Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:00 AM

RACE 1 

4-Live On – Just missed with a solid finish three starts three starts back, hit the board from an impossible spot last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands in a prime spot & overdue 

  

3-Fearless Leader N – Dropped to this new low level & failed to fire as the beaten favorite, 10YO equaled his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 here this season & draws well 

  

7-Love Tap Hanover – Got off to a typically slow start & was caught in a very tough spot, Pelling trainee was regaining form on the comeback trail, may need them to produce a speed target 

  

RACE 2 

5-So Confused – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding seems to have progressed marginally in PA for Team Crocodile, stretches out on the mile track with not much in his way 

  

6-Mr Heaven – Offered some late life again to pick up minor spoils in his second start here, acclimated now & lands in an ideal spot to score  

  

3-Sunset Over Miami – Ray Schnittker-tuned gelding has been knocking on the door @ Pocono, just missed in his latest there & finds a perfect spot to stalk n break through 

  

RACE 3 

1-Speed Again – Class of the field looks to rebound a dismal ninth @ Pocono, long form spree before that, just missed here on April 28 & lands the rail again for Team Burke 

  

4-Griffon Hanover – Brushed to the front & fought gallantly in the slop to score an overdue win & equaled his mark 1:51.3 last week, draws well to follow up 

  

6-Bruce’s Magic – Two of his last three here were a speed-filled win & close second as the betting favorite, returns to the mile track to make his presence felt 

  

RACE 4 

1-Joe’s Bid – Took a 1:51.3 mark here from post ten this season, note the strong third against N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, draws the rail in a camera-shy field 

  

4-Yo Apollo Creed – 0 for 13 this season, but came to life with a solid rally for second in the slop last week, draws well to follow up with an overdue win 

  

2-Whata Twist – Popped the goose egg with a sharp 1:51.3 upset three starts back, lands in a similar spot to make an impression here 

  

RACE 5 

2-Foiled Again – So glad The Ultimate Warhorse is back @ The Big M in search of his elusive 100thcareer win, the richest of all time & everybody’s favorite has been freshened up, qualified well, draws inside, this may be the time, but it’s simply a privilege to see him again! 

  

1-Polak A – Classy 10YO Aussie import & smaller track specialist gearing up on the comeback trail, fresh off a sterling rally to score @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands the rail 

  

7-More Dragon – Last week’s Price Play raced well to rally off cover to hit the ticket, moves outside, but drops a notch 

  

RACE 6 

3-Thinkbig Dreambig – Was bet off the board in his career debut & looked like he was going to blow by Life Happened when that one put a wheel under him, stands out now with a better draw for Team Takter 

  

2-Thor De Vie – Awarded the win when Life Happened was taken down for stretch interference to Thinkbig Dreambig, nosed out before that, a major threat from an improved post 

  

5-Life Happened – Held off Thor De Vie by a nose in the first leg, tried to give them the slip in the slop, veered into Thinkbig Dreambig & got taken down last week, remains a major danger 

  

RACE 7 

6-Ideal Talker – Just missed in the first leg, then posted a gutsy upset in the slop last week, at the mercy of pace & trip, but this may set up just right & she’s certainly going in the right direction 

  

3-KJ’s Justine – Two-for-two & both with perfect trips & fresh off another new mark of 1:52.1, draws inside to tap into her upside further in a swept attempt & poised to take on added pressure 

  

2-Sand Artist – 0 for 13, but the other Linda Toscano trainee has to be considered based on her sharp recent efforts, lands post two again, retains Gingras, who can stalk the speed 

  

RACE 8 

2-Commentariat – Fresh off a lifetime best @ Harrah’s Philadelphia he fought off pressure enroute to a decisive win in round one, then skipped the added distance in the slop, draws a better post here to dictate his fate in this competitive final 

  

4-Avatartist – Barely outsprinted by Santiago Style in the first leg, then used hard trying to give them the slip in the slop last week, Scottie Z is back in the bike & draws inside to work out his preferred stalking trip  

  

8-Ballerat Boomerang – Gelding on a long form spree, used first over in the opening round, then erupted with a well-timed move in the slop last week, tougher post, but tactical speed puts him in play & can vault off the expected action 

  

RACE 9 

5-Express Stride N – Made up plenty of ground in the slop last week after a slow start from post ten, draws better to produce the expected improvement in his second start off the bench 

  

3-Sams Triple Crown – Dropped to this level & just missed with a gutsy effort last week, draws inside again & looks like the primary contender in this wide-open affair 

  

7-Hillbilly Hanover – Classy near millionaire shows evidence he’s thrived here in the past, ramped it up recently @ Yonkers & deserves a long look despite the challenging post 

  

RACE 10 

4-Mister Indiana – Cranked it up in his Big M debut, while used hard & settled for second, can parlay that excellent acclimating mile into a well-timed & victorious stalking trip 

  

2-Kings Barns – Somehow conjured up some of his back class & blew away foes from post seven last week, looks like the primary target from an improved post in this competitive G Notes Final 

  

10-Ever Again – Exploded past Mister Indiana once clear as the heavy favorite, remains down in class, loves the Big M & logically a major consideration despite the outside draw 

Brother Dwayne drove Legendary Lover K in 2000 Hambo 

  



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