Dave Brower passed away on Friday at the age of 53. He worked at the Meadowlands for most of his career as a harness racing handicapper and television host.
Cause Of Death:
While working at The Red Mile on Thursday night, Dave unexpectedly passed away. The 53-year-old man was getting ready for a big racing weekend at Lexington when he was found unconscious in his hotel room. He had recently concluded a week-long stint working on television for the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware (Ohio) Fairgrounds but had not heard from him since early Friday.
In the world of harness racing, Dave Brower’s degree of knowledge and professionalism was unique, according to track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. We at The Meadowlands were all completely shocked to learn of his passing, he claimed.
We want to express our sympathies to his family and all of his countless industry friends as we mourn his passing.
Life / Career:
For most of the past 25 years, Brower’s professional home has been six miles from where he was raised in Passaic, New Jersey. He earned a journalism degree from St. John’s University, was a sports editor for St. John’s Today, and graduated in 1991. According to the USTA, Brower worked as a groomer, a trainer’s assistant, a teletimer operator, and an intern in public relations before becoming a broadcaster at The Big M. The Meadowlands’ morning line and program handicaps for standard.
For the past nine years, Brower has worked remotely from his home in New Jersey as a handicapper, broadcaster, and social media contributor for Cal Expo harness racing in Sacramento.
From 2012 to 2015, Brower was also seen hosting CBS Sports televised coverage of the Hambletonian and Little Brown Jug. Additionally, his TV work was frequently broadcast on TVG and the New York cable channels MSG and SNY. Further, Brower often contributed to Sirius/XM satellite radio racing programs.