Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:30 AM

RACE 1

5-Abigail Dawn – Homebred filly rebounded off a miscue to win her latest qualifier with a sharp :26.4 late burst with trainer Chris Ryder in the bike & lands in a wide-open affair

 

1-Odds On Naples – Captaintreacherous filly had some PASS experience at two & knows her way around this track, draws the rail off two solid preps in Florida for The Crocodile Man

 

8-Triple Dip – Definitely looked like she was building towards something with those back-to-back wins @ Freehold before a sick scratch, exits the Weiss Series @ Pocono, could surprise

 

RACE 2

1-Sams A Champ A – Toiled in three legs of the Levy Series after winning a Yonkers Open, Aussie import lands the rail for a high percentage barn

 

4-Wheels On Fire – Came out guns a blazing with the season’s fastest mile for Team Burke, draws well again shooting for seven straight wins & with something to build on

 

3-Dragon Time – Completes the Team Burke dynamic duo fresh off two straight narrow losses as the beaten favorite, another 4YO with upside draws better

 

RACE 3

2-Nameisonthehalter – Blew away a cheap bunch @ Freehold in a nifty 1:56.3 two starts back, then got parked from post eight here last week, now moves inside off the acclimating trip

 

5-Abraham N – NZ import erupted to a modest win @ Freehold before launching a premature bid last week, seems to be gathering momentum & may adjust quickly to the mile track

 

6-Always A Diamond – Recent form hasn’t exactly been earth shattering, yet did flash a hint of improvement last week, retains Gingras & you could really just throw a dart at this field

 

RACE 4

3-Duckies Dynasty – Took a 1:51.2 mark here this season, raced well out of a shuffle last week, plummets to basement city & draws better 

 

1-Century Churchill – Beaten favorite roughed it first over & hit the board again, drops all the down, back inside & long overdue

 

5-Mac Anover – Recent Robert Lounsbury acquisition took a mark of 1:51.4 last year, gearing up on the comeback trail, hits rock bottom & has a chance to step up

 

RACE 5

5-Spaghetti Eddie – Took full control, repelled pressure & cruised decisively in a sharp 1:51.3 fresh off the claim, Steady Eddie has cycled to peak form & returns to claimers

 

1A-Pop Pop Joe – Hot item at the claim box reappears after two weeks off & fresh off a wire-to-wire lifetime best 1:52 from post eight, draws better for a slight class hike & new barn

 

7-Four Staces – All he’s done is won three in a row & seven of 13 this season, 1:51.4 winner here this season changes barn again, tackles a tough post, but impossible to ignore

 

RACE 6

3-Talent Soup – Finally put it all together & exploited a soft spot to score with a sharp :26.4, former 1:48.4 performer now switches to Team Burke & draws inside for the step up

 

8-Bettor’s Edge – Double millionaire qualified well behind a couple of classy foes, four months off & post eight are significant knocks, but still has a chance to quickly regain form

 

9-UF Rockin Dragon – Like 10-Mach One he gets a class hike after suddenly sparking his form, going wire-to-wire while beating a blank field with a barn & driver change, may blast off again

 

RACE 7

1-Lisburn – Just missed in his 4YO debut while pacing into a serious back half of :54.3, lands inside again & makes his key second start off the bench for a high percentage barn

 

6-Ever Again – Flashed a crisp :25.3 in his most recent start here, comes off a no-chance trip from post eight @ Pocono, 1:51.4 winner here this season gets some class relief

 

5-Griffon Hanover – Regained his winning edge with that easy win as the heavy favorite two starts back, then stormed home in :54.2 and :26.1 last week, looks to be within closer range here

 

RACE 8

5-Bags To Riches – Finished a close second race timed in 1:48.4 in an Open @ Dover Downs two starts back, then got parked in his latest, renews his rivalry with Highalator here

 

6-Highalator – Nothing short of dominant going two-for-two here last month, stole a :55.4 half in most recent, tough to knock off without any sort of pressure, yet this is a competitive affair

 

3-Sweet Rock – Another razor sharp Dover Downs shipper fresh off a pair of hard-fought wins below the Open level, fresh off a real gutsy effort from post eight & love his stalking style

 

RACE 9

4-Mindtrip - $50,000 claim off that 1:50 mark back on 2-23 was forced wide from an impossible spot in a positive indicator mile last week, class & post relief make him a major threat

 

2-Billy Badger N – Liked his solid finishes when favored here last month, his latest a first over grind & half-length loss on 3-16, now gets class & post relief for his return to the mile track 

 

6-Solo Story – Dismissed at 27-1 last week & finished a hard-charging third with a :54.4 back half, gets another shot at this level & looms as a price play with the right pace set up

 

RACE 10

1-Lyons King – Did squander a perfect two-hole trip, yet still sprinted home in :26.3 again last week, remains on a major form spree & in line for another smooth trip from the pole position

 

3-Whittaker N – Exited the tough Levy Series, hammered down to even money & paid off with aggressive tactics last week, NZ bred draws an improved post off the mile of his life

 

2-Smileandsaycheese – Quite simply this is an improved 5YO who stepped up with back-to-back upsets, the latest in a career best 1:51.2, no-chance trip while sprinting hard last week 

 

RACE 11

3-Superior Raven – Finished a solid second to Backstreet Lawyer three starts back, that kind of effort, plus class relief & inside draw would likely be enough against this camera-shy bunch

 

5-Western Redhot – Shuffled & buried with a quarter to go, yet found a way to shake loose late & took a new mark of 1:53.4 last week, right back in the same condition

 

4-Stella’s Phella – One for his last 46, but nothing wrong with his two rallies to hit the board in both starts here & just missed two starts back, lands post four again to stalk & pop

 

RACE 12

4-Nantucket Red – Ships north from Dover Downs where he’s struggled against superior stock, draws well in a soft spot here & looks to snap a long losing skid for Team Callahan

 

5-Heartland Revenue – Came to life with an improved rally for second behind runaway Mach One last week, moves to a midpack post to set up a similar strategy in a wide-open affair

 

2-Dowahs Boy – Flashed speed & faded last out, previous trips have been difficult, has hinted of some ability, draws better after two weeks off

 

RACE 13

7-Oh My Joepa – Took three starts off the claim & some class relief to get it right with a slick steer by Dexter Dunn, remains at this bottom level & threat to repeat despite a tougher post 

 

2-Just N Berlander – Hasn’t been strong in the win column, yet his consistently solid finishes for minor spoils & trip potential from another inside post make him a contender

 

6-Dancing Rusty – Rebounded from a broken equipment line in the GSY Series with a solid third behind Oh My Joepa, gets another shot for this reduced price tag

 

 



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