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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, April 20, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 4-7-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 CLASSIC DELIGHT Picked up a check at very long odds in the comebacker, so I guess that's a good thing. Drew same post and will have same goal on driver's mind.
2 DANIKOVA Went 0-10 last year as a freshman and to be honest, I thought she looked a little bit short in her one and only qualifier back. However, she still paced enough to be right there with these. Only needs a touch more tonight.
3 SANDY SUE Kind of the same boat as #1. Did a decent job of keeping up last week and offered a decent sprint home. With that said, I still need to see more, and I doubt she'll be 93-1 this week. Also hoping for a check vs. these.
4 PARKAVENUEJULIEANN Her effort last week might have been the best one out of these. Kept up behind a well-meant winner and was also going well at the wire. With that race under her belt, pilot may step on the gas more.
5 HARPER CHOICE Up from Freehold where she was consistent, and rounded into form nicely. Does that mean she's a mile track horse? Not so sure about that. Will have to go a lot faster here and has to prove it first.
6 NURSE PIE Q So far, the Croghan horses arriving from Florida have been very ready! So, let's expect that to continue. Had the eight-hole over at Yonkers, so just forget about that. Has talent, and has experience here. Expect a big one!
7 LET'S FALL IN LOVE The "other" Burke filly in here qualified just a bit better than her stablemate, so that's probably why Yannick ends up on this one. She made over $125K as a freshman, with just one win. Probably a little more talented than most of these.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 3-5-1-2
H Horse Comment
1 DEJAROVER Uncorked a much better effort last week, with that solid late burst of speed for Marohn. Same boat here, because he does get away a little sluggishly. Needs to be close enough to launch that kick. Probably will be.
2 BRUTAL STORM It's very rare to see a horse break and still come back and win. That's what this guy did down at Freehold! I'm still a little worried about any mistakes, though. Also needs to work on showing more speed.
3 LOVELY LYNNLY That was a superb qualifier here last week, folks! She sprinted safely clear of another very good filly too! Simply put, if she's that good again, the rest will be chasing. Has the benefit of two qualifiers as well.
4 SEVEN ROSES Just fair last week, in the same race as #1. Didn't have that late punch you're looking for, and she hasn't shown it here yet. Loses Brett, as expected, so I'll be preferring a few of the others for now.
5 LUCKY RAINBOW Had the typical comeback qualifier for this barn. Sat at the back and finished up willingly. I thought she'd come back and qualify again, so this will serve as that second prep. Likely to be coming from behind.
6 COASTIE Left Club Med to try some of the smaller tracks and did pretty well, with a win and a second. This filly's issue is the slow starts. It's going to cost her again in this spot, due to the tough post. Have to like others a bit more.
7 SMOKE AND MIRRORS Same type qualifier as her stablemate, #5. Brett drove her that morning and as expected, opted to #3 tonight. No worries. Capable of speed, but I just don't see them blasting her in first start back.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 3-4-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 TROPICAL STORM BI Last time we saw him here, he was a ridiculous 3-5 and didn't get the money. So, how much will he be overbet tonight? That's a good question. Not sure the rail is a plus, since he's a slow starter. Your call?
2 DANISH DURANGO Changed up the strategy last week and you see how that worked. No good! Didn't appear to be overly controllable with that speed. Better find a way to change that tonight, or he'll get no money again.
3 GOLD MEDAL SWAN Absolutely super right now for Mr. Silva. He drives the gelding with a lot of confidence too! Just let the horse do the work, and don't get in the way, must be the motto. Looks like the one to beat again.
4 WILD SMILE Took a shot and left last week for John C, probably due to the bad post. From this slot, he doesn't have to. Just has to wait for the flow and then launch a rally. That's what horse does best. Probably has big chance tonight.
5 PARTY ON THE RIVER Raced well again last week, after getting a shuffle. Can't wait to see what Roy does tonight. Leave, or sit and stalk and wait. That choice could be critical to pace of whole race. Should be interesting.
6 FOX VALLEY STEFFEN Ended up with a pretty good trip last week and finished up okay, but not great. Note the switch to an outer post now, so that complicates matters. Not sure horse is sharp enough to overcome this.
