Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:14 PM

RACE 1

6-Straightoutaconsin – Just one for 16 & winless this season in eight tries, yet offered some sneaky late pace in his debut here, benefits from that & figures to be within closer range

 

3-Long Beach – Brittany Farms bred first foal out of 2012 Dan Patch Award winner American Jewel, making his long-awaited debut in a soft spot, latest qualifier a positive

 

1-D M Reacher – 0 for 13, lightly-raced 4YO ships in off two tighteners @ Mohawk, hasn’t raced in three weeks, but lands the pole in a wide-open field

 

RACE 2

7-Planet Rock – NYSS champion & Grand Circuit winner at two qualified in sharp fashion here, then had no chance in a Lismore Elimination, threat despite post eight

 

1-She’s Watching – Sister to Pace record setter He’s Watching remained undefeated with a mighty power sweep in :26.2, draws better for the step up to N/W of 3, strong entry

 

8-Sapphire Breeze – Burke trainee reeled off two straight blowouts @ The Meadows, then third in PASS, has the speed & class to overcome post nine

 

RACE 3

8-Moonlight Cocktail – You can go on the fresh angle & improving trend with this Toscano-tuned mare, draws a demanding post, but tackling much easier

 

5-Montalbano Bi – Clearly not the top of his game, but drops back down a notch & really had it going earlier this season when he took a mark of 1:54.2, big chance to turn it around

 

4-Latoka – Switches to the mile track sporting marginal recent form, gets class & post relief, stalking type in a field of question marks

 

RACE 4

2-Mac Attack – Lightly-raced gelding moves inside with two tighteners under him, was more aggressive last week & looking for further positive form

 

8-Sam’s Triple Crown – Rosecroft shipper has proven he’s for real with a solid second & gunning down the favorite Brian J last week, logically one to fear

 

5-Bold N Brassy – Finally broke through with a perfect trip against N/W of 2 @ Yonkers, Remmen trainee ships in brimming with confidence

 

RACE 5

1-Lightning Raider N – Shook loose a bit too late & was right there third in the photo last week for $5,000, steps up a notch for his second try off a sick scratch from a much better post

 

3-Cherokee Ranger – Draws an improved post on a form spree, runner up in his last three just missed fresh off the claim

 

7-Daylyn Horizon – Just one for 16 this season, tried to rally from impossible spots & still the board in his last two, the right pace sets up another big late charge

 

RACE 6

4-Bettor’s Edge – Classy gelding rebound from a break in the slop & tried to close from last into a :53.2 back half last week, draws better & likely goes back to speed

 

6-Jet Airway – Freshened up with a month off a mini form spree in the Open class @ Dover Downs, gutsy 6YO may hold a slight edge in this competitive match up

 

5-Ontario Success – Just one for 12 & six seconds in a disappointing 2017 season so far, got shuffled to the rear, angled late & was flying in :25.3 last week & needed the race

 

RACE 7

4-Calvin B – Classy gelding tuned up for this with a perfect trip score from post seven @ Tioga Downs, 1:49.2 performer here last season draws well for his third start off the bench

 

6-Millenium Wheel – Dropped n popped in rousing style from post eight, quickly regained early season form here for a high percentage barn

 

2-Jacksrluckytook – Long productive season so far for this Team Harmon trainee, twice beaten favorite with excuse trips draws an improved post to atone

 

RACE 8

5-Wild Shot Hanover – Got parked from post ten two starts back, a decent fourth from post nine last week, just one for 19 this season, but owns some back class

 

2-Mr Julian – Been awhile since those back-to-back blowouts back in early March, finally draws an inside post & could surprise this bunch with his best

3-Jetski Louie – Flashed some positive signs here earlier this season, ships back into the bottom condition & gets an inside draw to employ aggressive tactics

 

RACE 9

2-Hey Dali – Took advantage of some class relief to score an overdue win @ Harrington, lands in a prime spot to stalk the speed for a high percentage barn

 

5-Camturo Beach – Hasn’t raced in three since the claim & back-to-back lifetime marks of 1:51.4 in a G Notes series, but stands out in this camera-shy field

 

10-Twincreeks Jack – Reclaimed by Nick Surick after winning again for a $7,500 tag, sharp gate speed & form helps overcome post ten

 

RACE 10

5-Debt Of Honor – Only one for 20 in 2017, but going on the much improved surge for third last week, a distinct positive in a field lacking power

 

7-Sizz Matty – Rallied to hit the board in his Big M debut, then forced wide from an impossible spot last week, 0 for his last 33 & more demanding post are major concerns

 

1-That’s My Harley – Seems to have come around recently @ Rosecroft, draws the rail here off a no-chance trip & eligible to trip out in a blank field

 

RACE 11

4-Rock The Official – Only one for 17 in 2017, but draws well off a solid second fresh off the bench & retains Scott Zeron

 

3-Lightning Strike – 9YO gelding on a roll right now for Jennifer Lappe, well driven to a close second from post eight in a sparkling Big M debut & move inside

 

6-Walks Of Life – Persistence & perfect trip paid off as he got the slight jump on Lightning Strike last week, terrific acclimating mile & logically rates highly again

 

 

 



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