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Track Handicapper Dave Brower Bio

 

Dave Brower grew up five minutes from the Meadowlands in nearby Passaic, NJ. He served as the Meadowlands morning line oddsmaker, handicapper, and broadcaster for 16 years from 1987 to 2011. He has also co-hosted CBS Sports Network’s coverage of The Hambletonian, Meadowlands Pace, and Little Brown Jug with Hall of Famer Gary Seibel and his new co-host at the Meadowlands, Justin Horowitz. Brower also published "Harnessing Winners, The Complete Guide To Handicapping Harness Races" with Daily Racing Form Press in 2009.

 

RACE REVIEWS by Dave Brower


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Race Reviews For Friday, January 17, 2020

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 3-5-9-1
H Horse Comment
1 THE MAGIC OF LIFE Really don’t know what to tell you here. Horse has regressed a bit, since that nice wini back in November. Even ended up as the favorite a few weeks ago. I guess we take a good, long look on the track and adjust.
2 BOLD GODDESS She’s been MIA for way too long now, so I’d have a tough time hopping on board her boat. I see who’s driving, but even he can’t make magic all the time. She would need giant turnaround.
3 ZOE F This looks like the filly to beat, right? She’s improved. She even flashed better speed last time before getting collared late by big favorite. If Mr. Del Cid can get her to the front, this one might be over. Will be tough to catch.
4 CHELSEES A WINNER Hasn’t made all that much of an impact yet. Picked up a couple of checks, but that’s about it. Retains longshot status, and would need a bigger kick to get any closer.
5 SING ME A LALABYE On the comeback trail here for solid barn. Harris has only had the gelding for a couple qualifiers, and the second one was an improvement. It’s time for this guy to step up and earn his keep! Maybe.
6 ALEXANDER HANOVER Yannick had him out and rolling last time, but the horse flattened out. Unless you tell me there’s more in the tank tonight, I’d have a tough time taking short price. Moves out a few posts too!
7 WINDSUN HUGO We’ll see a few new shooters from this barn this weekend. Unfortunately, this horse hasn’t raced in forever! He can’t possible be primed and ready for the mile track try. Let’s watch one.
8 CANT U SPELL I have no idea why this horse was so well bet early for his Big M debut. Had nothing. Pass.
9 HALLANET IF this fella could ever draw a decent post, he might have a chance! But, slammed with post nine again and that does hurt. He left a little last week and that took the starch out of him late. Back to rally?
10 REEL OF FORTUNE This one’s definitely got the speed, but very suspect stamina. Especially here on the mile track. It’s a much tougher post, but he will send. Maybe gets a nice trip behind the filly? That would help a lot.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 7-4-3-6
H Horse Comment
1 ZLATAN Gelding has worked his way to the top classes now, but with no recent wins to show for it. With a rail draw here, Vinny will just protect the inside and try to launch a bid late Not sure he’s this good. We’ll find out.
2 CYCLONE MAXIMUS Looks like the longshot here, as he gets forced UP the class ladder again. He’s already outraced his odds a few times, so I’m wary to totally toss. He might sneak by a few late for a minor share.
3 MORAIRTIME Just goes to show you that Jack P can be versatile too! He saw all the speed in that last race and took his mare off the gate. She actually raced well with a decent kick. What’s coming tonight? Back to the speed?
4 SAY YOU DO Has been giving us a real mixed bag of efforts lately. That makes him a little hard to handicap. That last try was a lot better than prior effort. So, we’re stuck guessing on what’s coming tonight. Grinds into the flow?
5 SPECTRE He’s also tailed off! And badly! Maybe the extra week off will help? He loses Buter again, as expected. But, I do respect his speed, IF he comes back with stronger effort. No idea what to expect.
6 TROLLEY This is last chance before he goes to the sale, possibly, on Monday. His last try two weeks ago was a total letdown. Maybe the off track didn’t help? It’s supposed to be dry tonight, so hoping he bounces back better. Andy on!
7 DAYSON After the strong, well-rated romp here, he busted back over at Yonkers and broke! Never good. But, if you just toss that break and figure he’ll be back to form of two weeks, how could you not bet? #6 is total question mark.
8 GEMOLOGIST Gets the worst of it, post-wise and figures to be coming from last. I don’t see that working out too well for tonight. Let’s pass and wait for a better spot.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 TAMIKA TERROR Finally gets a decent post for another big track try. I’m still a bit wary about her abilities here, but I do give Joe more of a chance in this spot. If you were ever going to take a shot on big longshot, why not this one?
