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By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper – Friday, August 7, 2020 — Race 1 Review:

1 NOBLE WARRAWEE – By default, the 11YO has to have a little chance in here. He’s got a little back class, plus a win

here. I know it’s been a rough last two seasons, but anything is possible in races like this. Good luck!

2 TOUGH MAC – Might even end up the favorite in here, with Sofia aboard. Recent form is better than some of these

and veteran tracks to show a little more speed in here. Let’s see how far he goes. Not sure I want short price, though.

3 LASA DIDA LADY – Just hasn’t been much good since coming back. John C would need to wake him up in big way.

4 CHIEF JUSTICE – Recently added Lasix. Gets post relief. Gets the Judge and is versatile enough to do it either way. He’s

got many efforts here in the past that would be good enough to win this. May only need to stay out of trouble.

5 EXUBERANCE – Recent form a bit suspect and I just don’t think he’s fast enough for mile track anymore. Not for me.

6 PERMANENT JOY – You need to reach back a little in your memory to find some races that could win this. But, we’ve

seen Bob K pull this kind of thing off. I wouldn’t be too quick to eliminate in this spot. Might flash more speed.

7 UP THE ALLEY – Has only two starts since the comeback and neither one was especially good. Hard to like here.

8 SUPER MANNING – Joe P has taken a “lot of air” in most recent drives. Looks like he might have to do that again. I like

that he’s got one start under his belt. I like his experience here. I just hate the post! Will have to overcome to win.

9 NEVER LATE KAIT – Slowish starter gets slammed with a tough post in a no-win situation. Would need complete

mayhem to set up her late kick and you can never count on that. Demand big price if you fancy.

10 MASSAMILLION – Already 0-13 on the season and I can’t make much of a case, based on those Saratoga lines.


Top Contenders 4-2-6-8

Race 2 Review –

1 ONE TRIX PONY – Put the hopples on for second lifetime start and I guess it worked a little better. Still very much a

“work in progress” for Team Orange Crush. So, let’s see if she gets any faster in here from the rail.

2 M DIDDY – Chased #8 last week, given the perfect trip by Tim, but when the real trotting starter, Diddy got left in the

dust. Would love to sign up for same journey, but I’m not expecting him to go by, or get any closer. Needs lot more.

3 WET MY WHISTLE – Did have an improved effort in that middle sires stakes leg. Then cross out the race from post 10

in the final. This is interesting spot, IF she fires her best shot. Must also stay trotting too! A lot to ask tonight.

4 BEAUTIFUL GAME – Appeared to be in a great spot when she went to running in that big money final. Bad timing!

Prior to that, every start was a good one! Will she stay on gait and make a race of this? I sure hope so. Speed!

5 LINDYS DOLLYWOOD – Slowly but surely getting a little better every time she steps on the track. I’m not telling you

she can win this, but the right trip off a contested pace would give her a shot. Can be used on the ticket at price.

6 CHABLIS – Another that picked a bad time to toss in a clunker. You don’t get to race for $160K too often. She might

actually be the key to the race, IF Andy Mac wants to send her. He’s back aboard tonight. Filly has some talent.

7 APPALACHIA – Barn’s other filly got tired after flashing speed last time. Just not ready for these right now.

8 HELLO I LOVE YOU – She figured to be tough to catch last week and she was! The hopples on worked, and she looked

to have plenty left. The only test tonight will come from the post. If she gets lead easy, it’s probably over.


Ake Svanstedt 3 over 7

Top Contenders 8-4-6-2

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