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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 02, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 4-8-9-1
H Horse Comment
1 HERE COMES NUMBERS Last time the 10YO had the rail, he won, so keep that in mind. The bad posts, and tougher spots have put the gelding in a skid, but I do expect to see speed tonight. A smooth trip does give a big shot. Trainer: Sharp, but bad posts have hampered.
2 DONOMONI Hard to endorse in current form. Would need a complete turnaround to win this. Not sure bout that.
3 MASTER OF EXCUSES Recently into a new barn, so I wouldn't be shocked by some improvement soon. I'm not a fan of slow starters, though, and this guy looks that way. Let's watch one to see if he belongs.
4 DRAMA FREE Trainer Rob hasn't had much luck driving lately, so it does give me pause. Horse finally gets a break at the post draw, so that immediately improves his chances. Expect a turn of speed and at least one big move. Trainer: Had the nice hole, and was parked a whole mile. Inside post should help him.
5 URIEL Took a week off, after a pretty good run lately. I feel we have to respect the gelding's speed and pilot may point this fella right to the top. I can still remember that mile from Dec. 28. That kind of mile would win this.
6 LANDONFITZ Jumps up with a big one every now and then, but that lack of consistency annoys me. Hard to handicap a race when you don't know what you're going to get. Likely in rally mode here. Will it work? Not sure.
7 ITS CHOCOLATE TIME Came charging home to just miss for Marcus last time. Same situation here, and there is plenty of speed to set up a rally. How far back will he be, though? My guess is too far back. We'll see.
8 REIGNINGBLACKSWAN Enters the amateur fray with a pretty big class drop. Not sure about her early speed ability and that could be a problem. It'll be up to Matt to have her close enough when it counts. Trots fast enough, though.
9 JUSTICE JET Monster class drop here too! Last time horse was in a similar type level, he won, but from off the pace. Since both big droppers get stuck with the bad posts, that makes it a race. Mr. Davis will have to get him rolling early.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 7-3-4-8
H Horse Comment
1 YANKEE DOODLE ANDI Tough to consider in current form, even from the rail. I guess I have to pass.
2 MORE THAN TALK I can't explain what's gone wrong here. Looked super in the Big M debut, and the wheels have come off since. With that said, he's a pass, until we see some sort of bounce back. Maybe the week off will help.
3 IRON DOME Tough beat last time, if you had the Dome. He raced well, but came up just shy in the final yards. Has a post edge on #7,8, so that might give Jimmy a few more options. Horse tries hard, so I can't dismiss in here. Trainer: Pretty consistent, nice, young trotter. Should be right there again charging hard on the end of it.
4 CR BLAZIN BEAUTY Likely needed that first start back and it wasn't bad. She had a great record last year, before a purchase. I suspect she'll be okay in spot like this, but might need one more. Demand fair value if you fancy.
5 FLAMINGO PETE Barely outkicked in the place battle last week, but it was still a very positive effort. Pete gets another new driver here, with Jimmy committed to #3. The post is ideal to just sit and wait. Only needs bit more in that rally.
6 MISS MARLENE Simply put, she struggled in the first try here. Would be hard to like a lot off that. I will pass.
7 DERF HANOVER Derf put it all together last week, with an easy brush and crush. Yes, this is a step up, but he certainly looked like he had plenty left. This will be a nice test for the gelding. I want to see just how good he is. Not sure yet.
8 BROADWAY PROMISE Ordinarily, this would be perfect spot for the comebacker. However, this is no easy spot! That qualifier was very good, but this post stinks. Brett might be a little careful with her early, in first start back. Tough call. Trainer: Very good in the qualifier and hoping the upswing continues.
9 AGRESTORES COMET I guess we all missed the boat here! Tyler put a conservative drive on the cross-country shipper and he still won, when the Red Sea parted with plenty of room. Will they be that "lucky" again? Probably not.
10 OSVALDO BLUE CHIP Squandered a great opportunity last time from a tough post. Ended up with a great trip and simply didn't have enough pop. Now, it's post 10. Would be tough to play, hoping for another ideal journey.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-2-5
H Horse Comment
1 PLAYBOY RUSTY Moves back to an inside post, so that does help the cause. I'm not a big fan of this gelding, but he does surprise us every once in a while. Let's see if he can simply stay trotting when it counts in late stages.
