile here. His last line at Vernon shows that he is on the verge of a peak effort. (3) ART HISTORY has been a disappointment for weeks, as he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time; capable. (6) STARSKY’S DREAM N should fit nicely with this bunch and has the early speed to make some noise.  (7) STARLITE KID comes off a win.

Race 9

(5) DIAL OR NODIAL dropped down and gutted out a win last week. Classy veteran has earned more than the rest of the field combined and should find a way to win. (2) FIRSTCLASSALLTHWAY just missed behind the top choice in his second start off the layoff. He could step forward again and give the winner all he can handle. (6) MOONLIGHT RANSOM beat a weak field last time and must prove himself against better.

Race 10

(4) EL BLOOMBITO just missed versus better last week and should prove tough in here. (5) BARIMAH A put in a decent U.S. debut mile from an outside post at Philly; more now? (9) ALEXIE MATTOSIE has plenty of class and does drop down tonight. (7) TRUE BLUE HALL is very sharp now and would be no surprise in this field. (6) OUREA NOURRIR comes off a win in his first start for new connections.

Race 11

(6) DUNE DUDE returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and should bring a solid effort. (3) YACHT KING got caught in a fast mile in his debut for this barn. He can improve tonight. (1) MISTER TRUTH hasn’t put together the best year but is racing well of late.

Race 12

(4) SPICEBOMB seems to have found a soft spot and should respond. (7) JANN AND DEAN raced okay after missing a few weeks; more now? (8) UNCLE NICKY was used early and held okay despite coming off a two month vacation.

Race 13

(7) WINDSONG GORGEOUS raced evenly from off the pace in his first start since December and I’m expecting more aggressive tactics tonight. (6) WOODMERE ULTIMATE comes off some even effort; class drop should help. (1) TWINCREEKS JESSE was okay with Lasix added. Sometimes it takes a start to get the full effect of the medication. (5) VICTORYDAZE WILWIN has been racing reasonably well.

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