Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:23 PM

RACE 1

7-Legion Of Boom – Just missed in the comebacker, then went all the way with a lifetime best blowout, fresh n hot to build on that


5-Jackson Brady – Riding quite a form spree for trainer Bruce Clarke, easily wired a bit weaker as the heavy favorite & figures to be forwardly placed again

 

2-So Take That – Stormed home from last to pull a 17-1 upset in his first start here for trainer Mike Watson, badly beaten favorite needs a big rebound effort

 

RACE 2

2-Never Ever Clever – Drop down & back class candidate, beaten favorite needed the race off a sick scratch & draws well to trip out

 

7-Winemaster Hanover – Fresh claim by Team Harmon just missed as the beaten favorite in a very inspiring Big M debut

 

3-Staying Focused – Did exactly that & was able to steal away to an easy lead from post nine & hold on, draws better to repeat

 

RACE 3

1-My Spirit Soars – Closed from far back & post ten to hit the board last out, now moves inside & drops another notch

 

2-Madiba Magic N – Flashing obvious signs of cycling around, sudden early speed two starts back, then a game grind last week on the drop down from the same inside post

 

3-Lucky Man – 12YO millionaire hasn’t been a factor recently, but drops to a much softer bottom level field & draws inside again

 

RACE 4

9-Jacksrluckytoo – Conjured up more of his familiar late punch & rallied from a tough spot to hit the board as the beaten favorite again, looking for a big speed target

 

6-Stolen Glimpse – Banked over $230,000 at three, rated & faded over an off track due to snow last week, Burke trainee drops a notch from that point

 

2-Blatantly Best – Tried the game grind route to no avail, but did hang in there for third as the beaten favorite, drops a notch & lands the same inside post

 

RACE 5

3-War-N-Munn – Liked his solid third chasing standout Doctor Butch on 12-23, excuse the early miscue over an off track last week

 

4-Rockin Robert – 9YO gelding unleashed a complete blowout in his second start off the bench under less than ideal conditions last week, reunited with Brett Miller

 

7-J Eagle Feather – Flashed some sneaky late pace under snowy conditions in his comeback, took a mark of 1:50 here last season

 

RACE 6

1-K-Lees Shakenbake – Twice beaten favorite can close with the best of them, flying from an impossible spot last week, back with Super Brett & rates the step up in class

 

3-Durant – Bill Mann stepped on the gas & this recent claim blazed to within a fifth of his career best in the snowy conditions last week, logical threat off that mile

 

4-Always A Diamond – Gelding has won two of his last three for Ivan Llopez & kicked off his new year with a well-driven upset

 

RACE 7

4-Elrama N – Fresh off an amazing December, rose up the class ladder, lowered his mark to 1:50.3 & comes off a gutsy narrow loss

 

7-Si Semalu – Steady gelding stormed home from a tough spot in :54.4 to nail the upset, huge threat to repeat

 

8-Parnu Hanover – Brushed n crushed in a sharp 1:50.3 in the snowy conditions with a -2 variant last week, Team Miller has this one on his toes

 

RACE 8

3-Dreamlands Art – Thundered home from post nine & last to hit the ticket under less than ideal conditions last week, gets another shot at this reduced level

 

6-Ontario Success – Completely dominated these from a similar post two starts back, then got parked last week, 14-time winner last year drops back down for Team Burke

 

4-Fan Of Terror – Has caught the fringes in his last two against tougher here, 1:51 winner here last season drops dangerously

 

RACE 9

3-Pickwick – Obviously wasn’t himself for some reason last week, but the impressive post ten score before that, Brett Miller back in the bike & improved post makes him a prime rebound candidate

 

4-Dash Of Danger – Beaten heavy favorite was severely pace compromised in the snow last week, was a convincing two-for-two for Team Burke before that

 

7-Baggage Claim – Took full advantage when Dash Of Danger & Pickwick couldn’t deliver & rallied to light up the board at 57-1, has a chance to build on that

 

RACE 10

1-Mr Blissfull – Moves inside on a roll for this price, a game nose loss two starts back, beaten favorite from post eight with Legion Of Boom left alone on the lead

 

2-Le Gambe – Had been hinting in his first few starts here, just missed on 12-23, chased a blowout winner Legion Of Boom last week

 

6-Dancinwithdelight – Faded to ninth in a somewhat disappointing Big M debut, drops into a much softer spot & Team Burke can right the ship

 

RACE 11

3-Ring Warrior – Gelding has been able to sharpen his sword at the $10,000 level, fought off intense pressure in a fast pace to post a convincing score last week

 

1-Major Bubbles N – Twice beaten favorite was roughed up in a fierce duel with Ring Warrior last week, beaten favorite can turn the tables with better trip from the rail

 

2-City Pie – Bounced back nicely from that rare late miscue on 12-31 with a game score, switches to claimers, moves inside & reunited with Callahan

 

RACE 12

2-Gaius Crastinus – Had his moments & scored a game win @ Freehold on 12-10, solid qualifier here & lands in a soft spot

 

4-Victorydaze Wilwin – Set the pace & strong runner up to the favorite Statesman N back on 12-16, drops back down to that bottom level

 

5-One More Miracle – Just two for 31 last year, but note the improved second just before the sick scratch last week, rates contender status

 

RACE13

6-Majo Just Do It – Stormed home to upset the heavy favorite Drunken Terror two starts back & reunited with Brett Miller

 

5-Drunken Terror – Has finished well to hit the board in his last three, including two close seconds for this price, clearly a top contender in this finale

 

10-Must Be The Bunny – Only one for 30 in 2016, but note the back-to-back strong seconds here last November, watch out if he gets a target & trip

 

 



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