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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Friday, July 1, 2022

Race 1

1             MORE THAN EVER – Just one win in her career so far. Kept up in a stake at Pocono. That’s the goal again.

2             BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL – Have to keep her on the longshot list until she stays trotting. I need to see it first.

3             VOGUE – Tough to get a real read on her form right now. A couple breaks. A couple okay efforts. Drew well, so that should keep her in contention. Let’s see if she wants to play and stay trotting tonight.

4             MAGNOLIA VOLO – Been having trouble at the non-winners of two level, so this is a very ambitious spot. Pass.

5             DELILAH HANOVER – Has shown serious signs of talent over past two seasons. She’s prepped nicely down at Philly and she looks ready for this kind of test. Remember, she’s bred to be very good. Maybe finally learning how to.

6             FASHION SCHOONER – Several of Jim C’s horses in tonight are coming off significant layoffs. So, that is a small concern. I trust him to have them ready for these kinds of tests. She just seems better than these anyway. Hop on!

7             BAPTISM – IF you think the fave might be a little “vulnerable” then this is a viable option. Team Svanstedt have started this lass cautiously this year, but she’s passed every test. This is the big step up and she does look fast enough. Tuf call.

8             GRACELYN HANOVER – Was a little bit off to see her make that break on the final turn last week. She doesn’t break, so what’s up with that? I’m certainly not in love with the post. Pilot will probably be very careful with her now.

9             BARE MY SOUL – Here’s your other “price option,” if you want to take a shot. Can’t fault the way she’s come back this season. That was a VERY nice second to Joviality last time. And the prior win was a strong finish. The knock: the post.

10           QUAINT – Looking like one of the longshots tonight. When you draw post 10 in overflow field, that doesn’t help.

11           MON CHEVAL – Will the second tier help or hinder her chances tonight? That is a very good question! She’s a speed type, so the start will be critical. She was meant to be a good horse. Here’s her chance to prove it on the big stage.


Todd McCarthy 5 over 4              Scott Zeron 9 over 1,10                Tim Tetrick 6 over 3

Top Contenders  6-9-7-11

Race 2

1             FINN PALEMA – Really showed me some true grit last week, when he dug in bravely midstretch and found a way to surge past a well-rated leader. That was a big bounce-back from the prior miscue. Let’s see what we get tonight.

2             THERESNOLIMIT S – Looks like he had a tough trip over at Pocono and gave it up late. The prior second-place finish to his stablemate was solid and a good start for the season. Maybe he just likes the mile track better? Switch to Sears.

3             PERICULUM – I absolutely loved his finish in the Sires Stakes final. I mean he was loaded late! From post 10 no less. So, he’s on the right track too, and might even be able to give the faves a real tussle. A viable price option, if you bet.

4             LOOKS LIKE MONI – Just hated to see that miscue going for the big money up in Canada. His elim was excellent. So, it’s back to the drawing board here, and a tough field to test him out. No mistakes allowed, please. Speed coming.

5             FAST AS THE WIND – Could not possibly have looked any better in the Goodtime. Yes, the trip worked out perfectly, but he finished up very strong and pretty much under wraps. That’s the perfect kind of race. Will benefit from that.

6             FRANK THE ELDER – After a slowish start, Frank never really got rolling last time. I won’t that against him. This is a serious step up the class ladder, though. He’s got a lot to prove against a group like this. Back to longer shot status.

7             LAST GLOW – Seemed to round into better form in some easier spots recently. So, they’re taking a shot here and I can’t blame them. Let’s see what he’s made of. I must start him as a longshot, until he proves otherwise.

8             REBUFF – Last year’s Crown champ on that rainy, rotten evening. But, he got it done! Some extreme talent here, and this is first step on Road to Hambo. I’m not in love with the post. Tim T will probably try to make it easy on him.

DRIVER CHOICES: Mattias Melander 3 over 2

Top Contenders  5-3-8-2

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