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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:45 PM

RACE 1

2-Dancin Hill – Flashed a subtle hint of returning to form in his second start back, Grand Circuit stakes winner at three goes back to Gingras & draws inside

6-Rock Star – Dropped to this level, had dead aim & couldn’t get to a raging newcomer in Good Side, remains one of the sharpest in this suspect opener

1-Rockstar Stride – Found the N/W of 5 class at Pocono a bit too tough in his last two, chance to stalk n pop this light crew from the rail

RACE 2

6-Oneisalonelynumber – Casie Coleman trainee was a factor in NYSS at two, shows two strong races on the comeback trail, the latest chasing In The Arsenal

7-Bobby The Greek – Versatile gelding was a hard-charging second, then a well-rated winner in the Spring Preview & freshened with a winning qualifier

1-Shades Of Bay – Broke his maiden with a perfect trip for the potent Zeron-Alagna combo, dam is a half sister to Art Official, lots of upside here

RACE 3

1-My Temudjin N – Has improved with class relief in his last two, just missed in the slop here last week, 1:49.4 performer here last season gets another shot at this bottom condition

6-You Bet Your Glass – 12YO was reclaimed by Marks, added Tetrick & rebounded with a furious rally to finish third & just a neck shy, also capable of speed

4-Northern Prize – Persistence paid off for this gelding who capitalized on a perfect trip as the lukewarm favorite, merits the slight increase in price

RACE 4

1-Dragon Lore – Needed that comebacker in the Freehold Preferred, sub 1:50 performer here returns at the bottom condition rung

4-Smart Rokker – Beaten favorite dropped into an ideal spot & got nosed out by  a Michael Russo rocket, chance to atone from another inside post

6-Bullet Bob – Was torched by an uncovered trip through a wicked pace last week, just missed against better before that, dangerous dropping further

RACE 5

9-Stacia Hanover – Pace compromised while closing into a :53.2 back half in round one, talented Steve Elliott tuned filly must find a way to get within range

5-The Show Returns – One of three Chris Ryder trainees in here inexplicably showed no speed to get involved in her second start off the bench, there’s pedigree & certainly potential here

2-Cheyenne Robin – Added Lasix & kicked home with added zeal to grab second in the first leg, lands inside to stalk the speed with Scottie Z

RACE 6

4-Hurrikane Ali – Added Lasix & lived up to the hype with an easy round one score for a high percentage barn, draws well to go three-for-three in 2015

6-Gokudo Hanover – Gelding has done very little wrong, ran into the outstanding Artspeak last week & Campbell figures to have him forwardly placed again

7-Revenge Shark – Just missed in both Spring Preview miles, then qualified sharply against In The Arsenal, tough to gauge off the sick scratch

RACE 7

4-Mister Truth – Got underway too late while closing into a :53.2 back half behind Art History, draws better as a live stalking prospect

6-Art History – Late-blooming 4YO has marched off four straight, tripped out to a sparkling new mark of 1:48.2 last week & remains the prime focus

9-Odds On Equuleus – Had no chance trying to rally into a :53.1 back half and :25.3, drops back to a winning level & just needs a decent speed target

RACE 8

4-Hez A Buckeye – Switched to the red-hot Michael Russo barn & was just a nose shy of going all the way at Freehold, expect the improvement to continue at this reduced price

5-CR Fixed Asset – 12YO did a 180, completely turned his game around with an easy upset in last Saturday’s blank finale & tries to keep it going here

3-Escapado – Was better in his second start here in a new barn, showing pace at both ends & draws well again

RACE 9

7-Fritzie Pic Up Man – Wired them at Yonkers on Monday fresh off a narrow loss there, 1:51.1 winner here this season is razor sharp for Virgil Morgan, Jr.

3-Grab Your Keys – Was right here third in the photo in the Freehold Preferred last week, now plummets to the bottom rung in his return to the Big M

8-Magnus Deo – Almost went all the way in a well-rated effort fresh off the claim, likely blasts off from the same post in a similar effort

RACE 10

7-Prince Sharka – Logically needed his last two starts off the bench, drops in for a reduced tag, owns enough back class & success here to rate strong consideration

3-Crocadile Canyon – Intriguing shipper from Plainridge makes his second start off an injury scratch & decisive win before that, draws well in a wide-open claimer & gets Gingras

4-Hruby’s N Luck – Had been racing well before getting used early last week, goes back to a catch driver & has a chance to stalk from an inside post

RACE 11

2-Martini Hanover – Rated in the slop & was swarmed in a relatively fast 1:51.2 mile, gelding is tighter now & moves inside

1-Breakin The Law – Beaten favorite had everything go his way & simply couldn’t push past in :26.4, gets another prime chance at the bottom level

5-Stimulus Plan – 0 for his last 26, but made an admirable transition to the mile track with a solid second in last Saturday’s finale, that makes him a contender

RACE 12

1-Allstar Legend – Got a tad to revved up in the slop last week & finished a disappointing third as the beaten heavy favorite, 1:48 performer here last season plummets even further for his third start off the bench

6-Steady Pulse – Bounced back from a dull eighth on 5-9 with the mile of his life in the slop, look for this gelding to leave for a stalking position again

2-Mojito Hanover – Managed a solid second in tougher N/W of 5 at Harrah’s Philly on 5-3, draws inside to play a stalking role here

RACE 13

4-Acelo Hanover – Rebounded off a miscue with an easy romp in his second try off the Michael Russo claim, just a fifth off his lifetime mark

3-Astreos Flash – Dropped to this level & crushed them first over in a sharp 1:51.4, half million dollar winner draws better to show more of his back class

5-Andy Baran – Stormed home from a tough spot to just miss in a short series final on 5-9, back in for $10,000 & just needs to get into a nice flow



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