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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Friday, July 9, 2021

Race 1

1              MAGIC CAN HAPPEN – What a good first start last week! And it came after missing a few weeks. Figures to improve with that under her belt and has the pole position with that speed. Still offers decent betting value to use.

2              PENELOPE J – Was very professional in her baby races and sure looked the part in first stakes victory! Was part of a nice weekend for the barn and owner Ken Jacobs. She is definitely the one to beat, but runs into fresh debut-maker 4.

3              CREEATION – It just didn’t look like she was ready to trot fast enough for a stakes race. So, let’s see if there’s any more in the tank for try number two. A longshot again.

4              TIPPET – Nice pedigree here! A full sister to Long Tom, and a half to Tight Lines and In Range. Those three have earned over $1.5 million so far. Was finishing fast in final prep behind Brickhouse Babe, who won a leg last week. Interesting!

5              MAGNOLIA VOLO – A little late to the party here, with just one baby race under her belt. She is by Walner, however and his first crop has been awesome. I still think she’s going to need more experience.

6              THOSE BLUES – Yannick gave her every chance with multiple moves last time, but she was clearly outkicked home. Gets another new driver, with YG on #4. Understandable. Moves back out a few slots too! No easy spot.

7              RIDING HIGH – Getting a little bit faster with each appearance and that is what you’re looking for. But, I don’t think she’s quite ready to call herself a top stakes performer? I’m not in love with the post. Still needs to find more.

8              DELILAH HANOVER – Dexter was very careful and conservative with the sister to Darlene Hanover in that first go. But, I did note she flashed some serious trot at the end of the mile. Plenty of talent in tank, but hard to bet from this post.


Yannick Gingras 4 over 6,7

Top Contenders  2-1-4-8

Race 2

1              MISSY TRIX – She’s now had a couple of starts to get used to stakes racing, but she hasn’t been able to keep pace with the top dogs just yet. Still a longshot, even from the rail.

2              BRICKHOUSE BABE – Boy did she finish up well in the debut a few weeks ago. Yes, I know the pace fell apart, but I liked the stride she uncorked. Was a big night for some of those partners too! Love way she’s been prepared by Ray.

3              GRACELYN HANOVER – The Captain did everything right, trying to steal one with this lass and she fought hard all the way. Definitely a great experience for the filly and she should only improve off that. Gets to set the pace again?

4              DISCLOSURE – Kind of just “went around there” in her last two appearances. Sometimes that happens when you get stuck with tough posts. I’m not totally sure of the pace scenario in here. It will be tough to make up ground again.

5              RAISED BY LINDY – Here’s another Walner that has some talent. Both baby races were solid, separated by a few weeks. Domenico seems to have some nice-looking youngsters this year. Fifth foal from mare that earned only $11K.

6              PEYTON HANOVER – The slowish pace set by #3 last week really hampered her rallying chances. But, you could see that’s the way they want to race her. Was loaded at end of mile. But, what do we do from another outside post?

7              AMERICAN BEAUTY – Also took the conservative route in her second try and I think it worked better. She finished a lot stronger, and that’s what they were looking for. Tonight’s post is a bitter test. I’m not sure what to expect.


Scott Zeron 5 over 4

Top Contenders  6-5-2-3

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