By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — April 30, 2022
1 TOOKADIVEOFFDIPPER – He’s come back razor sharp for the Alagna Armada and continues his march up the class ladder. This is no easy spot, but he gets major post relief and plots for a nice stalking trip right behind the speeds.
2 HAIL CHRISTIAN N – He dropped and popped again. And the bettors knew it, sending this guy off as the 3/2 favorite last week. Takes the big bump back up and this is where the waters get deep for him. If he beats me, he beats me.
3 MAYHEM HANOVER – He’s come around a little bit in those last two. Clearly outraced his odds here. Should still offer a square price if you think he can get any closer. I’m not so sure about that. But, I’ve been wrong before.
4 JACK’S SHADOW N – His first start of the year wasn’t particularly good, but that can happen. Had a very good year last season with nine wins. So, it may take a little time, but he will return to form soon. Just try to guess when.
5 ARTIE’S IDEAL – Had a good stretch war with Leon last week, and they hit the wire together. Fun race to watch! They both possess good speed, if the pilots want. It’s not a big field, so they both may go. They’re both stepping up too!
6 LEON DAVID – Leon surprised me last week, with a big mile despite the big class hike. He steps up again, but it’s dangerous to ignore sharp horses. His speed is solid, IF Joe B wants to use it early. Leon is versatile.
7 DE LOS CIELOS DEO – Deo got caught up in some pretty tough fractions last week, so let’s not be too hard on him. I think tonight’s problem is the post. All that speed just inside him. This is going to be a lot tougher than the rail in last.
Andy McCarthy 5 over 3
Top Contenders 5-1-6-2
1 PALOMAR – This is one of the eligible class droppers and poppers. I like this post for him, as long as he can avoid traffic trouble. Should be close enough to get that stalking trip he likes. Might offer square price too!
2 AS ALWAYS – Sometimes it is hard to believe you can pace a mile in 50 flat and not get a check! I guess we’d better get used to it. Gets some key post relief here and he does seem overdue to step his game back up. A maybe.
3 EL’S DISCO JOHNNY – Took a couple of spins over at Yonkers and was okay. Won three-in-a-row here prior to that. He’s out of the claimers, which I usually say is a positive sign. But, how much tougher is this spot? Good question.
4 LIKE CLOCKWORK – He’s pretty good right now too! But, that was too tough a trip for him last time. Extra week off usually helps. He’s in the mix here, but no cinch. Probably a decent price for the Tetrick fans. Your call, folks?
5 ELVER HANOVER – Duked it out with those heavies over at Yonkers and wasn’t quite up to the task. So, he needs a drop like this, and a potential confidence builder. He’s a VERY good horse, folks. Do not toss him out lightly.
6 BETTER TAKE IT – Working his way down the class ladder, and I guess eventually he will get there. But, I’ll keep him on the longshot list until I see a better effort. The outer post won’t help his chances either.
7 WATER SPORTS TEEN – Really don’t know what to tell you here. He’s been a tad disappointing since coming back. Especially since his qualifiers were pretty good. They ramped him up to stakes level last year. Needs a bigger mile.
Dave Miller 2 over 6
Top Contenders 5-2-7-1