2 BOLD FRESH Tough to get a real gauge on this fella right now. Lots of mixed effort, with speed or rally. Seems to pack at least one good turn of speed in a mile, but timing and trip are critical. Usable, if the price is right.
3 BRAGADOCIO Nap had this guy in a great spot last week, but horse drifted pretty badly. Probably needed that race, and we can easily expect an improved effort for the new connections. Probably the one to beat in here.
4 NEW YORK ATTITUDE On the comeback trail here, and he's clearly not there yet. I will pass once again.
5 RUDDY RUSTY Has clearly worked his way down the class ladder and I'm waiting for the wakeup call. Yannick put him in a good spot last time, but horse was short. Have to respect the speed, and he might go a lot further this time.
6 WONDER BUNS Already has a win this year, to match her total from last season. Exits a very good Freehold race, won by a classy foe. My only knock is that one try here. She broke! What happened. Price won't be very big. Your call?
7 ZETTE MINX Still not going great guns, folks, so I am willing to pass on this mare for the time being. Needs more. Trainer: She's feeling good and training well.
8 CAPER K COURT Same boat as the other longshots in here. Would be very hard to make a strong case. Not for me.
9 ANGEL ASSAULT Never really had a chance last time from post 10, but this is pretty similar. If you tell me the mare is taking back again, I'll tell you she doesn't have much chance. Did show speed once upon a time. Needs that here.
10 CYPRESS POINT Another that just isn't in very good form right now, and has added slam of post 10. How can you like?
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 8-9-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 SHAREN HANOVER Ended up on the lead last time, which was opposite of where driver thought she'd be. No worries. Draws good post again, but will probably opt for different trip. She has talent, so don't dismiss too quickly.
2 ZANE HANOVER Like #1, this mare is trying to adapt to the tougher class here. Once you're out of NW2, it's a brand new ballgame. She did have a decent kick when free of traffic last time. Nice mare. Will get lucky one night soon.
3 BRUNHILDA Tough call here, but she did look a little tired to me at the end of that qualifier. Therefore, I suspect she's going to need a race or two before we see her best. I will wait.
4 MISS BLING Gets some much needed post relief. We know she packs a world of speed, but sometimes not always the stamina. Offers a nice price here, if you want to swing against the favorites. Timing and trip will be critical, though.
5 BONZAI BEACH Squandered a great opportunity when last seen here. Okay last time up at Monti, but it's back to the wolves here. I just don't think she's quick enough to go with these. A longshot again.
6 SING ALONG No match for the raging Monica last time, but still give credit for a good effort. Has the post edge on that foe again, but need to find a touch more. Always well bet, so there is no big time value. Hard to leave out, though.
7 GUSSY'S DRAGON Not exactly going great guns since arriving here at Club Med. I can't predict a total turnaround, but that's what she needs. Drew another outer post, so that's a problem. I'd like to see more speed from her.
8 TOUCHAMATIC That was a monster qualifier, folks! She won with something left in the tank and it caught my eye. Has a touch of class too! This barn usually has them ready, so I'm on board. Must use the post edge on #9.
9 MONICA GALLAGHER Simply put, she's in great form right now! Just superb! Has plenty of speed to do whatever pilot wants. I almost feel bad that Nap loses the drive. He did great work with her. The one to beat again.
10 PETAL TO THE METAL Boy, is this mare good right now! Unfortunately, she's raced above her head a couple of times, but still performed well. However, she will be coming from last tonight, and unless you predict mayhem, too far back.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 2-1-7-5
H Horse Comment
1 CASINO CUTIE IT Of all the barn's starters last week, this one raced best. Battled gamely all the way home and did it on short rest too! Didn't get Yannick back, but still has a great chance with the post draw. Expect her to be close.
2 MISSLAROSE Gets into this race via an alternate condition of non winners $45,000 life. Is it actually an easier spot? She fought off Iron Dome gamely last week. That was strong effort! This time, she'll have to fight off Redford.
3 MISTRESS VALENTINE Hasn't really showed anything here yet. Sometimes it takes a while to get back to top form. I'm not on board yet, but will be watching for the clues.
4 STITCH IN TIME Another that's just not going well right now. Barn is starting to turn things around, however, so let's watch for the signs here too! This horse was too good in the past to be this bad now. Will wake up soon. Trainer: Been very dull. Hope the class drop helps.
