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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 Saturday, January 06, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-6-8
H Horse Comment
1 K-LEES SHAKENBAKE Sale bound 8YO was used up in the hot pace last week and paid the price late. This is class relief, but A Nap opted to #2. That has to tell us something, but a smoother trip does give him upset chance.
2 MORE DRAGON Gets the post relief he needs, plus A Nap sticks in the bike. Gelding seems sharp right now, so I wouldn't hesitate to play him. Only needs to be close enough to deliver that kick. Very hard to leave out.
3 SIR MACHALOT Took the aggressive try when well-backed last week, but also gave it up late. With that said, I'd expect a different kind of strategy for new pilot tonight. He can stalk too! Will offer much better odds if you like.
4 ESCAPE THE NEWS Two months off and freshened up. I don't think he's quite primed and ready for this.
5 BRUCE'S MAGIC Loved him last week and he responded with a blowout win. He's faced this type before, so the hike up doesn't bother me. Brett stays with him and horse has renewed confidence. Will give them all a good battle.
6 JOHNNY Q Took a week off, after tiring on the lead as the fave. Drops right back to the level where he won in 1:50, so let's expect to see that speed again. Not sure he's going to be 7-1, but he should still offer square odds for Austin. Trainer: Takes a drop in class, should bounce back to prior form.
7 MEETYOUATMIDNIGHT Not much luck at the post draw lately, plus he loses Brett Miller tonight. Due to that, he looks like the odd man out. I did like to see his speed last time, but not sure that will be coming tonight.
8 SOUTHWIND GENERAL That was a darn good try last out, despite the tough trip. Acclimated to the big track now and also gets a touch of class relief. The post won't help, but gelding can't be ignored in this spot. Your call?
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-6-7
H Horse Comment
1 FEEL THE NEED A Just a one-time winner last year, but ships in for solid barn, gets the rail and switches to Yannick on a class drop! Does all that add up to winner's circle? It might. Not too long ago, he was facing $40K claimers. Trainer: At a lower level with good draw. Has been off since Chester.
2 DREAMLANDS ART 11YO veteran is working his way back into shape off a layoff. Tough trip at Yonkers, then decent try at Monti with trainer doing the driving. Now, it's Brett Miller. That means he's probably primed and ready.
3 NOBLES FINESSE Another possibility in a hard-to-handicap race. Last time he raced at this level, got the job done on front end at even money. Likely won't be even money in here, but does have chance to regain top form.
4 SUTTON SEELSTER Only one in for the tag here for Jenn Bon. That was decent try down at Freehold and Joe hops back in the bike now. Post is good, and he plots for stalking trip. Might make that one big late move count.
5 DUNE DUDE Keeps getting bet a lot, and keeps delivering clunkers. Simply put, he wasn't very good last week, or week before. I can't predict a total turnaround, but that's what he would need to win this. If you think so, go bet!
6 MACH ON THE BEACH Gets a switch to A Nap tonight, as his choice to drive over #8,9. Gelding has worked his way down the ladder and a wakeup call seems imminent. Race didn't set up for him last time. Maybe get closer here?
7 KOTARE YAEL N Probably needed that race last time, after missing a few weeks. Plus, he had a bad post against a blowout winner. Can't say I fully back on the bandwagon here yet, but he is due to wake up with more soon.
8 BREAKTIME HANOVER MIA for almost a month. A Nap opted off. Horse hasn't been great lately. Have to pass.
9 ALONEINSPADES Loses that ideal inside post advantage and seems to lack much early speed. Since A Nap opted off, maybe we should do the same? I'd have a tough time betting from this starting slot. Will try to set up big rally.
10 PERFECTLY CLOSE He does have speed, and he does have Corey, so those are the positives. What he doesn't have lately is the stamina! Yes, he did get parked out last time, so we can excuse that. Will need a softer journey. Maybe.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 4-6-2-7
H Horse Comment
1 GIVEN UP TERROR Passed a couple of the tired ones from this group last week. I would think strategy will be the same. Sit in, save ground and try to keep up. That might earn him a check again.
