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Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, May 29, 2021 —

Race 1

1             NEXT LEVEL STUFF – Man, has she come back good for JC and TT this year. Two superb efforts right off the bench, including leg one of the series three weeks ago. Lands the pole position again, trip worked out last time. Needs same.

2              KENZIESKY HANOVER – Continues to race very erratically, so I have no idea what’s going on. She actually made the final of this series last year, but broke in the final. I can’t hop back on board her boat just yet.

3              GHOSTINTHESHELL S – Figured to need a race here, just to acclimate and it was okay. I expect her to take a forward step tonight, and we could see big-time speed coming. In fact, I’d be shocked if we didn’t. Almost a must-use. Owner: Made a decent debut three weeks ago. Has trained well after that, but may not be ready to tackle the likes of NLS yet, but it looks wide open behind her.

4              WESLYNN QUEST – As previously stated, every horse this barn has put on the track has raced great!! My Pk4 ticket would have gotten nice boost (35-1) had she won that photo. Oh well! Still sharp and very much a part of this.

5              MORAIRTIME – Jack has loose-lined her on the lead in two of last three tries. Didn’t work. Maybe we go back to the closing move tonight? I just want to see her stay trotting. That’s most important. Can pick off a few late, behind #1.

6              SPOILED PRINCESS – Still waiting for her to step up with a big mile. Hasn’t happened yet. Was just okay, and no match for Ab’s or Stuff here. Yonkers race was just fair. We need to see more before we can endorse. Step it up!

7              A FANCY FACE – Renews her rivalry with #4, as they both ship in from Ohio for the series. This lass did miss round one, so that hurts a little. Remember, the final is in her home state of Ohio. Speed seems like main weapon. Will try to steal one for newest pilot. Scotty Z’s choice over 4. Trainer: She’s really coming into form. Trained great this week! She took the ship great. Has some gate speed, so I think Scotty will be pushing off the car. She always gives 110%!


Scott Zeron 7 over 4

Top Contenders  1-7-4-3

Race 2

1              KELLY’S CHAMP – On the comeback trail and still seems to have a long way to go. Not ready for this yet. Pass.

2              SOSSY’S KING KONG – I guess Sossy has a chance in here. No, he doesn’t win very often, but the right trip usually sees him close. That wasn’t good trip last time, but still roared home. A Mac got along with him well. Chose here.

3              STELLA’S PHELLA – Did his usual thing last time, sitting, saving ground and shaking free with some kick. Picked up another check. That’s always the goal and from this post, Stella can probably do it again. Must avoid traffic.

4              WALKS OF LIFE – Bit of a mystery horse right now. Was awful out of the pocket two back. And then bounced back nicely with his old late kick. So, I have no idea what to expect tonight. The good Walks, or the bad Walks. Good luck!

5              DEPENDLEBURY A – Gets a little Trackmaster class relief here, dropping a few points. Qualifies for this race by being a non-winner in last five. He is also best as a one-move pony, so Bob will be patient again. Let him kick in at the end.

6              RIGGINS ART – I guess we should take a long look here. Barn is 1-1, having crushed that one night with Grand Teton. This is only second starter, and shipping up the Turnpike for big track try. They must think he’ll like it. Maybe.

7              YS SUNSHINE – Took plenty of betting action over last two starts, but they weren’t very good. I don’t know what the price will be now, but horse will have to step up his game substantially to get any closer. No underlay value, please.

8              STIRLING ENSIGN – Here’s another one that just never wins. He came close a few times last month, but may have tailed off since? Will also need to overcome a tough post. Yannick will likely send him anyway. Just to give a shot.

9              TRICK CARD – Gets the tepid call as morning line favorite, in this wide-open race. It’s probably not a good idea to bet favorites in races like this. Especially when they start from post nine. But, I wouldn’t talk you off either. He’s been good.

10           NA NA NA BAATMAN – The Batpole gets stuck with post 10. That’s not going to work too well for him. Pass.


Andy McCarthy 2 over 4

Top Contenders  5-9-6-2

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