By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, April 17, 2021 —
1 ACTING OUT – Was out in the flow last week, but clearly outkicked home by a few of these. The move inside should help, but I would not suggest taking that short price if it happens. Will try to turn the tables on #8. Maybe.
2 MCNULTY Z TAM – Has picked up a couple of checks for his new barn, but I still don’t think he’s sharp. I’ll pass.
3 BATTLE STRONG – Been using his speed lately, but it’s just not working out. Overdue for a bit better luck and this could be a nice spot for him. There are several closers in here, so sometimes I will try the speed. Works once in while.
4 JUSTIN CREDIBLE – He just can’t find a way to win one here, so he remains a longshot. Would need big turnaround.
5 MY ALPHA ROCK N – That scratch really worries me, folks! This is a new barn in play, so that confuses me too! Obviously, his best effort is good enough, but we didn’t get that on April 3. Not sure what to expect tonight.
6 INDEPENDENT ONE – Bouncing up and down the price ladder lately. That was a pretty nasty beat if you had him last week. Almost stole away enough, but got nailed by the Bank. Moves out a few slots now, which makes it tougher.
7 DULL ROAR – He’s been roaring loud and clear of late! Very sharp right now, and will try to make it three straight for the Wyatt barn. It can certainly happen. Being in for $17K avoids the outside post. That’s a big plus all around.
8 BANK SEA – Have to give credit where due! Barn freshened him up a bit, and boy was he ready for the comebacker! A stirling rally for Dave Miller. The price goes up a bit here, and that comes with bad post. How far back will he be?
9 CRUZING HILL – Gets “assigned” the outside post because he’s in for the $20K tag. Moves into a new barn here, so I guess he was sold? This pricetag might be a tad too high, but I guess we’re going to find out soon enough.
Dave Miller 8 over 1
Andy McCarthy 6 over 3
Top Contenders 3-7-5-8
1 NOTHING BUT MUSCLE – Did not have an easy trip in his Big M debut and ran into a buzzsaw too! So, let’s not be too hard on him. The move to inner post will help. Plots for a better journey. Maybe not as good as #4, but he’ll try.
2 ZLATAN – Finally gets a little break from the post gods and it has to help. I feel he’s going to need a race or two before we see his best. He might need a class drop too! I’m willing to wait.
3 INNISFALLEN – Barn’s got two in here and neither one seems sharp enough to win this race. Has tailed off. Pass.
4 STEUBEN HANOVER – Invades from Canada for the Hambo winning connections. Looks like he roared home in that comebacker. Should be even better tonight, provided he shipped okay. Will be very hard to go against vs. these.
5 RESITA – The Cullipher Crew have a pair in here. I think the other one has a better chance. This guy needs a touch of class relief too, before we get the wakeup call. I will pass for now.
6 IT AINT THE WHISKY – Did race a little better last week for his new barn. Had a touch of speed to use and kept up after that. This is good spot for that speed, since there are some dedicated closers in here. Should be firing out.
7 CHIPLOSIVE – The Chip tends to wake up on drops like this. I’m not sure he’ll be as strong as #4, but I wouldn’t talk you off him either. Needs to invent a little speed, but he’s got it. Scotty Z will put him in play. Hard to leave out.
8 BEYOND ORDINARY – No, I have no idea what happened last time, but it wasn’t good. Moves back to an outside post and I really don’t know what to expect. IF he feels good, Corey will probably take a shot. Good luck guessing.
Scott Zeron 7 over 3
Top Contenders 4-1-7-6