Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 9:19 PM

RACE 1

1-Hammer Creek – Consistent gelding just missed to Haveoneforme with a great drive by Vinnie Ginsberg, post improves his chances, but his one for 26 record is a concern

 

7-Haveoneforme – Kadabra filly lived up to the tote hype & tripped out to win her long-awaited opener for Nifty Norman, the post is tougher now, but the obvious upside is there

 

3-Dover Dony – Trotted a strong back half to hit the board from post eight in a solid Big M debut, moves inside to build on that with a better stalking trip imminent, yet you’re looking at 1 for 28

 

RACE 2

1-Arrakis – Drops back a notch off a strong :27.1 finish, while coming off a nice rally to upset two starts back, back on the rail to stalk within striking distance

 

4-In Secret – Part of the unprecedented Gingras-Burke rampage last weekend, romped fresh off the bench as the heavy favorite & draws inside to step up further

 

5-Zlatan – Looks ready for his return from the double whammy lame-sick scratch, was previously doing good work & won the qualifier with authority, lands in an ideal midpack stalking spot

 

RACE 3

1-Backseat Terror – 0 for 23, but gaining form & confidence, just missed to the heavy favorite Parkin In Heaven last out, draws the rail again & worth a swing 

 

6-Well Said Maria – Recent Burke acquisition got her act together to win her latest qualifier with front end confidence & held on in :27.3, lands in a camera shy field

 

10-Parkin In Heaven – Closed from last in a crisp :26.4 against a pretty salty group last week, draws farther out, yet remains a threat with the right set up

 

RACE 4

5-Illinimight – Rallied from a tough spot to score a mild upset two starts back fro Team Orange Crush, then wasn’t heard from in a no-chance mile, draws an improved post here

 

1-Bell A Chik – Rebounded with another solid rally to grab second despite being pace compromised last week & lands to rail to set up another smooth stalking trip

 

3-Montalbano Bi – Beaten favorite was inexplicably hustled to the front & faltered last week, Team Harmon horse-for-the-course draws better in another really soft match up

 

RACE 5

6-Magnum Mike – Dropped to the $7,500 level & crushed first over second time Lasix, big threat to repeat despite the bump up in price, a 1:51.4 winner here in mid-November

 

4-Master Of Puppets – Tripped out & romped to an overdue win & upset last week, comes right back with a slightly better post & retains Corey Callahan

 

1-Four Staces – Has disappointed the chalk players in his last three, clearly didn’t have the same pop last week, moves inside fresh off a claim, 1:51.4 winner back on 1-4 has license to rebound

 

RACE 6

4-Tag Up And Go – Emerged from a shuffle & runner up to heavy favorite In Secret last week, just missed with a huge rally before that, classy 9YO gathering momentum & draws inside again

 

5-Di Oggi – Made his Ake Svanstedt debut off a strong winning qualifier & flew home for second after plenty of road trouble as the beaten favorite, big threat despite the bump up in class

 

8-Hammer Time – Runner up to a couple of standouts in his last two after kicking off his season with a gusty win, moves outside, yet still a steady, improving 5YO 

 

RACE 7

6-Cash Me Out – Bounced back off a break with a sharp second to Misslarose with trot at both ends, live item would benefit with stronger fractions likely in this competitive match up

 

9-Trolley – Comeback gelding has won three of his last four Preferreds, on the shelf for three weeks, that doesn’t adversely affect him, yet post eight will test his talent

 

8-Misslarose – Fresh Team Burke mare able to steal a :58.1 half & held off Cash Me Out to repeat last week, now tackles post eight & Preferred level, yet could prove troublesome

 

RACE 8

8-Seaswift Joy N – Another downunder import who debuted here on Lasix & flew home in :26.2 to just miss to the classy Diva’s Image last week, rates top billing despite an outside assignment

 

6-January A – Fresh off an impressive first over nose loss to Bettim Jackie in her US debut for Team Harmon, double class hike & tougher post, but looms large off that initial effort here

 

7-Bettim Jackie – Sparkling Burke debut when she was able to pounce off a soft :58.1 half & hold off January A, stiffer test here, yet she was a winning machine in the Maritimes & Ontario

 

RACE 9

2-Lucrative Son – Certainly not the most reliable tool in the shed recently, but the qualifier stands out, he draws inside & only needs to get away smoothly to create a wire-to-wire possibility

 

1-Downundermatter – Just one for 24 last year, yet gradually ramping up since the mid-December sick scratch, beaten favorite beat these back on 12-27 & was DQed for pylon violation

 

8-P L Ketchup – $22,000 Mixed Sale purchase just one for 18 last season, Ontario shipper draws a tough post, but lands in the red-hot Jennifer Bongiorno barn

 

RACE 10

3-The Spinster N – Downunder import added Lasix & tripped out to a new mark of 1:54, just missed to a sharp Stormtracker at this level back on 12-28 & draws well again

 

2-Big Lis – Almost wired them to repeat from post ten & nailed by the trip-sitting The Spinster N, moves inside third time Lasix for a high percentage barn

 

1-Stylish Beachwhere – Forced wide from a tough spot & settled for fourth again, just three for her last 35 & hasn’t raced in three weeks, but gets another shot at a soft N/W $8,500

 

RACE 11

3-Windsun Missile – That was an amazing turnaround effort & win as he switched to Andy Miller & steamrolled first over to upset favorite Can Do, steps up into a blank field & gets post three again

 

1-Big Expense – On the fringe fifth in his last two here against tougher, now acclimated & drops with the rail, has a big chance to trip out & exploit this soft spot

 

6-Can’tcutthatchip – Rallied to win his last start here back on 12-20 at the bottom level, has missed a few weeks off a sick scratch, yet may surprise these for Team Harmon

 

RACE 12

9-Pennant Seelster – Has hit the board in both starts for his new barn since shipping south, just missed to a standout Bizet last week, moves outside, but continues to improve

 

1-Chief Justice – Added trotting hopples, controlled a slow pace & held on for a deadheat with Alvisi Hanover, Burke trainee draws inside that rival & builds on that confidence-building score

 

8-Alvisi Hanover – Left alertly to sit a pocket behind Chief Justice & surged for the deadheat last week, draws farther outside, yet remains a big factor

 

RACE 13

2-Abbeylara – Pace & trip compromised in his last few, G Notes winner back in mid-December retains Gingras & draws inside to set up a stalk n pop strategy

 

1-Spanish Art – Draws the rail on a form spree with narrow losses in his last two as the beaten heavy favorite, tough to go against this 1:52.1 winner back on 12-27

 

4-Just N Berlander – Rallied to blow up the board two starts back, then forced into a first over grind last week, draws inside again to play an opportunist role 

 

 

 

 



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