Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 4:39 PM

RACE 1

4-Drunken Terror – His most recent win came at this price @ Pocono on 11-6, pretty consistent Harmon trainee rallied from a tough spot @ Freehold to finish a close second last out & owns a mark of 1:52.1 here this season

 

1-Perfect Terror – Made a smooth transition from Freehold & finished a close third @ 75-1 on 11-26, returns to the mile track with the rail in a soft opener

 

2-David On Ice – Got off to a slow start despite the rail & regressed into another break, has a win & close second when he stayed on stride recently

 

RACE 2

3-Brickman – Lightly-raced 4YO added Lasix & flashed some late life for third, an encouraging first start of 2016 with a big chance to improve at a decent price

 

1-Spicebomb – Heads a strong Kelvin Harrison entry here, consistent gelding was a beaten favorite & just missed despite a first over trip, but has missed four weeks

 

5-Hezabluechipboy N – Couldn’t get involved in his most recent start here on 11-26 after showing some decent form @ Yonkers, returns to the mile track against easier

 

RACE 3

4-Statesman N – Classy 9YO clearly needed to re-acclimate after shipping back from Ontario where he was racing well, gets another shot at the bottom level & draws better

 

2-One More Miracle – Only two for 29 this season, but ramped up his form a tad with a class drop in his last two, dips further here & draws inside

 

5-American island – Iron-horse with 42 starts this year arrives with a productive slate @ Monticello & Dan Gill does well these

 

RACE 4

5-Bettors Glass – Rock solid 8YO gelding has always done well here1:50.4 winner here in 2016, won two in a row against this caliber @ Harrah’s Philadelphia this Fall

 

3-Stay Up Late – 1:49 performer here this season has responded to aggressive handling this Fall, came up short from post ten last week & can rebound from an inside post here

 

2-Quality Closer – 17-1 upset winner when he nailed the favorite Stay Up Late with a perfect trip on 11-26, drops back to that level & another smooth trip is imminent

 

RACE 5

1-JJ Shark – Kicked home in :26.4 to hit the board a notch above this back on 11-5, pace compromised last week & needed to re-acclimate, switches to Andrew McCarthy & trips out from the rail in a field begging to be beaten

 

5-That’s My Opinion – Ran into a pair of 1:51 + change winners in his last two, a solid runner up on 11-26, owns a bit of back class & can be a threat if the pace is right

 

4-Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam – Only one for 22 in 2016, but the fresh angle may work here based on a deceptively sharp qualifier, returns at a reduced level & draws well

 

RACE 6

3-More Dragon – Team Burke trained 3YO with $134,514 banked this season, has won two of his last four with a wicked late pace, ships into a prime spot with no standouts

 

6-Screaman Seasman A – Gelding with a serious late kick ran into a raging Matrix Of Luck last week, just missed in :27.2 before that

 

5-Gravelsinmytravel – Had done very little wrong since arriving here, took a mark of 1:51.3 in a well meant mile on 11-26, looking to rebound off a break after getting bumped up to this level

 

RACE 7

3-Classical Annie – Talented Burke-tune mare capping off another $100,000+ season, chased stablemate Hannelore Hanover in the Breeders Crown & TVG, draws well fresh off a narrow loss

 

9-Aldebaran Eagle – Switched to Dave Miller, took control, rated kindly & romped away from the favorite Opulent Yankee, look for another aggressive effort despite post nine

 

8-Its Payday Friday – Often the case with trotters is gaining confidence & this gelding has really come to hand for Dylan Davis with two straight blowouts, gets a test for class, yet may be up to it

 

RACE 8

8-Elrama N – Unleashed a sharp, uncovered effort & nailed by Somesizesomestyle fresh off the Michael Russo claim, gelding has come around & only needed some luck from a tougher post

 

1-Somesizesomestyle – Made a quick transition from Pocono with a perfect trip upset, angle & exploded home in :27.2, rates the step up & in line for another trip from the rail

 

2-Speed Again – Classy Burke trainee closing in on the $1 million mark, draws inside off a solid third, while chasing the red-hot City Hall

 

RACE 9

7-Fool Me Once – Sub 1:50 performer here in 2015 landing on the fringes against tougher in NY, gets a double drop in class & needs to take advantage

 

8-Alexie Mattosie – Millionaire warhorse flashed some class with a game second on 10-29, drops further & looks to get into a live flow from post eight

 

6-Inspiration View – Team Burke trained 3YO drops another notch after getting stung to a :54.4 half, added Lasix recently & showed some :26 + change final quarters

 

RACE 10

1-Le Gambe – Was competitive against Indiana’s finest sophomore pacers, sports a mark of 1;52.2 @ Hoosier Park, rallied to win the comebacker for his new barn

 

3-Mr Blissfull – Gelding is no doubt on his toes right now for Team Ginsburg, stepped to this price & cruised last week as the 2-1 favorite, draws well to repeat

 

5-JK Onaroll – 3YO gelding stepped up his game with a brush n crush against a soft N/W of 2 field & can easily build on that

 

RACE 11

1-Starlite Kid – Has been knocking on the door against superior foes @ Harrah’s Philadelphia for Team Burke, lands the rail in a competitive field

 

5-Jacksrluckytoo – Added Lasix for his third start off the bench & squandered a perfect seconds over trip, remains a threat at this reduced level

 

6-Elwell – His last two efforts have been solid, dropped to this level & finished second to a raging favorite Starznheaven last week

 

RACE 12

4-High Octane N – 1:51 winner here this season, just missed two starts back, no chance in the Dash For The “G” Consolation, draws better in a wide-open affair

 

7-Mr Julian – Only two for 31 in 2016, paying the price for slow starts, but owns a serious kick & can get involved at price with the right trip

 

1-Relentless Dreamer – Just one for 33 this season, yet seems to have cranked it up here in his last two, held third with a game, uncovered mile last week

 

RACE 13

10-Bold And Brave – Just missed for the $15,000 tag on 11-17, versatile gelding drops in for dime here, can work out a trip despite post ten & may be worth a swing

 

5-Stimulus Plan – Won two straight fresh off the Ginsburg claim before coming up third best for $12,500, Big M lover drops back down & hence looms large

 

6-Twincreeks Jack – Looks to rebound off a dull ninth, a close second before that & doing well for this price

 



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