2 IDEAL IN CASH The Callahan’s are up the Turnpike for some Club Med action! This is a homebred for them, and she seems okay. I will note that she’s been here before, and WON here before. That helps vs. a field like this. Big maybe!
3 LITTLE HONEYBADGER Scratched out of her last try down at The Hold. Yes, it was post eight. H’mm. Overall, she’s been mostly consistent, and does have a little speed. She’s a longshot here, but not totally out of it. Dex on now.
4 SUMMER ROCK Gets the tepid call as morning line favorite, in this wide-open race. Gets Tyler back in the seat and he won with her two back. That’s the blueprint for victory here. Will flash speed and then try to control this. Can do!
5 PRINCESS HOLLY N Holly was just starting to round into better form, until she got slammed with post 10 last week. Just forget about that. This is much more realistic. I do wonder what Pat will do? Mare can send and trip out with #4.
6 ALWAYS ARTISTIC Paid some instant dividends for her new barn up north last month. It’s been a tough go since. I’m a little wary about her mile-track stamina level. Will need to find more to pick up a check again.
7 SEW PSYCHED Didn’t show that speed last time and failed to deliver much of a kick from the flow. I would imagine Yannick will look at this bunch and know he has to fire out. Only one in here, in for the tag. Interesting.
8 AWAKE MY SOUL After the monster upset win a few weeks ago, she didn’t duplicate that same kick. In a very similar spot tonight, hoping the favorites mix it up. That’s the way she can set up a rally. And, at what odds?
9 PRINCESS KATIE Barn entered a pair and they get tortured with the outside posts. That’s never good! McGwire ends up picking this one and she does have the better chance. Is that slow qualifier enough to have her ready?
10 LARJON LACHLAN This one’s been racing against weaker, so I’ll just take a pass on her from post 10.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-6-8
H Horse Comment
1 EGOSNATTITUDES Got scratched last week, but looks like it wasn’t the horse’s fault! (Late for Lasix.) Raced his eyeballs out in prior start, so that’s what we’re looking for tonight. Good speed, from the rail, but not Andy’s choice. Trainer: The Meadowlands outside post curse has been lifted! He’ll definitely have to use that advantage while it lasts.
2 TWISTERLAUXMONT Looks like a work in progress, and I’m not ready to bite just yet. Want to watch one.
3 THE MAGIC NUMBER As previously stated, several new ones for barn showing up here. They’re all likely to “need” a race here. I’ll keep this one on the longshot list, until proven otherwise.
4 STORMING MIST Didn’t make much of an impact in either start here so far. I can’t guarantee there will be any more in the tank tonight, so be careful. Loses Corey, so new pilot will try to do some good.
5 GAAGAA GONE A homebred here for the Captain, by one of his all-time favorite horses! Looked a little “buried” in that last try at home base. This is a lot more reasonable. This field looks like a perfect fit. Can be used here!
6 DULUTH Took a TON of betting action last week, because Dexter was driving. And, that was a tough trip! Definitely needs an easier journey, but that is always possible. Expect the 11YO to be overbet again. Your call, folks?
7 MASSIVE TALENT Andy keeps putting this guy in the right spot, but gelding has lacked that knockout punch you need! Now, he sticks over #1 and that’s probably all we need to know. May fire out, but must find more late stages.
8 ER SKYWALKER Kind of the same situation as #7. Jordan put him into the race both times here and he just got outkicked late. Those two efforts were from inside posts, though. This is a lot tougher! And, plenty of other speed.
9 AXIOS Firing back on the short rest thing, after an uninspiring try at Yonkers on Tuesday. I watched that race and he didn’t have a whole lot of trot. Tells me the horse definitely needed that. He will probably need this too!
10 MUSHANA Enters off a miraculously-improved effort. Was it a fluke? Coming from way back out of post 10.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 4-1-8-3
H Horse Comment
1 IDEAL LIFESTYLE A What a tough race this is! But, this mare finally gets a little break from the post gods. That gives her a much-improved chance, and if Pat can time that one burst, watch out! Potential upsetter with smooth trip.
2 MC MAC N CHEESE Still looking like the longshot in here. Been no match for these lately. Needs a drop.
3 SANDY WIN Just how good is Sandy right now? Held off the big fave last week, given a perfectly-rated drive by the Captain. He will NOT get away with that again, so I look for Sandy’s luck to finally run out. Will try prove me wrong.
