Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:41 PM


1-Tuonoblu Rex – 1:51 performer last year was able to put it all together in a decisive wire-to-wire score in his third start off the bench, moves to rail to lead a solid entry in this competitive opener


2-Mr Houdini – Heads a strong Team Burke entry fresh off an easy romp @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, both halves draw outside, yet figure to make noise based on recent form


8-Melady’s Monet – Unleashed a sterling rally to score as the heavy favorite fresh from a five-month layoff & with trotting hopples off, millionaire horse-for-the-course builds on that from another demanding post



3-Dewey Hava Winner – Flashed some sneaky late trot from an impossible spot in his debut here last week, draws a bit better & has a chance to surprise this wide-open field


5-Godspell Hall – 3YO gelding repeated in style with a new mark of 1:55.4 in his first start for Nifty Norman, then broke as the heavy favorite & has waited 20 days for the rebound attempt


2-Lucky Sheila – This filly finished a solid second again from post nine, has acclimated well, now moves inside to secure a stalking trip in a field with no standouts



4-Reclamation – Team Burke-tuned filly imported from Ireland qualified in :25.4 against Zero Tolerance, then blew them away back-to-back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well to tap further into her potential


9-Delightful Feather – Impressive filly on a form spree for the Cancelliere brothers, won three of her last four here & fresh off a post seven score @ Harrah’s Philadelphia


8-Catch An Ace – Tripped out & upset the heavily favored Bronskimackenzie A @ Yonkers, Bettor’s Delight filly has won 8 for 16 & continues to thrive stateside for Andrew Harris



2-Hot Summer Knight – Stone closer with a history of success here picked up minor spoils in his second start off a double sick scratch, drops a notch & draws inside again


3-Celebrity Lover – Came up just a half length shy last out, draws well to work out another ideal stalking trip in a wide-open field


4-Lindy’s Best Yet – Fresh off a well-driven upset, while equaling his lifetime mark third time Lasix, poised to step up a notch from a slightly better post



6-Zlatan – Gelding with a strong number in the win column has been knocking on the door, solid runner up two starts back, just missed in :27.2 last week & drops a notch


4-Uhlan Noir – 10YO sharpened his sword in his last two with a close third, then grinded out a game second to If Not Why Not from post ten, moves inside to take the step up in class


8-If Not Why Not – Dropped & brushed n crushed them with a career best 1:53 last week, 3YO on the rise gets a test for class from a challenging post in a competitive field



7-Penpal – 5YO gifted with a blinding late brush has been repeatedly stuck in never-never land, gets class relief & this horse-for-the-course can blow past these if given a fair chance


1-OK Heavenly – Drops back down to the level of the 18-1 upset from post 8 back on 11-16, was on the move too late last week & now has a chance to stalk from the rail


2-Gemma’s Beach Girl – This mare has been ramping up her game on the comeback trail, ships back fresh off a confidence-building win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside for the highly productive Cancelliere brothers



7-Trolley – Comeback story from a broken coffin bone continues going for four straight wins & freshened with a couple of weeks off for Team Miller


8-Muscle Diamond – 1:50.1 winner here this season has reeled off four in a row, his latest in grinding style, hasn’t raced in 35 days & tackles an outside assignment 


4-Thisguyisonfire – Rallied for second to Trolley two starts back, then scored another win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well to stalk the standouts in this affair



6-Brazuca – Has continued to be razor sharp since the recent sick scratch, tripped out to prevail @ Harrah’s Philadelphia fresh off two close seconds here, dangerous stalking type for the red-hot Cancelliere brothers


7-Fancy Creek Joline – Regained her winning edge against lesser on 11-30, then romped from post ten & rallied stoutly for the place money last week


9-Stylish Beachwhere – Just three for 31 this season & draws outside, but has had two starts to acclimate & has the gate speed & class to overcome post nine



6-Arch Credit – Tripped out with a new mark of 1:54 two starts back, then just missed with trot at both ends from post nine, 4YO has come to hand since the barn change to Chris Marino


7-Miss Ruby – Regained her winning form with the mile of her life in her fourth start off a sick scratch, rock solid mare rates top contender status despite the challenging post 


8-Armagedon Seelster – Failed to fire first time Lasix after taking a new mark of 1:56, 3YO gelding tackles a tougher post here, but can leave & step it up on the mile track



3-Itsnoproblemman – Just two for 31 this season, yet his recent form has been solid, he drops a notch & draws post three again to stalk the speed


5-Mccito – Bottomed them out & held them off here two starts back, steady gelding returns off a solid second & retains Yannick Gingras


2-Pumped Up Kicks – Only two for 42 in 2018, but has cranked it up with two straight on-the-board finishes, just missed in a G Notes Final from post eight fresh off the claim & moves inside



8-Filly Forty Seven – Runner up to a standout winner Ella Christina in a much-needed acclimating mile last week, tougher post, but expected to show more second time Lasix


3-D Gs Elsa – Took full advantage of some class relief & rail with a wire-to-wire score two starts back, matches up well & draws inside here to show up a camera-shy field


6-Deuces For Charity – Only two for 37 this season, yet her recent form has been okay @ Yonkers & this is a class relief scenario 



6-Delcrest Holiday – Team Burke-tuned 3YO cruised to a new mark of 1:52.2 with a perfect trip two starts back, beaten favorite gave way despite a well-rated effort from post eight, this is a more likely match up


5-Inaperfectworld – Chased a runaway winner stepping up to N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, won three of his previous four there & lands an ideal midpack post to set up his preferred stalking trip


4-Derf Hanover – Overcame post seven with a perfect pocket trip two starts back, beaten favorite at Harrah’s Philadelphia draws well to be a threat for a dangerous barn



3-Shady Stella – Beat better last month @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets class & post relief & strong in the win column & finds a field begging to be beaten


7-Do Your Job – 1:52 winner here this season flashed an improved :27.3 for minor spoils, has a chance to keep it going in this easier spot despite the tougher post


8-Colorful Jasmine – Finished a solid third from the rail two starts back, sports a 1:51.3 mark here last season & drops back down to a competitive level



6-He Can Fly N – Has been finishing from tough posts since the sick scratch, NZ bred has tumbled down the class ladder & finds a prime spot to break through


1-Rockin Roger – Rare Robert Lounsbury claim that hasn’t panned out against tougher condition foes, class & post relief will likely spell improvement in this blank finale


7-Twincreeks Jesse – Horse-for-the-course was a much better third from the rail last Saturday, look for more if the trip gives him the right set up



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