Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:59 PM


4-Redline Rusty – One for his last 29, but came to life when he shook loose with late pace to grab second two starts back, then had no chance from post ten, finds an ideal scenario to stalk n pop


7-Quality Bud – 1:50.2 winner here last season hasn’t been able to recapture some of his previous form despite dropping in class, but this is a prime spot for a wake up call


6-Bet The Dragon – 0 for his last 32, yet his finishes have been stronger in his last two with a :27.2 & :27.3, does sport a stale date & will need some pace to shoot at



2-Dundee Hanover – $130,000 yearling first foal out of Darena Hanover, 1:50.2 [$665,207], makes his debut for Team Burke off a strong second qualifier & lands in very soft spot


1-Backseat Terror – Just missed three starts back & emerged from a shuffle to rally for third last week, back on the rail to break her goose egg if the Burke first timer is somehow not up to it


3-Suitcase Simpson – Ray Schnittker guided this homebred gelding on a much-needed tour of the oval, draws inside again for only his second start & continues his positive progression



6-Iammrbrightside N – 9YO NZ bred was freshened & qualified with a :26.3 here, tightened up against some salty opponents in the comebacker last week & now drops dangerously


4-Bettor’s Glass – Classy 1:49.1 performer here last season was understandably a tad short off the bench last week, finished well behind Iammrbrightside N in the qualifier & draws inside


5-Dubious Claim – Steady check earner at this level recently just missed to heavily favored Rootin Tootin last week, bumped back up off that strong effort & stalks midpack



5-Siskel – Sports two impossible trips against N/W $8,500 company since the post ten score back on 2-9, now drops back a notch & reunited with Gingras


9-Pretty Boy Hill – Continues his steady descent down the class ladder with different drivers, beat these & N/W $8,500 stock in January, will need some trip luck from post nine


10-Larrys Petrock – Hasn’t been heard from while seemingly overmatched in three starts here for his new barn, stuck outside, but gets some class relief & this is a 4YO with potential



5-Incredible Shark – Made an early-season impression against some of the upper crust here, gets another class drop & has the chance set up his preferred stalking trip


7-Rootin Tootin – 4YO was clearly on the verge, took charge & held on to take a new mark of 1:50.2 last week, sharp enough to handle the class hike & another demanding post


3-Solo Story – Almost snapped his winless skid with a hard-charging nose loss last week, sports a 1:51.3 mark @ The Big M last season, draws better & remains at a competitive level



3-McThriller – Has already equaled his mark of 1:50.4 this season, drops out of the Preferred, no chance from post nine two starts back, draws well to flaunt his speed & form


2-Alotbettor N – Capitalized on his current form spree with a gutsy first over tally last week, draws inside again with a big chance to employ similar tactics & stay on a roll


1-Urban Renewal – Gelding has clawed his way up the class ladder with four relentless efforts since coming back, pegged him last week when he nailed the nose upset from post eight



2-New Talent – This gelding is on a roll of his own for Jeff Cullipher, stalked Castle Flight all the way & just missed last week, can set up a similar stalking trip from post two again


5-Castle Flight - $50,000 claim paid off with a sparkling new mark of 1:49.3 in last week’s Preferred, versatile gelding may be tough to stop on his current form spree


4-Tuxedo Bay – Going to guess whatever caused him to falter as the heavy favorite two weeks ago has been alleviated, won two previous Preferreds with vicious sprints



1-Threeofthebest A – Turned his game around completely with a furious rally for second to standout Mindtrip last week & now lands the pole in a pretty sharp field


5-Ginger Tree Marty – Bounced back by uncorking a speedy :54 back half & just missed to heavily favored Alotbettor N last week, improving Burke trainee back on his toes


7-Somebaddude – Took a mark of 1:50.4 here in late December, then a runner up to Mindtrip on 2-2 after missing a month, 4YO with upside & wicked kick returns to the mile track 



8-Duckies Dynasty – Kicked off last month with two straight upset rallies & came close with a similar late burst last week, tough post, but looms large with the right set up


5-Rebel Rouser – Lightly-raced 5YO rose to this level & just missed to Art Dancer two starts back, returns fresh off a rousing wire-to-wire @ Yonkers with Gingras back in the bike


7-Art Dancer – Took a new mark of 1:51 with a hard-fought score from the rail two starts back, 

used hard in quickening pace from the same post last out, big threat with more patient handling



1-Shamballa – Classy 2016 US Pacing Championship upsetter paced home in :26.2 in comebacker here for Andrew Harris, now gets class & post relief as a fresh threat


2-Nascar Seelster – Was locked in for awhile before the stretch sprinting started last week, draws better to set up another close up stalking trip & punch home with a clear shot


3-All Week – Was able to regain some confidence with a solid third flashing pace at both ends last week, took a 1:50.2 mark in a similar spot back on 1-26 & the move inside is key



6-Redonkulous – Beat N/W $8,500 back on 1-12 & was twice a close second a notch above that this season, this could be a tailor made class drop n pop scenario for him to revive


2-Ghost Pine – Took plenty of tote action off his wake up effort @ Freehold & almost went all the way from post eight last week, 1:49.4 performer here last season moves inside


1-Stonedust – Got shuffled a bit in the three-hole, angled into traffic & got clearance too late last week, now the grey drops again, lands the rail, ten-time winner in 2018 is overdue



8-JK Parlay – Sharp upset with a blastoff from post ten two starts back, left again last week, got picked off behind a gapping Ideal Son & came back to finish well, live item at a price 


4-Itsnoproblemman – Impossible to ignore after holding on to beat these twice in his last three, Rick Dane, Jr. claims him for himself & draws inside to go down the road again


2-Four Staces – Romped to his second win in three starts since the claim by Dennis Watson, draws an improved post to handle another class hike



6-Talent Soup – 2017 Pace finalist looking to bounce back off a lean 4YO season, took his post nine tour last week after being off seven months & now hits the rock bottom condition


3-All It Takes – 1:50 performer @ Hoosier Park last season has now had two solid acclimating miles here at this lowest condition rung & draws well in a very soft finale


8-Twincreeks Jessie – Veteran horse-for-the-course gets another class drop for his fourth start since a sick scratch, yet will need some pace to shoot at from a demanding post








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