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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, February 16, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 5-2-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 SUMMIT CITY FRANK Doesn't appear to be a threat to these, based on current form, but ya never know in these races. Let's see if Frank belongs.
2 BOLD FRESH Fresh does fit, however, even after a couple weeks off. Gelding seems to pack one solid move in a mile, so timing and trip are essential, but he can't be left out here. Good post. Decent speed. Will give Party a tussle.
3 TROPICAL STORM BI Been off a while, and had a comeback qualifier up at Saratoga in slow time. Is that enough to have him ready for this? I'm going to guess no, but will be watching for future consideration.
4 ITS CHOCOLATE TIME Forced to requalify after whatever happened in that last start. The Q was just fair, so I'm not too anxious to hop back on board this boat just yet. Probably need to see a good one first. Your call?
5 PARTY ON THE RIVER Yes, he was pretty disappointing in chase of #9 last week. Oh well. That happens. He's still the one to beat against a group like this, especially with the post edge this time. Gets his "favorite' driver back too!
6 LANDONFITZ As good as he was two weeks ago, that's how flat he was last time. Sometimes, these efforts get a little hard to explain, but that's trotters for ya! With the potential for some action in here, that does set up his rally.
7 URIEL I guess I'd call this one's last a clunker. First dull start I've seen in a while. Maybe back to the speed tonight? I would have to think so. No reason to take back in here. If good, he's a threat. But, we all have to guess on that.
8 TWO HIP DIP Another of the "possibilities" in here. I do not like the post, or plot for trip, but he does go forward sometimes. I guess I wouldn't be shocked if he somehow won. Demand value, if you like, however.
9 HERE COMES NUMBERS No, I don't know where that mile came from last time, but the gelding sure kept on going. Must have "swelled up" on the lead. Note that he's "assigned" post nine here. That'll make it a lot harder.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 9-5-10-8
H Horse Comment
1 LADY RAM Homebred here has taken a long time to get to the races, and after what I saw in those qualifiers, she's not there just yet. Pass for now, and wait for some improvement.
2 PRIME TIME Can't really make a strong case for this lass either. She wasn't awfully good in either try here. Still a "work in progress" in my opinion. Let's see if she even stays trotting.
3 BIG SKY JULIETTA Been plying her trade down at Freehold and it hasn't been working. Strong just giving her a shot to see if she trots on the big track. That might help, but she looks like a longshot for now.
4 FORTUNES ONE Not much to report on this 4YO either. Simply put, he hasn't been fast enough to be competitive here yet. I can't predict a total turnaround, so I won't be playing just yet. Pass.
5 LDEES MIA This filly improved dramatically in the second appearance. Just goes to show you how one can get a LOT better with a start under belt. She charged home, full of trot. Jeff will handle her same way, though. Gains experience. Trainer: Seems like a nice filly. Qualified pretty handy a couple times. We're expecting a good race out of her. Hoping for good things this summer.
6 MASTER OF THE HILL Shows a Rosecroft qualifier for new connections. Okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't here. That's an issue when it comes to big track racing. Will have to go even faster here. I need to see it first, please.
7 NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER 1-30 mare was dull here in the qualifier and then broke at Yonkers. Back to big track, I guess? A lot to prove here and she certainly hasn't done it yet. Big question mark for sure.
8 BREAK FREE To be honest, I am not a fan of this horse. He's had more than a few chances and hasn't been able to get job done. Was backing up when he broke last time. That is not a step in right direction. Be very careful here, folks.
9 JAILHOUSE CJ In a race where you don't like anybody, I guess CJ is as good as any. Simply put, he didn't race badly in first one off the layoff. Any improvement AT ALL makes him a winner in here, right? I'll even try from the bad post.
10 FLAMINGO PETE If Pete had drawn better, his chances would be high. From this slot, however, he's got problems. But, with that said, it certainly wouldn't be a shocker if he won this. On paper, he's faster than most of them.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 7-4-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 DUNESIDE LIFE Looks like a new barn here, and with a horse that I've tried a few times. Might be hard to decipher, but there is some talent in this tank. Don't be shocked if she wakes up a little in here with Kyle.
2 BLUSH HANOVER Getting to the "now or never" kind of class spot here. She simply HAS to be a bit with these, and I have a feeling we'll see a much more aggressive attempt. It's time to put up, or shut up at Club Med. Your call?
