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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 Saturday, February 03, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 2-1-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 FIJI Has done damage here before, but usually at one level lower than this. But, with the rail, and some question marks in here, he does have a chance. Figures to offer a decent price to take a shot. Why not? Send him, Eric A!
2 QUEEN ADJALA I've been chasing this mare for a while now, and she's really had no luck! Maybe tonight's the night to turn things around. Back from Yonkers where a slow start cost her. She does have speed. Will be involved here.
3 LAUDERDALE Also returning from Yonkers, where it looks like he had a tough trip and then broke. I can excuse that, but basically, I never bet on this horse due to always low odds. He's not my type. If he beats me, he beats me... Trainer: Trained well and had a good week.
4 MARION MILLIONAIR Did not look great in either qualifier, so she's a pass for me until further notice.
5 A JERSEY CONTRACT Forced up the class ladder to this level last time and raced a little better than you think. I didn't think he was a fit, but now I'm not sure. Post is perfect to give Yannick some options. Can be used in here.
6 ROSSINI Slides back down a notch to a more proper level tonight. That puts him back in play and he might even offer a price. It's all about pace and trip for this fella, so if he gets a live flow, watch out late. I can't leave him out now.
7 TYCOON SEELSTER Seems to have regressed a bit, and hasn't quite taken to the mile track. I would need to see a better effort before I could endorse here.
8 BIG BILL BREEZE Had an impossible trip the one time we saw Bill here. Coming off the scratch has me a little worried. I don't like the post, but see that he can show speed at times. Very mixed feelings in this spot tonight.
9 GOLD MEDAL SWAN Seems to be back on a good pattern right now. Did a lot of the dirty work to set things up for the closer last week. Tonight's problem is the post. He can leave, but doesn't always. I think I'll prefer others for now.
10 XTATIC HANOVER Never really fired in that first try here, from an outside post like this. Same situation here, plus he loses Brett. I would be hard pressed to make a strong case for success tonight.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 2-7-3-1
H Horse Comment
1 K-LEES-SHAKENBAKE Gets some much needed post relief and comes out of a key race won by a "down under wonder!" Unfortunately, he's facing another one. This is the level where he should do some damage, Big chance.
2 SPRINTER N What happened last week? Looked like an absolute monster sprinting home in the debut here, but came up a little flat in the follow-up. What should we expect tonight, on the slight class drop? Not sure. I still like him.
3 SIR MACHALOT Another possibility, if you want to bet against the favorite. Got jammed up in traffic and left the course, causing the DQ last week. He remains a pretty potent threat at this level. I think he likes mile track better.
4 BRIGADOON Almost got lucky to surprise these two back. Picked up a check against the better bunch last time at long odds. This good post allows for a few options. Figures to sneak into this again somehow, and at a price.
5 CHIP WALTHER Tough to get a real gauge on this fella right now. Basically had no shot in his last two races. Once due to post. Last due to paceless race. He drops a tick, like a few of these. Eligible to wake back up, if he gets into it.
6 VILLE VALO Another that will be waking back up one night soon, but we'll probably have to guess when. I do believe it will take one further class drop, but it's a risk. Barn still going very well, so watch closely for the signs.
7 ST LADS MOONWALK Endured a pretty tough trip at long odds in that comebacker. Now making second start on Lasix, and there's plenty of back class to work with. I can make a case that he gets a lot closer tonight for Vinny.
8 BIG STRETCH MARK I am still in shock that this guy won two weeks ago! Sometimes, you just shake your head. Dug in and fought off Mr. Euroman, who came back and won like a champ. Is he really this good? I guess we'll find out.
9 MEETYOUATMIDNIGHT That was a pretty hot pace last time, so let's not be too hard on him. Three straight speed tries, so maybe it's time to race him from behind? I think so. I'll pass from this post tonight.
10 OBSCENE BLUE CHIP Found these too tough last time and stopped. Extra week off. Post 10. Adds Lasix now.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-3-8
H Horse Comment
1 STORMONT WIZARD Didn't have an easy trip in return to Big M last time, but gets a nice class drop and post relief to help tonight. There are other droppers in here, but from the rail, with Yannick, this is the one to beat.
2 KEEGAN HO Didn't get the memo on this fella last week, but that was some wakeup call! Right down the road to a well-rated win at 12-1. If you didn't go to the wedding that night, then don't try now. These are much tougher.