4 MAJOR OCCASION A Seems like the only horse Dexter didn’t win with last weekend! But, the mare flew home again, so they’re teaching her to be ratable. Gets better post and should be a LOT closer when she launches. Looms best.
5 ANNABETH Back and forth between here and Yonkers. That last one over there was way too tough. This is no easy spot either, but she gets ideal post and might get to follow #4? That would be very live cover, and she can finish.
6 DARKRSHADEOFPALE N A fresh face to the group. Note that barn won with both invaders last week. I’m a bit surprised this one qualified down at Freehold, though. I’m guessing she will need a race here. Hope I’m right.
7 WISDOM TREE Plenty of class here on this mare, but for betting purposes tonight, I have worries. She’s burned a ton of cash lately, so that’s a problem. Wasn’t Dex’s pick, but I expected that. Would need to fire a big shot to have shot.
8 ODDS ON ST LUCIE That was a really good drive by Vinny two weeks ago to get this mare a repeat win. But, with that said, they’ll both be seriously tested by this post. I have to think a blast-out is coming, but she needs trip.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 5-8-9-6
H Horse Comment
1 ALVISI HANOVER Boy, if he was ever going to win a race, it should have been last week. What a perfect trip Andy put on him and horse was clearly outfinished for the money. Keeping him on the longshot list, after seeing that.
2 SMART AS A WHIP Also had a good chance, turning for home last week and couldn’t sustain his rally either. Not good enough! Will have to find a lot more to get any closer tonight.
3 PEMBROKE BADA BING The Bing put it all together last week to post the big upset! Perfect and patient drive by Vinny too! With that said, if you didn’t have them at 16-1, what do you do tonight at much lower odds?
4 WILLY MOUSE Hasn’t done much good here yet. Even regressed into a mistake last time. I have to pass now.
5 ONE DIRECTION The bad post and slowish start didn’t help matters last week. So, now he’s in for the proper pricetag with midpack start. Both will help. Wasn’t Tyler B’s choice, but I expected that. Much better chance in here.
6 MIAMI I really don’t know what to tell you here, folks. Burned a ton of cash last week, sent off at 1-5! I didn’t think he had any excuses, or fight when the Bing came calling. New barn. Will need to find the speed of a few weeks ago.
7 STORMONT MANPOWER Seemed like he was in a good stalking spot last week, until he broke! He’s got speed and just might send again, but no mistakes allowed, AND a bigger kick needed. Still a longshot to me.
8 STOP RESISTIN Heads out for a new barn tonight, after a private sale? That last win was spectacular, with a flying finish. I’m going to rate this field a little tougher than that one. And, gets stuck with another bad post. Your call?
9 STARSABOVEALLERAGE Keeps entering for the higher pricetag, so that’s why he gets the outside post all the time. And believe me, it hurts! I see a lot of early speed types, so this trip will be no picnic. Good luck, if price is low.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 10-4-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 BIZET Found his way back to Club Med last week and promptly broke! Not good. Does get some additional class relief tonight, and that should help. Let’s see if he bounces back with better, and no miscues. A maybe. Trainer: Made some equipment and shoeing changes. I guess we’ll find out if I should find new career path this week. Drop is a plus!
2 HAMMER CREEK Starting to work his way back down the class ladder. And he needs it! No pop last week, despite a pretty good trip. I guess 55 is about all he can trot right now. That might not be good enough to beat these.
3 THE CUSE IS LOOSE Had a disaster the last time we saw him. Forced to requalify up at Monti and got around there. I wouldn’t be willing to take any low odds again. And, I will take a good, long look at him out on the track. Question??
4 TRUEMASS VOLO Another hoping to drop and pop and I give this one a much better chance than others. Used pretty hard early last week and it cost him any kick late. This spot looks better. Might save one move, and grind.
5 MAX VOLO Barn had a GREAT weekend last Fri and Sat, so they’re on a roll! Max seems overdue for one of his better efforts and it would be no shock in this spot. I think he may get overbet, but he’d be hard to leave off the ticket.
6 CHIEF JUSTICE I liked him against that weaker bunch last week and he just couldn’t get the job done. Any time you get beat by Sortie Hanover, AND step up in class, that’s a no-no for me. I will let him beat me, if he can.
7 AUTEUR HANOVER Another of the droppers in here. Moves back out to a tougher post, but does keep DD in the seat. Hasn’t been able to get this one home yet, and I’ll be going against tonight. Would surprise me.
