By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Friday, May 21, 2121 —
1 DATELINE HANOVER – Got stuck in a little shuffle last time and it probably cost him all chance. That was first start for another new barn and he now gets post relief at the proper level. Don’t be shocked if he shows a little more tonight.
2 WALKS OF LIFE – Stevie put him in the perfect spot last week and the veteran just backed up late. Not good. Pass.
3 ROCKIN PANDA – They took one shot for the $10K tag and that didn’t work out. Drops back to the proper pricetag and this could be a lot different. Lots of question marks in here, but he could step up with any smooth journey.
4 MISTER HAT – A fresh face to the group! And all the way from Sacramento, Ca. Very often, these long shippers need a race just to acclimate to the surface. I will be watching closely for future evaluation.
5 TOLLY-HO – Didn’t see that coming here last week. Team Foster somehow had this fella ready for a monster big track move and he just roared home at 34-1. But, as I always say, if you didn’t have him that night, why try now at low odds?
6 NA NA NA BAATMAN – Fresh claim here and lots of up-close finishes, but he just doesn’t seem to win too often. With that said, he’s bound to take money in here and I will try to beat him, like I usually do. Use underneath only.
7 GYPSY LEATHER – That really wasn’t a bad try, first crack at Club Med. I like those kinds of speed tighteners. He definitely showed he could handle the big track. The price drop helped. I wouldn’t talk you off in this spot now.
8 STIRLING ENSIGN – Suffering a very bad case of the post position blues. It hurts, folks! Plus, there is a chance he’s tailing off a touch now? After a few good tries a while back. Demand fair price if you fancy him from post eight.
9 CLOSING BELL – The sick scratch definitely makes him a question mark tonight. So does post nine! Early speed doesn’t appear to be in the arsenal, so he will need a little luck to close it out and rally.
10 GIAS BOY – Maintains large longshot status, especially from post 10. Would be a shocker.
DRIVER CHOICES: None
Top Contenders 7-3-1-6
1 BEE FOREVER – That was a pretty good start to his stakes season last week. That good, steady rally is his hallmark! The pole position could be slightly tricky post for him, since he shows no speed. Will stalk midpack, try to kick in late.
2 LOCATELLI – Yannick took a shot and put this guy in a great spot leg one. Ended up in the pocket behind well-rated Cuatro, but could not trot with him late stages. Maybe he needed that? Could be a little stronger tonight. Needs it.
3 CRICKET FASHION – Should also benefit from his first trip back over the track. Had some trot, but not enough to get close. Most horses out of this barn get better with starts. I expect that to happen. Will give #1,2 a good tussle.
4 JULA PRO HANOVER – Barn’s got a pair in here and they’re both medium longshots. This fella loses Yannick, as expected and will have to step up his game a little to remain competitive. No wins yet. That’s an issue.
5 MEDIA MOGUL – Also looked a little bit short in the comebacker. Hey, that happens! The post wasn’t very good either. So, this is a slight move inside and a better chance. Did show some talent last fall in Lexington.
6 SONOFAMISTERY – I liked his chances last week and it didn’t work out. I hated to see that break, though. Slated to get Sears in the bike tonight, so that may attract a little tote support. Should we give him another chance? Absolutely.
7 CALLE PALEMA – All in all, that wasn’t a bad start last week. Nobody was catching Cuatro with that well-rated pace. Moves out a few slots, but we’ve seen him leave before. IF you were searching for a price-use, this could be it.
8 SOOT HANOVER – Picked up the final check last week, but he was a long way back. Gets slammed with a bad post again and that’s almost not fair! I don’t envision him blasting, so it will be a long road to haul again.
DRIVER CHOICES: Yannick Gingras 2 over 4
Top Contenders 3-6-1-2