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Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:24 PM

RACE 1
2-Beat The Drum - Hit the board in the sires stakes final, then a solid second in a NA Cup elimination with a :25.4 at Mohawk, freshened & prepping for the Pace


1-Dancin Hill - Was on the fringes in the sires stakes series, grinded gamely last week chasing a well rated winner into a quickening pace, lands the pole on the verge


3-Dragon Lore - Dragon Again 4YO has been raging & on the rise for Mark Capone, shook loose too late last week behind Rock Out & draws an improved post


RACE 2
4-Resolve - Talented Muscle Hill colt just missed with trot at both ends last week, now drops into a bottom C-2 & draws well


6-Calipari - Overcame some road trouble to grab the place spot in the Flower Child Final & finished a close second before that from an impossible spot


3-Bluebird Kidsqueen - Rock solid season so far, has ramped up her game at this reduced C-2 level, always dangerous with the right speed set up


RACE 3
5-Star Photo - Red-hot since the Burke acquisition, reeling off three in a row & dominated the Flower Child Final from post ten, big chance to extend his streak


8-Marcus Bi - Brushed & crushed a weaker Flower Child consolation & draws a tougher post, but brimming with confidence now


9-House Money - Unleashed a surprisingly sharp Big M debut with strong trot at both ends in a career best, serious contender off that mile


RACE 4
4-Twin B Tenacious - That was some eye-catching first over crush in a career best 1:50.3, builds on that needed Big M debut fresh off the bench


1-Journeyman - Beaten favorite figured to have more punch off the fast pace, chance to improve on his 1 for 11 record from the pole


3-Rockeyed Optimist - Tangled with & was put away by Twin B Tenacious as the beaten favorite, remains a major threat to atone in a stalking mode


RACE 5
10-Southwind Terror - Landed on the fringes in a tougher N/W of 3 last week, this is a significant class drop which may offset post ten


3-Chasin Racin - Conjured up some of his back class to wire a very weak C-2 field, yet his first win in two years boosted his confidence


5-Lettherockbegin - Was forced into a wide trip from last in :26.3, hinting of finally snapping his 2014 goose egg & Dan Rawlings driving well


RACE 6
3-Handsome Henry K - Closed solidly to hit the board in his first start here, an excellent acclimating mile & draws better, worth a swing


7-Let's Drink On It - Runner up in a Somebeachsomewhere division, no chance in the NA Cup Final, testing the waters before the Pace elims


2-Papa Ray - Has sharpened his sword in PA, lowered his mark to 1:51 from post eight two starts back, stalking threat with a wicked kick


RACE 7
1-Somewhere In LA - 3YO Takter trainee steamrolled past David's Dream in a career best 1:50.3 last week & lands the pole again


2-Hang Ten - One of two sharp Burke entries suffered a tough narrow loss last week after a tough trip & draws well again


5-Martini Hanover - Fired out sharply in :26.2, then surged to nail a roughed up Hang Ten, has reignited his form & can't be left out


RACE 8
7-Leg Up - Left alertly, but got shuffled to the rear & finished furiously in :26.1 as the beaten favorite, chance to atone despite the tougher post


2-Andrew Luck - Draws inside off a no-chance mile, capable of controlling speed & always dangerous at this bottom C-2 level


5-Open Water - A solid second again to a classier favorite Cobalt Man & just missed by a neck before that, trying to snap his 0 for 17 this season


RACE 9
9-Mojo Terror - Flashed sudden speed last out in PA, gets some needed class relief & can storm home to overcome the outside post


10-Aslan - Runner up to the standout Wake Up Peter & rallied to upset before that, revival here on Lasix & class relief offsets post ten


3-Cobalt Man - Saved, angled & exploded home in :26 to end a long drought at the C-2 level, back class & inside post make him a major threat to repeat


RACE 10
2-K R's Cruiser - Have no idea how he turned it around & grinded out a near miss at 60-1, lands post two again to build on that in a wide open C-2


7-My Last Chance - Simply drops back to the level of the career best 1:52.1 when favored on 6-14, look for aggressive handling again


1-Whataorse - Has been better in his last two, was part of the fast early pace & pushed home in :26.3 last week & rates contender status


RACE 11
3-Odds On Equuleus - Thundered home from a tough spot to throw a scare into stablemate Captaintreachrous in the Maturity, difficult to outsprint him


6-Ultimate Beachboy - Chased his raging stablemate two weeks ago & on a long form spree for Team Burke, no doubt one to fear


5-Aracache Hanover - Caught fire with a dominant speed mission here on 5-31, then won another two elsewhere, classy & dangerous in control


RACE 12
2-Quik Magic - Was stung to get the lead from post eight in :26.3 & wasn't up to a 1:50 mile, draws an improved post & remains at the bottom C-2 level


4-City Pie - Romped to lower his mark at this level on 5-24 from post nine over an off track, gets class & post relief


1-Garnet River A - Australian import picked up minor spoils in :26.1, chance to show more in his third start here from the rail


RACE 13
4-Colossal - Just 1 for 18 this season, but was involved in some salty 1:48 and change miles recently & returns here in a weak C-2


5-On The Radar - Ran into some very sharp winners in the Caramore Series, a dangerous stalker now drops into a soft C-2 finale


3-Highland Terrific - Was forced into a tough grind in the Caramore consolation, trounced a C-2 field in a career best 1:51.2 back on 5-10




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