Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:55 PM


1-Mac’s Jackpot – Kindergarten winner here in 1:51.4 last month, no chance in his last two, moves inside to employ a stalk n pop strategy


6-Chip Walther – Lived up to the tote hype & stormed home off his Grand Circuit win @ The Red Mile to repeat with a :54.1 back half, appears to hold the edge in this one


3-Air Strike – Lightly-raced colt was just a head shy in the Kindergarten here back in July, found winning form in Indiana, freshened with a standout qualifier & draws well



2-Stay Up Late – Battled gamely & just missed to the classy Clear Vision last week, getting a bit of class relief & draws better


7-Forty Five Red – Has been energetic but overmatched in his recent starts @ Yonkers, strong in the win column & owns a season’s mark of 1:51.1 here


4-Screamin Seaman A – Only one for 30 in 2016, but ships into a softer match up, has a bit of back class & note the barn change



4-In The Arsenal – Only one for 17 in 2016, just a few dollars shy of the $1 million mark, has shown flashes off-and-on, sub 1:50 performer here reunited with Sears, a close second in the 2014 Breeders Crown here


5-Boston Red Rocks – 2015 freshman Breeders Crown upsetter has slugged it out with top shelf colts, looked like he turned the corner with two straight easy wins, caught out of position in his Crown elimination


3-Icommandmyspirit – Consistent horse-for-the-course type mare high in the win column, fits well with this group & draws well to employ her preferred stalking style



3-Chezatter – Heads a very strong Smedshammer duo, came charging past Ariana G to win her elimination with trot at both ends for The Buckeye, talented filly gets a better draw & peaking at the right time


4-Ariana G – The division leader set a moderate pace & came up a bit short in her elimination on a cool, windy night, has aired it out in several of her major wins & Takter hinted he’d do some fine tuning


1-That’s All Moni – Consistent Takter trainee was all out to turn the tables on Treviso & earned her inside post, giving Tetrick a chance to push off & save ground



5-Roaring To Go – Flashed speed to secure pocket position & roared right by heavily favorite Idyllic Beach, Kevin Lare noted the mile track has picked her up & she’s getting better every week


9-Idyllic Beach – The division standout got away with an easy half, but the stretch headwinds took their toll, stuck outside again, but this Takter trainee is capable of blasting off to get involved again


1-Tori Hanover – Late-blooming & lightly-raced Tony Alagna trainee exploded home to take the softer division & lands the pole to keep it going & very responsive when she can trip out from off the pace



2-Walner – Special really doesn’t do justice to this newly-minted world champion from the first crop of a two-time Breeders Crown champion, just a fifth off a track record in his elimination under less than ideal conditions, enough said


8-What The Hill – Team Burke won this last year with Southwind Frank, this Muscle Hill colt was all out to be second behind a wrapped up Walner, Peter Haughton Memorial winner now tackles a tougher post


4-Sortie – Unleashed an eye-catching :27.3 to pull a 10-1 upset in his elimination, hinting of some major league ability, yet will have to improve significantly



3-Huntsville – Rides in on a big five-race winning streak, crushed foes from post eight off his 1:49 world record & moves inside with loads of upside, may have a very slight edge in a greatly anticipated match up


2-Downbytheseaside – Waited around until Race 14 last Saturday & easily made it four in a row in the faster elimination, set world records on half & mile tracks, earned the inside draw to set up a marquee match up for division honors


7-Normandy Beach – One of three promising & competitive freshmen in this final for Team Burke, came around in his last three & chased home Downbytheseaside in :26.3



3-Bar Hopping – Just missed from post 12 in the Kentucky Futurity & stretched out to a decisive elimination score second time Lasix, can kick home with the best of them, gets an ideal draw headlining the Takter trio in this final


2-Marion Marauder – Hambletonian Hero & Trotting Triple Crown champion tried rating the pace, but fell just a head shy under cool, windy conditions, gutsy & versatile colt draws the same inside post & has a nose for the winner’s circle


4-Sutton – 1:51.2 performer here this season flew home to finish a close third in the Hambletonian, left hard from post eight & shot home up the rail to nail the upset last week, figures to be right in the mix again from an improved post



5-Broadway Donna – 2015 Dan Patch Award winner stepped it up to take the Kentucky Filly Futurity in straight heats & lowered her mark to 1:51.1, stormed home from post ten to take her elimination & can atone for a break in last year’s final


2-All The Time – Unfurled an amazing comeback from colic surgery & three months on the sidelines, Hambletonian Oaks champ can build on that from post two again


1-Caprice Hill – O’Brien Award winner & Oaks runner up was nailed by the division leader despite a perfect second over trip as the heavy favorite, has a big chance to turn the tables from the rail



8-L A Delight – O’Brien Award winner lands outside again off a hard-charging second to Pure Country, Jugette champion needed the race, sports high winning percentage & has the Breeders Crown all-time leading driver


3-Pure Country – Crushed them first over in the toughest elimination fresh off a 1:48.2 career best in the Glen Garnsey, 2015 Breeders Crown champ has cranked it up on Lasix & can seal her second straight Dan Patch Award


6-Darlinonthebeach – Beaten favorite was well rated, but gunned down by Pure Country into strong stretch headwinds, went two-for-two on Lasix @ The Red Mile & took a sizzling new mark of 1:48.1



3-Lyons Snyder – Elimination runner up to Check Six from post eight moves inside, has been knocking on the door since the switch to Takter & retains Brian Sears


5-Racing Hill – The beaten heavy favorite reportedly wasn’t himself last week off his 1:49.4 in the Tattersalls, fashioned a $1.5 million season winning the Hempt, Adios & Messenger, has the class & talent to rebound for Alagna


2-Check Six – Regained his winning form in the Bluegrass, had traffic issues in the Tattersalls, then well rated wire-to-wire with a :54.1 back half last week, leads a strong Team Burke quartet



1-I’m Some Graduate – Nailed by Spicebomb & squandered a perfect two-hole trip in his second start off the bench as the beaten favorite, chance for revenge from the rail


3-Spicebomb – Gelding returned off a three-month respite & two sick scratches & came raging up the rail with the mile of his life at only 5-2, draws inside again to prove it was no fluke


2-Misty On The Beach – Set a solid pace & faded to fourth behind Spicebomb in his first start for Team Orange Crush, post improves off that needed acclimating trip



1-Gurl Ban K – Came to life in the Poconos for Andrew Harris, fresh off a career best 1:51.3, lands the rail in a field to her liking & tests her class further


5-Lady Juno – Pulled a huge 32-1 upset in this series here last month, found Grand Circuit fillies too much, last effort in the slop @ Vernon Downs was okay


7-Jenny’s Terror – Scored two straight Kindergarten divisions here in September with sharp speed on the end of those miles, however miscues in two of her last three make her questionable




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