8 SORTIE HANOVER Enjoyed the trip of a lifetime last week and somehow uncorked a wicked kick to blow right by late. That earned him a rare Big M win! Nice. But, now he gets forced up and gets slammed with bad post. Pass.
9 ILLINIMIGHT I’ve had about enough of him lately. This looks a little too tough for him at this point. Not for me.
10 DI OGGI The Burke Brigade bought this guy. And he’s always had a lot of talent. My only issues for tonight are the post, and his usual lack of early speed. Maybe Yannick can gear him up a little earlier? If so, he wins.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 4-5-6-8
H Horse Comment
1 RENTIER Successfully dropped and popped last week to get his first Big M win. And the bettors knew! Went off as the 9-5 choice and never had an anxious moment. Tonight, he takes a double jump up the ladder. Longshot now.
2 HAMMER TIME After two straight speed tries, and then a scratch, the Hammer steps up too! The big plus is that Dexter did choose here, over the outside mare. That surprised me just a bit. I guess we expect big effort here.
3 PIERCEWAVE HANOVER After flashing a touch of speed, he got shuffled and proved no match for a field like this. Do we have to wait for some sort of class drop? I guess the answer is yes.
4 THISGUYISONFIRE His second start back here was a much better one. And the pace that night didn’t exactly set up for him. Gets a better post tonight and figures to sit much closer to the action. I like his chances in here.
5 TT’S D-JAY Goes out for a new barn tonight, after what looks like a private sale. Came flying home here last week too! Plots for decent journey out of this midpack post. I think he’s a fit here, but will need the right kind of journey.
6 MARION GONDOLIER He’s sneaky-good right now too! Been involved in the pace battle last few, but didn’t weaken that badly in either of them. Moves back out to tougher post here and I wonder if we’ll see speed? A fit, at price.
7 U NEED STONES He’s the big question mark in here! Because we’ve seen him win on class drops like this before. Yannick will try to get him to the front and that would aid the cause. Will he step up and deliver? Wish I knew.
8 LASA DIDA LADY I have to give this mare credit. She is VERY good right now! That last try really impressed me. But, Dex didn’t stick with her. I thought he might. Will she be close enough to launch a bid?
9 RIVER OTTER I used him on my Pk4 ticket last week and Pat put an excellent drive on him. Unfortunately, he’s not “rewarded” with the hike up, or this post drawn. Not likely to enjoy similar smooth steer.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 3-8-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 SHOW EM ALL LINDY Hasn’t hit the board here lately, and even ends up up in class tonight. At least he’s got the rail to try and sit in, save ground and try to get lucky late.
2 GALIXTON Keeps getting bet for some reason and keeps disappointing. I don’t get it, but oh well! Dex did choose him over #5, so at least you have that in your corner. I’m not on board, but good luck if you are.
3 BLUE MAGIC Seems like a real mystery horse in here. Had to need that first go around, after missing about a month. Should improve off that. It wasn’t a bad try, and Andy knows him now. I can make a case he’ll get a lot closer.
4 FRESHETTE HANOVER Sports a real mixed bag of efforts since showing up here. Another that takes curious betting attention. That last miscue really concerns me. I’m not ready to hop on board here either.
5 FOREVERHILLREIGN Addex Lasix last week and promptly miscued, so that can’t be a good thing. There are several other question marks in here and I’ll note that Dexter was listed and opted to #2. That’s not vote of confidence.
6 FLIPPEN CREEK By now, we might have a gauge on how this new barn’s horses have fit here. Have any of them gotten close? My guess is no, and that they will all need a race. This one had a race, but that was month ago!
7 WINNING AMERICAN I still remember this guy’s dam and how good she was! Lately, this one’s been a project horse for barn that’s doing well. Have to get this guy going in the right direction. A real maybe in spot like this.
8 VENTURE PRINCESS She’s a little hard to gauge right now too! The outside post isn’t going to help, but she has left the gate at times in the past. Tell me she’s leaving, and I’ll tell you to toss her onto the ticket. Not out of it.
9 ALL AMERICAN N Have to be very careful here. After the initial miscue in first qualifier, he bounced back a tad better last week. The start was slow, however and that concerns me. Not 100% sure he’s cranked and ready yet. Still “assigned” post nine.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 1-7-9-4
H Horse Comment
1 I WISH YOU WELL Probably “needed” that first go around here in New Jersey. And, Pat used some speed! Should be sufficiently speed-tightened by that and I love this spot on the drop. Would be hard to expect big improvement.
