Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 8:55 PM

RACE 1

5-Fox Valley Steffen – One for 13 this season, but on the ticket in three of his last four, tough trips in his last two in NY, avoids Gold Medal Swan in his return to the mile track for Jennifer Lappe 

 

7-Danish Durango – Has done quite well to hit the board in both starts since switching to trainer Nick Surick, in fact he just missed when well rated on the engine last week

 

1-Shady McCoy – Strong rally from a tough spot to grab third three starts back, excuses in his last two, back inside with a one for 11 record this season hanging over him

 

RACE 2

5-Quality Kemp – Grand Circuit stake winner at two set a strong pace & faded against older foes in his 3YO comeback @ Harrah’s Philly for Team Burke, dam a sister to Hambo winner Trixton

 

1-Brothers N Arms – Brother to Father Patrick & Pastor Stephen added trotting hopples & just missed with strong finishes in both qualifiers, strong Takter entry

 

7-Perfetto – OSS product unleashed a sterling rally to pull a mild upset in his 3YO debut when the big favorite broke, Nifty Norman trainee lands outside again, but sky’s the limit

 

RACE 3

1-Yo Apollo Creed – 0 for 11 this season, yet worked his way up to the N/W 3 level, 1:51 winner here in 2017 gets enough class relief & draws the rail again 

 

3-Green Olives – Has paid the price for slow starts in his last two while transitioning to the mile track, finished well from an impossible spot last week, moves inside an up-for-grabs field

 

6-Arts Blaze – 14YO warhorse edged out Green Olives & hit the board in a much-improved effort last week, another patient trip may pay off

 

RACE 4

7-Fiji – With breaks in two of his last three he’s a question mark, yet Eric Abbatiello is back in the seat, his effort two starts back was okay & owns a bit of class, tight call

 

3-Winwood Scout – Set a rate & moderate pace & came up second best last week, sharpening on the comeback trail, draws a bit better & doesn’t face much

 

1-Latoka – Recent winner @ Freehold ships in with strong form on view, lands the rail in a wide-open field & will be looking to stalk & pick them up late

 

RACE 5

1-Twin B Tuffenuff – Kicked home in :54.4 off perfect cover to grab second behind the favorite Decoy, moves inside to show more, dam is a sister to Big Jim

 

3-Surfing Tide – Stormed home off a fast pace to edge Liveonthephone in a sharp 3YO debut on Lasix, logical repeat threat draws better

 

5-Liveonthephone – Nice recovery from an early miscue & barely outsprinted by Surfing Tide, no doubt eligible to break through in his second try off the bench

 

RACE 6

3-Fashionwoodchopper – Rated #4 on The Road to the Hambletonian, PASS champion & Grand Circuit winner at two, trotted a :55.1 back half in his latest qualifier & draws well

 

2-Atlanta – Hot filly prospect for Team Z, NYSS winner & Breeders Crown finalist at two qualified impressively, lands inside & rates serious contender status in a pretty competitive field

 

6-Celebrity Ruth – Runner up to standout Ariana G in a solid qualifier, second in NYSS Final & banked over $400,000 in her first season, Smedshammer has come out smokin 

 

RACE 7

6-Southern Pursuit N – 1:52.1 winner here in his only win this season was a much better third two starts back & had no chance in a G Notes Final last week

 

4-Lodi Machette Man – Missed three weeks prior to last week’s needed mile, saved ground, shuffled & outsprinted, further class relief may do the trick

 

5-Love Tap Hanover – Pelling trainee was a beaten favorite chasing 1:49.4 blowout winner Ghost Pine two starts back, looks to rebound off a dull effort @ Pocono

 

RACE 8

7-Chromeo – Lightly-raced 4YO won his first three starts this season, then got totally blocked behind a wall last week, sharp Smedshammer trainee drops a notch

 

5-Montalbano Bi – Tetrick gave him a perfect two-hole trip & he was all out to miss by a length last week, this Team Burke-tuned gelding & Big M lover gets further class relief

 

1-Meadowbrook Glider – Simply can’t be ignored with the double class drop from the rail again fresh off a decent effort chasing the standout Misslarose

 

RACE 9

5-Roll With Howie – Flashed some late life in an improved third start off the bench, returns to the mile track here in a new bottom condition & reunited with Brett Miller

 

2-Victorydaze Wilwin – Dropped to this level & put together a solid second behind runaway winner Whata Twist, chance for an overdue win from an inside post

 

1-Debt Of Honor – Freehold stalwart just one for 20 this season, yet did well in the recent Homestretch Series, has a winning history here & the rail sets up a stalking trip

 

 

 



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