Posted by Ken Warkentin on Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:14 PM

RACE 1 

1          Chat Snap – Western Terror filly simply circled the field like they were standing still with a :55.1 back half & crisp :26.3, looking professional & confident in a smashing debut, obviously tough to go against 

  

5          Time Clock Hanover – Rested for a few months off some solid closing efforts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, a lot sharper finish in the second qualifier, strong in the win column & some upside here 

  

7          Big Bad Beach – Three-time beaten favorite set a rated pace & had to settle for second again behind a hard-charging Chat Snap, tackled that same rival again from a tougher post, yet remains a top contender 

  

RACE 2 

6          Sim Brown – Nice drive by Greg Merton almost got this 9YO across with solid trot at both ends of the mile last Friday, John Kokinos & Jennifer Lappe are a successful combo & this gelding owns some back class 

  

4          He’s An American – Scored decisively wire-to-wire as the 3-1 favorite & took a new mark of 1:55.3 with Jim Marohn, Jr., now gets two-time Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller & draws better 

  

7          Captain Primeau – The Captain is one of our old favorites, this Big M lover has regained his form with an easy win & game nose loss @ Freehold & Joe Lee sports an impressive slugging percentage 

  

RACE 3 

2          UF Fast Feelin – Michael Russo claim back on 1-26 raced much better closing to hit the board with the addition of Jim Marohn, Jr. off the sick scratch, draws post two again in a wide-open affair 

  

3          Rocknalltheway – Dropped to this level for his third start off the bench & offered a bit more to grab minor spoils just behind UF Fast Feelin & draws the same inside post to stalk that rival 

  

7   Fraternity – Caught in ever-never land & pace compromised off a slow :57.1 half last week, drops back to the level of the claim, 10-time winner last year trending upward since the late January sick scratch 

  

RACE 4 

7          Cheyenne Patti – 10YO has been a consistent performer @ Freehold, no chance in her last start there from post seven there, strong in the win column, look for Jim Marohn, Jr. to put her in play in a race with no standouts 

  

1          Cicely Hanover – Greg Merton gave this mare a perfect drive from post six & she was full out to hold on to fifth behind Future Life last week, now 0 for her last 17, yet has a chance to show more with another ground-saving trip from the rail 

  

2          Fiftyshadesofrusty – Ships in sporting lively form @ Freehold for the strong percentage Robert Ginsburg, Jr. barn, could be the main speed from an inside draw as she adjusts to the mile track 

  

RACE 5 

1          Amped Up – 9YO gelding has been revved up in his last two here, a big well-driven winner two starts back, then ran into a raging I Found My Beach last week, can track that rival again from the rail & possibly turn the tables 

  

2          I Found My Beach – One of the biggest standouts on tonight’s card, came right back off the Dash For The G Notes Final win to go wire-to-wire while all out, sharp claim by trainer John McIntyre owns tons of back class & draws inside again 

  

3          Pedro’s Dream – Gelding has been relegated to fringe-player status so far this season with one third in five starts, improved post facilitates an ideal stalking trip & nobody driving better than Jim Marohn, Jr. 

  

RACE 6 

1          Man Of Muscle – Sat last & really got going late, weaved through traffic, angled widest & finished strong less than two lengths back at 95-1, drops back down to the bottom level, moves inside & has a chance to upset this light group 

  

3          Master Of Excuses – Gelding has had a couple of decent acclimating miles, added Brett Miller, had dead aim charging hard off cover & was nipped for second by Tea Party Poilitics & draws well again 

  

8          Tea Party Politics – Finished a surprisingly very good second off the sick scratch at more than 60-1, anything similar gives him a chance to light up the board from a tougher post 

  

RACE 7 

1          Four Hour Nap – She had a win & a second @ the NW of $5,000 level here back in November, clearly needed her last two @ Yonkers off the sick scratch & two months on the sidelines, lands the rail in a prime spot 

  

2          Pan Luis Opispo – Snow Cone A sprinted off in :26.4 & left her in the dust fourth, Burke trainee gets another shot at the bottom level from an improved post & remains a serious threat 

  

3          Mojarra Hanover – 10YO veteran loves to rally down the long stretch here, last two @ Freehold were just okay, second to the streaking Jaramaya three starts back, big chance to get back in the win column here 

  

RACE 8 

4          Kolbee’s Star – Another Dover Downs shipper with a solid record last season, made some early breaks @ Yonkers last out, draws well in a softer spot to spark his 2017 form, upset chance 

  

5          Danish Durango – Classy 5YO with a mark of 1:52 here last season, has taken a few starts to regain his form since the sick scratch, twice beaten favorite set a rated pace & fell a neck shy last week & has a big chance to atone 

  

9          Theraputic – Burke trainee was a solid third in the comebacker after chasing a superior Burke trainee Luminosity in the qualifier, gets another chance to step up at this reduced level, yet post nine will require some more work 

  

RACE 9 

1          Fresh Squeezed – Beaten heavy favorite got a perfect second over trip with Brett Miller & lacked the knockout punch chasing Future Life, still a nice acclimating mile, lands the rail for her second start under trainer Al Annunziata, big chance to atone 

  

2          Try N Keep Up – Turned in her best performance of the season with a strong second to Future Life from post eight last week, after only four starts this season she moves inside & looms large with an ideal trip scenario 

  

6          Future Life – 8YO mare has simply come to life winning her last two in lively fashion, steamrolled to a new lifetime mark last week, high winning percentage & Mike Watson barn hitting on all cylinders 

  

  



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