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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By James Witherite Meadowlands Early Double November 17, 2023

Race 1

1             MV OK PALACIO BR         Extreme post relief can help him realize better results. He didn’t lack late in his last few tries, note.

2             IN NEVADA N     He was even off the shelf in his first start in two months. Expect better coming right back; mind value.

3             KNOX THE FOX   Good gains from this guy from off the pace a fortnight ago! Post relief makes them count for more.

4             HURRIKANE IRONHEAD  He’s won 2 of 3, both at Freehold and both via different trips. Needs more raw speed, simply put.

5             ROYAL COURTIER             This is a step up from $5k claimers at Monti. He’s been a mixed bag there and overmatched here.

6             STONE COLD SAVAGE      He dug deep to win four back at Freehold, and he paced 1:53.3 here on 10/28. Gains Verruso, too.

7             ALL ABOUT RUSTY           Another $5k claimer at Monti. This one invaded 2 weeks ago and passed tired foes for an even fifth.

8             PAPRIKE BLUE CHIP          Chased for second from a handy pocket 4 back; pressed and tired most recently. Credit work done.

9             JUST A ROCKET MAN       Wide draw makes for a tough task on arrival from Freehold. Even finishes leave him trip-dependent.

10           SWEET MOVES   She gains Joe Lee, but this is a step up on arrival from Freehold made more daunting by post 10.

Top Contenders: 6-1-8-3

Driver Choice: Newton “Yogi” Sheridan: #9 over #10

Race 2

1             PRINCE MCARDLE N        Two-move winner at Freehold last out steps back up. Pole should keep him handy; can contend.

2             TEXAS MIKI         Class and post relief can both serve to help this guy after he toiled chasing a fast pace last out.

3             PACK YOUR BAGS             Freehold invader moves laterally after weakening on debut for Gulotta. Wait for clear improvement.

4             I’M TALKIN HUNGRY        Consistent presser-stalker took 4 straight minors in N2L fields at Philly. Form carries on step down.

5             SEE YOU FRIDAY He’s back in for the optional tag after sustaining pressure for 3f last week. Clearly on the improve!

6             MASK ON MASK OFF       Watson trainee’s hit a cold snap; breaks in last two MADCs cost him all chance. Others are sharper.

7             MAGRITTE           Step down from $15k types should yield better staying power from the 32-time winner. Minor option.

8             I’M SPONGE WORTHY     Wide draw kept him out of contention last week despite an even finish. Similar situation awaits here.

9             KING OF ACES    He brushed to victory two back before stalking evenly last out. Slight bump up; wide draw hinders.

10           SNAP CALL          Only as good as fifth in his last five, and he’s back in with similar off an even cover trip. Tough task.

Top Contenders: 5-4-1-7

Driver Choice: None

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