Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:07 PM


2-Shaguar – Ships in fresh off a pretty sharp win @ Northfield Park, arrives in the Michael Russo barn & draws inside for a very capable Allan Charles


8-Lightning Strike – Gelding did well chasing a revved up Mr Big Load last out, Jennifer Lappe stable hitting on cylinders & John Kokinos sports a strong record


6-Seafood Mike – Coming around after a recent sick scratch & returns to the mile track off a confidence-building score @ Freehold



5-Fortunes One – Lightly-raced colt with some logical upside finished with positive energy in the qualifier here & picks up Gingras


9-GMO Proud – Gelding with three wins in six starts just missed in the qualifier displaying good vigor on the engine, tough draw yet Super Brett was listed


10-I’m Looking At You – Switches to the mile track with a pair of narrow losses in N/W of 2 @ Yonkers with trotting hopples added, contender despite post ten



6-Hill I Am – Seems to have trended in a positive direction, drops along with several others in here & may be worth a swing, just needs the right speed target & trip


2-Winemaster Master – Claimed again & has done well for everybody, got a little too overanxious on the lead last week, draws better to stalk the speed


1-Appomattox – Plenty of back class here, qualified solidly behind a superior Rose Run Parker & can take advantage of the fresh angle



5-Keystone Blade – 4YO gelding has taken some time to mature & needed his last three off the sick scratch, can be a threat within striking range


2-Majestic Sunset – Lightly-raced 4YO has been highly regarded in all four starts here, has quickly found his best stride winning two in a row & draws an improved post


4-Buff – Regained winning form & confidence with the addition of trotting hopples, used hard from post nine & dug in gamely to payoff the chalk last week



1-Fraternity – 10-time winner last year has landed on the fringes in his last two off the sick scratch, drops in price & lands the pole


3-Fools Gold – 10YO has suddenly come to life with two in a row @ Monticello for trainer Jennifer Lappe & draws well with some back class view


4-Happy New Year – Just two for 32 in 2016, clearly outpaced in a 1:53.4 qualifier here, but ships into a real soft spot for a strong percentage outfit



1-Joyful Game – Forced wide off excess cover, rallied in a crisp :26.4 & landed in the blanket photo with Blush Hanover last week, 1:51.2 winner here last season draws inside that rival


4-Fanticipation – Dropped to this level, Campbell carved out a perfect second over trip & she was right there again just behind Blush Hanover, may be on the verge


8-Blush Hanover – Took advantage of some recent class relief to regain her winning form, stormed home from a tough spot to score the 9-1 upset last week



7-Muscle Diamond – Reverted to an off-the-pace strategy & fell a bit shy to a ripened B Yoyo last week, note the two recent wins came by controlling the pace


8-B Yoyo – This gelding’s form has cycled forward, made it two wins in his last four by getting the jump on Muscle Diamond & simply outsprinting that rival last week


6-Rose Run Parker – 1:50.4 winner here last May with 11 tallies in 2016 tore up Indiana, won the qualifier with plenty for Team Burke



5-Enjoy The Journey – Received some needed two-months freshening, got parked working out the kinks last week, 1:54.2 winner here last season drops for her second start off the bench


1-Downundermatter – This gelding has gathered momentum recently, offered some improved late trot from an impossible spot last time & moves inside


7-Danish Durango – Major horse-for-the-course added Lasix recently, obviously needed his last start off the sick scratch & drops further



1-Alexander Hanover – Go back to his win in the slop with sharp late kick on 1-20, seems to be cycling forward again off that hard-charging third last week


2-Windsong Illusion – Got a hefty speed target to shoot at & converted as a well-driven winner & took a new lifetime mark in the process, draws well again as one to beat


6-Fusion Power – 8YO gelding suddenly got hammered down to 2-1 favorite, showed speed & went all the way in a well-meant career best, steps in his quest to prove it was no fluke



3-O U Sexy Guy – Gelding has taken a couple of starts to acclimate to the mile track here, draws well in a wide-open field fresh off a solid third last week


4-Fox Valley Steffen – Steps up a notch fresh off a crisp :27.2 winning rally for the raging Jennifer Lappe barn & draws the same inside post


2-Starsaboveallerage – Big upsetter here in a career best three starts back just missed with patient drive by Campbell last week, big threat with a similar scenario looming



6-Quick Draft A – Australian import was sneaky good in her US debut on Lasix, closing from last in :26.4, may be ready to pop with some class relief


9-Melanies Sharkette – This mare has been on a roll for the lethal Bongiorno-Johnson combo, just missed with pace at both ends last week, dangerous if able to gain control & rate


2-Whiskersonkittens – Only took two starts here to break through at 9-1 on 1-20, parked & showed stamina to hold third last out & draws inside again








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