Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:28 AM

RACE 1

3-Storming Mist – Broke his maiden with a perfect trip & emphatic style, then just missed against N/W 3 stock @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside here to continue his progression

 

1-Trixar – Beaten favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, just missed in the comebacker there, gathering confidence with trotting hopples added, promising 2YO Trixton lands the rail in a soft opener

 

8-Hammer Creek – Sports a one for 22 record, yet finished second to standout Bizet in a much-needed Big M debut, look for him to do more despite a tougher post

 

RACE 2

1-Fox Valley Bailey – Absolutely erupted to an easy upset in an eye-catching Big M debut last week, lands the rail to build that impressive effort for The Mann

 

3-Pancakes – Was shuffled & picked minor spoils behind Fox Valley Bailey in a sneaky good acclimating mile, draws inside again to play a stalking role

 

6-Bonzai Beach – Ramping up his game on the comeback trail @ Saratoga, fresh off a big upset & lands in a soft spot here as a possible price play

 

RACE 3

6-Another Chapter – Ships in off another break, but this is a major class plunge, equaled his mark of 1:54.3 here this season, a solid second on November 16, in a prime spot

 

9-Tech Titan – Gelding has regained form for his new barn, tried it on the front end & gave way late in the slop last week, tougher post this time may dictate a rally

 

4-New York Attitude – Finished well to be a solid second two starts back & just missed on November 23, draws better to set up his late kick & possibly end a long drought

 

RACE 4

1A-Montabano Bi – Team Harmon horse-for-the-course has been better recently with a win & well-earned second last week, sets up his patented rally from a midpack draw

 

5-Yooper – Has flashed speed in her last two with Lasix added, hinting of an overdue win & lands in a prime spot off an acclimating mile

 

7-Photo King – Classy 11YO arrives in resurging form @ Saratoga, winning twice off the Jimmy Nickerson claim, look for an immediate transition to the mile track despite a challenging post

 

RACE 5

4-Persuasive Hanover – 0 for 22 this season, but hinting of a breakthrough fresh off a narrow loss in the slop last week, draws inside again in a wide-open field & retains Dexter Dunn

 

3-Petal To The Metal – Showed improvement with the double class drop, while pace compromised last week, gets another shot at this bottom level from a better post

 

9-Shock N Awe – Was able to be more aggressive & forwardly placed from an inside post resulting in a solid second last week, remains a threat despite the move outside

 

RACE 6

5-Monty’s Play – 3YO gelding has come alive for his new trainer Scott Di Domenico, winning back-to-back @ Dover Downs & ships back here fresh off a new mark of 1:52

 

8-Gotarockinmypocket – Has taken a few starts to regain form here for Team Harmon, finished well in his last two, his latest from an impossible spot, needs to find more early speed from post eight again

 

2-Pinkribbon Warrior – Speedy 4YO a three-time beaten favorite @ Saratoga, draws inside to make the switch to mile track & may go a long way in this suspect field

 

RACE 7

1-CC Big Boy Sam – Drops back down to the level of back-to-back wins to kick off December, lands the rail & looks like the one to knock off

 

7-Sports Vision – Has suddenly reeled off two-straight decisive scores with pace in reserve, hikes up in class & draws a tough post, but certainly seems worthy of the challenge

 

2-King Royalty – Consistent Yonkers shipper just two for 38 this season, yet entered for the same price, draws inside & in line for a smooth stalking trip

 

RACE 8

1-Code Word – 11YO millionaire has now had three starts since coming back off a sick scratch, very wide move last week hints a return to form & pushes off from the rail

 

2-Smooth Mocha – Was sipping success as he capped off our Pick 4 last Thursday with a well-driven score, threat to repeat rewarded with a better post

 

4-Spanish Art – Took a ton of tote action with the driver change to Brett Miller & was nipped by the trip-sitting Smooth Mocha, versatile gelding remains a live item & draws better

 

RACE 9

6-Dancing Rusty – Was aggressively handled with the claim entered & didn’t lose by much, now under Robert Lounsbury tutelage & jammed back in for the same price

 

3-Bobjacks Angle – Makes his second start after a four-month layoff & draws inside, 13YO has a chance to set up a stalking trip & utilize his late kick

 

7-Arts Blaze – Possible swan song for this productive 14YO warrior with 55 career wins, forced wide from a tough spot last week, may switch to speed here in this paceless affair

 

RACE 10

3-That’s My Opinion – Landing on the fringes on NY half milers recently, returns to his favorite track & draws well to exploit this wide-open bottom condition

 

5-Bright Future – This gelding stepped it up with a solid third to the raging Sports Vision in his debut here last week & draws a bit better to build on that

 

6-Always A Diamond – Only two for 35 this season, but his form looks okay, ships into a softer spot, figures to be pushes into play & has license to threaten this light field

 



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