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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — June 11, 2022

Race 1

1              OUR THIRD ROCK – He’s had several tries here, with only one good one that I can see. I also see that record the past two seasons. So, don’t even think of putting him on top. Maybe underneath, because he drew rail with John C.

2              BRONSONS DELIGHT – Looks like the one to beat tonight. He was good again, from an impossible spot last week. The post relief is immense and hopefully, he’ll be better than he was on May 28. If so, he should finally get a win here.

3              BYTHEWAY HANOVER – As totally expected, he went from awesome to empty again. Talk abought a nightmare for the bettors! How do you figure out this horse? Simply put, you can’t. You just have to guess. Very inconsistent.

4              TEXICAN N – 14YO warhorse goes to the gate for former colleague Danny Figs!!! Nice to see him take a shot and hop in the sulky here. For wagering purposes, I do think his horst will be hard-pressed to make an impact. You never know.

5              SUNSHINE’S FINEST – IF you don’t like #2, this is a decent alternative. Poor horse and pilot haven’t had anything go their way in a long time. So, they are long overdue and this could be the spot, from the ideal midpack post. Must use.

6              BRAZEN BRAZILIAN – Really don’t know what to do with this guy tonight. He’s had some races in the past that would put him right there, but is he sharp now? It’s a legitimate question. That Yonkers line looks awful. Needs bounce back.

7              MV OK PALACIO BR – Here’s another viable closing threat, but I tend to stay away from the big-time closers while it’s still daylight out. The races go so much faster. It’s hard for them to make up ground. Will just hope they mix it up.

8              COLD DECKED – Managed to pick up a check from post 10 last week, so that’s a good thing. But, this post isn’t all that better! There are plenty of other closers in here, and they drew inside the Deck. That doesn’t help.

9              WAVES OF FIRE A – Yarock takes over on this veteran, and he’s going to look this field over and know that he HAS to leave. He won’t be sweeping these from last. So, might as well take a shot and send. Maybe get a trip after that?


Top Contenders  2-5-9-7

Race 2

1              ALL ABOUT THE HUNT – Nice colt here! One of two sons of Huntsville for the Burke Brigade. Did not race at two, so he probably was immature or not ready. The progression in qualifiers has been strong. He looks ready to me now! Stevie Smith with a Burke pickup! He has driven winners for this barn before.

2              CAPTAINGIDDYUPNGO – Did a decent job of chasing #1 in that last qualifier, but I didn’t see him as a true match on that particular morning. Of course, races at night can be a lot different. Gets a better post. Tony a birthday boy this wk.

3              STONEBRIDGE REEF – This will probably be the favorite, and I can’t argue with that. He’s race ready, with three starts under his belt already. That field on May 21was WAY too tough. This is more like it. Decent speed at Philly.

4              RIVER NESS – Tossed in a clunker against #3 last month, but something probably wasn’t right. Not sure what happened in first qualifier, but he looked much better in the second. I guess I’ll take a good long look at him on track.

5              GOTAFOOLISHDESIRE – Looks like the longshot in here that appears overmatched. He will have tough time vs. these.

6              GROOVY MAN – Perhaps the key to the race? Because he’s got some good early speed. He’s also by Huntsville, so let’s call this the Huntsville Open! Will just need to find a little more mile track stamina. Pilot will make that happen.


Top Contenders  3-1-6-2

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