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IN THE BIKE WITH BROWER

Race 1 Review by Dave Brower – Saturday, February 29 2020

1   WARRIOR ONE – Gotta love the way he’s going right now, and he gets to “slide in” to the same class because he hasn’t won eight races lifetime. Gets the cozy pole post, but will have to deal with #4 both early and late. Who’s best?

2   STARLIGHT AS – Slides across the river to try the big track now. Looks like he’s regressed a touch lately, so I might want to watch one here. Even with Dexter. Will be sitting and stalking, but will he be trotting all the way?

3   UNCLE HANOVER – The good Uncle has his moments, like last start when he charged home to be a solid second. Not in love with the scratch since, but it wasn’t a sick scratch. Another that will be sitting and waiting, hoping to rally.

4   VERY VERY FAST – Really nice matchup here, between two sharp horses. They both have speed as best weapon, so something has to give. I think they’re both versatile enough to do it either way. Couple weeks off with this one.

5   MUSCLE FASHION – Gets “lucky” to scratch into this spot, but in reality, this level has been too much for him so far. I still think we need to wait for a drop to the softer spot.

6   PRESIDENTE ZETTE – Bouncing up and down the class ladder lately. Some decent tries too, but I think this looks like a real tough spot. The favorites are likely to control this and that won’t help his rallying chances.

7   FASHION CREDITOR – First start back off the layoff and he will probably need this. Wait for softer spot later on. Trainer: Qualified nicely. Has been training well, but this is first start back.

8   FOR A DREAMER – Maybe a little bit better last time? But, where’s he going from this post against another good field? I’m guessing not far. This fella is going to need some class relief to get back to the winner’s circle.

9   HAMMER TIME – The Hammer ended up in a good spot behind #1 last week, but lacked the punch to get close lately. Moves from post three to nine and that might seal his fate.

10 OBRIGADO – Obi could be one of the “keys” to the race! He CAN leave if Marcus wants. I know it’s a big step up the class ladder, but he’s got loads of that. At very least, he has to float to get into the race. Needs that strong finish. Trainer: Obviously not happy with the post, but happy with the way things are going. We’re going to try a closed bridle from the outside slot. We always come to play!

DRIVER CHOICES:

Andy McCarthy 7 over 3

Top Contenders  1-4-10-3
Race 2 ReviewSaturday, February 29 2020

1   EGOSNATTITUDES – Gets some much-needed post relief tonight and it’s probably going to help. The faves are a bit questionable in here, so I wouldn’t talk you off this guy. He was very good two back. Has that solid speed and Drew!

2   CENTURION HANOVER – Barn brought two to race this week, but this gelding doesn’t seem sharp. I’ll pass.

3   DIMES MAKE DOLLARS – First start off a long layoff tonight, but that’s a very intriguing qualifier. Looks like the time off did him some good. I’m surprised they choose to race here. Could have stayed home. Is he cranked, ready?

4   IF I MUST – Seems to be working his way down the class ladder and these connections have won here before. He can definitely go fast enough to contend. The inner post helps and he doesn’t make mistakes. Usable longshot?

5   STORMING MIST – Gets the very tepid call as fave, mostly due to DD’s presence. The Mist had a much-improved effort last week, so that could be a hint he’s ready to turn it around? Had some speed too! Maybe Dex fires out?

6   VENTURE PRINCESS – She clearly needed that last one, after being MIA too long. I need to see a good one again.

7   HALLANET – Did a fairly good job of saving ground last week and kicked in nicely late. That’s what he does. And, if the pace falls apart up front he will be coming, but from how far back? Possibly too far back.

8   SHADY MCCOY – Hasn’t quite thrived in his new barn yet, but it’s probably just a matter of time. I think the switch back to the big track alone will help. Andy takes over and that’s another big plus. He’s beaten better than this before.

9   TAKE A WISH – Ends up “scratching” into this race tonight, and technically drops off a win over at Yonkers on Tuesday. I’m not usually a fan of the short rest thing, but we know the mare can motor late. It’s all about pace and trip.

10 VICTORYISALLUNEED – Will she trot or not? Sometimes, it’s as simple as that. I can see the speed, so the post may not be a big problem. She’s faced better. She liked to win last year. Overdue to deliver a stronger effort.

DRIVER CHOICES:

Andy Miller 8 over 1

Steve Smith 9 over 4

Top Contenders  1-5-8-3

Dave Brower, Meadowlands handicapper, television analyst and author, is an HRI Harness Racing contributor

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