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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper Early Double Analysis Saturday, May 28, 2022

Race 1

1              UNDERTAKER – Wasn’t quite as sharp last week, as the improved effort week before. Okay. These lower level claimers aren’t the most consistent horses ever. Gets the rail here and should be in prime stalking spot. Nice price, if you like.

2              RAPTORS FLIGHT N – He’s pretty good right now, so I won’t argue that. His speed has been putting himself in good position. Sometimes, that’s all you need. May attempt to step right around #2. Might work. Might not. Tough call.

3              MIGHTY MR SHARKEY N – Justin S sees fit to bring him back to Club Med. As previously stated, he’s probably not a great mile-track horse at this stage of his career. But, you have to get in somewhere. A longshot, for the Dexter fans.

4              COOL BLUES MAN – Yes, he was flat in first start off the claim, but he was absolutely dazzling in the follow-up last week. Proved to me that he could rough it a little too! He will be very short price to win the Saturday opener.

5              WRAPPERS DELIGHT A – After getting sick, Team Crissman put a qualifier into him down at home base. Probably a good idea, because you can’t show up here short and expect to do well. Nice midpack post. Needs a trip.

6              MONTY MONO – I’m going to take a real stand and take a big shot with Monty tonight. He was better than you think last time. I don’t know how Scotty Z is going to get him into the race, but IF he does, watch out late. Big effort.

7              MINDTRIP – The Trip put in a good mile again last week. He’s just such a good and game horse. Very easy to root for. But, he does get stuck with another outside post and T Mac may have to change it up a little and leave. Maybe. Trainer: Very game. Had a bit of traffic last week. All we can do is keep showing up ready to go!


Top Contenders  6-4-7-2

Race 2

1              MISTER HAT – Down from NY for a big track try. Not really sure it’s warranted, based on earlier form. Got a little time off, and let’s hope that helped. Will sit, save ground and try to get lucky late.

2              GLOBALDOMINATION N – Let’s keep him on the longshot list for another one. Hasn’t picked up a check in recent memory. Will that change? I’m not so sure about that.

3              DECOY – In the past, he’s come up big here at times. We do have to guess, but that’s part of handicapping. There is NO cinch in this wide-open race, so you have to come up with something. I’m reaching, but oh well. Tim T on.

4              ROCK THE NITE – He’s another on the fringe in here. Recent claim. They raced him once over his head. This is a LOT more like it. Yannick takes the call, which is always a positive. I guess I wouldn’t talk you off in this spot.

5              TYGA HANOVER – Gets the tepid call as morning line fave, in this hard-to-handicap race. He paced his last start in 50 and change, which should be good enough, right? IF he can do that again, he may get it all tonight. Maybe.

6              K-LEES SHAKENBAKE – Ships north up the NJ Turnpike for a big track try. It’s been a while. His form down at The Hold isn’t exactly breathtaking, so I don’t know what to tell you. I guess he would be a surprise in here.

7              SOHO CHELSEA A – You really took it on the chin if you bet him last two. Wow! Horse has had a lot of good moments here in the past and will seek to revive those memories. You can’t bank on it, though. Especially from a tough post.

8              WAVES OF FIRE A – Where’s he going from post eight in a daylight race? Probably not very far. I don’t see him blasting. I don’t see him sweeping from last either. Demand a fair price if you fancy, even on the drop.


Andy McCarthy 5 over 1

Top Contenders  5-3-4-7

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