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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.


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Race Reviews For Friday, June 05, 2020

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 1-7-2-4
H Horse Comment
1 MANCHEGO One of the true champions of our sport makes her seasonal debut tonight to get us “back to racing” and how apropos! Her qualifier last Saturday was sensational and she sure looked ready! Nancy has mare on her toes. Trainer: Great qualifier, and she is very happy to be back racing! First start of the year, but she has a lot of foundation and training in her this year.
2 LEAN HANOVER Seemed to have rounded into form just before we hit the sidelines. Gelding performs well on all-size tracks and had an ideal prep down at Magical Acres. Didn’t see any of those, so that doesn’t help me. Trip coming?
3 CRYSTAL FASHION One of three millionaires in here and we all know his story. Did tail off a bit at end of 2019, but that was then and this is now. I’m sure the rest did him some good. Begins 5YO season after chasing #7 in qua. Needs.
4 LINDY THE GREAT In the Andy and Julie barn now and we’ve all seen their great work with acquisitions in the past. This is an extremely talented horse that’s capable of anything, at any time. His Gaitway qualifier looks super on paper.
5 DAYSON One of two in here for the Burke Brigade and Yannick took the other. Sometimes, that’s ‘nuff said.
6 MISSION ACCEPTED Made quite a splash when he showed up here last year! Really wish I could have seen that qualifier at Gaitway, because it looks like he had to fight to win it. Is he ready to tackle the likes of #1? Probably not.
7 SOUTHWIND CHROME IF you want to try and beat Manchego, this may be your best option. He’s done nothing but good since being purchased by Camp Cullipher. And, his qualifier here couldn’t have been more impressive. Consider.
8 JOEY BATS The Harris barn took the worst of it, post-wise in here, drawing 8 and 10. Sorry about that! Last time we saw Joey here in March, he was awesome! Don’t forget that. Prepped well, with #6. I just hate the post and spot.
9 PAT MATTERS In a race like this, it’s impossible to like them all, so I suspect Pat will be on the outside, looking in.
10 ELYSIUM LINDY Managed to win four times before the shut-down this year. That’s good! But, is he a true Invite-level trotter in a race like this? From post 10? Might need a little Jason B magic to get him into the game tonight.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-9-8
H Horse Comment
1 GENEROUS POUR One of the many possibilities in this wide-open maiden race. After a disastrous first qualifier down at Southern Oaks, he bounced back nicely with a stronger, and safe mile. I guess Dave Miller got along with him well.
2 SIR CROMWELL Developed some bad habits there at end of 2YO season, so Eddie Hart puts the trotting hopples on. Probably a good idea! He looked a bit short in that first qualifier here, so I’ll take a pass and watch one.
3 SOLAR I fully expect Team Miller to arrive ready to rock! Spent winter down in Fla, prepping racehorses and babies. Keep in mind they got THREE qualifiers into this fella! That should give big conditioning edge. Will go a LONG way.
4 FASHION CHARMER One of three fillies in here, and that’s probably a disadvantage. However, this lass has an impeccable pedigree, and she will benefit from those few starts last year. Experience helps. Hopes to trip out.
5 SHINKANSEN Big Red, Kelvin takes over the training on this colt by Sebastian K. Started seven times as a freshman, with very mixed results. I guess I’d like to watch one here, after the one fair qualifier at Magical Acres.
6 MAHOMES The Ackerman’s spend their winter down at Pinehurst, North Carolina and it’s a beautiful facility to train. Colt hit the board only once as a freshman, so he just wasn’t ready. One slow qualifier. Will need this, for sure.
7 KASHA V Picked up a few checks in NJ last fall. I also thought he wasn’t ready in the qualifier here. Have to pass.
8 MISS MCKEE Also developed some bad habits at the end of year last year. Okay. One try with hopples, and that didn’t work. Came back this year with no hopples and trotted her fastest mile ever in qua. Much better this year?
9 KEYSTONE CANDACE Disappointed a little in her final two starts as a freshman. But, she comes out of key qualifier behind some good ones down at Gaitway. You can never ignore this trn/drv combo. I hate the post, but like the spot.
10 I’llALWAYSBEBACK Hasn’t shown me enough yet, so he looks like a pass out of dreaded post 10.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-10-2
H Horse Comment
1 SULKY QUEEN Overall, just about every Bongiorno-trained horse looked super ready in all qualifiers. Maybe this lass is a step behind? She’s a homebred, out of a tremendous racemare. I’m sure hopes are high, eventually. Maybe.
