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Track Handicapper Dave Brower Bio


Dave Brower grew up five minutes from the Meadowlands in nearby Passaic, NJ. He served as the Meadowlands morning line oddsmaker, handicapper, and broadcaster for 16 years from 1987 to 2011. He has also co-hosted CBS Sports Network’s coverage of The Hambletonian, Meadowlands Pace, and Little Brown Jug with Hall of Famer Gary Seibel and his new co-host at the Meadowlands, Justin Horowitz. Brower also published "Harnessing Winners, The Complete Guide To Handicapping Harness Races" with Daily Racing Form Press in 2009.


RACE REVIEWS by Dave Brower

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Race Reviews For Saturday, March 25, 2017

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 2-3-1-7
H Horse Comment
1 Mcace Of Arts Left alertly, sat a ground-saving trip & angled with decent late pace, speed at both ends of the mile always a positive sign, gathering steam on the comeback trail & lands the rail for Team Harmon.
2 Blush Hanover Dropped back down to this level & thundered home in :26.4 to be right there in the photo with Mosquito Blue Chiplast week & draws an improved post.
3 Mosquito Blue Chip Was pace & trip compromised, yet came charging home to just miss in a wicked :26.2 in her seasonal debut, draws much better off a terrific tightener, but note her one for 17 record in 2016.
4 Persuasive Hanover Has been thwarted by a pair of sick scratches this season, faded from the pocket last out, gets some class relief, but hasn’t raced in 29 days.
5 Snow Cone A Beaten favorite tried it on the lead again & faded to sixth over an off track last week, sharp 1:51.3 winner at the bottom level on 2-23 continues to be a dangerous speed factor.
6 Joyful Game Paid the price for another slow starts from post nine & simply had too far to come last week, Big M lover needs a fast pace to shoot at & figures to be within closer striking range.
7 Sage N Took a few starts to regain her winning form, used the drop n pop & rallied from a tough spot to nail it late, builds on that against some classier competition – Trainer: Racing well, should do well.
8 Rock Me Gently Shipped in from The Meadows where she tailed off recently, just two for 32 last year, qualified evenly & draws outside much sharper foes.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 6-5-4-9
H Horse Comment
1 Giant Slayer Finished eighth beaten 14 lengths by So Take That at 39-1 last week, moves inside attempting to recapture some of the vigor that got him a ten-length win three starts back.
2 Elite Awards Was buried in mid stretch traffic & outsprinted by So Take That & company in his Big M debut, acclimated & draws well, but one for his last 41 to consider.
3 Magnum Mike Ventures from Freehold & lands in a claimer & draws an inside post off a break, has struggled with just two thirds in ten starts this season & only two for his last 50.
4 Alex Bullville Had a tough time with the off track from post seven last week, just missed with a nice late move before that, getting some class & post relief, which could put him across.
5 Daylyn Horizon Likely just had an off night or didn’t get a hold of the off track when he faded to sixth last week, his previous three were solid, look for him to rebound with his controlling speed.
6 So Take That Fresh claim for a strong percentage outfit has won three of his last four with a sharp stretch kick off cover, jammed right back in for a dime, tough to go against.
7 Wayward Son 10YO trailed after coming back from a sick scratch & four-month layoff, 1:49.4 performer last year faces a demanding draw & will need a substantial turnaround.
8 Special Terror Makes his second start in seven months, roughed it first over & didn’t fade much behind So Take That last week, tighter now & looking to rally into it.
9 Show Me Up 10YO was a winner here as the heavy favorite back on 2-11, seemed to tail off in his last two @ Saratoga, lands outside & gets some class relief.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 Jimmy William Brother to Shake It Cerry, 1:51.2 [$2,786,104] & Uncle Lasse, 1:51.4 [$931,268] was a major stakes performer for Takter in 2016, won the qualifier with a nice late surge & stands out from the rail.
2 Hillosophical Returns from a six-month layoff & finished a strong second in her qualifier, owns a bit of back class, draws inside & could surprise with a smooth trip imminent.
