Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:15 PM

RACE 1

1-Cashendash Hanover – 10YO recently caught fire winning back-to-back @ Dover Downs, dipping slightly in price here, lands the pole & Gingras

 

6-Lucky Man – Brushed to the front in an easy :56.4, drifted in the stretch, but still crushed them, classy millionaire looks formidable

 

3-Major Bubbles N – Finished a solid second to the runaway Lucky Man last week, draws well to stalk the speed again & take his usual late shot

 

RACE 2

4-Mister Truth – Tonight’s Best bet drops all the way down to the bottom condition for the Dash For the G Notes, fresh off a narrow loss with speed at both ends last week

 

7-Alex Bullville – Veteran gelding kept the every-other pattern going with another decisive score, fresh claim retains Super Brett & looks like the one to beat

 

6-Eveil Dun Champion – Didn’t have much chance & raced pretty well here two starts back, gets some class relief & looks for a speed target to shoot at

 

RACE 3

7-Playerosa – Makes his second start off the bench in a wide-open dash For the G Notes division, 1:51.3 has some back class lurking & price may be right

 

3-Wicked Business – Just one for his last 26, yet he flashed increased vigor to hit the board last week & gets another shot at this bottom run from a better post

 

6-Nursery Ed – Unleashed another display of energy & more stamina almost got him the upset last week, looks like Team Harmon have this one figured out

 

RACE 4

7-B Fast Eddie – Drops back to N/W of 3 after chasing superior foes last week, romped in two straight before that & lowered his mark to 1:52.1 with the upset on 1-28

 

8-Century Churchill – Took charge, stole a :58 half & went all the way in a career best 1:53.3, chased B Fast Eddie in two previous starts, looks to blast off & turn the tables

 

6-Griffon Hanover – Lightly-raced 4YO with some upside has had two needed tighteners against slightly tougher company

 

RACE 5

3-Sir Sam’s Z Tam – Gelding has been hinting since dropping to this bottom level with more intense finishes, no chance from post nine last week & moves back inside

 

5-Drunken Terror – Recent Nick Surick claim closed well off a slow pace to chase the standout Alex Bullville last week, finds a tailor made spot here

 

1-Last Dragon – 10YO has struggled to find his best stride against tougher stock this season, now drops all the way down, pushes off from the rail & looms large

 

RACE 6

8-American Rock – Sharp Nick Surick claim on a five-race winning streak, catapulted off a hot pace to win his Big M debut, acclimated now & capable of controlling speed

 

7-Legion Of Boom – Won three of four before finishing a solid second to American Rock last week, consistent tactical speed puts him in play again

 

6-Durant – Has come back around for the strong percentage Eric Foster, just missed from post ten to Legion Of Boom two starts back, got too fired up on the engine last week

 

RACE 7

1-Somesizesomestyle – Razor sharp 6YO gets a barn change & heads a strong Dylan Davis entry, rallied from a difficult spot to score the upset two starts back, then just missed to the raging Missile J

 

3-Alberto Contador N – Nailed this one at a juicy 14-1 last week when the 9YO added Brett Miller, steamrolled first over & crushed with a lifetime best, rewarded with an improved post

 

7-The Rock - $70,000 January Sale purchase stormed home to upset these back on 1-14, returns to the mile track with a more challenging post in a competitive field

 

RACE 8

6-Jacksrluckytoo – Stone closer rocketed home in :25.3 to nail it two starts back, paced a :54.2 back half from never-never land last week, may get the speed target he needs here

 

8-Doctor Butch – Classy winner of $1.2 million takes another shot at this reduced level off a decent third chasing Alberto Contador N, tougher post complicates matters however

 

7-Quality Closer – Took three starts off the sick scratch to break through with a slick drive by Drew Monti, sub 1:50 performer in 2016 steps back up & loves the long stretch here

 

RACE 9

10-National Seelster – Only two for his last 25, but seems to be coming around in his last few, blasted off again & maintained second to the favorite Barimah A, class relief may be just enough to overcome post ten

 

4-Elrama N – Almost stole one on the engine against the current top class here two starts back, we all remember the serious damage he caused in December

 

9-Rufo – Team Burke trainee rated the pace & came up second best as the beaten favorite last week, remains at the reduced level & tackles a more challenging post

 

RACE 10

5-Prince Palani – Came up against the red-hot Gravelsinmytravel three starts in a row, the latest was a solid third in :27.1, lands an ideal midpack post to line up his stalking style

 

7-The Royal Garden N – Took his requisite tour of the oval, draws a tougher post, but has a chance to improve in a wide-open Dash For the G Notes division

 

4-Twincreeks Jessie – Gelding has hit the board in two of his last three, has been more competitive at this bottom level & draws well again

 

RACE 11

3-Iminurblindspot – Brother to Shebestingin kicked in late to collar the place behind heavily favored Timcat Hanover, lands in a soft spot off that inspiring debut here

 

2-Witchita – 0 for 19, third in all three starts here, had dead aim & was outsprinted by Iminurblindspot last week, remains a top contender

 

1-Pinkribbon Warrior – Gelding makes his fifth career start for Andrew Harris off an even fourth behind Witchita, both halves of the entry have a chance to improve

 

RACE 12

1-Ashley’s Husband – Classy gelding noted for his wicked late kick is long overdue, 1:49.1 winner here last season drops again & lands the pole

 

6-Ideal Rocky – 0 for his last 19, but fresh off an excellent acclimating mile, roughed it first over & just missed to the heavy favorite Titus Seelster

 

5-Our Jerry Lee N – Hinting of more in his last two since the sick scratch, paced a :54.4 back half coming from last & drops another notch

 

 

 



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