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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:34 PM


4-Word Power – Excellent mile off the sick scratch & three-week layoff, Brett Miller worked out live cover & he was menacing late in :26.4, draws well again in a competitive opener 


2-Last Dragon – Missed two and a half years before coming back in May, has caught fire & made three in a row, albeit in a dead heat, with a sterling rally from never-never land & moves inside 


5-Bad Boy Matt – Rejuvenated since the switch to Team Burke, beaten favorite moved prematurely in his Big M debut, leaves, stalks & makes one late surge tonight 



3-Wake Up Peter -  $210,000 January Sale purchase has been productive for the Remmens, returns in sharp form, loves the Big M & draws well with a raging Deep Purple 


8-Beach Memories – Left for a Pierce pocket, encountered stretch traffic & shook loose too late last week, moves outside, yet look for similar tactics in a field lacking serious speed 


7-Al’s Hammered – Chicago star launched a steady late lunge to just miss in :26.4, acclimated now with a tougher post, but very strong in the win column 



5-Sweet Justice – Was buried in heavy traffic & finished overloaded with trot while never fully extended, former track record holder has come around recently, has midpack options in a strong field 


3-Master Of Law – Won his Takter debut in a career best of 1:52 back in July, toured the track safely behind Maven last week after winning two qualifiers, draw inside again with a chance to step it up 


7-Modest Prince – Eye-catching lifetime mark of 1:52.1 three starts back in PA, forced to grind it out in most recent, Toscano trainee in top form & owns tactical speed 



6-Muscle Diamond – Muscle Hill colt still learning & improving, a hard-charging second off cover in his third start off the sick scratch, look for Campbell to get him into a live flow & pounce late 


5-Pinkman – Gingras’ choice over the Burke-trained Habitat last week gamely prevailed over much improved stablemate The Bank with trot at both ends, Valley Victory winner is on a roll for Takter, who sends out half the field 


3-Habitat – Edged Muscle Diamond in the Matron Stakes with trot at both ends, then was used pretty hard last week, draws better for Burke & Sears, who will surely put this talented colt in play 



5-Bettor Be Steppin – One of two sharp Joe Holloway fillies in here, beaten favorite in the Matron Stakes, tightened further with sharp speed last week, Red Mile Grand Circuit winner with a :26.3 cycling forward again looms as a price play 


3-JK She’s A Lady – Special filly never looked better steamrolling in her elimination with Fresh Bionic Man & after missing almost three weeks, with an undefeated season she’ll force all other Horse of the Year contenders to run the table 


6-Well Hello There – Liked this Burke trainee last week & she was wiped out by Ideal Nuggets, a solid third in the Matron Stake after romping in the American National & Matt Kakely has noticeably taken it to the next level 



1-Bettor’s Edge – Kind of the unheralded member of the Burke Brigade, second in the world record Ben Franklin, US Pacing Championship & Dan Patch, gunned down stablemate Sweet Lou with a vicious 25.4 in the Hoosier Derby, worth a shot from the rail in a sensational field 


7-Sweet Lou – His monster run of ten in a row & a record six sub 1:48 wins this season sealed the division, set a world record winning his 2YO Crown, a sharp second in the Hoosier Derby signals a return to form in a field with combined earnings of $16.9 million  


5-Foiled Again – Ultimate warhorse & defending champion has typically & in timely fashion sharpened his sword with four straight narrow losses, the latest with a :26.3 on both ends, oldest to win a Crown has his sights on the rarefied $7 million plateau, they will never ever come any gamer 



3-Lyons Levi Lewis – Metro & Matron Stake runner up angled with an eye-catching late burst for Pierce, draws post three again, so this Burke-tuned colt is in line for a similar trip in a wide-open final 


5-Go Daddy Go – Governor’s Cup runner up steamrolled to a career best 1:51.1 in a sparkling US debut, Bob McIntosh noted he’s been good since Day One, John Campbell is pretty excited about his prospects & the midpack draw gives him options 


