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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, December 01, 2018

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 4-5-6-7
H Horse Comment
1 TALKOHOLIC Filly didn't show a whole lot upon arrival, but maybe she needed that race after missing a couple weeks? Gets big-time post relief and we'll see if she steps up her game. Sits, saves, tries to get lucky late.
2 QUALITY KEMP Still a "work in progress" for the Burke Brigade. Regressed into another miscue last time. I'll pass.
3 ALVISI HANOVER I guess you could say he's getting better. Did stay trotting and did go a lot faster last week. Will that trend continue? Wish I knew. I still need to see more before I could bet.
4 SWANSEA Andy had a choice and opted here over #7. Scotty D has done well with this gelding down at Philly and now he transitions back to a big track. Has experience from Hoosier. Packs good speed. The one to catch?
5 GODSPELL HALL Paid instant dividends for his new barn last time, with a pouncing move off cover. He literally gobbled up the lead in a few strides. It was visually impressive, so let's see if he duplicates that on the slight hike up.
6 TAKE A WISH Filly still going well. Tried to make a move into a well-rated leader last time and that didn't work. She still packs a nice punch and should be following #5. That would probably be good cover. Usable underneath.
7 DERF HANOVER Certainly had every chance last time, stalking the winner all the way. Wasn't a match late, so that does worry me. Gets a much tougher post, but should be able to leave. Has to find that late kick again to win.
8 WHITE CHEETAH Stakes-quality filly finds herself in a bad spot here. Not sure about her early speed capability, but it's still a layoff. Think they might want to race her from behind in this situation. Not my type for tonight.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 5-6-2-1
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKN MOTION Pretty nice 3YO here, but stuck in some tough spots. The pole wasn't much of a plus last time, as he got away slowly. Had NO chance when he moved into All Bets Off. This should be a touch easier. Prefer stablemate.
2 K RYAN BLUECHIP This guy is very quietly very good right now. But, he remains buried at this upper level. Even though he's finishing strongly, I don't see him picking them all off. Demand fair value if you fancy tonight.
3 MUSIC IS ART Showed absolutely nothing in his last two, so that's a big regression. Not sure when the wakeup will come, or when he'll get a class drop, but he sure needs one. Tough to like a lot after watching last two here.
4 ROLLAWAY JOE Came flying home just a little too late upon arrival. It was a VERY good start. But, he's stuck in a brand new ballgame here. Is Joe really this good? I guess we're going to find out. Likely coming from last.
5 TACT TATE N Very impressive qualifier, folks! And do note that he earned over a quarter million down under. That's a LOT! This must be a very good horse, so let's hop right on the bandwagon here and bet. Expect that speed.
6 MAROMA BEACH Had #5 not been in here, this guy probably would have been a lock. But, it is what it is! He's got plenty of class and is having a very good year. Freshened up nicely. Should be stronger off that needed YR race.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 5-3-7-2
H Horse Comment
1 ALWAYS ABOUT CHRIS Didn't have much to offer last time, so it's hard to be overly positive, even from the rail again. I would need to see a much improved effort before I could consider.
2 FOX VALLEY B GUMP Had his "tour" of the oval last week, so let's expect a little more from this guy tonight. Still has to prove he can go a little faster, but I think he will.
3 SPEED TO MARKET After being sick, and a bunch of scratches, this guy had to need that last start. He was raced accordingly. This could be different, because he offered much stronger speed way back. Expect improvement.
4 PISCOTTY Did manage to win one with a perfect trip down at Freehold. Followed it up with a race from behind, and he got a check. Not sure he'll prove to be big track quality, but you never know. Will have to show more zip here.
5 CAPTAIN AMERICA Seems to be rounding back into better shape. Had a much improved effort, with the Lasix second time. One more step and he beats the heavy favorite. This time, it's his turn to be the big fave. Hard to beat.
6 DEWAR N JACK He's been in some tough spots lately, and as no match. This spot isn't as tough, but the post won't help. Might be time to put him in gear earlier again. A longshot, but not without a chance.