3 Granite State Failed to make an impression, finishing seventh in both starts here earlier this season, yet the qualifier was energetic on a tough weather day & the post draw was kind - Trainer: Qualified okay after making some changes.
4 Southwind Pearl Tangled with stakes company at three & took a mark of 1:55.4 here, her two qualifiers were excellent & she draws well for a reputable trotting barn.
5 Majestic Sunset Reeled off four in a row & appeared at times to have trot to spare, then broke as the heavy favorite last time, has had 15 days to regroup & bounce back.
6 Chukkar Missed a few months recently & has had two starts since a sick scratch, lightly-raced 4YO with a license to improve, but will monitor his progress accordingly.
7 Go Mary Go Just one for 21 last year & three for 32 lifetime, her qualifier two weeks ago came on a frigid 20-degree day allowing a -2 variant, will have to see one or two.
8 Eyeseenow Appreciated the transition to the mile track & was nosed out by Better Call Saul at 23-1 last out, will need even more gate speed to overcome post eight.
9 Better Call Saul Made the successful switch from Yonkers & stormed home to a 32-1 upset, lands outside some sharp company & has missed a couple of weeks.
10 Keystone Blade His lone win this season came with a career best 1:57.1 in his last start here from post seven back on 2-24, trying to rebound after fading to eighth at The Meadows from the tough ten post.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 4-7-6-2
H Horse Comment
1 Perseverant Has struggled in all four starts since the claim & 1:51.2 lifetime best back on 2-4, lands the rail again, but difficult to consider until he turns a corner.
2 Wild Again Was completely shut off in the stretch behind the fading Dateline Hanover & had no chance last week, Team Harmon may have found the key to this gelding & gets another inside draw – Trainer: Was locked in & loaded last week.
3 Play The Field One for eight this season & has been a fringe player in this class, draws inside, yet would need some mayhem up front to launch into.
4 Senator Charlie Was shuffled a bit, weaved in heavy late traffic & finished well behind Legion Of Boom & company, post four again for his fourth start as a 4YO, may be ready bear down.
5 Silver Bullet Woodbine shipper for Nik Drennan added Lasix recently, makes his Big M debut off a sick scratch, hasn’t raced in a couple of weeks, going to give him a start or two here.
6 Dateline Hanover Was used pretty hard to clear the lead from post eight & faded over an off track last week as the beaten chalk, overloaded in his previous three, chance to rebound for the raging Buter barn.
7 Unix Hanover Steady gelding made it four straight seconds when he chased a rock solid Legion Of Boom last week, gets away from that rival & his persistence could payoff.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-7-2
H Horse Comment
1 Rooster Rabbit Added Lasix recently & finished a much improved second last week, pushes off from the rail again & may get away a bit closer to the pace this time – Trainer: Was flying late, draws the rail again, real good.
2 Autobiographical Left alertly & was caught in a shuffle last week, 1:53.2 winner in the slop here this season draws inside for another chance at a wide-open bottom condition field.
3 Twincreeks Jesse Shuffled & completely locked in around the final turn & finished well once clear, drops to the bottom level, draws better & has a chance to end his 0 for 11 season drought.
4 Pop Icon Interesting Monticello shipper arrives in strong form & draws well, but question how he’ll transition to the mile track & hasn’t raced in 25 days.
5 Last Dragon Hasn’t hit the board in seven starts this season, thought he would step up when he dropped to this bottom rung in his last three, was all out while fading to fifth last week.
6 Shaguar Note the fine effort for minor spoils three starts back, no chance trips in his last two, draws a bit better, but still tough to consider on a win ticket.
7 Big City Jewel Chased a runaway Giant Slayer two starts back, then hit the board again with an ideal second over trip, looking to snap an 0 for his last 28 skid.
8 Donau Launched a wide late bid from a tough spot & finished with increased vigor in :27.3, has now had two starts to acclimate here & gets another shot at the bottom level.
