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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Dave Brower, Meadowlands Handicapper — Early Double Analysis — May 15, 2021

Race 1

1             FULL SEND – Been bouncing up and down these non-winners classes, but has yet to find a home. Picking up checks, but really not close to winning. That continues here. Still a longshot, even from the rail again.

2              CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS – Had a much better second qualifier and I always like to see that from the Burke Brigade returnees. I also love that he ended his season on a winning note. Comes out of key qualifier. Should be ready.

3              GARDYS LEGACY A – Very intriguing prospect here for a barn that’s heating up. Had that needed race over the track to get used to the place. It was a very key race won by stakes start No Lou Zing. This should be decidedly easier.

4              BETTORBUCKLEUP – Mixed feeling about this guy off the bench. Sent south to the Blackler barn and Scotty’s having a good meet here. Shows only the one qualifier, but it was a very fast one and he kept up. Was in tough class up there.

5              DRAGON ROARS AGAIN – I really like the way this horse has transitioned to Big M style racing. And the Captain keeps putting him in play. He’s just had misfortune of running into some serious bearcats. Overdue to get a win? Maybe.

6              MAYHEM HANOVER – Everybody knows I love the word “mayhem,” so maybe I should pick just as a hunch play. Team McNair student. Also faced some tough bunches up north. Left on a winning note. Is he ready after two qualifiers?

7              MY PAL JOE – I’ve always been a fan of this guy too! Recently added Lasix is definitely helping. He seems to like those up-close trips nowadays. This post will make that a lot tougher. Not sure what to do tonight. Only at good price.

8              RHYTHM IN MOTION – In a race like this, it’s tough to like them all. Looked a wee bit short in qualifiers. I’ll wait.

9              ROCKIN THE ACES – Had a good form spree earlier in the year and then things went a little south. Sometimes, when you move into a rut, things just go wrong. Will have to bounce back huge to beat this bunch out of post nine.


Yannick Gingras 2 over 3,9

Doug McNair 6 over 1,8

Top Contenders  1-7-9-2

Race 2

1              CAVIART LOTUS – That was a better-than-expected try in the comebacker here last week. At least in my opinion. Shows me that this homebred might have grown up a little and matured. He is now the one to beat from good post.

2              THROWING COPPER – I’ll keep Copper on the longshot list for now. He’s had a few chances. Hasn’t shown enough. But, I will admit he never really had racing room last time. Here’s your chance at a price.

3              ICANGOGO – Two fresh faces from the PK Barn, both owned by Wanda P. Of the two, I prefer #4 for betting purposes tonight. This guy did go a touch faster in second qualifier, but I do think he will need another start or two.

4              SURREALIN – Suddenly, So Surreal has become an intriguing sire. He’s thrown some good horses. This fella isn’t a good one yet, but he gained valuable experience in NY last year. That second qualifier was a LOT better. Usable.

5              HIGH BALLER – Stamina seems to be the key ingredient missing from this guy so far. Got run over in latest qualifier, so I don’t think we’ll see him anywhere near the lead tonight. Have to get him to learn to finish well again.

6              P L OZZY – The gaps between races become a concern in situations like this. Trainer Amanda owns this one herself. That was no easy trip in first go here a few weeks ago. Why no race since? That is my question. Zeron’s choice.

7              JIMMY CONNOR B – So far, most of the McNair horses have shown they need a race here. That would be the case for Jimmy. And, he was a little better than you think. Tonight’s problem is the post. Has to get into it a bit earlier.

8              PREMIER NACHO – Maintains his longshot status, especially from a bad post like this. Not likely to reach.

9              MULLINAX – Probably one of the keys to the race. They aimed pretty high for his comebacker and that didn’t work out. This is the proper spot, but not the best post. Was very well-managed last year, and a stakes winner. But, Z opt off.


Tim Tetrick 1 over 5 Scott Zeron 6 over 9

Top Contenders  1-4-9-6

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