01/20/2015 5:42PM

Meadowlands: Thursday 1/22 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: 63 - 268 / $372.40  BEST BETS: 8 - 19 / $26.20

Best Bet: MY MUSCLEMAN (8th)

Spot Play: CARNEGIE (4th)

Race 1

(3) FOX VALLEY LEGEND has been handicapped by a pair of outside posts in recent weeks. This bottom level C-2 race came up very light and this gelding looks like a fit. (2) MCKENZIE'S STAR tucked, moved uncovered and tired last time. With a better trip she can show more. (5) BELL A CHICK & (8) ALL ABOUT JUSTICE come out of a fast race and would seem like players in this spot.

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Race 2

(4) EXPLODENT made a nice move to the front in a 1 1/8 race on Saturday and should be plenty tight. The last time he was in for a $10k tag he won by five lengths at Philly. (6) WESTERN TSUNAMI drops down off a decent effort where he showed speed. (10) FOX VALLEY TYRESE arrives from Monticello on a five-race win streak. He'll have to go a lot faster tonight but clearly has form. (2) GRATIAS DEO steps down a notch and would be no shock.

Race 3

(2) MR FENWICK couldn't last on a night when speed was pretty good, but the competition this week doesn't exactly look imposing. (5) CASANOVA LINDY has been sharp with speed at Freehold and will try his luck on the big track. (3) INVESTOR VOLO is certainly fast enough to compete if he finally minds his manners. Sometimes the trainer jumping into the bike on an unruly horse is a good thing. (1) CRAZOLO hasn't raced in seven weeks but fits if ready.

Race 4

(4) CARNEGIE left strong from the outside and kept pace nicely in a fast mile. Veteran gets class and post relief and should be firing down the road. (7) WALLTOCOUSINS went all the way on the engine in his last attempt against C-2 company. (6) SIXTEEN MIKES keeps falling in class in hopes of finding form.

Race 5

(8) JEPSON HANOVER lacked a stretch kick a week ago, his first start since March 2014. Di Domenico trainee picks up Tim Tetrick this week and should be ready for more. (1) AUTOMATIC SLIMS arrives from Canada and moves into a new barn; improves? (3) UP UP AND OUT gained some confidence at Freehold and shows some good 2014 miles at this track. (2) STALLONE BLUE CHIP fits in this class if he can ever get his act together.

Race 6

(5) THISTHATNTHEOTHER was a decent fourth off the bench. She went down the road here once last year and finds a prime spot to do it again. (8) BLACK MAGIC EYES has been racing well without a win to show for it. (4) ITSTIMEFORMETOFLY finished second in this class two start back.

Race 7

(5) COAT OF ARMS flashed early speed and lost by less than two lengths in his first start since 2013. You have to think he'll improve with that race under his belt. (4) URBANITE HANOVER moves into a new barn while making his first start 12 weeks. The qualifier doesn't look great, but he was chasing a nice one in Big Boy Dreams. (7) MOONLIGHT RANSOM was a decent second in this class last time.

Race 8

(2) MY MUSCLEMAN faced a bit of traffic and trotted home willingly with no shot last time. Off that effort and with Brett Miller jumping in the bike, expect a big effort at a short price. (4) AQUANILLA took plenty of air in her first try for the new barn; can do better. (9) GREAT EMANCIPATOR drops down and adds Tetrick; using. (3) KEYSTONE SAIDIE also gets a class break.

Race 9

(7) ONE MORE MIRACLE disappointed me last time, but he did finish in 27 3/5 after chasing a slow pace. I'll give him one more shot. (5) GO WEST LUCKY CAM moves into a new barn and could perk up. (1) BESTNOTLIE HANOVER looks as good as any of the rest. If the top two falter, this race gets very hard to decipher.

Race 10

(4) MY QP DOLL strangely seems ready to win. She finished well last time, got a tough trip in her prior start, and raced okay from an outside post three back. (9) ARIA J may not be ready off the bench, but that 1:50 1/5 winning mile from last year is better than any of these have ever sniffed. (7) ALBANIAN ERA has some hidden form; not impossible.

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