5 COMMENTARY Once he got rolling, he was full of trot last week! That was good step in the right direction. I actually prefer this midpack post for him. It gives Jimmy some options and he does fit with these. Can be used at right price.
6 DULUTH Just forget about that last one, when he was forced up in class. Put it all together nicely at the lower level before that. Dobson forced to take #9. so we get new driver tonight. Is gelding good enough here? I'm not sure.
7 ROCKIN REDFORD I think everybody saw this fella get trapped in last time. So, there's good chance he could be overbet here. The move to an outer post doesn't help, and there are some formidable foes in here. Tough call.
8 IRON MINE JOHNNY Suffered from some dull cover last week, but didn't really have the pop I expected. So, what do we do from a more difficult post? I guess I'll hop off the bandwagon for now. Should be better than he's showing.
9 GUESS WHOS BACK That was SOME trip this fella went last week for Nap! Regular driver back in the bike tonight, plus I believe this is a tougher field than the one he beat. That, coupled with the post is a problem. Needs luck now.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 6-1-10-5
H Horse Comment
1 UPFRONT BILLY Found this level a little tougher last time, but it was also a paceless race, so Billy had no shot to close. Back to the rail here, where he won before that. Also gets Yannick this time. Might be in the right spot.
2 GONEINBAPUFFOFSMOKE On the slow and steady comeback trail. Probably still not ready yet. I will pass.
3 ROUNDTOWN ROCKER That was heck of a try last week, despite a post 10 start. Unfortunately, he's forced back UP in class where he was no factor before that. Horse is good right now, but probably not good enough to beat these.
4 YOU'RE MAJESTIC MIA for almost a month. That's not good. Returning from Canada where she'd worked her way too high up in class. This is probably the right spot, but I don't know with that missed time. Does she need one?
5 P L ICABOD Got a week off, after a pretty good run of races until forced up in class. This is now the medium level and I'm not so sure he's up to it. Loses Brett too, but I expected that with #6. Demand fair value if you fancy him here.
6 ANOTHER CHAPTER Looked every bit the monster last time, crushing that somewhat weaker field. This will be the test tonight, because this is no easy bunch. He's probably up to it, but don't expect much betting value. Your call? Trainer: Raced super last week and had a good week.
7 MY CHERRY PIE Up from Dover where it seemed she tailed off a bit. With that said, I guess I need to see one here. Lightly raced mare has talent, but would need a big mile to threaten these. We'll see about that.
8 MONTALBANO BI Sometimes things just work out. That was the case for Monte last week. Now, he's forced up a notch in class, and gets stuck with an outer post. This time, things are not likely to work out that well. Tough call.
9 PHAT STACKS Did show a little something at the end last week in first Big M try. Unfortunately, drew a real bad post here. So, I will probably watch one more, and hope for a better spot next time.
10 AWOL HANOVER Took a "tour" of Yonkers last week, in first start for new connections. Made up some ground too! Had this gelding drawn a better spot, I would probably like a little more. This spot looks a bit tough, though.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-10-2
H Horse Comment
1 BETTORHAVEANOTHER A tough beat if you had her last week at underlay odds. Raced well enough to win, and got nipped by the trip-sitter. No worries. Has the rail now, with lot of power on outside. Only needs an easier journey.
2 SHESGOTTHEBEAT Had a tough trip in the Yonkers try, so let's not be too hard on her. Worked her way up the class ladder here before that. I like the post, and potential for trip. Sits, stalks, and hopes to get lucky late. Adds Lasix now.
3 KEYSTONE RIPTIDE Liked her last time and Brett gave her every chance. Simply put, she wasn't good enough! Drops a tick in class, but is it enough? I'm not so sure. Might not be a true "mile track" horse. I guess we'll find out. Trainer: Scoped sick her last start. Gave the week off. Scoped clean after training this week.
4 BEYONCES ROCKN 10-time winner last year gets a touch of class relief, but in reality, this is not an easy spot. Several others are dropping too! This mare does seems overdue to launch a big one, though. Usable at a price.
5 UF DRAGON'S QUEEN Perfect trip and drive from A Nap to beat the weaker bunch. Therefore, she's forced up the ladder here, and she's catching several droppers. That's not usually a recipe for success, but ya never know.
