Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:44 PM

RACE 1

4-Hi Ho Steverino – 11YO showed significant improvement in his second start here with a solid second at 46-1, draws inside again with a two for 34 record this season to consider

 

5-Rockin Roger – Was roughed up & made a late break on the drop down, acclimated now & takes on a soft group of claimers sporting strong numbers in the win column

 

7-Niall Hanover – Just two for 36 this season, took a requisite tour of the oval after a narrow loss on 12-2, Bruce Clarke stock has made an immediate impression, in a prime spot to step up

 

RACE 2

3-Somebaddude – $185,000 yearling has regained form after some recent freshening, aired it out in the slop @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well to assert himself

 

6-Major Authority – Came right back with a hard-fought win, refusing to give up into strong stretch headwinds last week, hot gelding owns a mark of 1:51.1 here this season

 

5-Larry Karr – Who’s better than Larry right now?  This Burke-tuned 3YO has revived since the blowout at the bottom condition level & looks up to this more serious test 

 

RACE 3

5-Limelight Beach – 2014 Jug winner conjured up some class & confidence going all the way @ Freehold last Saturday & lands in a prime spot here for Team Burke

 

3-Beast Mode – Runner up to the red-hot Sports Vision last out, nice acclimating mile & draws post three again for the deserving step up

 

4-So Take That – 1:50.2 winner here this season has been dropping hints @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, twice hit the board on sloppy tracks  & ships into an ideal spot

 

RACE 4

6-Cheese Melt – Beaten favorite worked out a perfect second over trip & interfered with in deep stretch, previous effort was strong, third start off the bench for this Burke trainee

 

2-Wise Image – Hot item for Team Harmon won his first two here on the engine, then just missed with another well-rated effort, draws inside as the one to gun down again

 

7-Nihilated Truth – Saved, shuffled & angled into Cheese Melt to warrant the DQ last week, chance to atone after a needed trip here despite a tougher post

 

RACE 5

3-Sunset Dreamer – Landing on the fringes against these & just two for 40 this season, but claimed by Robert Ginsberg, Jr. last out & draws well to pay instant dividends

 

6-Obscene Blue Chip – Reverted to his best closing style & stormed home from a tough spot to prevail as the favorite last week, his ninth win of 2018, aiming for a similar set up

 

7-Beachchip Hanover – Fresh off an acclimated mile he romped to a new mark of 1:50.4, tackles a more challenging post, yet this 4YO can’t be dismissed with his solid numbers

 

 

RACE 6

2-Show The Fashion – Team Harmon-tuned gelding made the mile track transition with a decent fourth last week, with that under his bridle he draws inside again with a chance to stalk n pop

 

4-Braley Hanover – 4YO Burke trainee has picked up his game with Lasix added in his last three, battled gamely from post ten in a useful acclimating & moves inside a wide-open field

 

9-Mariner Seelster – Classy 9YO pulled off the class drop n pop & rallied to a mild upset last week, needs to get into a lively flow from a tougher post & dangerous if able to do so

 

RACE 7

7-Dreamfair Mesa – Has made his way up the class ladder & most of his efforts here have been impressive, including his two wins, too far back last time, dangerous with the right set up

 

1-Tact Tate N – NZ import ran into 1:48.3 buzz saw Tact Tate N, now drops from the Preferred Handicap & lands the rail again

 

2-Catcha Lefty A – Raced well, while outsprinted after a two-hole trip last week, we’ll give him the acclimating pass, lands post two again with a chance to trip out & improve

 

RACE 8

5-Winning Linc – Looks like tonight’s Price Play with a needed trip over the track from a tougher post, gets a midpack draw in a prime class drop scenario for a strong percentage barn

 

8-Soho Wallstreet A – Gelding took a mark of 1:50 here this season, crushed similar first over in mid-October tough post, but ready to show tactical speed in his second start off the bench

 

4-Bushwacker – Basically had things his own way & couldn’t polish it off against a raging Mindtrip last week, current form, inside draw & back class make him impossible to ignore

 

RACE 9

6-Bettorever – Anthony Napolitano couldn’t have driven him any better & he just missed again, that one for 26 record this season is a concern, but this may be his time to shine

 

3-Redonkulous – Steps up fresh off an explosive blowout in the slop last week, moves inside to continue acclimating to the Big M in a wide-open field

 

2-Awesomeness – Sat a three-hole ride, encountered some stretch traffic, but never threatened the top ones last week, just missed in :26.1 before that, keeps drawing well, maybe

 

RACE 10

7-Incredible Shark – Jumped on his bandwagon after some noteworthy acclimating trips & failed to punch home with same vigor last, has another big chance against a vulnerable field

 

6-Speed Again – Team Burke millionaire thundered home off cover to just miss last week, seeks another rally scenario with a faster pace target likely

 

8-Mcthriller – Capitalized on an ideal set up off a fast pace at the top of his form cycle, faces another challenge from a similar post for a barn going well

 

 

RACE 11

2-Parklane Eagle – Rates top contender status based on class & post relief, plus two starts acclimating service, looks for Eric Abbatiello to put him in play

 

3-Phil Your Boots – Looks like a must use here fresh off a grind it out narrow loss as the beaten favorite, remains at the reduced level, draws inside again & owns some back class

 

7-Solo Story – Dropped to this level & surged late in a photo with Phil Your Boots last week, steady gelding remains a serious threat despite the demanding post

 

RACE 12

2-Fordham Sixty Two – Launched a late attack & couldn’t sprint with the top ones in a needed comebacker for Team Burke, this 3YO is tighter now & moves inside

 

4-Alta Shelby N – Brushed from post eight & well-rated by Dexter Dunn only to come up a tad shy into strong head winds, took a 1:50.3 mark before that & draws better third time Lasix

 

7-Virgin Gold – Made the mile track transition with a decent fourth from the same post, this Andrew Harris trainee has a chance to step up with the right speed target

 

RACE 13

2-Rebel Rouser – Wow, he shipped in & blew them away in a sparkling Big M debut, now draws an improved post off that career best, how can he possibly lose in this field?

 

1-Ode To Gray – Beaten favorite chase the raging Rebel Rouser with little chance of making a dent last week, lands his fourth straight rail to play opportunist role again

 

3-Roll With Jeff – Finished a distant third behind a wrapped up Rebel Rouser last week, third start off the bench from another inside post gives him a chance to ramp it up further

 

RACE 14

7-Dubious Claim – Beaten favorite just missed with furious rally off a fast pace & now drops a notch while fully acclimated, has too much class to ignore

 

6-Next Success – Broke in the slop as the beaten heavy favorite, drops another notch for Robert Lounsbury, but his three for 36 record this season is a concern

 

9-This Is My Song – Brand new Burke trainee won his qualifier with good vigor, 4YO has the credentials to contend, debuts here at the bottom level, challenging draw, mixed signals

 

 



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