Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:32 AM

RACE 1

4-Feed Your Head – Takter-tuned Muscle Hill filly won a Kindergarten division here & was third in that final at two, a close second to a classy stablemate in the qualifier with a :27.3

 

5-Checkmate Time – Won her first two starts in NJSS & broke as the heavy favorite in that final last year, won her 3YO debut in smashing style, then broke, chance to rebound on the mile track

 

1-Hillarmbro – Banked over $100,000 at two, runner up in the Kindergarten Final won her second qualifier with vigor & shoots out from the rail for Trond

 

RACE 2

4-Every Way Out – Won nine of 12 as a freshman, including the NJSS Final, Grand Circuit Stakes & Lou Babic @ Freehold, fresh off a huge qualifier @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

1-Deo Galileo – Brother to Validus Deo, 1:48.4 [$477,181] & runner up in the freshman NJSS Final broke in his 3YO debut @ Mohawk, Pompano qualifiers were okay, lands the rail

 

5-Prairie Mcdreamy – The other Dylan Davis-trainee in here progressed to finish an improved third in the latest qualifier, gelding worth watching for future consideration

 

RACE 3

5-Long Tom – Bluegrass winner at two showed significant improvement in his second qualifier chasing standout Walner in :27.1, has the potential to surprise with a similar effort

 

2-Yes Mickey – Brother to Adrian Chip, 1:54.2 [$1,124,584] has gained confidence adding trotting hopples, winning the qualifier & just missed in his sophomore debut & draws inside

 

3-Fly On – Bluegrass winner of $120,000 as a freshman & third in last year’s NJSS Final for freshman miscued in his second qualifier, but has the talent & winning habit

 

RACE 4

5-Toss Cartwright – Went off Lasix & stole one on the lead @ Yonkers two starts back, draws better off an impossible trip & may heading in the right direction for Pete Kleinhans

 

2-Real DJ Hanover – Dropped to the rock bottom condition & was able to control the pace & dominate, now brimming with confidence from an inside post

 

7-Pine Tab – Catapulted off cover & just missed by a nose as the beaten favorite again, just one for his last 45, but looms large with the right pace & trip

 

RACE 5

5-Ice Attraction – Grand Circuit winner in 1:53.3 at two just missed to the standout colt Enterprise in an inspiring 3YO debut, may give the big favorite a tussle with that mile under her

 

3-Ariana G – Sister to 2016 Oaks winner All The Time, Dan Patch Award winner & Breeders Crown champion looking to give Gingras & Takter their fourth straight Hambletonian Oaks, qualified in fine fashion & draws well

 

2-Myammie Drama – Burke trainee broke through in her 3YO debut with a lively :27.1, then just missed as the heavy favorite, faces a serious match up alongside Ariana G

 

RACE 6

3-JL Cruze – The King put forth a lively comeback with trot at both ends two starts back, followed by an energetic third in the Cutler, tighter now & draws better

 

7-Crazy Wow – Tuned up for the Cutler with a rated pace & narrow loss, tried a similar strategy & eventually gave way in the added eighth, will likely be the speed target again

 

4-B Yoyo – Major horse-for-the-course tripped out to repeat & upset with a :26.2 late burst for Joe Bongiorno, tough to go against as he has cycled back into top form

 

RACE 7

6-Pridecrest – Yonkers invader did well in a recent series there & was runner up in that final two starts back, productive gelding gets some class relief here

 

3-Starsaboveallerage – Shipped back to the mile track & tripped out to post an upset & took a new mark of 1:53.4, steps up, yet draws inside to work out a similar trip

 

1A-Gural Hanover – Broke before the start of the Cutler & lost all chance, previous form was sharp, including an Open win @ Dover Downs, post nine complicates matters

 

RACE 8

4-What The Hill – Pulled an 8-1 upset in last year’s NJSS Final for freshman & also won the Peter Haughton Memorial, strong score in his 3YO debut with a :27.2 late surge

 

2-King On The Hill – Second by a head to What The Hill in the 2016 NJSS Final, took the trotting hopples off & showed some vigor in his second qualifier against the standout Walner

 

6-Southwind Cobra – 1:53.3 Grand Circuit winner as a freshman added Lasix, showed speed & finish third in the Dexter Cup Final, makes further progress for Team Burke

 

RACE 9

4-Eastern Promise – 0 for 12, but a finished a strong second in his sophomore debut for Campbell & Toscano, draws inside on the verge of breaking through

 

2-Celebrity Ruth – Nice rally from post eight to finish second to the colt Deacon Tony in a sparkling 3YO debut, recovered to finish second in a Lady Suffolk division

 

7-Sheer Assault – Chapter Seven colt for Team Orange Crush won a Kindergarten division here last Fall, took the trotting hopples off, needed his seasonal debut, demanding draw

 

RACE 10

1-Designated Drinker – 40-1 upsetter in last year’s NJSS Final for freshman filly pacers makes her second start off the bench for Chris Lems & could surprise this bunch

 

4-Colorful Jasmine – Cancelliere brothers filly romped in her 3YO debut from post seven @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well here to build on that

 

5-Call Me Capone – One of two fillies in here for trainer David McGinnis has gone free-legged & finished a solid second @ Tioga Downs in her comebacker

 

RACE 11

4-Mojarra Hanover – 10YO mare with a record of success here has yielded some improved results since Joe Martin took over & draws inside to work out a trip

 

3-Little Miss Marie – Dropped to this new lowest level & was aggressively driven to a solid second last week, an enticing prospect from an inside post

 

6-Galarina – Took advantage of some class relief & was a much better runner up in her last two @ Freehold, the right timing & longer stretch here could put her in the picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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