2 I’M VERY SPECIAL Her half-mile track work this year has been exceptional, so big kudos there! Appears to have nice, trackable speed. She’s got a good post. And comes off a useful qualifier. How will she perform on big track? That’s key.
3 GIRL ALMIGHTY She didn’t look ready in her qualifier, so I think we can take a pass on her for now.
4 SWEETER LULU I was downright shocked when Stacy sent this lass blasting out of post 10 in the qualifier. She stalked nicely and then was outfinished a bit late. Still, a very positive effort. Might need an easier spot than this, but not bad.
5 ALII NUI IF the Miller horse raced well in the second, expect this one to race well too! Adding Lasix for her 4YO season and she’s been a very consistent performer so far. Sneaky good in the qualifier. Can be used at a price here.
6 CRISP MANE Another barn that will be rip-roaring ready to roll is the Burke Barn. Not every horse will win, but they WILL be primed and prepared. A “work in progress” here, but maybe better on the big track. Nice finish in qua.
7 TANGO DANCER N Super-talented mare here. She put on a show in a few starts here earlier. Mixed feelings about her qualifier, as she was touch slow to get going and then kicked in nicely late. Tells me she just might need one.
8 JK AMERICAN BEAUTY Moved crisply and with authority in her morning trial. It was a BIG morning for the barn, as everything fired. This lass has matured into a very nice mare and she will be VERY hard to beat in this spot. YG choice. Trainer: Was racing so good when the lockdown happened. She qualified well and loves the Meadowlands.
9 AFFLUENT SEELSTER Was just getting good before the shutdown, and that’s a shame. This looks like an almost impossible spot to come back in. I’m going to pass, but will be watching very closely for future evaluation.
10 IDEATION HANOVER Might be one of the “keys” to this event. The post stinks, but she has shown ability to leave. You see who’s driving and he doesn’t like to just grab up and take back. Bunch of back class. Is she fully ready?
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 5-1-2-3
H Horse Comment
1 CUPID HANOVER A quarter-million dollar son of Father Patrick here. Did not have the best of freshman campaigns, but did get one win at Lex. His Gaitway qualifier looks just fine on paper, so he might have matured. Watch out.
2 ALYVIA DEO One of the fillies in here, trying to beat the boys and it won’t be easy for any of them. The Harmon barn has been cranking them up and training every week, so they’ll be ready. Tough spot, but good post. Keeps up.
3 CAVIART EVA As stated, it was a BIG morning for the barn last Saturday. Got caught by her stablemate near wire, but it was still a very good effort. Will benefit from that, and gets A Mac back in bike. Expect a solid mile, no mistakes.
4 MOLTO BENE Worked her way into the Kindergarten Final last fall, so she’s got some talent. I like the look of her qualifier down at Magical Acres. Will probably be conservatively handled, but any hot pace sets up her good kick.
5 ABS HANOVER Undefeated at the age of five, but with only five starts. Wonder what the story is here? However, what we saw last Saturday was unbelievable. Geared down after dominating mile. I guess he’s good one. Nice spot.
6 COCKTAILS N DREAMS Did not look ready in her qualifier, so this looks way too tough for a comebacker.
7 HEAVEN Won ONE time last year, and I picked her! Paid $20 too! So, she will always have a place in my heart. It’s been a rocky road since, but there is talent in this tank. Love the preps in Fla. May have matured a lot.
8 DON GRIGIO It appeared her was allowed to coast along down at Gaitway and then got run over late. That’s telling me he will need a few more for the new barn. I am willing to watch and wait. Tough post.
9 NEVER LATE KAIT That wasn’t a terrible qualifier here, but it did leave me lacking. Will probably need this one too!
10 DAYTONA DREAMIN Son of Donato for Hall-of-Fame trainer got nine starts of experience as a freshman. That’s good! Even won a couple of times. Chuck winters at Spring Garden Ranch in Fla. Two superb qualifiers down there.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 10-2-6-1
H Horse Comment
1 JK FINENDANDY This may have been the one horse that didn’t quite live up to expectations last Saturday morning but in her defense, that wasn’t an easy trip. Chased stablemate to end last year. Should come back strong at three.
2 ROSE RUN VICTORIA Always a very dangerous combo when Harder teams up with Sears. This lass has a solid post edge on the outside favorite. Her qualifier at Gaitway looks excellent on paper. Sears rarely gears one up in morning.
