Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:17 PM


2-Burkentine Hanover – Consistent Burke trainee had the misfortune of running into the monstrous Mcwicked in last week’s Preferred, this is a much more suitable match up, although the opposition is quite stiff


6-Geez Joe – Thought he was sitting on a big one two starts back, yet nothing prepared us for his utter devastation & eye-popping 1:48.1 last week, certainly looked ready to step back up in class while brimming with confidence for Team Miller


1-Duplicated N – Looks like the Shartin N connections have discovered another imported gem, added Lasix & romped @ Dover Downs in his second US start, looks for another smooth, stalking trip from the rail in a test for class



3-Emoticon Hanover – Luc Blais has his multiple world champion razor sharp this Fall, fresh off her second straight Breeders Crown, last year’s TVG runner up looks poised to turn the tables despite possibly being forced into a pacesetter role


2-Hannelore Hanover – 2017 Horse of the Year goes for her third straight TVG, won back-to-back here this past Summer & finished a close third from post 12 as the Cashman favorite, hasn’t been herself & missed a month of action & needs a big turn around


1-Ice Attraction – Her latest win came with a sizzling :26.2 in the Allerage Farms, this 4YO closed from the clouds to just miss in the Breeders Crown, stalked the pace & appeared a bit short in last week’s Preferred, expect more this time & needs a target to shoot at



7-Foiled Again – Would never pick against The Ultimate Warhorse in this spot, you have to admire his great work ethic & consistency while barnstorming from track-to-track on his Farewell Tour, his amazing numbers aside, he has captured the hearts of racing fans & transcended into a symbolic athlete of interest & fascination for the entire sporting world & beyond


2-Bilbo Hanover – Struggling to pick up checks against tougher on smaller tracks, gets some class & post relief & has a strong number in the win column


3-Roger Mach Em – Has a big chance to spoil the party, 1:49.3 winner here this season rallied to hit the board in his second try off a recent sick scratch, draws inside & gets Tetrick 



7-Grand Theft – This gelding is gradually acclimating & coming around, beaten favorite with a tough trip two starts back, just missed a 17-1 upset with a sharp late surge last week


5-More Dragon – Owns a mark of 1:50 here this season, regrouped, stayed flat & pick up minor spoils with some decent late pace last week, remains a threat at this bottom condition


4-Rather Swell – Flashed some late pace just behind Grand Theft with an improved effort two weeks ago & draws the same inside post to set up a similar strategy



2-Caviart Ally – Came into the Breeders Crown on her toes after a rousing win in the Milton Stakes & just missed to Shartin N @ Pocono, tuned up with a visually pleasing Preferred here two weeks ago & draws alongside her arch rival


1-Shartin N – Has emerged as the dominant division diva, piling up 18 wins this season, lands the rail fresh from a hard-fought Breeders Crown score & rock solid qualifier at her homebase


8-Pure Country – Three-time Dan Patch Award winner set a stakes record of 1:49 in last year’s TVG Final, revved up going free-legged for Team Takter, from post eight she will likely get some action to shoot at in this loaded field



5-Zero Tolerance – Grand Circuit winner in 1:51 in Lexington finished third in Warrawee Ubeaut’s 1:48.3 world record, just missed from post seven in the Breeders Crown & won last week’s qualifier with a nice late burst


1-Warrawee Ubeaut – From the first crop of Sweet Lou, set a world record of 1:48.3 @ The Red Mile & drew the rail off a gutsy Breeders Crown win at even money for Team Burke


7-Prescient Beauty – Bluegrass winner in 1:51.1 finished an ultra game third from post eight in the Breeders Crown, tuned up with a snowy qualifier @ Mohawk, she could be a huge threat on the end of it



3-Princess Deo – Had a win & closed second @ The Red Mile Grand Circuit, regrouped here closing from far back to grab second in the Kindergarten Final, then upset Evident Beauty in the Garden State & draws inside to build on that


4-Can’t Touch It – Fresh off her first win she sat a three-hole, angled to the outside & was outkicked fourth in the Kindergarten Final, lightly-raced Takter trainee is progressing, draws insde again & switches to Sears


