Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 9:37 PM

RACE 1

9-Finnish Your Way – Gave her a chance last week & she ended up getting parked from the same tough post, has now had two starts to acclimate here for Brett Pelling

 

2-Dangerousprecedent – Came right back to blow them away as the favorite again last week, stands out from post two again as she continues to gather steam on the comeback trail

 

6-Teal Hanover – Was much better in her second start off the bench on Lasix, steamrolling first over off a slow pace & just missed to Dangerousprecendent two weeks ago

 

RACE 2

4-Muscle Diamond – Classy $800,000 winner has always packed a late wallop, just missed from a near impossible spot here back on Feb. 1, dangerous with right set up

 

6-Pappy Go Go – Saw his four-race winning streak snapped with a parked out trip @ Yonkers, controlling speed compliments his stablemate & also strong in the win column

 

5-Joey Bats – Twice beaten favorite @ Dover Downs won his last start of 2019 here & took a new mark of 1:52.2, 12-time winner in 2019 part of a fierce Andrew Harris 1-2 punch

 

RACE 3

7-Steve Said – Hot item claimed again fresh off a wire-to-wire blowout from post eight last week, his new barn has been going well & David Yarock is quite capable

 

5-Parklane Jet – Nice recovery from an early miscue to rally & dominate two starts back in a career best of 1:52.4, tough position & late break last week, reunited with Tony Beltrami

 

4-Redneck Fortune – 11YO was claimed off a lifetime best of 1:52.4 here, then stepped up in price & went all the way @ Freehold, draws well, but his driver is unknown

 

RACE 4

8-Caviart Ally – Gallantly gunned down HOY Shartin N in their final three match ups of 2019, freshened & qualified with plenty, classy mare ready to roll against a strong field

 

2-JK American Beauty – Rallied to a decisive score & new mark in a sparkling 4YO debut for Nancy Takter, stakes quality mare draws inside with lots to build on

 

6-Odds On St Lucie – Grinded gamely to just miss in her comeback after missing a month, nothing seems to bother this relentless mare, who would benefit from a speed target

 

RACE 5

2-Battle Born AS – Was able to find room & shook loose late for the $52.60 upset with a much-improved effort in his second start here for new connections, back inside to show more

 

3-If I Must – Tripped out as our $41.60 special & took a new mark in his Big M debut, bumped up a notch & draws inside again for his third start since changing barns

 

4-ER Skywalker – Really gave to the handicappers when he finally stayed flat & steamrolled first over to a new mark & paid $70.20, now draws better third time trotting hopples

 

RACE 6

7-Theraputic – Forced wide from a tough spot to pick up minor spoils in a decent acclimating mile, classy 10YO can put his tactical speed to good use here

 

5-Henderson Seelster – 1:52.4 mark here last season, returns from some needed freshening, wired a well-rated qualifier, gets some class relief in a field of question marks

 

1-Bizet – Decisive winner from post eight three starts back, late bid fell short last week, now drops a notch & in line for a smooth stalking trip from the rail

 

RACE 7

2-Rubber Duck – Took advantage of his third straight class drop, got aggressive & held off a very determined The Big Muscle, rewarded with an inside draw in a lively match up

 

3-Carrick – Beaten heavy favorite draws inside again fresh off a gallant loss in his Big M debut & second start off the bench, big threat in a competitive field

 

8-Top Flight Angel – Runner up in his last two & chased the standout Warrior One last out, still gathering momentum on the comeback trail & rates highly despite another demanding draw

 

RACE 8

2-JB’s Shooting Star – Trips haven’t gone her way last two, 1:50.3 mark here this season gets her third straight class drop & inside draw again

 

4-Sudden Passing – Destroyed similar as the heavy favorite two starts back, now drops back down & draws better for Team Burke, has a chance to take control

 

8-Darkrshadeofpale N – Followed a heavy favorite in Caviart Jane in her return to the Big M, NZ bred mare still acclimating & has a chance to step up further despite a tougher post

 

RACE 9

1-Kenziesky Hanover – Finished a solid third against better two starts back, then got parked & pace compromised, now drops dangerously & lands the rail again

 

5-Final Claim – 4YO Burke trainee made it two-for-two in 2020 by dictating a soft pace from the same post, continues to develop & looms as the one to knock off again

 

4-Very Very Fast – 11YO got off to a great start this season with three wins & has hit the board in five of six, failed to fire last week, chance to rebound from post four again

 

RACE 10

1-Manhattan Play – Has hit the board against better mares recently, this looks like an ideal class drop scenario & the rail is a bonus

 

4-Stephanie Deo – Intriguing first time starter with a solid pedigree & $60,000 price tag, missed a month after the first qualifier, difficult to get a read on her

 

5-Ilana Z Tam – Flashed some life when Lasix was added in late January, now makes her second start off a sick scratch & drops to the bottom condition

 

RACE 11

3-Gotwuteverittakes – 4YO makes his third start off the bench & draws inside again fresh off a narrow loss to a well-rated favorite Final Claim

 

5-Crossfit – Got parked in his 2020 debut, then had too far to come when his stablemate Final Claim stole away on the lead, Team Burke 4YO has potential

 

7-Winnerup – Was hammered down to 8-5 favorite off a sharp move in the qualifier & made a late break, NYSS star with a future & chance to regroup for Trond Smedshammer

 

RACE 12

8-JK Kissntell – Seems to have come around & raced better in her last two since being claimed @ Yonkers by Juan Cano, outside draw, but lands in a real soft spot

 

2-Tamika Terror – Gotta go back to her second by a nose in a deadheat on Jan. 31, draws well off a solid second @ Freehold & overdue

 

4-Racing For Rick – Finished well behind JK Kissntell last out @ Yonkers, but that was a noteworthy romp @ Freehold two starts back

 

RACE 13

10-Fromming – Team Burke-tuned 3YO by Muscle Hill gave it a gallant try & just missed from post nine in his 2020 debut, stands out despite another outside assignment

 

7-Broadway Bruiser – Forced wide from an impossible spot in his comebacker, sharp winner in the slop here back in mid-December

 

8-Shady Mccoy – Third in a deadheat off a rated pace from the same post last week, best effort in awhile & knows how to win here

 

 

 

 



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