3 ROLL WITH AMY Got caught in her qualifier down at Pinehurst, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t good. Only Doug A knows that. This is no easy spot to get her going again, but I’m anxious to see if she offers similar speed.
4 HURRIKANEMYSHANNON Got some valuable experience last year at two, but failed to hit the board. Set slow pace up at Goshen and got nipped. Still not a bad effort. Will have to go substantially faster here. Maybe not yet.
5 ROBMOTION BLUECHIP Also qualified up at home base of Goshen and gapped. Will definitely need this.
6 EYE POPPING Pretty consistent in her freshman starts. Love to see that speed. IF she matures and gets stronger, Scotty D could have a nice filly on his hands. Don’t let even-looking qualifier fool you. She could have been very good.
7 SPECIAL GRADUATE Here’s a nice filly for Dave D. That’s the perfect start to a career last summer. A few starts. All good. Solid speed. I’m going to watch one tonight, but watch very closely for future consideration.
8 RODEO BEACH Those are pretty good miles up at Goshen to get her ready. Homebred has that impeccable pedigree and she will get better as we go along. I just don’t like this spot, or the post. Both are tough. Let’s see a good one.
9 MORE THAN KUTE Crawled along at a very slow pace early in her qualifier. Got passed into the lane and then fought back a little to show me something. Stakes-placed last year, which is good! Another that will be hurt by the post.
10 STEPHANIE DEO Had a couple VERY good qualifiers to get ready for her debut and then got sick. Ouch! Three months later, she’s back and coming off excellent prep at Magical Acres. The one to beat EVEN from post 10.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-7-8
H Horse Comment
1 PATANJALI N Looked a little tired at the end of her qualifier, so I don’t think she’s ready for this yet.
2 SLICK ARTIST A I felt the same way about her prep. Just wasn’t ready for it and looked short. Yes, I can see the back class, and I always respect this barn off a layoff. This is NO easy spot, however. Would need a lot more stamina.
3 BYE BYE FELICIA As previously stated, the Joe and Jenn barn had everything ready to roll in their qualifiers. That’s an eye-catching performance down at home base. This is pretty tough spot for new barn, but she looked super.
4 ZOE ELLASEN Pretty honest racemare here. Seems to always give a good effort. In spot like this, she’s likely to offer a square price and I like the post. Nothing wrong with her prep at Gaitway. Can be used here, if value.
5 APPLE HANOVER If you watched the Apple zip around there last Saturday, you know the time off did her some good! Looked fresh, fit, and nice and relaxed. Dug in gamely to beat a VERY good field. She’ll be ready for Captain C. Trainer: Needed the rest! She got it. Bounced back with an impressive qua. Razor sharp. Should be competitive.
6 FAITHFUL DESIRE Also coming off a nice prep, but gets a new driver tonight, with Joe on #3. Is this lass a small-track specialist? That’s my question. A lot to prove here on the mile. I want to watch one.
7 ELENIARK A Another guy that can get one ready off the layoff is Croghan. I wish I’d seen that qualifier at Gaitway. Gave Snobbytown a real good tussle, and that mare is in the Open in race nine. Will she send vs. Apple? Good ??
8 ROYALTYWESTHO Won only once all of last year, so that’s an issue for me. Already topped that this season, before the shut-down. Can’t fault her qualifier, but I can fault this post. Lots of speed in here. May not work out tonight.
9 ANGEL’S PRIDE There is some back class in this corner. Was just gearing up when everything stopped. I just have a feeling she might need a race or two. That, plus the post make her a pass for me tonight.
10 MISS YOU NB Barn’s other starter is in impossible spot here. Prepped very nicely down at Sunshine Meadows, but for tonight, I might prefer her stablemate.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 9-1-10-5
H Horse Comment
1 CARRICK New barn here! A purchase from the Burke Brigade. That’s a decent-looking qualifier at home base of Magical Acres where he towed along in solid mile. Starts at same level as before. The post relief will help a lot. Trainer: Just bought him online for $21,000. Is a very nice horse, and Brian said he qualified very well.
2 MR HOUDINI I don’t usually have much luck guessing on this guy, but that qualifier doesn’t look great. Pass.
3 CREDIT FRAUD I like the way this mare has come along over past year. But, she’s not ready for this tonight.
4 LIMERANCE Was just gearing up to begin his season when everything shut down. Three months later, that qualifier didn’t show me enough. Have to watch and wait for a better spot.
