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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, March 03, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 3-4-6-9
H Horse Comment
1 BILLIE BLUE Had a few tries here earlier without much success, and then found her way up to Monti for an easy spot. Back to the wolves here and back to longshot status.
2 COMMENTARY Another that just hasn't been able to get the job done here at Club Med. Has had some good trips and rated leads, but gets a bit tired at end of mile. Price is never that big, and he's forced up in class.
3 DANISH DURANGO Didn't really have any excuses in the amateur race, but was super solid with Pants before that. Drew a nice post, and has more than enough back class to handle this. Looks like the favorite in here. Trainer: Is doing very good right now, definitely headed in the right direction. I believe he couldn't grip the track the other night. With flip flops, he should rebound.
4 HOT SUMMER KNIGHT Dropped and pop to beat the weaker bunch, including #2. That was solid trip and drive and we could be looking at similar strategy. Horse has rounded into form nicely and he does have chance to repeat.
5 LANDONFITZ It's tough to get a real read on this one's form. A tad inconsistent, but very capable at times. Not sure I want to try him out of the amateur series, however. Looks like a longshot, if you want to take a swing.
6 BOLD FRESH Should get back to a dry track tonight, so that could be a reason for the last few. At times, he's shown strength at just the lower level, not this NW5000. Marcus gets a return call and should know him a bit better.
7 SWEET JUSTICE Woke back up with a much improved effort last time. Came flying from the clouds at better than 70-1, so I'm anxious to see if that's a fluke, or a resurfacing of back class. This post won't help. Demand value if you like.
8 STAR STUDDED CAST Here's the other main speed, so we know what's coming out of the gate. But, like a few others in here, it is a step up in class. These outside posts never help. I guess I wouldn't want a short price from out here.
9 FLEET BUMBLEBEE This seems to be the proper level for this guy, but he somehow needs to work out a better trip. The grinding moves last time didn't work. This post is a bad post. That'll be up to Brett to work out a journey.
10 PARTY ON THE RIVER Did race a little bit better last time, but things set up for the closers. Worst post. Pass.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 10-6-7-1
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKIN MACHINE Had every chance last time when perfectly positioned by Brett, but was clearly outhoofed late by the two favorites. No disgrace there, plus he'd been off three weeks. Chance for more in the tank, plus the rail.
2 PARTY BOY Was clearly in need of his first go around, and it looks like he might need a few more. Pass.
3 WHATA TWIST Gets a bit of a break at the post draw, so that should keep him closer. I still haven't seen a knockout punch here yet. That's what you need to win one. Let's see if Andy can coax up any more speed, or rally.
4 SPANISH ART Back after a few weeks off and a series of miscues. I still remember that one win here, which came with a catch driver. Jimmy takes the call, so we'll see if gelding wants to play tonight. And stay pacing.
5 TEGANSMILE Endured a pretty tough trip in that comeback, which he had to need. But, I did like what I saw when he went forward. Different kind of trip, with that under his belt, could make him a longshot player in here. Nice post.
6 JOE'S BID Faced better when last seen at end of 2017. Had a very good return qualifier and barn usually has them ready to roll right away. Have to think Joe has a good chance in here, with any smooth journey. Watch out. Trainer: Finished well in the qualifier for first start off a layoff. Had a good week, and hoping for a good trip.
7 TANGO STAR Burke Brigade keeps trying to bring this fella back, so that is a positive sign. Normally, they don't waste any time. Gelding did have the one start and toured the oval. He's liable to have more in the tank here, despite post.
8 STRAIGHTOUTACONSIN Shows a few even efforts against those big favorites. Not sure it's enough to get him that much closer, plus I don't like another outside post for him. I'd like to see more speed. Not sure it's coming.
9 CRUISERWILLWIN Over from Yonkers with some flat efforts on view, but most due to bad posts. This post isn't going to help, but he did flash speed last time he was here. Will need all of that, and then some to win this and upset.
10 ROCK ON LINE Couldn't possibly have been more impressive upon arrival, and that was a perfect drive from Marcus. Yes, this is the difficult step up from NW2 to 3. But, I sure liked what I saw in the slop. Tough to leave out. Trainer: Finally steering straight! The big track helped and hopefully he maintains form going forward.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 9-1-3-4
H Horse Comment
1 LIFE HAPPENED Wasn't bad last week when he shook loose and kicked in with decent pace. I might even add a few points if Rock won the second tonight. The pole position will keep him close once again. On the right track now.