2 FLEM N EM N Got lucky for Greg last week to upset these, given a perfect drive. Moves inside a few slots and can probably step around #1. That same journey would give him another good chance. If he remains sharp. Trainer: Had a good week, and should be good with a trip.
3 ROCKET J I know that raceline looks appealing, but in reality, he didn't have any excuses. With that said, horse has been pretty good of late and Andy got to know him last week. Will hope to put similar trip on him, last start before sale.
4 IDEAL MATTERS This horse is also very good right now! That was tough trip and he hung in there gamely all the way. Yannick hops back in the seat tonight and I think we'll see the more aggressive approach. One of the ones to fear!
5 QUICK FUN N Looks like he squandered a good trip in that Preferred down at Freehold. Claimed before that off a really good try at 30-1. Won't be 30-1 tonight on transition back to big track. Wasn't Corey's choice, though.
6 R M BLACKHAWK Paid dividends on that claim with a HUGE effort last week! Battled dueling pressure all the way and simply sprinted away. This will be tougher, but several others are question marks. This horse is not. Use!
7 COPPER COAST A What happened last week? Well, I can't answer that. As good as he was on 12/23, that's how bad he was last week. Corey chose him tonight, so should we expect the big bounce back? I have absolutely no idea.
8 NORTHERN ASSASSIN Sometimes you just shake your head at a result. Nap put a perfect trip and drive on him three weeks ago for the upset score. Why's he been off three weeks since? I don't know the answer to that either. Trainer: Has not raced in a month and drew the outside. What more needs to be said?
9 KINGS BARNS Actually wasn't bad trying to chase #7 a few weeks ago, but doesn't it set up the same way again? Won't he be coming from last? That's not usually a recipe for success around here, so demand value if you fancy.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 8-2-1-5
H Horse Comment
1 JACKSRLUCKYTOO Jack will get a new driver tonight, with Jimmy serving some suspension days. The rail is not always the best spot for a closer like him. The class drop is big, however. Don't expect much price with Yannick.
2 PHIL YOUR BOOTS Hip #213 in the sale on Jan. 15. Nap had a choice in here and chose this fella, so maybe we can expect a better effort? He'll need one, because that first start here was flat. It is a drop. That should aid the cause.
3 PRINCE OF POPS N The third of the potential "droppers and poppers" has missed time. The gaps between starts are a concern. Only made eight starts last year. Does come out of a very quick race, though. Is he ready or not? Trainer: Nice horse that should be rolling late.
4 SOVEREIGN BANNER N Stormed home to upset the applecart here last week. Things did set up nicely, but horse was still very good to win it. This is an appropriate step up, but it won't be easy. Demand fair value on the follow up.
5 SUPER IMPOSED N I thought he was better in the race two back. Well positioned last week, but not enough kick to get by. Draws same post and needs same setup, plus a bit more in the tank. Not sure if it's coming. Your call?
6 CENTURY CHURCHILL Never really entered the fray in Big M debut last week. The post is a little better, but this race does seem to be filled with closers. He's likely to get away further back in the pack. I need to see one more.
7 ELECTRIC WESTERN Many starters from this barn have been MIA for a few weeks. By now, we should know if any of them are ready. Nap had a choice for the re-ride and opted to #2. Isn't that telling us something? I think so.
8 EXPRESS STRIDE N Clearly the key to the race! Yes, I know he got beat at odds-on, and yes, I can see that he hasn't raced since Dec. 9. How do we decipher that? I'm going to expect him to be ready and fire out for Brett!
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-4-5
H Horse Comment
1 CITY PIE Didn't really take an aggressive try last week, so I will just toss that. Brett sticks with him tonight, however and that tells me something. The post relief is the plus, and he'll get a lot closer to these. A must use now.
2 YOUDA SHARK Beat a much weaker group when last seen here. Followed that up with a clunker down at home base. Gets a nice post here, but loses Brett and is facing much tougher. Rides rail, hoping for a check late.