5 EXPLOSIVE RIDGE I wish I know what happened there on Leap Day. Something went wrong, so the rest was probably a good thing for this gelding. To me, it appears he was just a hair short in that qualifier. Will he be ready? Maybe not.
6 LIVE WELL LIVED Looks like another longshot after tiring in his return qualifier. I doubt he can be ready for this.
7 MAX VOLO Watched him very closely in that qualifier and he was losing bit of ground late, under urging. That’s not what you’re looking for. That, plus this very tough spot put him up against it for tonight. Wait for a drop. Trainer: Fresh and sharp qualifier. Tough class to start out in.
8 NEWCASTLE Was just getting good before the shut-down. Exits a fast Gaitway qualifier, but was losing ground at the end. Tells me he might need a race or two before we see his bet. Rough post too!
9 RESITA Changed an Invite-level trotter in Dayson and kept up well. That is the kind of qualifier you’re looking for. Plus, he actually finds a softer spot for the comebacker. Tim back aboard. Very much the one to beat despite post.
10 HENDERSON SEELSTER Draws worst post in a while, and we all know his game is speed. Expect a problem when Resita guns too. Plus, this guy can be a little “testy” at the gate sometimes. Will need to get lucky from out here.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-8-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 NEW HEAVEN He got pretty tired in his comeback qualifier, so let’s take a pass on him for now. Sits in, follows.
2 SOUTHWIND CRUZE Was bouncing up and down the class ladder prior to the pandemic. Offered up an even-looking qualifier down at home base. This level looks just a tad too high for him right now. Wait for better spot.
3 SUMATRA Yes, I know he was chasing Atlanta and Homicide Hunter in his qualifier, but I guess I would have liked to see a faster finish? Maybe I’m being too hard on him, but this is no easy spot either. Would need a very big effort.
4 MAX Barn has two in and this was Yannick’s choice over #6. That’s pretty telling to me. I thought he would go the other way. Was going great before the shutdown, but this is big bump up. Is Max this good? Good question.
5 OBRIGADO The old classmaster probably enjoyed his break! And, he was just finding his stride again before everything stopped. I thought he was okay chasing #8 last week. Has the post edge. Nice to see Mark Mac back! Trainer: We liked the “Q” and we like the spot.
6 WINNING SHADOW Made quite a splash when he showed up here last year. Certainly can’t fault that qualifier line, but YG drove that morning and opted to drive #4 tonight. Isn’t that telling us something? I think so.
7 LORD CROMWELL Making first start of year and didn’t look 100% cranked and ready last week. I will wait.
8 EUROBOND Now in the Takter barn after a very intriguing year last year. Showed signs of brilliance. And a few clunkers. Hopples are now off. I liked what I saw last Saturday. Likely to be overbet, but probably the one to beat.
9 MUSCLE DIAMOND The shut-down came at exactly wrong time for him, as he was just gearing up. With that said, I’m not expecting him to be ready for this, especially from post nine. Will rally from the back.
10 MISSISSIPPI STORM Also making first start of year, this season on Lasix. He’s a very fast finisher, when things go right, but how could they possibly go right from post 10? I just don’t see it, but his qualifier looks great on paper.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 9-5-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 IMPRINCESSGEMMA A What a tough spot for her Big M debut. And, boy does her qualifier at Gaitway look great on paper. But, do you really think she’s in the league with #5,6,9? I am skeptical. Has to prove it on big track too!
2 MACHNHOPE Can’t dislike that qualifier in any way, but she couldn’t have found a tougher spot. Loses A Mac, as expected, and will probably just sit in and tow along. Has to be considered a longshot.
3 TRILLIONS HANOVER Real nice mare here for Tom Fanning. She is making that difficult transition from 3YO stakes filly to distaff mare. It ain’t easy! Prepped nicely, but against nowhere near this kind of competition. Let’s watch one.
4 MAJOR OCCASION A Showed up in the States very, very sharp for Nifty. She likes to grind and will get that wish tonight. The post should keep her close enough, but does she have the power to pass #5,6,9? Probably not.
5 KISSIN IN THE SAND Managed to win only twice last year when making the switch to distaff mare. That’s HOW tough it is! Liked what I saw last Saturday, when she rated nicely and sprinted home smartly, locking Ally in behind. Trainer: So happy to be able to bring her back at five! She has grown and filled out even more this year. Hopefully, she can draw better this year than last and get herself in some better positions. Qualified super!
