By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, October 23, 2021
1 DUNBAR HALL – Been doing good work lately out in Indiana, and he’s not prepping for the Crown next week. I So, this is definitely a “go” spot for the Cullipher Crew. Picks up Tetrick, with versatile speed on the rail. Reasons to like here.
2 AMIGO VOLO – He IS prepping for next week’s Open Trot Crown Final. And, he’s recently returned to better form, so we’d better take a good, long look here. Nifty’s got his top pair going against each other, but both seem sharp.
3 IT’S ACADEMIC – He’s been playing second fiddle to several of these lately, but you can’t fault his speed or consistency. Gets some post relief tonight, which might change the strategy a little. Still a contender, if not for win.
4 CHIN CHIN HALL – Got real good all of the sudden over past month or so. So, he’s in the Crown too! Why not? Cranked out eight wins so far this year and he’s a good comeback story after a rough 2020. T Mac takes the call.
5 BEADS – Gets to go back on Lasix today, which will surely help. Was piloted conservatively in the Allerage, but he did have some good trot finishing. That will change today with a day card. We’re going to see the speed, IF he trots.
6 WARRAWEE ROO – Invades from Canada for the Crown and he’s been on a big roll lately. Veteran also having a nice comeback season and he packs plenty of speed to give Beads company. Don’t be shocked by strong effort.
7 BIG OIL – Not in a very good spot stuck out here, with all the other speed types. He’s not in the Crown either. Did have a good qualifier, but might need a slightly softer spot to get close again. I just don’t see him blasting.
DRIVER CHOICES: None
Top Contenders 5-6-2-1
1 EXPLOIT – Hasn’t had the greatest of seasons so far at three, and this is difficult spot against the older, more seasoned foes. The rail should keep him close, but I don’t like his chances of upsetting this crew. He would need a big one.
2 SEMI TOUGH – I DO like this spot for him today! He was very good those couple of weeks he raced the hundred claimer, and they kept protecting him for the higher pricetag. No tag today! Just have to hope what ailed 10/5 is over.
3 MONTEFALCO N – Just keeps overachieving! Even picked up a check in the big claimer last month. That was decent try. I like the inner post and he will just sit and stalk to ¾. If they mix it up, he might pick off some tired ones.
4 ODDS ON DELRAY – Tough call on this guy, shipping over from Yonkers. His form there was mixed, and his past on the big track is just okay. Have to consider him one of the longshots in here, after the missed time.
5 ROCKATHON – Making only ninth start of the year today. Seemed like he rose too high in class on the half? This is no easy spot on the mile. So, he’d have to go a lot faster here to get close. I need to see it first.
6 STONE HANOVER – Marched his way right up the class ladder over past month or so. We know he’s sharp! Corey seems to get along with him very well too! He’s versatile enough to do it either way, but likes that one-run finish.
7 COVERED BRIDGE – The Burke Brigade have the ones to beat in here, but from different posts. Yannick was listed on both, so you see which way he went. The Bridge’s best weapon is speed, so expect the full-on blast. Daytime helps.
8 GEEZ JOE – Is Joe really all the way back, or not? That’s a good question. I’m not worried about a few extra weeks off for him. If anything, that probably helps. But, this is a tough move from pole to post eight. That’s not going to help.
Yannick Gingras 7 over 2
Top Contenders 2-6-7-3