2 GRAND DAD JOE His comeback qualifier didn't show me enough. Probably not ready for this yet. Pass.
3 LONG BEACH Also burst home when free last time, in same race as #1. Took plenty of betting action that night, so we can safely expect him to be overbet again. Still has to prove it here, so probably vulnerable at short price.
4 UNCLE COZ I easily gave him a pass for the snow night, but what happened last week? Was pretty flat again. Therefore, I guess I'd need to see a more positive start before I could endorse for the top spot. Maybe underneath.
5 WILLIE JOE HILL Arrives with a 1-26 record. Off the layoff. And a tiring qualifier. Likely not ready yet.
6 YO APOLLO CREED Now what do we do here? Was wildly overbet on the snow night and couldn't handle that surface. He's no bargain on a dry track either! Turns are tough for him, so if you bet at low odds, I'll wish you luck.
7 LYONS STEEL Not a lot going right for this fella right now, so I have to continue to pass on him until we see something more. Stuck outside the main players and he hasn't shown any speed in a while.
8 BAG PIPE MAJOR Between bad posts, slow starts, and sloppy tracks, this poor horse can't catch a break. Same boat here. Needs a lot of luck to overcome this spot. Can't bank on that.
9 SPORTS COWBOY Might be the key to the race tonight! Has shown ability to leave before. Didn't exactly stop last week, despite the very tough trip. Jimmy will have to make it a little easier on him somehow. Offers value.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 8-6-1-3
H Horse Comment
1 TERROR OF THE NITE Packs a good turn of reliable speed, so the pole position gives pilot options. With some big speed likely coming from the outside, he'll protect a little. Any smooth trip, or rated pace gives chance to win.
2 ENERGY SHAKES I must give credit where it's due! Really showed me a lot of heart to dig in and beat that weaker bunch. It was a good test, but horse he went by is sharp again. This is a big step up tonight. Not sure about that.
3 JOJO JOVE You give this guy a trip and he produces results. Looks like the same thing coming here. Caught a break at the post draw, so he's not stuck outside. Owns a few reliable moves. Barn steps him up a notch. Good sign. Trainer: Raced good last start but missed two weeks. However, he's trained up and ready to go!
4 DRUNKEN TERROR Keeps getting overbet for some reason, and still hasn't delivered the goods, despite reasonable trips. I wouldn't put him on top myself, but I would use underneath in the gimmicks. Nap will get him a trip again.
5 DR C'S Z TAM MIA for several weeks, so that is a problem. First few off the claim weren't great. Needs turnaround.
6 SPAGHETTI EDDIE Was pretty well positioned by Eric last week off the layoff and horse came up a bit short. No worries. With that under his belt, he's probably a live longshot in here. Will need a trip if he doesn't blast out.
7 ZERO THE HERO Connections probably claimed this one with intent to race up at home base when meet opens. Otherwise, that was real gamble. Horse needed the race, after missing that time. Let's see what we get tonight.
8 IDEAL SHADOW Here's the key to the race, but I don't know which way. Like #5, he's missed a lot of time, but we have seen him race well off layoffs. Also, they're dangling him for 12.5 here after good effort for 15K. Why?
9 MODERN YANKEE 6YO just hasn't had a lot of luck here over the winter. Many bad posts. Some tough trips. Fields that were too tough, and it looks like it continues here. Overdue to catch a break, but demand price if you like.
10 ULTIMATE BEACHBOY Took a ton of betting action off the layoff, but never really got into the race. It's post 10 now, so what should we expect? I have no idea. Obviously, if he doesn't leave, won't get into it again. Very tough call.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 5-3-7-10
H Horse Comment
1 BUCKEYE IN CHARGE I think we can all see the driver change here, so that immediately means gelding will be overbet. He's not exactly a "handy" horse either. So, I suggest you be careful before you take the underlay odds.
2 VICTORYDAZE WILWIN More than overdue to wake back up with a good one. We have to guess, though.
3 MAY I CRUISE WEST Gelding is pretty good right now, but without a win to show for it. Maybe that will change tonight. Brett opted for #8, and I didn't expect that. Good, inside post. Has one big move and must time it. Trainer: Dropping down in class, trained well and hoping for the best.
