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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:26 PM

RACE 1

5-Photo Mass – Intriguing shipper left Saratoga on a winning note, freshened & qualified solidly over Monticello with a -2 variant, 1:54.4 performer against better stock at Woodbine last season

 

10-Walltocousins – Kicked off 2015 with an easy wire-to-wire C-2 class win, steady 1:55 trotter figures to blast off & may simply be too fast for this bunch

 

6-Captain Primeau – 11YO warhorse has been knocking on the door recently, finishing his miles with good vigor & chasing standouts like Cashahallic, too far back & pace compromised last week

 

RACE 2

4-Safe From Terror – Followed right behind stablemate Donttellruss with another solid effort in the Worldly Beauty Final, promising Team Burke filly stands out here

 

9-Alessana Hanover - $125,000 yearling from a strong family has worked her way up to NW of 4 in only seven career starts, outside draw means she’ll look for a target & speed is not plentiful in this match up

 

5-American Truth – Late-blooming filly seemed to put it together with her latest qualifier win, then had an even & needed trip over the track, expect improvement

 

RACE 3

2-DC Flashback – Debuts for trainer Scott Di Domenico fresh off a couple of tightening miles at Dover Downs & lands in a real soft spot here

 

3-Stonebridge Idol – Form has been dull on the comeback trail in NY, but owns some back class, drops into a blank C-2 & draws well

 

4-Twisted Pretzel – Can’t fault this gelding’s consistency, beaten favorite grinded gamely week, figures to come right back in a stalking mode

 

RACE 4

4-Palm Beach - $25,000 buy at the Mixed Sale arrives off several hard-charging in-the-money finishes at Woodbine, matches up nicely in this pretty competitive field

 

8-The Summer Wind – Paced home in :26.4 against tougher last week, had back-to-back narrow losses at this C-1 level recently, she can fly home with the right set up

 

6-Twin B Elite – Perked up with a premature move to the top in her second start off the sick scratch, classy mare is a threat crank it up another notch

 

RACE 5

1-Rev It Now – Veteran gelding has been competitive for the $15,000 tag at Dover Downs, including a near miss three starts back, looks for a smooth, stalking trip from the rail

 

6-My Muscleman – Beaten chalk got parked & held third last week, just missed with a :27.4 surge before that, live item trying to atone from a more challenging post

 

8-Upfrontstrikesgold – 7YO trotted the mile of his life [1:54]  & rallied for the upset two starts back, then no factor at the C-1 level, drops back down to tackle a vulnerable C-2 field

 

RACE 6

1-Modest Prince – Had no chance & was too far back the last two times he faced these, comes off another crushing score at the B-2 level, now moves inside brimming with confidence

 

7-Melady’s Monet – Raging gelding has been the prime focus at this top level this meet despite gaps between races, has now missed 28 days & faces a few sharp foes who can trot with him

 

6-Lindy’s Tru Grit – Caught fire for Team Orange Crush at the C-1 level & quickly worked his way up, fresh off a tough loss to Team Six with trot at both ends

 

RACE 7

6-Hill I Am – Cycled back around & jogged in an added distance event, lightly-raced 4YO & former NJSS champion capable of more

 

1-B L Class Act – Quickly got back in the win column with a mighty :27.3 surge in his comeback, then a solid third at the C-1 level & lands the pole here

 

5-Carnegie – Dropped to the C-2 level & paid off as the favorite in a vigorous effort, 8YO regained his confidence & poised to step back up to C-1

 

RACE 8

2-Evil Urges – Gelding makes his first start for the Remmens off an even qualifier, Open class performer at Vernon Downs last season draws inside here

 

6-Jailhouse Juice – Closed a ton to just miss by a neck last week in a much improved mile, any semblance of that effort makes him a threat in this one

 

3-Hasty Proffitt – Upset a similarly soft field from post eight two starts back, then was caught in never-never land in a 1:54.4 mile, this is more to his liking

 

RACE 9

1-Walk The Walk – Qualified a ton, then burned the chalk, yet overcame a tough trip chasing a revved up Hill I Am, second start in six months logically figures to be even better

 

4-Justin On Broadway – Showed some positive signs before that rousing score in the slop at Yonkers on 1-12, chance to keep it going from an ideal spot back on the mile track

 

10-Winding Hill – Arrived here for Team Burke on a three-race winning streak, made a break, then caught out of position after a slow start, look for Gingras to blast off & put him in play

 

RACE 10

6-Rock Of Cashel – Rallied for second in a much-improved effort here last week, takes another shot at the reduced C-2 class, while heading in the right direction

 

2-Chocoholic – Set a rated pace & faded to fifth last week despite going all the way in an added distance event on 1-8, the move inside may allow her to steal this one

 

3-How Bout Cash – Struggled in both starts for her new barn at the C-1 level, chance to regroup with class & post relief & retains Bionic Man

 

RACE 11

4-Master Of Law – Added trotting hopples & finished an okay fifth after missing 28 days, 1:52 performer here last season for Takter draws better in a wide-open field

 

2-Dreams Of Thunder – Ake Svanstedt has this gelding on his toes now, just missed to Splitsville with a game grind, lost to Cash Poor with the same tough trip before that, a likely stalking threat

 

8-Spider Blue Chip – Millionaire trying to rebound off a disappointing 4YO season, has taken a few starts to regain his best stride for Nifty Norman & gets some needed class relief

 

RACE 12

3-Pan Luis Obispo – Razor sharp in her last three here, almost pulled the upset repeat two starts back, outsprinted at the top end last week, finds a prime drop n pop scenario

 

7-Montenegro – Has been holding her own against superior stock, drops into a camera-shy field, owns plenty of gate speed to blast off & assert herself, strong in the win column last year

 

1-Delightful Dragon – Has clearly come around since the sick scratch, fresh off two narrow losses, nailed by a perfect-trip Brownsville Bomber last time & needed the race after missing three weeks

 

RACE 13

6-Dynamite Dame – Picked up checks in the tougher Super Bowl Series, chased a standout in Royal Ice last week, filly with some upside retains the Buckeye with a chance for a mild surprise

 

3-Lauderdale – Bounced back with a winning qualifier in a solid 1:55.2, drops to C-2, draws well & retains Scottie Z, one to beat on his best behavior

 

5-Vibe Blue Chip – Beaten favorite was an excellent runner up two starts back, Team Burke gelding reunited with Gingras & dangerous at the C-2 level

 

 

 



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