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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 Thursday, July 19, 2012

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 10-8-2-3
H Horse Comment
1 MYSTERIES OF LIGHT Hasn’t raced in 3 weeks and is coming off a sick scratch. Last win came on November 25, 2009. Tough to endorse.
2 MINDEXY Winless on the year, but coming off a pair of improved efforts. Seems to fit nicely in this group. Improving mare has a chance.
3 TROSS THE WAY Stepped up with a win last time, but it did come at the bottom level at Monticello. Still, recent form makes him a player.
4 JAMACIANME WILD Mare has not been sharp of late and her last start was rather poor. Clearly, she is in need of a turnaround.
5 BETTING MOLIN Facing his third race in nine days, with his last coming at a fair. Worth noting he was 8th at the bottom level at Monti.
6 VICTORY STREAK Just 1 for his last 26 and he doesn’t pack much gate speed. Form goes in and out and he can contend with a trip.
7 JAGUAR JET Gelding has been beaten a long way in his last several starts including those QUA’s. Has backclass, but needs improvement.
8 SHARRON R Mare is coming out of a tougher race than most of these. Races at Tioga are good enough to win this amateur event.
9 DOOMSDAY Coming off a decent try at the Ocean, but her final quarters are a bit concerning. Needs to find more in the stretch.
10 SHANIA TWAIN Without question, she possesses the sharpest form in this field. As long she gets involved early, she’ll be tough to beat.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 8-6-5-10
H Horse Comment
1 CHOCOLATE DELIGHT ($10,000 – LEX-SEL) Has made breaks twice now, which is a concern. Exits the Sire Stakes. Must stay trotting.
2 DEWEYDEFEATSTRUMAN ($15,000 – LEX-SEL) Dam earned nearly $200,000. Had just even trot in the stretch last time. Must step up.
3 ZOLI ($77,000 – LEX-SEL) Dam earned over $300,000 and is a half-sister to Personal Style ($197k). Made breaks in two of three starts.
4 MATEO M ($3,500 – BHS) Not bad in his first pari-mutuel start. Colt seems to be improving and has a chance to out-race his sales price.
5 MUSCLE MOUNTAIN ($27,000 – HBG) Broke without much cause other than possibly getting tired last time. Still, he’s the one to beat.
6 CASHCO ($62,000 – HBG) Disappointing miscue in his first lifetime start. From the family of Oh Sweet Baby ($621k). Has speed. Maybe.
7 THE FRESH PRINCE (Homebred) First offspring of Fresh Winner Pearl to make a pari-mutuel start. His last baby race is fast enough.
8 FICO ($155,000 - HBG) – Half-brother to Carnegie ($281k) really stepped up his game with the addition of hopples. Shipper is a player.
9 ALL TROT ($130,000 – LEX-SEL) Dam is a daughter of the great Moni Maker. Peck trainee is on the slow and steady improve. Interesting.
10 CRAZED N LINDY ($35,000 – LEX-SEL) Half-brother to The Lindy Reserve ($306k). Improving sort must find speed to overcome the draw.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 9-2-6-1
H Horse Comment
1 TREMENDOUS HIT Coming off a pair of solid tries at this level. Gelding likes to win too. He has won here before and is a major contender.
2 RED LIGHT His effort here two starts back will make him awfully tough to beat in this group. Might just be faster than these. Tough foe.
3 SAM’S HONEYBEE Mare is exiting some tougher races than most of these, but her form has not been sharp of late. Mixed feelings.
4 ALPINE DAUNTLESS Not coming out of the strongest of races and doesn’t pack much speed. Looks like improvement is needed here.
5 DRILL SERGEANT SAM Coming off a win at this level and this gelding has some early foot too. Still, this race will prove tougher. Maybe.
6 PERMANENT JOY He has been OK of late, and his driver certainly knows him well. I can see him working his way into the outer flow here.
7 SWAGGER BEGONIA Gelding doesn’t win often, but his try on 6/15 was decent. He is in decent form of late, and he can earn a slice here.
8 S A POSTER BOY Enters this off a win at the bottom level at Monticello and at a fair. Tackling tougher here than he is used to. Tough task.
9 VALDEZ This guy has some back class and he has been facing better fields than most of these. Don’t love the 0 for 19, but I’m using him.
10 MUSCLES MARINARA The millionaire makes his Meadowlands return. He has gone some big trips here. Now 12, let’s see what he’s got!