6 WELL WHAT'S NEW Likely needed her last race, after some time off. Probably going to need another. I'll pass.
7 PHYLLIS JEAN Pretty hard to get a true gauge on her form right now. Freshened up a month. Comeback qualifier was okay, but not eye-popping. Drew a difficult post here with a lack of speed. Guess I'll wait for a softer spot later on.
8 WHISKERSONKITTENS Barn's other starter wasn't Carlson's choice. That has to tell us something, right?
9 OK HEAVENLY Did some of the dirty work in chasing #1 last week. Lately, the excuses are piling up. Tonight, the post is a big problem and I must note that Jimmy did opt off. Prior to this, he'd chosen this mare several times. Interesting.
10 SAFE FROM TERROR Squeezes into this race via the alternate condition. Invades from Ohio with some really good form. Mare loves to win, as you can see by her record. Mixed sale buy of last year has done very well for connections. Trainer: Is new in the barn, but by the way her starts show, she should be okay in here, even with the 10-hole.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-1-8
H Horse Comment
1 ZOOMING That was a super try last time against a very well-rated #9. And note, he came back and won again. The rail is interesting spot for Tyler here. Has to leave enough to protect. Might be interesting sprint into the first turn tonight. Trainer: Had a week off, but trained sharp. Good post, but tough outside horses.
2 BEE IN CHARGE Got collared again last week, despite a well-rated pace. Now, the gelding is forced WAY up in class and he might not even get around #1 leaving the gate. I guess I have to prefer others tonight.
3 SCIROCCO JAKOB No real chance to catch last week, but he did race well. It's all about pace and trip for this fella, and watch out, because there could be plenty of pace in here tonight, with power on outside. Might work out well.
4 STIRLING CADET No, I did not get the memo on this guy last week, but Vinny sure put a nice drive on him. Simply put: they got the money! Now, he is also forced up in class and I don't think he's ready to beat these. We'll see.
5 WAITING ON A WOMAN No real chance last week. Caught by trip-sitter before that. I guess it's hard to say that he's not in A-1 form right now. Draws the midpack post, with no idea how this race is going to go. Will need a trip to upset.
6 CELEBRITY PEGASUS Actually had more trot than you think last week, in a race where he had no chance. If you consider that an "acclimating" mile, you might want to take a shot here. This is darn good horse. Price will be right!
7 ROCK OF CASHEL No shot last week, so don't be too hard on him. But, what's going to happen tonight? I could easily see him getting away last, and you know I hate that. It's tough to sweep the whole field, even if there is action.
8 THERESADEMONINME That was SOME try last week, and a great drive by Yannick. Almost stole it. No doubt firing out again, but it might not be so easy to clear this week. When faves draw outside, strange things happen.
9 OPULENT YANKEE Benefited from two straight perfect trips and drives. So, maybe it's time for his luck to run out? An outside post assignment will do that a lot. Not sure who fans will be this week, but he deserves to be morn line fave. Trainer: Dug in late last week with a sharp effort! Post nine is this week's challenge.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 6-9-1-5
H Horse Comment
1 BLUSH HANOVER After a series of bad post draws down in Delaware, this mare finds her way back to Club Med. She likes it here too! This is exactly the level where she could easily wake back up. I would want fair price to try, however. Trainer: Blush has always liked the Big M. Needs a trip, but when close, usually finishes well.
2 BESTGIRLFRIENDEVER I thought this level was too much for her, off the win, but I was wrong. Eric A very aggressive again and she raced well with tough trip. Now, from post two, he can save that speed. Might sneak in for a share.
3 CHILLED DESIRE A Note the condition, written up a notch to let both this mare and #9 into the race. She had a better-than-it-looked qualifier against a killer. I can't guarantee ready tonight, but will be very soon. Watch!
4 GIRLLOOKATTHATBODY Looks like the longshot in here, as clearly not ready for this on mile track right now.
5 DRAG N SAND Quietly in good form right now, but maybe a tad inconsistent? Had plenty of go, once she shook free in race that fell apart last week. I like the post and potential for trip. Would be very hard to leave out of this.
6 SKIPPIN BY I thought Yannick might be conservative with her last time and I was wrong! Blasted and almost stole it. With that said, that will serve as the perfect speed tightener. She's ready now and looks like the one to fear tonight.
7 MISQUED Found a nice, easy soft spot down at Freehold. She'd rounded back into good form before that, so it's back to the mile track tonight. Will open up at short odds, as always. This will be much tougher task, though. Your call? Trainer: Sharp right now. Trained great and hoping for a good trip.
