Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 11:45 AM

RACE 1

7-Downthehighwy – Indiana Sires Stakes player at three for Team Burke, gearing up in a tougher G Notes series, chased the raging Iwillmakeyousaywow, tactical speed puts him in play

 

3-Spicebomb – Ran into the streaking Highalator @ Pocono two starts back, 1:50.4 mark here last season, draws well off two excellent tighteners

 

6-Bullet Bob – Has been hanging around the fringes recently, shuffled a bit & split late with only mild pace last week, second consecutive class drop may spell wake up

 

RACE 2

5-Semalu Express – Mind boggling last-to-first post ten upset in round one, similar try fell short last week, draws better & can pounce on the anticipated speed in this final

 

2-Camturo Beach – Gelding has caught fire on Lasix, added Tetrick & unleashed a blowout career best as the big favorite again & lands the same inside post

 

3-Twincreeks Jack – Has stepped up in price & acclimated well to the mile track by hitting the board in both starts here from outside posts, launched a wide, premature move last week

 

RACE 3

6-Iwillmakeyousaywow – That was quite the impressive three-ply sweep of the G Notes series, lowered his mark of 1:50.3 & dominated the final from post ten, drops back to a more reasonable level & faces a field of question marks

 

4-Killer Martini – Always tough to gauge how a Yonkers regular will adjust to the mile track, nothing wrong with this gelding’s recent form & closing style, getting some class relief & draws well in a wide-open field

 

2-Preparty – Simply got too revved up carving a :54.2 half last week & faded to fourth, best style is stalk n pop & finds a prime spot to employ that strategy effectively

 

RACE 4

2-Roll Away Joe – NYSS champion at three off to a hot start for Team Burke, tripped out to beat a sharp older foe in Rodeo Romeo last week & moves inside off that new lifetime mark

 

1-Western Fame – Takter trainee fresh off a big sophomore season, Jug runner up nailed a well-rated Check Six in a sparkling 4YO comeback & builds on that from the pole position

 

6-Sintra – Ontario sensation won half of his 16 starts at three, ships south fresh off an easy romp @ Mohawk in his 4YO debut & seems up to this serious test

 

RACE 5

4-Fraternity – Beat these with aggressive handling as the even money favorite three starts back, had excuses in his last two, draws inside in a very light match up

 

1-Poison Oak – Gelding has been dropping some positive hints recently, too far back from post nine last week, showed speed before that, moves inside to work out a stalking trip

 

5-Daylyn Horizon – Got parked last week chasing a 1:51.4 standout in the G Notes series, decent effort two starts back, finds a softer spot here

 

RACE 6

3-Lyons Snyder – Takter had Western Fame ready to roar fresh off the bench last week, major stakes player from last year was impressive in his latest qualifier & may be worth a swing

 

4-Missile J – Kicked off his season winning three in a row here, posted another three-race winning streak in the Levy Series, beaten favorite in that finals returns here as a major danger

 

7-Check Six – 2016 PA Classic & PASS champion set a rated pace & was barely outsprinted in an energetic 4YO debut for Team Burke, 11 for 24 last year in a $1 million campaign

 

RACE 7

7-JL Cruze – The King qualified against top mare Hennlore Hanover, looked like his old self in a sharp comeback, left alertly & lunged late in :27.2, look for him to be forwardly placed to avoid traffic issues

 

6-Crazy Wow – Lone win last year came right here & was nosed out in the TVG Final, qualified well for Team Burke, set a rated pace & just missed in an excellent 5YO debut as the heavy favorite

 

5-Resolve – Defending champion & highest money earner in his class last year makes his 2017 debut off a winning qualifier, no doubt has the class & talent, but is he really ready for this?

 

RACE 8

4-City Hall – Hasn’t seemed himself & perhaps a tad overmatched in his last two @ Pocono, we know how much he thrives here on the mile track, has a chance to turn it around

 

5-Rodeo Romeo – Has caught fire since adding Lasix, carved out a stern pace & barely outgamed last week, always relentless on or near the lead

 

6-Rock N’ Roll World – Team Burke trainee with some back class just getting sharp on the comeback trail elsewhere, goes for three in a row in a very competitive match up

 

RACE 9

1-Jacksrluckytoo – Was a constant threat in the Saturday night feature earlier this season, continues his descent down the class ladder & moves inside for Team Harmon off a better effort

 

2-Major War – Overcame post ten & tough trip to stop a long losing skid at the bottom level last week, 1:49.2 performer here last season moves inside to parlay that well meant mile

 

7-Play The Field – recent Eric Foster claim switched to Gingras & was somehow able to turn things around with a rousing upset, just a fifth off his lifetime mark

 

RACE 10

4-Ocean Colony – Takter-tuned colt makes his sophomore debut after winning his second qualifier with a sizzling :26.1, draws well to start tapping into his potential

 

7-Rocket Da Red – Took full advantage of the major driver change to Tim Tetrick, was aggressively handled & prevailed with a career best 1:50.4, logical threat to repeat

 

3-Ultimate Credit – Easy winner here this season back on 3-4 has had a couple of tighteners against tougher company elsewhere, draws inside to take charge

 

RACE 11

5-Nocturnal Bluechip – Put together a pretty solid back half to hit the board with a wide trip from post eight in a noteworthy comebacker & hits rock bottom here

 

2-Bruce’s Magic – Runner up to standout Odds On Equuleus a notch above this three starts back, no chance from post ten last week, lands in a soft spot here

 

1-Relentless Dreamer – Only one for his last 46 & winless this season, drops into a light bottom level condition & pushes off from the pole position

 

 

 

 



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