Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:16 PM

RACE 1

7-Stemilt Touch – Gelding ships from Harrah’s Philadelphia & gets some needed class relief, in the hands of the very capable Mitchell Walker

 

1-Winwood Scout – 1:55.1 winner here this season has hit to the board in two of his last three against tougher trotter & moves iside

 

10-Ellen’s Streak – Red-hot mare has won three of four & her last two amateur events here for John Kokinos & overcame post ten as the favorite last week

 

RACE 2

3-Can Do – Steady, well-traveled gelding owns a mark of 1:52 here this season, shuffled from post eight @ Pocono last out, draws well to employ his stalking style

 

1-Opulent Yankee – Was clearly much better in his second start in six months, steps up a notch, yet lands the pole again & lands in a field where he can continue to dominate

 

2-Naughty III – Filly draws better fresh off an excellent debut here where she was fighting to the wire in :27.3, can easily build on that stalking the favorites

 

RACE 3

2-Lastladystanding – Has been a pretty steady performer recently, just missed on 11-18, pace & trip compromised last week & draws better

 

3-Prada Spur – 0 for 22 in 2016, but has been hinting of a breakthrough in her last three, rallied from a tough spot to hit the board last week

 

4-St Lads Morgan – Classy veteran closed stoutly to grab second away from Prada Spur last week & stalks the speed for the always dangerous Fusco combo

 

RACE 4

3-Sheer Flex – Beaten favorite got roughed up first over & still just missed by a length, drops again & draws more favorably, took mark of 1:54.3 here this season

 

4-Quantum Uptown Boy – Bottomed them out in a career best 1:55.4 when well supported two starts back, reunited with Gingras off a decent fourth in the Dash For The “G” Notes Final

 

2-Hall Pass Helen – Hasn’t had much chance in her last two since dropping to this bottom  level, mare moves inside to employ her best stalking strategy

 

RACE 5

3-Sheeza Shark N – Moves inside fresh off an excellent effort closing from post eight into a :54.3 back half & drops another notch

 

4-Go For Sand – Note the barn change to Chris Marino, just two for 26 this season, ships in off a clunker, but draws well & seems to fit these

 

6-Kiwi Focus N – Favored in her last four starts, a close second in her last two after the blowout win @ Freehold, has missed a couple of weeks, but retains Gingras

 

RACE 6

2-Fox Valley Steffen – Switched to the mile track, stalked the pace & finished a close third, placed second, steady gelding lands right back inside with Scotty Z

 

7-Call Me Richard – Recent Andrew Harris acquisition added Lasix & finished second to a runaway as the beaten favorite, an encouraging acclimating mile

 

6-Warrawee Preferred – 13-time winner this season with a mark of 1:55 here this season has had two solid starts here to re-acclimate, yet has had a long season with 40 starts

 

RACE 7

4-Shutthefrontdoor – Shipped to the mile track two starts back & improved last week when she thundered home for third in :26.4 from post eight, drops a notch & lands in a prime spot here for The Money Man

 

8-Windsun Glory – Team Burke tuned filly was a huge, uncovered second to standout Inittowinafortune last week after missing 24 days, deserves strong attention against these despite post eight

 

5-Intoview – Big M lover made a triumphant return to East Rutherford, polishing it off with a :27.2, 1:51.1 winner here this season rates the bump back up

 

RACE 8

8-Market Share – Ultra classy Hambletonian champion has been landing on the fringes, drops a notch & looks for a strong speed target to shoot at

 

6-World Cup – Toss out last week’s no-chance mile from post nine, drops back to the level of that game narrow loss as the beaten favorite on 11-18

 

2-Midfield Magic – Gelding dropped to the bottom rung & twice trounced them in the Dash For The “G” Notes, draws inside again & bumped back up brimming with confidence

 

RACE 9

6-He’s An American – Gelding has adjusted to the mile track, made up for another slow start with a solid rally for second behind the raging Midfield Magic, trending in the right direction

 

3-Big Expense – Gelding rebounded from a break, sparked his form with a perfect second over trip & equaled his lifetime mark, big threat to repeat from same post

 

1-Battle Mage – Only one for 14 this season, but on the board in three of her last four, moves inside, pushes off from the rail & likely the one to gun down

 

RACE 10

1-Purity – Took a 1:50.3 mark here this season, dropping positive hints in her last two for the Fusco combo & lands the pole in a field ripe for the taking

 

8-Candy Styx N – Veteran mare is on a good roll right now, power moved to the top & crushed these last week, stuck outside again

 

3-Young American – Dropped to the bottom level & overcame a wide trip from post ten to pull the upset & took a new mark of 1:53 in the process, rewarded with an inside draw

 

RACE 11

7-B Yoyo – Classy, consistent gelding fresh from a hard-fought, heartbreaking loss @ Pocono, appears to hold the edge in class & form

 

2-Waiting On A Woman – Was able to take full advantage of a perfect trip to gun down Rock Of Cashel two weeks ago, in line to attempt a similar effort from post two again

 

5-Rock Of Cashel – Outmuscled late & finished second again, yet awarded the win through a DQ, always tough to dismiss this persistent Mark Harder trainee

 

RACE 12

9-Twice An Angel – Michael Russo-tuned filly finished a solid second as the beaten favorite in her first start in five months & qualifiers were excellent

 

6-Gentle Janet – Got shuffled & raced deceptively well in a useful acclimating mile for her new trainer Rick Dane, Jr., weak in the win column, yet has a chance to improve

 

7-Jarnac – Only two for 32 this season, did close from far back to gran the show in her last two & gets another shot at this bottom level

 



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