Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 12:35 PM

RACE 1

5-Dr C’s Z Tam – Classy 12YO makes his second start off the latest claim, pace compromised & closed into a :54.3 back half, looking for a bigger speed target in this tight match up

 

4-Terror Of The Nite – Established himself as the King of the Tens, fresh off a rousing crush from post ten, just a fifth off his lifetime mark before that, fresh claim draws better for the step up

 

6-Every Intention – Was basically in the same boat as 5-Dr C’s Z Tam, rallied for minor spoils in :26.3 with little chance from post nine, just three for his last 42 a concern

 

RACE 2

4-Vintage Grand – Came up against a raging Pepper Guy in his return to the mile trackmore class relief & inside draw while Team Burke is currently hitting on all cylinders

 

1-The Fire Within – Was competitive at this level in late December, finally gets class & post relief to regain his form & confidence

 

3-Always A Diamond – His last win came with a perfect trip & 8-1 upset at this bottom condition back on 12-1, chance to set up his preferred stalking style from an improved post

 

RACE 3

6-Rolling Sea – Gelding proved to be the real deal when he transitioned from Monticello & rolled to a 1:52.1 career best two starts back, have to forgive the first turn miscue last week

 

8-Sofer – Rallied stoutly to grab second behind heavy favorite Pepper Guy at more than 60-1, possible price play if he can keep trending right & gets some luck from an outside post

 

2-Yo Apollo Creed – Easy to recall that 1:51.3 knockout early last Fall, looking to regroup & recapture some of that speed off a nondescript qualifier & inside draw

 

RACE 4

1-Real Rocker – Has now had two chances to acclimate since shipping south into the Team Fusco operation, owns some back class & flashed enough late pace to hint of a possible upset

 

6-May I Cruise West – Showing signs of cycling back around, offered another strong surge chasing the red-hot Terror Of The Nite last week

 

7-Show Me Up – Classy 11YO is a proven winner a notch above this, strong in the win column & versatile enough to overcome a demanding post in a wide-open field

 

RACE 5

4-Flem N Em N – 13YO has ramped it up & been razor sharp in his last two, aggressively handled & was inching in on Rocket J last week, draws well to turn the tables

 

9-Rocket J – New lease on life off the Mixed Sale purchase, stormed home for a new mark of 1:51.1, another powerhouse performance from the same post last week

 

6-Durant – Steady stalking type loves the long stretch here, flashed early speed for position & was surging late in the photo chasing Rocket J last week, a definite top contender

 

RACE 6

3-Too Darn Hot – Beat better here when he took a mark of 1:50.3 last season, sharpening on the comeback trail @ Dover Downs, 1:51.3 win two starts back indicates readiness & barn is always dangerous here

 

2-Chip Walther – Grand Circuit stakes winner at two trying to recapture some that glory at age 4, finishing well while overmatched, drops another notch & lands inside a vulnerable field

 

4-Iwillmakeyousaywow – Gelding thrived here last Spring with he took a mark of 1:50.3, makes his second start off a sick scratch & draws well to regain his form for the Buter barn

 

RACE 7

2-Awesomeness – Moves inside off two excellent acclimating miles, flew home into a :53.3 back half from last turning into the stretch & was right there in a blanket photo, big chance to break through here for Pelling

 

7-Endeavor – Won three of four coming into last week, got shuffled a bit & was airborne once he started to shake loose out of traffic & bear down, remains a major danger for Pat Lachance despite an outside assignment

 

1-Hug The Wind N – Last week’s beaten favorite was huge first over into a :54.2 back half off a sparkling US debut, follows up from the pole again in another wickedly competitive feature

 

RACE 8

2-Century Churchill – Knocking on the door in all four starts this season, hit the board with a :54.3 back half last week, drops a notch & lands post two again to set up his ideal stalking trip

 

5-Art History – Perked up in his second start for Team Burke with a drop to this level & perfect second over trip chasing the headstrong J T, beaten favorite owns his share of back class

 

8-Jacksrluckytoo – One of last Saturday’s best bets was on the verge & stormed home to score with authority for Team Harmon, can step up & keep it going with plenty of action imminent in this ultra competitive start to the Pick 4

 

RACE 9

6-Rock On The Hill – Runner up to Preferred star Endeavor back on 12-30, excuse trips against much tougher on view, drops to the bottom condition, may be worth a swing in a camera-shy field

 

1-Live On – Just missed with a sharp rally from post eight in the comebacker, then was bet off the board & faded on the lead last week, chance to rebound from the rail in a wide-open match up

 

5-Southern Pursuit N – Suddenly got it going in his last two with a game speed try, then a premature move to a late lead last week, draws a bit better in a handicapper’s head scratcher

 

RACE 10

1-Cheyenne Seeber – Upset the mighty Endeavor with a late inside surge three starts back, drops back below that level & lands the pole to facilitate stalking position

 

3-Commentariat – Unleashed an impressive sweep enroute to a 9-1 upset in his Big M debut, paced home in :54.4 too far behind the standout Euroman N last out, better draw in another intriguing puzzle

 

5-Major War – Was barely outgamed two starts back, then totally blocked after a two-hole trip & cleared too late while stepping back up to this level, definitely a live item

 

RACE 11

6-Ville Valo – Has been forced to chase three straight 1:50 winners, solid speed at both ends to hit the ticket last week & drops again off that improved effort for a barn on fire

 

7-Cowboy Terrier – Barely outsprinted by Dune Dude in a sharp comebacker last week for Team Burke, second start off the bench with plenty of back class

 

2-Given Up Terror – Has simply been tackling better stock recently like the raging Rocket J, class & post relief gives him a chance in this wide-open field

 

RACE 12

1A-Sprinter N – One of the impressive Ross Croghan downunder imports fresh off a crushing first US win in 1:50, poised to step up further despite a tougher post

 

4-J T – Just like Rocket J his new barn has flicked the switch on this Mixed Sale buy, post ten repeater last week off a career best 1:51.4 steps up again to face a real salty match up

 

3-Chevals Clivesdale – Rock solid runner up to a fired up Ponyta Boy last week, 1:50.1 winner here last season on his toes right now & draws inside again

 

RACE 13

5-Energy Shakes – Gelding is gradually coming around since the late 2017 lame scratch, closing in on Walks Of Life with loads of late energy in his last two

 

4-Fox Valley Cadet – Ten-time winner in 2017 beat these with a convincing wire-to-wire on 12-29, too far back from post eight last week & moves inside for Team Harmon

 

6-Walks Of Life – Has owned this $7,500 level with three straight pace-controlling tallies, Big M love will likely be the one to reel in again

 

 



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