Posted by Ken Warkentin on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:27 AM

Race 1

1-Relentless Dreamer – returns at a reduced level, earned a mark of 1:51.2 here, deceptively good qualifier + rail + price

4-Mcturesque – dismiss his last mile in a too tough 1:51.1 nonwinners of 5 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, strong n steady efforts before that

9-Cheyenne Umberto – was able to come to life off a hot pace & romp to a career best at Harrah’s Philly, trying to build on that from a tougher post here

5-Prince Sharka – benefited from a couple of months freshening & qualified with vigor, owns a mark of 1:51.3 here


Race 2

5-Fool Of Ideas – was a tad overmatched in his last two + out of position, note the strong brush n bottom out move on 11-29

1-Saywhatuneedtosay – steady, stalking type matches up competitively with this group & figures to be well within striking range

2-Southern Sport – Big M lover qualified with good vigor & yielded to a superior Special T Rocks, lands inside to employ a stalking trip

3-Mystic Desire – revived his form adding Lasix, qualified with plenty & owns a bit of back class


Race 3

6-Fresh Dream – out of sheer respect for trainer Ed Hart, this colt qualified with a :27.3 final quarter & was tackling nonwinners of 5 at Pocono

4-Doomsday Hanover – stellar form at Plainridge where he took a new mark on 11-15, chance to use his big rally here in a so-so field

7-The Green Knight – adds Lasix fresh off a standout qualifier, any semblance of that mile makes him a threat in this one

2-He’s Unbelievable – only 1 for 22 this year, but catching some checks in Pennsylvania & post two affords him some favorable options


Race 4

10-Social Network – took a 1:51 mark here this year, first try off the bench worth noting & shows a line against the speedy Hurrikane Kingcole

3-Gaelic Thunder – has had some success here & started to come around in last two with class relief & draws well here

4-Blue Claw – relentless veteran with a strong affinity for the Big M, won that qualifier with a :27.3 sprint

9-Beware Of Darkness – recent winner at Yonkers with a liking for this oval, compromised by post 9


Race 5

1-Royal Meeting – was parked through a :27 third quarter & held for minor spoils, note those wire-to-wire wins at Yonkers

2-Tireman – demands respect for that big upset on 12-8 at Yonkers, owns a mark of 1:50.4 here & draws inside to stalk these

6-Sir Globalop Z Tam – developed a bit of seconditis at Dover Downs & seemed to hang in that last one at Philly, but matches up well with these

5-Lettherockbegin – knows his way around this oval, sports consistent form & capable of speed he displayed on 11-9


Race 6

8-Hillbilly Hanover – brother to Holborn Hanover has been on the rise since the Burke acquisition in October, faces a deserving test against seasoned foes

7-River Shark – 1:48.4 winner here this season sharpened his sword recently, sports a hefty 11 wins in 2012 & vaults past $1 million with another

6-Western Shore – soon-to-be-10yo warhorse came back with a strong qualifier after four months on the sidelines, fifth Presidential appearance on tap

2-Southwestern Dream – another Big M classmaster in here capping off a long, productive season, sharp form & inside post gives him a big chance


Race 7

9-Musselsfrmbrusels – stronger closer from Woodbine makes his second start for Rene Allard, shows a sparkling career best on 12-1, then got parked through a :27.3 third quarter & fought back for third

5-Electrofire – runner-up to Four Starz Trace two starts back looms large as a fresh claim by Casie Coleman, 10-time winner in 2012 with a 1:50 mark here

2-Four Starz Trace – has come to life in his last two against $50,000 claimers at Yonkers, which makes him a favorite in here from an inside post

8-Hemer’s Card Shark – worked his way up in class at Yonkers & just missed when well supported last out, dangerous if the pace & trip sets up right


Race 8

4-Go West Lucky Cam – aired it out & went all the way against similar two starts back and lands an ideal stalking spot here

5-Trend Spotter – Burke trainee was most effective at the nonwinners of $13,000 level at Harrah’s Philly, which seems like the measuring stick in this one

9-Flem N Em N – added Lasix in his last three for an always dangerous barn, this is a class drop situation, but post 9 is a hindrance

1-Lindwood Player – changed barns & promptly won his first two of the season in smashing style before the sick scratch, intriguing proposition


Race 9

8-Rockstar Temper – posted a crushing score when hammered down to 2-1 in his fourth start off the bench, owns a mark of 1:50.2 here & trending in right direction

4-A Sweet Ride – Captain Carl claim added Lasix & got nosed out on 12-15, then faltered in most recent, looks to rebound in easier class & with a better post

1-Mias Bold Maneuver – tossed out his latest & go with the strong effort on 12-8, proven winner here with stalking potential

5-Voice Of Truth – fresh off a rousing rally for third at Harrah’s Philly, capable of speed & has done some damage here this season


Race 10

8-Dinner Guest – sub 1:50 performer here has regained top form in his last three at Yonkers for Team Allard & we know he loves the Big M

9-Fat Man’s Alley – chased a runaway winner at the $50,000 level, going in the right direction after a recent sick scratch & owns a big move

3-Sonic Raider – popular item at the claim box fresh from a crushing tally at Yonkers, worthy of the step up & draws well here

4-Ethan Hanover – Burke got him straightened around on the bigger oval & gelding reeled off a career best, this is a prime spot for him to steal away


Race 11

2-Nathan Feelsgood – ran into Western Shore in his latest qualifier, lands in a softer spot for his return from a four-month layoff & draws on his class

9-Brookstone – paid off instantly after the Burke Barn acquisition, and raced well against $25,000 claimers before that, big threat despite tougher post here

4-Vodka Is Terror – 3yo has really cranked up his game in New York with three in a row & translates into major contender status in this one

3-Shaws Creek Buff – new Nik Drennan acquisition ships in off an energetic qualifier at Mohawk, looms as a price play in a wide-open field


Race 12

3-Prestissimo – 9yo has taken a few starts off the claim to kick in & rates strong contender status off his latest at Harrah’s Philly

4-Justin Art – ships in with solid numbers & fresh off an improved second when dropped to this level, garners many votes here

7-General Montgomery – converted a perfect cover trip to edge Prestissimo & light up the board, arrow pointing up on this classy veteran

2-Trade Editor – badly beaten favorite at Yonkers drops further to half his previous price & draws inside for Allard


Race 13

4-Giddy Up Delight – a steady customer won here a couple of times last Winter, can take advantage of a likely stalking trip scenario

3-Mar Dream – PJ Fraley reclaim clearly a hot item at Yonkers, gunned down despite controlling the pace in his latest, figures in a similar role here

8-Scotty Mach – won his last two when facing $20,000 stock at Harrah’s Philly, claimed in peak form & more blast out speed expected

6-On The Radar – seemed to cycle to the top & got parked as the beaten favorite on 12-14, could get the speed set-up he needs



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