By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — November 27, 2021
1 SHAMMA LAMMA – Definitely getting a little better now. But, with each race comes the bump up in class. Eventually he’s going to get too high and this might be it. I’m just not sure he’s the same league with a few of these.
2 HEZA REAL DIAMOND – Successfully dropped and popped, like he’s done so many times in the past. But, at 3-5, I don’t feel too bad about missing the boat. Usually, when he gets sharp, he stays sharp for a while. Dangerous again.
3 RIFLEMAN – He seems to be handling the rising classes okay so far. That was decent rally he turned in last week, and from a tough spot. Maybe he’s good enough to go with these again? Corey will try to put him in the right spot.
4 TYMAL PEACEMAKER – Off the layoff here, and he will surely need one or two to get tight. I’m willing to wait.
5 ROGERTHAT BLUECHIP – Found his way back to NJ from up in Mass. The first go over at Yonkers was okay, but not great. This is probably about the right level here and I will add that he’s won here before. Live price play? Maybe.
6 GEEZ JOE – It’s hard to believe that it’s come down to this for Joe. When he dropped like either this year, or last, I do believe he gutted out a win. On class alone, he is “supposed” to beat these, but I wouldn’t risk the ranch. Your call?
7 SWEET TRUTH – Was 67-1 against these from a better post last week and made no impact. Not going to change.
8 TRUFFLE DOG – Got stuck in some very tough races at that level, and overall, wasn’t bad. Tonight’s problem will be the post, and getting into the race. He’s been suffering the bad post blues for a while now. Overdue for some luck.
Todd McCarthy 2 over 7
Top Contenders 6-8-3-5
1 DEE’S RED DELICIOUS – Still getting the hang of things in his new barn and they seem to like him. I hated to see the scratch last week, so I am a little worried. Last year at this time was when he got good. If ready, a big threat.
2 DUCHESSPEDIA – No easy spot for a 3YO filly against the older, seasoned foes. But, she did outrace her odds with a decent effort last time against solid bunch. She’s having a good season. Joe will just try to be patient with her.
3 VIC’S WINNER – Making second start off the long layoff, and he’s clearly not ready yet. He will be soon, but not in a tough spot like this. We have to be patient and wait for the right spot.
4 SKYWAY KON MAN – I still think the Kon Man has worked his way too high in class again. Hey! It happens. He was going pretty good there for a while. Let’s see if he gets any closer tonight.
5 DELTASUN A – Flaunted his class vs. lesser two back, like he was supposed to. Then got forced way up the ladder. Couldn’t quite trot with JL Cruze and Dunbar Hall. This is significantly easier. He’ll show speed, try to stalk the Swan.
6 SWAN IN MOTION – Up the Turnpike from Delaware for Team Davis. And they’ve found a very good spot for him too! He has been here before. Closing in on half a million lifetime. That’s pretty good! Will add to that total here.
7 LIGHTFOOTEDLEGEND – Overall, this guy has impressed me here so far! I wasn’t sure he’d be a true big track horse, but he just keeps charging home. Yes, it’s another step up, but also with a new driver. Very intriguing from out here.
Corey Callahan 6 over 1
Top Contenders 6-5-7-2