7 WISE IMAGE Easily the key to the race, as he debuts for new barn and owners tonight. Compared to others, he looks pretty good on paper. The big track will be no problem, since he raced well at Hoosier. Only needs to be ready! Trainer: We just bought him. So far, I like him a lot. Should race well.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 7-1-2-3
H Horse Comment
1 LIFE HAPPENED Switches to a different type of class level here and it might be just what the doctor ordered. Been buried in against some tougher, older foes. This is more like it. It's time to step up his game a bit. We'll see.
2 R BAZINGGA Uncorked a super, gutsy effort here to win, but it was THREE weeks ago! Why the gap? That, I don't know. I'll add that Barbados came back to win. And beating Larry Karr wasn't easy. If right and ready, watch out! Trainer: He's raced real well his last couple of starts. Should be right there.
3 SPORTS COWBOY Had an impossible trip last time, so let's not be too hard on him. Also seems more than overdue to deliver a better mile and maybe tonight will be his night. Will try to grind again. Needs a smoother journey.
4 ROLLING SEA Still too unreliable and I wasn't overly happy with that qualifier. Have to pass again.
5 BARBADOS Yes, he won last week, but was life and death to do so. Paid a wildly underlayed price too! I might add a point or two in Cap America won the third, but I might try to take stab against tonight. Will need even more for repeat.
6 BET THE DRAGON Tough to get a real read on his form right now, especially on the big track. Likely to get away last in here and I'm not a fan of that.
7 WHITE BLISS I must admit, that last start might have been one of his best ever! Flashed good speed at both ends, and that's coming again tonight. It's long overdue, but could be time for a signature big track win for the White Horse!
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 1-6-2-5
H Horse Comment
1 CREDIT RISK Very interesting that Harris is "dangling" these two in for a tag. Does it mean he's given up on them? Made a nice move at Philly before being rebuffed. On paper, he looks like he's worth more than $12.5. Takers?
1A OBSCENE BLUE CHIP There was a time when this guy appeared to have plenty of talent. He shows eight wins this year. He shows pacing in 51 and change last time. He's in for $18,750. Somebody might take a shot and claim.
2 MAGNUM MIKE Mike has benefited from three absolutely perfect trips, folks. So, eventually, his luck has to run out. Tonight might be the night to swing against. This is clearly a better field. Let's see if he still shows up with A game.
3 MASTER OF PUPPETS When he wins, it's usually a big upset. I don't see him beating this crew, so I will simply pass.
4 ITSNOPROBLEMMAN Just can't get away from Magnum Mike! Was perfectly positioned in those last two and lacked the knockout punch. Since this field looks a little better, I'll probably have to go against. Your call?
5 DAYLYN HORIZON Vinny had this guy rolling along at a pretty good clip and he got tired. With that said, it's probably time to race him from the back again. Getting too fired up doesn't help. From off the pace tonight! Trainer: Not a front end horse. Likes to follow. Put in a decent effort last week, but in with a tougher group. He's feeling sharp! If Vinny can work out a trip, I expect him to be right there.
6 CC BIG BOY SAM Corey had a choice in here and opted for Sam over #1. This gelding finished up powerfully from a tough spot last week, but it sure looks like a lot of same. How far back will he be from this post?
7 ELECTROFIRE There are many "war horses" in this barn, and here's another. 11YO doesn't seem to pack much early speed anymore, so he's up against it from this post. Hoping for some hot, heavy pace action up front to set up a rally.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 3-6-4-2
H Horse Comment
1 BETTOR'S EDGE I still can't get that Nov 10 race out of my head, folks. The Edge did "bounce back" with a better effort at Pocono with Jenn in the bike. She will drive tonight and they have the rail. We're going to see speed.
2 BRUCE'S MAGIC It's been a little while since Bruce won, and he's been bouncing up and down the class ladder. While this is technically a drop, it's no easy spot. Not sure he's as good as #3 anyway. I guess we're going to find out.
3 CONSTNTLYSIDEWYS A Figured to romp in that field last week and did exactly that! Now takes a double jump up, but I think he can handle it. Barn is just about unbeatable right now, so hop on the train. The Double D takes over!
