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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, March 30, 2015 9:47 PM

RACE 1

1-Newcastle – Gelding makes his second career start for noted trotting specialist Jim Raymer fresh off some excellent preps at Spring Garden Ranch & lands the pole

 

6-Royal Becca J – Left alertly, got a shuffled a bit, shook loose late & finished with a flurry in an excellent acclimating mile at almost 47-1

 

5-Stoneham – Added Lasix & was forced into a tough first over grind in his second start here for Team Burke, who is just 2 for 37 over the past three weekends, yet could be on the verge

 

RACE 2

5-Kingapore – Makes his second start in more than nine months after qualifying in solid fashion & reaching a tad too high, now acclimated & tighter & drops into a real soft spot

 

8-Mckenzie’s Star – Took her mark of 1:54 here last season from post nine in the Flower Child & won seven times in 2015, sharpened her sword in her last two at Rosecroft

 

2-Pittstop Kip – Gelding was okay against claimers last week after dropping out of the Shiaway St Pat Series, draws post two again in a field ripe for taking

 

RACE 3

2-Gweneeee J - $145,000 sister to $1.7 million winner Heston Blue Chip brushed past She’s Heavenly in a solid 1:54.3 over a track rated good, draws inside & picks up Campbell

 

5-American Truth – Sister to Capital Account, 1:51 [$281,688] vaulted off a nice qualifier here with a wire-to-wire maiden score at Pocono & returns brimming with confidence

 

4-She’s Heavenly – Out of a sister to world champion Hypnotic Blue Chip, 1:47.2, flashed some talent at two, improved with speed in her second qualifier when runner up to Gweneeee J

 

RACE 4

4-Outburst – Forced into a tough uncovered grind last week, world champion 2YO at 1:53.1 drops again & draws the same inside post

 

3-Scorcher Hall – Added trotting hopples & cruised in a sharp 1:56 over Pocono, 1:55.4 winner here back on 2-20 lands an ideal spot to notch another

 

8-Lexis Amigo – Owns three wins here this season, veteran loves to stack n pop, draws a challenging post, but only needs to stay flat

 

RACE 5

7-Bambino Hall – Class of the field for the potent Virgil Morgan, Jr. stable, beat $20,000 claimers at Yonkers prior to the miscue last out, look for Bob Hechkoff get him involved

 

5-Windsun Galliano – Stayed flat, was forced four-wide off the final turn & stormed home off a stern pace to just miss to the favorite Permanent Joy last week, major threat off that mile

 

1-Fox Valley Legend – There six, that’s right, six claims on this gelding last week & he went offstride at 2-1, was in career form before that & moves inside

 

RACE 6

2-Mattie Terror Girl – Cruised wire-to-wire & regained her winning edge in a real soft spot last week, she was indeed a terror here last season, draws inside & only getting warmed up

 

7-Radar Contact – Drew clear with a :26.4 in a standout score in 1:50.2 here, then chased a runaway at Harrah’s Philly, consistent mare leaves & yields for a stalking trip

 

6-Inittowinafortune – Twice a winner here & lowered her mark to 1:52 before getting outpaced by Radar Contact last out, reunited with Captain Callahan

 

RACE 7

4-Looking Hanover – Beaten favorite with a game grind & closed relentlessly after Walltocousins coming up just a neck shy, classy millionaire draws well to turn the tables for Gingras

 

5-Muscolo – Delivered as the heavy favorite last week with a decisive 1:54.1 career best, launches fresh into his third start of the season, one to beat

 

7-Ciao Bella – Left alertly, got jammed in & in gear too late last week, just one for her last 20, but this mare is acclimated & live for Campbell

 

RACE 8

3-Beach Granny – All over her last week in the Dash for the “G” Notes Final & still don’t know how she got nosed out by her stablemate, ready to step up against a camera-shy bunch

 

6-Pan Luis Obispo – Chased a couple of standouts with solid efforts in her last two, this mare has a closing kick, but is only 4 for her last 38

 

2-The Summer Wind – Dropped to the bottom rung & overcame a tough start from post nine with a decisive 1:51.3, moves inside on the step back up in class

 

RACE 9

4-Black Magic Eyes – Beaten favorite with a perfect second over trip & now presents a mystery off a sick scratch, just one for nine with four seconds this season

 

8-Art Ideal – Mare had a case of seconditis last year & was a solid runner up her 2015 debut against tougher at Harrah’s Philly, reunited with Andy Miller & figures to have more

 

3-Brooklyns Best – Just 3 for 38 last year, yet won here for Gingras back in December, freshened up, draws well & was better in the second qualifier

 

RACE 10

5-B L Class Act – Twice a winner here this Winter with stalking trips, returns to the mile track with some class relief & finds a field begging to beaten

 

3-Genius At Work – Draws well for his Big M debut while making his second start for Team Orange Crush at a reduced level, nice qualifier here on 3-13

 

8-Don’t Mind Me – 3YO bounced back with a strong winning qualifier at Spring Garden Ranch for ace trotting man Jim Raymer, talent lurking here from a challenging post

 

RACE 11

7-Twin B Spike Man – Who can forget how The Spike Man “Simonized” them for four upsets in five starts here last Winter, including a sizzling 1:51.1, looks ready off the qualifier

 

2-In Nomine Patri – Irish Joe gave him an absolutely perfect steer after a quick start he exploded out of the pocket to take an new mark, rewarded with a better post in a highly suspect field

 

1-Rolls Blue Chip – Took a mark of 1:53.4 here at a lesser level back on 2-20, a good fourth in the Open against the raging Melady’s Monet before closing from a tough spot at Saratoga

 

RACE 12

4-Brownsville Bomber – Launched a premature move to the top from post ten & faded into stretch headwinds last week, draws better in a weaker field & 1:52 winner here back in January has faced better this season

 

1-Misssomebeach Blue – Took a mark of 1:52.2 with a dominant performance in the slop on 3-14, drops into a wide-open finale & has raced well against superior mares like Mattie Terror Girl

 

6-Bring Them Home – Absolutely no chance & completely overmatched in her last two since she was the beaten favorite in the Dash for the “G” Notes Final on 2-26, speed seems to be her best weapon

 

 

 



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