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By Dave Brower, Meadowlands handicapper — Race 1 Review –Friday July 10

1 TAKE IT BACK TERRY – Came storming home for Melissa from well off the pace last week to just miss. Horse was very

well-bet that night too, so let’s expect more of the same. Rail is a tricky post for a closer. Will need trouble-free trip.

2 MAY I CRUISE WEST – He’s always a longshot in my book. I usually let him beat me, IF he can. It rarely happens.

3 IOWA NEIGHTIVE – Really liked his chances last week and TJ put a perfect steer on him too! Unfortunately, the horse

came up empty late, squandering that great journey. Not sure I can go back to the well after seeing that effort.

4 JOHN DALLY – His last was good example of how much an outside post can ruin chances. Parked every step of the

mile and of course, he got tired. This is better situation and Roy will be sending. Let’s see if they can hold on now.

5 IN ROCK WE TRUST – Technically faced better fields in his two comebackers. Last one was a little better than you

think. This is ideal post for him and he’s won here before. Good chance for Sofia to step up and surprise us.

6 CHEYENNE RYAN LEE – I will keep this one on the longshot list, as he hasn’t very much yet. Pass.

7 SCIOROCCO MISTYSAID – Was absolutely super before the shut-down, so keep that in mind. I think he was a little

overmatched down at Pocono, and he still picked up a check. Needed that race. Could be very tough, if primed, ready.

8 HONOR ME – Went a little faster than all of these in his last race, but could be a little compromised by the post. As

usual, I do see a little mayhem coming up near the lead. Will have to be close enough to pull the Tony Sweep!

9 WILLIE BOOTS – I have no idea what happened last week, but it sure wasn’t good. He’s a pass from way out here.

10 BRAVO TEX N – I’ve never had much luck guessing on him, and I’m not going to bite from post 10. Matt Z is totally at

mercy of pace and trip and it probably won’t work out. Maybe for a small share?


Top Contenders 5-7-8-4

Race 2 Review:

1 JULA MUSCLE PACK – Second foal of mare that earned almost half a million. A sister took mark of 55.3. Had a really

tough trip in the first go, but held well. Shuffled last time. Still needs to a show a tad more before we can endorse.

2 MUSCLE MEX – That’s some pretty nice progression down at the Cancielliere’s farm. We thank them for having

qualifiers this year! Only needs to prove he can go a little faster, but sometimes that comes with time. Faster here.

3 SOUTHWIND TYRION – Son of Muscle Hill that cost $145K at Lexington. Unfurled a very impressive burst in his one

and only qualifier. I would have liked to see one more, but it’s time to race! Could be any kind for top trot man!

4 CALLE PALEMA – Barn’s other starter also shows only one prep. Got a little lucky, that he wasn’t charted with a break

right at the wire, because he was flying that fast! I didn’t like the slowish-start, but he’s still learning. Has talent!

5 TOPOFTHEHILL S – First foal of an unraced mare, so we have nothing to go on there. He was a touch hot in the

second qualifier, but wasn’t really tested. Mattias gets back in the seat and his job is to keep colt controllable.

6 CAMDEN HILLS – $100,000 Harrisburg buy wasn’t bad in the one and only go. Could easily go forward off that and

he’s certainly got the pedigree to do so. Not in love with the switch to outer post. Only needs a bit more tonight.

7 TAKE THIS SOCIETY – Fifth foal and brother to Basquiat cost a pretty penny to bring home from the sale! Chased #3 in

the baby race, but wasn’t really being asked. Good foundation with pair of preps. In good hands, but Sears didn’t stick.

8 ZENITH STRIDE – Cost $300K as yearling. Conservatively handled in both baby races, but I do like the way he finished

them. Tonight’s problem is the post! Do you really think he can sweep them all, if he gets away last? I usually lean

against that. Sears’ choice over #7.


Dave Miller 1 over 2 Ake Svanstedt 3 over 4

Brian Sears 8 over 7

Top Contenders 3-4-7-1

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