Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:47 PM


6-Lady’s Dude – 1:52.2 blowout winner here from post seven back on 11-4-16, took two months off & qualified with plenty for Team Burke, can capitalize on the fresh angle for Team Burke


3-Opulent Yankee – Pace compromised from post nine, yet lacked his usual late vigor last week, moves inside, classy & capable of beating these when on his best game


1-Crosbys Clam Bake – Left with his usual early speed, got shuffled a bit & lacked room until mid stretch, finished in a crisp :27.3, the rail affords him a better chance of taking charge, controlling & conserving



3-Pretty Phylly G – Finished a distant, yet decent third in the comebacker, draws inside again & eligible to trip out & surprise this wide-open group with a driver change to Jim Marohn, Jr.


1-Marion Gondolier – 4YO is just one for 39, returns off a sick scratch & superb qualifier chasing Lady’s Dude, draws inside for a barn going well & lands in a soft spot


5-I’ll Have Another – Was much better in his latest, roughing it first over off a pedestrian :59 half & trotted home in :30 for minor spoils, has a chance to step it up



7-Quality Closer – Beat these with a great drive from post nine by Drew Monti, then just missed last week while weaving through heavy stretch traffic, has come around after a recent sick scratch


5-Blatantly Best – Just missed by a head two starts back with a sterling rally from post eight, paced a :54.2 back half last week out of striking range, form, class & persistence may produce an overdue win


6-Stratocaster – Drops back to the level of the game upset in 1:51.3 on 2-4, yet will need another slick drive by Jim Marohn, Jr. to accomplish a similar feat



4-Windsong Illusion – Fresh off a lifetime best two starts back he finished with keen late trot out of a shuffle & in traffic last week, may present some value in this tight match up


7-Classical Annie – Steady Team Burke mare was allowed to crawl past a :58.1 half & almost stole an overdue win from post nine last week, most effective at this level & likely blasting for control again


3-Waiting On A Woman – Finished with good trot on the rail while ending up fourth again, draws post three again & will look to capitalize on another stalking trip



8-Bieber Hanover – Saved ground, angled & surged just a neck shy at 23-1 given a great driver by Joseph Lee, great first start here after missing three weeks, tougher post presents a challenge, yet likely pumps up the price


3-Who Do You Like – A solid runner up in all three starts for Bongiorno & Johnson, gutsy second in a Dash For The G Notes Final, draws well for new connections


1-Ulshootureyeoutkid – Excellent recent form & terrific acclimating mile here, closed from a tough spot to hit the ticket & now moves inside for Matt Zuccarello



5-J A T O – Fresh threat for Team Burke, took the trotting hopples off, qualified big here & just missed @ Yonkers in a sharp comebacker, seems to fit well in this match up


4-Downundermatter – Took advantage of another shot at a reduced level & absolutely perfect drive by Campbell to score the mild upset, looks to parlay that confidence-boosting score


2-Starsaboveallerage – Knocking on the door recently, just missed two starts back, chased a headstrong Nowucit Nowudont last week, post two facilitates the ideal trip he needs



3-The Summer Wind – The Summer Wind came blowing in on a 38-degree night back on 1-27, beaten favorite @ Yonkers last out draws inside to take charge & show her class


9-Vintage Babe – Mare arrives with excellent form & four wins in six starts this season @ Dover Downs, lands outside, but her speed can easily overcome it


1-Truth And Liberty – Tremendous record last season, very productive with 11 wins, just missed here from post eight back on 1-6, brutal trip from post seven last week, moves inside & has upset potential



5-Hill I Am – Former NJSS champion at two dropped & popped at 7-1 with a patient drive by Corey Callahan, just a fifth off his lifetime mark, eligible to repeat on the move back up in class


1-Nowucit Nowudont – Red-hot gelding lands the rail on a form spree, fresh claim whacked one out on the engine & looked pretty sure-footed, looms as the one to catch


2-Hot Summer Knight – Gelding took two starts to acclimate here & exploded to a dominant score with Brett Miller, draws an improved post while taking a double jump up in class



9-Mac’s Secure – This mare has caught fire, sparked by the upset two starts back, then rallied from way back to just miss by a neck in :26.4, dangerous despite another outside assignment


3-Jeramaya – Nick Surick trainee has been tearing them up at Freehold, winning four of her last five in blowout fashion, tackles some classier mares here, yet may take charge & take no prisoners


8-Icommandmyspirit – Dropped a notch, Jim Marohn, Jr. gave her a well-rated drive & she responded with an overdue win, may try to fire out again despite a lot of speed to her inside



2-Roundtown Rocker – Dropped to this level & finished a solid second from post seven, 11-time winner last season with a mark of 1:55.3 here draws into an ideal striking position


4-Exquisite Glide – Throw out last week’s mile from post eight, almost went all the way before that, now drops a notch, draws well as a fresh threat for Tony Alagna


6-Danish Durango – Beaten favorite thwarted by a pedestrian :58.4 half in his second start off a sick scratch, tons of back class, recent addition of Lasix, big chance with another try at this reduced level




5-Sailin Metro – Added Corey Callahan & just missed by a head to Cut The Beach with a game effort, draws inside that rival for barn that has an impressive UTRS here


1-Cherokee Ranger – Dropped n popped at 7-1 with a solid rally for the surging Mike Watson barn, logical threat to repeat from the rail with Joe Bongiorno hustling him away


10-Cut The Beach – Great drive by Andy Miller, maneuvered his way through traffic to score the upset fresh off the bench, gelding looks for similar magic from post ten


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