Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, December 22, 2017 2:09 PM


5-Long Beach – Lightly-raced & well-bred gelding has missed 34 days & returns off a sick scratch, makes his second start for Mark Silva with talent & upside


8-Bet The Dragon – One for 27, but that’s the general theme of this soft opener, closed from far back to grab second behind the runaway favorite Spanish Art last week


7-Sneak On Bye – Forced wide & got stung early last week & held fourth behind Bet the Dragon, eight-time winner this season has had a chance to acclimate



2-Ultimate Flyer – Gelding has been very productive against N/W of 5 company @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands in an ideal spot here


6-Spanish Art – Switched to The Bionic Man & more than lived up to the hype, by far a new lifetime mark, poised to step up into a light N/W of 3 affair


4-Sofer – Saratoga invader been sharpening his sword there & just missed in his last two, draws inside to set up his stalking strategy



2-Sunshine West – Got swooped by the longshot Franky’s Beach Boy with another fine effort here, this gelding can maintain his current form spree with another inside draw


1-Bud Bay – Razor sharp gelding fresh off a wire-to-wire romp from the rail @ Harrah’s Philadelphia where he’s won two of his last three, ready for the bump up to N/W of 4 here


8-Northern Spy – Except for being interfered with from post eight two starts back he’s shown consistency & speed stepping up to N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & note the barn change



5-Stirling Escort – May have squandered a two-hole trip tracking a fast pace, but faced better horses last week, chalk up an acclimating mile, yet must look beyond two for 29 in 2017


1-Justified – 1:51.4 winner here this season was simply too far out of range from post ten last week, now moves inside to employ his stalk & pop style


9-Neptune – Used some recent class relief & addition of Jim Marohn, Jr. to revive his form, exploded off fast fractions to romp last week, banking on similar set up from tougher post



4-Southwind Cobra – 3YO Muscle Hill colt surged to a short late lead & just missed from post seven in a much-needed race, now the Burke trainee draws inside Waiting On A Woman


5-Iron Mine Bucky – Erupted with a huge win two starts back, then forced wide from an impossible spot & almost got there last week, better draw here for this live item


10-Waiting On A Woman – Early speed & deft handling by Brett Miller made it two-for-two off the bench, sharp 9YO veteran will have to blast off from post ten to get involved again



5-OK Heavenly – Fast-closing mare with strong numbers this season just missed with a :26.4 two starts back, then uncorked a mighty rally to get there last week, call to repeat


9-Truth And Liberty – Notched her 14th win of the season when she stormed home to beat these as the favorite on 12-2, consistent mare returns to the mile track


10-Windsun Glory – Burke trainee tackled the best mares in the sport in major stakes action, but hasn’t raced in four weeks & stuck outside, does own the speed & class to overcome



10-Chevals Clivesdale – When he took his mark of 1:50.1 here in September he flew home from a tough spot in a wicked :25.3, returns on his toes off two straight Yonkers blowouts


4-Sweet Rock – Draws well fresh off a gutsy second to a wrapped up Christen Me N, his 11th runner up finish this season, figures to be on near the lead in his current sharp form


9-Melmerby Beach – Sub 1:48 performer came right back with a well-driven repeat last week, moves outside, but continues to revamp form on the mile trak



3-Art History – Gelding with more than his share of success here, outsprinted by Tullow N & company in a snowstorm two weeks ago, chance to employ his stalking style again


2-JK Will Power – 4YO gelding with some back class continues to ramp up his game here, solid runner up as the beaten favorite last week, draws inside again to stalk the speed


10-Foiled Again – The Ultimate Warhorse finally returns to the scene of some great triumphs, fresh off an authoritative wire-to-wire @ Saratoga, the richest in history inches closer to 100 career wins & deserves respect despite post ten



6-Bullet Bob – Took his mark of 1:50.1 here in the same class back in May, makes his second start off the bench in a wide-open field & figures to take an aggressive approach


1-More Dragon – 4YO has come around for Ricky Bucci, rallied to score as the favorite in the snow two weeks ago, then hit the board on the step up in class last week & now back inside


2-Perseverant – Freshened & qualified with a zippy :26.2, took a mark of 1:51.2 here this season & draws inside a field full of shippers with question marks



3-Democracy N – 1:50 winner here in 2016 just two for 37 this season, 9YO does ship back off a game third @ Yonkers against $40,000 claimers, well situated with Brett Miller


4-Johnny Q – Dropped a notch & took full advantage with a slick drive by Austin Siegelman, bumped back up & draws well fresh off that career best of 1:50


1-Mcclinchie N – NZ import has done well in three acclimating trips with Lasix added @ Yonkers, can push off & save ground from the rail & looms as one of those Shaun Vallee sleepers



4-Mr Match On Beach – Solid Yonkers shipper has won two of three since the Jody Riedel claim, inside draw for this sharp stalking type bodes well, so does the move to the mile track & reunited with Anthony Napolitano


6-Copper Coast A – Went all the way two starts back fresh off the Michael Russo claim, no chance from post eight in the slop last out, nine-time winner this season looms as the one to knock off


1-Cardiac Fashion – Gelding has exhibited lively form in three starts since the Burke acquisition, huge rally to just miss in a G Notes Final two starts back, now takes on a reasonable tag & lands the pole position



2-E Street Plan – Paced home in :26.4 out of striking range while chasing a 1:49.3 winner last week, gets class & post relief for his second start in the Burke barn


5-Americanprimetime – 10-time winner in 2017 has cycled forward for Rick Dane, Jr., tried to

give them the slip with speed & was collared as the heavy favorite, remains a prime focus in this easier class


6-Allstar Partner – Classy gelding joins the speed parade in this affair, steps back up, has revived his form & just missed with eye-catching fractions last week



10-Iwillmakeyousaywow – Hasn’t raced in four weeks, faded last out & tackles post ten, but this 1:50.3 winner here in 2017 gets enough class relief to overcome


3-Elrama N – 1:50 performer here this season dropped all the way to the bottom condition & flaunted his class & speed last week, bumped up & draws better to keep it going


4-Western Bayama – Just two for 29 this season, yet improved & rallied to hit the ticket in his second start off the bench over a sloppy track @ Yonkers, draws well to stalk n pop here



7-Ideal Shadow – Consistent gelding ran up against Show Me Up with a strong effort from post eight last week, fires out again to play a prime opportunist role & possibly turn the tables


3-Show Me Up – 10YO has caught fire winning three in a row & draws inside again fresh off two straight blowouts for this price here, horse-for-the-course tough to go against right now


8-Workandplayhard – Tripped out to snap a long losing skid two starts back, then faltered against $15,000 stock, tougher post here, but drops back a notch



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