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DAVE LITTLE IN THE BIKE

MEADOWLANDS, Saturday, September 26, 2020:

Race 1

1. LIGHT BLUE MOVERS – Got bet off the board (even-money) and stayed flat for a change, but ended up a no-chance fourth with this kind in last. Likely to take money again, yet you may want to leave him off your tickets.
2 MARVELOUSTRIX – One win in 45 lifetime starts but actually has a class edge on most of these., which does not speak highly of this field.
3 BLUFFINNER – Lone win of the season came here at The Meadowlands in a fast 1:54.1. His last three aren’t much but he could show more tonight.
4 COCONUT KATE – Broke before the start at this level at odds of 39-1 and has failed to finish first or second in 10 seasonal starts. Not for me.
5 QUESTICHAP – Emerged from the pocket to record an easy win last week. Smedshammer trainee may turn out to be a Meadowlands lover.
6 BEYOND ORDINARY – Lifted his game in his last two starts with a close second at Harrah’s Philadelphia and a constructive third here at The Meadowlands. Draws well for his off-the-pace style.
7 HUNTING AS – Took plenty of money in last two at Pocono and could not deliver, going off stride early in each. If you’re willing to gamble he’ll stay flat, there should be some value here.
8 GROSSETO AS – Did well to rally for second upon arrival here for Anette Lorentzon. Dangerous should he go another live-cover trip.
9 CAFÉ AMERICANO – Great fit in this field from a class perspective but it appears it will be difficult for him to get involved from this outside post. Third-over trip?
10 ROGER RABBIT – Arguably the sharpest horse in this field showed speed from the eight hole in last but I do not see him making it to the lead from post position 10.

DRIVER CHOICES:
Dexter Dunn 6 over 7
Ake Svanstedt 9 over 1

Top Contenders  6-5-1-9

Race 2
1. SOUTHWIND PETYR – Normally, 2-year-olds don’t beat older foes, but this one appears capable. Trainer: Green colt lost on the front last start. Raced well at Vernon. Expecting better.
2 VIPER – Uncompetitive in both betting starts this year, going off stride in both. Has an awful lot of improving to do to threaten with any class.
3 I’M NO PANSY – Sent off at 78-1 in his most recent betting start on July 6, finished ninth. Another who appears to be overmatched.
4 MAKE AMERICA GREAT – Used hard in sixth-place finish at Saratoga on Tuesday as the 8-5 favorite. Possesses eight on-the-board finishes from 10 seasonal starts.
5 ATOMIC BLAST N – Overmatched last week at The Big M but gets some class relief and has beaten better at Harrah’s Philadelphia as recently as Sept. 7.
6 WELL DONE SON – Beat non-winners of one at Pocono in mid-August but has not been competitive in the three starts since facing similar to what he faces tonight.
7 BULLVILLE TERROR – Sports record of zero wins from 19 starts. Has gone off at long odds in all recent starts and is tough to recommend.
8 ACES ROCK – One-for-sixteen lifetime, hasn’t been close in a long time at long odds and is yet another who’s tough to use in talent-challenged field.

DRIVER CHOICES:
Joe Bongiorno 5 over 4 and 7
Top Contenders  5-1-6-4

Dave Little is an HRI HARNESS contributor

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