Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 12:44 PM

RACE 1

4-Another Chapter – Beaten favorite launched a menacing late move & just missed in a blanket photo, remains a serious contender at this reduced level & lands the same inside post 

 

2-Tech Titan – Looks like this gelding is on the verge of a score for his new connections, was forced wide from a tough spot & came up just a neck shy & draws better for Peter Kleinhans

 

9-Two Hip Dip – Just about everything went right when he rallied for the mild upset back on 12-6, then he broke again & scratched sick, now has to overcome post nine, but note the barn change

 

RACE 2

4-Pirinea’s Princess – Went 0 for 31 last year, but that was a noteworthy acclimating mile when she rallied to hit the board while pace compromised, recent claim draws an improved post here

 

6-OK Heavenly – Sub 1:50 performer here last season off a no chance mile from post ten, drops another notch, faces a camera-shy field, long overdue, but not a slam dunk

 

3-Givemeyourheart – Simply had too far to come from post nine last week, gets some needed class & post relief, which could help end her long drought

 

RACE 3

6-Illinimight – Team Orange Crush took over recently & we know what they can do with trotters, this is a lightly-raced 4YO project flashed some of his upside last out @ Freehold

 

1-Blitz Victory – Gelding had a requisite tour of the oval from post ten in the slop off a rousing score @ Saratoga, now moves all the way inside & faces an easier crew

 

3-Swancredit – Productive sort claimed here off a narrow loss back on 11-9 & appeared to tail off in the Freehold Preferred, back on the mile track with an inside post in a wide-open field

 

RACE 4

3-Western Redhot – Only two for 32 last season, but that’s the theme of this gathering, has been hinting of better recently & moves inside with a chance to stalk n pop

 

2-Freespin N – 11YO went one for 20 last year, been landing on the fringes against these, draws get a much-improved post here & has a chance to trip out & conjure up some back class

 

4-Just N Berlander – Was just two for 39 in 2018, yet did finish well enough to grab a small share in his debut here for trainer Robert Lounsbury & draws better in a wide-open field

 

RACE 5

1-Hepburn Hanover – Like the way she won off a double sick scratch, then turned in a pair of strong tightening miles here, solid numbers last year, lands the rail in a field begging to be beaten

 

6-Bettor Chill Out – Hasn’t had a clean line since 12-7, that’s 28 days folks, but this is where she took her mark of 1:51.2 & now she drops to face an absolute rock bottom condition field

 

10-Dangerousprecedent – Winner at this level back in late November, got parked into a quickening pace last out, remains a contender despite the post ten dilemma 

 

RACE 6

2-Miss Ruby – Made a quick transition to the mile track by repeating with the mile of her life, has a big chance to stay on a roll from an improved post in a field of question marks

 

1-Just For You – Saw her four-race winning streak snapped against N/W 6 @ Yonkers, cuts back to a flat mile, draws the rail & gives her barn a chance to break the goose egg here

 

6-Exs And Ohs – Capitalized on perfect piloting by Dexter Dunn & took a new mark of 1:55.1 in the slop last week, continues to gather positive momentum in this slightly tougher spot

 

RACE 7

3-Pappy Go Go – Lands post three again fresh an excellent second to heavily favored standout Winning Shadow, this is a prime spot for him to trip out & take advantage of

 

5-Rock Of Cashel – 9YO classmaster was used too hard to get the lead from post ten last week, re-acclimated now & the midpack draw sets up his preferred stalking trip

 

6-Sylvesteramerica IT – Followed up a gutsy win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with a solid rally for third in the slop here last week & continues to pick up his game on Lasix

 

RACE 8

5-Penpal – Constantly plagued by no-chance trips, last week she was forced first over off a slow pace in the slop & was barely outsprinted in :26.3, may be poised to break through

 

3-Kay’s Delight – Got shuffled & outsprinted by Darlinonthebeach last week, drops out of the Preferred, draws inside & worth a long look in this pari mutuel puzzler

 

2-Believe In Me – Fired her best shot from too far out of range last week & now moves inside off a pair of acclimating miles & rates contender status in this handicapping headscratcher

 

RACE 9

6-Texican – Fresh off a much-improved second to a well-meant Muscles On Fire last week, post is tougher, but this is an ideal spot for him to employ that stalking strategy effectively

 

2-Better Call Saul – Was stuck grinding first over on off tracks in his last two here, draws inside to save ground & fire a well-timed move in the stretch

 

5-Mandela Blue Chip – Steady gelding finished a nonthreatening fifth last week, albeit in a needed acclimating mile, may be trending in right direction & gets some class relief

 

RACE 10

6-Rubber Duck – The Duck carved out a second over trip off a rated pace & was left in the wake of a 1:52.3 winner, still trending in a positive direction & now drops a notch

 

7-Swansea – Improving 4YO ships in after winning four of his last five, controlled the pace & held second over an off track here on 12-1, look for him to be part of the speed equation again

 

10-Fly On – Fresh 5YO for Team Orange Crush chased a runaway If Not Why Not last out, post ten is never a picnic, but has the talent & potential to overcome

 

RACE 11

6-David The Saint – Grinded gamely from post ten & strong runner up to the runaway Itsnoproblemman last week, recent claim looks poised for his third try off a sick scratch

 

2-Show Me Up – 12YO got stung early & held third in the slop behind David The Saint, moves inside for his second start off the claim with a chance to control the pace

 

9-Four Staces – Twice beaten favorite in his last three, just missed from post nine two starts back, fresh claim by a strong percentage barn, gathering steam since the early December sick scratch

 

RACE 12

2-No Excuses – Added Lasix, launched a menacing move from far back & came up just half a length short @ 60-1, draws an improved post off that excellent acclimating mile

 

7-Bizet – 4YO gelding has been on quite a roll, tried to steal it on the engine & came up a buck shy in the mud, remains a danger to take charge & go all the way

 

1-With Presence – Upset N/W 3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia in his second try with trotting hopples, moves inside off a needed acclimating mile giving him better trip potential

 

RACE 13

3-Abbeylara – 10YO gelding draws an improved post on a form spree, stalked n popped again to take a G Notes Final & returns after three weeks freshening

 

2-Spanish Art – Rewarded with post two after steamrolling to new lifetime mark of 1:52.1 last week, nosed out as the beaten favorite before that, Scottie D has this 5YO on his toes!

 

6-Ideal Candidate – Fresh claim here has been on a roll, just a length shy of Spanish Art with pace at both ends last week & rallied to win in the slop before that, 62 career wins!

 

 

 



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