02/25/2015 11:21AM

Meadowlands: Thursday 2/26 Analysis

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Race 1 - $30,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool

Race 2 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Race 6 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

MEET STATS: 109 - 435 / $614.10  BEST BETS: 13 - 36 / $48.60

Best Bet: AUTOMATIC SLIMS (7th)

Spot Play: TRIPLE MAJOR (2nd)

Race 1

(8) DONNIE DARKO was done in by a tough trip but still hung in nicely most recently. This field is hardly full of confirmed winners and he deserves a second chance. (2) VEGLIATINO can't be faulted for her most recent stretch failure because of a bit of a wind-aided bias against leaders. She doesn't seems to be able to get over the top lately but still figures closely. (3) ULSTER flew past the field a week ago as off-the-pace was a good trip.

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Race 2

(9) TRIPLE MAJOR bested a similar group last week and hails from a barn that has won twice as many races at this meet than the rest of the trainers combined. (6) PENN TURBO TED seems to have no excuse in this spot and should get the front without too much trouble. (5) BESTNOTLIE HANOVER takes a step down the claiming ladder and does have some early speed; worth using.

Race 3

(1) TAXED TO THE MAX has a couple of starts under his belt since a near six month layoff and should be primed for a top effort. It remains to be seen whether that performance will be enough, but none of these jump off the page. (2) STEEL CURTIN showed last year that he is fast enough to beat this group. If he minds his manners, Remmen trainee has a clear chance. (9) PASSING JETTA raced well in this class three starts back. (8) NEVER EVER CLEVER switches to Gingras and could easily bring a big mile.

Race 4

(1) BWT TAJ broke upon arrival but certainly looks to be in a perfect spot this week with early zip from the inside; adds Gingras. (6) LUKAS HALL seems to be moving in the right direction now that hobbles have been added. (5) VACATION DAY moves into a new barn, one that does well with trotters and has been having a good meet.

Race 5

(6) WESTERN TSUNAMI has 63 career wins and his form is certainly not in question right now. His winning nature gets him the call against a mostly camera shy group. (2) ROCKAHOLIC gets post and class relief plus Gingras in the bike. (4) GRATIAS DEO is always a threat to win if the race falls into his hands.

Race 6

(3) BLACK MAGIC EYES rallied reasonably well in the preliminary leg of this mini-series and has performed consistently at this level. With any clean trip she has a big shot at winning. (4) MISSSOMEBEACH BLUE was out-kicked by the top choice a week ago but still seems sharp enough to score with a trip. (2) BRING THEM HOME has serious early speed and could easily go down the road or roar out of the pocket. (7) BLUSH HANOVER is another in a wide open field that is simply a smooth trip from being in the photo.

Race 7

(3) AUTOMATIC SLIMS chased somewhat slow fractions last week and was a willing second in the co-fastest mile of the night. He should be ready to bust out with a win. (5) THANKS FOR STOPPIN has been freshened up and tackles a soft group. (4) PHENOMENON could revert to more aggressive tactics from the inside post.

Race 8

(4) PINE CREDIT chased a much the best winner in his first start off the bench and was a good second. Classy 5-year-old can move forward off that effort. (5) LOOKING HANOVER hooks back up with owner Gingras and is eligible to show more. (3) MAGNUM KOSMOS is another moving into the Simons barn. Gelding is fresh off a win but it remains to be seen how he'll handle the climate change from Florida to New Jersey.

Race 9

(10) KEEPING OPTIMISTIC got a nice tightener on Monday at Freehold and finds a weak field. If he minds his manners, he looks best. (3) MCNICKELS MCDIMES ships in very sharp. Can he perform on the big track? (1) IDEAL BID has some early speed and enters a live barn. (5) LLC DELIGHT is a consistent exotics threat.

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