Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 8:49 PM

RACE 1

2-JK Lockherup – A Nancy Johansson-3 Brothers production, dam is a sister to 1:49 performer Photobombr Hanover, flashed solid speed & just missed as the heavy chalk in her debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws the same inside post here to continue on

 

5-Piraeus – Has hit the board in three of her last four against N/W 3 stock in PA, mile track may move her up, looks like a prime stalking threat in this match up here

 

7-Miss Bling – Fresh off a narrow loss @ Saratoga, makes her third start since the barn change & can be forwardly placed by Simon Allard

 

RACE 2

2-Mrs Frank – Late-blooming Kadabra filly, 14th foal of her dam, siblings include Strong Yankee, 1:50.3 [$1,434,351], won her lone qualifier here with a nice late burst & draws inside a light group for Team Orange Crush

 

1-Regal Hill – I like the way this gelding shook loose late to hit the ticket last week, lands inside again to build on that confidence-boosting effort

 

3-Don’t Press Send – Dam is a sister to two-time Breeders Crown champ Wesgate Crown, 1:52.3 [$2,574,045], positive display of speed in his second career start off a sick scratch

 

RACE 3

6-Stealth Bomber – Just missed against NW 4 @ Yonkers, then got parked as the heavy favorite, freshened & barely outsprinted in the qualifier to the classy Bettor’s Edge

 

3-Offdahook Bluechip – Burke-tuned gelding has picked up his game in his last two @ Pocono with a nice rally for second, then a premature move to the top, draws well to capitalize on that surging form here

 

8-Big Stretch Mark – Hit the board in his three starts here, came up just a neck shy in :27 flat with a well-rated mile last week, threat despite another outside draw

 

RACE 4

8-Roger Mach Em – Offered some positive late pace in his second start off the recent sick scratch, sports a solid record in PA & this seems like enough class relief to make him a threat despite post eight

 

2-Hope For Badlands – Gelding is making only his second start of 2017, drops to the bottom condition, draws inside again & doesn’t face much

 

6-JK Parlay – With $61,000 in the bank this season this 3YO looks like the class of this field, plummets from N/W 6 @ Yonkers, has gone off Lasix, dull form a concern

 

RACE 5

1-Teasin N Pleasin – Finished an improved third in both starts on Lasix, solid Big M debut last week & draws the rail to keep her positive trend going

 

4-Doc’s Boy – Rallied from a tough spot to hit the ticket chasing a runaway Stardust Memories last week & moves inside off that nice rebound effort

 

9-Stardust Memories – Recent Team Harmon claim brushed n crushed & aired it out in a sparkling Big M debut last week, may have to work a little harder from a tougher post

 

RACE 6

1-G Wally – Left alertly, attacked first over & understandably tired a bit late, needed to acclimate, drops again, lands the rail & has a chance to trip out

 

4-Montalbano Bi – Credit Team Harmon with having this gelding on his toes after four months off, plus a great drive by Jim Marohn, Jr., horse-for-the-course a big threat to repeat

 

7-P L Icabod – Beaten favorite nosed out by a surging Montalbano Bi while squandering a perfect trip, gets another chance at the same reduced level

 

RACE 7

2-All It Takes – Draws the rail fresh off a solid debut here for Team Burke, forced wide prematurely & just missed to a surprisingly good Justify

 

1A-Ideal Matters – Deals with the nine-hole off a pretty decisive score from post eight with sharp pace @ both ends & his stablemate/entrymate almost went all the way in his Burke debut here

 

4-Moonlight Ransom – 8YO gelding has come around since the barn change, broke through for his first win of the season with a relentless rally last week, rewarded with a better post

 

RACE 8

2-Painite – Flashed some sneaky late trot in her return to the mile track, gets some class & a bit of post relief, an ideal trip is imminent, chance at a price

 

3-Quick Deal – Beaten heavy favorite aggressively handled & collared by the pocket sitter Hanrahan, same post & bumped back up a notch for his third try off the bench

 

4-South Side Hanover – Just one for 18 this season, dropped to this level, got her own way & faded to third last week, improved post makes her a threat again

 

RACE 9

2-Baggage Claim – 1:53.4 winner here this season has now had four starts on the comeback trail, finished wide & well last week from post ten & moves inside for sharp connections

 

4-Rocket J – Dropped out of N/W 5 @ Pocono, maintained fourth position in a strong sprint to the wire, 4YO gelding has been plagued by two sick scratches this Fall, has license to be better in this wide-open consolation

 

1-Sword Of the Spirit – Note the solid runner up effort & speed from post nine two starts back, no chance last week & now moves inside for The Mann

 

RACE 10

1-Every Intention – Just two for 34 in 2017, tried in vain to overcome post ten again last week, moves all the way inside & lands in a weak claimer for The Mann

 

6-Ideal Bid – Ships in with a pair of easy wire-to-wire wins in his last three @ Plainridge, gelding

takes on a reasonable tag & finds a real soft spot here

 

8-Big Bad Jason – Raced against better than Ideal Bid @ Plainridge, an okay fourth in his debut here last week, now the gelding deals with a challenging post

 

RACE 11

10-Whiskersonkittens – Lands outside again, but off a very sharp effort, grinded gamely in a fast pace & just missed by a neck, drops another notch & rates a long look

 

1-Misqued – NJSS champion was caught in never-never land & finished well while pace comprised last week, just one for 16 this season, but gets another shot at this reduced level from the rail

 

3-Fox Valley Hermia – Parlayed her raging form @ Freehold with an easy upset here last week & rewarded with an improved post



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