By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — First Race Review, Saturday July 25:
1 ROCKIN ROGER – Flashed some newfound speed last time before getting run over at crunch time. I would imagine
we’ll see different strategy here. The sit in, stalk, and try to get lucky late. Still a longshot to me.
2 TEXICAN N – 12YO warhorse finds his way back to Club Med tonight. His last try here saw him in slightly tougher field,
and it was a pretty fast race for the level. He gets no break against this bunch. Will need to find a lot more stamina.
3 CALVIN B – Here’s a 10YO veteran that’s won here before. He usually needs to find the right spot and this is clearly it!
The two starts up at the Spa should have him fit and ready. No reason not to like tonight with A Mac aboard. Trainer:
Back at his favorite track and in bottom class. Fresh and ready to go!
4 IMA TRAGEDY N – Tough call here, especially with Dexter down to drive. Gelding could have needed those first few
back. It’s additional slight class relief. It’s a good post. Could be sitting in perfect stalking spot. Wouldn’t talk you off.
5 HE’S A LOVE SHARK – Barn has a bunch in this weekend, and by now you’ll know how they’re doing. Most of them
appear to be longshots, like the Shark. Would need to up his game substantially.
6 THESPYWHOLOVEDME – Both qualifiers here were solid, so he’s a player at this lower level too! Andy seems to get
along with him nicely. At mercy of pace and trip, since I don’t envision him blasting. He will still pass a few.
7 NOX VEGAS BLUECHIP – Currently 0-10 on the season, but that can change. Yannick originally listed, but won’t be
back in time, so Greg M picks up a live steer here! My only concern is that lack of early speed. Can we invent some?
8 POWER DREAMING N – He’s had a few good efforts here in the past. No reason not to think this will be one of them,
especially with Tim sitting in the sulky seat. Just has to overcome the post. Has won here before. Very usable.
9 URBANA BAYAMA – I’ll put this one on the longshot list for now. He’s got speed, but suspect stamina. Pass.
10 THEREISAPACEFORUS – One of the “keys” to the race tonight. He’s got a big back class edge on many of these and he
did have a decent comebacker. So, second off the layoff and dangerous if Dave can find a way into it. Needs speed.
DRIVER CHOICES: None
Top Contenders 3-4-7-8
Race 2 Review
1 JULA TRIX TREASURE – Uncorked one last burst in that mad scramble finish a few weeks ago. But, seriously, this colt
just seems to get better and better. Ake back in the seat tonight from a nice, cozy inside post. Will be stalking again.
2 PLAY TRIX ON ME – Found those elite trotters a touch too much in the Dancer. No worries. This is a lot more like it
and he’s more reliable than a few of these. I like the post, and potential for his kind of trip. He can motor home!
3 REAL COOL SAM – Obviously, the big question mark tonight. JC adds the hopples and a new driver here to try and
shake things up. Will they work? I don’t know. I will be taking a good, LONG look at him out on the track. Your call?
4 ROME PAYS OFF – Brushed and crushed with a nice confidence builder down at Philly. Sometimes, those kinds of races
work wonders. He will have to go a little faster tonight, but he might be ready for it. Interesting test before Hambo.
5 COVENTRY HALL – Barn’s other starter has yet to win a race, and I just don’t see it coming against a field like this.
6 SYNERGY – After getting a really good start to the campaign, his stock has fallen a notch or two. Gave it up late in his
Reynolds division and then never really got rolling in the Dancer. I imagine total change of tactics coming now. Speed!
DRIVER CHOICES: None
Top Contenders 6-1-2-3