Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:21 PM

RACE 1

6-Mosconi Hanover – Hasn’t been a threat in his last two since the solid third on 1-11, gets his third class drop this year & the right trip could spell an overdue win

 

2-Screaming Conway – Almost pulled off a last-to-first from post ten when he dropped to this bottom level, figures to be within closer striking range from an improved post

 

4-Knightofvictory – Looks like a contender here despite his long winless drought, his last few finishes were solid enough, plus he draws well to set up his rally

 

RACE 2

2-Sunset Dreamer – Forced wide from last & made up a lot of ground last week coming off another sick scratch, now gets some class & post relief off that needed start for Team Ginsberg

 

3-Magnum Mike – 11YO has cranked it up in his last three on Lasix, runner up to standout Four Staces last week, logical threat draws better to set up his lethal late kick

 

4-Rather Swell – Grinded gamely to grab a late lead & held second in :27.4 last out, speed popped these back on 1-12 & may try a similar strategy from a better post

 

RACE 3

7-Lucrative Son – Has gotten his act together for Jenny Melander & fresh off the winning qualifier he rallied to a 7-1 upset last week, has license to build on that despite the tougher spot here

 

4-Pennant Seelster – Don’t how much I’m willing to forgive him for his early miscue as the heavy favorite last week, just missed to the standout Bizet in :27.3 before that & now draws better

 

6-Dover Dony – Credit Jordan Derue with a heads up drive as he got the jump on the favorite Haveoneforme last week, looking to step up off further off that new mark

 

RACE 4

5-Ideal Candidate – Dropped & wired these two starts back, versatile veteran was strong in the win column last year & returns to the mile track fresh off a solid second @ Freehold

 

6-American Rage – Arrives from Freehold on quite a form spree, this classy 11YO dips in price & figures to be forwardly placed where he often thrives

 

4-Sports Cowboy – The Cowboy is just one for his last 34, but has been a constant threat at this level & draws an improved post to employ his preferred stalking style

 

RACE 5

6-Celebrity Lover – Forced wide from an impossible spot in the comebacker for Team Buter, any sort of improvement & smooth trip could get him across at a price

 

4-Illinimight – Team Orange Crush 4YO gelding was severely pace compromised as the beaten favorite, draws inside Justcallmeronald & goes second time Lasix

 

9-Justcallmeronald – Tripped out & got the jump on Illinimight to score the upset last week, fresh claim by the reputable Robert Lounsbury will need to work a bit harder here

 

RACE 6

7-Rockin Praline – 1:50.3 mark @ The Big M last season didn’t offer much in her return, but she’s tighter now, drops a notch & tactical speed puts her in play

 

1-Family Roll Call – That sharp rally & narrow loss fresh off the bench is worth noting, chalk up her next one as an off night, now gets class & post relief for Team Burke

 

8-You Should Be Here – Bounced back in a big way off a no-chance trip with a rousing new mark of 1:53 from post eight last week, look for her to fire off the wings to get into position again

 

RACE 7

5-Arrakis – Off to a pretty strong start this season, solid runner up to the uncatchable In Secret last week, sets up his stalking style from midpack in a pretty competitive field

 

2-Just For You – Just missed to standout Misslarose with strong trot at both ends here two starts back after taking a new mark on 1-18 & this speedy mare draws inside a strong field

 

6-Resita – This Burke-tuned gelding regained his winning edge with two straight romps against weaker foes, gets a double class jump in career form & adds fuel to this fiery match up 

 

RACE 8

7-Coveredndiamonds N – Broke in the comebacker @ Yonkers, but this $100,000+ winner in 2018 gets a chance to rebound & flaunt her class here for Team Harmon

 

9-Believe In Me – No chance against much tougher from post eight @ Yonkers, right there in the photo with Diva’s Image here before that with a wicked :26.3

 

6-Milady Denver A – Dropped to a similar class @ Yonkers & was more energetic from post seven in her third start off the bench, may be poised for a big effort in a toss up field here

 

RACE 9

1A-Final Dream – Dropped to this level & finished with a strong a second two weeks ago, 4YO with some upside draws a tougher post, but can build on that effort & the entry is solid

 

4-Two Hip Dip – Was going in the right direction off the late 2018 sick scratch before bumping into the raging Resita last out, drops back down & this is a much more friendly field

 

5-Chelsees A Winner – Finished a more energetic third in a deadheat in her second try off a recent sick scratch, give her a chance if she fires out again in this field full of question marks

 

RACE 10

8-Just N Berlander – Stormed home to light up the board three starts back, bounced back off a parked out trip with a sterling rally to miss last week, one to fear despite a tougher post

 

5-Waltzacrossthewire – Drops back to winning level off two no-chance trips, 1:52.3 winner here in 2018 finds a prime spot to stalk n pop a camera-shy line up

 

1-Abbeylara – Squandered a chance to fire his best shot & came up a flat fourth last week, 10YO veteran draws back inside to set up an ideal trip & atone with an overdue win

 

RACE 11

9-Tearful Of Happy – Was claimed on that Team Burke roll, then misfired as the beaten favorite, dips back a notch & romped from post ten two starts back

 

5-Fox Valley Bailey – Took a mark of 1:53.3 to cap off his 2018 season, runner up to big favorite Tearful Of Happy from post nine two starts back, returns to mile track with a better post

 

4-Persuasive Hanover – 0 for his last 26, but drops back the bottom level where he was very effective in late December & draws well in a field ripe for the taking

 

RACE 12

2-Show Me Up – Was clearly too far back after a slow starts from post ten last week, capable of turning it on late, moves inside to set up an ideal stalking trip

 

6-Four Staces – Bounced back with a decisive score fresh off the claim, 1:51.4 winner in January 

off to a great start this season & no Spaghetti Eddie to deal with in here

 

3-Pop Pop Joe – Stepped admirably & tripped out for a mild upset over CC Big Boy Sam last week, lands post three again as a legitimate threat to repeat

 

RACE 13

8-Try Try Again – Shipped south from Mohawk & reeled off the typical first-time Team Burke improved performance & steps up with obvious room for improvement

 

4-Zlatan – Gets class & some post relief for his second start off a sick & lame scratch, looking to follow up on a solid 2018 season in a prime spot in this finale

 

6-Miss Ruby – This mare has been chasing some salty opponents recently, gets a needed drop in class here & this is a wide-open field she can take advantage of

 

 



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