4 ALONEINSPADES Tough to get real excited about this one's recent form. Looks like a longshot again to me. Trainer: Been locked in three of the last four starts. Need some racing luck!
5 WAR-N-MUNN This is just about the time to hop back on board this guy's boat! It usually takes him a race or two to get speed tightened, and then he's ready! That speed we saw from post 10 is what I'm looking for. A must use.
6 PARTY JAMMER That wasn't a bad last try up at home base. Sofer beat him, and has raced here okay. Has prior experience here, some of it good. But, it does look like he's at mercy of pace and trip. Needs a live flow to get into it.
7 TWINCREEKS JESSE Tough call here. Last time he was at this level, he won, so have to respect that. It doesn't happen all that often, but in the bottom class, he's usually a factor. Can leave too! I would expect we'll see speed tonight.
8 KEEP GOING Sat in on the sloppy track last week and got shuffled out of it. I'm not going to hold that against him. Brett did pick him tonight, so that's a big call. I hate the post, which is the problem. Will need to find his way into it.
9 HIGH OCTANE N Doesn't appear to be primed and ready for this just yet, so I will simply pass from this post.
10 JOHN DALLY Gelding hasn't shown any early speed at all, so that IS a problem when you start from post 10. On occasion, he does offer a big kick, but how far back will he be tonight? That is the question for new driver Nap!
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 3-4-10-6
H Horse Comment
1 REACH FOR INFINITY Seems to do his best work at the bottom level. So, when hiked up last time, he wasn't nearly as effective. In line for a similar trip. Sits in, saves ground, tries to pass a few late.
2 HOPE FOR BADLANDS Simply put, it's been a long time since he won. And, he's forced up a notch in class tonight. Always seems to sneak his way into the race, but I guess I'd be surprised if he showed up in winner's circle. Trainer: Moving up, but was good last week after being off for three weeks.
3 SANTIAGO STYLE Here's the classic "second start off the layoff" angle. Also with a class drop. Barn hasn't won one here yet, but that could change tonight. I guess I'd watch the tote board for some clues. Could be very live now.
4 SOUTHERN PURSUIT N Another that is deceptively sharp right now, but without any real luck lately. Marcus has put him in play each time, but they're overdue to get more. The real knock is the step up in class. And Marcus' choice! Trainer: Last start was a nice effort. He has had a good week and I expect the same.
5 DANISH DILIGENCE Was that win two back a fluke? Maybe. Not as strong last time, now forced up in class. Pass.
6 CHIP WALTHER Has really been overhyped and overbet lately. That will probably continue tonight. Just fair against a well-meant winner last week. Seems in line for a similar kind of trip here. Will just have to find bigger kick. Marcus off.
7 WOODMERE ULTIMATE Beat that weaker field at Freehold from the rail. Then forced up too high. Scoots up the Turnpike for a mile track try, but I'm not so sure the 10YO is quick enough for this anymore. Will have to prove it.
8 ALWAYS A DIAMOND MIA since Feb. 10, so that is a problem. Outside posts don't usually help him out. I guess I'd probably have to pass on him for tonight. Wait for softer spot.
9 DANCINGWITHDELIGHT Here's the big question mark in the race. Sat in with no moves and not a lot of pop in that comebacker, and was bet heavily. Now, it's a move to post nine. Do you want short price again? I usually don't.
10 LODI MACHETTE MAN Had a VERY good start against the bias last time, so that showed me something. Unfortunately for him, he didn't fit that class again, and now he must do it from post 10. That's not going to help.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-7-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 ENDEAVOR Didn't get the price I thought I would on him last time and after sitting in, and getting shuffled, he didn't have much. Rail tonight could translate into a blast out speed try, a la Jan. 20. Will hope for that pocket trip. Trainer: Little flat last week. Worked on a few things, and should be better this week.
2 RODEO ROMEO Had two exceptional qualifiers, and I will add that barn usually has them ready to roll right out of the box. BUT, isn't this asking just a little too much? Right into the Preferred! Wasn't Brett's choice, as expected.
3 JK WILL POWER Ended up being the "sacrificial lamb" going first over last week, so that wasn't going to work. Will need a significantly different kind of journey to have any chance against these. Not sure about that.
4 HUG THE WIND N Back into the Preferred, where he had one great try, and one clunker. Horse was "good" again last week, just outmuscled and outsprinted by #6. What will Andy do tonight? Send or wait? I have no idea.