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 10-7-8-2
H Horse Comment
1 STREET FIGHTER Making his first lifetime start, but he hasn’t gotten close as of yet. Shows breaks in 2 of 3 races too. Watching for now.
2 CELEBRITY GAUWITZ Winless streak has reached 11 to start his career, but he did trot fast enough last time to win this. Can be used.
3 ROTSCHILD Doesn’t pack much early speed and has not been finishing his miles with much interest either. Needs improvement.
4 DONT TELL MY GIRL Hasn’t shown much to start his career beaten double digits each time out. Sharp improvement required.
5 CASHONTHEROCS Has made breaks in back to back starts and has been soundly defeated in each of his starts. Another longshot.
6 BATTLE READY Gelding is now 0 for 12 and he has the look of a horse that will be battling it out for a minor award here. Fringe player.
7 MELADY’S MONET Although he is 0 for 13, he just looks fastest in here. He is prone to the miscue, which adds some risk. One to beat.
8 RINGSIDE NGUYEN Filly seems to be improving, but she is yet to go fast enough to win this race. Still, with just 3 starts, she has upside.
9 SWEEPING VICTORY His effort from 6/22 puts him in the mix here, but he too, is prone to the break. If he stays trotting, he’s a contender.
10 CASH MCCOY The speed he offers in this race makes him an appealing player. He also has more wins than the entire field combined.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 7-8-3-1
H Horse Comment
1 OH SWEET BABY She had a nice year as a three year old, but she has not found her best stride yet this season. Against just 4YO’s now.
2 FITNESS GIRL In case you have forgotten, this lass was a serious 2YO. Won the Matron, 3rd in the Breeders Crown. Is she ready for this?
3 PANTHOLOPS She has a couple of decent tries of late, especially last time against older horses. She’s coming into this in good form. Use.
4 HARDROCKENJESSICA She is stepping way up in class here, and doing it off a loss at 19-1. Shell need a lifetime best effort here.
5 LEAH’S EX She raced well in the early rounds of that late closer, until making a break in the final. This is a major test for class though.
6 BACKSTREET HANOVER Her form has tailed off of late and she didn’t respond to the trainer change last time. Improvement required.
7 CEDAR DOVE Last year’s Breeders Crown winner has not missed a beat this year. She is vying for divisional honors. The one to beat.
8 TUI Last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion seems to have hit her best stride of late. Not sure she can beat the fave. Still using.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 6-7-9-8
H Horse Comment
1 BARN ART Exits a QUA where he went wire to wire. Coming off a 16 month layoff and hasn’t won since 2010 as well. Is he ready?
2 SOUTHWIND TYRANT Now making his 3rd start off the layoff. Which Tyrant shows up? The one who fired fresh or regressed last time?
3 LEMON DROP HALL He has been having a tough time holding on in the stretch lately. He tired in his last race, which was at this level.
4 FINE FINE FINE Just 1 for 14 on the year. His last couple of tries were no chance miles from wide draws at Pocono. Can improve now.
5 ZACHARY LOU Coming off a confidence builder against a softer group at Harrington. Off a month. Runner-up was 2nd in Nw1565 on 7/8.
6 BEST LIFE Never saw the pylons from post 10 last time. Just throw that race out. Prior to that he dominated at this level. He can rebound.
7 CORKY BARAN He is 0 for 15, but now making his 2nd start back off the layoff and dropping to the lowest level he has faced in some time.
8 FINANCE THE MASTER Not a bad try last time when favored against a similar group. He seems to be rounding into form. Logical player.
9 MASTER OF WARS Looks the sharpest horse in the race with 3 wins from his last 4 starts. He’s fast enough too. Looms a contender.
10 IN KENNY’S HONOR Coming off back to back solid efforts. Showed speed from the widest draw last time. Expect similar this time around.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 8-3-9-4
H Horse Comment
1 GOOD NIGHT HANOVER Added Lasix last time, but it didn’t seem to help too much. She’s been overmatch at this level each time.
2 KITTI PLACE She hasn’t done a whole lot at this level at The Meadowlands. Her best efforts have come on the smaller track. Longshot.
3 NELLIESIRISHPRAYER Packs dangerous early speed and she has a couple of decent tries at this level. She can improve. Looms a player.
4 CINDY’S FLOWER Took some play when breaking last time. Now in her 2nd start off the bench. She was favored in the KSS last year.
