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BROWER IN THE BIKE – SAT

By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — Saturday, June 19, 2021             

Race 1

1 ATLAS HANOVER – Wow is about the only word to sum up his first few efforts. One in coast mode, and one with a monster burst. Tons of talent here for the first foal out of a mare that banked just $79K. A nice selection for sure!

2              RIVER NESS – I’m really looking forward to seeing the first crop of sire Huntsville. Here’s a fourth foal from dam that earned over $700K. The Burke Brigade paid $45K at Harrisburg and I liked what I saw at Gaitway. Was loaded late.

3              BUCKEYE EMERY – Owner Frank Chick is famous for plucking out some bargains like this. Bought in Indiana for just $18K and he’s already made it to the races for Cory Mumford. Will have to go a little faster. But, maybe he can.

4              CAPTAIN COOK – Barn’s got three in here, and they’re all by the Captain. They all improved in their second appearances, so you can’t ask for any more than that. Dexter just let him finish up nicely both times. Not bad!

5              DANGER ZONE – Another first foal here from mare that banked $163K. Did nothing wrong in either morning trial. Couldn’t step with his barnmate the first time, but don’t hold that against him. This guy left gate both times. Usable.

6              HURRIKANE CHUCK – Johnny Mac paid $21K at the Goshen sale for this fella. That’s a lot for him! Good team of owners behind the Huntsville colt. I didn’t see the Pocono qualifier, but it looks awfully good on paper. Is he this good? Trainer: Got injured and missed a few weeks last month. He is very talented, but I believe he’s a little behind it. It will be a learning experience for both of us.

7              TREACHEROUS TOM – The “other” Burke colt was super in the fastest mile of the day that morning at Gaitway. But, I do ask if he’s at a slight disadvantage with just one start? That, plus the post make things a little tricky. Nice first foal.

DRIVER CHOICES:

Dave Miller 2 over 7

Top Contenders  1-5-4-2

Race 2

1              LETSDOIT S – A Nuncio homebred here for Team Melander. Marcus never rushes any of his babies, but this guy wasn’t bad in the first try. Any time you trot home in 27, that’s doing some work. He does lose Tetrick tonight, though.

2              KEG STAND – Kind of just went around there the first time a few weeks ago. It was a pretty slow pace up front, and they sprinted home, so don’t hold it against him. There could be more in the tank tonight. Let’s see it. Dunn’s pick.

3              CHELIOS – Also has the benefit of two starts under belt. At this stage, you have to consider that. Second foal from the Ackerman mare Dame Edna. First foal already has mark of 56 and change. Flashed speed on both size tracks too!

4              S I P – The Burke Brigade have two talented colts in here, and Yannick did have choice of them. He took #5, who clearly went faster, so that’s no surprise. But, don’t fall asleep on this guy. He fought hard in that lone try. Showed me a little.

5              GLOBAL PANDEMIC – They splurged for $120K on this guy at Harrisburg. He’s a seventh foal, but with four siblings that have earned over $100K. So, that’s nice family. Showed up super ready with a blow-by win. Looks like real deal!

6              WALL OF MONI – Nice-looking homebred for the Moni Maker connections here. That was some charge home he offered in very first start, and I’m sure that’s exactly what they were looking for. Bound to improve. Tim’s choice.

7              THERESNOLIMIT S – Set the pace in the race won by #6. It’s never easy to cut one out in very first go. Still trotted home in 28.1. That’s not bad! I just have a feeling we might change tactics from this post. Tough call.

8              TANGLEWILD ROAD – First foal of mare that earned only $76K. So, he must have looked pretty good in the ring to command the $90,000 yearling price. Flew home at the farm, after a slightly tardy start. Can’t afford slow start here. And DD opted to #2.

DRIVER CHOICES:

Dexter Dunn 2 over 8                                                      Yannick Gingras 5 over 4

Tim Tetrick 6 over 1,3

Top Contenders  5-6-4-8

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