10-In The Arsenal – Got too revved up when blasted to the front, yet held well for third as the beaten favorite, saddled with post ten again, yet Brian Sears could find a way to overcome it 



5-Yagonnakissmeornot – $62,500 supplement has been on fire since the Rene Allard late-July acquisition winning six of her last nine, stormed home from a tough spot to nail Shelliscape by a nose in the Allerage Farm & Pierce figures to have her in a stalking mode in a handicapper’s nightmare 


4-Somwherovrarainbow – Was a 2YO Crown champion & Dan Patch Award winner, rounding back into top form after a recent sick scratch, runner up to Anndrovette in the Roses Are Red & to Rocklamation in the Artiscape draws inside, well rested for this match up & may be an inviting price 


9-Rocklamation – Last year’s runner up to Shelliscape ranks as the division leader with key wins in the Golden Girls, Lady Liberty & Artiscape, pace compromised in last week’s prep, expect her to get involved earlier this time & figures to get a fast pace to shoot at in a competitive field 



6-Father Patrick – Like his stablemate, also 11 for 16 in 2014, leading money winner this season beat Nuncio in four major events & trotted a world record of 1:50.2, big chance to atone for losses in three of last four after some Takter fine tuning with divisional honors & Horse of the Year impact 


3-Nuncio – Wasn’t particularly at his very best at Dover Downs & still made it five stakes wins in a row, really hasn’t gone a bad race all year, gallant in defeat in the Hambletonian, draws inside to control the race in the most anticipated match up with stablemate Father Patrick 


7-Odds On Amethyst – Takter has a serious shot at a 1-2-3 finish in here, this gelding won his first start for the Trotting Master in a career best 1:52.1 in Lexington & bounced back with a decisive score from post nine here last week 


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6-JK Endofanera – North America Cup upsetter shook loose too late in an excellent prep last week, shuffled in the Monument Circle before that, like Always B Miki he got his confidence up this Fall 


4-Always B Miki – Red-hot division leader has won 9 of 10 since his amazing second in the Pace, bottomed them out in :26.4 to hold off JK Endofanera, yet the pressure will logically ramp up for this amazing final with many possibilities 


5-Limelight Beach – Gelding became a new horse shortly after the mid-season Burke acquisition & suddenly caught the winning habit taking the Jug in straight heats, polished it off with a :26.3 on the engine last week 


RACE 11 

1-Your So Vain – Hambletonian Maturity winner was a hard-charging second to Maven in an excellent comeback last week for Ake Svanstedt, freshest of all making his second start in three months & figures to be within striking range with an alert start from the rail 


4-Maven – Jimmy Takter won this with the great Moni Maker in 1998, the record $750,000 Harrisburg buy going for her third straight Crown, fresh off a track record at Vernon Downs she swooped them from post ten in the elimination, count on Gingras to have her forwardly placed with her new found confidence 


9-Commander Crowe – Third in two previous Crowns, but fresher this time around, this amazing 11YO invitee is a 60-time winner on the verge of $5 million, prepped with a strong second in the International Trot Preview & qualified well while adding Lasix, yet now tackles post nine in a formidable field 


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3-Garnet River N – Twice beaten favorite has cycled skyward, came scooting up the rail & went inside one cone last Saturday, lands an ideal stalking post & switches to The White Knight 


1-Blatantly Best – Forced into an impossible trip in his return on Lasix, proven winner here at this level moves inside & owns a big kick 


4-OK Commander – Converted a perfect second over trip into an all-out dead heat win in last Saturday’s finale first time Lasix, remains at the same competitive B-2 level with another favorable draw 


RACE 13 

1-Destination Moon N – Legitimate excuse trips in his last two at Harrah’s Philadelphia, wire-to-wire career best before that fresh off the bench, Toscano trainee lands in an ideal spot 


4-Urgent Action – Took his mark of 1:49.3 at the Big M this season & always thrived here, won two in a row at this level back in May & draws well in sharp form 


8-AGood Time To Rock – Suddenly turned his game around with a pace-controlling score in PA for Team Burke, despite post eight Gingras will likely blast to secure position 









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