9 Victorydaze Wilwin 0 for nine this season, has flashed some competitive lines here recently, but was far back seventh last week from a post with similar difficulty.
10 OK Galahad Got off to another slow start from post nine & wasn’t close at 34-1 last week, stuck outside again & needs major improvement to pull off a shocker.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 3-7-9-8
H Horse Comment
1 Love Without End Gelding ships in with some competitive lines on half milers in NY & draws the rail, but this is a tall order & faces a potential monster.
2 Tractor Glen Was caught first over & paid the price last week, a solid third in his Big M debut before that, gets another inside draw & in line for a better trip.
3 Highalator Homebred first foal out of the Open class mare Higher And Higher, 1:49.1 [$923,475], had the look of a special horse when he romped here back on 2-4, cruising home in :26.2, could be a major stakes player in the making.
4 Stirling Ensign Consistent gelding took three starts before breaking through here with a strong late burst last week, stepping up off that career best & draws well brimming with confidence.
5 Biggie Saw a bit of him in two fifth-place finishes here late last year, freshening up & qualified twice, just one for 16 in 2016, going to pass for future consideration.
6 Reach For Infinity 0 for ten this season, but strong recent form @ Woodbine, ships south into the Burke barn, dropping from N/W 5 & could make an immediate impression.
7 Migrate Blue Chip Flashed more speed from post eight & faded two weeks ago, veteran gelding was a solid third at this level back on 2-24, trifecta & superfecta ticket consideration – Trainer: Bad trip last week, should be better with the week off.
8 Baggage Claim Scored an 8-1 upset third time Lasix while given a great drive by Jim Marohn, Jr., task is tougher from post eight, but his confidence is now higher – Trainer: Was a surprise last we, although I know he has it in him, can be a struggle to get it out of him.
9 Wegottatruckyea 32-1 upset winner three starts back rebounded off an early miscue with a nose loss to Baggage Claim, sets up his big late move from a more demanding post this time.
10 Bruce’s Magic Bruce’s Magic.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-7-8
H Horse Comment
1 Chevals Clivesdale Shook loose with plenty of late pace to just miss to Millenium Wheel in a brisk :26.3 last week, excellent acclimating mile & rewarded with the pole position.
2 Ira Chief Yonkers invader fresh off a solid second there off a slow pace, versatile sort seems well classified & draws well in a competitive field with several possibilities.
3 Rodeo Romeo Was all out holding onto third last out, has now missed a couple of weeks, draws better & looms large if he can work out a trip & shake loose with his big kick.
4 Dancin Hill Enjoying a pretty good run with three wins @ Yonkers this season, matches up well classwise & draws well to set up his preferred stalking style.
5 The Rock Was back up at this level, tried it on the lead & came up a length shy over an off track last week, sharp Buter trainee might revert back to a stalk n pop strategy here.
6 Winwood Mac Team Burke-tuned gelding fresh off a strong sophomore season, showed speed in the qualifier here, faces a tough group of older foes & may need a start or two.
7 Somesizesomestyle Bumped back up in class off a solid second to the formidable City Hall last week, coming around after a recent sick scratch & owns a big kick.
8 Millenium Wheel Stepped up to this level in stellar fashion, pulling his second straight upset with a perfect drive by Andy Miller, look for him to fire out for position again from a tougher post.
9 Our Sky Major N Added Lasix, tried the Levy Series & couldn’t make much headway from post seven @ Yonkers, NZ bred was an impressive winner @ Woodbine fresh off the bench, tough post for his Big M debut.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 2-4-1-3
H Horse Comment
1 K-Lees Shakenbake Was outsprinted off cover last week & hasn’t had his usual late pop in his last two, draws much better & capable of :26 and change speed on the end of his miles.
2 Mr Hasani N Flashed early speed & finished an even fifth in his return to the mile track last week, moves inside, knows how to win here & eligible to trip out & surprise these.
