Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 03, 2018 1:25 PM

RACE 1

5-Persuasive Hanover – 0 for 19 this season, yet may be gathering steam since the early November sick scratch, paced a :56.3 back half last week & race times improving

 

1-Freetime – Steady, solid numbers @ Plainridge recently, lands the rail in a very soft bottom level condition & figures to be put play

 

9-Deprived – Consistent form @ Pocono & got parked first over in her debut here when well supported last week, she can overcome the outside draw with her speed

 

RACE 2

2-Fox Valley Steffen – Took a mark of 1:54 here this season @ age 9 & loves this track, flashed his usual late trot last week, draws inside again to stalk & pop for Jennifer Lappe

 

3-Better Call Saul – Switched to Dave Miller, brushed to command & was nailed by the classy Montalbano Bi, lands inside again off that much-improved effort

 

6-Sergeant Seelster – Mark Silva managed to get this gelding & recent claim to stay flat & turn his game around with a perfect trip & upset rally from the same post two weeks ago

 

RACE 3

3-Lady Of Heaven – Tonight’s Price Play regaining her form since the injury scratch earlier this season, offered a hint of sneaky late pace in her latest comebacker from the same post last week, expect her to be closer to the fractions & she has license to improve

 

1-Tearful Of Happy – This Burke trainee was a very strong third from post eight two starts back, pace compromised while pacing home in :27.2 last week, now moves inside & drops

 

5-Dangerousprecedent – Plainridge shipper picked up Andrew McCarthy, suddenly took charge & held on in an excellent acclimating mile last week, logical threat to repeat

 

RACE 4

4-No Recess – Classy 9YO has had a very productive Fall @ Saratoga, almost went wire-to-wire there on Sunday, draws well for the high percentage Kyle Spagnola, took his mark of 1:53.3 here against much better last December

 

9-Knightofvictory – Price pick last week made a first turn break & recovered to grab a small share, had just missed in his second start off a sick scratch, remains a rally threat from despite a tougher post in another soft match up

 

10-Time Outa Jail – Beaten favorite switched to The Buckeye, was forced wide & hit the board in his Big M debut, moves farther outside, yet has some back class lurking 

 

RACE 5

3-Iwillmakeyousaywow – 1:49.3 winner here in a G Notes Final back in early May & runner up in the Hot Lead Series Final with ten wins this season, returns in a cozy spot for Team Buter

 

4-Seel The Deal N – Had no chance after a slow start from post eight here before the sick scratch, has now missed 26 days, but gets some class & post relief

 

2-Calvin B – Finished seventh with an ideal cover trip off fast fractions on Saturday, classy 8YO is strong in the win column & draws well again to stalk the speed

 

RACE 6

3-Fireball – Fresh 4YO from Ontario ships south into the Burke barn, draws inside & faces a typical bottom level condition field & fits the profile for immediate improvement

 

5-Marty Monkhouser A – Strong runner up to runaway Larry Karr in last Saturday’s finale, just may be the class of this field & figures to be forwardly placed

 

6-Preppy Art – 0 for 28 this season, but the class drop & decent recent rallies @ Yonkers make him a legitimate threat in this wide-open match up

 

RACE 7

5-Code Word – 11YO millionaire with back class galore, recently changed barns & added Lasix, fresh off a sick scratch, finds a field he can beat on memory alone

 

2-Pumped Up Kicks – His two for 40 record this season is a concern, squandered a two-hole ride & settled for fourth on Saturday, dips slightly in price & draws inside again

 

3-A And C Artist – Got parked first over on the off track on Saturday, previous form was solid, gets another shot here from inside post against $7,500 stock

 

RACE 8

4-Medoland Jate – Beaten chalk fresh off a narrow loss @ Monticello over an off track there allowing three seconds, game winner in the slop here back Oct. 27 returns for the $7,500 tag

 

2-Ideal Candidate – G Notes Final winner from the second tier on Nov. 10 moves inside off two no-chance trips, 10-time winner in 2018 lands in a prime spot

 

1-Freespin N – Only one for 16 in a comeback season, yet came to life with a game grind from the rail last week, can follow up & has another big chance at this bottom claiming level 

 

RACE 9

8-Spanish Art – May be worth a swing based on his recent form revival, won with a huge rally @ Freehold, then stormed home from a tough spot in :27.4 last week, just needs the right set up

 

1-Ideal Romance – Clearly the one to beat again, while looking to make it four-for-four off the Eam Fusco claim, favored & held on in all three & likely the one to track down again from the rail

 

2-Charmbo Curiosity – Twice ran into the raging Magnum Mike recently, then simply too far back after a very slow start from the same post last out, eight-time winner this season is better than that

 

 

 



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