3 FLEET BUMBLEBEE I don't understand why the horse shipped all the way to Ohio, but oh well. That was a disaster, so that makes two bad starts in a row. Last time Brett drove, he was great, charging home. What will we get tonight?
4 ASHES CASH Another that charges home every time, but it just takes too long for him to get into gear. The inner post should keep him close enough, but I'm not so sure this one will set up for him. Demand fair value if you fancy.
5 DI OGGI Liked him two weeks ago and he didn't even make the gate. Oh well! Back after a week off. Drew midpack post in field full of closers. Not sure I can hop back on board just yet. Maybe Andy will send him? I'd like to see that.
6 IT REALLY MATTERS Another that's just about impossible to gauge right now. Was good here two back. I can excuse the Yonkers race, from second tier. Andy was listed, but opted to #5. So, very mixed signals to try and decipher.
7 ALEXANDER HANOVER Had a rough go of it over at Yonkers last week. Had only one good showing here, when he sat up close. This post won't help, and I don't see him blasting out. Too many other closers in here.
8 BROADWAY CONCERT Loses the key inside post help tonight. The speed try two back against similar is what she needs in this spot. I don't see her sweeping these from the back, so might as well take a shot. Upset possibility. Trainer: Been racing well and consistent so far at this meet. Outside post a concern.
9 SIMPLY VOLO Regressed into a miscue last time against the better bunch. Not helped much with draw here. Pass.
10 CAULFIELD Where's he going from post 10? Was actually sent off as the fave two weeks ago on the bump up in class and never really got involved. The excuses are piling up a little here. Tonight, it will be post 10. Not my type.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 6-1-4-9
H Horse Comment
1 IAMMRBRIGHTSIDE A One of NINE class droppers in this impossible-to-handicap race. Is it wakeup call time for the Mister? I don't know. His comebacker last week wasn't very good. Maybe we watch the tote board for clues?
2 R M BLACKHAWK Came back with a pretty good qualifier, so I don't know what happened on 1/13? A-fib? Something like that? His win here was very, very good. But, this is no easy task. Nothing less than best will do.
3 JUSTIFIED Finds his way back from Yonkers, and ordinarily, this would be good spot. However, this is a tough bunch and he's coming off a scratch. Not sure I want to try him just yet. Overdue for something good, but I will wait a bit.
4 TRACK MASTER D Coming out of a pretty key race with an impressive winner. This horse wasn't bad either! Draws decent post, so I probably wouldn't talk you off him. Figures to offer square odds and only needs smooth trip.
5 NORTHERN ASSASSIN A Out of the claimers now. Those were pretty competitive fields. Got lucky to beat a field like this last month and does have speed. Have to figure Nap might be aggressive in this spot. A chance at a price.
6 MEDIEVAL DRAGON Finally gets a little break at the post draw. It's hard to win here when you keep starting from the nine or 10. Also coming out of that key race with Hug The Wind. It certainly wouldn't shock me if he was right there.
7 MISTER TRUTH Parked out last time at better than 90-1. I doubt he tries that again. Still a pass, while in tough.
8 SUTTON SEELSTER The claimers proved too tough for this fella last time. He did loom briefly, and then flattened out. Slides back out to a tough post now, so I don't know what to think. Likely not a big price, so do we go against?
9 JACKSRLUCKYTOO Kind of the same boat as #8. Jack doesn't leave. Jack has post nine. Jack is never really a big price, but can finish very well. If Jimmy can get him into the hunt, he has a chance. But, from how far back? Trainer: Raced really good last week and he is dropping in class. I think he should be right there.
10 BOTTOM DEALS Looks like the odd man out, having drawn post 10. Wasn't Brett's choice. Won't be mine either.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 3-4-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 MAY I CRUISE WEST Didn't really have much chance last time, in race won up front by Walks. Ends up back in for the $10K tag here, but got lucky at post draw. Brett sticks. Liable to sit and stalk in a great spot. Wouldn't be a shocker.
2 YOUDA SHARK Seems to have come around a little bit over past two starts, but if Brett didn't choose this time, isn't that telling us something? I now have to rate him big longshot, even from post two. Trainer: Raced better last week. Needs to be more consistent.
3 JOJO JOVE Claimed for $10K last week, after his third straight post 10 draw. Finally got a little luckier here with the draw, but he did get sizzled up in pace battle last week. Might have to save some of that speed for the end now.