3 Special T Rocks Took full advantage & pulled off the drop & pop with a perfect Andy Miller drive, steps back up with renewed confidence, draws inside again & owns plenty of back class.
4 Bettor Memories Was strong in the win column in a $115,375 season in 2016, has now had two tighteners here, drops a notch, draws well & deserves strong consideration as a possible price play.
5 Barimah A Kicked home off cover & landed on the fringe fourth again last out, hasn’t raced in a couple of weeks, needs some speed to shoot at with his stalking style & the barn change is duly noted – Trainer: Trained well & was flying home last start.
6 El Bloombito Stepped back up in class off a rousing rally & win & was caught in never-never land from post ten, not sure he’s going to get the hot pace target he needs in this one.
7 Legion Of Boom Reclaimed by Eric & Arty Foster & promptly lowered the boom with a decisive first over crush, draws post seven & steps up in class in a career form.
8 Art History Was gearing up in the Open @ Dover Downs & finished a decent third in his Big M comeback last week, the tougher post complicates matters, yet he has been a prolific winner here in the past.
9 Duel In The Sun Coming back off a $90,255 season & lame scratch, makes his third start in five months, gets some needed class relief, but willing to watch one from post nine.
10 Elrama N Got parked & scorched through a :27.4 third quarter last out, remains at a tougher level, has missed two weeks & lands outside, stiff assignment here.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-7-10
H Horse Comment
1 Rock On The Hill Broke his 2017 goose egg beating easier @ Rosecroft recently, returns to the mile track in better form & can push off for position from the rail.
2 Stratocaster Dropped to this level last week & put forth a strong mile on the engine as the beaten favorite, moves inside & in line for an ideal stalking trip.
3 Totally Dreamy Took a 1:52.1 mark here last season, ships back off a no-chance mile from post eight @ Saratoga, draws inside & will look to be forwardly placed in this match up.
4 Mr Big Load Reclaimed by Bill Mann & fell just a neck shy last week with another aggressive effort, stepping up slightly & continues on a roll from a favorable post.
5 Sentencing Memo Finished a nonthreatening eighth in his debut here, draws a bit better, drops a notch, note the speedy 1:51 win @ Dover Downs on 2-20 & his 10 for 23 record last season.
6 Feeling Cam Lucky Been struggling this season @ Yonkers, yet just missed in much tougher N/W 6 company there two starts back, only two for 30 last year, softer spot here could spell overdue win.
7 Modern Gesture Ships from Saratoga off a pair of dull tightening miles, very solid record last year with a mark of 1:49 @ Vernon Downs, longshot chance in a wide-open field.
8 Ideal Rocky 0 for his last 24, did finished third in three of his last four at this level, the latest from post nine, needs a fast pace to close into to have any chance of breaking through.
9 King Royalty Beat similar stock with an ideal trip @ Yonkers three starts back at 24-1, seems up against it from a much tougher post here & willing to watch how he adjusts to the mile track.
10 Jds Brent N Sheree Dropped to the bottom level & unleashed a gigantic, grind-it-out mile from post ten in his third start here, bumped up a notch for his attempt to replicate that feat.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 I Like Dreamin Finished a distant second to the much classier Alexie Mattosie back on 12-31-16, needed his first start back last week, drops & lands the pole position, hence a prime candidate.
2 Benjaminbannker N Flashed some speed & faded to ninth in his second start here, hasn’t been able to make the adjustment to the mile track, draws inside to possibly turn things around.
3 Roger Mach Em Moves inside off a no-chance mile, just missed from post three before that, drops to the bottom run & could be on the verge of his first win of the season.
4 Major War Displayed some of his familiar speed from post nine last week, 1:49.2 winner here last season draws much better & expects to be a prominent player.
5 Fearless Leader N Just one for 23 in 2016, but his third start off a sick scratch was a game second last week, look for him to build on that momentum in this wide-open field.
6 American Island Set the early pace & faded to fourth in a GSY Club Final, third start off the bench for this productive sort & his tactical speed can put him in play – Trainer: Second start back, raced very good in GSY.