8 MOJARRA HANOVER She's no match for these, so it looks like a safe pass for tonight. Wait for class drop.
9 CHEYENNE ROBIN Absolutely had to need that last start and came charging home anyway. Like #6, they're both sitting on big miles tonight, but which one will get luckier? Andy will have to be aggressive from this post.
10 SPILLING THE BEANS Talk about a case of the bad post blues! Still, she's in deceptively good form, and this looks like a great claim for the barn. Will get lucky one night soon, but we'll all have to guess when.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-9-2-7
H Horse Comment
1 BILLIE BLUE Actually outraced her odds last week for trainer/driver Mullin. I didn't think she was ready for that, and I will note that tonight, Yannick was listed. He opted for #7, but it's still a sign of positive intent. Maybe a price play?
2 WILDFLOWER We all know her game, and she trotted up a storm too late last week in a race that she had to need. With some speed on the outside, does that set things up for her? It very well might. Impossible to leave out now.
3 FRONT STREET No idea what to do with this one. Sneaks in, via an alternate condition, but has no true mile track form. Off a scratch, and an equipment break, I really don't know what to expect. Let's see if he belongs here.
4 PILGRIMS TIDE Endured a tough trip from that second tier start over at Yonkers. Back to mile track tonight, where he was sneaky good a while back. I suspect Marcus can pull the trigger a little earlier. Definitely a threat, at a price.
5 ZETTE STARLING I do not think this mare is a threat. Slowly working her way back into shape, and that last break is discouraging. I will wait for renewed signs of life here.
6 LONG STORY SHORT Gotta love the 13YO warhorse! Not really sure what happened last week, as he was no good. Mr. Dobson gets back in bike tonight. Maybe that will wake the old guy back up! Maybe.
7 PARTY ON THE RIVER Just on the switch to Yannick alone, the horse will probably be overbet. In truth, Roy did great job with this guy! Plenty of versatile speed, and probably the one to fear Any smooth trip raises his win chances.
8 MAJESTIC SUNSET Another on the slow and steady path of racing into shape. No problem. The problem here is the post! I don't envision him blasting, and I don't envision him sweeping the whole field. We'll see about that. Trainer: Gelding trained back well off a break in stride last start. Just needs to behave.
9 ABBIE'S CELTICLASS The key to the race! Why? Abbie is very good right now, but just hasn't gotten lucky. Yes, I saw her get a little bumpy last week, but her prior two efforts were great. Andy HAS to leave from this slot. Only needs trip.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 9-1-10-6
H Horse Comment
1 DANISHDUJOUR No luck last week, but a darn good flying finish! Moves all the way back inside and that is very key! Plots for the perfect stalking trip and he just might get lucky late for the upset. Price should be okay.
2 MUST BE THE BUNNY Woke back up a little with the speed last time. It kind of caught my eye. Not sure what the plan will be tonight, because he probably can't step around #1. Likely to sit, stalk, and hope to get lucky late.
3 FLY'N WITH ROYALTY No, I did not get the memo on this one last week either! Hate to say it, but this horse is just impossible to handicap. You never know what you're going to get. Some good starts. Some bad ones. Good luck.
4 WALKS OF LIFE As much as I loved him last two weeks, it might be time to back off tonight. I'm actually surprised to see him back in the box for third straight week. Thought they might give him a week off. Will be severely tested here.
5 GOLD STAR ROGER Retains large longshot status, until he finds a way to get closer. Not sure about that.
6 CAMTURO BEACH Figured to need that last start, just to reacclimate. This post is a bit better, but is it enough to get him back into the game? I'm thinking no, but I have been wrong before. Owns one big move. Better time it right.
7 ENERGY SHAKES Woke back up a little with a much improved effort last week. It's very hard to gauge these lower claimers, sometimes. They're not exactly "consistent." Will it be good effort this week, or bad effort? No idea. Trainer: Had a good week and is getting better.
8 FOX VALLEY CADET Speaking of inconsistent, this guy backed up in a bad way last time. Broke for no visible reason last week, and I'm almost surprised to see him right back in. Will he showcase that speed again? I don't know. Trainer: Stretched out a horrible last start. Don't know if he did it at the start or when he ran at top of stretch.