4 DRUNKEN TERROR Raced very well in both recent tries and goes for new barn here off the claim. Barn has very good numbers with its claims, so be careful. Not a quick starter, but a good post and new driver in Yannick. Positives!
5 ABOUT THE BENJAMNS Didn't show much the last time we saw him here. Not sure I can endorse now.
6 WORKANDPLAYHARD Turned in a pretty gutsy effort last week, when lowered to this level. Same spot here, but another new driver. Likely to grind into it, so a smooth trip is probably essential. Can hit ticket at fair value. Trainer: Feeling great and trained good. Hopefully, he can get a good trip.
7 YANKEE ARTILLERY Been up and down the class ladder a lot lately. Last good start came for this tag, so will we see that same kind of speed again? Wish I knew. Overdue for a bit better luck, but not sure I can bite in this spot.
8 IDEAL LEGACY A Finds his way back to NJ, after a few rough go's in Ohio. His game is usually speed, but he also has suspect stamina. I expect him to send, but I can't guarantee he will last. Your call, folks?
9 CHARMBO CURIOSITY Back in for the $10K tag here, and slammed with a brutal post. Not going to work out well.
10 TERROR OF THE NITE Definitely the key to the race, because he has speed and the worst post. Austin put a perfect drive on him last week, but isn't here tonight. Almost HAS to fire out, and that could cause mayhem. We'll see.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 7-2-1-9
H Horse Comment
1 GRAVE DANCER Brett had a few options in here and chose this guy again. He was okay two back and then stuck at the back last time. I suspect he'll get a lot closer to the action from this improved post. A big maybe for me.
2 LOTS OF LOVIN Set a pretty solid pace before getting run over by a monster last week. I won't be too hard on him for that. Expect a different kind of trip from this spot, with a new driver too! I wouldn't be shocked if he got close.
3 ALONEINSPADES One of three in for the tag here. Not exactly going great guns right now, and Brett opted off, so I can't make too big a case for success. Would need to get very lucky.
4 TWINCREEKS JESSE These are still too tough for him. Better post, but minor check would be best he can do.
5 QUALITY BUD Has this fella tailed off? We can easily make the case for that. Maybe back to the closing strategy that seemed to work better? Post is perfect for that, and there could be plenty of action in here. Wide open race.
6 ALWAYS A DIAMOND Also looks like a big longshot again. Needs to find his way back to the lower level again.
7 YO CHEYENNE ROCKY I can make a good case for this fella tonight! That was fine speed try for Yannick last time, and it took a big mile to get by him late. Expect similar handling from a tougher post. If he gets there easy, chances go up.
8 MODERN YANKEE Also in for the tag, but a higher one than he's used to. Suffering a real bad case of the bad post blues, and this time, Brett opted off. Not sure how to interpret that, but it ain't good. Needs some Nap speed tonight.
9 ROCKIN THE HOUSE Lots of gaps between races lately. Forced to requalify last Friday and turned in okay mile. Is he fully primed and ready to go? I'm not really that sure. If yes, he'll flash that speed again. If not, it's from behind.
10 THE FIRE WITHIN Not much luck in this corner lately. Drew another bad post. Jimmy opted off. What's to like?
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-7-6-8
H Horse Comment
1 HUG THE WIND N Simply put, he couldn't possibly have been more impressive in that debut! BUT, because of that, he's forced up to the "Preferred" level. Is he that good? I guess we're going to find out. No easy task vs. #7,8. Trainer: Really laid back horse. The faster they go, the faster he will go, I think!
2 STARZNHEAVEN Rolled along at a very good clip last week and just got caught late. It was a pretty solid effort, but this is a LOT tougher spot. I will note that Yannick stays loyal to the barn, opting here over #8. This is too tough.
3 SWING CITY I'd like to call him a small track specialist, but that's not true. Took his mark on the big oval at Hoosier. He's fit very well at Freehold and Yonkers. Is he a fit here? Because of that scratch, I'm going to say no. Must prove it.
4 ENDEAVOR Couldn't have been more wrong about this guy! That was SOME mile he turned in last week, pouncing on a very well-rated #7. I guess he IS that good. What will the price be tonight? And, will he get another smooth trip? Trainer: Still acting very good and trained super this week.