7 P L Idaho Came to life & exploded from a near impossible spot to score the upset in his second start here, then scratch sick, hasn’t raced in three weeks & draws a demanding post.
8 David’s Dream Launched one of his patented late moves & fell just a length short as the 3-1 favorite last week, gets another chance at the lowest condition level, but the post is much tougher.
9 Disarrei His barn sent out two winners last Saturday, tried to rally from a tough spot to no avail last week, moves outside for another shot at this bottom class.
10 Lettucerocku A Returns to the mile track here off a break @ Yonkers, hits rock bottom here, 10YO may need another start before some of his back class begins to resurface.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-7-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 Bettor In Blue 3YO gelding hit the board in three of four as a freshman, the even qualifier here clearly indicates he’ll need some experience from post six.
1A Born Of Fire JStruggled to show much here earlier this season, was freshened & now has a needed race under him, but the tall order is post ten.
2 L Dees Luca Art Major gelding had some NYSS experience as a freshman set the pace & faded to fourth behind Hallie’s Comet in the qualifier, Team Orange Crush trainee may be the target with the rail again.
3 Hallie’s Comet Lightly-raced 3YO gelding is a new acquisition for Pat Lachance, won his second qualifier here with a sharp late kick out of the pocket & lands in a soft spot.
4 Academic Hanover Brother to Arque Hanover, 1:49.4 [$348,881] remarkably suffered broken equipment in back-to-back qualifiers, impossible to gauge him.
5 Djnorthernstar Gelding seemed to be moving in the right direction before his last two, will look to set up a stalking trip from an ideal post, but tough to consider on top.
6 Park It Park It Cruised wire-to-wire to break his maiden @ Monticello two starts back, faded to seventh in his Big M debut last week, will be monitored for further improvement – Trainer: Needed start on big track, should be good.
7 Deerfield Beach Showed flashes of talent as a freshman last Fall, has posted two strong qualifiers, the latest chasing Hallie’s Comet & will try to make it up on that promising rival from a demanding post.
8 Sin City Shark Made an admirable transition to the mile track with a decent fourth from a similar post last week, just three for 32 & will need some luck to light up the board.
9 Stella’s Phella One for 77 record stands out, but his solid rally for third last week is also worth noting, somehow needs to find a way into from post nine this time.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 2-4-7-5
H Horse Comment
1 Buckeye In Charge Hooked wheels & lost all chance last time, failed to menace in his previous two, just one for his last 34, may be use underneath in exotics.
2 Tijuana Party Rock steady gelding was a well-rated runner up last week, losing a heartbreaker to the trip-sitting UF Fast Feelin, well situated to be a prominent player again.
3 Workandplayhard Wasn’t heard from after a slow start from post nine last week off a sick scratch, draws better to recapture some early season vigor.
4 UF Fast Feelin Was able to regain his winning form, yet needed every inch of a perfect two-hole trip last week, draws inside again & has a big chance to build on that success.
5 Cherokee Ranger Recovered from an early miscue to hit the board again in a noteworthy :27.2 last week, recent Eric Foster claim can set up another stalking trip from a midpack post.
6 Strong Signal 12YO gelding obviously needed his first start off the bench chasing UF Fast Feelin & company, was pretty productive in 2016 & could crank it up further.
7 Mr Julian Suddenly erupted with two straight blowouts, hasn’t raced in 15 days, but will likely try the catch-me-if-you-can strategy again, which certainly proved effective.
8 Poison Oak Shipped here dealing an 18-day layoff, got parked & faded to eighth while bet down to 5-2, now the task is tougher from post eight, but at least he got a trip here under him.
9 Amped Up Has clearly tailed off in his last two since the big win back on 2-16 & subsequent second on 2-23, moves outside for his attempt to turn things around.
10 Stormin Rustler O13YO gelding has managed to pick up minor shares recently, a decent fourth behind UF Fast Feelin & company last week & now deals with an outside draw.