6 APPLE BOTTOM JEANS One of my faves, but maybe not for tonight? She’s as tough as they come and her speed is usually strong. Was purposely raced from behind in the qualifier and it was tough trip vs. #5,9. Tactics could change.
7 GOLD ORCHID N It’s almost unfathomable that I hate to rate this lass as a longshot tonight. When in the right spot, she’s almost a sure thing! But, this isn’t the spot. And, the qualifier line leaves me lacking. She might need this.
8 SNOBBYTOWN I will add some points if Eleniark won earlier tonight, but this is real brutal spot for her too! And, a bad post. And, a loss of Yannick. That all adds up to a pass for me now. I’ll wait for better situation.
9 CAVIART ALLY Can’t find a better mare than this. Will resume her warring rivalry with Shartin very soon. Shartin qualified Wed at Mag. Acres. She’s outclassed these before and probably will again. Gets tested by #5 at some point.
10 SOHO BURNING LOVE A One of the best “sneaky” qualifiers of all of last Saturday! She was loaded up the pylons! She could be any kind, having started only few times in the states. Will be conservatively handled again in post 10.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 10-2-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 SUDDEN CHANGE N She may have been a little too fired up in that qualifier. Looks like when the test came, she packed it in. Not exactly what you’re looking for. Suffered case of bad post blues before shutdown. Change of tactics?
2 OCEANIA You just never know what you’re going to get from this lass. Either greatness, or total clunker? Therefore, she’s become very hard to predict. Paced home nicely in that qualifier, from off pace, by design. Ready? I don’t know.
3 BULLVILLEKARLA Was facing a higher level at Yonkers before the shut-down. Sports one slowish qualifier on the half at Goshen, so I suspect she can’t possibly be ready for this. Will have to prove me wrong.
4 BRONSKIMACKENZIE A Also a hard horse to gauge for Tahn Camilleri barn. Finally put it all together at Freehold before the whole world stopped. Conservatively handled in qualifier, but good. Don’t know what to expect.
5 SHECOULDBEGOOD N Good example here of a sneaky-good qualifier. She finished well. She wasn’t being asked. That IS what you want to see. It’s a bit of a class drop. She’ll be a price. I’m trying to talk myself into using her.
6 YOU SHOULD BE HERE Barn has two in and Joe chose this one. Mare has enjoyed a few nice moments here in the past. The qualifier stands out. I’m guessing she’s on her toes and will be primed and ready. Maybe the one to beat?
7 SUDDEN PASSING I remember cashing the night she won with Dexter. Got away with soft pace and stole away. Found this level a tad too high after that. Then, dropped and popped. Decent qualifier. Could show speed.
8 WOODMERE OLEKSIAK Barn’s other starter drew the tougher post and wasn’t Joe’s choice. “Nuff said.
9 DONGAL RUNGLSCRK N This barn’s few qualifiers didn’t show all that much. Keeping her as a longshot.
10 JUXTA COWGIRL This mare’s best weapon is speed, so don’t be shocked if Scotty Z takes a shot and sends. Those were two MUCH better mares she chased in the qualifier. Not a bad effort. Might offer value in wide open race.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-7-4
H Horse Comment
1 VIOLET STRIDE Very talented filly here, but she’s in super tough spot against older males tonight. Looks like she coasted home in the qualifier (30.2) and Sears may have been shutting her down. Expect a conservative effort here.
2 TRICKY SISTER Another filly. Another sneaky-good looking qualifier. She beat #1 in one of those stakes last fall. I’m looking for conservative effort from her too! It’s better to wait for a softer spot, than rush her.
3 CAPRICORNUS Danced all the big dances last year as a freshman. Outstanding efforts too! Probably just happy to get away from the likes of EL Ideal and Amigo Volo. I thought he was good, not great in the qua. Might need one.
4 SPOILED PRINCESS A stakes-winning freshman from last year. Showed just enough talent to know that she could be a good one. She loves the long stretch. Was Dex’s choice of three, as expected. Hoping for hot pace, lively flow.
5 DEW CAN DEW Somebody has to be a longshot in a race like this. Dew is it. Have to wait for softer spot.
6 LOYAL FOX HANOVER The Master was probably happy with the development of this fella last year. Yes, he’s gelded, but that was probably needed. The Florida preps are perfect. Loses Dexter, but I expected that. Nice horse here!