5 TULLOW N Went back over to Yonkers and failed again. It wasn't a bad mile, but not as good as he usually races here. It's all about pace and trip, since he comes from behind and I just don't see it working out tonight. Your call?
6 AWESOMENESS Simply put, he took a "tour" of the Big M oval upon arrival. Okay. Acclimating mile for sure, when overbet. What will happen tonight? If he takes back here, he'll get away last. That's not going to work either.
7 BETTOR'S EDGE Sure looked like he was "home free" last week, but somehow couldn't stave off #4. That was second start off the layoff and he was better. Third time back is often the charm, so look for Brett to send him out again.
8 WESTERN JOE Took last week off, which makes handicapping him tonight that much more difficult. Was super vicious two weeks ago for Jimmy and he didn't get the return call. Yannick listed, but opted to #3. Now, I'm really confused. Nothing less than A-1 best will win, so you must decide.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-6-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 WAR-N-MUNN Didn't look all that ready in the first start back, and I suspect he'll need a few more. Pass.
2 MAJOR WAR Almost got lucky last week! Only a supreme drive by the winner got it done. Unfortunately, he's forced back up in class here, but much of the power is outside. Definitely a chance again, with a smooth trip. Trainer: Couldn't have raced any better last week. He's ready to do battle again.
3 DAVID'S DREAM Gets some much needed post relief and that will help. Dave is a grinder that sometimes gets lucky to surprise at a price. He will offer the price, but he will need the trip to have a chance.
4 BETTOR IN BLUE These are probably still too tough for him. I will pass, and wait for eventual class drop.
5 EVER AGAIN Had a few "traffic" issues when moved into this class last week. I do believe he's good enough to go with them, in the right situation. I like the post and possibility for action in here. Give him a chance at double digit odds.
6 ALTA LEROY N Was in a very tough spot last week, so that's why he was 30-1. This spot is a lot more like it. Horse has shown me that he does have ability, and is slowly working way back into shape. One night soon, he will pop.
7 URBAN RENEWAL Sent off at ridiculously low odds last time, but he did get the job done. I don't really know what the price will be tonight, on the hike up in class, but horse will need more to repeat. Not so sure about that.
8 NEPTUNE Last time Jimmy drove, he won like a champ! Took some time off after that and requalified back at Yonkers. Why Yonkers? I guess it's all about pace and trip for this fella? Should be ready, but how far back will he be?
9 ART HISTORY Very, very inconsistent of late and I have absolutely no idea what to expect tonight on the class drop. Simply put, if he's good, he can win. BUT, he will have to be a LOT better than he was last week. Very tough call.
10 J T Loved his win last week for the new connections. Deserved it, and overcame a tough trip to win. Now, he's forced way up in class, and slammed with a post 10 start. Will need a lot of luck to overcome this situation. Your call?
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 9-1-8-5
H Horse Comment
1 BIG TOP HANOVER Set a pretty sizzling pace last week before fading late. This is definitely the level where he should be doing damage, but it will take a different kind of trip. Drew rail again, so watch out. Any good trip. he has chance. Trainer: Trained good.
2 COWBOY TERRIER What do we do with this fella? Off since October. Requalified in fair fashion for new barn. Gets Yannick, with Jimmy opting to #9. I guess I'd like to watch one? If he races well, we'll tab for later on.
3 BRICKMAN Raced a little bit better last time, but still not enough to make me want to bet. I will pass again. Trainer: Is getting tight. Progress has been a slow process, but he appears to be getting there mentally now.
4 IWILLMAKEYOUSAYWOW Off the scratch and missed time, he looks like a pass for now. Wait for signs of life.
5 IDEAL SHADOW Perfect trip and drive to win last week. I'm not really sure this level is that much tougher. Drew ideal post for his versatile style. I would have a tough time leaving him out, even without Corey. Expect some speed.
6 YANKEE HEAVEN Raced a little bit better last time, but like #3, it wasn't enough to make me say wow! Seems like a one-way closer that is totally at mercy of pace and trip. Not sure he's going to outkick a few other closers.
7 DR C'S Z TAM Hot property at the claim box goes for Jackie Greene now. It's not often you see a 12YO get claimed a lot. Horse is certainly good right now, and had no chance with tough trip in race won by #5. Must overcome post.
8 SPINARAMA Invades again from Yonkers, but on a pretty big drop! This is the kind of spot where he should be able to threaten and do some damage. Super Brett on, so that's also a sign of positive intent. Can be used here.
