Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 12:00 PM


7-Lord Gaga – Barn is noted for Open pacers like Bit Of A Legend N, this lightly-raced 5YO has caught fire winning three of his last four @ Monticello, the latest a gutsy effort


2-Joey Goodfellow – Working on an 0 for 15, made a smooth transition to the mile track here with a perfect two-hole trip & held third last week, draws further inside a wide-open field


9-One Tough Nut – Gelding was well-driven by Jim Marshall III & rallied to the upset two weeks ago, builds on that from a tougher starting point



6-Sam’s Triple Crown – Was impressive in his first few starts here with back-to-back first over wins, shuffled & angled & gaining in the sprint in a 1:49.3 mile last week


7-Last Gunfighter – Made a huge recovery from an early miscue in the slop here back on 5-13, has gone on to extend his winning streak to three in a row


5-Talent Soup – Overcame a slow starts from post seven by raging up the rail for the show in a commendable Big M debut, his big kick could be more effective within closer striking range



7-Rock The Official – One for 18 this season, has hit the board in both starts here with solid finishes, chased the revved up Stormin Rustler last out, a fast pace helps his cause


3-Lightning Raider N – 12YO was hinting of an overdue win off the recent sick scratch, shook loose a bit too late & nosed out last week, dips in price & draws same inside post


2-Stormin Rustler – 13YO warhorse tripped out & drew clear for the upset two starts back, drops back down & moves inside



5-City Hall – Gelding known for his form sprees here was a badly beaten favorite @ Pocono, chased a 1:48.3 winner here before that, returns in a softer spot to break out of his slump


7-Quality Closer – Often lives up to his name, just missed in his last start here back on 4-29, struggled to make much headway @ Tioga Downs with trainer Rick Dane, Jr. driving


4-Ang’s Delight – Steve Elliott trainee used some class relief to spark his form & returns here fresh off a hard-fought win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & took a new mark of 1:51.3



5-Sir Jack – Dropped in class & got nosed out for a similar condition @ Pocono two starts back as the heavy favorite, dangerous shipper for the high percentage Amber Buter barn


4-Our Regal Ideal N – Overcame a tough first over grind in a fast pace & finished well for the show last week, nice acclimating mile, remains at the same reduced level & post four again


9-Wakinyan – Finished with sneaky good late pace in his first start here last week, stuck outside, but drops into a softer spot & could surprise with a late swoop



5-Mr D’s Dragon – 4YO gelding has been on a form spree against tough opposition @ Pocono, twice lowered his mark to 1:50.1 recently, look for him to keep it going with his speed here


7-Odds On Equuleus – Freshened with that sharp :25.4 to win the qualifier, then steamrolled to a decisive comebacker last week, continues to show his class on the way back up


2-Marty Monkhouser A – Australian-bred on the rise, ships in fresh off the mile of his life, a gutsy effort @ Pocono & with a sharp final quarter & could surprise in this intriguing match up



6-Bushwacker – Classy gelding noted for his exploits here, including a 1:48.4 mark taken last year when he won 11 times, freshened by Chris Ryder with a couple of strong qualifiers


7-Doncallmefrancis – 2016 Anthony Abbatiello Classic winner was a solid third here on 5-13, has continued to race well in the Saratoga Open, post eight winner here back on 4-8


2-Preparty – Draws post two again on a roll for Team Harmon, came within a fifth of his lifetime mark two starts back, then parked last week & still paced home in :26.4 again



3-Reasonable Force – Has been tackling much tougher at Yonkers, ships in off a no-chance mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets further class relief & draws well for a strong percentage barn


1-Ever Again – Nothing like an easy wire-to-wire romp to regain form & confidence, 1:50.4 winner here last season looks to parlay that at a slightly tougher level


2-Wild Again – Fired out for a pocket ride behind the favorite Donau, got blocked briefly & was all out in the sprint home, 0 for 16 this season, but draws better & reunited with Jordan Stratton



1-Some Kinda Beach – Needed his last start after missing three weeks off a sick scratch, drops to the bottom condition & moves inside for Team harmon


5-Rusty Tank – Has definitely picked up his game at this rock bottom level, strong :27.2 rally for second chasing the runaway Ever Again last week


4-Workandplayhard – 0 for 17 in 2017, yet flashed some sneaky late pace in his second start off a sick scratch, drops out of claimers & sets up a stalking trip from an inside post



3-Yankee Heaven – 0 for 18 this season, but was closing as fast as anybody to just miss in a blanket six-horse photo last week, draws inside again off that excellent acclimating mile


1-Bobjacks Angle N – Overcame a very slow start from post eight & was raging on the rail in :27.3 to land in a wild photo finish, moves inside to trip out & end his drought


8-Moonlight Ransom – Another one 0 for 18 in 2017, beaten favorite attacked first over & battled bitterly to a dirty nose loss last week, tougher post requires more patience



6-Walks Of Life – Forced wide around stalled excess cover & picked up minor spoils chasing Sea Venture in :27.3, draws a bit better for his second start off the claim


1-Sea Venture – Fired out, sat a trip & saved ground & held on by a nose given a great drive by Joe Bongiorno, remains at the reduced level & rewarded with the rail


4-Daylyn Horizon – Just one for 18 this season, but very persistent with tough trips recently, came charging first over to a short lead & just missed as the beaten favorite behind Sea Venture




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