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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 Friday, July 18, 2014

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 1-2-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 I’M FABULOUS Thirty time winner has class, earning $135k last season. Has a Billings win, but hasn’t raced in 34 days. Still, a contender.
2 CURRENT CRISIS Has a pair of solid efforts here recently, including one with Krivelin in the bike. Trotter is always dangerous in this spot.
3 KEYSTONE SADIE Mare has made breaks in each of her last two starts. I don’t see enough in her recent form to rate her a player here.
4 NOWERLAND NATHAN Seems to have improved since when he was last seen here. Monticello win was very strong. Rates a look now.
5 WHATNBLAZES His form at the C-2 level here was OK. Those races are tougher than what he sees here. Worth a look despite 0 for 16.
6 RUSSELL THE MUSCLE Throw out that last race as he never had a chance. He wasn’t bad in Indiana either. Interesting at a price here.
7 NEARLY UNCLE Doesn’t win very often lately and his last couple of efforts are just marginal. Will need to find more in the longer stretch.
8 TAGMASTER Efforts have been a mixed bad. A little worried about the good race/bad race patter he has developed. Still worth including.
9 SAM’S HONEYBEE I never like to see a horse throw in the towel after leading from post 1 on a half-mile track. Not sold on chances here.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 1A-1B-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 SHOW BIZ HALL Lone sibling took a mark of 1:56.2. Cost $32,000 at Lexington. Dam is a kin to the very fast Sweet Justice. Mornings solid.
1A GIFTED WAY Dam is a half-sister to the marvelous Hambletonian winner, Continental Victory. Brought a $170,000 sales price at Lexington. You have to love the progress he has been showing. Draws well and is one-third of a very formidable entry.
1B CANEPA HANOVER This is the half-brother to Hambletonian winner, Glidemaster ($1.9 Million). Cost $300,000 at Harrisburg. Clearly he jumps off the page and when coupled with Gifted Way, this entry looks like an overwhelming favorite in this spot.
2 ITSABOUTTIMEBABY Dam earned nearly $300,000. First foal. Cost only $5,000 at Lexington. Hobbles go on following three miscues.
3 SATURDAY KNIGHT First foal out of an unraced dam. From the family of My Starlet (340k) and My Starchip ($383k). Watching this start.
4 WHEELS AH SMOKIN Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin ($841k). Dam earned $530k. Cost $155,000 at Harrisburg. It’s not charted, but he was forced 3-wide between calls. Gathered back to nearly last, then came again to win. Clearly, there is some talent here.
5 BOOTS N CHAINS All 3 siblings are winners, the fastest with a mark of 1:55.3. From the family of Big Apple Deli ($312k). Cost $75k at Lex.
6 MOUNTAIN TOP His dam was a nice race-mare, earning over $460k. First foal from the dam. You have to give credit to his 165-1 game third place finish in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final. Let’s see if he can duplicate that performance here.
7 P MAC ATTACK Dam earned $228k, but fastest sibling has a mark of just 1:59.1. Homebred is from the family of Enny Youngman ($399k).
8 ALDEBARAN EAGLE A kin to a winner in 1:56.2. Dam is a kin to Ifhallscouldtalk ($331k). Cost $70,000 at Harrisburg. Solid last baby race.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-8-7
H Horse Comment
1 WINE N MCROSES Appears to be in very tough in this group. Only one start in this last 6 weeks as well. Longshot in this field.
2 BLIXTRA Enters this off a lifetime best effort. Has tried stakes company like several of these. Seems to be peaking at the right time.
3 HIGHLAND ROCKSTAR Another that tried Stakes events. She may have needed her last start, so improvement is possible. Including.
4 H-ANDHARLEYTHEJET Plainridge form did not transfer here. Substantial improvement will be required to compete with this group.
5 EASTER SURPRIZE Recent form has been quite good, but she does have 7 runner-up finishes with just 1 win. Will use her accordingly.
6 ROCKINGCAM PARK I believe she is the best of these, but the price should indicate that as well. Exiting a very strong race as well.
7 KATE CAN’T WAIT She has been racing well, but is facing a stronger group than she has faced before. Note the barn change here.
8 TEMPTATION HANOVER If Miller has her figured out, she is very interesting. Was a bet-back, but the post is tricky. Still, must include.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 7-5-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 HOT START A kin to three 6-figure earners, including Blomkvist (1:53.4). $52,000 Lexington Select yearling disappointed last time as an overwhelming favorite, but her debut was strong. Looms a contender in this group.