9 DUNE DUDE Ran into all sorts of traffic troubles when way overbet last week. Not sure what the price will be tonight, but it's no easy task from this post. Faces pressure if he leaves. I will pick, but I don't want short value, however.
10 EVERY INTENTION Loomed boldly against #5 last week, but didn't have the punch to finish it off. Okay. Tonight's problem is post 10, but horse is versatile enough to do it any way. A good test for Nap, just to get him into game.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-1-6-3
H Horse Comment
1 PERSEVERANT Battled pretty gamely last week, upon return to Club Med. So, that makes two positive starts in a row. The pole position seems like a big plus for this guy. Expect Eric A to put him in play. Should offer decent price too!
2 INTERMIX Finds his way over from Yonkers, but on a class drop for hot barn. The knock: Brett was listed, yet opted for #3. So far, he's driven a lot for Team Bongiorno, so him choosing off worries me. Horse needs to step up big.
3 HOPE FOR BADLANDS Just how bad is post 10? You can see how it derailed this fella lately. Moves back inside off a fairly good effort. Keeps Brett in the seat and certainly has big chance to snap that losing skid. Only needs a trip. Trainer: He draws inside tonight and only needs to be a bit closer to have a great shot.
4 ROCK TO GLORY Here's one of the eligible "droppers" tonight. Been up and down the class ladders lately on the smaller size tracks. I'll note that he has won here before. Figures to be very live in this spot for The Mann!
5 WILLIE BOOTS Never really in it two weeks ago. The missed week a bit of a negative. The class droppers in here appear to have an edge on Willie. I don't think he can beat these.
6 LIVE ON That was pretty great try off the bench last time! Almost got lucky, at 18-1. With that race under his belt, he figures to be a little stronger here, but don't expect the big price now. If anything, he might be an underlay.
7 DANISH DILIGENCE Tough to get really excited about his current form. Tends to lag early. It hurts. I will pass.
8 SOUTHERN PURSUIT N Gave it a strong speed try last week, so I suspect we'll see it again. I don't envision him taking back and trying to rally in this spot. Just needs to get a little luckier late. Can happen.
9 VICTORYDAZE WILWIN Another that needs a complete turnaround to win this. Those are hard to predict.
10 CLOUSEAU HANOVER Looks like a bit of a mystery horse in here. Barn has several that fit that profile tonight. The gaps between starts is a big concern. I'm not really sure what to expect here from this gelding. Adds Lasix.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-3-10
H Horse Comment
1 NORTHERN VIRGIN Yannick staying pretty loyal to the barn here, opting for this gelding over #3,6,9,10. Horse hasn't exactly been lighting it up lately over at Yonkers. Maybe a change of scenery will help? I'm not so sure.
2 DRUNKEN DESIRE A Also over from New York, where he burned a little money last time. Will he be any better here? I'm not so sure about that either! Just one win last year. Best asset tonight is inside post. Can sit and stalk here.
3 FLEM N EM N Things set up for the closers last week, so that's why he charged home. Almost got lucky. Gets a big break at the post draw tonight, since he's in for the $20K. It's all about pace and trip. If good, he can threaten.
4 EVEIL DUN CHAMPION Loomed last week, but lacked that extra kick to make it pay off. Full of pace two back. He's not a quick starter, so the inside post is needed too! Not sure about pace scenario to set it up for closer. Your call?
5 DURANT Horse is VERY sharp right now, and don't be too hard on him for that disaster two weeks ago. If anything, he deserved a week off. I love the post and probability for speed and a better trip tonight. Looks like a must use.
6 MARTIAL BLISS I was almost a hero with this fella in my Pk4 last week. Had he shaken free a little sooner, it might have been close. However, tonight's problem is the big jump up in price. Not sure he's this good.
7 BEACHCHIP HANOVER Certainly knocking on the door! Two near misses. But, like a few others in here, he's up in class to tackle tougher claimers. And, he got the worst post of the ones in for $20K. Probably not going to work out.
8 GIVEN UP TERROR Not a very quick starter, so he figures to get away near the back. That makes him a pass for me. Trainer: Raced great last week. Hopefully, we can get a good trip.
9 COPPER COAST A Very hard to gauge right now. It seemed like he tailed off here. But, now shows a good bounce-back kind of mile over at Yonkers. Jimmy takes a turn in the seat and will probably have to send him. Your call?
