Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 11:16 PM


4          Ever Again – Bounced back with a big :26.4 rally to win the qualifier on 2-17, then chased a well-rated B Fast Eddie last week, fresh threat sets up another stalking trip from a favorable post


5          Scirocco Blue Chip – Has shown improvement in N/W 4 class @ Yonkers in his last two, just missed with a perfect trip last out, his only start in February & now a 19-day layoff complicates matters


2          Ultimate Credit – Team Burke trainee seemed to be heading in the right direction before fading off cover in the slop last week, draws inside & adds Gingras to rebound in a soft opener



3          Hammock Bay – Lightly-race homebred 4YO by 2006 Pace champ Artistic Fella found a spark in his latest qualifier, finishing third just behind Ogden Blue Chip & draws well


4          Ogden Blue Chip – Art Major colt whose dam Gro earned $454,135 & took a mark of 1:50.3, this is her third foal, 3YO found his best stride kicking home in a sharp :26.2 in the latest qualifier & debuts in a field ripe for a new face to step forward


5          Stirling Ensign – Fresh threat ships in off a gutsy & close second @ Saratoga, just 3 for 32 last year, but draws an ideal midpack post to launch another stalking trip



7          Big City Jewel – Launched a wide bid off cover & flattened out sixth in the slop last week, flashed a :26.3 before that, 0 for his last 26, now acclimated for his new barn & could surprise


3          Bieber Hanover – Just missed in his debut here in an amateur event, then was too far back from post eight, needed those first two trips here, draws well in a wide-open bottom level conditioner


10         Major Homer – Raced well & rallied for third after a good start from the rail last week, continues to make the mile track adjustment, but moves all the outside tonight while one for his last 31



5          So Take That – Missed last week after storming home in :26.4 to win the fastest division in 1:51.4, now well rested, remains at the reduced $10,000 level & looks to vault off expected speed


1          Mister Truth – Steamrolled to a decisive score in round one, then battled into submission last week, draws well to show his class & rebound, heads a strong Bruce Saunders entry


2          Prince Palani – Made it two-for-two with back-to-back series wins as the favorite both times, found room & rallied up the rail last week, lands the pole for Team Harmon where he can flaunt his speed



4          Our Jerry Lee N – Ramped up his game with on-the-board finishes in his last two, runner up to heavily favored Quality Closer last week, could be on the verge of an overdue win


6          Ideal Rocky – Twice beaten favorite finished a hard-charging third in the slop last week after a parked out mile & late miscue on 2-18 & sharp narrow loss on 2-10, chance to snap 0 for his last 21


10         Starlite Kid – Second start off the bench for this Burke trainee, who finished behind Our Jerry Lee N last week, drops a notch along with that rival, speed & Gingras can overcome post ten



7          Alberto Contador N – No factor from post seven @ Yonkers last week after coming around & dominating here two weeks in a row, the latest a 1:49.4 lifetime best blowout


8          Rockeyed Optimist – One of the few to own a win against 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki, fired his best shot to break through in his second start off the bench against lesser, poised to tackle this tougher assignment


2          Jacksrluckytoo – Team Harmon-tuned gelding has become a Saturday night star, exploding home to win three of his four in dazzling style, saves ground from the rail & vaults off the speed again in a competitive feature



4          K-Lees Shakenbake – No shame in squandering a perfect second over trip when Rockeyed Optimist beats you, The Shaker is on his toes, draws well & looms large at this level with his big kick


6          City Hall There was a time late last year when you couldn’t fight City Hall, capped of 2016 winning five in a row, connections have obviously had enough of fruitless ventures in NY, can he revive back @ The Big M?


1          Barimah A – Has been on a nice roll this Winter for Kelvin Harrison, kicked home sharply as the favorite two starts back, has missed a couple of weeks, drops back down in class, lands the rail again, lots to like



4          All Week – Dover Downs shipper fresh off a lively effort as the beaten favorite, strong record last season & took a mark of 1:50.4 here, draws favorably & wouldn’t surprise


6          El Bloombito – Sean Bier claim with plenty of back class was finally able to work out a smooth trip & finished a solid second to a heavily favored The Rock, drops another notch & poised for to show more


8          Parnu Hanover – Seemed to be sitting on big miles & has fallen fell short for several weeks, faded in the slop last week, drops another notch, draws a challenging post & this match up is no picnic



5          Ohoka Texas N – Beaten favorite forced into a wide trip off a slow pace in the slop last week, big rally for third before that, sets it up from a midpack post, overdue & picks up Super Brett


4          Always N The Money – Missed the first week of the series, followed a well-rated One More Miracle last week, gets another shot at this bottom level for Team Harmon


2      Busboy Hanover – Emerged from a shuffled from the rail with another minor share last week, kicked home in :26.2 from post nine before that, getting sharper & gets another inside draw



5          Viceroy Hanover – Second by a nose in his most recent start here back on 1-21, repeatedly overmatched in N/W 6 @ Yonkers, finds a much easier spot to score his first win of 2017


9          Legion Of Boom – Has done very little wrong here this year, winning four times, chased a raging Durant last week & claimed by a strong percentage barn, looking to keep it going with another live cover trip from post nine


8          Unix Hanover – Draws outside again fresh off a gutsy first over second to the runaway Durant & claimed by Team Fusco, sharp enough to break through for his first win of the season



6          Major Bubbles N – Came up a nonthreatening fourth behind Cashendash Hanover last week after beating that rival with a crisp :26.3 before that & clocking a lifetime best of 1:52, remains a serious contender with Brett Miller back in the bike


2          Cashendash Hanover – Consistent 10YO followed up a solid second in his debut here on 2-18 with a crushing score as the heavy favorite, rewarded with an improved post & stands out as the main target again


7          Jackson Brady – Continues on a form spree this season, set a solid pace in the mud last week & yielded to a game Cashendash Hanover, always a threat to take charge



3          City Pie – Has clearly tailed off since his early season surge, too far back in the slop last week, chance to revive dropping into this easier condition event from an inside post


7          Mr Blissfull – Has struggled to make much headway against tougher claimers recently, however this is enough of a class drop to make him a consideration despite post seven


10         Always A Diamond – Continues to tumble down the class ladder a long way, form obviously a question with the break two starts back & dull eighth last week, switches to Brett Miller, who has to find a way from post ten






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