3 LIGHTNING RIDE Dispatched the weaker field up at Monti, and I will say she likes to win! That's always a plus. However, this is a much quicker group she'll contend with tonight. Guess I'd need to see a good one here first.
4 SHAREN HANOVER This mare packs great speed, so that's always an asset. She's been in some really tough spots since that December win, and I'll give credit for that. One of the many "droppers" in here that can win this. Needs trip.
5 GIRLLOOKATTHATBODY Slowly rounding back into form, and that's exactly what you're looking for. Even showed some speed last week. That tells me she's gearing up for a big one soon. Is it tonight? Could very well be.
6 PURITY Not really sure what to do with this lass. She's bounced around with some good efforts, and some flat ones. That makes her very hard to handicap. However, this field is full of droppers. Not sure I can prefer her tonight.
7 BRUNHILDA Now makes third start back off the layoff, which is often most potent. Gets the drop, like many in here, and keeps the Nap in the seat after an improved second effort. What does all that mean? She'll be ready tonight!
8 MY SISTER LUCIE Hasn't exactly impressed in any of her Big M appearances thus far, and this is no easy spot either! The post just kills, because she doesn't appear to have any speed. At mercy of trip and pace. Not going to work out.
9 JOYFUL GAME Took a couple weeks off to freshen up. No worries. A softer spot will be coming soon, I guess. Trainer: Needed that last start. Definitely fits here, and hasn't seen a class this cheap in a long time. She is ready!
10 SEA'S IDEAL Likely to get away last from this post, and you all know how I feel about that. A big longshot.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-7-8
H Horse Comment
1 MR LOVER Squandered a pretty good opportunity last time, put in a good spot by Eric C. Tonight, he opted to drive #8, so that probably tells us a lot. A likely longshot, even from the rail.
2 COMMENTARY To be honest, I'm just not sure this guy is a true "mile track" horse. He's lacked the stamina twice now on the lead, even though very well rated. With that said, the price won't be big. Maybe we swing against for now? Trainer: I thought he would've been better last week. Things just didn't work out. Hopefully, he rebounds.
3 MASSIVE LIGHTNING Gelding has clearly worked his way back into shape. Uncorked two solid rallies at this level last pair, so I make him the one to beat tonight from a good spot. Will be close enough. Just don't expect much value.
4 EXPLOSIVE VICTORY Nap had a choice and opted for this mare over #10. That did surprise me a little bit. Recent Yonkers efforts are a real mixed bag, and of course, I can't promise you she'll be any better here. Your call?
5 BELL A CHICK Everybody at the track saw this guy "running over the field" in traffic last week, so guess what? You're not going to get much value here either! AND, he's disappointed many times in past. If he wins, so be it. Too obvious.
6 DANISH DURANGO Had a "needed" start last week and it really wasn't bad. Qualifier was good too! In a race like this, he's bound to be ignored by the bettors and he's got a very decent shot. At the right price, I will use tonight. Trainer: Second start back and was just fair last week. Loses Marohn this week, and waiting for him to regain his form.
7 TROPICAL TRICE That really wasn't a bad race from the 10-box last time. Showed just enough to warrant an extra look here, because the price will be right again. I see a little action in here. If trip is smooth, watch out late.
8 MASTER OF EXCUSES Was put in good position in those amateur races, but lacked a knockout punch. With that said, Carlson chose this guy to drive tonight. That's a key call. Does horse have any speed? This is good spot for it.
9 MASSACAIA Retains longshot status from a bad post after a non-eventful last try here. Tough to like from out here.
10 J-S JESSES GIRL Had Nap chosen this mare, I would have given more consideration. Barn has been sneaky good with its shippers to Club Med, and those were tougher races she comes out of. BUT, since he opted off, so will I.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 5-1-8-2
H Horse Comment
1 TROUBLE RIEU N Finally found the right field to snap a long losing skid. Jimmy put an A-plus drive on him too! So, now the gelding begins his ascent back UP the class ladder. Still sharp though. Will sit and save ground again.
2 ROCKIN REDFORD I guess I feel for ya, if you've been chasing this one on the betting board. Yes, that's three straight losses as the fave, and to be honest, his last wasn't that great. Maybe he needs Roy back in seat? We get that tonight.