3 IDEAL SHADOW Corey's choice raced great in both tries here thus far. Had a week off and that's okay. Gets a key inside post to help his speed. No reason not to expect a big one. Can't ignore sharp horses.
4 MAGIC TRICKS Missed out on a race last week from an outside post. Finds his way back to NJ from a better spot here, but he was not Brett's choice. Renews his rivalry with #9 and it should be interesting sprint early. Tough call.
5 DR C'S Z TAM Fresh claim here. Gets to face #1 again after they battled a few weeks ago. Horse also has speed, but some versatility too! That could help in race with lots of other speed. I like the post. He IS facing better, though.
6 WORKANDPLAYHARD Won just one race last year, but it did come here and recently! I guess we could call recent form a tad inconsistent. I hate having to guess if we're going to get a good effort. That's what we have to do.
7 MARTIAL BLISS Enjoyed a very nice trip behind the dueling winner last time and came up empty late! That's not good and if anything, this looks tougher. Not sure I could hop on board, after seeing that effort.
8 MASTER OF PUPPETS Could be one of the "live" closers in a race filled with speedballs. He's shocked us once here already, but I do believe he's facing better now. Good trip and not enough in last. Tough post. Your call? Trainer: Raced good last start and seems good right now.
9 TERROR OF THE NITE Used pretty hard and tired last time. I do fear the same coming, by the looks of this field. It'll be up to Austin to somehow make the trip easier. I just don't see it, but I have been wrong before.
10 ABBEYLARA Not in a good spot out here and hasn't been overly impressive since showing up at Club Med.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 5-7-8-4
H Horse Comment
1 CRESURREY MIA for a few weeks after the Philly win. Overall, horse has been pretty good. Now a 4YO, tackling older and possibly faster foes. This is no easy spot and he's got a lot to prove against these. At least he has Brett. In the sale!
2 UPFRONT BILLY Burned some cash back on Dec. 9, which was last time he raced. Makes me wonder if there was some sickness going through that barn? So many of their entrants have been off several weeks. Hard to gauge.
3 WORTH THE MONEY AS This doesn't look like the right spot for the 10YO. Wait for some class relief.
4 BEE IN CHARGE Gelding rolled at a pretty good clip last time and got caught late. No problem. Still proved he could handle the hike back up. Looked safe. Nap's choice will be firing out and figures to be one to catch. Trainer: Back on track with last two starts. Had a good week and I'm expecting a competitive effort.
5 ZOOMING Still waiting on a wakeup call for this barn too! Gelding was in a good spot last time, but lacked his usual big kick. Not sure why? Gets a touch of post relief here. Eligible to refind his form at any moment. Tough call.
6 QUEEN ADJALA Never had racing room last time and forced way out to cause the DQ last week. That's why Marohn isn't here this weekend. Greg Merton takes a turn on the mare and she's forced up in class. Might not be good enough.
7 EXPLOSIVE MAN What on earth has gotten into this horse? He's super right now, but I will advise a touch of caution because he's been off a few weeks. Had a three-week gap before that. Why? Nothing less than best will do!
8 SOUTHWIND FLASH Looks like he broke under pressure last time at Yonkers. Knows his way around the big track too! Has plenty of speed to overcome the post, but is he primed and ready for a big mile? He's in the sale!
9 SCIROCCO JAKOB Billy D sailed this fella right down the road to beat a bit lesser. Eric Carlson will take a turn now and I just don't think it will be quite that easy from this post. However, horse is sharp. That can't be ignored.
10 JUSTICE JET Taking huge hike up in class and gets slammed with worst post. Probably not going to work out.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 DAVID'S DREAM Seems to do his best work at a level lower than this. Did pick up a check last time, so that's a good thing. Corey did opt off again, as expected. Sits in, saves ground and tries to keep up late. A big maybe.
