Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:17 PM

RACE 1

1-Final Dream – 4YO has finished a lot better in his last two, note the :27.3 to hit the board two starts back, drops a notch & has a chance to get away within closer striking range

 

3-Aces And Eights – $27,000 Mixed Sale purchase took a mark of 1:54.2 here in the slop in January 2018, gets substantial class relief & draws well in a competitive field

 

10-Try Try Again - $50,000 Mixed Sale buy for Team Burke came around in his last two with some class relief @ Mohawk, hasn’t raced in a month + post ten, yet may make an immediate impression in an intriguing opener

 

RACE 2

2-K-Lees Shakenbake – Capitalized on a two-hole trip to post a wake up win last week for Team Burke, horse-for-the-course switches to claimers & moves inside with revived form

 

3-Spaghetti Eddie – Rodney Dangerfield type not getting a lot of respect while winning three of his last four, absolutely jogged wire-to-wire last week & may be the one to knock off

 

5-Bay Rum – Recent Mike Watson claim dropped to this level & put together a solid back half to just miss last week, look for another well-driven effort with Eric Abbatiello at the lines as usual

 

RACE 3

5-Cheyenne Reider – Classy 10YO failed to get involved from post nine last week, draws better to launch his fierce late kick & swoop past this field loaded with question marks

 

3-CC Big Boy Sam – Simply paid the price for a very slow start last week, parked first over in his previous three, draws inside a soft $12,500 claimer & due for some trip luck

 

7-Pop Pop Joe – Wow! Shipped up from Freehold off a sick scratch, added Gingras & the 8YO ran up the score with the mile of his life, now gets a double class hike 

 

RACE 4

5-Rock Star – Dropped to this bottom rung & just missed with sharp pace at both ends of the mile, 9YO owns documented success here & this is a prime spot to take advantage of

 

2-UF Rockin Dragon – Managed to work out a smooth second over trip from post nine & settled for minor spoils last week, moves inside & gets another shot at bottom condition field

 

3-All About Rusty – 10YO has picked it up & hit the board in his last two, grinded gamely & still paced home in :27.4 last week, draws inside a camera-shy field

 

RACE 5

2-Life Happened – Just three for 29 last year, but substantially better closing from last to hit the ticket last week, now moves inside a wide-open field in top form

 

3-So Take That – Finished a solid second against these two starts back, moves inside off a no-chance mile, 10YO was a 1:50.2 winner here last season & hinting of an overdue score

 

8-Avatartist - $27,000 Mixed Sale buy was a recent Preferred class winner @ Flamboro, classy 9YO has been in these parts before, price play prospect despite post eight

 

RACE 6

2-Windsong Jack – Classy Burke trainee is cycling forward, positive flash of sharp speed from post eight last week, class & post relief here & stands out as a result

 

6-Iwillmakeyousaywow – Carved out a rated pace & faded to fourth last week, 11-time winner last season with a mark of 1:49.3 remains a speed threat at this level

 

9-Tact Tate N – Tried to give them the slip with a :27.2 third quarter & tired late last week from the same outside post, added Lasix recently, drops another notch & third start since switching barns

 

RACE 7

3-Bushwacker – Classy 8YO has been consistently knocking on the door recently, a bit too far out of range while pace compromised last time, draws well to take charge

 

4-Soho Wallstreet A – Left alertly, got shuffled & finished up well too late in a snow storm two weeks ago, 1:50 winner here with solid numbers last season draws better 

 

1-Whittaker N – Beaten favorite shook loose late out of a shuffle to finish a strong second to a solid winner All Week, now moves inside in top form

 

RACE 8

2-Rock The Nite – Overmatched in the Preferred in three of his last four, crushed these from the same inside post on 1-12, may have the slight edge in an ultra competitive field

 

8-Ideal Jimmy – Has caught fire on the comeback trail for Team Miller, beaten favorite second best to a raging Odds On Lauderdale last week, tougher post, but remains a big threat

 

9-Mindtrip – Three straight fourth-place finishes in the Preferred after capping off his 2018 season with some sharp wins, has to be a major factor on the drop despite post nine

 

RACE 9

6-Ever Again – Was forced three-wide for a substantial distance in the needed comebacker, tighter now & drops to set up a midpack stalking trip in a field that appears vulnerable

 

1-Jacksrluckytoo – Paced a wicked back half of :54.3 to hit the board as the beaten favorite last week, bumped back up with the rail chance of working out an ideal stalk n pounce trip

 

4-Spicebomb – Rousing winner with a huge rally two starts back, forced wide from an impossible spot last week, moves inside while fresh on the comeback trail & loves the long stretch here

 

RACE 10

2-Electric Western – Just four for 43 last year, but this appears to be a live item for Mark Ford, was motoring from last in :26.4 last week & now gets class & post relief

 

3-Ginger Tree Marty - $40,000 Mixed Sale purchase by Team Burke draws well while joining a field of class droppers, the major barn change angle may be worth a swing

 

1-More Dragon – Rallied to beat N/W $8,500 stock with a :26.3 & 1:50.2 mile back on 12-14, tired in the slop last out, took a 1:50 mark here last season, drops a notch & back on the rail 

 

RACE 11

7-Sword Of The Spirit – Only one for 27 last season, yet made an admirable transition from Freehold with a spirited late move in :27.1 last week, finds an ideal spot to swoop them all

 

3-B Well – Just missed in his first start for Robert Lounsbury as the even money favorite @ Monticello on 1-16, impossible to gauge how he matches up here, but the post is good

 

2-Webmaster Hanover – Since we drew a line through seven of the ten in this match up this gelding landed in our top three, flashed some late pace from a tough spot third time Lasix last week & draws well again

 

RACE 12

3-Monty’s Play – Has won his last three starts here, all from tougher posts, took a mark of 1:50.4 on 12-27 & figures to give Larry Karr a run for his money in a marquee match up

 

2-Larry Karr – Larry never looked better in a sparkling 2019 debut despite missing a month & draws an improved post to keep his form spree going for Team Burke

 

1-Surfing Tide – May have squandered a perfect second over trip, yet wasn’t catching Larry Karr last week, now makes his second start off an injury scratch from the rail

 

RACE 13

5-Sunset Dreamer – Scored an 8-1 upset on 12-29 fresh off the Ginsberg claim, added Lasix recently & nows drops for his second start off a sick scratch & no Spaghetti Eddies in here

 

9-Four Staces – 8YO has been on fire since the Fusco claim, runner up to the raging Spaghetti Eddie in his last two despite tough trips, remains a huge threat despite post nine

 

3-Rockaholic – Just one for 33 last year, dropped to this level & came up against standout winner Ohio Larry last week, draws better to carve out a stalking trip within closer striking distance

 

 



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