01/14/2015 12:36PM

Meadowlands: Thursday 1/15 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

MEET STATS: 54 - 231 / $327.10   BEST BETS: 8 - 16 / $26.20

Best Bet: BLOCKING THE WAY (1st)

Spot Play: ONE MORE MIRACLE (6th)

Race 1

(3) BLOCKING THE WAY wired the field in the first round of the Super Bowl and should control the action once again. (6) TWO HIP DIP took a ton of tote action and made a break, but also recovered very nicely; risky but dangerous. (7) BAD I AM raced well in his Meadowlands debut.

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Race 2

(3) PROPULSION benefitted by the leader breaking but was probably going to win in leg one anyway. He is the clear one to beat. (2) DRESS FOR SUCCESS rallied nicely for second most recently despite missing a month of action; main threat. (4) JEWELS IN HOCK made an impressive move to the lead but broke in the stretch. Young filly seems to have some talent.

Race 3

(4) JET WASH raced pretty well from post 10 last time despite missing a few weeks of action. She is hard to love but so are most of these. (1) HAPPILYEVERFASTER gets a major driver change. (5) MC TAYLOR drops down and draws a good post. (8) ALBANIAN ERA has some interesting early speed and could make some noise.

Race 4

(8) THOUGHTFILLY made my horses to watch list with a good qualifier and raced okay after chasing slow fractions from an outside post most recently. I wish she drew inside, but the Kevin McDermott trainee doesn’t have much to beat. (1) MY MUSCLEMAN wasn’t going anywhere from post 10 last week; another shot. (6) WHATNBLAZES has scored at this level before. (4) BROOKROADDONNIE picks up Yannick Gingras.

Race 5

(9) JINS DRAGON missed 26 days prior to his last start and came up a bit short while still putting in a credible effort. If he can get away close enough he’ll have a chance at a price. (6) TRAFFIC COP was a bit better on the drop to this condition. (5) MOONLIGHT RANSOM closed well from post 10 even though he missed more than three weeks; consider.

Race 6

(1) ONE MORE MIRACLE finally gets a good post to work with at the Meadowlands. Nick Surick student drops in for a cheap tag and should bring a big effort. (3) YOU BET YOUR GLASS was used too hard last time; speed and some form. (8) WESTERN TSUNAMI seems to be improving. (5) GRATIAS DEO was a non-factor from post 10 on Saturday.

Race 7

(6) OPULENT YANKEE rolled last week and seems to have a tactical speed edge on fellow opening round winner (8) JL CRUZE, who has been nothing short of spectacular in two Meadowlands starts. (2) DONNIE DARKO jumped it off last week but deserves another shot.

Race 8

(3) BLACK MAGIC EYES almost went last to first at huge odds a week ago and Brett Miller chose here. (8) PANCAKES was my top selection last week and she got rolling too late after chasing pedestrian fractions. I don’t love the outside post, but I respect her chances. (7) KEN DOLL J disappointed as the chalk last time; dangerous. (5) STORMUNN has early speed.

Race 9

 (4) AUSPICIOUS HANOVER has been facing much tougher foes in recent weeks. Look for some early speed and a strong showing. (1) ZUPPA INGLESE qualified back well enough and should be forwardly placed. (10) CARNEGIE is as good as any in here but drew poorly. (5) B L CLASS ACT steps up off a sharp score.

Race 10

(1) SPECTATOR K was stuck behind a tired foe and had no shot late. There doesn’t appear to be a ton of early speed in this event and he can take advantage. (6) MARKZ MOOSE has been fairly consistent and should enjoy the big track. (7) GREY ICE raced okay in his first start since September; more now?

Race 11

(3) PIECE OF THE ROCK rolled at Freehold last time. Prior to that he lost to a sharp foe here and faced much tougher three starts back. This is clearly a winnable spot. (2) MISTER VIRGIN has been racing very well; must use. (6) SIR MELO’S Z TAM was full of pace in his qualifier but I don’t think he caught the right group tonight. (7) ALEX BULLVILLE has been picking up good checks.

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