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By Dave Brower, Meadowlands handicapper — Early Double Analysis — OCT 16, 2020

Race 1

1              MAY I CRUISE WEST – Won his first race of the year last week with the big driver change to Pat B. It’s back to the GSY Club tonight and back to longshot status. I doubt he repeats.

2              CAPTAIN CUT THROAT – He’s got speed, that’s for sure! And, in races like this, I wouldn’t discount that. He’s also got the post edge on #8,9. After that acclimating mile here, I think he’ll go a lot further. The one to beat?

3              WATCHMENEIGHNEIGH – One of the many Minnesota shippers that show up the entry box here. What do we do with them? I really have no idea. Some will probably fit and some won’t. The Judge will try to get this closer a smooth trip.

4              GOOD DAY MATE – Manages to win one every once in a while, but he rarely strings them together. Does have some history here, but I will rate him a medium longshot in spot like this. Would need exactly the right kind of journey.

5              NA NA NA BAATMAN – Left Minny on a sour note, so that’s strike one. Barn wins a lot of races in California and at Running Aces too! Have to give a little more respect to this outfit. I see some speed here. Might take a shot, gun.

6              MAJORETTE ANGIE – I’ll keep her on the longshot list for now, moving out to a tougher post. Not for me.

7              DONTDOUBTTHELAKERS – The Lakers just won the NBA Championship, so never doubt! Not much early zip in the tank for barn’s other starter in here. I may want to watch one, to see if this is the right spot for him. Not sure.

8              WALKS OF LIFE – Can he win? Of course! Marianna sports a pair of driving wins under her belt so far. This is veteran pacer that knows his way around the track. Only has to overcome the post and leave a little. Lots pressure early.

9              ROLAND N ROCK – Closing in on 150 lifetime starts. Some have been here. Harmon gets him back from Iowa again, but they do land a tough post. He will be fast enough to keep up with these, if not try set the pace. The one to fear. Trainer: The post hurts, but he can, and probably will, race from behind. He can finish pretty good! I’ll know when the gate springs.

10           MCNULTY Z TAM – Yes, I can see that he’s on quite a roll right now, but nothing derails good form sprees like a post 10 start. Pilot did win one last week, but he might need to get ultra lucky to sweep the whole pack.


Top Contenders  2-9-8-5

Race 2

1              RED REDEMPTION – Barn has four of the five in here. Race is sponsored by Team Svanstedt, so they’ll get their money back! This one has a mixed bag of efforts on view, so likely to just ride the pylons and try to keep up. For a piece.

2              ROYSON’S PUNCH – Has been in position last few legs of the Kindergarten, but has lacked the knockout punch. It won’t be easy to battle the four stablemates tonight. So, it will be up to Scotty Z to keep him out of trouble.

3              LINDYSMUSCLEMANIA – Went off at a ridiculous 1-9 a few weeks ago and miscued. That’s never good! Especially for the bettors. So, how will this Lindy bounce back? Was very impressive when Andy drove two back. Gets G Nap now.

4              CAPTAIN COREY – Son of the very fast Googoo Gaagaa did not make the trip to Lexington, so he shows up here in very soft spot. He’s been perfect so far, and I don’t see that changing tonight. Very talented individual.

5              CAPSTONE – I do wonder what Yannick’s gameplan will be? Drew outside his heavily-favored stablemate. But, this colt does pack strong speed. Perfect confidence builder down at Philly. He may take a good run at the fave with right trip.

DRIVER CHOICES: Ake Svanstedt 4 over 1

Top Contenders  4-5-3-2

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