2 ARMABLUECHIPBOY N Newcomer to the Big M gets a touch of class relief. A couple of those Yonkers efforts would be good enough to put him in play. I like the inside post and presence of Andy. Have to give this one a long look.
3 SPEED AGAIN Still waiting on a wakeup call from this guy. Horse has shown flashes of wicked kick. Moves inside a bit and gets Yannick back in the bike. All that could add up to seeing more. Should offer a nice price too!
4 CHEYENNE SEEBER Hasn't had a realistic chance in quite some time. Between being in too tough, and stuck with some real bad posts, he's overdue! One of the many upset possibilities in a very hard-to-handicap race. Big price? Trainer: Has been unlucky, but is more than capable of going with these types of horses.
5 ALL WEEK Doesn't seem to win very often, so that's a problem. Always around the ticket, however. Gets the perfect midpack post and also gets Brett back. Give him a smooth trip and he'll hit the board again. Hard to leave out.
6 MACHAMILLION N Was bet like a "sure" thing last week and simply did not deliver the knockout punch. This is a slightly softer spot, but I know I wouldn't be willing to take a short price again. He just wasn't good enough. Tuf call.
7 DIAL OR NODIAL 12YO war horse was very good last week, but everybody saw it. This is an additional bump up in class, so that's a problem. Marcus did choose him over #4, so that IS a vote of confidence. If odds are low, I may pass.
8 BIG TOP HANOVER The outside post presents a problem again. Failed to enter the fray from similar spot last time. This is a bit of a drop however. He should wake up soon, but we'll have to guess when. Needs some speed!
9 MARINER SEELSTER This is about the eighth horse from this barn that hasn't raced since Dec. 9. If ANY of them have performed well, then we can probably forget the layoff. Has speed. Has A Nap. Should be blasting. Is he ready?
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 7-1-3-5
H Horse Comment
1 ALOTBETTOR N Talk about an eye-opener! How was that effort two weeks ago? Just exploded home. Aiming for three straight here, but this looks like toughest test yet. Drew outside again (pp7.) Won't be big price either. Trainer: Couldn't have impressed me more in last. Proving to be the type of horse we thought since coming to the states. Trained awesome this week.
1A VILLE VALO Layed off since getting sick in November. Had a useful qualifier, but won't be ready for this. Trainer: Returning from some times off. Qualifier was better than line suggests, but I think he'll need a start.
2 ART HISTORY Raced a LOT better last time. Had been inconsistent before that, so I don't really know what to expect tonight. I must note that Brett opted to #5, so that's not much of a vote of confidence. Your call, folks. He's in sale!
3 ELRAMA N Couldn't be any sharper than he is right now, but has he worked his way too high in class? Corey must think so, because he chose #7. Still, I wouldn't talk you off this guy if the price was right. Good chance for Vinny G. Trainer: Big mile last start, trying to build on that for another big step up the ladder this week.
4 STARZNHEAVEN Grinded it out last time, in first go for Burke Brigade. Not bad. Still stuck at this higher class level, and he might need a touch of relief before seeing the winner's circle again. Yannick back, though. Mixed feelings.
5 ALLSTAR PARTNER Did a good job of chasing the classier foe in last. Brett even popped the pocket on that winner! He's forced up a notch in class, but if Brett stays, maybe we should too? We're going to see speed again.
6 JK WILL POWER That was one heck of a try, doing all the dirty work to set things up for #1. Note that he did not quit! One of the many in here that are very sharp right now. I can't tell you to toss him out. Perfect midpack post. In the sale!
7 ALLBLACK STRIDE N Turned in a "Wow" kind of rally last week, in just his second start in North America. Obviously, this is a good horse and likes the big track, with Lasix too! Corey chose him. What more do you need to know?
8 OH JONNY B GOOD N Moves back to an outside post, which can't help. Forced up in class, against a very good field here, so that's a minus. Might require a little A Nap "magic" to get into the game, but price should be right.