3 BILLIE BLUE In for the tag here, and with a BIG driver change. We've seen Nap wake MANY horses up this winter, so I guess it wouldn't shock me if he somehow got Blue home. Would take a big form reversal, though. After last one.
4 PILGRIMS TIDE Not really what to tell you with this one. Was out in flow last time and simply lacked much pop. That was a spot where I thought he could do some good. I was wrong. Guess I'm off the bandwagon now.
5 FIJI I think we all know that Fiji is headed right to the front and will probably take this field a LONG way, if not ALL the way. Second time Lasix. Class drop again. Big time speed. Will be very hard to deny, if Eric A can rate him to 3/4.
6 GONEINAPUFFOFSMOKE Finally getting down to a level where he might be more competitive. Time-wise, the horse has gotten a little better, so let's expect a little more tonight. Will be out in flow and coming on. Hopefully.
7 HOT SUMMER KNIGHT We haven't seen much from this fella lately, but it's coming. It might take a return to that bottom class level, but it'll be sometime soon. Might also be time to speed tighten him a little. Will he send?
8 BIG EXPENSE I was kinda surprised he fired out last week, but it wasn't a bad effort, and just shows that gelding can handle mile track again. This is perfect spot to leave again. Will look for a hole somewhere behind #5. Might work out.
9 ZETTE MINX Where's she going from this post? My guess is not very far. Looks like a longshot again.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 4-5-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 SUPER S YZERMAN Simply by default, he's probably got a chance in here. Post relief. Many, many question marks in here. New driver. It's a reach, but I guess I can make a case that he has a shot.
2 CHARMBO CURIOSITY Hasn't had much luck lately, but that could all change in a spot like this. There's no stickout in this race and he does land an inside post. A wakeup call wouldn't shock me. Demand value, if you fancy, however. Trainer: Should be better and is feeling good right now.
3 VICTORYDAZE WILWIN Do note that he went a little more "forward" last time, so that could be the hint that he's ready to return to form. With that said, he's not my kinda horse, but don't be shocked if he gets closer.
4 LOTS OF LOVIN Simply by default, because he's dropping in class, he gets tabbed as the favorite. Does that mean he will win? I don't know. But, he sure should be ready enough to test these. Right to the front, Tyler?
5 HOME JAMES Got a couple of weeks off to freshen up. Came back in a no chance spot. But, he needed that race and could be a LOT tighter, and "live" in this spot. Eric C gets the re-ride and will be more aggressive tonight.
6 WILLIE BOOTS Admittedly, not one of my favorites, but he also has a chance against this field. It's all about pace and trip, and if #4 or #5 get a little tired, Willie will be closing. I do not expect much value, however. Tough call.
7 DEEP STACK HANOVER Gets "lucky" to scratch into this race, but is he really a mile track horse? I say no.
8 FREE LOVE Not really sure why this guy is shipping down from Monti, but oh well. Slowly working way back into shape, and I'll emphasize the "slowly" part. I would be surprised if this horse won.
9 DANISH DILIGENCE Not a whole lot going on here. The post stinks. He's got little speed. Tough to like a lot.
10 ABOUT THE BENJAMNS Pulled and backed through the field against the claimers. Now has post 10. Pass.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 5-3-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 GWALLY I thought he might be a fit for that last bunch, but he didn't show much. Meets several dropdowns now and loses Brett. That's not a good sign. Looks like a longshot now.
2 ALEXANDER HANOVER Pretty good two back. No good last time. Draws well, but that inconsistency is a problem. You just never know what you're going to get. Demand a fair price if you think he will wake back up here.
3 YOU'RE MAJESTIC Marcus had a few options in here and chose this mare over #7,10. Had good chance last time and got a little tired. No worries. Should be "reacclimated" to Club Med by now. Expect that speed again. One to catch?
4 A JERSEY CONTRACT That wasn't a bad try last time. He's clearly shown that he is a threat here at the Med. I guess it's all about pace and trip? Gets Yannick back. Drew ideal midpack post. I can make a case that he gets close.
5 WAITING ON A WOMAN What do we do with this horse on the drop? I can't really say he was loaded with stamina last time, but that was a better field. He's beaten better than this before. Plots for nice trip. Would be hard to leave out.
6 MONTALBANO BI I guess if you think #3,5 might "mix it up" a little, then you could bet on Bi. This is the level where he does the most damage. It'll be back to the off the pace strategy here. Any smooth trip and he charges home. Trainer: Should be okay in here. Shows up to race every week.
