Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:55 PM


4          Muscle Diamond – Came back after a long injury layoff to be a major force here earlier this season & still has major stakes aspirations, got parked & finished fourth last out, has now missed three weeks, yet remains a strong consideration on talent alone


6          Opulent Yankee – Credit Marcus Miller with utilizing this gelding’s controlling speed, rated an easy :58 middle half & outsprinted them into stretch headwinds, versatility & current form make him major threat again


5          Melady’s Monet – 1:51.4 winner of the Vincennes here Hambletonian Day 2016 & dominant force in the Yonkers Open, freshened & breezed in the qualifier, a serious contender right off the bench



6          Majestic Sunset – This 4YO gelding has caught fire for trainer Robert Horowitz, reeling off four in a row, the latest rebuffing the favorite Mostinterestingman, can continue to exploit the same condition class


5          Eyeseenow – Winless this season, yet hit the board twice in a row recently in NW 4 @ Yonkers, looks like a midpack stalking type & hails from a productive trotting barn


1          Angel Cindy – This mare has been on the board in her last three here despite, missed three weeks prior to last week’s third off a sick scratch, can step out from the rail & step it up with the right trip



4          Who Do You Like – Went all the way in a record for an amateur pacing event on 2-24 in his first start for trainer Gary Levine, then paid the price for a slow start from post eight, look for Bob Davis to have him forwardly placed from an improved post


6          Legends Luck – Got to like the way Roy Marohn took matters into his own hands, took charge, opened up & held on into the stretch headwinds, may attempt a similar effort


7          Lightning Strike – Finished a game second as the beaten favorite again & disqualified for backstretch interference last week, trying to atone from a tougher post, remains a contender



3          Cinnamon Prayer – John Campbell’s Hall of Fame hands guided this filly to a bang-up second in her debut behind Pretty Philly G, draws well to build on that & try to turn the tables


5          Pretty Philly G – This mare has really come around for trainer Karen Garland, literally blew these away into the stretch headwinds with patient handling last week & logically stands out


9          Danish Design – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding only took five starts to break his maiden in convincing style @ The Meadows, draws outside here, but certainly not lacking in speed & potential



4          Tijuana Party – Runner up to a couple of revved up winners in his last two, no such standouts in this match up, now acclimated to the mile track, will set up his usual stalking strategy & likely be effective


1          UF Fast Feelin – Beaten favorite took too long to get going while a surprisingly good Mr Julian had gotten the jump on the field, third try off a sick scratch from the rail makes him a major contender again


7          Mr Julian – I have no idea where that mile came from last week, completely turned it around, displaying solid hustle & bottomed them out into stretch headwinds, must prove it was no fluke from a more demanding post



5          Sheeza Shark N – 1:51.1 winner here last season was freshened with a couple of months off & rallied to win right out of the box @ Freehold, strong in the win column & loves the surge down the long stretch here


4          Shutthefrontdoor – Exploded to win the comebacker, then stepped up & just missed with a mighty lunge two weeks ago, draws well while poised for another strong season


6          Icommandmyspirit – Just missed to a well-rated Truth And Liberty with a perfect trip last week after regaining her winning form, uses her tactical speed to work out another stalking trip, a major danger



2          Danish Durango – Has come to hand since the January sick scratch, scored with pace-controlling precision by Jim Marohn, Jr., classy 5YO rewarded with an inside draw & poised to step back up in class


3          Nowucit Nowudont – Two necks shy of being four-for-four this season, claimed off two straight wins for Dawn Dellaporte, always a pace presence, loves the Big M, draws inside again, two-week gap


5          Detroit Rapper – Consistent gelding tries a tougher condition fresh off the claim by a high percentage barn, has missed a couple of weeks & not sure he’s up this level



7          Its Payday Friday – Classy gelding was a hard-charging runner up in a sharp :27.3 with the trainer driving two weeks ago, second start off the bench logically figures to be better


4          Its Chocolate Time – Steady gelding was knocking on the door & finally kicked it in with a wire-to-wire blowout on the admirable step up in class, draws better as a big factor in a competitive match up


5          Montalbano Bi – Team Harmon gelding on a major role, beaten favorite tried it on the lead, rated the pace & got nose out into strong winds last week, stalking trip winner before that looms large



6          Ava N Ella – Uncorked two straight blowouts with Lasix added, then shipped to Yonkers, set a solid pace & faded to third in :30 as the beaten chalk, promising 4YO returns to the mile track to take charge


4          Amanderosa – Capitalized on an ideal second over trip to pull a mild upset, now steps up from the bottom level for a strong percentage barn brimming with confidence


1          Joyful Game – Unleashed a slingshot move off cover to romp last week, loves the Big M, strong in the win column, draws inside again, kicks off a strong Rick Dane, Jr. entry



6          Can Do – Big M lover has been on the board in five of eight this season, good hustle got him a third last week from the same post, chance to stalk n pop a so-so group


7          Downundermatter – Recent winner two notches below this finished a solid third last week, draws the demanding post seven again, yet remains a consideration in this wide-open field


8          Waiting On A Woman – Got some needed class relief & took advantage with a front end masterpiece by Campbell, will try to parlay that success with speed from another outside post



4          Caribbean Rose N – Simply too far out of it last week, but like the sharp rally for third two starts back, classy mare is sharpening her sword on the comeback trail & draws favorably


8          UF Dragon’s Queen – Closed from a tough spot to hit the board with a decent effort last week, gets the needed class drop, owns a win here this season & can’t be dismissed


10         Mcace Of Arts – Won the qualifier with good late energy, then finished well to grab a minor share in her Team Harmon debut here, lands outside, but gets some class relief


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