Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 12:27 PM


3-Griffon Hanover – Gelding continued on a form spree with a gallant grind & narrow loss to the pace-controlling Dorel last week, another inside draw places him within closer striking range again


6-Lawrencetown Beach – 4YO ramping up his game on the comeback trail for Team Burke, missed three weeks prior to his energetic showing last week & figures prominently in this very tight & intriguing opener


5-Transitioning Joy – Team Teague arrive with a lightly-raced & promising 3YO fresh from sharpening his sword in series action @ Dover Downs, tough to gauge how he matches up against classier & more seasoned foes here



2-Lear Seelster – Was chasing the likes of Pepper Guy in the much tougher Sagamore Series @ Yonkers, acclimated now & draws inside for the always dangerous Andrew Harris


5-Art Dancer – Beaten favorite won his Big M debut with ease, then chased a monstrous Heavenly Sound with more late vigor last week, this gelding has plenty of upside & this is soft spot for him the excel further


4-Jackamino – Needed only a couple of starts @ Pocono to break through for his first win, gelding draws well to continue ramping up his career



1-Mike’s Z Tam – 4YO gelding had no chance when Barimah A was allowed to stroll through a :57.3 half, still shot home in :25.3, just missed before that & raced in the Preferred on March 17, drops again with a seven for 25 record last year


3-Mr Euroman N – Here’s another who had no shot last week behind Barimah A, seemed to come around with a late burst two starts back, can’t forget that 1:50 mile back on Jan. 27, class & post relief make him a serious threat 


6-Speed Again – Classy millionaire for Team Burke went all the way in the qualifier after some needed freshening & returns at a reduced level



6-Rodeo Romeo – Took dead aim & finished a close second to Preferred star Western Joe two starts back, dips slightly in class while gearing up on the comeback trail & can outkick the best of this competitive match up


2-Statham N – Forced into a tough first over adjustment to the mile track & paced his back half in :53.3 in last week’s Preferred, now gets the rail to work out a smoother, stalking trip


5-Durant – Productive season so far on the board in nine of ten, third in the last two Preferreds, nosed out on March 17 & can be tough when revved up on the engine



1-Sippin On Suds – Makes his key third start off the bench after flashing some late life, plus drops to the bottom condition & moves inside & may be worth a swing as the price play


2-Bettors Glass – 10YO has taken a few starts to regain form since the sick scratch, paced a solid :55 back half last week, now gets class & post relief


5-Terror Of The Night – Caught in never-never land from post nine & motored home in :54.4 last week, 1:51.3 winner here this season takes a double dip in price



5-Verdad – Half million dollar winner has gotten his act together in his last three @ Pocono, stalks from midpack in a wide-open affair for Team Burke


7-Rather Swell – One of several caught sitting off a pedestrian :57.3 half behind Barimah A last week & paced a wicked :53 back half, aggressive 1:51.2 winner before that seems to fit here


2-Commentariat – Picked up some checks in the tougher Sagamore Series @ Yonkers, equaled his mark of 1:53.3 here back in January & draws inside to trip out



4-Windsun Glory – Skipped last week after she just missed to the pace-controlling Juxta Cowgirl, beaten favorite primed & draws well for her second start off the bench for Team Burke


2-Juxta Cowgirl – Went all the way & held off the heavy favorite Windsun Glory two starts back, shuffled a bit & angled out of stretch traffic with late pace, draws better in career form


7-Stormtracker – Always a challenge to figure how Dover Downs shippers will transition, yet this lightly-raced, improving & speedy 4YO won again on March 28 despite missing 35 days, this Linda Toscano trainee deserves a long look



1-Dorel – Came right back with a perfect second over trip to shock at 36-1, while equaling his lifetime mark, Chris Ryder trainee moves inside & peaking perfectly for this series


3-Normandy Beach - $100,000 Harrisburg buy makes his second start of his 4YO season for Scott Di Domenico, draws inside a very competitive field & may be ready to step up & show his class


8-Barimah A – The other Scott Di Domenico threat in here caught them off guard when he stole a :57.3 half, then exploded home in :25.3 to repeat in style, competition & post are even tougher, but must be considered in current form



6-Bad Gamer – Pointing in the right direction fresh off a hard-charging second with a :54.2 back half off the sick scratch, acclimated now & can turn the tables on Clouseau Hanover


3-Clouseau Hanover – Burke trainee has caught his best stride as an improving 4YO, needed every inch of that two-hole ride last week, draws better off that new mark of 1:50.4


1-Lightning Onmyfeet – Could be another live item for Scott Di Domenico, sports some strong stats last season, moves inside & drops two notches for a key second start off the bench



7-Bettorhaveanother – Team Burke shipper a three-time winner at the Open level @ Dover Downs this season & winner here back on Feb. 2, missed three weeks prior her last effort


5-Valuable Art – Consistent mare worked her way up to the Open class @ Dover Downs for Team Callahan, chance to work out a stalking trip from a midpack draw here


8-Kiss Me Onthebeach – A star in the Open ranks @ Scioto Downs & other Ohio venues in 2017, makes her Team Orange Crush debut here from a tough post, yet looks ready to contend



2-The Fire Within – Left alertly from post eight, shuffled & buried & finished well for minor spoils last week, moves inside for his second try at this lowest level & third start for new barn


4-Spirit Of Truth – Finished an okay fourth while pace compromised last week, gets another shot at a softer bottom level group & draws a bit better


1-Rebel Jet – Clearly needed his first start here after shipping north, was going well late after some traffic issues & lands the rail in a toss up field



6-Talent Soup – 1:48.4 performer here last season was totally blocked in the stretch last week, makes that key third start off the bench & could be on the verge


3-Art History – Beaten favorite again forced to rough it first over from post nine while City hall stole away, moves inside with back class galore & long overdue


2-Jojo Jove – Did well enough in his first start off the claim, kicking home in :26.3, while chasing a fired up Drunken Terror, draws well again to tackle a pair of classy foes





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