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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:18 AM

RACE 1 

3-Sweet Rock - $65,000 yearling out of a sister to Artaffection, $698,488, has shown some serious late pace in both starts here from impossible spots 

  

6-Twin B Speedo – $27,000 Harrisburg yearling flirted with top colts at two with five seconds & no wins, liking the controlling speed in his second qualifier win & debuts for Mark Ford 

  

5-Bet The Truth – First crop of Teague’s North America Cup winner was a $17,000 yearling & won from a tough spot at Dover in his second lifetime start 

  

RACE 2 

5-Rockin Amadeus – Blasted off the wings & ran into a 1:49 Rockin Wizard in his 4YO debut, tighter now with class relief 

  

7-Mojo Terror – Dropped from the FFA heights & erupted with a rally to be a close third, a proven B-1 winner this season in sharp form 

  

3-Bettor’s Glass – Draws well fresh off two straight wins in PA, flaunting his speed & versatility, Scottie D has him on his toes 

  

RACE 3 

2-Stratos Hanover – Just bottomed out to win a N/W of 5 in PA in a sizzling 1:51.4, draws inside & headlines a strong Joe Holloway entry 

  

7-Always Be Miki – Pace eligible came out swinging with a well-controlled 3YO debut in 1:51, lands outside, yet simply may be too good for this crew 

  

6-Allstar Partner – Freshman PASS champion has prepped well on Lasix for John Butenschoen, but faces a few sharpies from a demanding post 

  

RACE 4 

2-Jins Dragon – Stormed home from far back to hit the board two starts back, then tried to close from last off a soft pace, moves inside a camera-shy bunch
 

4-Pembroke Dewey – Almost put together a well-rated wire-to-wire score, draws well knocking on the door & looking to snap his 2014 goose egg 

  

8-Up Up And Out – Just 2 for his last 36, yet offered solid speed last week & drops from the C-1 level & capable of a strong late kick 

  

RACE 5 

3-Special Jackpot – Casie Coleman trainee has ramped it up with positive form on the comeback trail & draws inside a soft N/W of 2 

  

4-Believeinthespirit – Both qualifiers were encouraging, won over a sloppy track, then just missed with speed here & lands inside 

  

8-Jamaican Cowboy – Suddenly kicked home with serious vigor & nailed the 19-1 upset, tries to prove it was no fluke from a tougher post third try off the bench 

  

RACE 6 

5-Moonliteonthebeach – Converted a perfect trip into a career best 1:51 upset, looks to keep it going third start off the bench in a very competitive field 

  

2-Cam B Zipper – Romped to equal his lifetime mark of 1:50.3 from post eight & tops a very sharp Doug Lewis entry 

  

1-Fresh N Fast – Explode home in :27 flat enroute to the mile of his life in a sparkling debut here & headlines a strong Virgil Morgan, Jr. entry 

  

RACE 7 

5-Relentless Dreamer – Stone closer has been caught in tough spots & had outside posts in his last two & drops to the bottom C-2 level 

  

1-Mattador D – Won a division of the Winter Survivor, seems to be coming back around & makes his second start for Richie Johnson from the pole 

  

6-You Bet Your Glass – 11Y0 has been very aggressive & effective in his last two, nosed out last week after carving some stern fractions 

  

RACE 8 

1-Thunder Steeler – Won at this class rating back in February, seems to be in good enough form & has a chance to regain his edge in a field of question marks 

  

4-Sing For Me George – Fresh off the decisive score two starts back, he was right back in there fighting from post nine at the straight B-2 level & now draws better 

  

8-Blatantly Best – Proven winner at the B-2 level squeezed through & was disqualified for pylon violation, live item despite another demanding post 

  

RACE 9 

4-Scalped – Lands inside a light C-2 fresh off a needed start & gets the class relief he needs to score to prevail in a wide-open field 

  

2-Noble’s Grand Slam – Veteran showed more positive form with a parked out third last week & draws inside a soft C-2 division 

  

6-Mariner Seelster – Shows a 1:52.3 lifetime best three starts back at Pocono & drops back into a blank C-2 here  

  

RACE 10 

2-Someplace Special – Seemed to be sitting on a big mile, got the fast fractions & settled for fourth, moves inside for another serious shot 

  

3-P H Powerplay – Beaten favorite closed well again to hit the board, draws better & looms as a stalking threat, 1 for 11 this season a concern 

  

1-The Pokester – Stormed home in :26.3 to just miss in his second start off the bench, owns some back class here & figures to be closer from the rail 

  

RACE 11 

5-Dovuto Hanover – Has put together a very solid season, rallied from a tough spot to just miss in a wicked :25.2 two weeks ago 

  

6-Allstar Legend – Nailed this guy at better than 5-1 last time with a brilliant speed score, has risen to the top class & figures to be on or near the lead 

  

7-Golden Receiver – Bottomed out of the pocket last time & faded in the slop before that, veteran has bounced back with a big performance in the past 

  

RACE 12 

7-Instant Refund – Lowered his mark to 1:52.3 with a perfect trip two starts back in PA, premature move last out, getting some class relief here 

  

6-Prince Sharka – Just 1 for 14 this season, yet has been close a couple of times recently at this C-2 level & looks to be placed in a stalking mode 

  

5-Seek The Dragon – Has been competitive at the C-1 level, a solid second two starts back before the early miscue last time 

  

RACE 13 

9-Touchdown Mindale – Dropped out of the Weiss & Sagamore Series & was caught in an impossible position, while pace compromised, big threat if he can find a way into it 

  

5-Quik Magic – Grinded to a premature late lead & swarmed late in :27.3 as the beaten favorite, proven winner at this level on 3-29 

  

8-Mindset – Has to be considered despite a dull mile at the B-2 level & chased much tougher series foes before that 

  

  



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