By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, May 1, 2021
1 GOOD ROCKIN – Put it all together nicely last week, given a strong steer by Andy Mac. This is a double jump up the class ladder, and he’s got to deal with two key class droppers. That’s not going to make it easy. Sits and stalks.
2 DE LOS CIELOS DEO – Earned a couple months off from the Burke Brigade, but now he’s back to drive me crazy this summer! And trust me, he will! It might even start tonight. Had that needed start. Drops, and drew inside. Watch out.
3 DECISION DAY – IF you want a live longshot, this could be it. He had a touch of sneaky pace once he escaped some traffic last week. I just wish he wasn’t forced up in class. Lots of excuses in his bag this year, but oh well! Let’s see. Trainer: Always brings his lunch pail! Buried late in last two, but if he sees daylight late, he can get there.
4 AMERICAN HISTORY – Seemed like the whole world wanted to bet on him last week and A Mac sure gave him every chance. Just ran out of steam at the end. It was only his second start back, so we can forgive him. This is the spot.
5 HP NAPOLEON – Invades from the north. See how barn’s starters did last night. That might give you a little clue to overall readiness on these horses. At least he dropped and popped up there to get some shipping money!
6 IMA REAL LADYS MAN – Sometimes horses will jump up and surprise you. This guy did last week! That was some flying finish, just to remind us that Tetrick CAN win from off the pace at times. Another hike up. Is it too much?
7 MACH IMPACT – Same situation as #5. Left home on a winning note and shows up here in very tough spot. Do note that barn takes him out of claimers, so that’s small sign of confidence. He’s got speed too! If ready, expect a send.
8 DULL ROAR – Is he really this good? Going for five in-a-row tonight! Yanked out of claimers. But, he will have to prove it to me. Can you really put Dull Roar and American History in the same sentence? I’m leaning towards no.
9 RESPECT OUR FLAG – I guess he just tailed off over at Yonkers? So, after aggressive comeback qualifier, he shows up here in very difficult spot. I just have a feeling we’ll see him race from behind tonight. Wait for softer spot.
Corey Callahan 3 over 8 Andy McCarthy 4 over 1
Doug McNair 5 over 7
Top Contenders 4-1-3-7
1 ACTOR HANOVER – That was some steamroll win here last week! An eye-catcher, where he just showed his back class and refused to lose to that field. Takes the interesting hike up here, but only one notch. May be able to handle it.
2 REGAL SON – Finally gets a break from the post gods! And he’s going to appreciate it. Been taking sneaky betting action all along the way and it will probably continue tonight. IF you choose to play, at least get fair odds.
3 MCMIKE – Woke up in a huge way last week! Remember him digging in to stave off his heavily-favored stablemate? That caught my eye. Now, he gets a class drop to boot! I guess it’s time to hop on board the Mike boat! Must use.
4 UNLOADED N – He’s one that will drive you crazy too! On the drop, Mark Mac had him in perfect spot chasing the winner and he could not keep up late. That’s disappointing. Will need to find a little more stamina than that.
5 STONEDUST – Yes, there will be a bunch of Dust fans hopping aboard tonight. When he drops like this, he becomes very dangerous, and you see who’s driving tonight? The Cullipher Crew scores at big percentage on class drops.
6 LOVE THE BLUES N – Barn’s got two in and they’re both medium longshots. I will say this, though, he has raced better with added Lasix. Tonight’s problem is the class hike against some real droppers. That doesn’t usually work out.
7 OHIO VINTAGE – Tosses in the odd good effort every once in a while. It’s hard to guess like that. He’s stuck outside the main players here, so I’m guessing no. He’ll probably sweep the field to beat me!
8 SWEET ROCK – Bouncing all over the place on the east coast, but without much success. I will just pass out here.
9 FABRICE HANOVER – Another pair in here for Team Burke. I’m not a real big fan of this horse, or the post. Not for me.
10 GO WEST GO FAST – Not a whole lot going right for this horse lately. Tonight it’s post 10. Not going to work out.
Tim Tetrick 5 over 1
Andy McCarthy 6 over 4
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