2 VINTAGE BABE No, she was not going to beat JB’S Shooting Star and that crew last week. So, I consider this class relief. The inner post helps and she’s usually good for some speed. IF the trip is smooth, maybe she hits the ticket?
3 SWEET LULLABY If you bet on her the last few times, I feel your pain. This mare just hasn’t been very good lately, and with Yannick taking the stablemate, that makes me even more worried. Will need a big turnaround. Sale-bound Mon.
4 JIMBELINA When you look at the adjusted condition of this race, it lets this mare in. Overall, she’s been sneaky kind of good. I like the better post. Should offer square odds, and I think she does have a chance in here.
5 MARY CATHERINE A Ordinarily, I’d like a spot like this for this barn, but when they miss more than a month, that’s a big problem. I’m going to toss Mary tonight and see what she brings.
6 STRONG OPINION Wow, that’s a bad-looking line down at Freehold. Makes me wonder if she’s been sick, or something like that. With that said, I’m going to leave her out, until we see something better.
7 NARCIAN JEWEL Got a week off, but The Mann’s got this mare going well right now. She’s definitely a fit here. Looking at this field, he might just decide to take a shot and send again. Put her in the race!
8 SUDDEN PASSING Definitely the “wild card” in here tonight. Finds her way back to Club Med after a really tough trip at Yonkers. Her effort here on 12/27 wasn’t good, but that trip stunk too! Not sure what to expect tonight. Tuf call.
9 CRACKLIN ROSIE Drew Monti gets a nice pickup drive here, with Yannick taking #8. It seemed like Rosie was misplaced in that race against the boys, but sometimes you have to take one for the team. This is much better spot.
10 GLORIA PIERRE Talk about bad posts! Gloria gets stuck with another 10-hole. She is also a good fit for this group, but TB will have to get her into the game. Not sure how he’s going to do that.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 8-10-5-6
H Horse Comment
1 SEVEN IRON Last chance for him to shine, as he’s in the sale on Monday. Unfortunately, I don’t have a very good note for him last few. I can see that this is a drop, but he needs major wakeup call, and Yannick opted to #10.
2 LIFE WELL LIVED Been flashing some serious speed of late, only to falter come crunch time. Oh well! Maybe we change it up here with Corey taking a turn in sulky seat. A stalk trip? He drops a notch, but appears to need it.
3 DW’S REVENGE I thought he would do well last week, but he really didn’t have any excuses not to hang on. IF Otter did well earlier tonight, I might add a few points. Seems like a long time since he won here.
4 HOUSE HUBBY The breaks are just inexcusable. Will also probably need a drop back to lower level to get closer.
5 HIGGS BOSON I’ll give him a pass for the first try here. He probably needed it. It was post 10. And, he really wasn’t all that bad. I’m not surprised Yannick opted off, but I do give this guy a puncher’s chance here. Hoping price is okay.
6 MYSTICAL MOTOR With the right setup, this one’s got a chance too! Jordan always puts him in for the tag, which is correct. He only slides in one slot, post-wise. I’ve love to see some of that speed. That would put him in play.
7 TAKE A WISH I’m still in awe of her pylon-skimming win of a few weeks ago. Still a longshot vs. these.
8 CLIVE BIGSBY Liked him last week and that dull cover really cost him position. Goes to the sale on Monday, so expect Dex to take a real aggressive try tonight. One more chance? Yes!
9 CAN DO Suffering the bad post blues of late and he probably needs class relief anyway. Not tonight.
10 LA GRANGE A Which Grange shows up tonight? The one that was absolutely super vs. Pappy, or the one that was totally empty two weeks ago? Obviously, I have no idea. Yannick chose him here despite post 10. Drops too! Trainer: Excess cover and poor track conditions worked against him last time. He doesn’t blast out, so tonight’s post is a challenge. But, we come to race!
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 2-4-9-3
H Horse Comment
1 AIRMAN KELLY At least one Derue horse got a decent post tonight! Unfortunately, he hasn’t figured this one out yet. I’ll pass and watch for any signs of improvement.
2 MISSION HILL I think he’s developing into a nice, useful racehorse now. It’ll take a long time to recoup that yearling price, but at least he’s going forward. Meets the same field he just dominated and will probably win again.