7-Stella Jane – Was able to turn things around by simply leaving from post eight & the perfect trip paid off with a 17-1 upset in the Kindergarten Final, let’s see Jane attempt a similar effort while at the top of her game



6-Mac’s Power – Built quite a consistent reputation & confidence in the Kindergarten Series, barely outsprinted in that final, stormed home from never-never land to just miss in a blanket photo last week, can set up another big rally off the expected action


2-Captain Crunch – Breeders Crown champion & 1:49.1 Grand Circuit winner came up a wee shy on the engine as the heavy favorite last week, nevertheless a solid acclimating mile, moves inside & figures to be on or near the pace in this highly competitive field


3-Escapetothebeach – Very steady, handy & persistent Tony Alagna trainee almost pulled off another two-hole upset last week similar to his Kindergarten Final, draws inside to employ that same effective strategy



4-Will Take Charge – Just missed here in the Cutler & Cashman this season, Maxie Lee & Crawford Farms winner dropped a huge hint of returning to form with that sharp rally in last week’s Preferred & draws better 


3-Tactical Landing – Perhaps Takter’s greatest reclamation project, Hambo elimination winner & third in that $1 million final, never looked better in the Breeders Crown, cruised in the qualifier here & draws inside for the White Knight


6-Six Pack – Fastest 3YO trotter in history by virtue of his 1:49.1 Kentucky Futurity Final, bounced back from a sick scratch in the Breeders Crown with a crushing score in the Matron, can parlay that perfect tune up by sealing his division title



8-Forbidden Trade – Ontario Sires Stakes star rallied stoutly to just miss with a patient drive by rising star Bob McClure, shapes up to be a super competitive final, Luc Blais has an excellent reputation with trotters & this colt is the real deal


7-Seven Hills – Rebounded from the early break in the Kindergarten Final with a game grind & narrow loss to the well-rated Chin Chin Hall last week, won his first four starts with ease, look for this talented colt to push off for position in this extremely competitive match up


3-Chin Chin Hall – Proved himself against Grand Circuit types @ The Red Mile, bounced back from a dull fifth in the Breeders Crown by stealing his elimination here last week, figures to be forwardly placed again from another inside post 



1-Mcthriller – Beaten favorite was forced to grind first over into a quickening pace & just missed last week, steps up a notch, yet moves inside in raging form since the barn change


5-Bruce’s Magic – Took a mark of 1:49.3 here this season, seems to be in better form recently, some class relief will help & has a chance to stalk from midpack in a pari mutuel puzzler


8-Mr D’s Dragon – Team Burke turned the key on this gelding, who came to life & beat more modest stock @ Pocono in his last two, tough draw, but back class has resurfaced



1-Mcwicked – Looking to become the oldest pacer to be named Horse of the Year, the leading candidate can slam the door, monstrous best describes last week’s prep, it came after three weeks off & he did it real easy, last year’s TVG runner up is a well-deserved favorite


7-All Bets Off – Third in last year’s TVG Final, this Burke-trained triple millionaire was able to wake up in a big way against softer condition foes here last week, nevertheless that was a sparkling 1:48.4 & he could go a long way on the engine


6-Filibuster Hanover – Severely impeded runner up to Mcwicked in the Breeders Crown, sat just off the hot pace & was left in the wake of Mcwicked’s devastation last week, the Burke-tuned 4YO has revived on Lasix, yet is relegated to another opportunistic stalking role



5-Hundie N – New Zealand import raced well in his US debut while left in the wake of All Bets Off after qualifying nicely against stablemate Pure Country, logically moves forward of that needed start for Team Takter & gets a dose class relief


1-Barimah A – 1:49.1 winner here this season qualified twice after a few months freshening, going to guess he’s ready to contend, draws the rail to trip out just off an expected strong pace in an another handicapping headscratcher


4-Threeofthebest A – Australian import added Lasix & simply steamrolled to a new mark of 1:50.4 last week after missing 42 days, challenged by a double class hike here, yet draws inside again for an always dangerous barn




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