7 IRON MINE JOHNNY Put it ALL together with a big, explosive charge last week against weaker, BUT, if Marcus chose to drive another in here, doesn't that tell us something? I think it does. This will be lot harder, in tougher post.
8 WILDFLOWER She's a one-way closer that usually needs the right kind of setup. Do you really think she can outfinish Montalbano Bi? I don't. Pass.
9 LINDY'S BEST YET Not much luck at the post draw again. It really hurts. And it's bad, because horse is sharp right now. Had plenty of trot late last week, but from too far back. Might be stuck in same situation.
10 DOWNUNDERMATTER Loses that inside post advantage. That's likely going to kill his chances too!
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 3-6-4-5
H Horse Comment
1 PIERCEWAVE HANOVER That was darn good try in first start here! And from a tough post! This is the rail now, but a new driver, with Derue obligated to #3. It's also a tougher field. I'm anxious to see if he can handle this.
2 EXPLOSIVE RIDGE Pretty good qualifier, but I have a feeling he's going to need a start or two. Pass for now. Trainer: First start of the year off a longer layoff and only one qualifier. He's going to need a start or two before being ready.
3 GOLDEN TATE Also raced very well here, upon return. And that was no easy trip! Drew good post again, but I would like to see what horse can do with a smoother journey. That may not be possible from this post. But, good now.
4 UPFRONT BILLY A little disappointing last time, but likely to offer somewhat low odds again. Was in a good streak prior. Draws a good post. Has the speed to contend early. No reason not to expect a bounce back effort.
5 KEEGAN HO Parlayed a perfect trip and drive into a very hard-fought win. Takes the step up now, and it will be much tougher against these. On plus side, post is perfect to work out a similar journey. Could be getting good now. Trainer: Perfectly driven last week and hoping for the same this week.
6 ROSSINI Couldn't possibly have been any better in that win. It was a weaker field, though. His prior try against a similar level wasn't nearly as strong. I still think he's got a shot in here, and would love to see some speed.
7 DW'S REVENGE Returning NY Sire Staker finds a pretty tough spot to begin 4YO campaign. Yes, that qualifier was okay, but these just look a little too tough for the moment. I will wait for the softer spot down the road.
8 MY CHERRY PIE Didn't make much of an impact upon arrival. Draws another tough post and loses Eric C tonight. Not really sure that we can expect a whole lot more. Looks like a longshot again.
9 ROUNDTOWN ROCKER Moves from pole to post nine, so that's a problem. Hard to really get a handle on his form right now, but A Nap is still aboard. Demand fair value, if you want to take a shot from way out here.
10 DI OGGI Also very impressive a couple of weeks ago, but like the other class jumpers, it gets much tougher tonight. Drew the worst post. Early speed not always his favorite weapon. It'll be up to Marcus to somehow work out a trip.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 4-7-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 PERSEVERANT Gave trainer Vinny his 1,000th career win last time, so congrats on that! But, now it's back to the big track and back in spot where he might be in too tough. Best asset is post, so he can sit, save ground, try get lucky.
2 PREPARTY Is it wakeup call time yet? This gelding has beaten this type of field before, and he's had a few starts under his belt, including that speed tightener. Hoping the stamina kicks back in, with the return to mile track. Your call?
3 HULK HANOVER Missed a couple of weeks. That last one appears to be a clunker, on paper. Looks like a new barn in play, so let's watch one and see if he belongs. Definitely a longshot.
4 SOUTHERN PURSUIT N Horse is deceptively sharp right now. Been battling in pace wars lately, but he is live! Drew another good post, so expect him to make one big move at some point. Any smooth trip gives huge chance.
5 YANKEE HEAVEN Takes the final drop to the bottom level here, so that usually improves one's chances. I like the post. I like the versatility of speed shown. And I like that Brett Miller takes over. Can you say: live longshot? Trainer: Trained well and should be good after a week off.
6 THE FIRE WITHIN Beat a similar group pretty impressively and squeezes in for the condition by $50. Jimmy Pants gets the call tonight and he can surely win with this fella. Will be aggressive. Let's see if he can "steal" another one. Trainer: Last week's win was long overdue. Looks like a real good spot for him to try and repeat.