10 ROCKET J Came storming home for the popular win last week at this level. Because he's in for the $25K now, he will get the outside post. You all know how much I hate outside posts. Will need a lot of luck, just to get close from here.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-6-3
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKNROLL WILDCATS Qualified well here and then opted to try Yonkers again. Didn't work. Guess we have to try the mile track again. It's a class drop. It's the rail. It's Yannick. Will we see a big turnaround? Maybe.
2 CENTURY CHURCHILL Horse hasn't had much luck here yet. He's eligible for a softer class than this, but it probably didn't fill? I just don't think he's good enough to beat a group like this. Therefore, longshot status.
3 PONYTA BOY Was just okay last week, in a race that did set up well. Billy D gets back in the bike here and I almost would love to see him fire the Boy out. It almost worked two back at big price. Has to get jump on closers.
4 CHEVALS CLIVESDALE I still remember him stopping badly here at end of December. Seems like he's regained some form since. This is no easy spot, however, vs. the likes of #5,6. Nothing less than A-1 best will get it done.
5 MR EUROMAN N Yes, the trip did work out well last week, but horse was awesome! If anything, I think he can continue to get better with more experience here. Would be impossible to leave off the ticket tonight. Perfect post.
6 BAD BOY BRAD A I HATE when I miss the boat, but I sure did last week on this guy. Was absolutely airborne the final eighth for the minor upset. Brad is good enough to handle the hike. Should be interesting sprint home with #5. Trainer: Was awesome last week, and looking for a repeat performance.
7 WINDSONG JACK Found the right field of his friends last time to produce a big upset for Brett. Now, after a week off, he's up in class and Brett did not choose. Nuff' said.
8 LUCAN HANOVER I loved his qualifier. Was exactly what you want to see. Barn is going well right now too! This is no easy spot for the comeback, however, and he might not be fully cranked and ready. Demand value if you like.
9 SPICEBOMB Brett opted here, over #7 and I can understand that. The problem, though, is the post. Spice is usually a one-way kind of closer and I just don't see him reaching from this spot. If I'm wrong, so be it.
10 ELRAMA N After getting real good a month ago, horse hasn't had much luck lately. He is in for the tag here, since he doesn't fit the condition. And, unfortunately, he gets stuck with the worst post. Good luck! Trainer: Has been sharp for the last seven weeks, but the trips haven't worked out lately. 10-hole is an issue, but he can overcome it.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 9-2-8-5
H Horse Comment
1 STONEDUST I have absolutely no idea what horse was doing last week. Throwing his head. Ducking in and out. Why? Maybe we'll see some equipment changes tonight? If not, I can't endorse. He's just not ready yet.
2 J K FIELDING Sailed along at a pretty good clip in first start for new barn. Draws a better post here, and I would expect a different kind of trip. Jimmy was listed, but opted to #8 as expected. Chance with a stalking trip.
3 LYONS STEEL Recently into new barn. Had a tour of the oval down at Freehold. Is the horse good enough to do in this class? I'm going to guess no. Will have to prove me wrong.
4 LONG BEACH Just towed along as a follower last week, in race won impressively by #9. Can he turn the tide? I'm going to guess no on that too! Just a little too inconsistent for me, but I'll watch for signs of improvement.
5 ISLAND ENERGETIC Looked a little tired in that qualifier, but it was a pretty potent field. With that said, I think he's going to need a race or two to get used to Club Med. I will be watching closely. Horse obviously loves to win.
6 VINTAGE GRAND Been a money burner of late. One of many shipping in for this barn, and they're all question marks. I suppose if they've had some success earlier tonight, maybe you can use this one? Maybe.
7 SOFER Wasn't a super threat against these a while back. No factor at Yonkers either. Has he tailed off?
8 PEPPER GUY Completely dominated in that last win. Hard to believe, considering he'd missed more than a month. Now, we get another three-week gap. Why? No idea. Simply put, if he's good, he will likely win again. Your guess.
9 ROLLING SEA Couldn't possibly have been more impressive in the debut here. Just overpowered them, and did it easily. Not exactly "rewarded" with this post. But, I'd like to see him get the jump on #8. Should be good battle.
10 SCHOLZ Where's he going from post 10? The answer is probably not very far. Hard to like from way out here.