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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By James Witherite, Meadowlands Handicapper Early Double November 18, 2023

Race 1

1             HASHTAG WATCH ME      Flamboro invader lacked in his last two, but showed OK for $15k last month. Pole keeps him handy.

2             STRETCH THE LINE           Rises after a failed pocket bid in a bottom-level race last week. 0-for-’23 record doesn’t encourage.

3             GLOBALDOMINATION N Since Billy Mann claimed him back on 9/8, he’s not shown much late spark. Wait for improvement.

4             DESIRE’S CAPTAIN            Presser-stalker has been fourth or better at this level in 4 of 5. Lone miss due to poor flow. Solid.

5             GOTAFOOLISHDESIRE      He failed to threaten like foes at Philly in three starts. Others better equipped to finish, it appears.

6             WHITE BELLY      Mass. invader debuts for Scran after some mid-level success. Early positioning is key; lateral move.

7             KIMANI N            Chased OK from cozy pockets, but struggled to overcome traffic in last. Others have done more work.

8             ROBBIE BURNS N             After his 1:52.1 MADC win, he got roughed up at Philly but bounced back with a respectable close.

9             BETTOR BE OSCAR A       Minor player of late was only derailed by a 10/28 break. Gains last week are enough to share here.

10           PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER             He wired $20k types two back, then battled tougher to clear before fading. Post 10 is biggest hurdle.

Top Contenders: 4-9-6-10

Driver Choice: Braxten Boyd: #8 over #9 | Todd McCarthy: #2 over #7

Race 2

1 RACING MONEY Draw suits his racing style perfectly. From close stalking trips, he’s hit the board in 4 of 5 vs. similar.

2             TYRONSBITOFLEMON N Two back, he emerged from traffic for fifth. Since, he failed to fire around excess cover. Mixed bag.

3             I GET THAT          He was outmatched from astern in low-level company three weeks ago. Wait for clear improvement.

4             MISTER HAT        Failed to hit the board in his last five despite mounting mild gains in his last two. Live flow is a must.

5             ARNIE’S ARMY   After pulling the pocket to duel on 10/21, he chased OK for third at 32-1 at this level. Can share.

6             VEL MR NICE GUY            He parried pressure to win for $15k three back and chased for minors since. Debuts for Chindano.

7             CHIEF OF STAFF  Credit his gains out of traffic to save fourth last week, and forgive the parked line on 11/4. Can share.

8             HEREITTIZ           Debuts for Quevedo off the claim. Forgiving last week’s break, he’s closed into second in 3 of 4.

9             NOB HILL FLASH               Two-move winner at the level last week boasts form and versatility. Dunn’s choice. Lots to like.

10           HOMESTRETCH WES       Pressed for a $20k win at Pocono five back but trip-dependent since. Post 10 does him no favors.

Top Contenders: 9-8-1-5

Driver Choice: Joseph Chindano Jr.: #6 over #2 | Dexter Dunn: #9 over #5 | Andy McCarthy: #8 over #4

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