Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:12 PM


1-Danishdujour – Scored a perfect trip upset from post ten off two sick scratches, then chased a runaway Windsong Gorgeous, fresh threat back inside


8-Autobiographical – Consistent gelding has had a couple of starts to re-adjust to the mile track, no chance when too far back in the slop last week, needs some luck from same outside post


3-Walks Of Life – 1;51.2 winner here last season sharpening his sword in the comeback trail, draws inside fresh off a narrow loss @ Freehold



3-Di Oggi – Dropping positive hints recently & blocked with trot two starts back, didn’t favor the front end & faded into fierce headwinds last week, now drops & draws a bit better


7-Lou Man – Twice beaten favorite & runner up, pretty active in the slop from the same demanding post last week, but stepped up in class quite admirably


5-Rossini – 8YO gelding seems to be trending in the right direction, trotted a solid :57.3 back half in the slop while chasing a revved up P L Icabod, looks as good as the class droppers here



7-Modern Yankee – Fresh off a bounce-back mile for $10,000, unleashed an eye-catching rally into a :56.4 back half, figures to get plenty of speed to shoot at in this very competitive field


5-Every Intention – Don’t like the three for 38 last year, but has done well since the claim, held on gamely two starts back, then stepped up to this level with a sterling rally & nose loss


1-Ideal Shadow – Gelding on a long form spree beat these decisively two starts back & just missed when favored from post ten last week, huge logical threat from the rail



6-Broadway Concert – Winner at this level back on 12-2 finished a very good third against tougher two starts back, had no shot in the slop last out, has a chance if the pace is strong


8-Caulfield – Bumped back up in class & moves outside, but Team Harmon has this gelding going well, runner up to standout New Jersey Viking last week


2-Worth The Money AS – One of the two drop downs in this puzzling affair, 10YO draws inside again looking to spark his dull form



7-Brigadoon – In a race that looks ripe for an upset this gelding might be the one, closed into a :56.3 back half in a much better second start here, drops a notch & seeks a live flow


5-Speed Again – Don’t know what possessed him to carve out such taxing fractions last week, thought he was sitting on a big one, Burke-tuned millionaire now drops into a wide open field


4-Meetyouatmidnight – Nosed out with a thunderous rally from last off the recent sick scratch, then just missed from post nine, well-rated beaten favorite last week



2-Keystone Riptide – Fresh face been knocking heads in the Open @ Dover Downs, closing style suits the longer stretch here & lands the pole position in an intriguing affair


9-Cousin Mary – Shuffled & blocked in the stretch, shook loose to just miss by a nose to Abbijade Hanover last week, post ten again, but remains a live item


1-Abbijade Hanover – Post seven again after a well-earned tally last week, was used hard & held off a locked in Cousin Mary, this Team Burke trainee can do it either way



6-Tullow N – Beaten favorite with a tough trip @ Freehold after missing a month, a solid third here before that, twice a Big M winner late last Fall owns a wicked kick


5-Western Joe – Bounced back from road trouble two starts back with a convincing score last week, his mark of 1:49.3 on 12-16 still stands out


4-Alotbettor N – Catapulted off a fast pace to take a new mark in the slop here two starts back, versatile gelding owns speed & his barn is on fire



1-Sally Fletcher A – Exceptional NZ bred mare took a mark of 1:51.4 in the slop here with a gutsy effort from post eight two starts back, came right back to wire the Yonkers Open & lands the rail


4-Allblack Stride N – Stormed home to grab second first time Lasix, then scratched sick last week, which adds some intrigue, draws well to get within closer striking range


5-Cheyenne Seeber – Bumped back up in class off a surprisingly good drop n pop effort, found room out of shuffle to surge past late, contender in a field filled with possibilities



1-Rockin Rambaran – Was making progress in three starts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia off a sick scratch, but has missed 37 days, now we get a barn change & fresh class dropper from the rail


3-Perfectly Close – Parked all the way in the slop in his debut here, then rallied off cover to be a solid second in a nice rebound mile last week, draws inside a camera-shy field


5-J T – Mixed Sale $33,000 purchase just one for 35 last season, not much headway here recently, but gets another shot at this reduced level, new barn & soft field may perk him up



3-Flem N Em N – Rallied to beat these with a great drive two starts back, toss out his latest from post eight in the slop @ Yonkers, 13YO returns in a prime spot to thrive again


2-Given Up Terror – Things were going well @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & seemed to regain his form

with a stronger finish in his second start here, draws better in a field ripe for the taking


7-Durant – Switches back to claimers off a perfect trip upset, a close second to Flem N Em N before that, steady gelding has always taken to the Big M



9-Medieval Dragon – 1:52 winner here last season rallied for second behind a runaway Obscene Blue Chip for Team Burke, tougher draw off that nice acclimating mile in a real head scratcher


2-Bottom Deals – Faded to ninth in his last two while appearing overmatched in three starts on the comeback trail, tighter now, drops, draws inside with a chance his back class could resurface


10-Six Gun – Classy 10YO landed in prime spot, added Gingras & stormed home to upset with a :56.2 back half, rates highly despite the tougher assignment here



9-Air Strike – Stakes caliber at two & three, qualified in hand, give him the first start back, challenging draw, lightly-raced 4YO still has a chance to flaunt some class


5-Endeavor – Gelding has really ramped it up with a win & narrow loss last week despite a double class hike, with a better draw a similar rally puts him in the picture of this tight match up


6-Franky’s Beach Boy – Reeled off back-to-back aggressive wins & lowered his mark to 1:52.1, parked through torrid fractions last week, improving 4YO deserves another shot at this tougher level



3-Headlights On – Rallied to an upset over Whata Twist in his debut here, then chased a fired up Valrhona, three-week gap to consider, yet draws inside again & doesn’t face much


5-Whata Twist – Towered up from ninth to just miss to Headlights On two starts back, fourth behind that same rival three weeks ago, 0 for 28 last year, but a chance to snap the skid


9-Bet the Dragon – Romped to a new mark two starts back, then chased the standout Pepper Guy into a :56.3 back half, contender despite post nine again with a two for 30 record



3-Southwind General – Just missed with a tremendous parked out effort two starts back, Burke trainee drops again & moves inside after getting parked last week


2-Master Of Puppets – 8YO winning machine has been razor sharp, steps up slightly, but moves inside fresh off another gutsy score & figures to work out his preferred stalking trip


7-Rock On The Hill – Solid runner up two starts back, then encountered slight first turn interference last week, drops back down, but the three for 37 record last year is a knock



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