Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:56 AM


7-Sweet Justice – Put forth one of his best efforts in a long time when he rallied for second after missing three weeks off a sick scratch, classy 8YO has a chance to follow up


3-Danish Durango – Beaten favorite held on for a board spot after a perfect second over trip from post nine, horse-for-the-course draws better & reunited with Pantaleano


4-Hot Summer Knight – Dropped to the bottom rung & scored convincing upset with trot at both ends from post nine, another one who thrives down the long stretch here & draws better



10-Rock On Line – Late-blooming 4YO unleashed an impressive 1:51.3 career best in his Big M debut, draws farther outside, but gate speed & sharpness makes him a threat to repeat for a barn that’s started to heat up


1-Rockin Machine – Just two for 32, yet has been right there a close third in both starts in NJ for his new barn, chased a couple of sharp ones in Pepper Guy & Rolling Sea last week


6-Joe’s Bid – Recent Richard Johnson acquisition freshened with a couple of months off & qualified with good energy here, lightly-raced 4YO with some upside



3-Long Beach – Well-bred 4YO with only seven starts, finished well to grab second behind the runaway Rock On Line, third try off his latest sick scratch & draws well in a light match up


6-Yo Apollo Creed – Displayed ample talent when he romped in 1:51 here last September, beaten favorite likely slipped in the snow two weeks ago, big chance to rebound here


1-Life Happened – Art Major colt has hit the board in both starts here & figures to keep his positive improving trend going from the rail again



3-JoJo Jove – Guided to a well-driven upset in his second start off the claim, still can’t believe this 7YO took a sparkling new mark of 1:51.3 in the slop, bumped up a notch, yet draws better


8-Ideal Shadow – Drops back down a tick off a sharp third from a similar post, second start off a lame scratch & beat these as the favorite on 1-27


4-Drunken Terror – Rallied to hit the board in a crisp :27.1 last week, lands the same inside post to set up another ideal stalking trip in a very competitive field



5-War-N-Munn – Got stung early going for the lead from post ten, still a positive move, gets another shot at this bottom level & could surprise in a field ripe for an upset


3-May I Cruise West – Worked hard to get involved from post nine & couldn’t sprint with the top ones last week after two sharp on-the-board finishes, drops into much softer spot here


7-Twincreeks Jessie – 8YO gelding’s last win came with a wire-to-wire against this kind back on 1-19, no chance closing in :26.4 last week, a drop n pop candidate



6-Chip Walther – Still waiting for this 4YO to start showing his back class, twice beaten favorite rallied to hit the ticket with a sharp :27.1 last week & lands in a prime spot


4-Southern Pursuit N – Gelding has been pretty consistent on the board in four of six this season, solid runner up last week, merits the class hike, draws inside again & his barn is going well


9-Dancingwithdelight – No factor from the rail in a much-needed start, second try for Team Burke from a tougher post, but some improvement is expected & faces a camera-shy bunch



6-Awesomeness – Just missed to Western Joe in the Preferred on 2-10, then romped to an eye-catching 1:50.2 in the slop despite a broken headpole, big chance to turn the tables


7-Western Joe – Hottest horse here this Winter winning four of five, notched his third Preferred with another superb drive by Pat Berry, 4YO is versatile, talented & razor sharp


5-Dr J Hanover – Unleashed an unbelievable 1:46.4 Mohawk track record in the Graduate Series last June, won both qualifiers with sizzling finishes & looks poised for his 5YO debut



6-Quality Closer – Aptly named gelding was a 1:50.3 winner here last season, makes his third start off the bench, drops a notch & has a chance to surprise with the right set up


7-Lawrencetown Beach – Game winner at this level back on 12-2 freshened up by Team Burke, just missed in the qualifier to Dr J Hanover, strong in the win column, ready for his 4YO debut


9-Mr Euroman N – Parlayed a pocket trip into a sharp 1:50 mark in his second US start, then struggled on 2-3, regrouped with a strong qualifier just behind Lawrencetown Beach, can leave to overcome post nine



10-Cowboy Terrier – Scorched first over in a wicked pace & still held third last week, steamrolled to an easy 1:51 score before that, recent acquisition for Team Burke on the improve


3-Raksmach N – Rating these fresh downunder imports is always tough, high winning percentage worth noting, qualified well with some high-level stock & draws inside a wide-open field


5-Meetyouatmidnight – Gelding comes off a solid 2017 season, garners obvious consideration fresh off his narrow loss with a strong surge last week & looms as a stalking threat



8-Rocknroll Wildcats – Finished an okay fourth after a slow start last week, Burke trainee has now acclimated, quality individual draws a tougher post, but drops another notch


5-All Week – Shook loose with plenty of late pace to threaten the favorite K-Lees Shakenbake last week & gets another shot at this reduced level from an ideal midpack post


10-R M Blackhawk – Parked first over when he jumped up to the $20,000 level, stormed home to just miss to Glass Prince before that, sharp item needs the right set up to overcome post ten



5-Beyond Delight – Flashed some late life from an impossible spot in his much-needed 4YO debut after qualifying against Dr J Hanover, second start for the Pelling barn & facing a field of question marks


4-Siskel – Converted a perfect second over trip & rallied to upset in his return to the Big M, makes his second start off the bench from the same inside post


10-Art History – So much back class lurking here, recent Burke acquisition started coming around last month, then faded to eighth @ Yonkers last out & draws post ten here, possible rebound



5-Beat The Drum – On fire since the barn change to the white hot Ms. Bongiorno, has rallied for three straight @ Yonkers, tackling a pair of 10 year olds coming back here & may be able to stalk Bettor’s Edge


2-Bettor’s Edge – Been knocking heads with Preferred foes, 9YO warhorse now gets class & post relief & looms as the one to knock off


4-Great Vintage – Sat a pocket & edged past Dancin Yankee in a sparkling 1:51 qualifier, classy 10YO seems ready for his Team Takter comeback



6-Iammrbrightside N – Stormed home from post ten to hit the board two starts back, then forced wide from never-never land & was airborne late, drops back to the basement


1-Iwillmakeyousaywow – Looked like he was on the verge last week, left for a pocket trip & outsprinted fifth, moves inside for the drop to the bottom along with several others


4-Ever Again – Impressive 1:51.3 winner here back in late November has struggled lately, but gets further class relief & draws inside again for a possible wake up



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