5 DR J HANOVER Canada's fastest horse last year probably needed that rest and he came back pretty good. I liked what I saw in both qualifiers, but he did have to work to do it. Is he 100% ready for this? I'm going to guess no.
6 AWESOMENESS If you'd been chasing this fella at the window, you finally got paid last week. Horse was amazingly good, and even won with a broken headpole. I guess it's all about the trip here. Aggressive again, or not? Good ??
7 WESTERN JOE That was another picture perfect drive from Pat on this rapidly improving gelding last week. No respect from the bettors too! What will the price be tonight? I know the post will make it difficult again, but horse has overcome everything.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 6-5-7-1
H Horse Comment
1 BIG STRETCH MARK I'm done knocking this gelding! He's just VERY good right now. Two straight perfect drives from Eric A, but horse dug in to earn it each time. Yes, this is a different kind of trip, but same strategy coming. Fires out!
2 GRIFFON HANOVER First start back after the freshening. He was okay in the qualifier, but not ready for this yet. Trainer: Qualified very sharp, but has been off a while. He's a good, competitive horse.
3 BLAISE MM HANOVER Hasn't had much luck lately, either here or at Yonkers. Caught a bit of a break with an inside post draw tonight, so that could help. Keep in mind, horse did win nine times last year. Seems overdue. Trainer: Forced up in class, but is sharp, though.
4 JDS BRENT N SHEREE Exits a slowish kind of qualifier up at home base, so I suspect he's not ready yet either.
5 DURANT Razor sharp right now. Every recent start has been a high quality one. To enter this race, barn had to put a $30K claiming tag on him, but I think he fits perfectly. Love the post, to give pilot options. Very hard to leave out.
6 QUALITY CLOSER Is it wakeup call time yet, on this back classmaster? Sometimes, we do have to guess, but barn is having very successful meet, and I wouldn't rule out a big effort in third start back off the layoff. Has to be used.
7 LAWRENCETOWN BEACH This is a gutsy gelding. Fought tooth and nail with Dr J in that qualifier. SO, if that foe somehow won the Preferred, we have to add a LOT of points here. He gets brave on the lead at times.
8 HALLIE'S COMET Back after a bit of a break and now on Lasix. With that said, I didn't see enough in that qualifier to make me want to bet in this spot. So, let's pass and wait for a softer spot soon.
9 MR EUROMAN N I guess this is the key to the race, because of the post. Not sure what happened on Feb. 3, but he came right back and qualified well. If Andy likes him, we'll see some speed again. If not, a rally from behind.
10 GOOD LIVING Looks like a longshot, having drawn the worst post in field full of speed. And, he wasn't all that great in his qualifier either. So, I will pass on him, and watch closely for future consideration.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 3-10-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 ALTA LEROY N Catches a little bit of a break with the inside post tonight. On his best day, he's more than competitive with these. This does look like a pretty "salty" bunch for this level, however. His very best will be required.
2 BAD GAMER Up from Dover with some real mixed form on view. When he gets bet, he races live, that's for sure. I have to start him as a longshot, with no proven success here. He's got to show it to me first. Watch the board. Trainer: Has been good, but just hasn't been involved in the races at Dover. Hopefully, on mile track will get involved.
3 RAKSMACH N Here's a case of "better than it looks" on paper in that qualifier. Finished up strongly, which was exactly what they were looking for. Horse clearly "likes" to win, so he may be ready to roll right out of box for Al.
4 TITUS SEELSTER There's plenty of back class in this corner too! BUT, I can't say I liked what I saw from him last week. He clearly wasn't ready that night. But, this is a drop. He's done well here before. Needs a wakeup call. Maybe.
5 MEETYOUATMIDNIGHT One of the many possibilities, in this wide open race. Turned in good try last week, given nice trip by Andy. Horse that won was very well-meant. Draws perfect midpack post to wait for flow. A chance again. Trainer: Raced very good last week and came out of the race well. Expecting a good effort. Had good week training.
6 ARTSMAH Another "interesting" newcomer with some mixed form. Technically, that $40K claimer, or NW10000 is better than this level, right? Nap drove him in NY, so he knows the horse. Is it time to see more? I wish I knew.
7 ROCKIN THE HOUSE Really like the way Jimmy drove this fella last time. The patience was the key, because he's not an easy horse to drive. Gets rough at times, but can fly with the right setup. Now, he faces better and moves outside.