4 ASHLEY'S HUSBAND After getting trapped in and breaking two back, Ashley ran into a raging Geez Joe! Extra week off, which should probably help. Tell me he gets some cover here, and I might tell you to use. IF the price is right.
5 BALLERAT BOOMERANG The Boomer has been bouncing around all the area tracks. That was a nice, easy, soft spot at Freehold. This is a much tougher situation tonight. I have to rate him a bit of a longshot with these. Trainer: Loaded here a few weeks ago with no place to go. Plugs in training mile win at Freehold last time.
6 MCTHRILLER Never really got rolling last time, in a race won up front. Let's not hold that against him. This looks like much better situation and I'd say you have to use him tonight. Owns a wicked kick with the right setup.
7 JACKSRLUCKYTOO Jack found a nice "field of his friends" last time and stormed home to get the job done. That's good! Tonight, this field will test him. I don't know how much pace we'll have. He might be up against it. Trainer: One of my favorite horses to race here when he's consistent! He's very fun to watch finishing.
8 PLAY JET RAY Tough call here, especially with this post. Huge try upon arrival. No real threat last time, but that was against Geez Joe. Can he leave? I sure hope so, because he won't be outkicking Jack from the back. Your call?
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-2-3-4
H Horse Comment
1 MACH DEJA VU Pretty sharp right now, as he marches his way right up the class ladder. This will be an even tougher test, and he does have a betting partner. I must note that Yannick opted for 1A, so maybe that tells us something?
1A GILLYS BOY Yes, that's three straight losses as the favorite. But, Gingras took this guy over the partner, so that's a good sign. Gilly seems to handle anything, so the big track won't matter. The bigger knock here is post 10!
2 SOLO STORY Was in way too tough last time seen here. He did beat a decent group at the end of October. Both McThriller and Burkentine Hanover won after that, so it was very key race. I like the post relief. Can be used here.
3 THE WALL Took some money in that Yonkers Open, but had NO chance into a fast last half. I'm anxious to see if he improves here on the big track. Or, is he a small track horse? We'll get our answer tonight. Needs a trip, I think.
4 BELL I NO Tough trip in the slop at Yonkers last week. Let's just throw that out. It is supposed to rain tonight, so that does make me wonder about him tonight. The class relief is obvious, but this is no easy bunch. Will have to earn it.
5 IDEAL ROCKY No moves, no threat, and no solid pace upon arrival. This isn't a drop. Looks like longshot again.
6 TERROR OF THE NITE Endured an impossible trip last week, so toss that out. Overall, horse is on a pretty good roll right now and this race could have a lot of pace in it. That would set him up for a nice rally. Consider that.
7 BILLS FELLA Seemed to be in a good spot last week, but lacked his usual finishing kick. Draws yet another difficult post, so it's a case of the bad post blues! Would need exactly the right kind of setup. Can't rely on that.
8 BETTERLATETHNNEVER In a confusing race full of new shooters, here's another. What should we make of his northern form? I really don't know. This is no easy spot. Corey did choose him over #2, so that's a big plus.
9 WARMINSTER A I don't know who was betting this guy last week, but it was a LOT of money. Got trapped in, and then had no kick. Now, it's post nine. Do you want a short price again? I don't. Not ready yet.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 STILL FRISKIE That was a really nice steer by Eric A on this guy last time. If not for Jacks, he would have won at a huge price. Gets big time post relief and might be able to save some of that speed. Can be used, but much lower price.
2 NOBLES FINESSE Got lost in that wake of Windsong Jack last time. Couldn't even hold second. AND, it was three weeks ago! Forced up in class, so I think this spot might be a little too tough for him right now. We'll see.
3 DREAMFAIR MESA Found the class hike just a tad too much last week. Either that, or he didn't care for the sloppy track. The forecast is for rain again, so maybe we take a swing against? Let's wait for the class drop later on.
4 PONYTA BOY I've been chasing Pony all year! He does get Yannick back tonight, and he gets along with this horse. Could be very usable at a healthy price tonight, Drew ideal post. Look out!
