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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 Saturday, June 23, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKIN REDFORD Raced really well last week, given a slick drive from the 10-hole. Now, it's the rail, against a similar bunch with no 1-5 shots in it. Have to give him a longer look in here and the trip should be easier. Your call?
2 GONEINAPUFFOFSMOKE I liked him last week and to be honest, he wasn't very good. That was step in wrong direction, unfortunately. I am now off the bandwagon until I see a good one again.
3 FOX VALLEY STEFFEN Now what do we do with this fella? Off more than a month. Shows the scratch lame. BUT, when last seen here he beat Shady McCoy, who went on some kind of roll after that. Is he ready? Wish I knew.
4 MASTER KINGPIN Found his best gear just a little too late two weeks ago. Still, it was nice acclimating kind of mile back to the big track. Ideal post here to keep him close. And there could be some action to set it up for a closer. Adds L.
5 KING CAST Definitely looks like one of the speeds tonight. Vinny put a good steer on him last week and horse came up a tad empty late. Okay. There could always be more in the tank tonight and he may not have to go 27 early.
6 MR PROTAB Nobody was catching Majestic Sunset last week, but this guy came closest. Flashed good speed at both ends of the mile, so that probably makes him the horse to beat tonight. Just don't expect 8-1 this time.
7 CLIFTON BEACH Things did not go his way with the tough trip last week. Unlike week before, where it worked out perfectly. Drew similar outside post, so he's at mercy of both pace and trip again. I will probably go against.
8 MASTER OF THE HILL Will try a new driver tonight, so that's first thing to look at. He's been making too many breaks of late, plus the hopples have come off. I guess I'd need to see a few flat miles before considering. Also first Lasix.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-3-7
H Horse Comment
1 MEAT LOAF All things considered, the Loaf was just okay last week in his return to Club Med. Gets the same nice post and plots for a similar good trip, but he will have to find more in the tank to get any closer. Not sure about that.
2 STORMIN RUSTLER Did not take an overly aggressive try in this event last week. 14YO has raced here a billion times, and has some good history. Maybe the switch to an inside post will make it better? I'm going with that, expect more.
3 LEMON DROP HALL Ended up with the cover trip last week and was going mildly at the end. Nobody was catching #5 and it might be same thing again. Will take back early, and hope for more pace to soften things up. Maybe.
4 FOUR STARZ TROP Basically off a year, so this is first start back after pair of Gaitway qualifiers for The Dream. Irish Joe will take over tonight and horse will almost assuredly need one or two. Wait. Trainer: Old mare that's been off quite some time. Trained good this week, but will probably need a few starts.
5 NY WHITESOX Couldn't possibly have been more impressive upon arrival and everybody knew it! Bet OFF the board down to 1-2, so what will the price be tonight? If Victor can rate him again, he'll probably win again for fun.
6 IDEAL DANNY Stevie Smith ended up subbing for Scicluna last week and put a nice steer on this fella to follow the winner. Unfortunately, he was NO match at all, and all out to hold place. Now, the post is much tougher. Pass.
7 CROMBIE A Here's the "wild card" in the race, and I do mean WILD! Will he stay pacing? 12YO sent back to Surick. Best recent race was for the Surick barn. Has some speed, provided he's okay. Only chance to put pressure on #5. Trainer: Not sure what went wrong when sent to Maine, but was very good his one and only start for me. We'll see.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 4-3-2-7
H Horse Comment
1 ALLIE'S DRAGON Well-traveled of late, since getting over that sickness. Have they found the right stop here? Probably not. I don't honestly think he can pace with the likes of #4, but from rail, might end up with nice trip. Trainer: I'm not sure how Allie will race on a big track, but he did train great.
2 YANKEE HEAVEN I know he's 0-16 so far this year, but his recent form looks a lot better than some of these. A couple of tough posts and rough trips. Plots for a different kind of journey here. Maybe puts pressure on #4?
3 SPIRIT OF TRUTH Did exactly what I expected last week. Sat, saved ground and shook loose with some decent pace. That's his game! And one night he might get lucky and win one of these. However, I don't think it's tonight.
4 DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE Stakes-winning 3YO from last season finds the softest spot of career tonight. So, shouldn't he just crush these? Simply put: yes! I know the recent form is a touch questionable, but has many excuses. Best!
5 BECKARAMA Down from the Spa for another big track try, but he is also working on an 0-16 slate this year, after winning a bunch last year. Did flash some nice speed in that try here on May 26. That might help him tonight.