2 JOLENE JOLENE Dam earned over $140k. No winning siblings to report. Dam is a kin to Tall Cotton ($563k – 1:51.4). Solid mile last out.
3 SOUTHWIND CARTIER First foal from an unraced dam. Best performer in recent pedigree is Celtic Merchant ($301k). Has run into a buzz-saw the last pair of starts in Mission Brief. This is class relief on paper, but the field actually came up very strong.
4 DEMONS N DIAMONDS Dam is a half-sister to Whitewater Rapids ($239k). She cost just $20k at Lexington. Was chasing a runaway winner in the NJSS Final who was 13 clear of the field on the wire. Expecting a better result here.
5 ARMATRADING Half-brother to Banco Solo ($207k). Has shown some quality in his morning efforts, but will watch homebred’s debut.
6 SARCY Dam was an excellent racemare, earning $733k. Toss out the broken equipment line. Prior efforts were very strong. $37,000 Lexington-select yearling fits well with this group. One of several win contenders.
7 LOCK DOWN LINDY Not much to report in her immediate family with no winning siblings and an unraced dam. However, her dam is a kin to Majestic Son ($1.7 Million). $40,000 Lexington-Select yearling looked good at Vernon and awesome in her last baby race.
8 BLUE MUSE First foal out of a dam that earned $156k, who is also a kin to 2 6-figure earners. $20k Lexington yearling. Another victim of the fleet of foot Mission Brief. Have to figure this barn will improve this filly in her second start.
9 RULES OF THE ROAD Has one winning sibling of two starters with a mark of 1:59.2. Biggest name in recent pedigree is Water Star who earned $209k. Good to see that she stayed trotting in the Sire Stakes Final.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 6-8-3-11
H Horse Comment
1 E L ROCK Interesting in this spot. Not sure if he can win, but drew inside and may be able to sneak into the exotics for a share here.
2 CHARMING DREAM Gets another class drop to the lowest level. Has taken money in each of his last couple of starts. Mixed feelings now.
3 BROADWAY ROCKS Has been much sharper since dropping to this level. Still, has burnt cash in his last pair. Skeptical on the win side.
4 J R JAZZ He was no less than 50-1 in any of his Flower Child efforts. This is tougher than his last pair at Tioga. Leaning elsewhere for win.
5 DASH FOR THE CASH Now 0 for 19 on the year. Exiting a pretty fast mile. Winless record scares me off the win end. Will include though.
6 DREAMS OF THUNDER Note the barn change here. Enters this off a 4 week layoff. Svanstedt got familiar with him too. My top selection.
7 NEWSBOY MORIARTY He has yet to prove that 28-1 win was not an aberration. Just 2 for his last 41 as well. Looking another way here.
8 RAY HALL I believe his best makes him the horse to beat. Has a class edge. If Dreams Of Thunder doesn’t fire, this is my alternate choice.
9 UPFRONTSRIKESGOLD Chased after a well-meant winner last time. Will need to show some speed from this draw. Clearly fits in here.
10 JERSEY BOY Not a bad effort on the class drop last time. My concern is his lack of speed tied into the wide draw. Bottom of exotics, only.
11 B L CLASS ACT He is a tough read in here. Won impressively at Tioga, but this will be tougher. Big driver change here. Looms a player.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 2-7-6-3
H Horse Comment
1 ROSSINI He jumped up with a win to kick off his season. But since then he has tailed off. This field came up rather tough as well. Not sold.
2 SWEET JUSTICE Had a feeling he was sitting on a big effort last week. Faces another tough group, but he is sharpening up. Contender.
3 QUICK DEAL When last seen here, Ake went right down the road to a lifetime mark. Same tactics expect again. Looms a logical player.
4 MASTER OF LAW This gelding can motor. But, will he stay trotting? He will take some money off that qualifier, but is a risky contender.
5 SLIP INTO GLIDE Leading 2014 money earner in the field has been racing well in Canada. Off three weeks, but still must be considered.
6 SPIDER BLUE CHIP Broke for no reason last time. Came back and qualified well. Remember, this is a Breeders Crown winner. Tricky call.
7 ROYALTY FOR LIFE Toss out his last, as he was taken out of the race. Expect him to send and be a prominent player from the start.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-1-3
H Horse Comment
1 DELIGHTFUL DRAGON Took some support last time, but got away slow and was never involved. Will stay closer from here. Improves.
2 CLEAR VIEW HANOVER Very clear that this mare is moving in the right direction. Wont offer 24-1 now but is still a prime contender.
