Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:27 PM


1-Brick Bazooka – Lightly-raced & talented gelding shows a close third, then tailed off in the Escort & Sonsam Series, now we get a barn change to Team Burke & the rail, which could spell rebound in a suspect opener


9-Lonewolf Currier – Drops again off a huge effort & narrow loss last time, post eight is surely more of a challenge, but he does hold a class edge


2-That Man Of Mine – Looking at last season’s numbers it’s hard to believe he’s been a fringe player at the C-2 level, draws well off an early miscue, chance to trip out at a price



2-JL Cruze – Simply dominated the Super Bowl Final, a round one winner when he stole a :58 half, then rallied to just miss off another moderate pace, will leave to protect the rail again & looms as the one to knock off


4-Walk The Walk – Big horse with a rhythmic gait who tries hard has missed 23 days after a convincing repeat in the first leg, this Muscle Hill 4YO has a chance to step up for the raging Chris Ryder Stable


1-Opulent Yankee – Was able to stroll through a :57.1 half under no pressure enroute to stealing round two, 1;51.4 performer last year no worse than second in six starts this season, heads a strong three-ply entry for connections who won this year



4-OK Gorgeous – Sat in as the 4-5 favorite, was completely blocked & never fully extended last out, gets another big chance to atone at this reduced level despite the tougher post & switches to Brett Miller


3-Caviart Luca – Just two for 17 last year, but capped off his sophomore season with a gritty second to Journeyman here, won his qualifier with a sharp :26.1 and draws well in a wide-open field


6-Mojito Hanover – Finished a solid second before he found the Sonsam Series to be a bit too tough, returns to N/W of 3 where he can be more effective



5-Diamond Said – Dropped a notch & the fresh claim reeled off the mile of his life, an eye-catching 1:51.1 with Gingras, jammed back in for the same reduced price


4-Outa My Head – 9YO gelding repeated in style, actually lowered his mark to 1:51.3, and has won three of four, draws favorably to maintain his form spree


9-Explodent – twice beaten favorite & favored in his last four, used way too hard & still held second behind Diamond Said last out, faces a similar outside post dilemma



1-National Seelster – Found room along the cones to squeeze through & sprinted home in :26.3 to go two-for-two, lightly-raced, yet very professional colt lands the pole with a bright future


9-Fast Movin Train – 0 for ten, beaten favorite in his comeback here, then almost went all the way, while barely outsprinted in :26.3, post nine now a hindrance


8-Coaster – Set a rated pace in his Team Burke debut & wasn’t up to National Seelster, gelding remains a serious contender despite the tougher draw



4-Rediscovery – 1:50.1 performer at three rocketed his back half in :54 and sprinted in :26.1 chasing a well-rated Major Uptrend, two tighteners under him now & draws alongside stablemate 2-Company Man


6-Rockeyed Optimist – Crushed foes with a sizzling :25.4 in round two after a nose loss in the first leg, raging gelding may be simply too much for these


3-Major Uptrend – Looks to avenge his off-the-pace loss in the Escort Final with a sweep of this series for team Burke, dangerous controlling speed from an inside post



5-Ashely’s Husband – Pulled off the classic drop n pop & mild upset with a sterling rally off cover in a sharp 1:51, gelding stepping back up in class, yet is a prime candidate to repeat


1-Windsong Gorgeous – 8YO was reclaimed after repeating with a scintillating 1:49.4 career best, moves inside & looms as the one to knock off again


10-Rock Out – Gelding stepped up to this level after hitting the board by closing from last into a :54.4 back half, lands outside, but capable of blasting off for position



2-Capozzo – Just missed against some upper level foes in 1:49.4 two starts back, then was caught out of position three weeks ago, however gets further class relief


1-All Fired Up – Ships in fresh off a narrow loss at Yonkers, figures to be forwardly placed from the rail with his tactical speed, drops further, one to fear


3-Rock Star – Improving 5YO stepping up after hitting the board by closing from last into a :54.4 back half, draws better, picks up The Buckeye & may be part of the speed equation



3-J M Jet Set – Flashed some sneaky late pace in his debut here after shipping south from Woodbine, acclimated now, draws a bit better & matches up well in this wide-open field


2-Spender Hanover – Looking at a three for his last 35 record & no factor ninth last out, but his rally for second before that is worth noting, plus gets class & post relief


9-Midnight Dylan N – Like the way he’s hit the board in all three here with consistently strong finishes, launched very wide from far back last time, needs a similar effort from post nine again



3-Hilarious Halo - $400,000+ winner with a mark of 1:48.3 here last season, off a no-chance mile from post ten, previous form at Freehold was solid, lands in a prime spot to snap his drought


5-Mariner Seelster – Kicked home in a sharp :26.3 from an impossible spot, drops to the bottom rung, draws an ideal midpack post & long overdue


10-Urbanite Hanover – Beaten favorite followed up a 1:52.4 blowout by setting the pace & fading to fourth on a frigid night, look for him to get involved despite post ten



1-Southwind Serenity – Still recall her 1;50.3 romp in the slop back on 12-5, working her way back in shape, big effort & barely outgamed by the well-timed Empress Deo last out, part of a strong Team Burke entry


5-Witch Dali – Catapulted off a hot pace from post ten to take the Worldly Beauty, set a rated pace & folded as the beaten favorite last time, might revert back to an off-the-pace strategy in her attempt to rebound


4-Empress Deo – Goes for the Burning Point Series sweep off two straight surges & back-to-back lifetime marks with the red-hot Brett Miller, possibly lurking at a value price



8-Wiggle It Jiggleit – Skipped the Sonsam for this series after an impressive first over 1:49.4 mile made him three-for-three, any semblance of that effort makes him tough to go against


2-Rodeo Romeo – Chris Ryder trainee got off to an encouraging start with a rally for third from post ten, then disappointed as the beaten favorite, moves inside to bounce back


1A-American Rock – Rocknroll Hanover colt off to a great start at Woodbine this Winter, just a head shy of winning his first three starts, chance to follow Wiggle It Jiggleit into contention



6-Ilikethemtrashy – Hopped on board last time & zipped home into a brisk :54.2 back half to hit the ticket, now drops from chasing tougher claimers


3-Panchester United – Have to always respect the barn change to Team Burke, landed on the fringe from post ten last time with a :26.4, ten for 28 record last year worth noting, yet hasn’t raced in three weeks


2-K-Lees Shakenbake – Responded to class relief & regained his winning edge with one of his patented rallies into a :54.4 back half, the move inside makes him an intriguing prospect



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