Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 5:36 PM


8-Rodeo Romeo – Got off to a promising start this past Spring for Chris Ryder, flashing sharp speed in the Gilmour Series before an injury scratch & qualifiers were solid 


6-All The Cookies – Out of a half sister to In The Arsenal & from a strong family, late-starting gelded freshman by the great Rocknroll won his opener in the Matron consolation for Gingras & Takter with a perfect trip 


5-Bettor Memories – Brother to Beach Memories, 1:48.3 [$723,684] & gelded son of Bettor’s Delight just missed by a nose in his opener at Pocono for Holloway & could be anything 



1-Spider Man Hanover – PASS Final runner up added Lasix for his Breeders Crown run, but failed to fire with the top ones last time, draws inside for a chance to sit close & pounce late 


3-Boston Red Rocks – Consistent colt stormed home off the insane pace to up the Breeders Crown for Steve Elliott & Bionic Man, prepped nicely with a sharp qualifier & draws well 


8-Big Top Hanover – Grand Circuit winner at The Red Mile closed stoutly for second in the Breeders Crown, then promptly wired the Matron in a career best 1:51.4 for Team Burke 



2-Milligan’s School – Polishing off a strong freshman season for Team Orange Crush, posted two standout Grand Circuit wins in Lexington & just missed from the same post in the Matron last time 


1-Love Matters – Won his first six starts before a private purchase & switch to Jimmy Takter, set the pace & settled for third in the Matron, seems to have regained his confidence & lands the pole 


7-Marion Marauder – Finally gets away from Southwind Frank after another gallant second to that standout in the Breeders Crown, looking to employ his strong kick down the long stretch here 



4-Mighty Peruvian N – Displayed solid form this Fall in PA, owns dangerous controlling speed, drops into a more likely spot & draws well 


7-Darcee N – New Zealand bred gelding for Team Burke took a mark of 1:50.4 at Harrah’s Philly, toss out the miscue last time, drops into a soft spot & responds to aggressive handling 


2-Rockin Wizard – Just 3 for 30 this season, but shows a liking for the Big M, no chance from post eight in his last start at Pocono, recent form solid & inside draw & are positives 



6-Lagerfeld – PASS champion & Bluegrass winner finished second to Southwind Frank before a costly break in the Breeders Crown, top level colt with a chance to rebound for Takter 


2-Dog Gone Lucky – Lucky Chucky colt on a late-season roll for Chuck Sylvester, romped in the Kindergarten Final in a career best 1:54.2 & graduated to take the Matron, inside speed 


5-Bar Hopping – Came back with a pair of strong seconds in Lexington, then got roughed up & broke at Pocono, looks to resume his progress for Takter 



2-Jolly Jubiter – Saratoga shipper shows steady form, likely appreciates the longer stretch here, gets Dave Miller, draws inside & faces a camera-shy bunch 


4-Backdraft Hanover – One of several Freehold shippers in this one, doing good work against tougher, just one for 24 record this season is a concern, in line fore a stalking trip 


6-Shamderock – Gelding has a win and a second at Vernon Downs recently, only 2 for 41 in 2015 is a huge knock, but seems to match well with this wide open bunch 



2-Resolve – Powerful post ten winner of the Vincennes Trot in 1:50.4, just missed in the Maple Leaf Trot, pace compromised second in the Breeders Crown, major danger again with another inside draw back here 


1-Obrigado – Crawford Farms winner took a mark of 1:51.3 in a TVG leg here back on 6-26, freshened with a strong Big M qualifier with an eye-catching :26.3, lands the pole, yet may need this one 


3-Master Of Law – Erratic Jimmy Takter trainee has been better in the second half of the season, bounced back off another break with a well-controlled wire-to-wire in the American National, expect more speed from an inside draw 



7-Burkentine Hanover – Heidi Rohr tuned gelding has enjoyed a lot of success here, been tackling Open stock at Saratoga, tough trip last out at Vernon, lands in an ideal spot 


4-Steady Pulse – Has hit the board in three of four at the $15,000 rate in PA, could be stronger in the win column, but draws well for the high percentage Michael Russo outfit 


6-Hope For Badlands – Woke up at a big price in his second start off the bench for trainer Mark Capone, equaled his lifetime mark of 1:51.3 & now makes the transition to the mile track 



4-JK Will Power – PASS winner seemed to tail off in September, came back with a decent fourth in the Matron at almost 72-1, Team Burke colt can use that as a springboard 


3-Ideal Rocky – Upset Boston Red Rocks in the NJSS Final, also dominated the Lou Babic, won a Grand Circuit event at The Red Mile with a :26 flat & no chance in the Matron Final 


2-Talk Show – Two solid efforts in Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile, tough posts at Woodbine, regrouped with a strong qualifier chasing Boston Red Rocks & draws inside 


RACE 10 

4-Mister Truth – Big M lover shows late breaks in two of his last three, but continues to decend the class ladder & finds a highly beatable field 


2-That’s My Opinion – Flashed sharp speed in that latest qualifier, yet disappointed the chalk players in the comebacker at Harrah’s Philly, chance to atone at a track he has thrived 


5-Bettor Believe It – Rallied for a mild upset here back on 6-20, clearly needed his first start since the double sick scratch & may present some value 


RACE 11 

3-Some Major Beach – Has been only adequate on the comeback trail in PA, has some back class lurking, draws inside, doesn’t face much & may be worth a swing 


2-Dull Roar – Was an okay third last Monday at Yonkers with another class drop, had success here in the past, draws inside a blank field & adds Gingras 


6-Nabber Again – Just 1 for 29 in 2015, but based on the second last out at Harrah’s Philly, plus the Burke factor makes him a consideration here 


RACE 12 

4-Luck Be Withyou – 2YO Breeders Crown champ has piled up nine wins this year, rebounding from a recent sick scratch, American National runner up has gotten on a late 4YO form spree & could surprise this prep 


6-JK Endofanera – Upset winner of the Dan Patch & Allerage Farms, runner up to Always Be Miki in the Breeders Crown, fell victim to Foiled Again in the Hoosier Park Derby, deserves top billing here 


3-Mach It So – Pulled the Haughton upset when about 16 things went his way, narrowly denied Foiled Again in the Quillen & hit the ticket in the Breeders Crown, prime opportunist 


RACE 13 

6-Billabong Beach – Mark Ford trainee has been bouncing around NY & Harrah’s Philly with some recent success, owns a decent late kick, matches up with the top ones here & the addition of Gingras may be the key 


3-Restless Native – Has been consistent against similar in PA, although he has squandered several perfect trips, draws well for a high percentage barn 


9-Eight Ten EOM – Switches to Richie Johnson fresh off his best mile of the season, may blast off from the outside post while brimming with confidence 







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