7 REIGN OF HONOR Has always hinted at great things, and begins his 4YO season in a new barn. Looked very safe and solid in the qualifier behind Gimpanzee. That’s exactly what they were looking for. It is a long layoff, however.
8 FIERY LADY Looking like the other big longshot, based on that qualifier. Not ready for this kind of test just yet.
9 GODSPELL HALL Has always been an “enigma” of a horse. I’ve cashed a few times betting against, so I will probably continue that here. Let’s see if Nifty can straighten this guy out. Has ability.
10 CRUCIAL $200K yearling filly had a productive freshman season. Was right there, in the mix, in the top stakes races. Got collared by her more heralded stablemate at home base in the qualifier. This is a real tough spot to come back.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 NORMAN’S MADELINE Simply put, this doesn’t look like the right spot for her, even from the rail. Pass for now.
2 BETTOR TRIX N Looking very much like a “work in progress.” Gets better post tonight, but still a longshot.
3 PAMMY JO That was a really good qualifier! She pounced with a big move and then dug in tenaciously to hold on. It was a very fast mile too! Kind of surprised me. But, this is huge jump up in class. I guess I need to see it again.
4 FEELIN RED HOT Set a pretty fast pace down at Gaitway, so I do wonder if she was a little hot. Georgie knows her very well and is back aboard tonight. She’s got the back class. IF rateable, she could be the one to fear. Price?
5 BETTOR JOY N This is a legitimate Open type mare, so this is a very nice spot for her. Chased Apple very willingly in the qualifier, so I’ll add even more points if Apple won earlier. Expect this lass to be VERY ready for this situation.
6 SOMETHING REEL Appears to be in a little tough with this grouping, so I will probably take a pass and watch one for future evaluation.
7 MADAME LEZA A Down under import only got two starts before the shut-down. Won in just her second start on a drop, over a sloppy track. That’s not an easy thing to do, so full credit there. Chased Beaut in qua. Is she ready?
8 SHES PUKKA N Looks like she set her own pace at Gaitway and got run over. Probably not primed and ready for this and it might also be a level too high for her. I don’t like the post, or potential pace scenario. I am willing to wait.
9 PHILLY HANOVER Tried many of those stakes last year as a sophomore. Not bad! She’s banked over $300K. Dex seems to get along very well with her, mostly from off the pace, though. That may not work from this post tonight.
10 A BEACH COWGIRL She was going VERY well down at Dover before the world stopped. Much better so far making the transition to distaff pacing mare. Really liked her qualifier, but where’s she going from post 10? I don’t know.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 8-1-7-5
H Horse Comment
1 NO DRAMA PLEASE Was a “fringe player” last year on the sophomore stakes scene. Still managed to bank $136K. Not bad! The transition to age four will not be easy, and he needs to step up his game a bit. Pretty good qualifier.
2 SHOW EM ALL LINDY Didn’t look ready in his qualifier, so I’ll take this opportunity to pass and watch one.
3 CHIPLOSIVE Didn’t finish his 3YO season all that great, but was pretty good at one point. Could be a very good horse for a long time for Camp Cullipher. Toured oval in qualifier. Not cranked yet, but will be soon.
4 CASH HIT New barn. Hopples on. Decent, but slowish qualifier, so I have mixed feelings. Loses Andy Mac to #8, but I expected that. We might have to wait for a softer spot on down the road.
5 HATIKVAH Finished up his season with two straight wins, exactly what you want! Confidence. Had brutal trip in his qualifier, so I won’t hold that against him. Eventually, he’s going to be pretty good performer. I’ll stress eventually.
6 CHIN CHIN HALL Hopes have always been VERY high for this guy. He’s closing in on half a million too! He’s a gelding, so just getting started. Wasn’t being asked in that useful qualifier, but they’re not going to rush him. Consider.
7 GRANDMA HEIDI Was going pretty well for her new barn before time stopped. That’s a good-looking line from her qualifier down at home base. She can race either way, so expect Yannick to be a little aggressive. Might work for trip.
8 PRINCESS DEO Hopes have also been high for this talented lass. Once Noel D took over, the breaking problems stopped. He’s probably very anxious to campaign her this year, and he should be! Expect big time speed.
9 BROWNIE Isn’t going to be a match for these right now, Plus, the post is a killer too!
10 BIODETTI HANOVER Kelvin once told me that this guy was going to grow into a nice horse. Just needed some experience. Dexter was careful with him in that qualifier and he looked short. Let’s watch one from post 10.