Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, February 24, 2017 10:54 AM

RACE 1

1-Busboy Hanover – Has posted a couple of clean lines here, both from outside posts, last week he finished with increased vigor in :26.2 to grab a minor share, price play moves to the rail to set up his late kick from closer range

 

2-Prince Palani – Team Harmon trainee has steadily ramped up his game & last week went all the way in a totally dominant performance, rewarded with a better post & a repeat effort is likely

 

3-Mister Truth – Finally broke through with an overdue win when he took advantage of fourth consecutive class drop, steamrolled first over & held on in :27.2, kicked home in :26.4 before that, draws well for the repeat attempt

 

RACE 2

3-Witchita – 0 for 20, but as hit the board in his last four, Jonathan Roberts really got him going late last week & he almost caught the heavy favorite Iminurblindspot, draws well to take another serious shot

 

4-Iminurblindspot – Closed stoutly in his first start here chasing a standout Timcat Hanover, then steamrolled first over to break through in only his third career start, looms as the logical target

 

1-Thinkin Big – Son of Ponder finished tenth in both starts here earlier this Winter, yet the latest qualifier was sharp enough to make him a consideration from the rail

 

RACE 3

6-Ever Again – 4YO with some talent faltered after his two impressive wins here late last Fall, bounced back with a super qualifier, closing from far back to win it with a crisp :26.4 with Troy Beyer

 

7-B Fast Eddie – Beaten favorite was used pretty hard & outsprinted by Griffon Hanover last week, his back-to-back wins recently are certainly worth noting, now adds Lasix & will be firing again

 

5-Griffon Hanover – Added Lasix & finished second to a fired up Century Churchill, gathering steam on the comeback trail & eligible to improve further

 

RACE 4

4-Big City Jewel – 0 for his last 25, but offered some sneaky late pace in a :26.3 final quarter from far back in his first start here for his new trainer, had not raced in 23 days & added Lasix recently

 

3-Always N The Money – Just 3 for his last 41, but flashed sudden early speed from post eight in his second start off the bench for Team Harmon, drops to the bottom rung, draws well & can improve

 

5-Ohoka Texas N – Finished third again with nice late quarter of :27 flat, tries this bottom level again & an off-the-pace move seems to be his best strategy

 

RACE 5

2-Ideal Rocky – Gelding finished a gutsy second in his comeback here tow starts back, tried a similar bid got rough gaited as the beaten chalk, in line for a smoother, ground-saving trip from post two while re-acclimated & on his game

 

10-Ashley’s Husband – Dropped to this level, carved out an ideal second over trip & came up second best, remains a serious contender despite moving all the way outside

 

7-Rufo – Team Burke trainee finished a solid second as the beaten favorite two starts back, followed by a game first over mile last week, drops another notch & that may be enough to put him across

 

RACE 6

6-Parnu Hanover – Suffered some narrow losses against slightly tougher recently, has missed a couple of weeks after getting outsprinted by standout Missile J & company, big threat in this level

 

4-Rockeyed Optimist – 11 for 20 last season, owns a mark of 1:48 taken here at age four, clearly needed his first start in five months, drops a notch, capable of tangling with top Free For Allers, but is he ready to fire his best shot?

 

7-Elrama N – Regained his winning edge with a third straight class drop & an absolutely perfect second over trip, bumped back up & moves outside in a pretty competitive match up

 

RACE 7

1-N J Law – 12YO showed he belonged with that sharp rally in his debut here on 2-4, finished up nicely in :26.4 chasing Major Bubbles N last week, lands the pole as a price play

 

6-Cashendash Hanover – Set a solid, controlled pace & was outsprinted by a trip-sitting Major Bubbles N last week, twice beaten favorite remains sharp & may attempt an off-the-pace strategy here

 

9-Jackson Brady – Consistent gelding hasn’t missed the board in five starts in 2017, took a new mark of 1:51.4 two starts back, fresh from a narrow loss from post eight, but hasn’t raced in three weeks, which makes him tough to gauge

 

RACE 8

5-The Rock – January Sale purchase was ineffective trying to sprint with the raging Alberto Contador N & company last week, this is a slightly softer spot for him to set up his late charge

 

3-Musselsfrmbrussels – Classy 9YO was a on roll @ Woodbine before burning the chalk players with a fading sixth @ Yonkers, his game may be more suited for the bigger track & speed is expected from an inside post

 

6-Si Semalu – Dropped to this level & had to settle for third while outsprinted by the standout Missile J, 1:51.4 winner here last season hasn’t raced in three weeks, which is a cause for some concern

 

RACE 9

6-Durant – Big effort from post ten to just miss to Legion Of Boom three starts back, blocked & checked behind a breaker in the stretch last week, finds a prime spot to exploit

 

8-Legion Of Boom – Excellent form & fresh off another post seven upset given a great drive by Vinnie Ginsberg, blasts off, sits, stalks & kicks in late again

 

4-Perseverant – Claimed off a lifetime best blowout on 24, forced into a first over grind & faded to sixth behind Legion Of Boom last week, draws well again to regain some of that sharp early season form

 

RACE 10

1-Major War – 1:49.2 performer here last season needed his first start after a three-month layoff, moves inside, capable of speed & we’re likely going to see from the rail

 

7-Yankee Heaven – Made an admirable switch to the mile track with a solid third, showed pace at both ends of the mile with Brett Miller in the bike, tackles a more demanding post here

 

2-Giant Slayer – 1:51.1 winner here in 2016 hasn’t been heard from in five starts this season, hence would need a big turnaround, inside post and a soft division facilitates that scenario

 

RACE 11

1-Bettor Rock On N – Impressive 2016 resume with a mark of 1:50 here, fresh off a rousing rally to win the Open @ Saratoga & threatens to utilize his speed from the rail

 

2-Ontario Success – Team Burke stalwart rewarded with an improved post after his recent success, gets away from the raging Alberto Contador N, grinded gamely chasing that standout last week

 

7-Fearless Diablo – Dover Downs shipper for Dylan Davis came back on Lasix, had two tighteners against Open company & could be ready now to surprise some of the regular Saturday nighters here

 

RACE 12

1-Playerosa – A perfect second over trip from post seven yielded an acceptable third in round one last week, moves inside for his third start off the bench with some back class in his arsenal

 

9-Nursery Ed – Has taken a few starts to acclimate here for Team Harmon, second by a neck two starts back, beaten favorite when surprised by Bruce’s Magic last week, tougher draw, but may be the sharpest of this lot

 

4-Mr Big Load – Was a prominent player in the previous Dash For The G Notes sequence with back-to-back wins on the engine, came up third best in that final & draws nicely fresh off the claim

 

 



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