By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Friday, October 22, 2021
1 SOUTHWIND DOMINO – Invades from Canada off a confidence-boosting win for Herbie Holland. But, he’d had a little trouble dealing with the stakes types before that. Gets a nice post and will just try to sit, save ground, make final.
2 S I P – Nice colt here! Seems to have handled his travel well. Some good efforts. A decent qualifier to prepare for this, and Yannick still in the bike. There are reasons to like in this spot. He’s quick enough to get into the big dance.
3 TESTING TESTING – I really like the way this guy has developed along the way. Plus, the barn’s been on a good roll of late. Those things tend to complement each other. Seems versatile enough to give Dave M lots of options. One to beat
4 LETSDOIT S – Just about every start from this fella has been a good one! No mistakes. Good speed. Definitely left Sears with tough choice tonight. He did end up sticking here ov #5. Not sure how much we read into that. Both pretty good!
5 TEMPORAL HANOVER – Owns five wins so far this year, so that stands out. Went a tick faster than his stablemate out in Lex. Blew right by a highly-regarded colt too! Push-button speed and manners a plus. No reason not to like. TT on!
6 MAJESTIC J – He’s made a few mistakes along the way, but it does seem like the Armada has him heading in right direction now. I’m just not in love with this post, or loss of Miller. Will need a few things to go his way.
7 KEG STAND – After the very good try week one in Lex, he regressed into a break following up. That’s not good. There is plenty of other speed in here, so the post presents a problem. And, Dexter might have to be extra careful here.
Dave Miller 3 over 6
Brian Sears 4 over 5
Top Contenders 3-5-4-2
1 HIGH HILLS – Homebred still looking like a “work in progress.” They don’t always come to their natural ability at the very beginning. T Mac kept him trotting in latest qualifier, but they will need a lot more than that to get closer.
2 STRIDE THE HILL – Not sure why he made that break week two in Lex. Just seemed to go to running for no reason. A Mac gets the drive back and they performed very well together in prior win. No Crown for him, though. This is easier.
3 FAMOUS FATHER – Hasn’t quite distinguished himself yet and has missed a little time. Did not go to Kentucky.
4 ROMANTIC TILE S – She packs pretty good speed. That’s for sure. Showed some poise in last win too! It’s taken a while, but seems to be going good at moment. I like the post. Expect pilot to put her in play and then try to get a trip.
5 AGRO DOLCE – Not sure they’re quite where they want to be with this lass. Those Philly races are not impressive.
6 BARACK FACE S – Owned, trained and reined by LW. Will just have to prove he can stay on stride the whole way.
7 DID YOU SEE LINDY – Delivered fine efforts in both Red Mile starts. I liked what I saw! And you know, this camp never rushes them. They had a real good two weeks out there, so let’s see if momentum carries over. Drew tougher post.
8 DIVINE KRONOS S – Retains longshot status, as one of two in here for the barn. She has shown some speed along the way, but not the needed stamina to stay close enough. They will have to work on that.
9 KEN’S WALNER – I really thought he was ready to “turn things around” and start going the right way again. Then, he broke again. That’s not good. Here’s hoping they can get him right with some changes, etc. Has the talent.
10 STIFF DRINK – Here’s another one that definitely has the ability, IF they can keep his mind on manners. Was okay in that last qualifier, looking safe enough not to break. But, they all get tested when you land post 10. Good luck!
Ake Svanstedt 4 over 8
Yannick Gingras 7 over 3
Top Contenders 2-7-9-4