7 HOT SUMMER KNIGHT We all know his game. Even in an open draw, he didn't get lucky, slammed with the seven. However, if the pace ends up hot, we know who will finish fastest. It's this guy. Demand value, if you fancy.
8 SHADY MCCOY By now, I've had enough of this fella. Way overbet last two and wasn't really that good either time. I will let him beat me, if he can from this post. I doubt it.
9 WINWOOD SCOUT I suspected that he would need the race last week and that was the case. Drew same brutal post, so it looks that way again. Watch closely for future consideration.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-5-8
H Horse Comment
1 ABBIE HALL Started that qualifier well off the gate, so that's a little bit of an issue for me. I would have liked to see another qualifier, but I will note that barn listed Marohn tonight. So, that is a sign of positive intent. We'll see if ready.
2 LOVELY RITA Looks like a longshot in here, having shown a lack of stamina in her qualifiers. I will pass.
3 PIRANHA FURY Finished up strongly in her one and only prep. As previously stated, this barn usually qualifies them twice, so it's odd to see her right in the box. Plenty of talent here, provided she's matured a little. Dave keeps her close.
4 CASINO KING DEO Obviously still a work in progress for the Burke Brigade. I haven't seen enough yet to make me want to risk a bet. Let's watch upon return from Yonkers.
5 MADE IT HAPPEN So far, the hopples are off for the sophomore season. we'll see how long that lasts. The first go around was as expected. Could have a little more in the tank here, to pick up a check.
6 TIME FOR ACTION Tired in the first prep, and came up a little empty in the second. So, it seems this homebred has his work cut out for him. Not sure he's going to be a true mile track horse.
7 COWBOY HALL Keep in mind that this guy has a couple of wins. Both at huge prices too! Trainer got him around there onstride in qualifier. So, let's see if there's any speed in the tank tonight. Tough call.
8 PERFETTO Barn's "other" starter ended his season on a sour note with that break. Prior to that, showed some ability when he avoided the mistakes. Qualifier here was pretty much what they were looking for. Bad post! Takes back?
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-3-6
H Horse Comment
1 MOJARRA HANOVER Back to Club Med after a brief run down at Freehold. Was able to win the time she drew the rail. Here, she doesn't usually show that kind of speed. I think these are too quick for her anyway.
2 SEA BUG Did not show much on the short rest in first try here. Note we get a driver change tonight, so sometimes that helps. Gets the same inside post. Hoping to see more in the tank tonight.
3 QUIKSTARTMYHEART Rounded into form nicely down at Freehold and Stacy has surprised us a couple of times this year, so don't be too quick to toss. Homebred mare seems to be getting faster. That's what she needs here.
4 HOUSE ALWAYS WINS Not a whole lot on view in any recent race, so I guess we'll have to watch one here.
5 FINA PATINA She's deceptively good right now, but without any luck to show for it! Just forget about what happened last week, as it left her with no chance. Has post edge on the main foes here. I suspect she'll use it.
6 MATTJESTIC TEMPO It only took one prep start for this mare to get back into it. But, tonight's problem could be the potential pace scenario. I don't see a whole lot of speed. She's a one way closer. Will need the right setup to reach.
7 BLUSH HANOVER Just not finishing her miles strong enough to win one. That's why 0-13 so far, but plenty of checks. Can be used on your gimmick tickets, but probably not in the top spot.
8 JOYFUL GAME Easily the key to the race. Gets Corey again. Gets the right kind of field in a spot where she finally belongs. This is what they've been waiting for, so no taking back. Assigned the eight-hole. Can overcome it.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 4-5-1-7
H Horse Comment
1 MONTALBANO BI I really don't know what to tell you about the Bi right now. He's regressed and seems almost unplayable again, until we see a good one. Yannick will try to get him around there onstride.
1A COVERT OPERATIVE Betting partner to the Bi might be the better option. Well-traveled of late, and finally ends up on the big track. If not for the terrible post, I'd want more of a look. This spot will test him, however.
2 MY CHERRY PIE Went all the way out to the Meadows for some reason and only picked up a check. This mare is much better suited to big track racing, but this may still be too tough a bunch. At least she drew inside to sit close.
