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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:21 PM

Race 1

1-Celebrity Hercules - obviously a proven winner at the Big M, who's fresh on the comeback trail & from as solid upset rally at Georgian Downs

2-Macho Lindy - veteran closing in on half a million closing out a lean year, yet matches up well with these & draws inside

6-Armor Hanover - 3yo in very good form at Harrah's Philadelphia, while chasing some standout winners & gets a barn change

3-Berkshire - consistent in Pennsylvania off a strong effort from post 8 when runner-up to a runaway, figures to be in play early


Race 2

8-Fast And Furious - lightly-raced filly starting to find her best stride, note the sharp wire-to-wire win at Yonkers, can leave & dominate these

9-Shes Lovin It - strong seconds over off tracks in nonwinners of 4 at Yonkers, look for her to employ that stalking style, big threat

5-Full Explosion - Maine bred filly fresh from a pair of blowouts at Freehold & poised to test her potential here

1-Aint Got A Home - steady sort toiling in nonwinners of 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia, needs the right pace set-up


Race 3

7-Tiger Williams - winner for this price at Yonkers, bounced back with a very strong qualifier here & liking the 7 for 29 record

2-Fresco Blue - seeing all kinds of recent excuses, capable of a brush n crush move, yet not sure he's up to this level

4-Flowmaster - took his mark of 1:52 here earlier this year, fresh off an easy win at Yonkers, one to beat

9-Wisher - recent Burke claim has raced well in all three starts since the acquisition, logical focus despite post 9


Race 4

4-Sarkozy - second try off the bench, feeding off some back class & seeking a stalking trip at a value price

1-Soapy Sap - veteran mare relished the long stretch here, in good form, yet might be compromised by the rail

6-Aruba Vacation - ships in with a solid record, owns some speed & could be a danger if able to take control

5-Lord Darby - another hard-knocker who seems to always show up, but going to need a bigger knockout punch


Race 5

8-Wildfire Osborne - red-hot mare & recent Harmon claim with 12 wins this season, fresh from a gutsy score at Yonkers

1-Ole Miss - shows Preferred class lines at Woodbine, new Burke acquisition hasn't raced in three weeks, yet will be hammered

2-Dream's Bar - just notched only her second win of the year, but it was the mile of her life at Harrah's Philadelphia

7-Angelwithnattitude - sharp on the comeback trail, chased an A2 mare MJ's Bid last out & needs to rebound in a tough field


Race 6

8-Stir Me Up - sports a 1:54.4 lifetime best on 11-18, then repeated with vigor, in a tough spot last time, hails from ace trotting barn

4-Magnum Kosmos - capping 2012 with an hefty 8 for 31 record, won two of his last three & draws well to flaunt his speed

5-Ellen's Isle - was reaching too high last out after some sharp recent wins at Harrah's Philadelphia for Team Orange Crush

7-In Your Room - took advantage of some class relief & came within a fifth of her career mark, big time confidence booser


Race 7

7-Pacific Date - love the way she made it three in a row at Dover Downs, then tried to close into a :54 back half

9-MJ's Bid - won her last two with authority at Harrah's Philadelphia, her latest with a sizzling :26.1 third quarter move

4-Rub Thing - 1:51 mark here, just wired them at Yonkers & draws well for a barn that always has them primed

5-Chief Karen - can't ignore her two recent upsets, 8 for 36 and $100,000 in 2012, longer stretch suits her


Race 8

6-Harbor Point - chased Hambletonian hero Market Share in the American National, three in a row at Harrah's Philadelphia with versatility

1-Don't Know Chip - returned from a four-month layoff with a winning qualifier, loves to kick home here, yet finds a tough field

4-The Chancellor - positive response to his recent freshening, pulled an eight-hole upset off a solid qualifier

3-Ice Machine - loves the Big M & notched his ninth win of 2012 with a classic drop n pop at Harrah's Philadelphia


Race 9

7-Go On BB - millionaire struggling in Opens at Balmoral Park, arrives in the Burke Barn & can easily regain her confidence

10-Cuz She Can - another classy mare closing in on $1 million, winning form against lesser foes down south

6-Flashy - well-traveled mare winning 9 of 24 in 2012 & three of her last four, controlling speed & upside

9-Ryder Blue Chip - improving filly gathering steam for her new barn has upset potential


Race 10

6-Celebrity Scandal - flashed a hint of improvement first time Lasix & gets some class relief here from nonwinners of 4 + 5

1-Brandon's Colt - took a mark of 1:51.2 here, lands the pole off a sharp effort, yet concerned about the 2 for 36 slate

11-Inform - 1:50.4 winner here not making much headway against $15,000 claimers at Dover Downs, chance to perk up here

2-Attack Modes Billy - just 1 for 25 but hanging around for minor shares & draws inside a field full of question marks


Race 11

1-Here's My Ticket - filly regaining form on Lasix, chance to trip out at a price from the rail in a wide-open field

10-Caramel Chino - a solid second fresh off the claim at Yonkers, strong in the win column with a post 10 obstacle

7-Tykesa Moon - Burke trainee grinded gamely through a solid pace first time Lasix & on the drop down

4-Hostess Lisa - rounded into winning form with Lasix added & merits a stiffer test


Race 12

6-Dave Panlone - tried to close into a :56.2 back half last time, has been pretty steady & looks for a stalking trip here

2-Cambassador - fresh claim by trainer Mark Silva for himself, 1:51.1 winner here could pay instant dividends from an inside slot

3-Big Ten Champ - has twice beat $10,000 stock at Harrah's Philadelphia, dangerous making a late, bottom out move

7-Manofleisuresuit - beaten favorite squandered a perfect trip last time, yet launched a nice move to romp before that



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