Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 24, 2018 12:45 PM

RACE 1

4-Keystone Krystal –Bettor’s Delight filly plagued by a couple of sick scratches this Fall, yet bounced back each time with narrow losses, her latest against N/W 3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside a wide-open field here

 

2-Backseat Terror – Western Terror filly turned in a decent qualifier here after missing four months, not sure she’s ripe n ready, but the post is ideal & she doesn’t face much

 

6-Lippy Doo – Team Harmon took over recently & she’s now had two starts to acclimate to her new barn, not sure she measures up, but this is a very soft N/W 2 affair

 

RACE 2

6-Dewey Hava Winner – Longshot pick last week stormed home to hit the board, makes his third start after five months off, gelding ramping it up with a target to shoot at here

 

4-Bizet – 3YO gelding has come alive winning three of four, his latest with ease while stepping up to this N/W 3 level & draws better as the obvious target again

 

5-Credit Fraud – 3YO filly with a lot of seconds just missed in her last two at added distances @ Yonkers over sloppy tracks, cuts back to a flat mile & rates serious contender status

 

RACE 3

1-Sergeant Seelster – Looked even better in an easy victory last week than he did when he rallied for the upset on 11-16, this gelding can keep his latest surge going from the rail

 

4-Arrakis – Gelding has come to life in his last two with a confidence-building upset in the GSY Club two starts back, then lost by a nose two weeks ago & draws inside again

 

9-Fox Valley Steffen – Prevailed by a nose over Arrakis in a fierce tussle two starts back, then finished third when bumped up to this level, 9YO lands a tough post, but trending well

 

RACE 4

5-Derf Hanover – Erupted off cover in :27 flat & took a new mark of 1:55 last week, improving 4YO in line for another stalking trip & similar rally for an always dangerous barn

 

3-Fashion Forever – 3YO gelding freshened with a strong qualifier here & posted a mild upset in the comebacker @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside here to show more

 

8-Delcrest Holiday – Twice beaten favorite made a late break after getting parked over an off track, 1:52.2 winner here on 11-30 has a chance to rebound for Team Burke despite post eight

 

RACE 5

2-Stormtracker – More than lived up to her tote hype with a steamrolling first over crush from post ten in her return to the scene of her 1:51.1 mark & moves all the way inside

 

7-Prairie Sweetheart – Clearly picked up her game in her last two with the switch to Harrah’s Philadelphia, lightly-raced Croghan trainee gets a bit of class relief in this intriguing field

 

5-The Spinster N – Trying to rev up with four starts on the comeback trail, gets some needed class & post relief & may be a factor with the right pace set up

 

RACE 6

8-Muscles On Fire – Won his first two on the comeback trail, then faltered, bounced back with a solid third in the slop @ Yonkers, owns some back class & looks for some trip luck from post eight

 

1-Dekeyser – 4YO arrives fresh off the mile of his life @ Dover Downs, ships in strong in the win column with the rail & has a chance to stalk a field with no standouts

 

4-Luminosity – Burke trainee finished a good third to Tuonoblu Rex here two starts back, returns after tiring in the slop @ Yonkers & makes his third start off the bench from an inside post

 

RACE 7

2A-Darlinonthebeach – Classy millionaire regained her form in three starts @ Mohawk, twice beaten favorite with tough trips in all three in Ontario, post nine presents a challenge here

 

5-Brazuca – Repeated in style with explosive speed at both ends of a career best mile for the Cancelliere brothers, 4YO on the rise may be up to this serious test

 

1A-Kak’s Shark Attack – Stepped up in a first over smashing style in her second start here for Jeff Cullipher & draws better to anchor a strong entry

 

RACE 8

6-Rubber Duck – Beaten favorite in the slop @ Yonkers last out, looked competitive in the Dover Downs Open before that, makes his fourth start on the comeback trail & could surprise

 

1-Winning Shadow – Fresh 3YO for Team Burke arrives off three straight romps @ Yonkers, his last two in the slop, draws the rail the take charge & keep it going

 

5-Osvaldo Blue Chip – Added to his pile of seconds as a runner up to standout Melady’s Monet and finishing in front of Tuonoblue Rex last week, a major contender in current form

 

RACE 9

2-Shutthefrontdoor – Looking to rebound off a dull outing @ The Meadows, pace compromised here before that with a :26.3, 1:52 winner here this season with an inside draw 

 

4-Penpal – Beaten favorite closed stoutly from a tough spot as usual & hit the board last week, finally draws better & has a chance to flaunt her class & fierce kick

 

3-Family Roll Call – Team Burke trainee only three for 32 this season, but her strong premature move to the top & placing last week, plus inside post here make her a consideration

 

RACE 10

3-Resita – Forced wide with no chance from post nine last week, was keeping pace with much better before that & this Team Burke 4YO gets needed class & post relief

 

4-Better Call Saul – Runner up in his last three starts here, the latest with a game grind at this level, draws inside again to make his presence felt in a field of question marks

 

9-Life Well Lived – Steps back up in class & draws outside fresh off a wake up effort & narrow loss with a sharp :27.2 finish, 4YO has potential for more

 

RACE 11

3-Itsnoproblemman – Came up just a length shy with a decent front end try over an off track, fresh claim by a productive barn lands post three again

 

6-Four Staces – Shook loose late & just missed with loads of late pace in his second start off a sick scratch, nine-time winner this season looms large off that wake-up mile

 

5-Ideal Romance – Hot item at the $7,500 level held on for another one in the slop last week, steps up a notch for another new barn & figures to be dictating the terms again

 

RACE 12

6-A Plus – Tried to close from tenth & last to no avail last week, now this Burke-tuned mare drops dangerously into a camera-shy field

 

4-Followthewind N – Only one for 19 this season, yet she was just two lengths away in a tougher field last week, draws the same inside post with drop n pop potential

 

5-Our Els Dream N – Hinted of returning to form & got up at 8-1 to help our Pick 4 Ticket last week, 1:51.1 winner here last season can keep it going on the class hike for The Mann

 

RACE 13

5-Hammer Time – Lightly-raced 4YO chased a standout Godspell Hall with a nice rebound mile last week, third try off the bench figures to be even better

 

3-U Need Stones – 3YO returns to the scene of his 1:53.2 mark here this season for Team Burke, sports stellar n speedy form & an inside draw & looks like a must use

 

8-Armagedon Seelster – 3YO has landed on the fringes in both starts on Lasix, draws a tough again, but has a chance to improve with any kind of trip luck

 

RACE 14

2-Robyn Camden – Saw her undefeated string snapped when she motored home in a sharp :26.3 right behind Reclamation in strong US debut, Irish-bred filly draws inside that rival off that much-needed acclimating mile

 

7-Reclamation – Another Irish import arrived off back-to-back blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & was nipped at the wire in :26.3 with a well-rated effort, Team Burke trainee remains the one to knock off despite a tougher post

 

5-Odds On Ashley – Lightly-raced Tony Alagna-tuned 3YO has comeback with two straight romps @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & figures to ready for a serious test here

 

 



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