3 P L ICABOD Got cooked in the pace battle last time and paid the price. These still look a little too tough for him at the moment, but I do expect a different, more patient strategy here. Wait for a class drop on the Bod!
4 ANDY M Looks like he was interfered with at Yonkers, so let's not hold that against him. Fits this group perfectly, and brought #7 with him out of the same race. Jimmy was listed on both, and opted for #7. Telling us something? Maybe.
5 FLY ON Tough call here, because he likes this track a lot. BUT, after watching that qualifier, I thought he was just a touch short. Thought he'd qualify again, but nope. Right into the entry box. One to beat, IF he's primed, ready.
6 ROUNDTOWN ROCKER Controlled that last bunch at Pocono, given a picture perfect drive by Carlson. Eric just scored his 3,000th career victory too! So, congrats for that. Will he get away "stealing" one here? I doubt it. Must earn it.
7 BUEN CAMINO Since Marohn opted here, the horse becomes key to the race. Trond listed him on a few, so this coul be new trend to watch. Horse is certainly good enough, BUT be wary of that break. Don't want to make two in a row.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 7-10-9-5
H Horse Comment
1 DI OGGI Not sure why he made that break last week. A bit of a surprise. Finally gets a big break at the post draw tonight, so that does give him upset check chances. Likely to sit and ride the rail as long as he can.
2 LMC MASS GEM Didn't really make much of an impact here in either leg. Yes, post 10 in one of them. A pass.
3 ROYAL BECCA J This guy certainly made an impact last week, but ended up getting cooked in the pace battle. I would imagine we'll see that speed again, but unless there's a whole lot more stamina coming, he IS a longshot.
4 PERSEVERANCE Took a TON of money last week and was just fair. Draws the same post, with the faves outside. I suppose if the pace ends up hot and heavy again, he'll have rallying chance. Only needs to find a bigger kick.
5 ELYSIUM LINDY Wow! What do we do with this one? Went from awesome to offstride in a week. Maybe the rail isn't the best starting spot for him? IF you tell me he trots out of there, he could go a LONG way. At a better price too!
6 FILLED DONUT Another "fringe" player in here. Not sure he's good enough to jump up and shock these.
7 SUTTON Hopples went back on and it made all the difference in the world. Looked like a completely different horse. Note that the Miller horses BOTH drew inside the Impact, so strategy will be key here. They'll try to keep him at bay.
8 OPULENT YANKEE Did his usual job of flashing that reliable speed in both rounds. Did get collared in both, however. Once by stablemate, and once by #9. Same thing coming. Maybe a stalk trip? He can finish too! Needs a trip.
9 DEEP IMPACT Couldn't possibly have been more impressive two weeks ago. That was SOME trip off the bench. Ake elected to "skip" round two. Probably not a bad idea. BUT, this post stinks. Horse will have to earn it the hard way.
10 DOUBLE L LINDY Had this fella drawn a better slot, I would tell you to use at a huge price. Look who hops in the sulky seat now! Yannick! If he can somehow find a way to get into the race, watch out. Horse is good.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 PEMBROKE JOEY Joey certainly gets around, doesn't he? Yonkers, Pocono, Plainridge and tonight Club Med. He's won here before, so don't forget that. This is NOT the toughest field he's ever faced. Big chance to get a repeat.
2 DAYLYN HORIZON Coming back off the long layoff and he still doesn't look ready. Give him another few.
3 VICTORYDAZE WILWIN MIA for a month now, after that scratch from post 10. Oh well. With that said, I'll be passing on him tonight, and watching closely for future evaluation. Will find a field of his friends sometime soon.
4 REBEL JET Liked him last time, and he sure was live! That's all you can ask for. Fern put him into the race and the trip and winner were just too tough. Kind of the same boat here. Owns one move, so timing and trip will be critical.
5 MAY I CRUISE WEST I thought that was a decent spot for him last week, but he looked flat. With that said, Corey drove that night, and now opts off to drive #9. That HAS to be telling us something. Would need lot more to win this.
6 BUCKEYE IN CHARGE Ended up in a decent flow last week and still lacked his patented kick. A longshot again.
7 THE FIRE WITHIN Suffered a touch of the Meadowlands shuffle last week and it took him out of the race. Since he lacks speed, and now moves to an outer post, I don't know what to expect. Can Jimmy "invent" some speed?
