03/07/2012 11:06AM

Meadowlands: Thursday 3/8 Analysis


MEET STATS:  87 - 295 / $666.80

Best Bet: HES SPOOKY (6th)    Spot Play: SUCCESS ROCKS (8th)

Race 1

(6) FEEGEE raced evenly in her first start since August. It is fair to assume she will be tighter now. (2) FUNNY FASHION & (4) MISS CHIP K finished one-two in leg one of the series; obvious players.

Race 2

(7) TU SEI BELLA has legitimate excuses in her last two starts (tough trip, used hard for lead). She should fit in nicely with this bunch. (1) CRAZYBOUTDADRUMMER had some issues staying on stride at Yonkers on Monday. If she looks okay in the post parade, I wouldn’t be afraid to back her. (4) JUST A GLIMPSE surprised everyone except Wendy Ross last week; favorite now?

Race 3

(2) FOUNTAINBLEAU VOLO overcame post 10 rather easily last week and certainly stands out in this field. (4) LUVYABUTLEAVE draws better this week and might just find some early speed. (9) SMOKN MUSCLES missed a couple of months before round one action and might have needed the start. (1) BABY BLAZE looks like a player, at least for the exotics.

Race 4

(6) GOTTASEEABOUTAGIRL displayed some talent earlier in the year but was a fringe player as the competition got tougher. Lucky for her the Night Styles series does not appear too difficult. Miller’s choice (4) WEEKEND UPDATE ships in from Illinois in fine form for a top barn. (7) CS KENTUCKY faces her peers after tackling some tough older foes at Yonkers.

Race 5

(4) ROCKIN BELLE returns from a multi-month vacation for a solid barn. The qualifier was good and notice that 1:52 3/5 mark from last year. (7) DESIGNER STYLE enters a new barn and picked up a catch-driver. (3) DONNA PARTY should show speed and get a piece.

Race 6

(8) HES SPOOKY raced well against the probable series favorite despite coming off an 11-week break. We know this guy has speed and I’m expecting Tetrick to send him down the road. (5) CAMERON CHIP found himself too far off the pace while chasing a slow clip last week. (3) MARCUS BI has ability and should continue to improve.

Race 7

(5) HERE COMES NUMBERS ships down from Woodbine (like a few others) after a good showing in the Don Mills series. He’ll likely need a win to make the final. I like Waples, but Sears could move him up. (1) PEMBROKE HEAT WAVE raced well off the bench and could certainly show more now. She has a big shot but loses Sears. (3) RUN AND TELL PAP was the heavy favorite in the Don Mills and faltered. (7) JESSESJO also comes out of the series at Woodbine and raced fairly well.

Race 8

In a race like this you really need to read between the lines. (3) SUCCESS ROCKS has been racing against slightly better and drops down to face this sketchy bunch. He had poor excess cover last time, closed decently two-back, and was used hard in the start prior. I’d take a shot at 15-1. (1) TWINSCAPE hasn’t paid dividends since the claim by Burke; good spot. (6) HURRIKANE SCOTTY J gets Pierce this week. He chose here over two others.

Race 9

(4) DOUBLE UP HANOVER added Lasix for the new barn and qualified well. This is a bad field. If he trots, he wins. (1) WYGANT PEARL has never won and looks like the major danger. What does that say about the field? (9) APOLLO BLUE CHIP improved with the hobbles added.

Race 10

(7) PRINCESS MCARDLE N drops down. It doesn’t get easier than this. (10) CHATTY KATHY has speed and adds Tetrick; maybe. (6) EASY DE VIE returns to the Meadowlands at a reduced level.