By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, March 20, 2021 —
1 GOOD ROCKIN – One of NINE class droppers in here looking to pop, so it makes for an incredibly hard race to handicap. Overall, Rockin seems to have tailed off just a touch, but this spot could wake him back up. Expect it.
2 LACHIE MAGUIRE N – Just hasn’t looked all that sharp in recent races. Had this been an ordinary kind of class drop, I might take an extra look. But, I see too many others that simply look better. I’ll go with that for now.
3 THE MOONSHADOW N – Interesting invader from Yonkers for the always dangerous Harder barn. Managed to pick up two straight checks there, despite eight-hole starts! That ain’t bad! His one win this year did come here.
4 BLACK CHEVRON N – The four inside horses here have all been suffering the bad post blues! They all get relief tonight, plus the class drop. Any of them can probably win this, so good luck guessing! Team Tritton in action here!
5 HEZA REAL DIAMOND – Makes second start off Lasix and there wasn’t much to see in the first one. He’s a longshot.
6 FOREVERNALWAYS – How do we translate the move from $20K claimers to this non-winners? I really don’t know! I’m leaning towards fact this may be tougher. Showing really mixed form lately anyway. I’ll let him beat me, if he can.
7 YANKEE OSBORNE – He’s had some good starts recently, marching his way up the class ladder. This is now the slight dip back down, but it may not be enough. Was Todd’s choice in here, which did surprise me a little. Needs a big one.
8 GRAND TETON – Lots of back class here, and moving into a new barn. But, not a lot of races over past two seasons, so he must have a few “issues.” I’m going to watch one, to see where he’s at here on the mile track.
9 UNLOADED N – Gets the very tepid call as favorite, in this super wide-open race. He was 2-1 vs. these two back and raced well, battling all the way. It will take another battle from this post, but it’s not out of the question. Must use?
10 PREMIER ROCKSTAR – The ONLY horse NOT dropping in class gets slammed with post 10. Sorry about that.
Scott Zeron 3 over 10
Todd McCarthy 7 over 4
Top Contenders 4-1-9-3
1 TORONTO – Nice pedigree here! We all remember See You At Peelers. Colt cost $100K as a yearling. They have been patient with him so far. The one and only qualifier was a very good finish behind next-out winner Always B Dancing.
2 ART SCAPING – Homebred debut-maker for Tom Finelli. Tom Shay at the controls. He also showed up with a decent late kick in that one appearance. I would have liked to see another, but why not race in a short field? Not fully ready.
3 GRETZKY – Looks like K Mac finally got him right there at the end of the year. Gave him couple months off after the confidence-boosting win. I expect him to come back strong and he roared home behind #6 in the qua. TT on! Ready! Trainer: Has come back very good. Was going to give a second qualifier, but I helped to fill the race. Getting ready for the Weiss series at Pocono.
4 MOXLEY – Not quite the elder statesman in here at age four, but plenty of experience. Looks like a purchase by Mark Ford. Could be any kind, looking at the Flammy lines. I will take a good, long look at him out on the track.
5 POCKET WATCH N – Red barn has the two five-year-olds in here, which ordinarily should give them an edge. Maybe not, in this case? This guy did qualify better the second time, but I still have feeling he will need a race or two.
6 COALITION HANOVER – I really can’t describe how good he was in that qualifier! Maybe just a touch hot, but he had a ton of go, and seemed to have more left at the end. Took a while to get him going, but watch out now! Vicious.
7 ITZALLDOWNTOLUCK N – I kind of feel the same way about both of this barn’s entrants. They both looked a bit better in the second prep, but maybe not fully ready for this. This guy drifted out too! That’s never good.
Andy McCarthy 5 over 1,3
Top Contenders 6-3-1-4