09/15/2016 2:29PM

Meadowlands: Saturday 9/17 Analysis


MEET STATS: 7-25 /$51.20 

BEST BETS: 1-2 / $2.60

Best Bet: MISS JONES (2nd)

Spot Play: CAVIART ALLY (3rd)

Race 1

Let me start by saying my opinion is somewhat weak in this race. (2) FREEDOMBIRD seems to have his breaking issues worked out and does get a positive driver change this week. (7) SOUTHWIND POSEIDON will likely break and burn plenty of money, but he could also behave and win by five lengths. (4) TRUE BLUE STRIDE is another getting a new driver with the potential to show more.

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Race 2

(2) MISS JONES has yet to miss the board in six career starts while facing mostly better foes in PASS races. (6) GALLIC SEA finished fast to miss by less than a length last time; short field keeps her closer. (3) AMERAWAY had to grind on the rim last time. She is capable with a smooth journey.

Race 3

(4) CAVIART ALLY understandably was an also-ran versus the best PA has to offer. Her last try versus Kindergarten foes resulted in a win and I’m expecting another strong effort. (3) JENNY’S TERROR rallied impressively from last to score a week ago, but notice the top one bested her on August 19. (5) WELL WHAT’S NEW has been fairly consistent and should have a good chance of a trifecta appearance.

Race 4

(7) I’M SO FANCY continues to drop down the ladder in search of a win and seems to have found her comfort zone tonight. (2) ROSE RUN QUICKLEY is another getting class relief. He should be in close attendance early. (8) DOWNUNDERMATTER came up with a very nice qualifier in his return to the races; fresh and ready?

Race 5

(5) MAC’S JACKPOT put in some decent efforts up north in the Metro and won a division of the Nassagaweya. This field represents much easier competition. (2) MANATTACK sprinted home for a rather easy win last time and is hard to fault. (1) MACHIAVELLI was defeated by #2 as the heavy chalk last time; could rebound.

Race 6

(3) CAUTION SIGNS probably shouldn’t be losing a NW5000 at Batavia, but I’ll give him one pass and look for a better effort on the mile track. (2) RELENTLESS DREAMER is facing one of those fields that he can usually handle. If the top choice doesn’t show up, I like his chances. (6) ONE MORE MIRACLE was in too tough last week. I’d expect him to show early speed here.

Race 7

(3) KATIES ROCKER returns after a two month break with Lasix added. Three-year-old hasn’t been healthy very often, but his return qualifier was solid and he seems worth a shot. (6) BETTOR’S EDGE is the richest horse in this field by far and I think his form is better than his finish positions would have you believe. (9) ALEXIE MATTOSIE gets away from Art History this week. The outside post is his main issue tonight.

Race 8

(3) POSSESSED FASHION takes a huge drop in class but hasn’t raced in six weeks. I’m going to take a shot, but I’m not married to this selection by any means. (5) KEYSTONE THOMAS has the early speed to get into prime position and driver Kirby is coming off a big weekend at The Meadowlands. (1) IN NOMINE PATRI shouldn’t be counted out at this level. He is capable of showing early speed and working out a good trip.

Race 9

(4) EL BLOOMBITO is hardly one of my favorite horses, but this seems to be a perfect spot. While having Di Nozzi in the bike is not ideal, I can’t help but think (3) ITRUSTYOU is in a great spot. Time will tell if I have what it takes to put my money on the line to back him. (6) FAN OF TERROR drops down and would seem to be a good trip and a fast pace away from a big chance of winning.

Race 10

(3) STIMULUS PLAN was short last time after missing five weeks of racing. While this guy doesn’t win often, this seems like a good fit for him. (1) SIR SAM’S Z TAM was facing much tougher when last seen here and he’s also getting some nice post relief. (8) DANCIN HILL was never close to in play last Saturday. I’m not convinced he is as bad as his recent form looks.

Race 11

(6) NORTHWEST YANKEE finished fast last time and might finally be moving in the right direction. (3) ANDY’S IDEAL is an exotics must but not a horse I want on top. (5) HARRY TERROR certainly has the raw speed to win, but he shows breaks in three of his last four races.

Race 12

(10) DREAMLANDS ART might be stuck in post 10, but he has plenty of back class and should only be helped by Brett Miller getting the drive. (2) STAY UP LATE came up with a career best mile. If he doesn’t bounce and can repeat that performance, he wins. (1) KING ROYALTY has inside speed and should land a piece of the exotics.

Race 13

(2) CARMENS BEST hails from a solid barn and faces a lackluster group; weak call. (6) GREAT SOUL tired a wide rally and could not make up ground. I’ll give him another shot in his second start off the layoff. (4) LAST BEST CHANCE picks up Brett Miller. (1) KEYSTONE CAMARO can save ground and get a nice piece.

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