9 PONYTA BOY I liked the spot he was in last week much better. This now looks almost impossible from post 10.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 8-7-10-3
H Horse Comment
1 SHESGOTTHEBEAT A super steer from Greg to "steal one" last week. Now, the mare is forced way up in class and this won't be so easy. In fact, I doubt she sets the pace. There's too much power on the outside. Expect a wild one!
2 HEARTS N FLOWERS Seems sharp right now, but is this really the right spot for her here? I'm not so sure. Pass.
3 LADY OF HEAVEN One of the many that are forced up a notch in class, so that doesn't help. She has been better on Lasix, so that helps. Gets a key inside post again, so that's a plus. Needs just a bit better kick home to get closer.
4 UF DRAGON'S QUEEN This was Nap's choice over #2 and she is unraced since Dec. 8. Nap opted off several of these layoff horses for this barn, so maybe this one will be good? She's tailed off, but has the back class to wake back up.
5 STUDIO ONE Also the beneficiary of a picture perfect Merton drive for the win, but he did have the option to reride and ended up on #1. Mare seemed overmatched when she was at this level last month. Tough call here in good post.
6 BEYONCES ROCKN Had some traffic troubles getting out last week and it cost her any chance. My bigger problem is the big bump up in class! She's not used to facing this caliber, so I'll probably have to prefer others for now.
7 COUSIN MARY Remains razor sharp, like a few others in here, and she's bounced around up and down in class. The big knock here is that Brett Miller chose #10. That mare looked like a monster in her win. Mary will need a lot more. Trainer: Is sharp and confidence is right where it needs to be.
8 SASSA HANOVER Ordinarily, this would be an easy like on the class drop, against many hiking up. However, mare has been MIA for three weeks, plus she disappointed as the big fave at Yonkers. Drew outside. Needs all that speed.
9 CAROBBEAN PACETRY Showed me a LOT of heart to dig in and win that last one, but I have to be honest, this looks a whole lot tougher! And, as impressive as she was, #10 was even more impressive. Tough race, having drawn outside.
10 BRONZE OVER N Yes, she certainly looked like a killer in the debut here. BUT, I've seen post 10 ruin many a killer before. Brett chose her, as expected, but even he's got his work cut out to get her into the game. Short price.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-3-2-10
H Horse Comment
1 BRICKMAN Yes, he did race a little better last time, but I'm still not happy with what I'm seeing from this horse. Brett stays "loyal" to him, opting over #5,8, but I'm still not biting. If he jumps up and beats me, so be it!
2 CONTINUAL HANOVER Have to give this one a decent chance in here. Should now be adapted to the Scotty D barn, and I actually think the move back to the big track might help. Inside post will keep him close. Delivers a nice kick. Trainer: If the "good" Continual shows up, he will be a force!
3 CHIP WALTHER Yes, he was very good last week, from an impossible spot, but everybody saw it. That usually means short price coming, so be careful. He's still got something to prove for his new barn. Only at a fair price, folks.
4 ONEISALONELYNUMBER Has steadily worked his way down the class ladder and it's clearly wakeup call time for Team Siegelman. Has more than enough versatile speed to use, and he might offer the better price than #3. Trainer: Drops down in class and should show them that he's for real.
5 SIX GUN Off a couple of weeks. Tired as the fave in last Philly try when Brett drove. Brett opted off here, so that HAS to tell us something, right? Probably needs a follow trip, instead of a pacesetting one. Let's see about that.
6 MR BAILANDO Was very good here a while back, but he has tailed off a touch. Got parked out last time, so let's not hold that against him, but I still need to see a good one again before I could endorse.
7 DULL ROAR Got his "tour of the track" a couple weeks ago. Nap takes over now, and this was his choice over #10. Okay. As previously stated, take a long look at how this barn's racers have fared. If they're going well, then use.
8 THE FIRE WITHIN Outraced his odds last time, with a good drive from Brett. Moves to much tougher post tonight, and loses Mr. Miller. That doesn't usually add up to success.