7 NORTHERN ASSASSIN A Another on the drop with a BIG chance here. Yes, he couldn't quite finish it off last week, but this is different bunch. Added an overcheck last week, after the break and still went forward. Look out tonight.
8 YORK SEELSTER Didn't really make much of an impact upon arrival, but he didn't figure to. Have to believe he's not coming back to just "tour" the oval again. Maybe we'll see a touch more speed tonight.
9 NORTHERN VIRGIN Looks like Eric A purchased this fella from the Burke Brigade. Okay. Gets immediate class relief, and that last race is a bit better than it looks on paper. If Eric likes him, we're going to see speed. Expect it.
10 WORKANDPLAYHARD It took a big mile to beat him last time, so let's give credit for that. Fresh claim, and barn haltered two horses that night. Out of the claimers, but stuck with a brutal post. Will have to get lucky out here.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-9-3-6
H Horse Comment
1 ON THE PODIUM MIA for a couple of weeks, so I can't really tell you that he'll be A-1 primed and ready for this. Last start wasn't good. Yes, it's a drop, but I think there are a few better foes in here. Let's see if he bounces back.
2 JUSTICE JET Raced a LOT better in the second try here, so maybe there's room for more. We all thought he would be perfect fit in those amateur events, but it didn't work out. The problem is, this spot might be even tougher. Rough call.
3 CASINO CUTIE IT Gets a better post tonight, and does come off a slightly improved effort. It's all about pace and trip for this one right now. If the flow is good and pace is decent, she can finish. Demand value if you fancy, though.
4 WORTH THE MONEY AS Outraced his odds last time, with a much improved try. Was it a fluke, or a trend in the right direction? That, we have to guess. Also seems like a one-way closer, so the trip is essential. Tough pace scenario here. Trainer: With a good trip, he could go all the way.
5 STITCH IN TIME Finally took a step in the right direction two weeks ago! I will note that Misslarose came back and won again, impressively. Is it finally time to bet the Time? Could be. Post is perfect to take a speed shot. Watch out.
6 FLEET BUMBLEBEE I have NO idea what to expect from the Bee tonight. Simply put, he's tailed off pretty badly. BUT, I do remember a huge bounce back win, on a class drop like this. Brett still in the bike, so that's positive. Your call?
7 IT REALLY MATTERS Another dropper hoping for a big wakeup call. The effort a la January 20th puts him in play. Are we going to get that? Or a speed and tired effort like last time. Missed extra week. Don't know what to expect.
8 ASHES CASH Just when you thought he couldn't leave at all, bang! Fired out with some speed last out, and then backed through field before breaking. Is it safe to say he will get away last in here? I think so.
9 CAULFIELD The final "dropper" in class gets the worst of the posts, but is almost assuredly guaranteed to fire out. On his best day, he's good enough to win this. BUT, he's on a pretty long skid right now, and price won't be huge.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-10-6-3
H Horse Comment
1 YANKEE ARTILLERY Finally gets a little bit of a break at the post draw. Barn is overdue for a touch of better luck too! There are no killers in this field, so maybe this guy has a chance. With that said, demand fair price if you want to bet.
2 JUSTIFIED Eric very aggressive with him last week, despite tough post. I will note that field last week was pretty solid. This one, not so much. Definitely a huge chance tonight from the better post, with a lot of back class.
3 REACH FOR ETERNITY Sneaky good last time, in a race won up front with a well-rated pace. Gets the better post here. Gets Yannick. Has beaten similar in the past. I guess he can win too! Might need a smooth trip to do it, though.
4 YOUDA SHARK I thought he had a sniff last time, and he did. Just failed to finish it off. Now, out of the claimers, into a good post, and getting Brett back, don't expect that big of a price. Not sure I want this guy at underlay odds. Trainer: Trained well and should be good after the week off.
5 MAGIC TRICKS I thought this guy might be hinting at a return to form and then he did not race well last week.
6 JOHN DALLY Once he hit a gear last week, John charged home! I expected that, and he offered fair odds that night. Probably won't be that big a value now, but he remains a threat. It's all about pace and trip. That's up to Joe!
7 TYLER First time we've seen this one from Team Harmon. Should be complete acclimated by now from Florida. The Yonkers races certainly don't inspire me, so that could be why they're trying big track. Jimmy back on board.
