Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:12 PM


2-J Eagle Feather – First or second in five of six, while starring in NYSS, improving Linda Toscano trainee figures to be on or near the pace from the rail in a competitive opener


7-Artistic Major – Has come around in three starts since the sick scratch for the potent Steve Elliott barn, nailed J Eagle Feather with a perfect trip at Vernon & will likely be blasting to secure stalking position


1-Dreams Beachboy – Lightly-raced colt has quickly shown signs of brilliance for Tony Alagna, just missed as the even money favorite to a revved up Rufo last out & heads a strong three-ply entry



3-Libertarian – Jan Johnson Hambletonian eligible added trotting hopples & surprised a few with that gutsy upset last week, rewarded with an improved post


5-Lady Winona – Been developing some consistency lately for Team Orange Crush in NYSS & had no chance in the Empire Breeders Classic Final, figures to be in a stalking mode here


2-Southwind Stryker – Hambletonian eligible flashed some talent as a freshman, ships south into the Takter barn after a miscue in his 2015 debut, smooth Mohawk qualifier on 6-16 is encouraging, yet may need a spin here



8-Icommandmyspirit – Big M lover was competing at the Open level here before some recent freshening, regained her winning form at Pocono & finds a field begging to be beaten back here


2-River Runs Thru It – Pace compromised & outsprinted fourth behind Sayitall BB last week, yet the career best 1:50.2 before that, post two again & Michael Russo factor make her a serious contender again


5-Sayitall BB – 2014 Breeders Crown winner dropped in class again & disappointed the chalk players by squandering a perfect trip, lands in another prime spot to atone for Team Burke, yet the jury is still out



5-Muscolo – Flashed sudden positive speed last out at Harrah’s Philly, took his mark of 1:54.1 here this season & gets more class relief


1-Exquisite Glide – Fired out, shuffled & angled with some decent late trot two weeks ago, strong runner-up before that & moves inside


3-Home Turf – Sat a late jammed in three-hole, angled & was closing on a well-rated winner, makes his third start off the bench from another inside post



9-Windsong Gorgeous – Could obviously thrash these on his best day, flashed signs of coming around just before the sick scratch, drops again after a needed start & could be blasting


4-Rich Wisdom – Grand Circuit stakes winner at two for Team Burke hasn’t recaptured that form against top PA colts, parked as the beaten favorite last out, back on the mile track in a softer class


3-Garnet River N – Hinted of a turnaround in his last two at Yonkers, getting class & post relief here in a real mixed bag field riddled with question marks



7-Flyhawk El Durado – Classy 4YO stormed home in a wicked :26.4 from post eight back on 5-29 & then got nosed out as the beaten chalk, have to forgive the miscue last out


2-B Yoyo – Gelding regained his winning edge & confidence with a career best 1:53, then just missed with a :27.2 surge last week & lands inside again


9-Handover Belle – Have to show this mare much respect for her class & success over this oval, 1:52.4 winner here on  5-15 can bounce back from a rare miscue in the Armbro Flight  



5-Bolder – Decisive winner of his division in the slop last week given a great drive by Jim Marohn, Jr., note the narrow loss in :26.2 on 6-13, that late kick will serve him well when the speed cancels out


3-Kingofthejungle – Acclimating quickly to the mile track with a sharp two-move narrow loss from post eight, while locked in late, rewarded with an inside draw in a wide-open final & sports some back class lines


1A-Jin Dandy – All of sudden has learned how to win, taking three of his last four & lowered his mark to 1:51.3 from post ten on 6-20, rallied right back last week & heads a strong entry despite post eight



2-Respectable Dream – Tripped out to take a new mark of 1:51 in a pretty tough N/W of 5 at Harrah’s Philly on 6-7, beaten favorite got underway too late last time at Tioga & draws well here


4-Verdad – Team Burke trainee took advantage of a class drop to post two straight blowouts at Harrah’s Philly, can keep it going in this camera-shy field


6-Madiba Magic N – Beaten chalk tired in the slop in his second US start, raced giant in his debut here before that & gets a bit of class relief here



4-Hez A Buckeye – Has come around in his last two, did the bulk of the work in the slop last week, 4YO lands in a new barn via the claim & draws an ideal post


8-Untouchable One – Gelding has suddenly caught fire winning two straight & was claimed again last week, expect more aggressive handling as he goes for another short series final from a demanding post


5-Astreos Flash – Classy 11YO atoned with a well-rated wire-to-wire in the mud last Saturday, fresh claim will likely be blasting again



1-Prince Palani – Lowered his mark to 1:52.4 at Vernon Downs on 6-20, had some late on the rail out of a shuffle last week, draws well as part of a freshened up Harmon entry


3-Mambo Italiano – Beaten favorite got jammed in late & was surging inside, recent claim remains a live item & will be leaving for stalking position again


4-Bettor Not Miss – Just one for 20 this season, yet has really taken to the mile track here in his last two, stormed home from a tough spot in the slop last week



1-Steady Pulse – Have to excuse the poor performance in the slop last week, was tangling with slightly better recently & draws the rail here for the high percentage Michael Russo


4-Six Gun – Drops back to the bottom rung for Team Bongiorno after making a premature move to the front through a torrid pace in the slop


5-Some Major Beach – His two tightening miles at Harrah’s Philly were dull, but owns a bit of back class & this is a real soft spot to wake up & exploit



4-Bettor’s Edge – Towered up late from a tough spot to hit the board in the Mohawk Gold Cup, second here before that, Burke trainee is fresh & sharp on the comeback from a sick scratch back on 5-9


5-Art History – Was swarmed in on before he was run into in the stretch of the Mohawk Gold Cup, was virtually unstoppable here, chance to regain that form



2-Mister Virgin – Was hard used to a mindboggling :52.3 half & still had more to give Melmerby Beach a late scare, that’s 11 seconds in 2015, yet persistence sometimes pays off



6-Acelo Hanover – Lowered his mark to 1:50.4 with a convincing score fresh off the reclaim by Michael Russo, then scratched sick & missed a month, difficult call with the stale date, but not much to beat here


3-Stormin Rustler – 11YO warhorse was a gutsy winner from post nine on 6-13, then tired in a short series final last out, chance to rebound in a soft finale


9-Smellthecolornine – Has taken a few starts to come around since switching to Jennifer Lappe, a distant third in the slop last week at 45-1, beware of the back class if the trip somehow works out






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