Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, December 06, 2018 11:50 PM


1-Indy Ingot – This gelding has gradually made his way down the class ladder, moves inside off a decent effort from post 10 & can stalk & pop this soft opener


5-Legion Of Boom – Just two for 31 this season, yet has now had two tighteners, both over off tracks, got parked first over last week & retains Yannick Gingras


3-Frankandjoanne – Like Legion Of Boom he too is only two for 31 in 2018, but draws inside fresh off an improved second in a deadheat with Victorydaze Wilwin & has a chance to show more



6-Fox Valley B Gump – Lightly-raced gelding was much more involved & improved in his second start off the bench, finished third to a raging Wise Image, lands in a prime spot to step up further


4-Captain America – Beaten favorite had dead aim & failed to fire last week, nosed out with a perfect two-hole trip before that which was second time Lasix & gets a big chance to rebound


3-Piscotty – Landed on fringe fourth behind Fox Valley B Gump in his Big M debut, coming around since the recent sick scratch & draws well in a soft match up



8-Montalbano Bi – Returned to winning form making one his patented late moves, this Team Harmon horse-for-the-course draws a tougher post, but owns plenty of back class


4-Big Checkmate – Added Lasix, overcame post eight, launched a late bid & settled for second in a much-improved performance last week, she draws better to attempt a similar effort


5-One Fine Lady – This filly was used early & was obviously not herself last week, tripped out & rallied for a mild upset before that, any semblance of that mile makes her threat here



4-Rock On the Hill – Very consistent gelding rallied from tough spots to hit the board in his last two & draws well to set up a stalk n pop strategy 


7-David The Saint – Fresh claim for Team Ginsburg off an easy win @ Freehold, has been competitive for this price & owns some back class


8-Cheyenne Reider – Twice beaten favorite almost went all the way in a well-rated effort in a sharp return to The Big M, may blast off & be the one to track down again



2-CC Big Boy Sam – Unleashed a crushing first over career best 1:51.3 in his third start off the Robert Lounsbury claim, rewarded with a better post, and any follow up effort makes him a threat to repeat


5-Magnum Mike – Left in the wake of an overpowering CC Big Boy Sam after romping in previous three, reclaimed by Nick Surick last week & remains a hot item 


6-Beachchip Hanover – Ships in sporting three wire-to-wire wins in his last four @ Plainridge, steady gelding may try to steal away on the front end using his controlling speed



3-Play Jet Ray – This Burke trainee has been buried chasing sub 1:50 winners in his last two, just missed to K Ryan Bluechip from post 10 on Nov. 10, class & post relief tees him up nicely here


8-Wise Image – Steps up to N/W 3 fresh off a sparkling career best blowout in his debut here for Team Harmon, not sure how good he can be, but this might be just another stepping stone


4-Barbados – Hot gelding for The Mann shook loose late & just missed repeating last week, another stalking effort makes him a serious contender again



4-Tact Tate N – Well supported & finished a solid second to a revved up K Ryan Bluechip in his US debut, may be ready to deliver a knockout punch with the right set up


6-K Ryan Bluechip – Capitalized on top form & responded to aggressive handling with a decisive 

score last week, remains a threat despite the tougher post for a red-hot barn


1-Clouseau Hanover – Freshened with a month off, qualified well behind stablemate Rockin Ron, and this 11-time winner this season kicks off a very strong Burke entry



3-Ballerat Boomerang – Followed up a confidence-boosting blowout win @ Freehold with a rock solid second to a 1:49.1 favorite last week, steady gelding has come around & lands in a prime spot to win again


4-Awesomeness – Beaten favorite was forced to grind through a fast pace over an off track & still just missed by a neck last week, bumped back up, yet draws well in top form


1-Terror Of The Nite – Drops back to the level of a career best 1:51.1 on Nov. 17 after chasing superior foes in his last two, pushes off from the rail & sets up his big kick



5-Threeofthebest A – Fresh off a crushing new mark of 1:50.4 this Aussie import rallied to make it three in a row & two-for-two on Lasix, has a big chance to stay on a roll


4-Dreamfair Mesa – Bounced back with a stretch eruption to upset Mindtrip last week, note the impressive mark of 1:49.1 on Nov. 17, no doubt a sharp gelding for the red-hot Virgil Morgan, Jr.


1-Solo Story – Had the misfortune of running into a runaway Bell I No last week, remains on the rail where he can benefit from another stalking scenario



4-More Dragon – Owns a mark of 1:50 at The Big M in 2018, regained his winning form @ the bottom condition two starts back, then almost pulled off a post 10 upset last week


7-Heavenly Sound – Took a mark of 1:50 here this season, exits the Progress Pace @ Dover Downs, classy colt can assert himself in this much softer match up


5-Brookies Prince N – Might be on the way back up the class ladder fresh off an easy cruise control score from post nine last week, expect him to be forwardly placed again 



5-Mcthriller – Rallied off a torrid pace to hit the board in a 1:49.1 mile last week, remains a very sharp prospect at the right level for Richard Johnson, can launch one big move & grind a long way


6-Larry Karr – Team Burke improving 3YO uncorked a bounce back blowout mile at the bottom condition level last week, gets the double class hike, yet may be this good


2-Tie Your Shoe Ed – This gelding caught fire with that perfect trip upset on Nov. 17, forced wide & just missed a big upset in :26.4 last week & draws inside again as a possible price play



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