Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:37 PM


7-Fearless Leader N – Lived up to the tote hype by steamrolling first over to grind down a well-rated Twincreek’s Jesse, 10YO took a new mark in the process, has come back strong for Noel Daley, who’s a hefty seven for 24 & Andrew McCarthy is on fire


3-Rather Swell – Squandered a perfect second over trip & wasn’t quite up to N/W $8,500 types again, drops to face a camera-shy bunch & draws post three again to stalk the speed


5-Lodi Machette Man – Beaten favorite tried it on the engine to no avail, takes another shot at this level, draws a bit better & figures to be forwardly placed again



3-Long Beach – Late-blooming 4YO broke his maiden with a well-driven surge two starts back, then rallied to hit the board chasing a 1:51.3 winner, big threat to continue improving from post three again


6-Art Dancer – Gelding makes his 3YO debut after winning his only start, then scratched lame, regrouped with a pair of sharp qualifiers @ Pocono & lands in a soft spot here


7-J K Fielding – Jennifer Lappe project got his act together with a decisive romp in the snowstorm on 2-17, but has faltered in his last two, chance to rebound with the leading pilot



4-Stitch In Time – Prevailed in a fierce tussle with Caulfield two starts back, then failed to fire from well off the pace, classy horse-for-the-course drops a notch to rebound from the same inside post


2-Caulfield – Gelding has come around for Team Harmon, deuced popped & faded last week, twice just missed as the back-to-back beaten favorite before that & lands post two again


9-Mr Lover – Steps up in class & draws a much tougher post, but form is heating up, right there in the photo with Stitch In Time & Caulfield two starts back, a close second last week



1-Terror Of The Nite – Rallied from a tough spot to hit the board last week for Andrew McCarthy, moves inside off that strong indicator


3-Spaghetti Eddie – Drops back to the level of his perfect trip romp on 3-3 after getting parked first in his last two, 11-time winner in 2017 draws well again


5-JoJo Jove – Runner for the third straight time when collared by the pocket-sitting favorite Workandplayhard last week, his persistency could pay off



5-Legion Of Boom – Seen his act here before, strong numbers in 2017, hinting against tougher claimers @ Dover Downs & ships in for the always dangerous Team Foster


4-Barimah A – Closed into a strong :56.3 back half to just miss by a neck in his second start back here off a sick scratch, builds on that with an inside draw in a tight match up


6-Bering Sea Hanover – Got parked & held well to finish a close third in hi second start off the bench for Team Burke, tighter now & gets another shot at this reduced level



5-Sams Triple Crown – Finished a decent fourth in a very tough match up last week, drops back down in prime form, loves this track & may be within closer striking range


8-Joe’s Bid – Found room up the cones to nail the big favorite Heavenly Sound with the mile of his life, draws outside again, but this improving 4YO looks ready to step up further


1-Clouseau Hanover – Showed stark improvement when he erupted for the upset two starts back, overmatched @ Pocono last week, returns in a more suitable class with the rail for Team Burke



6-Rodeo Romeo – Had dead aim & came up just half a length shy in a furious :26 sprint last week, 1:50 winner here last season possibly on the verge making his fourth start off the bench


7-Western Joe – Joe has been the star of the Preferred class this Winter with his relentless winning ways, controlled the pace & outsprinted them last week, faces another stiff test


4-Bettor’s Edge – Classy double millionaire tried it from off the pace again & was too far out of striking range, look for him to be part of the speed equation from a better post this week



2-Mike’s Z Tam – Bluegrass & Tattersalls winner last Fall took his requisite tour of the track against Preferred foes & draws inside a very competitive field for his second start off the bench


3-Meetyouatmidnight – Veteran gelding is in raging form right now, grinded gamely to be runner up to classy standout Sunfire Blue Chip last week & rewarded with an improved post


7-Griffon Hanover – Converted a perfect second over trip to post the upset two starts back, rallied from a tough spot to hit the board in a salty field last week, gathering steam on the comeback trail



7-More Dragon – Noteworthy qualifier back on 1-26, has two tighteners under him & hits thew rock bottom condition class here for Ricky Bucci


8-Gold Star Roger – Was able to turn his game around with a solid third in his first start off the Robert Lounsbury claim, post is tougher now, but the competition is light


10-Allstar Energy – Ships in fresh off complete blowout @ Saratoga for Team Derue, rugged & versatile gelding has definitely come around & just needs some luck from post ten



8-Sapphire City – 10YO millionaire sports some impressive career stats, makes his fourth start on the comeback trail & gets some class relief for Team Burke


2-National Seelster - $110,000+ winner last season clearly needed his first start in four months, has a chance to stalk the speed from another inside post & show his class


1-Nocturnal Bluechip – Steady Team Orange Crush gelding finally broke through with a sharp steer by Andy last week & can work out another ideal stalking trip from the rail for the class hike



9-All It Takes – Freshened up for Team Burke, shows a couple of narrow losses against these back in December & owns a big kick


3-Stakeout – Finished well from post seven against N/W $5,000 stock two starts back, returns to

the mile track with some class & post relief


8-Bupa Brusier – Finished a rock solid second in his first start off the claim, draws a tougher post, yet looks to make further headway for his new barn



5-Rooster Rabbit – Rallied into a nifty :55.3 back half to just miss in his switch to the mile traffic, chance to be even more effective off that acclimating mile with a drop to the bottom condition


3-David’s Dream – Big M lover has been rounding into form recently, hit the board again from an impossible spot last week & finally gets some post relief


7-Danishdujour – Chris Scicluna claim was airborne from last to just miss by half a length two starts back, too far out of range last week, needs a target in a finale lacking serious speed



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