9 ESPRIT DE KAYJAY A I DO know this horse will be live tonight! Andy got stuck in a bad spot with him last week and it probably cost him the race. Now, from post nine, there will be no taking back. A send, and a good chance to win again.
10 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL Stormed home two back. Tougher trip last week. Post 10 now! What do we do? Has shown ability to leave, and it's not really in Nap's nature to take back with a sharp horse. I say use him! If price is right.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 4-6-1-2
H Horse Comment
1 REAL DJ HANOVER Finally gets a break at the post draw, and that might be all that he needs! Barn scored twice last week, so that's a solid sign. Yannick is back and speed will be coming from the rail. The one to beat for sure!
2 MASSIVE LIGHTNING Not really sure how to gauge this gelding's current form. This is a pretty big drop in class, from his last race out of amateurs. Owns a wicked kick when in the right mood. I can make a case here with Jimmy on.
3 DOC'S BOY Had pretty bad cover last week and made up ground from a tough spot. Also moves back inside, so that does raise his profile. Brett gets put back down, so that's a sign of positive intent. Can be used in this spot.
4 LINDY'S BEST YET I thought he might "need" a race here to reacclimate to mile track. He didn't. Raced very well once Kyle sent him out of there. Better post tonight, and trust me, he DOES fit with these. Won't be 36-1 tonight, though.
5 HOT SUMMER KNIGHT Off a long time since last race, so he won't be ready for this. Pass, and wait for later. Trainer: Off a while and might need a start.
6 MUAY HANOVER I had a very good note on this fella from 1/12, and then he headed across the river. Oh well. He broke there, so it's right back to the mile track now. Midpack post makes me worry a little. Will need a trip to reach.
7 MARION GONDOLIER Did race a little bit better last time, picking up a check. I would say that's the same goal here, from another tough post. It's all about pace and trip for this guy. Needs a hot pace, and a live flow to rally.
8 DRIVING MISS CRAZY Tell me this mare will fire out, and I'll tell you to use her tonight! Form is a tad inconsistent, but when she's good, she packs a punch. Another that needs a few things to go her way, but a definite maybe!
9 MR LOVER Slow starter was just fair in the qualifier, so I'll take the wait and see approach. Not ready yet.
10 HEAVENLY ZETTE Not much going right for this mare lately. Since she drew post 10, it makes her a pass. Trainer: With better racing luck and a trip, she can be in the mix.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 6-2-4-5
H Horse Comment
1 HIPNUMBERONE Freshened up a couple of months. That's good. Comeback qualifier was fair. Not ready yet.
2 DUNESIDE LIFE Forced a VERY hot pace last time and then paid the price late. Could probably step right around #1, but I would like to see an easier journey here. That stalking kind of trip could get her a big share at nice price.
3 SEA'S IDEAL Off too long for my taste, and will probably need this race to acclimate to mile track. Pass for now.
4 FIRST DELIGHT Gets a little bit of a break at the post draw, finally! But, her recent form isn't exactly dazzling. Overall, her record last year isn't bad. Likes to compete and hit the ticket. Therefore, she can be used if price is okay.
5 MISS DEFIANCE Took a TON of betting money last time and had a tough trip. I can understand that. With extra week off, and midpack post, I'd take an extra look here. She was bet for a reason last time. Regaining form. Watch out!
6 FEELIN RED HOT I still cannot believe she got nailed last week! Darn! But, if you played last week, like I did, you better try again tonight. Second try on Lasix. Second start for new barn. Speed tightened. The one to beat!
7 FIRE N DIAMONDS Always around the number lately. I wish she'd drawn a better post, with that bad case of bad post blues. Does have speed, but will face pressure if she guns. Interesting spot for Yannick. Send or wait?
8 PURITY Hard to get a true gauge on her form right now. After those super speed tries, she's regressed since. There is a TON of other speed in here, plus she's coming off a break. Might be time to race her from behind. Just sayin...
9 A HARD DAYS NIGHT Other than the class drop, and sudden presence of A Nap, there isn't much to like here. NJ form has been poor, and I'm being kind. BUT, I've seen A Nap wake horses up! 14-time winner last year. Has talent.
10 NANCY MELINDA What do we do with Nancy here, for her new barn? Yes, Vinny has two in here and I can't figure out either of them. This mare gets Brett, but from a terrible post. She is deceptively good right now. Not sure.