02/17/2015 4:22PM

Meadowlands: Thursday 2/19 Analysis

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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: 103 - 411 / $588.30  BEST BETS: 11 - 34 / $39.60

Best Bet: LAUDERDALE (9th)

Spot Play: ARIA J (6th)

Race 1

(9) RILEY'S DREAM was saved for much of the mile but trotted home willingly in her career debut. If Miller can work out a reasonable trip from the outside post, I like her chances. (4) DYNAMITE DAME came up second best behind a repeat winner a week ago; clear chalk. (6) GYMNAST has a chance if she can mind her manners.

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Race 2

(2) ACE OF PACE posted an improved effort and faces a very questionable bunch. (6) DALLAS JONES was eligible at the time of entry despite a win on Monday at Dover. She is one of the mares to beat. (5) LARK SEELSTER has early speed and picks up Gingras.

Race 3

(9) DONNIE DARKO exits the Singer series and drops into a similar NW2 race that he bested two starts back. (8) VEGLIANTINO hasn't been able to get over the top here but has been ultra consistent. (4) FERRAGAMO switches to Brett Miller. Every horse he handles has been improving lately. (5) MAXIMUS DEO is a must in the exotic mix against this field.

Race 4

(4) LOCKLOADNEXPLODE scored at first asking in his initial start for the Simpson barn; again. (5) WESTERN TSUNAMI was on the lead at a time when the wind was very strong. Formerly sharp gelding deserves another shot. (6) LUPARA finished less than a length behind the top choice last time. (2) FANELLI ROYAL ships up from Dover and seems capable.

Race 5

(7) URBANITE HANOVER was super last time with Gingras in the bike. This is a slightly better bunch, but no killers are signed on. (6) ALLTHATGLTRSISGOLD made a nice move before fading last time. Veteran drops in class again. (5) ALITTLEAINTENOUGH was used early and could not go the distance most recently; chance to rebound. (1) UP UP AND OUT took plenty of air last time; can do better.

Race 6

(4) ARIA J was a bit better last time. Mare appears to be ready to hit her peak soon and this blank field is the perfect spot. (3) LOVE YOU BYE could make the front this time around and there really isn't much to be afraid of in here. (8) RAISE YOUR GLASS has early speed but can't last the mile; exotics player.

Race 7

(1) JUST FINE finally drops out of series action and faces much, much easier competition. (2) BLUSH HANOVER scored in this class last time and is a big threat to repeat. (6) BRING THEM HOME has early speed and adds Gingras. (4) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE added Lasix and scored last week.

Race 8

(2) PENN TURBO TED draws better this week and should be sitting a prime seat close to the action. (7) GRATIAS DEO won for this claiming tag a week ago and should be a threat again. (3) JOE DE FINO can pace a good mile at times. (9) LLC DELIGHT is very consistent; outside post hurts.

Race 9

(8) LAUDERDALE was blocked and finished with trot in his last start. (3) GREAT EMANCIPATOR finally draws a decent spot on the gate after averaging a 9.4 post the last five weeks. (4) GREY ICE can flash early speed and make his presence felt. (2) BERKSHIRE comes off a pair of second-place finishes.

Race 10

(5) AUTOMATIC SLIMS was used hard early last time and closed well in his prior start. With a decent trip he seems ready to win. (4) ARMBRO DAVID gets post and class relief. (1) LIGHTNING STRIKE can stick somewhat close from the inside and sneak into the exotics. (6) ROCKIN RUMBLE gets some needed class relief.

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