8 YO CHEYENNE ROCKY I can't like 'em all, so I'll just call Rocky a longshot tonight, having drawn very tough post.
9 SAMS TRIPLE CROWN I didn't get the memo on Sam showing speed last week, but he was super live and very heavily bet. Unfortunately, they did not get the money. Now, it's tougher post against seasoned foes. Speed or no?
10 COWBOY TERRIER This might be the sharpest horse in the race right now, and he's slammed with post 10. That was brutal trip last week and he never stopped trying. Yannick back in bike and has to get him some sort of trip.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 3-5-6-1
H Horse Comment
1 SUNSHINE WEST Getting some pretty significant class relief, off a semi-good effort. Gets an inside post, and a new driver with Vinny committed to #10. I guess I wouldn't be shocked with a solid effort here. Needs a bit of speed.
2 BELIEVE THIS BOB Pretty flat last week, but against a far better bunch. Plus, he probably "needed" the race just to reacclimate to mile track. He's a 10YO, so I'm not 100% sure he can go fast enough here. We'll find out.
3 DUNE DUDE One of several in here dropping back to the right level. He was solid on Feb. 3 vs. a group like this. The inside post is critical, and he can grind. That gives Jimmy plenty of options with this guy. A must use.
4 NOCTURNAL BLUE CHIP Team Miller gelding squandered a good opportunity last week, but let's not be too hard on him. It was first start back on mile track. The race did go VERY fast. He had some speed. Maybe more coming? Trainer: Raced well last week and hope Andy can get up close this week.
5 ALL WEEK Needed out just a step sooner last week and he probably would have won! He was bet like a "good thing" too! Same situation and class here, but from midpack post. Does he have any early speed? This would be spot for it.
6 WORKANDPLAYHARD Paid some dividends on that claim, given a perfect trip and drive from Nap last week. Hikes up a notch, but does keep Nap over #9. Horse is going well, so we'll see if he can handle the hike. A maybe.
7 GLASS PRINCE Finds his way back to NJ, after a decent try up at the Spa. I won't hold that loss against him. And, he was very good to win here before that. But, this field looks tougher than that one. Bad post. Will need a little luck.
8 ROCKNROLL WILDCATS Once he got rolling, he had decent pace last time. I really don't know what to expect from this fella at this point. We've gotten a little bit of everything, except a win. Yannick back. Probably no price.
9 NORTHERN ASSASSIN A Sizzled the pace before stopping last time. Nap opted off. So will I from this post.
10 R M BLACKHAWK This gelding is deceptively good right now, but not having much luck. It continues here with post 10. I just don't see how he gets into it from out here. Have to wait for softer spot down the road.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 5-2-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 MISTER TRUTH Doesn't fit the NW5000 this week, so it's up in class! At least he's got the rail. New driver too, with Eric on his own. Sits, saves ground, and tries to get lucky late. Probably not, against these.
2 MAAJAACKKOBE Raced a little bit "more live" last week from the outside post. Moves back to key inside gate here and that should help. Barn hasn't won one here yet, but they have a few live chances tonight. This is one of them.
3 SPIRIT OF TRUTH Like #1, he also has to hike up a notch in class. Raced better than I expected last week from the 10-hole, so maybe I should give more respect. Still has to be considered a longshot in here.
4 SISKEL Nobody got the memo that he would be fully cranked and ready off the layoff, but he sure was! The perfect trip and drive from Corey helped too! Hikes up, like several others in here, but he should be good again. Brett on!
5 BEYOND DELIGHT Took the outside post "conservative tour" of the track in his comebacker. No problem. This field could easily be considered a little weaker than that one, plus the post is ideal. It's time to hop on board and bet.
6 BIG TOP HANOVER Turned in yet another game mile last week. Horse has been going well, but hard for several weeks now. He's probably not going to stay good forever, and the jump up in class won't help. Very tough call.
7 FOX VALLEY HERBIE Shows two real clunkers on the comeback trail over at Yonkers. Finds his way to the Med, but even Vinny G opted off here. When that happens for his brother, I have to pass.
8 JUSTIFIED Has rounded into form nicely for Eric A, and he showed just how versatile he is, with the powerful rally last week. Will it be that way again, on the hike up in class? Yes. I think he'll be patient. It might not work in this spot.