3 CAROLSIDEAL She hasn’t been as effective at this tougher level, but it still racing well. Joins a long list of win contenders given her form.
4 KEEPERS DESTINY Never got into the race when last seen here and is just 1 for 19 this year. Her best puts her in exotics play at a price.
5 SPRINGFORTH Has been racing at the top level at Harrington. But I will tale the same approach with her as others and watch her first race.
6 MACHAROUNDTHECLOCK She is exiting a rather strong race for this. Her speed will be prominent here. Expecting a solid performance.
7 MOJARRA HANOVER When she slips into a C-2 event, she is very tough. Now moves back up off the win and this will be much tougher.
8 SYNERGY SEELSTER Exits the same race as ‘Mach and was a bit stronger in that spot. She was 97-1 in there though. Mixed feelings.
9 ARIA J Mare caught a field she could beat and she did. Now, she moves back up the ladder into this tougher spot. Not sold on chances.
10 SIR JILLIAN Z TAM Mixed bag of efforts at Yonkers. Last mile was a toss-out. That said, I don’t see the speed necessary from this draw.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 LOLA DE VIE Broke through with a sharp win. Now back to the level where she finished 7th at 37-1. She may be better now. Tough field.
2 UPFRONT BILLY Earns a class drop that should spur some improvement. Owns plenty of back class. Anticipating a much better effort.
3 SOAPY SAP Wired the equivalent of a C-2 type field at Philly last time out. This will be much tougher. Mare is in rather tough this time.
4 HILLUSTRIOUS Continues on The Road to the Hambletonian using the overnight route. Colt is very sharp now and looms a key contender.
5 PROVE UP All or nothing type just couldn’t get involved last time. Moves inside, which will keep him closer. Still think this is a tough task.
6 MY LEAP OF FAITH Was only 6-1 last time off some solid efforts. Never saw the pylons last week, so he may have an excuse. Improves.
7 WORLD CUP Over the winter, he would have won this race by a pole. Times have gotten tough. Needs to turn it around. Driver change.
8 DNIEPER This gelding has now pulled off back to back upsets. Moves into a much tougher C-1 field. A three-peat would surprise me now.
9 CROSBYS CLAM BAKE Defeated a much softer group last time and gets a stern test for class here. Note his previous try at this level.
10 NITRO NITTANY Filly may be gearing up for The Oaks elims next week. Tough draw off a 3 week layoff. I am going to watch this time.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-3-8
H Horse Comment
1 SCREAM AND SHOUT Filly clogged the outer flow while first over last week. Into a softer spot and she is a candidate to improve here.
2 EXQUISITE GLIDE Barn change since arriving from the Midwest. Enters a strong qualifier where she finished very strongly. Tossing in.
3 STEPHANA DREAM Lightly raced filly has shown potential. Still, she will have to trot much faster than she ever has to contend. Maybe.
4 DEJATIERO Speaking of lightly raced, brother to Dejarmbro is making just his third start. Has some talent and looms a contender here.
5 HERROYALHIGHNESS Exits a strong raced where she raced better. Another step forward puts her right on the wire. Interesting player.
6 AMOR DEO Winless in 18 starts which makes him a tough sell in the top spot. Mare would need to take a major step forward to win this.
7 JJ ALEX He was OK last time, but he could have been better. Expect him to show speed this time around. Looms as a pace factor at least.
8 DETOUR HANOVER He might be the fastest horse in the race, but it is hard to trust him. That said, I wouldn’t be shocked if he wired these.
9 SILVERHILL VOLO Seems to have tailed off since the sick scratch which is a concern. I’ll want to see an improved effort before playing.
10 SORRENTO HALL Excellent in qualifiers, but cannot stay trotting in his pari-mutuel events. Tied into post 10, I want to see him stay flat.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-9-5
H Horse Comment
1 MR PAIGE Has been struggling at the lower levels at Tioga. That doesn’t bode well for his move to The Meadowlands. Inclined to watch.
2 VIDA DE VIE Exiting a stronger race than this. That said, he burnt some cash previously at this level as well. Will try to beat her on top.
3 MR FENWICK When last seen here, it was at this level and he was a dull 7th at 25-1. He hasn’t been lighting it up since and is a longshot.
4 TIME TO QUIT He’s been facing better than these all season long. Note, he was trotting in 1:53 here earlier. Strictly the one to beat here.
5 BEAU JOE Has burnt some cash in his last couple of starts, granted he got to the half in 54.1 last week and nearly held on. Contender.