8 ALONEINSPADES Hasn't really gotten all that close lately. Out of the claimers. Is this the right spot? Maybe not.
9 REAL ROCKER Also looks like a longshot, moving from good post to a bad one. Needs a whole lot more to win.
10 BOTTOM DEALS It HAS to be wakeup call time for this fella, right? Final drop to the bottom level. He DOES have speed for Jimmy Pants to fire him out. Let's take a shot with him, in field full of question marks.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 3-5-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 CAPER K COURT Gets post relief and doesn't make breaks. For THAT, he becomes an instant factor with a chance in here. In hard-to-handicap race, you have to look for positives. Expect Eric A to have the mare a little closer.
2 NEW YORK ATTITUDE MIA for too long, and wasn't in very good form anyway. Impossible to endorse.
3 ROSE RUN QUICKLEY Off the layoff here, and I wish he'd had a race under his belt, because this is some soft spot. It might not matter if barn can have him cranked and ready. He's won here before, and beaten better than this.
4 DONOMONI Can't really say that I'm all that impressed with what he's shown. Needs to find a lot more. Maybe the addition of Lasix will turn it around.
5 HE'S GONE Does he have chance to win? Probably. Is he worth betting on if the price is short? Probably not. Obviously, if Eric C can keep him trotting to the stretch, he has chance. Coming out of much tougher races than this.
6 DOMINUS HANOVER Not really sure what to tell you about this horse. Hasn't been impressive here yet. BUT, it is a drop, and he'll never meet a weaker field than this. Does that spell wakeup call? I wish I knew....
7 STAR STUDDED CAST Gets the extremely tepid call as morn line fave, simply because he comes off a positive effort and has A Nap on board. Is he worth betting on at potentially short price? If he beats me, he beats me. So be it.
8 CYPRESS POINT Has now raced here four times, mostly from bad posts, and picked up one check. Yes, it's another horrible draw. Gelding appears to lack any early speed. Where's he going from out here? Probably not very far.
9 WIRED HANOVER On paper, he's got to have a shot in here. Plus, Brett chose him. With that said, it's time to see if the gelding has any speed. If he takes back, it will be way too far to come, even against these. Send him, Brett!
10 MARION GONDOLIER The last of the longshots moves back to an outside post and that probably ruins his chances. Not sure I can make a case for any improved performance from this slot.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-1-9-4
H Horse Comment
1 PHYLLIS JEAN One of seven class droppers in here, so what does that mean? Phyllis has won here before, and beaten better than this. Coming off an improved effort. I certainly wouldn't talk you off her in this spot from the rail. Trainer: Hoping for a drop and pop. Raced huge last week and can do it on or off the pace. Expecting good things.
2 PLAYING FAVORITES Love betting this barn with new "acquisitions," but I might wait a week in this situation. Jimmy qualified her, and she wasn't bad, but he did stick with #4 here tonight. That tells me to wait a week.
3 MOJARRA HANOVER I suspect it's going to take a class drop back to the bottom level before she really wakes up.
4 SING ALONG What do we do with this mare? Yes, she hit a wall at odds of 1-2 last week, in a race she probably should have won. But, isn't this field even easier? I'm not so sure. BUT, price will be small once again. Vulnerable?
5 KEYSTONE RIPTIDE I guess if you want to try something against #4, this is your best option. No shot last time. Good before that. Was sick when she first raced here. Plots for nice trip no matter what. Time to hop back on board. Trainer: Was great last start. Flew home and was just too far back with no flow.
6 ANALYZE I know current form doesn't look very good. And I suspect that barn "thought" they would find easier spot over here. But, they're very good at what they do. Wakeup call time on this mare? Wish I could answer that.
7 MILADY DENVER A Got cooked in a pretty hot pace battle upon arrival. I like to call that a "speed tightener." With price expected to be MUCH higher tonight, why not take a shot? You still get Brett. Probably a different trip too!
8 FINA PATINA Needed every inch of that perfect trip to beat weaker. Steps up. Moves out. Makes her a pass.
9 CHEYENNE ROBIN Not much luck for this mare lately, including tonight's post draw. Had she been inside, I might have picked her. Yannick takes over, so maybe he can get her a "luckier" trip. If he does, she can upset.
10 SAGE N Not a whole lot of luck lately for this mare either. It continues with the post tonight. She IS better than she shows, but we might have to wait for easier spot. A pass for me from post 10.