9 MISTER TRUTH Gets slammed with another brutal post and you see how he did with it last time. A pass again?
10 YANKEE HEAVEN Hot property at the claim box, and horse has shown big speed at times. I think he's been facing better in those straight claimers. This is an optional one. Had A Nap chosen, I would probably like a lot more.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-1-5
H Horse Comment
1 ULTIMATE FLYER N Sure, that was a disappointing loss as the fave a couple of weeks ago. Did he need that race to acclimate to big track? Maybe. Andy listed again and chose over #10. Likely to take tote action. Very mixed feelings.
2 SOFER Feel the same way about this one, as #1. Has a race over the track. Took extra week off. Flashed nice speed that night and could be a lot "tighter" tonight. Inside post a plus. Expect a better effort. Will it be enough?
3 WILDMAN Never really got rolling in debut here at 60-1. Will offer another big price, but needs a lot more.
4 BET THE DRAGON Loved that last win, with the re-rally to conquer weaker. Takes the appropriate step up, and gets Corey now, as his choice over #7. It's the 'ol "lightbulb" angle. When it goes on, horses learn how to win!
5 OFFDAHOOK BLUECHIP Forget about that last one, as he was just a field filler. This is the spot where he belongs, but it's been a long time he's been at this. Not sure how big the price will be, with Yannick on. In the sale as Hip#170.
6 YEAHBOYYEAH MIA for a few weeks. Well-traveled gelding has raced only six times, with three wins too for the Gallo guys, Scharf and Ford. Is the horse quick enough to win here? THAT is the question. Must go a LOT faster here.
7 FRANZ Down from New York and into a new barn here in Jersey. Barn has going okay lately, so I'll give a little more respect. Horse seemed to do well when he drew inside, and that is NOT the case here. Also, Corey opted off. Tuf call.
8 HEADLIGHTS ON Stormed home in both Big M starts. I like that! What I don't like is this post for a horse that seems to have no early speed. How does he get into the game from out here? That'll be up to Marcus. Needs a trip too!
9 SCHOLZ Not in good form right now, so I think we can safely leave him out from the bad post. Pass.
10 WHATA TWIST Speaking of the bad post blues, how bout this fella? No luck lately and it continues here. He doesn't seem to have any early speed either, so it could be a long night. Andy opted off as well.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 3-10-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 CRUISERWILLWIN Wasn't racing too well when we last saw him on December 6. Can he possibly be primed and ready for this spot? No.
2 CLOUSEAU HANOVER Should be sufficiently speed tightened after that blast from the 10-hole off the layoff. I would have to think he can get a different trip from this starting spot and look who's in the seat now! Yannick! Steps up.
3 MT STERLING MAFIA Mixed sale bound gelding made a VERY good impression in first start here. Had plenty of pace once he got out of traffic. Drew a much better post for Andy tonight and is versatile. Would be very hard to leave out. Trainer: Was blocked, but got out real late. He should bounce back good in here.
4 ROCKIN HANK I didn't see a whole lot in those first few here. Would be hard to predict total turnaround. Pass.
5 LOTS OF LOVIN Vinny G sticks with this one over #10. That did surprise me a bit, but horse clearly outraced his odds last time with a nice rally. Gets a better post and might change tactics here. He can leave too! Usable at a price.
6 BIG STRETCH MARK As previously stated, he doesn't win all that often, but he is impossible to leave off the ticket. Always seems to get overbet, which I don't like. I'll use him in gimmicks, but not on top, even as Corey's choice.
7 OBSCENE BLUE CHIP Well, he sure proved the win was NO fluke! Was flying late at end of mile for Austin, behind uber impressive winner. Will NOT be 37-1 or 85-1. But, it's probably all about pace and trip. Needs both to work. Trainer: Is proving to me he requires a bigger track for his best performances. Gets better every week here.
8 STAKEOUT Clearly not in good form right now, so I think we can safely leave this guy out too! Not for me.
9 VALRHONA Corey drove this one perfectly last time, to a nice upset win over a similar bunch. With that said, will horse be that lucky again from post nine for new pilot? Usually, I guess no, but same speed would help a lot.
