By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — June 25, 2022
1 I’M A BIG DEAL – Got real good all of the sudden and dug in like a champ to hold on last week. Gets another crack in the final here for $30K and will be the one to catch. Especially in a daylight race. Would be hard to leave out.
2 TULHURSTSANTANNA A – Gets a key inside post here, so that will allow him to just ride the rail and try and keep up. IF they mix things up, he could come up with a move late. Not totally out of the question.
3 ON THE CARDS N – Liked him in that spot last week, but so did everybody else, so we got the worst of it, price-wise. Plus, he didn’t win! He raced well, but not enough to go by #1. Will it be any different this week? Maybe not.
4 CAVIART LUCA – That was some flying finish he uncorked to roll by late in round one. So, one division was won on lead, and other was from off pace. Which do we expect tonight? In the daylight? I usually lean towards the speed.
5 PASSA-GRILLE BEACH – I know he raced well in round one, even after missing some time. But this is a very tough bunch, and they can’t all be favored. Get a fair price, IF you think he upsets the applecart.
6 MARK WITH A K – Went from awesome one week, to empty the next. I hate when that happens. So, against these finalists, he has to be considered a longshot from an outside post.
7 WHOLE LOTTA LOU – Poor Lou now owns three straight seconds, all lost in photos. Yes, he was digging in gamely last week. Maybe he didn’t see #4 on the far outside? Sometimes that happens. Will have to deal with #1 early now.
8 SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN – Good ‘ol Shnitz had a tough trip in his Big M comebacker. Do note that he held pretty well! But, how’s he going to overcome this post? I don’t have the answer for that one.
Yannick Gingras 4 over 8
Top Contenders 7-4-3-1
1 BIG CITY PEARL – Wasn’t a real big threat in her first go here last month. But, it was still a nice, acclimating mile. With the short field, she’s guaranteed to pick up some shipping money. Let’s see how much!
2 HERCULISA – I think we all remember her explosive burst past Atlanta here a few weeks ago. She was good again in the second Graduate leg. Couple weeks off. Maybe a less-than-stellar comebacker. But, they were prepping for this.
3 CINDY MICHELLE – Her last few here have been strong. So, I now consider her a better fit for this series. I do wonder what the gameplan will be tonight? I guess she’ll just sit in stalk mode and hope for smooth trip? Maybe.
4 HP MAMA B – The Armbro Flight did not go well for her. But, they put her on the truck anyway and ship south anyway. She’s been forced to take on the boys many times. She does have a nice early burst, IF Tim wants to try it.
5 BELLA BELLINI – Poor Bella got stuck in a dull flow with poor cover and it really cost her momentum. I’m going to toss that race out. But, keep in mind, for wagering purposes again, she’s probably NOT leaving in here. Pace could be soft.
DRIVER CHOICES: None
Top Contenders 2-5-3-1