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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:23 AM

Race 1

6-Boinga – pulled a huge upset in a Hambo Oaks elimination in 2010 when she paid $75.80, makes her second start off the bench in a very easy spot, 28-day layoff

 

3-Scent Of Oil – switched to Team Orange Crush & qualified with confidence, let’s give this one a big chance to step up after a needed start despite a 28-day layoff

 

4-Photo Review – from the man who produced millionaire Green Day, Jim Raymer has a 5yo who looked better in the second qualifier

 

Race 2

1-Joyeux Dream – was a very headstrong pacesetter, yet rated the middle half in :58 and romped for Tetrick, great acclimating mile, looks invincible from the rail

 

7-For Goodness Lindy – gets points for his rally to finish second to Joyeux Dream, now has a feel for the mile track & figures to offer some value

 

3-Swiss Lightning – lightly-raced 4yo took aim & came up short chasing Joyeux Dream, expecting the improving trend to continue from the same inside post

 

Race 3

3-Ladainian – came around in a big way with a gutsy uncovered score at Yonkers in his third start off the bench, owns a mark of 1:54.2 here & hasn’t raced in 31 days

 

4-Paisley – has been putting in some decent miles against much tougher at Harrah’s Philly, don’t like the 32-day layoff, but the class relief is too much to ignore

 

9-Baby Blaze – a winner here last season regained his speedy edge at Rosecroft, lands outside after a 28-day layoff, yet may be the one to reel in

 

Race 4

2-Rock N Victory – arrives on an excellent form spree at Rosecroft, just missed in his last two with inspiring surges & lands inside a blank field here

 

3-Card Knock Life – rounded back into form to break his maiden with a nice rally at Yonkers, that was 30 days ago, but this is a field begging to be beaten

 

6-Dharma Initiative – makes his debut in a very soft spot for Mark Harder & his qualifying lines make him competitive at first asking

 

Race 5

9-Where To Hanover – grinded gamely first over & simply drew off in a sparkling Big M debut going 3-for-3, lands in a more challenging division, yet brimming with upside

 

3-No Less Than Magic – put together a strong back half of :56.4 chasing Helios, draws an improved post & could be on the verge

 

6-Windsun Galliano – was very impressive in his winning debut here in 1:54.4, so how much are you willing to forgive the early miscue last week?

 

Race 6

4-He’s A Beachboy – shows a mark of 1:51.4 taken here last year, chased a runaway back on Opening Night with pace at both ends & draws well in a wide-open field

 

6-Forensic Z Tam – got shuffled some & was just okay in his latest comeback here, 9yo has a big chance to flaunt his class after that needed mile

 

10-Zen Major – was parked through a decent pace & didn’t fade much in his Conor Flynn debut, hopes to get into a lively flow in this one

 

Race 7

1-Jack’s Magic Jewel – 10yo mare closed from the clouds with a :27.3 to grab a piece in her first start here from post 11, look for her to sit a little closer from the rail

 

5-Elodie – that was one lively effort from post 9 in her Big M debut when she just missed at almost 50-1, any semblance of that makes her one to beat

 

9-Honorary Hanover – got razor sharp winning two of three at Harrah’s Philly, but now we have a 36-day layoff + post 9

 

Race 8

7-Laguna Beach – was red-hot for $15 + $20,000 here last Winter & Spring, flashing hints of coming around at Harrah’s Philly, the 29-day gap is a concern

 

9-Dontu Get Lonely - Mike Watson sent out a winner Saturday in Armbro Billow, the qualifier was strong enough to rate a long look at a price

 

8-Celebrity Scandal – has improved hitting the board in his last two with Lasix added, gutsy mile last out chasing a runaway Brandon’s Colt

 

Race 9

4-Helios – has won both starts here with relative ease, while demonstrating versatility and a willingness to grind them down, continues to tap into his upside

 

10-Wisenheimer – kudos to Jenny Melander & Dave Miller for getting this son of Revenue S pointed in the right direction, gets a poor draw off that brave score

 

7-Majestic Stone – was lurking with late trot behind Wisenheimer with his best effort to date, further improvement expected & count on Tetrick to get him within range

 

Race 10

8-Cruise Queen – give her major points for making up for a slow start & hitting the board, Lasix has picked up her game, Burke trainee was 8 for 18 last year

 

2-Lizzie’s Dream – steps up to C-1 fresh from a gutsy score, lands inside & tough to go against in her current form

 

4-Shayna Baby – beaten favorite wasn’t quite ready to deliver her killer kick, veteran mare loves this track & can atone

 

 

 

 



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