10 SUNSHINE WEST Speaking of speed, this one has plenty. Hasn't been able to get the job done here yet, but I always respect the speed. Brett will find a way to work out a better trip and he can win, with any smooth journey.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-6-8-1
H Horse Comment
1 ALTA LEROY N I certainly liked his qualifier, but can the 8YO be primed and ready enough for this bunch off the six-month layoff? It's a legitimate question. Plots for a nice, stalking trip once #8 gets the lead. A big fat maybe, folks!
2 ROCK ON THE HILL Liked him a LOT last week and he didn't race nearly as good as the line looks on paper. Forced up in class, and likely to be overbet. Might have to get a lot luckier to beat this group. And, A Nap is off.
3 BELIEVE THIS BOB Scratched out last week, maybe to "post-10-itis?" Well, this is clearly a better post, but it's no easy spot. Barn listed Brett and didn't get him. I think the class hike is too much anyway. Wait for softer spot.
4 TORRID BROMAC N In a race of class hikers, this fella is getting relief. Siegelman has MANY chances to win tonight, and if he's having a good night by now, don't be afraid to hop on board this one. Might offer fair value too!
5 MAJOR WAR Dropped and popped to a sharp win for Brett last week. The effort was strong, but this is a serious hike back up the ladder, and since Brett opted here, the price may not be all that big. Not sure good enough to win this.
6 MAJOR LEGACY This guy is going to get lucky one night soon, and I wonder if it's tonight. With a potential sizzling pace set by #8 here, it could set up for a closer. This horse has wicked kick when the flow is live. Consider that.
7 SPIRIT OF TRUTH Tough to like this one in this spot. Would need a miracle rally. Not happening.
8 TEMPSTER HANOVER Boy, is he good right now! I just wonder how good. Won wrapped up in dazzling fashion again last week. We all know he's headed to the lead again, but there are some better horses in here. Your call?
14 Fourteenth Race Entries
Picks: 3-7-2-10
H Horse Comment
1 HASH-TAG CHROME Not really sure what to do here. Hasn't been very good at Monti last few, but those were outside posts. Shows a flat race here the one time he came. Guess I need to see a good one before I could bet.
2 CHARMBO CURIOSITY One of the many in here that can win this, provided he gets the right kind of journey. It's all about the trip for this horse, but this is the right level and he's got good post. Packs versatile speed. Must use.
3 DANISHDUJOUR Turned in a WOW mile two weeks ago, given a great drive by The Mann! That came off a layoff, and from a tougher post. Will he go right down the road now? Maybe! Won't offer those 11-1 odds now, though.
4 MUST BE THE BUNNY 13YO warhorse owns a nice kick every now and then. He plots for the right kind of stalking trip tonight, so it's up to Mr. Blumenfeld to make it work out. The price will be right, and he can get a piece with trip.
5 CUNDALINI Can't really say I've been happy with either of his efforts here. Maybe not a big track horse? For whatever reason, Brett sticks with him, over #10, but I'm not biting. I need to see a much better effort first. Your call?
6 IDEAL DANNY Been just fair here so far. I haven't seen enough from him to make me want to bet. I'll pass.
7 ISE THE BY BOY Dropping back down to the more proper level. Expect him to wake up in this spot and I'd be shocked if we didn't get speed. To me, he's a must use and can easily win it with a trip. Price might be okay too!
8 DRACO Basically just kept up from the pole post. Now, it's the eight box. I don't see him blasting, so I'm probably going to prefer others.
9 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL This gelding's burned a LOT of money over past two months. Set a sizzling pace here last time, before getting tired. I would imagine we're getting a completely different trip tonight for new pilot. Still not my fave.
10 WINDSONG GORGEOUS Woke up last time, with a much improved effort. For that, he's not exactly "rewarded" with post 10. Brett Miller opted to #5, so that worries me more. Can Joey B conjure up some speed? Let's hope so.