Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:36 PM

RACE 1

4-Hall Pass Helen – 1:54.2 winner here last season has been pace & trip compromised in her last two, any semblance of her latest effort gets her across

 

3-Magglio – 9YO has finished well to grab the show in both starts since the sick scratch, big chance to trip out within closer range here

 

2-Bell A Chick – Steve Smith somehow was able to navigate this gelding from last & held him together for a mild upset, rewarded with an improved post

 

RACE 2

5-Euro Gap – Hasn’t been seen in three weeks following his successful debut with trotting hopples for Takter, obvious upside to tap

 

8-Buff – Late-blooming 4YO has had to dig in to go two-for-two here, more demanding post this time, yet his skyward trend continues

 

6-Virgil Caine – Closed from far back to grab third chasing Buff in his second start here on Lasix, just one for 20 in 2016, but has a chance to step it up

 

RACE 3

5-Celebrity Maserati – Failed to menace recently, but drops into a soft bottom level field & can set up a favorable stalking trip from midpack

 

7-Montalbano Bi – Was hammered down to even money & made an early miscue, strong tightener before that & knows how to win here

 

6-O’Wow – Obviously wasn’t himself last out & has now missed three weeks, yet his two previous efforts make him a contender back in the lowest condition

 

RACE 4

6-Robocall Hanover – Catapulted off a solid acclimating mile to a convincing score last week for Team Burke & moves forward off that career best

 

8-Melanies Sharkette – Drew to clear to win her debut here for new connections on 12-29, then offered a wide rally for third when moved up to this N/W of 3 level

 

5-Big Bad Beach – Simply romped in her Big M debut, but then lacked the knockout punch off cover as the beaten favorite, chance to rebound

 

RACE 5

5-Watkins – Brett Millers’ choice over 6 & 7 almost won an added distance event @ Yonkers on 12-12, $100,000+ winner in 2016 drops into a wide open field

 

7-Windsong Illusion – Regained his confidence at the bottom level, came right back with an easy upset, 8YO in career form

 

9-Roundtown Rocker – 11-time winner in 2016 rallied to a new mark of 1:55.3 two starts back, then hit the board with a solid late move, trending in a positive manner

 

RACE 6

1-Muscle Diamond – Scored an impressive win after missing over a year, then chased a well-rated Crosbys Clam Bake as the beaten chalk, tighter now & has a chance to turn the tables

 

8-Crosby’s Clam Bake – 11-time winner last season going so good right now, crushed

them with a 1:53.3 mile with a -1 variant, tough to go against

 

4-Classical Annie – This consistent mare has some class & draws a bit better off a confidence boosting win for Team Burke

 

RACE 7

6-UF Dragon’s Queen – Rallied to be a solid second against better mares on 12-22, now drops & switched to Brett Miller as his choice over the 5

 

7-Not Before Eight – Steve Elliott trainee going good right now on a three-race for spree, just missed on the step up to this level last week

 

3-Joyful Game – Nice rebound effort to score in game fashion for Drew Monti, who has gotten into a good groove here & draws well again

 

RACE 8

5-Buffalino Hanover – His last win came at this level @ Harrah’s Philadelphia back on 11-23, goes back to Andy Miller & faces a field begging to be beaten

 

4-Onda Di Mare – Hasn’t been effective enough in three starts at this level since moving up off the easy win back on 12-9, yet has been pace compromised

 

2-Hill I Am – Former 2YO NJSS champion has a new lease on life with Lasix, poised to step up another notch off a solid second & draws well again

 

RACE 9

5-Intoview – 1:51.1 winner here in 2016 fresh off a solid rally for third, drops to face a soft field & can stalk from midpack position

 

8-Sportsmuffler – Won two of her last three going into last week & sprinted well in :27.3 for minor spoils, perhaps Super Brett can blast off to be within closer striking range

 

6-Candy Styx N – 9YO mare had her moments last month, miscue over a sloppy track @ Freehold can be dismissed

 

RACE 10

5-Here Comes Sam – Has easily gone two-for-two since his new barn added the trotting hopples & looms large for three straight off the new mark of 1:56

 

1-Battle Mage – Romped in two straight before another sick scratch, then endured a tough trip from post eight in a race he needed, chance to take charge from the rail

 

8-Alexander Hanover – Only one for his last 30, but has hit the board in three of his last four & may be relegated to an off-the-pace strategy from post eight

 

RACE 11

4-Lauderdale – Big M veteran owns his share of back class, fresh off a rebound effort chasing a heavily favored Classical Annie & draws better

 

6-Can Do – 1:52 winner here in 2016 can do at this level, drops off a game grind last out, hasn’t raced in three weeks, but this is the kind of field he can power past

 

3-World Cup – Three-time beaten favorite here last month, needed the race @ Yonkers, returns at the right level with an inside post & back class galore

 

RACE 12

1-Stonebridge Idol – Qualified in energetic fashion here last week, returns at the lowest condition level & has a chance to push off again from the rail

 

2-Detroit Rapper – Veteran gelding has thrived here in the past for Team Harmon, gets some much needed class & post relief

 

6-Playboy Rusty – Finished a distant second to the heavy favorite Sumatra two starts

back & drops to the bottom rung with a chance to rebound off an early miscue

 

RACE 13

4-Fraternity – Runner up to a standout winner in Ring Warrior with an improved mile, draws well for another patient, stalking try

 

3-Just N Berlander – Marcus Miller’s choice remains at the right level, had an acclimating mile & draws well in wide-open finale

 

10-Magic Tricks – Raced well in a much needed start off a sick scratch, makes his second start for a new barn, but Brett Miller bailed

 

 

 



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