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BROWER IN THE BIKE-MED

By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Review, Friday, OCT 9, 2020

Race 1

1              MAJORETTE ANGIE – Coming off a pretty good effort over at Yonkers, but it’s usually a brand new ballgame here. I’m going to keep the mare on the longshot list until I see a strong effort here.

2              PROPHET BLUE CHIP – Tough trip two back from the bad post. Downright flat effort last time. In need of a big wakeup call and those are hard to predict. Maybe we’ll see some speed again? Demand fair value if you fancy.

3              LEAR SEELSTER – After the flying finish win from Lear, you took it on the chin as a twice-beaten favorite. I do believe the price will be better tonight, but the trip needs to be too! Marianna must time that one good burst perfectly.

4              CAPTAIN CUT THROAT – Definitely have to give this guy a little respect for the efforts out in Minnesota. We don’t get too many invaders from Running Aces, but I like what I see on paper. Let’s see if handles the big track now.

5              HOPETOBEFIRST – Tough call here. It’s dangerous to ignore Joe Lee, but this one enters off a scratch and a slowish qualifier. Would need to go a lot faster here and I usually need to see it first.

6              MCARD ATTACK – Didn’t make the gate up at Monti, so that’s a problem. Retains longshot status after that.

7              BADIX HANOVER – Keeps racing well, but can’t get over the hump and win one of these. With that said, I will use underneath in the gimmicks, but not on top. I don’t expect much of a price either.

8              URBANA BAYAMA – Another Monticello shipper. Most times, they can’t handle it here. This one drew an outer post, but does show speed. Will Alexandra take a shot and blast? That’s a good question.

9              IN THE HUDDLE – The only one in for the claiming tag. Took a ton of betting action upon arrival. That line was okay, but not great. I’m not in love with the post. So, I have very mixed feelings and wouldn’t want a short price.

10           SCIROCCO MISTYSAID – Really put it all together for Team Silva last time. That was the type of effort we kept expecting. So, now that he’s won, he gets “assigned” the outside post. That never helps! Be careful at low odds.

DRIVER CHOICES: None

Top Contenders  4-10-7-3

Race 2

1              CHOCOLATE MATTERS– Picked up a check in her first go-around down at Freehold. Barn opts to switch to the big track now, but she’s running into much more seasoned foes. She would have to go much faster here.

2              BEYOND ORDINARY – Chased #5 in those two starts here and was no match. Took a shot down at Philly and couldn’t get the job done. I just don’t see him beating #5 tonight. Hard to leave off the ticket, but needs more to win.

3              COCONUT KATE – It’s taken a while to get her going, but I was encouraged by that last effort. Somehow, they have to work on those slowish starts. It puts her out of position, and it’s never easy to make up that much ground.

4              AP HALL OF TRIX – Just 1-23 life, which is hard to believe, because he does have some talent. On Lasix now, and transitioning out of minor stakes. Will need the right trip, but can threaten #5 IF he stays trotting. Likes big track.

5              QUESTICHAP – Absolutely cruised in the two wins here, and almost gets a “free pass” because she hasn’t made $30K yet. The post is perfect to let Trond do whatever he wants. We’re looking at a pretty short price here. Your call?

6              WHISK ‘EM – Been picking up some checks by passing tired rivals. Maybe that’s the goal here again? Longshot.

7              NEVER LATE KAIT – She jumps up with a good one every now and then. Not sure this pace scenario will help here. Needs somebody to soften up #5. And, that might not happen.

8              MARVELOUSTRIX – No, I did not get the memo on her last week. But, she kicked in with her usual late burst and blew right by them all. Now must deal with #5 again and that didn’t work out so well last matchup. Post hurts.

9              UNPAID ADVISOR – Figures to get away near the back tonight and that doesn’t look like a recipe for success.

10           ZOE F – Interesting spot for Francisco here. On occasion, Zoe has turned in a good effort. But, what’s the plan from post 10? How does she get into it? That, I don’t know.

DRIVER CHOICES: None

Top Contenders  4-5-2-3

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