6 CATHY’S PRINCESS Dropped to the bottom condition at Pocono and romped. She should fit well in this spot, but this will be tougher.
7 HELIOS I am at the point where I will let him beat me, because he can’t be trusted to stay trotting. I will take a stand against in this spot.
8 PITTSTOP RUTHIE Making her second start back off the qualifier. See how Soapy Sap fared earlier in the card. Will have to trot faster.
9 J CS JAKE Continues to race very well. Will have to come from post position 9 without much speed, which is tricky. Still, must be included.
10 CARNEGIE Was not a factor last time, which came at this level at 42-1. Now draws post 10 and will have a lot of ground to make up.
11 CELTIC MERCHANT Defeated a softer group at Pocono last time. Not thrilled with the second tier starting slot here. Might use sparingly.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-1A-3
H Horse Comment
1 MA CHERE HALL Recently added trotting hobbles and it appears to have helped. Might be ready to take a step forward. Exotics contender.
1A MISTERY WOMAN She had to need that start and it was against a very good field. Second time Lasix, against just mares. Things to like.
2 HANDOVER BELLE She was just left with too much to do last time. Draws in the middle of a short field and will be dangerous with a trip.
3 ROCKIN WITH DEWEY Canadian based mare seemingly never puts forth a bad effort. She has been holding her own against the best.
4 NF HAPPENSTANCE Mare has been facing the boys all year and doing well. She has speed, but has always been better on smaller tracks.
5 PERFECT ALLIANCE Tough call here. She is either tailing off after a great winter, or needed that race. Her best wins this race. Tricky read.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 1-8-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 NUNKERI Half-brother to Neal ($279k). Cost just $13k at Lexington which is already a steal. Sharp win in NYSS action at Tioga. Player.
1A WAITING ROOM Dam was a 6-figure earner. Just the 2nd foal. $52,000 sales price exceeds immediate pedigree. Must pick it up from here.
2 MAGGIES BED A kin to Colin Power ($171k). From the family of Me Maggie ($743k). Will need to improve off her baby races to contend.
3 JANE EYRE Family of Rebel Strike ($168k). Homebred has been Ok so far in the mornings but will need to step up her game to win this.
4 LADY CLARABELLA A kin to a 1:58.2 winner. Homebred improved with the addition of trotting hobbles. Still need to see her step it up.
5 JOSIE’S JOY Dam earned $641k on the track. She is a ¾-sister to Smilin Eli ($740k). Troubled to see her break stride upon debut. Tricky.
6 WOMAN OF CHARACTER A kin to Pilgrims Chuckie ($529k). Has made breaks in her last two starts, even with trotting hobbles. Not sold.
7 LITTLE MORE HONEY Second foal out of a dam who’s first foal has won $166k. Stuck in post 10 in both starts so far. Owns some upside.
8 CRAZY BEAUTIFUL First foal out of a dam that earned $167k. Family of World Class Image ($242k). Loved her last baby race. Contender.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-6-10-5
H Horse Comment
1 CAPTAIN PRIMEAU Just 1 for 17 on the year. His last was a little better, but he will need to step it up to break through and win. Tricky.
2 MAGGLIO He hasn’t done the best work up at Tioga. Interesting to see Svanstedt get in the bike now. Has done well here before. Maybe.
3 GASLIGHT Broke through with a win against what was a fairly weak group two starts back. Then was 70-1 last time. Not sold on chances.
4 THE NORTHERN DUDE Making his second start back off the brief layoff. That was a solid effort. Can easily see him stepping up here.
5 KEYSTONE WYATT That last start was against a better group than this. I expect him to fare better than his last start. Looms a contender.
6 BOSSY VOLO Exits a stronger race for this. Draws midpack, which will give Callahan some options. Sharp win two starts back. Player.
7 FOX VALLEY LEGEND I would have liked to have seen a better effort last time. That said, if he can work out a trip, he can rally for a share.
8 CASHAHALLIC An even try last time. His effort on the 23rd would put him in contention. I might use him a bit underneath, but not on top.
9 SPECIAL COMMAND Just a series of even tries leading up to this. Tough draw here and will likely have a lot left to do. Not sold here.
10 MCKENZIE’S STAR Beaten favorite last time, but he raced well. If you toss out his effort 2 starts back his form looks very sharp for this.
11 BLUTO His season has been disappointing. Dropping in class and the addition of Lasix has not helped. A hard sell for me at this point.