01/24/2017 6:23PM

Meadowlands: Thursday 1/26 Analysis

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Race 1 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 6 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 90 - 309 / $479.40 (-$148.60)

BEST BETS: 11 - 25 / $45.00 (-$5.00)

Best Bet: STITCH IN TIME (5th)

Spot Play: PARIS PRINCESS N (8th)

Race 1

(1) LION BRAND looked like a different horse with Lasix added and now in the Richard Johnson barn. Despite going winless in 46 starts to start his career, expect him to be odds-on in the Thursday opener. (3) MAJESTIC SUNSET does his best work at the end of the mile and in a field with plenty of early speed options, things could set up nicely. (6) BUFF was hounded on the engine and blew up late last time; can do better.

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Race 2

(8) ROCKERS ALLEY went down the road to win by more than eight lengths in her last start for this claiming price. In a field lacking form, I’ll give her the slight edge. (3) HOT PATOOTIE is a proven contender at this level but hard to love at odds under 3-1 or 4-1. (4) FULL EXPLOSION got along nicely with Monti in her recent qualifier.

Race 3

(8) GREY ICE should be able to secure the front early without much trouble and might not look back in this shaky field. (7) HALL PASS HELEN certainly has the ability to win, but I just don’t like her as the potential favorite; demand value. (3) LUCKY MASS & (1) TEA PARTY POLITICS are both on the same path as they drop in class searching for form.

Race 4

(4) SAILIN METRO went out strong in July and now returns with just one qualifier under his belt. Normally I would want to see more races or a better morning effort, but this field looks pretty bad and Brett Miller did choose this guy. (7) WHATAGAMBLE has some early speed for a hot driver in Marohn. (8) LIGHTNING STRIKE hails from a barn with a 10-40 record at the meet. (5) UF FAST FEELIN may have bad form right now but has proven himself here in the past.

Race 5

(6) STITCH IN TIME takes a meaningful drop to the basement condition and should handle this group as the favorite. (4) P L HOUDINI took plenty of air and held well a week ago. Six-year-old finally gets a good post to work with after consecutive 10-holes. (9) MONTALBANO BI kept his act together in a recent qualifier, but is just as likely to break as race well. (5) SCIROCCO JAKOB adds hobbles and goes out for a new barn. I could see him spicing up the exotics.

Race 6

(3) MR BIG LOAD is capable of stepping up with a big mile and with the class drop he should bring a top effort. (2) WHO DO YOU LIKE gets a major trainer switch to Johnson and seems likely to improve. (1) MR JULIAN has some early speed and should be in striking position for an exotics slot.

Race 7

(6) GOINROUNDNCIRCLES was in against much tougher foes last Friday and should be handled more aggressively this week. (4) HERETIC FRANCO N took a bunch of air first-over on the drop to this level last time. A better trip could produce better results. (3) JARNAC should be put into play early in the mile and figures to be a major player. (9) JEWEL LEHIGH A debuts for a new barn.

Race 8

(1) PARIS PRINCESS N was used hard and tired from an outside post last Friday. There are no excuses in this spot. (6) STONEBRIDGE IDOL faded on the lead last time, but the track was not kind to pacesetters that night. He deserves another shot. (7) NEVER EVER CLEVER lacks form but gets class relief. She is certainly capable of winning with a close to top effort. (2) DETROIT RAPPER was a bit better last time out.

Race 9

(5) STORMIN RUSTLER raced evenly from the back of the pack after a post 10 start last time. Veteran campaigner has early speed in his arsenal and this seems like the perfect spot to use it. (6) I DO HANOVER showed a decent late kick after taking two months off. This guy was Brett Miller’s pick over three others. (4) I FOUND MY BEACH was claimed by a barn that finished second at big odds with their only other starter. (2) MAY DAY figures to be in play early and should stick around for a share of the exotics.

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