8 SUPER S YZERMAN Another that rode the cones last week and finished up okay. Tonight's problem is the post switch. Unless you tell me Eric A is sending, he'll probably be too far back. Only aggressive steer will help that.
9 INTRIGUED INTENDED The Captain opts here, on a horse that has raced well here in the past. BUT, there are negatives too! The recent scratch. The missed time. IF he comes up good, he can win. But, that's a BIG if.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 5-1-4-8
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKIN PRALINE Congrats to the Black's! They got their mare home as a 51 winner last week. Nice effort too! She didn't pay much, but that was super drive from Jimmy. She is definitely facing better again, so big test coming.
2 MACHING ME ZILLY Hasn't really been bad here yet, but is she really good enough to go with a field like this? I can't be overly positive on Zilly, with the likes of #5,8 in here. They are just better mares, in my opinion. We'll see.
3 ROSELILY One of the many that were simply overmatched in the Burning Point. No worries. Still needs a little work on that mile track stamina, because she hasn't finished strong enough yet. I need to see it first.
4 COUSIN MARY Looks like she worked her way too high in class over at Yonkers. Don't forget she's won here this year! This is still pretty tough spot to come back in. We'll see if the freshening did her any good. Very tough call.
5 KEYSTONE RIPTIDE Love this mare! She's an honest, hard-trying pacer. Couldn't possibly have been any more impressive in beating Monica here last month. Back in right spot. Will try to get the jump on Penpal. It might work.
6 FIREBBY A Debuts in North America for down under trainer trying to get started here in US. I liked what I saw in the qualifier, but feel mare will need a slightly easier spot than this. I'm willing to wait. Watch closely.
7 KNOW IT ALL Still very good right now for Eric A, but she finally found a bunch that was too tough for her. Guess what? This bunch is even tougher. If she guns, that might force #8 to take back. That's the KEY to the race.
8 PENPAL Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but she LEFT the gate in last week's qualifier. Just goes to show that she can leave. What will we see in tonight's first start back off the layoff. We all have to guess. Good luck with that.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-9-1
H Horse Comment
1 MR LOVER Had a very tough journey last week and was still sticking around at the finish. That tells me that horse is deceptively sharp. The rail here. Look how well he raced last time he had the rail. H'mmm. Very usable here.
2 COMMENTARY Can't say much about his last effort. Simply rode the cones and had no trot when he shook free. He even loses his regular driver now, who opted to #6. That's a very telling statement. Horse just not good right now.
3 SOBORO HANOVER Looks like some issues still lingering here. Had no shot from post 10 in the comebacker, so he just went around there. I feel he's going to need at least one more. Have to see signs of life first.
4 MAJESTIC SUNSET Stevie finally took the kid gloves off with this gelding and sailed him to the front. Result: winners circle! Horse is very good right now, and he's got the post edge this time. Same strategy might equal same result.
5 TOBER It's getting to be wakeup call time for this fella. Another class drop. After a slightly improved effort last time. He'll be part of this, and might even offer a good price. I think it's time to take a shot. Eric A will get him close.
6 ALL THIS COMMOTION Note Marohn's choice of this one, over the barn he usually races for. That's a BIG call! BUT, that qualifier last week left me a little flat, so I am conflicted. Is he really ready tonight? I wish I knew.
7 GLOBAL REVOLUTION Hasn't shown much trot here yet, so I'm not on board. Looks like a longshot to me.
8 ITS CHOCOLATE TIME I guess he needed a week off, after that blazing pace last time. I guess he's the key to the race if we're going to see that speed again. I'm not saying he will wire them, but he can go a long way, cause mayhem.
9 YOU'RE MAJESTIC If you watched this guy trot his final eighth last week, you were licking your chops for this week. BUT, don't expect much of a price, and this post is still a killer. It'll be up to Dave to have him somewhere close.
10 SWEET JUSTICE Ordinarily, this would be nice spot on the class drop. Unfortunately, it's not. Maybe he can rally behind #9, like that start on March 16. That's a big maybe.