9 URBAN RENEWAL A little bit flat, as a big longshot last time. Bad post now, and Nap opted off. Too many knocks. Trainer: He's good, just needs some racing luck with the nine hole, but can get home.
10 ART HISTORY The key to the race, for many reasons. The post. The inconsistency. Simply put, I have no idea what to expect from this horse at any time. But, I know he's always overbet, so I'll take my stand against, as usual.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 2-4-1-5
H Horse Comment
1 CHEVALS CLIVESDALE Loved him the last time he was here, and got run over in hot pace battle. Followed it up with yet another tough trip at Yonkers. Plenty of class here, but back in really tough spot vs. likes of #2,4. At price only.
2 BETTOR'S EDGE By all rights, this is a spot where he should just sail down the road, right? BUT, he'll run into a decent test from the likes of #4, who was vicious in the qualifier. Should come down to an interesting sprint home.
3 MACH PRIDE How do those Yonkers races stack up against a field like this? I don't really know. He wasn't exactly good in those last two. I can't really call it a class "drop" vs. #2,4. He's got a lot to prove in spot like this.
4 GREAT VINTAGE 10YO millionaire is one fast horse when he wants to play. Freshened up nicely, and two superb qualifiers to get him ready. Yannick takes over, and chose over #8, so that's a big call. Let's see how ready he is. Trainer: Qualified great! The old man felt super!
5 BEAT THE DRUM I guess if you want an alternative to the faves, you could look here. Horse is razor sharp. Marched right up the ladder at Yonkers. I'm not going to guarantee he'll be better on mile, but maybe he will? We'll see.
6 SUMMER SIDE He actually qualified pretty well too! But, I do think he's a little buried in this first start back. Will have to prove me wrong, and from an outer post. Not likely.
7 BEACH MEMORIES Like #3, zips over from Yonkers and into a really rough spot. And, I haven't even mentioned the post yet. Early speed does not look to be his game, so he may be on the out, looking in. Not my type.
8 DANCIN YANKEE The other 10YO goes for Burke Brigade right now, and off a darn good qualifier vs. #4. Fought tooth and nail all the way to the wire. BUT, if Yannick picked off, do you really want to bet on him tonight? Prob not.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 1-6-5-9
H Horse Comment
1 IWILLMAKEYOUSAYWOW This could be the right spot for gelding that has rounded into form nicely. He was good in those last two, and now gets the final drop to the bottom. Tyler didn't come tonight, so we get Yannick. Kills price.
2 BAGGAGE CLAIM Exits the claimers for this usually easier spot, but I'm not so sure. This post will give pilot options, but he'll have to find a lot more stamina for his new barn to pay off on that claim. Very tough to gauge.
3 ROCK ON THE HILL Finds his way back here from Monti, but I haven't seen enough in any of his recent mile track tries. Nap stays loyal to the barn, opting over #10. But, horse would have to show a lot more before he wins here.
4 EVER AGAIN Unfortunately, it does look like he's tailed off. But, I always hesitate to leave this horse out. I still remember that he does have speed when good. A second straight class drop could turn things around.
5 PERSEVERANT Speaking of "live," I do think this guy will be live again tonight on drop back to bottom level. If so, we're going to see speed from the gelding. He could go a long way in here, if untested on the lead. Watch out.
6 IAMMRBRIGHTSIDE N I've been waiting on the wakeup call for this guy for a while now. I thought it may have been that race two back. Never really got rolling when up in class last time. It's back down now. Chance to wake up big! Trainer: Ready to win!
7 QUALITY BUD Vinny G opted here over #2,8, so that's a positive indicator. Horse was awfully good, and resilient last time, so he could be good again. The problem is probably the post. He likes inside posts, not outside ones.
8 WILLIE BOOTS Which Willie are we going to see tonight? The one that fired out and battled bravely? Or the one that took back and failed to get involved. Obviously, I have to guess, but I'll shoot for the latter. Pass for me.
9 DAVID'S DREAM When this horse gets to the bottom level like this, he usually wakes back up. Note he gets yet another new driver in the seat, and Brett could easily wake the horse back up. Don't be shocked by good effort. Trainer: Drops down to the bottom condition and picks up Brett. Should be able to get the job done.
10 DAVID THE SAINT Retains longshot status, having shown little in debut here. Similar horrible post. Hard to like.