5 MINDTRIP Dave Miller was listed on four and opted here. That's a BIG call. Plus, horse had plenty of "sneaky" pace in the debut here. I have a feeling he'll be in a new home soon, but he's probably the horse to bet tonight! Must use.
6 MAJOR AUTHORITY Took a ton of betting money last time and did race well. He did a lot of the dirty work to set things up. Still can't figure out which kind of trip he prefers. On, or off the pace? This field looks a lot tougher, though.
7 COUGAR BAIT Invader left Maine on a pretty positive note, but I can't imagine he'll find a tougher spot! These look a little too quick for him, but I've been wrong before. Will have to prove it at Club Med.
8 GRIFFON HANOVER I usually like Griffon when he races here, but NOT in this spot. A longshot from out here.
9 CENTURY CHURCHILL Tried something new with the speed last time and it didn't work out. Now, it's post nine. That's a big problem. I can't guarantee he'll blast, and if he doesn't he'll be too far back. Your call, folks.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 1-6-7-8
H Horse Comment
1 CALVIN B The B is back! He tends to race pretty well here most times. He's been a little buried in some tough spots of late, so this is class relief. Mitch gets along with him and they have excellent chance to snap the skid tonight. Use!
2 AWESOMENESS Gelding is also working his way down in class, while on a losing skid. Eventually, he will find a "field of his friends" and this could easily be it. I'm not picking him, because I never do. Do not let me sway your opinion.
3 TIE YOUR SHOE ED In a field of many class droppers, it's tough to like one hiking up. Looks like longshot again.
4 ROCKIN ROGER Hasn't really delivered the goods since the claim, and he's actually forced up in class. I'll pass.
5 GRAND THEFT I've taken a real beating on this guy lately. He really had NO excuse in the slop last week, and we're supposed to get rain again. He is also forced UP in class, so I am off the bandwagon. Let him beat me, if he can.
6 DECISION DAY In a wide open race like this, it's tough to make a decision. Corey did! Opting for this guy over #1. Horse raced okay in the Foiled race, but he may not have liked the slop either. Very tough call here. Demand price.
7 JUPITER JOHNNY Rolled along at a pretty good clip upon arrival and didn't exactly stop. He was pressed, so add a few points for his performance. Differed trip coming tonight? Possible. I can make a case for using him at a price.
8 QUALITY BUD I guess we call that Bud's best so far? Since the comeback. It's taken a while, but that was a wakeup call. Unfortunately, he's moving back to a tough post. If he feels good, Eric A will send again. Forces the pace.
9 SOME GOLD Was in-to-go Thursday at Philly, so I don't know what happened. Horse shows three straight tough trips before that. Guess what? Probably another tough trip coming from this spot. I want to watch one here anyway.
10 MORE DRAGON The Dragon finally put it all together, skipping over the slop on a brush and crush. Now, he begins the ascent back up the ladder and he gets slammed with the worst post. I'm going to pass.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 9-10-5-3
H Horse Comment
1 LEGION OF BOOM Yes, I can see the driver change, so had to lower the morning line odds considerably. I still don't think the horse is ready to deliver a winning effort, but I may be wrong. I definitely don't want a short price too!
2 SUPER S YZERMAN Usually, when he wins, it's a big upset. That would be the case if he somehow got there. Pass.
3 FRANKANDJOANNE In a field full of question marks, I guess this guy is a possibility. Corey takes the call again. The post isn't bad. The power seems to be stuck outside. I guess he's got a chance.
4 SUNSHINE WEST Didn't show up with much off the long layoff. Probably still needs a few more starts. I'll wait.
5 VICTORYDAZE WILWIN Made no impact in his last start, after getting trapped in early. This should be a completely different trip. One of these question marks has to step up and win this. I just don't know which one. Maybe this one?
6 GOTAROCKINMYPOCKET With some sickness sprinkled in, I see nothing in his form to make me want to bet. Would need a dramatic improvement to find the circle. I just don't see it.
