Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:27 PM


6-Atlas Alliance N – Fresh off a narrow loss while flashing pace at both ends last week, 13YO was a 1:52 winner here this season & lands in a soft opener


7-Medoland Jate – Two for 28 this season, recent winner for $10,000 @ Monticello finished well in :27.3 last week, drops a notch & not sure he’s going to get the pace he needs


2-Ideal Candidate – Hammered down as the heavy favorite & was forced to grind uncovered in his Big M debut, moves inside off that tough acclimating mile with high numbers in the win column



7-Show Me Up – Only two for 29 this season, but rallied from an impossible spot to hit the board two starts back, had no chance in the G Notes Final last week & now dips in price with past success at The Big M 


5-Western Redhot – Offered more late punch & was right there just half a length shy last week, may be on the verge in this wide-open division


2-Rock On The Hill – Ships in with a recent 1:52.3 blowout @ Plainridge & just missed in the follow up for this claiming tag & draws inside



4-Western Toro - $4,000 claim was ripping it up @ Vernon Downs where he took a new mark of 1:51.3, shipped his speedy act here & just missed with another aggressive effort, draws a bit better off that acclimating mile


1-Ideal Romance – Arrived in winning form, took charge & almost pulled off a 73-1 shocker, moves inside with an option to work out an ideal stalking trip


2-Mccito – Grinded gamely & still held for a board spot in his return to The Big M, 1:52.1 winner here this season draws better & figures to be involved in the pace scenario



1-Pappy Go Go – Shipped south from Mohawk & cruised all the way in a career best 1:53.3 as the heavy favorite last week, gets a substantial class hike, yet looks like he can handle it


8-New Jersey Viking – 1:52.4 winner here this season flaunted his controlling speed two starts back, tough draw in a lively field of recent winners, but this is where he can show his class


4-Mikey Likes It – 4YO gelding has maintained consistent form recently against tough N/W 6 @ Yonkers, draws well to work out his preferred stalking trip & could surprise these



6-Major Starlight – Beaten favorite in both starts here stormed home from a real tough spot to just miss fresh off the Nick Surick claim, 11-time winner this season looms large


8-Cheyenne Reider – Rekindled his form when he dropped to $5,000 @ Monticello, then overcame post ten with a rousing rally here last week, classy 9YO must be feared in current form


4-Machmemackie – Continued his usual pace-setting ways, carved out a comfortable pace & came up second best as the beaten favorite here two weeks ago, likely the one to catch again



1-Twincreeks Jesse – Just missed with a furious finish from post nine two starts back, tackled the same tough post in the G Notes Final, moves inside & these are easier


7-Lone Wolf Terror – Took a mark of 1:50.1 here this season, flashed some sneaky late pace when claimed two starts back, chance to rebound for his new barn off a miscue 


5-Joe’s Bid – Lone win this season was a 1:51.3 career best, returns from a five-month layoff, qualified okay, fresh angle has a chance to stalk & launch a menacing late bid



6-Durant – Forced wide off cover, got going late & just missed in his return to The Big M, tougher post here, but a live horse-for-the-course strong in the win column


3-Santiago Style – Twice beaten favorite was forced into a tough grind & still held third last week, remains at this reduced level & draws inside again


2-Obscene Blue Chip – Must rebound off a dull effort in the Preferred @ Freehold two weeks ago, 4YO took his mark of 1:52.2 here in 2017, fits well here & lands a cozy inside post



8-Bushwacker – Obviously needed his first start in almost a year & moves outside, but qualified against Lather Up, loads of back class here & wake up call is coming


5-Express Stride N – Got off to a decent start from post nine, then forced into a first over grind last week, would like to see him use his big late kick in a stalk n pop scenario 


4-Bills Fella – Intriguing Yonkers shipper sports solid form & arrives fresh off a game grind & narrow loss, draws well to give the top ones a tussle here



6-Major Authority – Bounced back with a well-driven upset for Pat Berry, lightly-raced 3YO with upside now steps up a notch fresh off that new mark of 1:51.2


10-Burkentine Hanover – Fresh Team Burke veteran was hammered down to even money & exploited a soft spot in his Big M debut last week, now faces a double class hike & post ten


2-Dash Of Danger – Was bothered early & rallied stoutly to hit the board at 74-1 last week, now gets class & post relief off that needed acclimating mile & makes second start for new barn



1-Better Than Happy – 3YO filly sparked her form recently, shows a lively nose loss two starts back, set a solid pace & faded last out, now gets class & post relief in a field full of question marks


4-Followthewind N – Logically we’ll give her that first US start to get a feel for the track, now drops to face a vulnerable field & draws inside again to get a quicker start


2-Tempus Seelster – Well regarded on the toteboard in her Big M debut, left alertly to work out a pocket ride & settled for third, post improves & owns some back class



2-Speed To Market – Lightly-raced gelding with potential finished a solid second to heavily favored Rush To Judgement with a :26.4 & gets a much improved post here


3-In Rock We Trust – Tried to rally from a very wide spot chasing the standout Hervey Hanover, 4YO gelding making only his sixth career start with a chance to step up from another inside post


9-Sports Cowboy – Just two for 30 lifetime, hasn’t raced in 37 days & assigned an outside post, yet was competitive in N/W 3 @ Hawthorne, tall task for his Big M debut



3-Better Bangbang – 3YO gelding raced well after a quicker start from post ten & got shuffled in the G Notes Final, was tackling tougher elsewhere & this is an easier spot to take advantage of


2-Monty’s Play – 3YO gelding ships into a real soft bottom condition off some no-chance NW 4 miles @ Yonkers & draws well to acclimate quickly


5-Mr Heaven – Took his mark of 1:51 here this season, gets some class relief to revive his form & his tactical speed can put him in play




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