Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:43 PM


5-Iron Dome – Was flashing some speedy final quarters before the recent sick scratch, third behind Noble Prize in that blizzard two weeks ago & figures to even better


1-Noble Prize – So many horses were slipping n sliding in the snow two weeks ago, this recent Burke acquisition managed a solid second off a lifetime best blowout in his Big M debut & both halves of the entry drew well


2-Pricelesspossession – Steady, stalking-type mare rallied to hit the board in her first start here in the slop last week, only three for 35, but draws inside again to build on that needed start



6-Melady’s Monet – Looking to rebound off a couple off tough trips @ Yonkers, beat Gural Hanover in mid December in NY & can appreciate the move back to the mile track with tactical speed & stamina


1A-Gural Hanover – Regrouped after a rare early miscue with a couple of months off & romped with authority in last week’s qualifier, entrymate has missed a month, yet the pair seem formidable


5-NF Happenstance – Has been on a roll recently winning a couple of Yonkers Opens, one at the added distance, could be dangerous if allowed to control a soft pace



3-Presidente Zette – Rallied to a maiden-breaking upset three starts back, then twice a solid runner up to a pair of good ones, draws well & stands out in a soft match up


8-I M Fishin – Finished an even fourth in her first qualifying mile here under Jody Riedel, the one for 21 record & post seven are concerns, but somebody’s got to finish second


2-Possible Credit – Wasn’t heard from in her debut & that was almost a month ago, yet lands post two again with license to improve in a field lacking any serious threats



4-Brickman – Owns a bit of back class, has a sharp closing kick, drops two notches, hails from a sharp barn & draws a bit better


2-Outcry – Bounced back with a decent rally to hit the board in the closers’ favoring slop last week, draws inside again to build on that for the same reduced claiming tag


6-Charmbo Curiosity – Gelding has been hinting in his last two at the bottom condition level, just missed two starts back, tries the lowest claiming price again



1-Mr Lover – Knocking on the door in his last two against these, has a chance to set up his preferred stalking trip from the rail after tightening up with four starts on the comeback trail


5-Caulfield – Beaten heavy favorite just missed with a solid effort in the slop last week & gets another shot at the bottom condition level for Team Harmon


6-Stitch In Time – Parked first over in his last two, runner up to a raging Misslarose before that, has tumbled down the class ladder & long overdue



2-Alexander Hanover – Looked like he was poised two starts back & squandered a two-hole trip, then dropped & came up with the mile of his life in the slop last week & draws better for step back up in class


1-Upfront Billy – Drops back down to the level of his perfect trip win from the rail on 1-20 with a chance to save ground & regain that winning form


9-Fiji – Hiked back up to this level & chased a runaway My Cherry Pie in the slop last week, his gate speed & current form can put him in play again



3-OK Heavenly – Badly beaten favorite failed to take advantage of post two & was flying late with no chance last week, draws inside the serious rivals & needs to push off within closer range


9-Monica Gallagher – Burke trainee is one of the hottest horses here this Winter, winning three of her last four, gamely held off the heavy favorite Shartin N in the blizzard two weeks ago


8-Keystone Riptide – Followed up a game score two starts back with another solid effort from post ten, look for her to fire out again to set up a stalking attack



1-Iron Mine Johnny – Followed DW’s Revenge, rallied with him & just missed after winning two in a row, improving 4YO on a roll sets up another late charge from the rail


4-DW’s Revenge – Was airborne from the back & outsprinted Iron Mine Johnny in a sharp :27.3, third start off the bench from a better post for this recent Burke acquisition


5-Scirocco Jakob – Came right back off the lifetime best 1:53.4 two starts back with another game speed try in the mud & draws an improved post in a very competitive match up



6-Ashes Cash – Winless so far this season, but his closing kick has placed him on the board in five of six, pace compromised in several, maybe he lucks into the right speedy set up


5-Worth The Money AS – 10YO rounded into form, dropped to the bottom class & tripped out for the upset last week, has more than enough back class to repeat in this wide-open field


4-Piercewave Hanover – Comes off a sick scratch @ Saratoga, but his previous form was solid enough, including a noteworthy second from post nine with trot at both ends



7-Misslarose – Burke trainee was all the rage reeling off three in a row before getting parked in the slop last week, has displayed enough talent & speedy to dominate these


5-The Last Chapter – NYSS graduate makes his 4YO debut after a strong qualifier without trotting hopples, may be ready to take control & steal this one


3-Aces And Eights – I have no idea where that upset win came at only 4-1 in the blizzard of 2-17, regressed back into making another early break last week & draws well to rebound again



6-Jinah Bluegrass – Left alertly from the rail, save ground & faded to sixth in his Big M debut last week, obviously needed the race & gets another shot at a weak group


3-Wonder Buns – She’s been on the board in three of her last four, shook loose late out of a shuffle last week, lands another inside post in a blank bottom level field


2-Caper K Court – Has twice hit the board in her last four, no chance from post seven last week, only one for her last 27, moves inside to set up a stalking trip



6-Rockin Praline – On a recent roll with three wins & two seconds in six starts @ Hawthorne, speedy mare moves into the Nick Surick barn & worth a long look


2-Classy Chapel N – Just about every recent Croghan downunder import has done well here, this mare has tuned up in N/W 4 @ Yonkers, has missed a month off a sick scratch, but draws inside & could surprise


4-Maching Me Zilly – You know she’s got to be better in her second start off the bench here, Burke trainee also draws better & certainly seems capable



3-Whiskersonkittens – Fired out from post nine, forced to angle to the outside & outsprinted fourth last week, drops again, draws an improved post & poised in her fourth start off the bench


5-Blush Hanover – Stepped up & put forth another strong runner up finish with a perfect second over trip, this Linda Toscano trainee also appears on the verge


1-Girllookatthatbody – Stepped back up this level, appeared to be sitting on a big one & was pace compromised in the slop last week, has a chance to trip out within closer range from the rail


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