7 FLIGHT AGAIN 0-19 this year and counting. Can't find much to say that's positive. Looks like a big longshot again.
8 ROCK STAR Found the Big M waters a little too deep upon arrival. Gets an even tougher post. Can't recommend.
9 BROOKIES PRINCE N This is the weakest field he's seen in a LONG time. BUT, he seems to lack any early speed, and it is post nine. Does that make it a big risk to bet? Probably. Let's see if the Double D can muster up some speed.
10 INDY INGOT If #9 doesn't win, maybe Indy will. I know his lines look pretty bad, but this is a huge drop in class, and we all know Super Brett can make some speed. I wouldn't talk you off this guy tonight, even from the post.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 5-3-6-7
H Horse Comment
1 BAY RUM Was pretty good in both starts here. Got used up early in the Freehold try. The rail is a big plus, but I see a lot of action coming in this race. He'll have to be very good again to stave them all off. Your call?
2 A AND C ARTIST Went all the way up to Plainridge and gave it a good try. Tries another new home here at Club Med and he's handled all size tracks in the past. Seems to pack versatile speed. Won't be easy to get around #1.
3 ROCK ON THE HILL Came flying home from a long way back upon arrival. That impressed me. Wasn't exactly bad when seen here before that. I like the post, and potential for a good trip here. The one to fear late, maybe?
4 SPORTS VISION I'd have a tough time making a strong case for success tonight. Struggled here on arrival.
5 MCCITO Knocking on the door lately. Nobody was beating Mike last time, so this one's effort was solid. He's versatile enough to perform either way. I always like the midpack post to give options. I wouldn't leave him off the ticket.
6 PUMPED UP KICKS Had a very tough trip doing the dirty work for Mike last time. Overall, this gelding has some hidden decent form. He can also show speed. Interesting spot here, with a brand new driver. Strategy?
7 CHEYENNE REIDER Overall, he's got the most consistent form of the field. Was super when last seen here, so I'm kind of surprise he raced elsewhere after that. Back to the Med. Back to the winner's circle? He'll be showing speed!
8 WALTZACROSSTHEWIRE Down from Maine to take a big track try. I don't see him as a fit just yet. Watch one?
9 FOUR STACES Another barn changer, as this guy ships in from Ohio. Most of the time, this barn likes to give them a race to see where they're at. I will take that approach from the bad post and watch very closely.
10 DUKE OF DELRAY Suffering a real bad case of the bad post blues. It continues here. Have to leave him out for now.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-5-3
H Horse Comment
1 MARTY MONKHOUSER A I thought he had a good chance in that last one and he did not perform well enough. This is a touch of class relief and another good post. Time for more? I'd have to think so. I'll use, if price is okay.
2 MAY I CRUISE WEST Outraced his odds with a rare very good try last time. Gets another key inside post and figures to be stalking in a good spot. Is there more in the tank? I usually lean towards no, but you never know.
3 SPAGHETTI EDDIE Eddie finally reaches the bottom level here and his last few have hinted at a return to form. I would not be surprised if we saw that speed again, and he went a long way. I just don't want a short price.
4 JK PARLAY Steadily working his way down the ladder. This is a classy horse that recently added Lasix. Can he win this? Sure! Andy takes over and I guess we'll see speed from him too! Lots of speed in here, so something has to give.
5 LARRY KARR As I suspected, he changed tactics and raced from off the pace last time. It will be completely different here. Not sure he "wants to win" on the lead, but Yannick will put him in play from the get-go. The one to fear.
6 LUCBOBSKI Newcomer to the Big M coming off a layoff. Since I didn't see the qualifier, I don't know what to tell you. Usually, I want to watch one in a spot like this. Tons of other speeds in here too! Your guess is as good as mine.
7 DASH OF DANGER Hasn't really been very good here yet. Took lot of money couple times too! Gets stuck outside the main contenders and will be coming from way off the pace. Hoping for some sort of speed duel.
8 TARPORT ANDY He's got no speed either, so totally at mercy of pace and trip. I will wish good luck with that.
9 DEEPFAVE HANOVER Actually tried to leave last week, but so did the rest of the field. No mercy at the post draw again, so he's hard to play, right? I think so. I'll wait for a better spot.