3 MUFASA AS I guess if you wanted to take a swing against the favorite, this may be your best option. Dex hops aboard. The post is good. He might be better on a big track. It’s a few “mights,” but definitely possible.
4 ESA This guy’s good right now! And I like that. Superb rally behind #2 last week and that caught my eye. Drew better post. Would be very hard to leave off the ticket and just might get ideal stalking trip. Must use!
5 GRANDMA HEIDI She’s been a little bit of an enigma. Tailed off badly there for a while, after looking great a few times. That gap up to the last qualifier worries me. But, she was okay that night. What will we get tonight?
6 VIC’S WINNER I keep waiting for Vic to deliver a better performance, but haven’t seen it yet. Still a longshot.
7 MYSTICAL WYNN Same longshot boat here. After that initial “tease” of a good effort, things have gone south since. The post is still outside. I would need to see a good one again, before I could endorse.
8 OBERTO Still looking like a project horse, even after Lasix and hopples have gone on. Starts slow. Outside post. Pass.
9 RONNIE GOLDSTEIN It’s almost a shame he gets stuck with a post like this. After two straight strong efforts, Ronnie moves way outside. I see that he can leave a little. Brett better do that, to have any chance at all.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 6-1-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 TANGO DANCER N Starts from the rail in one heck of a race! These mares battled all the way last week, but this lass did weaken when JB came calling. Has the rail, and Dex might opt to stalk, instead of set pace here. That may help.
2 BELIEVE IN ME Applied good, sturdy pressure to #1 last week and it probably cost both mares late. They’re both good right now, but JB might be even better. Will still offer fair price to take a shot, IF you fancy.
3 ILANA Z TAM Just ran into a well-meant buzzsaw two weeks ago. Dongal was bet like she already won the race and then she did! Ilana kicked in nicely to best the rest. IS this a tougher race? That is the question. Answer might be yes.
4 CAROUSEL Somebody’s got to be the longshot in here and it’s this mare. She’s not ready for this.
5 WOODMERE OLEKSIAK After looking like an absolute monster during her win streak, the shine has fallen off a bit. Was well-positioned by Yannick last week and she lacked any big kick at all. Now, he bails to #8. Tells us something?
6 JB’S SHOOTING STAR Turned in a career-defining effort last week. It was so good, I’m still in awe! She’s been thriving since finding her way to NJ and I don’t see why it wouldn’t continue. Bet against her at your own risk.
7 AMERICAN SARA Sara’s the other longshot in here and she gets stuck with yet another tough post. Up against it.
8 SLICK ARTIST A Might be the “key” to the race, since Yannick chose her. That was interesting choice! Mare had a needed race over the track. She drops, but doesn’t get the post. She can leave, IF YG wants. I’d love to know! Lol!
14 Fourteenth Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 LILY HAMMER That was an excellent speed try here last week! Considering it was her first go here, and she’d missed some time. Corey sticks with her and the pole post is back. I’d have a hard time leaving her off the ticket.
2 ELLA IS AWESOME As expected, Ella found the Big M waters a little too deep upon return. Still a longshot.
3 MOONSHINECHARLEIGH Moves back inside, so that raises her profile a little. I haven’t seen enough from her yet, but know something more could be coming. DD takes a return call, and mare should be a lot closer early. Usable.
4 JUSTABITOFCHARM Shows a real mixed bag since arriving here. Moves back inside and that has to help. Some of that good speed would help too! Any smooth trip gives her a chance to hit the ticket. Your call, folks?
5 SHES SPORTY A Takes a monster class drop back to the proper level tonight. If #1 wasn’t in here, I’d probably call her a lock. Paced much faster than most of these can. It could be now or never time for her.
6 MANHATTAN PLAY After that freshening, she’s rounding into form right now. That was very tough trip two weeks ago, and note she lived to tell about it. Loses Corey to #1, but that didn’t shock me. I can still make a case.
7 NORTHERN SWIFT I still can’t make a case for her. Nothing less than a miraculous wakeup call would win this.
8 TRAFFIC JAM She’s been just okay lately. She has the speed to get involved, but hasn’t found the kick to win one. Still stuck outside and that never helps. Will hope for a tuck into turn one.
9 PIRAEUS Looks like the other big longshot, and I will just leave her out from post nine.
10 DISTURBED HANOVER What a nice pick by Ken W last week! But, he probably told everybody, as no one got rich. Was no match for this Trackmaster level prior to that, and gets stuck out in post 10. That’s not going to work out.