02/04/2015 11:15AM

Meadowlands: Thursday 2/5 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: 84 - 339 / $474.50  BEST BETS: 10 - 25 / $37.00

Best Bet: FLAMING YANKEE (5th)


Race 1

(6) PINSTRIPE PROMISE was on hold much of the stretch before kicking in with a nice sprint when clear midway down the lane. I’d expect this 3-year-old to get a more aggressive steer in his second trip for this barn. (5) RC MARQUEE comes off his best effort in some time and could be ready to take a step forward. (2) RILEY’S DREAM chased a slow half before making a big move in her most recent qualifier. It wasn’t a great effort, but she did show some ability.

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Race 2

(7) OPULENT YANKEE should easily make the front in this short field and sit no worse than the pocket; big upset chance. (4) JL CRUZE best the top choice convincingly in the Super Bowl final and deserves to be the favorite. (3) PASSING JETTA is fast enough to play with this bunch but I like her better underneath.

Race 3

(2) WESTERN TSUNAMI wired them in this class last week from an outside post. In a field with few contenders, this nine time winner from 2014 can go back to back. (10) FOX VALLEY TYRESE charged home despite following poor cover and almost got the win. The post hurts again, but I’d expect to see early speed this time. (1) LLC DELIGHT should save ground and be an exotics player.

Race 4

(5) VEGLIATINO has been just missing of late, but you can’t fault the most recent loss after she came home in 27 3/5. Andrew Harris-trained mare will be sitting first or second with a huge shot at the win. (4) DRESS FOR SUCCESS gets away from a tough crowd in the Super Bowl series. (7) BIG VALLEY SPEED certainly looked good last time, but this group is much better than the lackluster bunch he beat up on.

Race 5

(3) FLAMING YANKEE was stuck behind bad cover in an awful outer flow but still trotted home willingly last time. This looks like a prime spot for him to score. (8) LINDY MCDREAMY was used up vying for the lead in his latest race. With a smoother trip he’ll get a nice piece. (6) BERKSHIRE picks up Gingras and could wake up in a hurry. (2) MOST WANTED LINDY comes off a decent effort and hails from a barn that has a 50% in-the-money rate this meet. (1) LEXIS AMIGO can save ground for a minor exotics award.

Race 6

(6) TWO HIP DIP certainly had a scenic trip in the Super Bowl final, moving wide before the quarter and then pulling the pocket later in the mile. It seems the talent is there and maybe new driver Brett Miller will have better success. (3) WALK THE WALK lures David Miller off my top choice. Chris Ryder trainee has a right to keep getting better. (5) PROPULSION came up flat in the Super Bowl final but is definitely better than that effort. (1) DONNIE DARKO seems to be moving in the right direction for Burke.

Race 7

(4) MARTY PARTY dropped to this level and went a pretty big mile in defeat. Classy veteran pacing mare deserves a second chance and drew perfectly for this mini-series final. (6) CAVIART SHELLY comes off an improved effort and could be placed near the lead this week. (3) WEEKEND GETAWAY rode the top one’s cover to victory last time but shouldn’t be faulted for winning. (8) ANTIGUA HANOVER posted a strong mile in the preliminary round.

Race 8

(7) BATTLESHOE TOM caught my eye with a bold move around the turn back on 1-15-15. I’m not so sure he wouldn’t have won that race at 79-1 if he didn’t break. (5) FIRETOWERS STAND returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level and adds Gingras. (2) UF BETTORS HANOVER also gets class relief and could respond.

Race 9

(7) MARION MAYFLOWER gets to drop into the basement condition and should take charge. (5) KLM EXPRESS tackles a tougher group but one that has enough early speed to set him up from off the pace. (6) DC FLASHBACK wasn’t bad in his first start for this barn; more now? (3) BORN TO FIGHT has early speed and should be flaunting it.

Race 10

(6) PANCAKES just can’t seem to buy the right trip. I’ll roll the dice one final time with Gingras taking over the lines. (8) FREETIME is the uncoupled stablemate of the top choice. She raced well in her first start for this barn. (4) SUMMER SNOW lured Brett Miller off three other horses including my top choice; capable. (1) RHAPSODY ROSE has speed and inside position.

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