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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:58 PM

RACE 1

7-Dynamite Dame – Lightly-raced Nifty Norman-tuned filly with upside, fresh off a gutsy score as the heavy favorite on a frigid night, switches to Brett Miller & continues to progress

 

6-Donnie Darko – Team Burke gelding a twice beaten favorite, yet obviously sharpening on the comeback trail with Lasix added in his last two on-the-board finishes, finds an ideal spot to break through, but not totally convinced

 

1-Never Ever Clever – Mare shows more lively efforts in her last two, the latest from post eight when she closed well for second behind runaway winner Steel Curtain & now moves inside

 

RACE 2

3-Lukas Hall – Team Orange Crush project took a few starts to gather his best stride & romped with a perfect trip, lands an improved post to facilitate another trip & further improvement

 

7-Double Bundy N – Beaten favorite left alertly to protect his inside post & folded on a frosty night, 1:54.3 winner here last season may revert to the closing tactics he displayed two starts back

 

2-Majestic Ginger – Bounced back with a solid qualifier behind Open class trotter Sevruga, Kleinhans has a chance to have him forwardly placed with post two again

 

RACE 3

9-Beach Granny – Shows two excellent tightening & acclimating miles for the raging Steve Elliott barn, has a chance to move forward, yet needs some racing luck from post nine

 

1-Beautiful Lady – Dropped another notch to this level & was outkicked fourth into a :56.1 back half, retains the pole & Brett Miller, can tap into her class & show more

 

8-Hello My Dream – Overmatched in the Burning Point Series, yet finished a decent fourth in that final, tougher post assignment while facing a softer group of lower condition mares

 

RACE 4

6-Stan The Man – Gets some needed class relief & faces a camera-shy field, also tighter now, owns tactical speed & long overdue

 

8-Prove Up – Beaten favorite broke on the move up in class off a couple of sharp closing efforts, Brett Miller sticks & will try to get this slow starter within striking range

 

5-Evil Urges – Encountered a tough grind last week & still held for a minor share, owns some back class & seems to respond to aggressive handling

 

RACE 5

7-Way Outta Here – Gelding rebounded with an easy score in 1:54.2 against bottom level trotters before freshening up with a winning qualifier, lures The Buckeye off 5-Walk The Walk

 

5-Walk The Walk – Muscle Hill 4YO with serious upside made a rare early miscue in the tougher Singer Series, reeled off a career best 1:55.4 before that, loses Dave Miller & faces a competitive field

 

4-Steel Curtain – Connections thought enough to try the Singer Series, bounced back off breaks with a well-supported score in N/W of 2, draws well & Brett Miller can do no wrong

 

RACE 6

6-DW’S NY Yank – Beaten favorite off an excellent tightening mile for Team Burke, expect more speed in the second try off the bench from this 13-time winner last year

 

1-Lindy’s Tru Grit – Steamrolled first over to lead the entry 1-2 under the wire two weeks ago, sharp runner-up on the engine before that, tough to go against

 

5-B Yoyo – Made an admirable step up to the Open level with another second by a neck in a sizzling 1:52 mile, gelding is on a serious roll right now

 

RACE 7

7-Sir Jillian Z Tam – Race well when forced to tackle the Open Handicap level here, just missed before that, we know she can leave for stalking position to maximize her chances & this is too much of a class drop to ignore

 

9-Shebestingin – The jury’s still out on the fastest female in history, beaten chalk was just okay in her comeback, then scratched sick, has now missed a month, post nine, drops again, your call

 

5-Brownsville Bomber – Equaled her mark of 1:52 at the C-1 level back in mid January, paced home in :26.3 last out while not menacing, yet this is a field begging to beaten, upset chance

 

RACE 8

5-Clementine Dream – Mare with some back class & winning history here drops again, second start off a sick scratch & recently added Lasix, ideal midpack post draw

 

2-Pine Credit – Beaten even money favorite steps up off a game speed try in a sharp 1:54.4, draws well to take charge for Team Orange Crush

 

4-Winding Hill – Takes another shot at this reduced level from a better post, closed from a tough spot to hit the board last week, look for him to be aggressive off the gate

 

RACE 9

4-Keeping Optimistic – Overcame a horrendous trip to get up in time in a sparkling Big M debut from post ten, draws better with a hefty 10 for 38 record last year

 

5-Triple Major – Beaten favorite was forced wide from an impossible spot & just missed despite a sterling rally, end a long drought with a gutsy first over before that

 

3-Bestnotlie Hanover – Dropped in for the dime, launched a menacing move & bottomed them out with Gingras, who draws well & sticks over the 6-Lockloadnexplode

 

RACE 10

10-Detriot Rapper – Took shares in all three Singer Series miles, this level is much more to his liking & there might be enough speed for him to shoot at

 

1-Money On My Mind – Beaten favorite came up short in his comeback, but now drops off that needed start & attracts all the attention from the rail for Team Burke

 

7-Cashahallic – Was visually impressive when he equaled his lifetime mark of 1:54 from the rail, tougher post & class hike, yet Brett Miller sticks as a vote of confidence

 

RACE 11

3-For You Almostfree – Reunited with Gingras, who guided him to a convincing score from a similar post two starts back, fresh off a big effort in added distance event at Yonkers

 

4-Lauderdale – Takes another step up in class off a perfect trip repeat, chance of being the favorite again in his current career form & with a favorable post

 



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