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BROWER IN THE BIKE – MAY 27

By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper Early Double Analysis Firday, May 27, 2022

Race 1

1              HAYMITCH – Gets some much-needed post relief and that definitely puts Mitch into play in this impossible GSY race. Just stick close, and try to launch that one late move that might pay off. That’s the ticket! Has done it before. Trainer: Has been very consistent in these GSY events. Finally draws inside. IF he’s close enough, should be a threat in here.

2              MR CARROTTS – Managed to pick up a check last week, which I guess is a good thing? Still a pretty big longshot.

3              BRUSH N CRUSH – Recent form is downright flat, but there is always the Tony V factor in play in these races. Transitions to the GSY and this field is full of question marks. Why can’t he wake back up? Maybe he can. Good luck.

4              OUTWIT OUTRUN – In these races, sometimes I like fresh faces. But, maybe not this one. Must stay on stride.

5              MASTER CONRAD – Also getting some post relief, which means he should be a little closer come crunch time. Somebody has to win this race, and good luck guessing on this one, and everybody else in here. A very tough race.

6              STATESMAN N – Yogi gave him a pretty good trip last week, despite post 10. I guess the old boy just can’t handle those fast first quarters anymore. Understandable. So, what’s he going to do tonight? In the rain. I have no idea.

7              BILBO HANOVER – Gets the extremely tepid call as morning line favorite. Simply because he raced better than most last time. That line looks a lot better than the others in here. I’m not in love with the post. Is it send time? Maybe.

8              CRUSH HANOVER – Gene has taken two very aggressive stances with Crush in the last two and they just haven’t worked out. It’s another bad post. It’s another rainy night, most likely. It’s time to let him come from behind.

9              BRUCE’S MAGIC – He passed a few to get the final check last time. It would be the goal again tonight.

10           MILLIONDOLLARDAD – Dad seems to have tailed off a touch. Poor Dad moves way outside. Post 10 stinks.

DRIVER CHOICES:

Yogi Sheridan 6 over 9

Top Contenders  1-3-7-5

Race 2

1              I’M HAPPY HANOVER – Just one win so far, so that’s not great. Probably should have gotten it done last time at Philly, so that was a little disappointing. Gets the rail, in a tough-to-handicap race. Better post. Has speed to sit close.

2              CASH MACHINE GIRL – She started back great. Unfortunately, she has regressed a bit and I hated to see that miscue last time. We’re looking at another off track tonight and I don’t think that helps either. Tough call here.

3              PRETTY INTERESTING – New barn here. Added Lasix last time and that was not the answer. Has to find that speed and form that she showed at the Meadows in the seasonal comebacker. Let’s watch one.

4              THOSE BLUES – Per has two in and they’re both medium longshots. Barn has been solid all season, so I always take an extra look. That was nice confidence builder over at Pocono. Maybe she can step forward off that. Maybe.

5              MRS TAYLOR – Is she a true stakes filly or not? I’m not so sure at this point. I’m also not sure an off track will help or hurt her. Lots of questions to be answered here. At least she has a nice, midpack post to give pilot some options.

6              BRICKHOUSE BABE – Offers two straight good starts for the lower conditions. But, sharp horses are dangerous. She has done well in stakes races before. This is clearly the right spot for her and Mark Mac will put her in play earlier.

7              MAGNOLIA VOLO – She is probably the key to the race, because she’s also entering off two good efforts. It took a while for her to come around this year, but she’s there now. Even showed better early speed last time. One to beat?

8              WHISTLE A SONG – Yes, her last was an improvement. Definitely a step in the right direction. But, she gets slammed with a brutal post here. Kasper will just try to get her around there and pass a few late. That would be the goal.

DRIVER CHOICES:

Yannick Gingras 5 over 4,7

Top Contenders  6-7-4-5

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