Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, February 10, 2017 12:19 AM

RACE 1

7-American Rock – On fire winning five of his last six & four in a row, grinded out his Team Harmon debut @ Yonkers, tries the mile track hitting on all cylinders

 

6-Durant – Dropped back down to this level & was more assertive late in the mile off a cover trip from post ten, watch out if he gets loose on the lead

 

5-Legion Of Boom – Gelding has caught fire for Team Fusco, winning three of his last four, nailed the upset from post seven last week with another great drive by Vinnie Ginsberg

 

RACE 2

8-Ultimate Credit – Second start off the injury scratch was a solid second to the raging B Fast Eddie, continues to progress & rates highly despite the outside assignment this time

 

1-Roll With Fred – Just one for 23 in 2016, but raced well in N/W of 4 @ Yonkers, freshened & qualified with plenty for Team Burke & Gingras pushes off from the rail

 

7-Western Tyrant – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding chased Roll With Fred in the qualifier here after winning three of four elsewhere last Fall for Andrew Harris & certainly has potential

 

RACE 3

2-Missile J – $115,000 January Sale purchase has gone two-for-two for his new connections, rocketing home in :26.2 both times & lowered his mark to 1:51, takes the next logical step up

 

4-K-Lees Shakenbake – Made it four straight close seconds when he just missed again, a nose shy of Somesizesomestyle, this persistent gelding figures to be within striking range

 

3-Somesizesomestyle – Stone closer overcame another slow start & nailed a blanket photo with a sizzling :53.2 back half, draws better & will likely be sitting closer this time

 

RACE 4

4-N J Law – 12YO has sharpened his form in his last two, a hard-charging fourth here last week & looms large off that effort

 

8-Brody – Interesting Dover Downs shipper just three for 32 last year, but arrives fresh off a game lifetime best for this price, while flashing sudden speed

 

2-Dr C’s Z Tam – Cycled forward & rallied for the upset on 1-21, rebounded off a rare break with some decent late pace from a tough spot last week, draws well to play a stalking role

 

RACE 5

4-Show Me Up – Dropped to the $10,000 level & finished a solid second on 1-28, rallied from an impossible spot to be right there last week

 

5-Pedro’s Dream – Winner for this price here back on 12-16, was a bit better in his second start off the bench & likely involved from the get-go

 

2-The Royal Garden N – Gelding has had some needed freshening, qualifier was okay, draws inside to facilitate a smooth trip & may surprise

 

RACE 6

8-Alberto Contador N – Drops even further after closing into a :53.3 back half last week, makes his third start off a sick scratch & may be ready to show tactical speed

 

7-Jacksrluckytoo – Steps back up in class fresh off a wicked winning rally as the favorite with a torrid :53.1 back half, Team Harmon trainee looking for an imminent lively flow here

 

2-Ontario Success – Steady Team Burke gelding beat these with a perfect trip on 1-21, a major threat here with class & post relief & reunited with Gingras

 

RACE 7

2-Rock Star – Has taken advantage of class relief in this series with a pair of solid miles, stormed home from a difficult spot to score last week & rewarded with an inside post

 

10-Gravelsinmytravel – Lasix has really kicked in with back-to-back career best blowouts in an eye-popping 1:51.3, has to work harder from post ten, but that might not matter

 

1-Giddy Up Delight – 11YO has come alive since the 12-16 sick scratch, rallied for two decisive wins in this series for the red-hot Jennifer Lappe barn & lands the pole with Super Brett

 

RACE 8

9-Quality Closer – Nine-time winner last year makes his second start off a sick scratch at a reduced level & looks for a hefty speed target

 

5-Rufo – Only one for 11 in 2016, but this Team Burke gelding has picked up shares against superior company recently & gets some needed class relief

 

2-Griffon Hanover – Lightly-raced 4YO with some upside, makes his second start off the bench from an improved post & lands in a wide-open field

 

RACE 9

2-Ohoka Texas N – Kicked in with a :54.4 back half to hit the board last week, drops another notch & draws inside to set up another strong charge

 

4-Alex Bullville – 9YO gelding has found his best stride recently, fresh off a narrow loss to a fired up Ring Warrior, easy winner before that will be back in his usual stalking spot

 

9-Ring Warrior – Dropped back to this price, wired them & was claimed by raging Eric Foster barn, expected to be blasting off from his outside assignment

 

RACE 10

6-Timcat Hanover – Lightly-raced 3YO won his sophomore debut before running into an ultra impressive Highalator last week, continues to progress

 

4-Witchita – 0 for 18, a decent third again behind Timcast Hanover, gelding looks to improve in an opportunist role from a favorable post

 

9-Djnorthernstar – Just missed to Timcat Hanover on 1-28, outpaced by that rival last week, looks to set up his late move from a tougher post

 

RACE 11

1-Barimah A – Gelding has cranked it up in his last three on Lasix, strong second to the vicious Missile J last week & moves inside to stalk the ample speed

 

6-B Fast Eddie – High percentage Eric Foster stable has certainly found the key to this 4YO gelding with two straight convincing wins & lowered his mark to 1:52.1

 

4-Perseverant – Steps up off the reclaim by Michael Russo & blowout win in a career best 1:51.2, could be the one to knock off despite the move up into a tougher condition

 

RACE 12

6-Something For Doc – Beaten favorite dropped to this bottom level & shook loose with late pace out of a shuffle, classy 9YO can easily atone

 

3-Ilikethemtrashy – Draws better on a mini form spree & fresh off a narrow loss with strong pace at both ends

 

1-Twincreeks Jessie – Roughed it first over to a short, late lead last week, in good form right now & seeks a smooth, ground-saving trip from the rail

 

 



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