5 CAROLSTERN Coming off just an even QUA and it appears Lasix hasn’t done a great deal to move her forward. Has been overmatched.
6 CAMWOW Winning efforts have come at lower levels at Monticello. Couldn’t get involved last time at Tioga and this will be even tougher.
7 MOMMA ROCK Hasn’t raced in 3 weeks and is coming off a pair of dull efforts. Her races here at this level were just even. Must improve.
8 ODDS ON GUINEVERE Exits the same race as #’s 2 and 3 and clearly defeated those foes. She is sharper than most of these. Contender.
9 ABRIELLA Making her 2nd start back off the layoff and she raced admirably last time. In this field, she has a right to improve. Player.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-3-1
H Horse Comment
1 LADY ANDOVER Kicks off a tough field and this mare is razor sharp. She has beaten older condition trotters twice. Too sharp to ignore.
2 ALL MUNKY BUSINESS May have been exposed in her first start here. Those late closer races were much softer than this. Must improve.
3 BEATGOESON HANOVER Came from a near impossible spot last time in a very tough field. She appears to be improving. Logical player.
4 CHINA PEARLS Raced well in the Armbro Flight and Miss Versatility against older mares. Made half-a-million last year. Should be tough.
5 JEZZY One of the best 3YO fillies from a year ago, she has not found her best stride yet this year. Expect speed tonight. Value play.
6 FOUR DAMSALS She exits the same series from Tioga as ‘Munky, but didn’t fare as well. Coming off a confidence builder against softer.
7 PURE BARRE She came with a good late move last week. Seems to be improving, but this is a much more difficult spot. Longshot.
8 LOVE U OVERANDOVER Simply was not as good last time. She’ll need to be sharper as this field has some classy mares in it. Tricky call.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 10-8-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 LITTLEBETTOR Entering this off a win against a softer group at Monticello. He has speed from the pole. Looks like a fringe player.
2 SMARTY MERIT Shows a couple of good tries at Goshen, but he hasn’t raced too well at the $5,000 level lately. Gelding needs to improve.
3 ERIC LEGEND N Coming off a sick scratch and a dull race off an eight month layoff. Horses improve 2nd time back, but he’s a longshot.
4 BLOWOUT Owns a win against a softer group at Monticello. Recent form has been just fair. Needs to step up his game considerably.
5 COROMANDELPRINCE A Gelding has been facing tougher fields than most of these, but his form has been pretty dull. Must stay closer.
6 FOX VALLEY SOSA One of the sharper horses in the field with three wins from his last five starts. A contender if he takes to the big track.
7 MAC MARTIAN That $5,000 claimer at Saratoga is tougher than what many in this field have been facing. Racing well of late. Contender.
8 COSMIC ILLUSION This 12YO is on a nice little streak, and he exits a tougher field than most last time. Speed makes him prominent now.
9 DVC GIFTED INDEED He packs some early speed and is in sharper form than most of these. Expect him to be aggressive throughout.
10 HENDRIX Goes out for some tough connections and had a solid year in 2011. Winless this season, but he can certainly do damage here.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 2-1-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 MISTER BARNETT N Never made the gate last time, but he shows a pair of decent tries at this level. He can turn things back around.
2 ELECTROFIRE He has won at much higher levels than this. He hasn’t been sharp, but he may just be faster than these. Takes money.
3 TROUBLE HANOVER Gelding is now 0 for 10 on the year and is coming off just an even try. He’ll need to improve here. Fringe player.
4 TRAVERS HALL Been beaten against some softer fields at the Ocean. That makes him a tough play in here. Improvement required.
5 TOPGUN RAIDER Has a couple of decent tries at this level, but is still looking for a win here. Still, he appears faster than most in here.
6 SHARKSTUNE Did enough to earn a check last time, but this gelding is still just 3 for 72 lifetime. Appears that a minor award is his ceiling.
7 CC RACY Loomed boldly but offered just even pace in the stretch last time. Not sure I can endorse for the win, but can be used underneath.
8 GOTA GO BULLVILLE Shows a win against a soft group at Monticello. His last try doesn’t set him up well for this though. Needs more.
9 SIMPLY FAITH Off a pair of dull qualifiers and an eight month layoff. Suspect this 4YO needs at least a start. Watching for now.
10 REAL ARTICULATE Coming off a pair of dull tries. Gelding doesn’t show any early speed and he looks up against it from here.