Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 02, 2021 9:35 PM

RACE 1

1-Northern Rock – Just two for 27 last year, but like the way he overcame post nine & chased the standout Scirocco Mistysaid last week, moves inside to engage his stalking mode & possibly turn the tables

 

10-Scirocco Mistysaid – Fresh off the positive wake up speed line he cruised all the way from post eight off the claim, repeat threat had plenty left & will likely blastoff again to overcome post ten

 

2-Rockin Panda – Really turned his game around & scored an overdue win with a suddenly aggressive effort from the rail, lands back inside to employ a similar effort

 

RACE 2

1-Grandpa Don – Grandpa has landed on the fringes fifth in his last three, capable of a big late move on his best day, lands the rail to stalk closer to the pace & switches to Todd McCarthy

 

6-Sharknado – Finished a hard-charging second to a well-rated Rockin Panda two starts back off a sick scratch, returns to the bottom TM 63 class & re-united with G Nap

 

9-Thunder Dome – Beaten favorite forced into a late first over grind off a sick scratch, just missed with a solid effort before that, threat despite an outside draw here

 

RACE 3

6-Wishyou’dtellme – Has taken a few starts to regain form, flashed some improved late trot to hit the board last out & might be on the verge

 

8-Dixie Slippers – Sharpening her sword since the December sick scratch, beaten favorite was a solid runner up from post eight, looms large third try off the bench

 

9-Knightofvictory – One for his last 28, forced into a excessively wide trip & still took second last week, tougher post here, yet remains a factor

 

RACE 4

6-Saint Albray – Came to life in her second start off the bench with a solid rally for second, Team Miller mare now has license to step up & deliver

 

3-Shellie De Vie – Fresh off a big wake up speed try, gets her third straight class drop, draws inside again to work out a more patient trip

 

4-Arnie’s Angel – Finished well again from a tough spot to hit the board last week, now gets class & post relief to make her a major contender

 

RACE 5

9-Never Mind N – NZ bred was a pretty steady closer @ Mohawk, missed 41 days prior to his Big M acclimating trip, draws outside, but gets a bit of class relief for Noel Daley

 

4-Swan In Motion – Was on a nice roll in his first three on Lasix, then caught too far back from post ten on a frigid night & now draws much better

 

8-Some Chapter – Red-hot 4YO has won three of his last four & just missed with broken equipment two starts back, fresh off a wire-to-wire from post seven he has dangerous controlling speed for a sharp barn

 

RACE 6

1-Sly Eleanor N – Was doing good work against comparable stock @ Mohawk, missed 42 days prior to her Big M acclimating trip, now drops & lands the rail for Noel Daley

 

7-Its Mesmerize N – Slow starts have proven costly in her last three, did flash some late life from an impossible spot in most recent, 11 for 32 last year & has beaten better

 

5-Dragon Roll – Has hit the board in all three starts since returning for her new barn @ Yonkers, this is easier than N/W 4 @ Yonkers & sets up a mid-pack stalking trip

 

RACE 7

2-Elysium Lindy – Equaled his mark of 1:53.3 here last season, makes his third start off the bench, returns to the mile track, drops again, draws better & reunited with A Mac

 

7-Graceful Winner – Beaten favorite made a late break after leaving for a trip last week, continues to drop down the class ladder for a potent trotting barn & retains Dexter Dunn

 

1-Gruden – Suddenly tried it on the lead, battled bitterly & held second into icy gusts last week, gets another shot at this reduced level & draws better

 

RACE 8

4-Na Na Na Baatman – Shipped in on a nice roll @ Freehold, forced wide with a strong :56.2 back half last week, drops a notch & draws inside again, equaled his mark of 1:53.4 here last season

 

10-Sossy’s King Kong – Just one for his last 27 & moves outside, but fresh off a much-improved rally to be a close second when he dropped to this level last week

 

3-Coach Cal – 12YO classmaster perked up his form with a solid 1:56.1 Monticello win, then just missed @ Freehold, drops in for a tag here, draws well & picks Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 9

1-Carrick – Caught his best stride since the late December claim, lands the rail fresh off another strong rally chasing a standout winner Pikachu Hanover

 

6-Gotwuteverittakes – Sparked by an aggressive nose loss three starts back, romped with renewed confidence in his last two, poised to take another step up

 

7-Smooth Aceleration – Regained his form at the bottom level recently, sharp win from the rail two starts back, solid runner up repeater Skyway Kon Man last week

 

RACE 10

8-Alexa Skye – Pelling trainee was dominant here late last year, almost made it six in a row with a bruising effort from post 8 in the Yonkers Open

 

3-The Bandit Queen N – Shipped from Mohawk, freshened & qualified with vigor, now gets some post relief & retains Gingras after getting parked in a much-needed mile

 

7-Tango Dancer N – Stepped up & repeated at this level two starts back, roughed up & used hard into strong winds last week, chance to regroup & owns a strong late kick

 

RACE 11

7-Somethngaboutmary N – Just missed three starts back & hit the board back-to-back before getting parked through stiff fractions last time, tactical speed puts her play

 

1-Gottalovemyshadow – Gotta like her return to The Big M, a solid second to longshot Thats Incredible last week & lands the rail on a form spree

 

5-Lady Rocknrolla A – Finished a close second with pace at both ends from post eight two starts back, now drops a notch & draws better

 

RACE 12

8-Hipster K – Team Orange Crush are magicians with these late-blooming projects, won his qualifier with confidence & scored in his debut as the heavy favorite, tougher post here, but plenty of upside

 

3-Scirocco Patrick – Mark Silva trainee has been knocking on the door, launched a huge late move into strong headwinds & just missed last week, now a big threat with an inside draw

 

2-R Herbie Blue Chip – Herbie was an easy winner from post two three starts back, beaten favorite forced to make a wide premature move to a late lead last week

 

RACE 13

5-Two Fiftyeight N – Blew up the board with a new mark of 1:53.4 three starts back, now in another new barn via another claim, hot item works it from midpack

 

3-Oh Jonny B Good N – Jonny brushed boldly & bottomed out the field into those strong gusts last week, classy 10YO rewarded with an improved off that upset

 

7-Major Jesse – Just one for his last 40, but sparked his form in series action @ Freehold, close a ton to hit the board here last week & draws a bit better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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