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By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — June 12, 2021 —

Race 1

1               MISS MCKEE – She missed the last leg sick, so that’s a small issue. Likely needed the race at Pocono where she set a pretty fast pace and got caught. Plots for different kind of journey here where she can just follow. Usually keeps up.

2              WESLYNN QUEST – She hasn’t had much luck here yet, but every start has been a solid one! Can’t fault that. I like this post for her tonight and do wonder how the race will set up with #7. Scotty Z opted to #4 tonight. Worries me!

3              FELICITYSHAGWELL S – We’ve all seen her powerful early speed. It always gives her a chance. She still needs to learn how to finish a tad better. Did trot home in 26 and change last time, so maybe I’m being too hard on her. Guns out!

4              A FANCY FACE – She did really well in leg two for Team Luther. Fired out with speed and then towed along nicely. Tonight might be a little more difficult with #3 just inside. I like that she’s versatile. May have to change it up here.

5              MORAIRTIME – Regressed into another one of her strange breaks. Not sure why she does it. Just jumps for no apparent reason. Back in too tough and definitely a big longshot again.

6              NO MAS DRAMA – They’ve tried her twice against these and it just hasn’t worked out. I have to pass for now.

7              MANCHEGO – Did you watch the Cutler? Did you watch the Maxie Lee? Are you kidding me! She’s awesome right now! Yannick will take care of her tonight, while Dex has some suspension days. Will YG use a bit more speed from this post, or will he be uber-patient and just let her finish again? That is the question. Trainer: Simply amazing! Has never felt better in her entire life in training. Yannick gets to take her for a spin tonight. Should be fun for him!

8              P L NOTSONICE – Like #6, she’s given it her best a couple times and she’s just not been a match for these. That, plus the bad post tonight make it hard. Maybe she can follow #7? That would be best case scenario.


Scott Zeron 4 over 2

Top Contenders  7-2-4-3

Race 2

1              ROLLNTHEJOE – Still waiting on a wakeup call here, and we haven’t really seen it yet. Gets some post relief tonight, so maybe that will add a little more speed to the show. I’m not sold on this horse yet, so I will watch another.

2              GAIUS CRASTINUS – He struggled to keep up in that very fast Trackmaster race. So, is this easier, or harder? I’m not really sure. I’m actually leaning towards easier. He’s still a longshot, even from the good post.

3              UNLOADED N – Just seems long overdue to grab a win here. He’s had some good efforts too! When he’s not acting up and fighting his driver. This is prime spot to earn that win. Could go right down the road, IF he wants to play.

4              GLOBALDOMINATION N – If you need a reason to bet against #3, this is a good option. Second start off the layoff. A sneaky-good last start. Plenty of back class. Barn looking to get off the schneid here this year. Can happen.

5              BLAYDE HANOVER – Wasn’t exactly tearing it up down at Freehold. I want to watch one here first. Pass.

6              SOMETIMESAWINNER – Didn’t really make much of an impact at 50-1 here last week. No change to that coming.

7              HAPPY TRIO – Hasn’t quite adapted to the program here on the east coast just yet. Gets stuck with another outer post, so he’s a tough one to like a lot. Maybe we get some changes tonight? Something?

8              NORTHERN ROCK – That was a real mayhem kind of race last week, and this guy was a big part of it. I have a feeling this will be a LOT easier than that. He won’t have to be used that hard. Yannick gets along with him great, but chose 9

9              SPIRIT OF TRUTH – I must admit, I didn’t see that coming last week. Speed? From this 9YO? Just goes to show you that any horse can surprise you at any time. Was Yannick’s choice here, that surprised me. Needs more speed.


Todd McCarthy 3 over 7

Yannick Gingras 9 over 8

Top Contenders  4-8-3-9

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