6 JUSTA CAMILION Took a couple of shots at Philly, once Freehold closed and drew two bad posts. It's not exactly any easier here. Have to rate him a longshot, on the outside peering in. Would need to get very lucky
7 HI HO STEVERINO Like Surick's horse in the second, this is the "mystery" horse tonight. Some of his recent races are good enough to go with these. Speed tightened last few at Pocono. I would make it a lock he will leave, and force the pace on #4. Should be interesting. Trainer: Is having a throat problem, so we may have to scratch.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 ODDS ON LAUDERDALE Finally delivered the goods last week, to grab his first win in impressive style. Gets a BIG break, getting to stay in same class basically and gets another break drawing the pole. This will be a tad tougher.
2 REAL RAYENBOW Must admit, I liked the way he raced upon arrival. Stevie put nice drive on him, but horse dug in late and finished very willingly to nail second. Same situation here. Will be patient, then launch a rally for a share.
3 SUPER FREEKEH Joe got aggressive with Freekeh last week and it almost paid off! Put him in perfect spot, but horse got a little tired near the end. Ok. It was nice to see that speed, though! Is there any more in the tank?
4 ROLLINLIKETHUNDER Newcomer to the group, and it sure looks like he's got speed too! Something's gotta give tonight, since they can't all have the lead. Only six starts so far, so lots of upside here. Let's see if he can rate.
5 ROCKIN MACHINE Watch out here! This guy was MUCH better two back, with that bursting late finish. Then he got trapped in last time with no shot. Gets a better post here and might offer square odds. Decent chance tonight.
6 IDEAL FLIP Ordinarily, I would probably like a spot like this for this fella. However, this field came up very strong! Seems versatile enough to do it either way, so I'm anxious to see what strategy is. Lots of other speed in here too!
7 SHADOW CAT Legitimately stakes-placed, so that's one asset in his corner. Seems to handle all size tracks, and technically comes out of a better race than this. In reality, it might actually be tougher. Let's see if he belongs.
8 IDEAL FEELING And, final piece of this wide open puzzle. Here's a nice colt too! Plus, he won here last year. That last line up at Tioga is a stunner. My only knock is that he seems like a one-way closer. Bad post. How does he get into it?
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 MAY I CRUISE WEST In a race that doesn't have a lot of good form in it, his seems better than the others. Has won here before a couple of times and not too many of the others can say that. Owns speed if pilot wants. One to beat.
2 THE SAINT Forced the pace in first try over this track and you see how that worked out. I would imagine the tactics will be a little different here, given the inside post again. Can sit, stalk and try to use that speed at the end.
3 ATLAS ALLIANCE N Here's your other option of trying to beat the favorite. Was very good here two back. Had speed at both ends of the mile. I'm just going to toss that last start against better foes. This IS the right spot. Time to use.
4 BOLDER It's been a while since we've seen this guy here. He's basically missed a month, and that Freehold form was just fair. I guess I'd be surprised if he jumped up and won this. A longshot.
5 DANISH DILIGENCE One thing's for sure, this field is small enough to keep him within range. It is ALL about pace and trip for this guy and no, he doesn't win all that often. But, he does have Mr. Marohn in the seat. That helps.
6 WOODMERE ULTIMATE After watching first few back here, I'm not sure I can make much of a case for success.
7 INTRIGUED INTENDED Was just a little bit better last time, in a tougher spot. But, I don't know if gelding has ANY early speed at all! I just don't see him sweeping them from last. If price short, that's not my type.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-1-5
H Horse Comment
1 BOBJACKS ANGLE A 13YO Bob does his best racing at the end of the mile, folks. But, he's actually been okay in last few. The rail presents interesting "problem" for Stevie. Has to keep gelding clear of traffic, then hope to kick in.
2 HEFTY LEFTY One of the "possibilities" in this difficult race to handicap. Hefty has basically been buried in some tougher spots of late, with a few bad trips too! On best day, he's good enough to win this. Plus, he has Marohn!
3 RING WARRIOR Now 0-21 on the season and not too many reasons to get overly excited about tonight. He will likely tow along and then try to keep up. Hasn't had any bursts of speed recently. Will have to find one to have a chance.
4 PICKWICK Recent form a bit suspect. And, he was visibly getting tired at the end of that Gaitway qualifier. Therefore, I don't see him as fully primed and ready for a big mile. I'm going to pass, and watch one. Trainer: He's starting to come around and had a good qualifier at Gaitway. So, he should be ready.
