Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:27 PM

RACE 1

7-No Recess – Took a mark of 1:53.3 here when he upset better back on 12-22,  just missed from post eight in an added distance event @ Yonkers, deserves top billing from this corner

9-Rockin Redford – Last week he simply tipped out & steamrolled to a first over crushing upset in the slop, a threat to repeat from post nine again

4-Uriel – Followed up his shocking blowout by getting shuffled from post ten in the slop last week, draws much better on a positive trend

RACE 2

8-Derf Hanover – Took a few starts to ramp it up after changing barns & broke his maiden by more than a whopping 18 lengths, returns from a six-month layoff off a decent qualifier with trotting hopples added with a demanding post, but the barn has been red hot

7-I’m Done – Added Lasix & capitalized on a perfect trip from post nine to pull an easy upset in the slop last week, Florida-bred champion builds on that from another demanding post

6-Break Free – Hit the board again last week despite another tough, wide trip, lightly-raced 4YO has a chance to improve if he can alertly once more & get some speed to stalk

RACE 3

7-Wellwesaid – Rallied for two in a row then got used too hard & encountered immediate pressure from Terror Of The Night from the same post last week, can rebound from off the pace

4-Terror Of The Nite – Draws well on a form spree & fresh off a dominant first over crush in the slop for the same tag last week, looks like the main target  

5-Windsong Gorgeous – Very classy 11YO regained his form & winning edge with a confident wire-to-wire score against easier in the slop last week, chance to keep it going

RACE 4

7-Duluth – 9YO gelding hasn’t won in a long time but has hit the board in two of his last four, kept his positive trend going with a game grind to a late lead in the slop last week

2-Driving Miss Crazy – Go back to her winning qualifier here in 1:56.4 & that would be good enough in this soft match up, improved post puts her right back in play

5-Whatnblazes – 12YO coming off a one for 36 season has been better picking up minor shares in his last two off the sick scratch & stalks from a midpack post

RACE 5

5-Casa Miasa – Vaulted off an acclimating mile with a gutsy score by a nose as the heavy favorite in the slop last week & builds on the career best in a camera-shy field

6-Fina Patina – Sat close to a fast pace & held for a minor share in the slop last week, can be more effective with this easier assignment

2-Miss Defiance – Took advantage of the drop to this bottom level, brushed sharply & got nailed by Casa Miasa, draws much better, but the 0 for her last 30 is a concern

RACE 6

1-Ashes Cash – Lands the pole position fresh off an excellent acclimating mile in the slop last week, rallied to hit the board with good late energy & drops another notch

6-Downundermatter – Just missed with sharp trot at both ends two starts back, then got parked in the slop last week, gets class relief along several others in this intriguing match up

7-Where To Hanover – Nice recovery off an early miscue to finish a close third last out, needed the race, remains down in class, but tougher draw + only three for 32 last year

RACE 7

6-Zooming – Beaten favorite pegged last week & fell just half a length short behind Golden Tate, veteran gelding’s can turn the tables & persistence could finally pay off

1-Golden Tate – Rallied into stretch headwinds from a seemingly impossible spot to edge the favorite Zooming despite a sick scratch layoff, draws inside that rival off the needed race

8-P L Icabod – Tony Alagna-tuned gelding has been on a long form spree, came through as the favorite with a perfect trip & new lifetime mark in his sloppy track 2018 debut, poised to step up

RACE 8

7-Monica Gallagher – Consistent Burke trainee fired hard in a crisp :26.4 & was barely outgamed by the favorite in the slop last week, a major contender off that exceptional effort

3-Sing Along – Lightly-raced 4YO shipped in on a roll & rallied stoutly while pace compromised last week, draws a bit better off that beneficial experience

5-Zane Hanover – Tripped out & romped to an overdue win in her Big m debut, then got hung out to dry in the slop last week, resumes her improvement with a better trip

RACE 9

2-Commentary – Gelding was a constant threat when last seen here a couple of years ago, back from Florida off a sick scratch, qualifier says ready & inside draw in a suspect field

7-Two Hip Dip – Very encouraging effort chasing a runaway New Jersey Viking fresh off the bench, look for more from this gelding & late in the mile

8-Long Story Short – 13-time winner last season wasn’t heard from with post ten, was on quite a roll before that & needed the trip here, expect more speed despite another tough post

RACE 10

2-Urban Renewal – Only two for 30 last season, but overcame a tough trip from post ten to hit the board in his debut here, now moves inside & drops again

5-Oneisalonelynumber – Beaten favorite attacked first over & flattened out into icy stretch gusts last Saturday, drops another notch, yet here’s another two for 30 last year

6-Perseverant – 1:51.2 performer here in 2017 perked up with an energetic narrow loss @ Freehold, sharpening on the comeback trail & owns one sharp move

RACE 11

5-He’s Gone – His fast-closing second two starts back would likely put these away, toss out the no-chance mile in the slop last week & now hits rock bottom

4-Doc’s Boy – Hit the board in his first three starts here, including a close second to the streaking Iron Dome as the beaten favorite two back, forgive the miscue from post ten

6-Valley Glider – Left alertly & finished with good late energy in his switch to the mile track here, rates a long look despite his only one for 26 record in 2017

RACE 12

1-Hope For Badlands – Missed most of 2017 & trying to ramp it up on the comeback trail, flashed a hint with a solid back half from post ten, moves inside a field begging to be beaten

8-Voice Of Truth – Classy 10YO with a mark of 1:49 here, makes fifth start after a long layoff, tough post, but drops to face a weak bottom condition crew

10-Cruiserwillwin – Added Lasix for his debut here & finished a decent third against stiffer N/W 3 company, contender in this match up despite post ten

RACE 13

6-Another Chapter – Grinded out a gutsy second as the beaten favorite in his 4YO debut, connections have high hopes this well-bred gelding can develop into a top level performer

1A-More Than Talk – Obviously something wasn’t right when he faded on the lead in the slop last week, reeled off the mile of his life before that & draws well again for Team Burke

4-Majestic Sunset – Got parked in that comebacker here while chasing a pretty decisive favorite, won three in a row before that, look for him to be forwardly placed for Team Harmon

RACE 14

5-Vegas In Style – Team Burke-tuned mare fresh off a much-improved third with a second over trip in the slop, strong in the win column last year & drops into a soft spot

6-Northern Fiesta – Finished well in :27.3 just behind Vegas In Style last week, makes her second start off the bench here in a softer spot

8-Areyoureadygirl N – Wasn’t heard from in her Big M debut from a similar post, drops again, added Lasix recently & has a chance to be better here



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