By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Friday, May 7, 2021 —
1 GIAS BOY – Didn’t really have much chance from the outside post under last Friday’s windy circumstances. This is a better spot and some sort of wakeup call wouldn’t shock me. He’s long overdue to show more.
2 SOSSY’S KING KONG – Sossy has been a pretty big disappointment of late. He’s also been very inconsistent. Pass.
3 OUR ART AND HEAVEN – Looks to me like Bill MacKenzie just sent this guy back to Izzy Estrada? This is a move that sometimes works. And, in a race like this, somebody has to step up to the plate. Don’t be shocked with return to form.
4 MOON DOGGIE – I know his last race was better than most of these, but I’ve had enough of the Doggie. Especially at a potential short price. Pilot will put him in the right spot again, but horse has to step up with just a touch more. Maybe.
5 MAYFIELD DUKE – Like #1, he had no chance last week. So, let’s give him another opportunity from this better post. Can flash speed at times and this would be the spot for it. Hoping for a trip behind #4. Or maybe even in front?
6 JUST N BERLANDER – Invades all the way up from Florida for Mr. Chindano. Horse has been here many times, so he knows his way around the track. Left the Sunshine State on a winning note. Maybe this is the right spot? Steps up.
7 S MCKEE – Goes out for a new barn tonight, fresh off the claim. But, they do not raise the pricetag. Some of these lower claimers are simply “rent a horse,” so maybe that will be the case. Drew tough post here. Was flat last time too!
8 WALKS OF LIFE – Must have gotten really sick, because he missed serious time. That comeback qualifier down at The Hold does not inspire me. I guess I want to watch one.
9 NA NA NA BAATMAN – Gets his first tough post test in a while. And it’s going to hurt! Pilot will have to put him in play earlier than usual and that sometimes takes the sting out of him. Will need just the right trip.
10 HOMETOWN FAVORITE – Hasn’t shown enough yet to warrant any consideration. Easy pass from post 10.
Andy McCarthy 4 over 7,10
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1 JUSTIN CREDIBLE – Of all the horses that have been claimed this year, this is perhaps the most surprising. But, you never know. Maybe new barn can turn him around. Justin had never seen any other stable. Let’s watch one.
2 RYAN RACKETEER – Sports a couple of “nickle” checks here so far. So, while that’s not bad, it’s not great either. Will have to turn up the jets one more notch to get any closer. Not sure he’s got it in the tank.
3 MAJOR ASSET – Raced pretty well, all things considered on that wicked windy night. That was for new barn. I like that they “protect” him a little by hiking the pricetag. That’s usually a good sign. Let’s see if Asset can handle it.
4 CHIEF ALTAWICK – In a race like this, droppers are often dangerous. I think we have to take a long look at the Chief for a wakeup call. The return back to big track shouldn’t be a problem. He’s been here before. Plots for nice trip.
5 SUNNY BO – Another of the many that had absolutely zero chance last week, so don’t be too hard on him. I would almost consider this his Big M debut. I can definitely make a positive case that we see a lot more with J Mac!
6 BANK SEA – Trainer Lare’s record here is unblemished. One starter. One winner and it was in similar fashion with a claim like this. The Bank looked like bank, winning easily last Saturday. Goes back in for same price. One to beat. Trainer: I really like this little horse. He’s got a great attitude. He trained superb and I think he will race great Friday.
7 TJ BLAST – I didn’t get the memo on this TJ last time, but Simon Allard sure did! He took complete advantage of the conditions and bottomed out the field. Will it be that easy again? No. This will be much harder for new barn.
8 JUST PLAIN LOCO – No recent post love from the gods in any recent race. That stinks! It continues here, and he looks like a longshot again.
Dexter Dunn 3 over 4
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