5 DAYLYN HORIZON Coming back off a bit of a freshening. Passed a couple of the tired ones in same qualifier as #4. At least this guy has some winning experience here, but is he really cranked for this? I'm going to guess not yet. Trainer: Had some time off, but it coming back good. Had a decent effort in latest qualifier. If trip goes his way, he can be there!
6 WHATA TWIST No, he doesn't win too often, but like #2, he's been in against better foes most of the time. Horse owns ONE move and it's usually late. Andy will have to get him into some sort of good position. Chance.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-7-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 QUALITY BUD Dropped and popped, given the ideal steer by Eric A last week. The Bud remains razor sharp right now, but isn't this field too good for him? I'm a doubter, but maybe I'm wrong. No doubt about the strategy. Speed!
2 GO BIG SPENDER Up from Delaware after a bad case of the post position blues. Yes, you can just throw out last two assignments. He's got enough speed to protect inside slot and then sit close. Let's see if there's any kick in the tank.
3 RAINBOW ROMANCE N Had a very good start here two back, towing home behind Express Stride. Then changed it up on the lead at Yonkers and got tired. Didn't get Marohn here, but will probably sit and stalk. Chance with a trip.
4 JK PARLAY 4YO is more than capable on his best night. Been up and down the class ladder at all tracks lately. This isn't a bad spot for him here. Looking at the rest, it might be good spot for that early speed. Puts him in play. Trainer: Very good two back. Tough spot last week. Should be good to go tonight in softer spot.
5 LIVE ON Had a LOT of finishing kick again last time, so you know what the plan is. IF the pace sets things up for a rallier, he's got as good a chance as any. Ideal post to just sit and wait for cover. It might work out.
6 OWOSSO FLASH Another newcomer to Club Med. Certainly can't fault his consistency of late. BUT, doing it elsewhere, and doing it here, are sometimes two different things. Has to prove it, and from a tough post.
7 BEYOND DELIGHT Well, what do we do with this guy? No, he had no excuses last week, given a perfect trip. But, he was chasing a foe that was very good. NO doubt that Jimmy will send him again, and try to control this. Your call?
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 3-4-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 MIKE'S POWERHOUSE Vinny rated this guy perfectly last week and he still couldn't fend off #5. With that said, I don't envision him setting the pace tonight. I would imagine he can stalk. Let's see if that late kick gets any better.
2 MEDOLAND JATE Didn't really do anything wrong last week, but he simply didn't have as much kick as the top few. Very similar situation here. Inside post. Can sit and stalk. Better find more burst to have any upset chance.
3 ROCKINWITHTHEBEST Jimmy took no chances with the big guy last week, popping pocket early and then overpowering them late. Horse has shown that he can grind too! Wants to fight. Definitely the one to beat again.
4 SIR RICHIE N Drew an outside post for leg two and basically surrendered at the start. Different story in opening leg, when he powered out and fought off big favorite. What will the plan be tonight? That is the key to the race.
5 BYBY LANDON This is pretty nice horse right now! I am now convinced that he's good. Proved to me that he is rateable, with that perfect pocket trip in leg two. Guaranteed to fire out here, but will he set the pace? Deals with #3.
6 ASTOR Got beat a head, in a hard-fought race on Tuesday night at Yonkers. Raced better than I expected here, three days before that. So, this will be his third race in seven days. Not sure that's going to work out.
7 ITS JUST TOO MUCH Tried it first up last week in round two and that didn't work out. Outmuscled by #4 before that. I guess I've had enough of him for now! This post will present problems again. Hard to be overly positive tonight.
8 REACH FOR ETERNITY Since he lacks speed, he's definitely on the outside, looking in. Would have to get very lucky to even get close from this post.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 4-3-9-7
H Horse Comment
1 NOBLES FINESSE I've been waiting patiently for the right spot on this guy, and this might still not be it! Finally drew a better post, so that's one step in the right direction. If he jumps up and beats me, I will not be happy.
2 VICTORYDAZE WILWIN Things haven't been setting up for him lately, and he will also probably need an additional class drop to get back into the game. I'll be patient.
3 GRAVE DANCER Victor had some options in here, and ended up choosing this gelding. That was fine speed try he uncorked and it took a big effort by well-meant foe to get by at the wire. Same effort will probably win this.
4 FRANKANDJOANNE Have to think he's got a big shot in here. Chased Quality Bud willingly last week, and that horse would be 1-5 in here! Tactics likely to be the same. Expect him to fire out and stalk #3. Might work out just fine.
