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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:18 PM

RACE 1

8-Never Ever Clever – Jonas Czernyson tuned filly dropped to the nonwinners of one & emphatically broke her maiden at Harrah’s Philadelphia, looking to expand her horizons despite a tougher post here

 

2-Lima Pride – Twice a PASS winner, on the ticket in five of seven, needed his comeback in tougher nonwinners of 4 at Pocono, draws inside with upside

 

5-Vegliantino – 0 for 10, but knocking on the door with the addition of Lasix, launched prematurely & just missed in most recent in the Poconos where she’s been the beaten favorite in two of three

 

RACE 2

4-Spectator K – Steady 6YO has always thrived here & took another new mark here earlier this season, freshened by a noted trotting outfit & qualified behind a superior foe in Frau Blucher

 

7-Lazurus – Go back to his nose loss in the slop three starts back at Pocono Downs, that mile would be enough to seriously contend, but you have to look beyond his 1 for 16 record this season and recent miscues

 

8-Bluto – Regally bred 4YO was a stakes performer at two & three, struggled this season, but did flash positive speed in that second qualifier & now trying to regroup from a challenging post

 

RACE 3

3-Twin B Flirt – Consistent check earner against $20,000 claimers at Yonkers, may welcome stretching out on the mile track & in line for a stalking trip from an inside post

 

7-Dull Roar – Despite the 2 for 29 this year & dull recent form, this 4YO gets some needed class relief from C-1 to a real soft C-2 & owns a mark of 1:50.3 here

 

5-Celebrity Scandal – Appreciated the class drop & just missed from a tough spot at Pocono Downs, matches up well with this bunch off that encouraging late move

 

RACE 4

2-Jailhouse King – Gelding caught his best stride posting those two recent wins before the injury scratch & have to forgive the miscue last out at Dover, draws inside & picks up Pierce

 

9-Hill I Am – NJSS champion at two flashing some of his talent on the comeback trail, tighter now & faces much easier, yet needs to find a way to get involved from post nine

 

8-Shelikescandy – Filly with talent and a nose for the winner’s circle, freshened this Fall & has used her tactical speed to be productive, like her chances in this spot

 

RACE 5

4-Kate Can’t Wait – Fired out for a pocket ride & was all out trying to get to Southwind Serenity, has won a third of her starts this season with her tactical speed & may be able to turn the tables

 

1-Southwind Serenity – Shrugged off the three-week layoff & bottomed out in a career best Big M debut first time Burke, protects the rail against the same foes with her new lease on life

 

3-Do Your Job – Dove to the inside & was a hard-charging third in a solid acclimating mile, Campbell figures to have her forwardly placed to make a similar late bid

 

RACE 6

7-Tirade Hanover – Gelding kept his form spree going despite being parked every step from post ten & drew off in an exceptional Big M debut last Saturday

 

8-Melady’s Monet – Dominant winner in both starts here from post eight, his latest a rock solid career best 1:52, tough to go against off those miles

 

4-Modest Prince – Given him credit for closing from a near impossible spot to grab second behind Tirade Hanover, gelding sports solid recent form & draws better

 

RACE 7

1-Team Six – Clearly needed last week’s mile after missing a few months & chased to standout Melady’s Monet, gets class relief & the rail

 

8-Harbor Point – The pick last week unleashed a late lunge & came up a nose shy, continues to sharpen his sword on the comeback trail from a slightly tougher post

 

5-Guiltywithanexcuse – Came to close to equaling his lifetime best, displaying keen trot at both ends last week, figures to be involved again with his gate speed

 

RACE 8

8-Baby Remind Me – Product of the Iowa Fair Circuit uncorked a confident debut at Harrah’s Philadelphia for her new trainer Tony O’Sullivan, well spotted in this soft C-1

 

2-Canttakeitwithyou – Shows beating nonwinners of 4 at Yonkers recently, then got parked first over & ships in off a solid third, rates contender status in this wide-open field

 

1-Miss Machqueen – Garners some respect for her previous exploits here, yet her wins came at the C-2 level & latest form at Woodbine is not too sporty

 

RACE 9

5-Coffeecake Hanover – Cycled forward recently & romped in her latest at Pocono Downs, based on that mile & her back class she’s tough to go against

 

1-In Your Room – Beaten favorite stepped up in class off a couple of sharp miles & faded badly, looking for her to bounce back from the rail here

 

3-Scottish Cross – 9YO mare has piled up 17 wins this season on smaller tracks in Ontario, fresh off a rousing qualifier at Monticello she’s certainly an intriguing shipper

 

RACE 10

10-One More Miracle – Note the recent sick scratch & wake-up effort in the slop two starts back, chance to surprise this camera-shy bunch despite post ten

 

7-Seek The Dragon – Overmatched against $30,000 claimers at Yonkers, two previous miles signaled a form revival, long overdue with a 3 for 41 season on view

 

4-Hacienda – Only 1 for 34 this season, but on the board in three of his last four at Yonkers & his lone win this year came with a career best 1:51.2 at the Big M

 

RACE 11

4-Mattie Terror Girl – Had her tour of the oval against top class mares, she was a constant threat at this level here this season & has now eligible to bear down

 

7-Western Empress – Race well while overmatched against the Open class at Pocono Downs, was on a roll before that & well positioned at this reduced level for Team Burke

 

3-UF Dragon’s Queen – Just missed in the Open at Yonkers last out despite being pace compromised, sports a solid record & figures to be within range to threaten these late

 

RACE 12

6-Captain Primeau – The Captain put together a hard-fought win two starts at Harrah’s Philadelphia, drops into a soft C-2 here where he enjoys it & retains Gingras

 

4-Permanent Joy – Gelding has been a major factor on the amateur drivers circuit, arrives fresh off a crushing score at Pocono Downs for the always capable Bob Krivelin

 

5-Dreams Of Thunder – Kicked off a recent comeback with an easy upset, then seemed to be simply outclassed, chance to bounce back with an aggressive effort

 

RACE 13

3-Sam Swifty – Only 2 for 29 this season, but gets class & post relief for this close match up, reunited with Pierce, has won here in the past & draws inside to save ground

 

6-Rock N Soul – Millionaire has too much back class to ignore, drops into a camera-shy C-2 & figures to get some inside speed to shoot at

 

1-Victoria May N – Beaten favorite with a strong third last out at Yonkers, expect here to leave alertly from the rail & benefit from the added eighth

 

 



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