Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 12:18 PM

RACE 1

3-Fox Valley Steffen – Needed a bit more punch off cover last week, but can ignite his form with a further reduction in claiming price & draws the same inside post to stalk the speed

 

5-Winemaster Hanover – Revolving door gelding claimed in four straight, favored in three & won back-to-back, too far back from post nine last week, consistent & high in the win column

 

1-Possessed Fashion – Added trotting hopples & qualified with confidence after some breaking issues, returns at a significantly lower level, yet the one for 17 last year is a concern

 

RACE 2

3-Big Bad Beach – Followed up an explosive rally to upset on 1-20 with a close second to the well-rated Robocall Hanover, talented & versatile mare stands out for Brett Miller

 

2-Somethinginawater – No chance from post eight @ Yonkers last out, a game third to Big Bad Beach when last seen here back on 12-22

 

1A-Ava N Ella – Grey mare is a fresh acquisition for Michael Russo, disappointed in the comeback @ Woodbine, yet lightly-raced with upside & draws well

 

RACE 3

5-Mostinterestingman – Brushed n crushed these in his Burke Barn debut here, gets another easy shot at the N/W of 3 with plenty of upside

 

8-Shez All Muscles – Rallied to upset N/W of 2 here on 1-6 after an 0 for 31 season, ineffective in N/W of 4 @ Yonkers, challenging post, reunited with Super Brett                                                                

 

2-Millville Road – A solid, parked out second from post eight here on 12-22, then missed a month of action, moves inside to bounce back, but his two for 32 is a concern

 

RACE 4

6-Century Churchill – Recent Richie Johnson acquisition won first time Lasix on 1-14, left hard & had some late traffic issues last week, top contender

 

7-B Fast Eddie – Where on earth did that brave effort come from last week? Steamrolled first over & fought off a raging Spicebomb with the mile of his life by far, was it a fluke?

 

4-Pickwick – Jack Franklin trainee has struggled since the easy post ten win in N/W of 2 back on 12-31, in line for a trip closer to the pace here

 

RACE 5

5-Its Chocolate Time – Has landed on the fringes in his last two since the bombs away comeback in 1:56.1, relatively fresh threat may conjure up a bit more pop off cover this time

 

3-Buffalino Hanover – Jumped on the Buffalino bandwagon when he just missed two starts back, set a rated pace & settled for third as the beaten favorite last week, draws better & gets another try at this reduced level

 

2-Playboy Rusty – Forced wide & finished an even fourth just behind Buffalino Hanover after a solid second on 1-20, seems to be trending right & lands inside to trip out

 

RACE 6

6-Muscle Diamond – Beaten favorite got off to an unusually slow start in the slop a few weeks ago, well-bred & talented son of Muscle Hill continues his journey back from a long injury layoff with some lofty goals

 

7-Crosbys Clam Bake – Had an excuse for coming up a bit short off the sick scratch, his previous wins were pretty convincing & has proven tough when in control of the pace

 

5-B Yoyo – Took full advantage of some class relief & positive form cycle to deliver as the favorite last week, bumped back up with a stellar record here

 

RACE 7

2-Sheer Flex – Took the aggressive rout in the slop & paid off at almost 8-1 a couple of weeks ago, post two again for a barn that’s clicking on all cylinders & adds Super Brett

 

4-Can Do – Gelding has clearly cycled back around, off the easy win on 1-20 he chased a well-rated winner in an admirable step up in class last week

 

3-World Cup – Classy 8YO was sharpening his sword prior to the sick scratch, just missed to Sheer Flex on 1-20, draws an improved post to turn the tables

 

RACE 8

3-Red Scooter – Beat the 15s in game fashion back on 12-31, drops a notch off a decent effort from the same inside post & looks to stalk n pop this crew

 

6-Alex Bullville – 9YO warhorse has rallied to beat these in two of his last three, perfect drive paid off for Super Brett as the convincing favorite last week

 

2-Magic Tricks – Was ineffective chasing a 1:51.4 winner while trying to step up in price off the claim & easy score, drops back down & draws better

 

RACE 9

7-Here Comes Sam – Bounced back with a strong second to a well-controlled Golden Son last week, reeled off two in a row recently & lowered his mark to 1:56, sharp item

 

3-Windsong Illusion – Tackled two straight outside posts off the back-to-back wins, a much better second last week & lands inside to duplicate that effort

 

1-Battle Mage – Sat a perfect pocket, was no match for standout Golden Son & outsprinted by Here Comes Sam, look for another alert start from the rail to be a prime opportunist again

 

RACE 10

3-Skates N Plates – Draws inside fresh off an air-out mission in his return here with Gingras in the bike, an impressive 1:54.3, has a big chance to build on that

 

5-Midfield Magic – Kicked off his year with an easy win & close second, then was thwarted by post ten & can show more speed here

 

8-Long Story Short – Drops back down to face the 15s, rallied to upset these at 40-1 two starts back, needs a quick pace set up from a tougher post

 

RACE 11

4-Joyful Game – Had the live cover of Blush Hanover & got nosed out buy that rival last week, an excellent bounce-back mile, capable of outkicking these with another smooth trip

 

7-Blush Hanover – Dropped to this level & converted a perfect trip to score as the 2-1 favorite, looking for a similar rally with Super Brett

 

9-Intoview – Has been deadly at this level, just missed on the engine, then surged past Pan Luis Obispo for the mild upset, threat despite post nine

 

 

 



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