5 SUPER S YZERMAN This is still too high for him. I will pass, and wait for him to reach the bottom level again.
6 WILLIE BOOTS On the comeback trail again, after another layoff. Simply put, he's not ready for this just yet.
7 GAMBLER'S TALE I thought that was a decent spot for him upon arrival, but the trip ended up being a nightmare. Barn has two in here, and Victor opted for other one, so doesn't that tell us something? I guess it's the post, no speed?
8 ALWAYS A HOTSHOT Continues to burn money and bettors keep going back to the well! Tonight, VK opted off, so with Marohn aboard, I'm sure they'll be betting again. It's back to an outside post. I will simply wish you good luck!
9 CINDY'S PARTY BOY Had this fella drawn a better post, I'd probably like a little more. Improved a lot in that second try here, and then had a disaster against better at Yonkers. Might need a little luck to overcome this post.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-1-2
H Horse Comment
1 MAROMA BEACH Sneaks into this field on the lifetime earnings condition, so that's good! His win in the Graduate leg up in Canada was solid, even with a perfect trip. Has the speed to fire out from seven slot. Give him a trip!
1A SPEED AGAIN His game is usually speed, but he's drawn a bad slot, directly outside his entrymate. After blasting, and tiring a bit last week, it might be time to give this guy a race from off the pace.
2 AWESOMENESS Let everybody down last week, in a spot where he should have dominated. So, with that said, he's just not overly sharp right now. I imagine the price will be short again. Moves to rail, but will need more finish.
3 MAJOR WAR IF you're looking for a "live longshot," this could be it! Had a LOT of pace in tight spot last week, and might have won if he got out sooner. Drew inside again. Has to make the trip trouble-free, but has chance.
4 SAMS TRIPLE CROWN Really have to give Sam credit too! He battled bitterly with #2 and did get by, only to get caught late. Gets a slightly better post, and a new driver, but he can grind all day. Should be part of the flow.
5 GRIFFON HANOVER I really like this guy, but usually when he's dropping in class, not hiking up. This could be a notch too tough for him. I guess we'll find out. Demand fair value, if you fancy his chances.
6 BLOOD LINE Last time we saw him here, he scooted around there in 1:49.3, completely dominating! Pretty game, but outfought by #1 up in Canada. No match at Tioga. Back to a level where he fits perfectly. Is he sharper than #2? Yes!
7 REBELLIOUS Suffering a fair case of the bad post blues right now! There is a ton of speed in here, so I see him taking back early. I do recognize that he can finish! I guess it's all about pace and trip. If they battle, he has chance.
8 EXPRESS STRIDE N Yes, the Preferred was asking too much. But, The Stride was rock-solid, razor sharp before that. Tonight's problem is the post, and all that speed in here. It will be big test for Victor to try and get him into it.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-5-7
H Horse Comment
1 DIALARAMA Horse and driver enjoyed a nice, acclimating mile here last week. And, the horse was good too! Finished up just as fast as the top ones, and now he gets both post and class relief. Can you say "live longshot?" I can. Use!
2 HOPE FOR BADLANDS Perhaps the most overbet horse of the week last Saturday, But, he was live, and Eric A did hi job to get him a trip. Unfortunately Outcry had plenty left. Forced back UP in class now. These are tougher.
3 LOVE TAP HANOVER Victor had a few options in here, and chose this fella. They enjoyed perfect trip two back to romp, and then had tough trip last week. I do feel this is slightly tougher spot, so I will take a shot against.
4 MORE DRAGON Liked him last time, on the drop to this level and he battled a long way. I guess he's going to need an easier trip, but he is always tough vs. these. I wouldn't leave him off the ticket, folks.
5 MISTER INDIANA I really don't know what to do with this fella. Yes, he raced well here. Looks like he had impossible trip at Philly against better. So, it's the slight drop and ideal post to give pilot options. But, VK did opt off. Why?
6 ROCKET J Gaps between races are a big concern. Marohn was listed, and opted to #7. That's telling. Not for me.
7 MUSIC IS ART Invades, along with a few others for this barn. IF they're having a good night, then you better include this one too! Gets Marohn. Has faced better. My only slight knock is the appeared lack of early speed. Must get into it.
8 SPICEBOMB Basically just rode the rail from the pole start last week, as no threat. Now, it's post eight with VK opting off. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. Maybe we wait for a softer spot, and a better post? I will wait.