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Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, January 26, 2015 4:09 PM

RACE 1

5-Eldorado Of Gold S – Raced well picking up shares in the much tougher Super Bowl Series, beaten favorite got jammed in behind a gapper, then a horse broke right in front of him, lands in another soft opener to atone

 

2-Big Valley Speed – Lightly-raced gelding rebounded with an enthusiastic comeback, nailed by a longshot last week, draws post two & figures to have more stamina this time

 

4-Mass Appeal – On the fringe fifth in both Super Bowl miles, then broke last week, this mare has added Lasix & shown some ability, chance to bounce back from post four again

 

RACE 2

9-Western Tsunami – 12YO has coming around to hit the board in his last three, chased a couple of standouts in his last two, logically blasts off again

 

8-Senor Grande – Halted a long losing skid with a mind boggling first over upset, tackles the same tough post, yet drops another notch to prove it was no fluke

 

1-Logan M – Veteran has caught fire winning two in a row at Freehold, fresh claim steps up in price, but has seen this oval in the past, picks up Gingras & draws the rail

 

RACE 3

7-Vegliantino – Saved ground, angled & exploded home under light taps to just miss to the heavy favorite Royal Ice last week, an excellent acclimating mile & she’s heading in the right direction

 

5-Never Ever Clever – Sharp mare lands an ideal midpack post fresh off a career best 1:55.3 with trot at both ends, Muscle Hill mare has upside, expect more aggressive handling

 

1-Passing Jetta – Finished a close second to Propulsion in round two of the Super Bowl Series, she never got involved in that Final, the Buckeye’s choice can rebound from the rail again in a competitive match up

 

RACE 4

7-Thisthatntheother – Caught in, shuffled to the back & finished with decent pace last week, has had two tighteners now, that 1:52 win here last season was a wire job, gets fresh Deep Purple, chance to blast off & blitz a blank bunch

 

5-Oogle Google – Finished a solid third in her comeback here off a couple of uninspiring qualifiers, last year’s record worth noting & Scottie Z sticks

 

3-Freetime – Former NYSS star as a 2YO won at the NW of 6 level at Yonkers, qualified back with vigor in NY, picks up Gingras, draws well in a wide-open division

 

RACE 5

1-Best Boss – Dropped again to this bottom rung & lacked the needed punch, while also caught in a challenging spot, lands in a now-or-never spot

 

7-Mojarra Hanover – Was forced wide from an impossible position last week after twice regaining her winning form, veteran mare thrives down the long stretch here

 

10-Antigua Hanover – Shows a gutsy second at the C-1 level here back on 12-19, solid speed at Yonkers last out, classy & sharp enough to make an impression despite post 10

 

RACE 6

4-Jin Dandy – 0 for his last 37 is certainly a major knock, but finally got a chance to get involved & rallied to finish a close third last week, lands the same inside post & may attempt to sit within closer striking range

 

2-Explodent – Credit Brett Miller with stealing that pedestrian :57 half enroute to an easy score at the $10,000 level, draws inside as a huge threat to exploit this field lacking speed, Deep Purple sticks over the 3-Yacht King

 

10-Go West Lucky Cam – Scottie Z sticks with this 9YO veteran, a beaten favorite who was locked in too long last week, now must figure out the post ten puzzle & find more punch

 

RACE 7

6-Della Bea – Sat last from post ten & simply had too far to come last week, more of a stalking type, hails from a strong barn & was a noteworthy 7 for 22 last year

 

7-Marty Party – Classy mare was only 3 for 33 last year, yet now plummets into a wide-open C-2 off a much needed start

 

4-Summer Snow – Brett Miller’s choice gets class & post relief here, and that may be enough to sharpen her dull recent form

 

RACE 8

3-Rhapsody Rose – Drops again to the bottom C-2, makes her second start off a sick scratch, draws well & was Brett Miller’s choice of three

 

5-Bring Them Home – Paced a solid :56 back half to close from ninth to second last week, remains at the C-2 level & switches to Gingras

 

4-Love You Bye – Fresh off a narrow loss with some pace at both ends, has regained her best stride, in line for another trip & strong in the win column

 

RACE 9

1-Crazolo – Dove to inside & was right there with Casanova Lindy & company in an encouraging comeback, more expect from the rail again & inside his main rivals

 

10-Casanova Lindy – 12YO veteran continued on his long form spree, attacking boldly & gamely holding off Fuel Cell, look for him to get involved despite post ten

 

9-Fuel Cell – Beaten favorite squandered a perfect second over trip & couldn’t go by Casanova Lindy, veteran gelding remains a factor despite a tougher draw this time

 

RACE 10

6-Big Puff Doggie – Give The Doggie his due, has been tearing them up at Freehold, reeling off three in a row at the $8,000 level there for Eric Abbatiello, big chance to exploit this so-so $10,000 affair

 

9-Corky Baran – Campbell’s choice has been on a roll at Yonkers, 12YO warhorse has quite a history here, shows two recent wins, dips in price & usually employs one big move

 

8-LLC Delight – Just 2 for his last 41, but this gelding has been better in his last two for a bigger price at Freehold, knows how to win here & switches to the red-hot Buckeye

 

 



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