Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 9:18 PM

RACE 1

3-Stratocaster – Dominated a two-week G Notes series here back in October, has a big chance to regain that winning form back on the mile track in a blank opener

 

7-Major Marcus – 10YO acclimated well with a hard-fought third, then paced home in :27.3 behind a runaway That’s My Opinion to grab third again, rates highly through process of elimination

 

10-All About Rusty – Suddenly tried it on the front end, set a decent pace & folded, likely forced into an off-the-pace strategy on the class drop & may be a factor with right set up

 

RACE 2

6-Declan Seelster – Stormed home to win his Big M debut, then rallied from an impossible spot with a :55.2 back to just miss by a head, draws better to continue his resurging form

 

1-Surfing Tide – Qualified with a sneaky good :26.2, then found room to severely outsprint Alta Shelby N & score fresh off the bench, 1:50.4 winner here in 2018 now moves inside

 

3-Alta Shelby N – NZ import & 1:50.3 winner here on 12-14 first time Lasix tried to give them the slip & got collared by Surfing Tide last week, draws well to again to gain revenge

 

RACE 3

2-Chip Walther – Nosed out in :26.4 in the qualifier here, a solid second in the comebacker last week, another inside draw in a light bottom condition field

 

7-Bright Future – Beaten favorite has hit the board in both starts here, chased the runaway That’s My Opinion last week & no standouts in this match up

 

1-He Can Fly N – Another beaten favorite almost made the aggressive route pay off, just missing in :27.2, moves inside to capitalize on his current form surge & trip potential

 

RACE 4

1-Drunken Terror – Flashed sharp speed to sit a trip & finished a good third to standout Sports Vision, moves inside for his fourth start since a lame scratch & has had success here

 

3-Magnum Mike – Beaten favorite made a fast track break after being on quite a form spree, has now had 22 days off to regroup & draws well in a suspect field

 

9-Cheyenne Reider – The Reider has done his share of damage at the $10,000 level, fresh off a rousing win with a sterling rally as the heavy favorite, impossible to dismiss despite post 9

 

RACE 5

3-Siskel – Took that requisite tour of the oval in his first start off the bench, now drops into a much softer match up & draws a bit better as a tighter animal

 

5-Quality Bud – Capped off a pretty productive season with a solid second, freshened with a couple of weeks off, now steps up into a very weak N/W $8,600 assembly

 

4-Twincreeks Jesse – Post seven winner at the bottom level stepped up with a second to the classy Limelight Beach last week, draws well to be forwardly placed in this toss-up field

 

RACE 6

1-Winning Linc – Appeared to be a live item last week, but was given zero chance with a slow start & flew home in :26.1, draws inside to atone with another chance at this reduced level, plus the other half of the entry gets class relief

 

4-Dreamfair Mesa – Struggled to make much headway in his last two, now drops to a more competitive level & was impressive at times this past Fall

 

2-Messi N – Took full advantage of the ultimate second over off a fast pace set up & took a new mark of 1:50.4 last week, sharp gelding draws the rail on a high note

 

RACE 7

1-Tuxedo Bay – Looms as a Price Play, recently revived Mark Silva acquisition arrived off two straight blowouts & was on the move from an impossible spot, now moves inside to stalk n pop

 

2-Decision Day – 10-time winner in 2018 made a good account of himself here recently, won two of his last four, took a new mark of 1:51, a solid second from post nine last week & moves inside

 

9-Castle Flight – Did some serious sprinting to hit the board in both starts here, the latest a strong second from post eight, got to make him a fresh threat with the right set up here 

 

RACE 8

6-Bell I No – Was scintillating in his 1:49.4 blowout on 12-1, just missed in a bitter battle on 12-8, then came right back with another new mark 1:49.1, he’ll be tough to deal with if he can come up with anything like that again

 

1A-New Talent – Decisive post ten winner last out after a close second to Constntlysidewys A, continues to acclimate & sharpen his sword in a very competitive feature

 

8-K Ryan Bluechip – Posted back-to-back gutsy wins in early December, then grinded out a third to the raging Geez Joe, remains a serious threat despite three weeks off + post nine

 

RACE 9

7-Bilbo Hanover – Put together a solid back half to close from last to third in an improved second start here, trending right since the late November sick scratch & this could be the right spot

 

4-Griffon Hanover – Looms large fresh off another tough loss, flashing at both ends from post nine, draws better while knocking on the door & long overdue

 

6-Barimah A – Forced wide from a tough spot & hit the board again last week, 1:49.1 winner here last season cycling in a positive direction

 

RACE 10

2-Itsnoproblemman – Blew them away with the mile of his life in the slop fresh off the claim, poised to step up with more magic from another inside post

 

5-Sports Vision – Stepped up & delivered his third straight el jogola last week, draws a bit better to face a slightly tougher field & certainly seems up to it

 

6-Sunset Dreamer – We jumped all over this one at a juicy 8-1 last week, scored decisively fresh off the claim by Team Ginsberg & looked ready for a slight class hike

 

RACE 11

3-Big Top Hanover – Gets some much-needed class & post relief off a no-chance effort from post nine, note this is his second start since a barn change & owns plenty of back class

 

5-Terror Of The Nite – Simply hasn’t been competitive in his last two since the perfect trip win & career best 1:51 on 12-8, now drops into a similar spot to be more effective

 

1-Bruce’s Magic – Seems to have tailed off in his last two, but finally moves inside with controlling speed & lands in another weak N/W $8,600 division

 

RACE 12

10-Odds On Lauderdale – 1:49.1 winner here as a 3YO last season flashed some sharp late pace in the comebacker for Tony Alagna, have to give him high praise despite post ten

 

9-Wise Image – Red-hot Team Harmon trainee made it three wins in his last four starts with a well-driven effort by Michael Merton, went all the way from post eight on 12-8

 

7-JK Musicman – Sharp winner from the same post back on 11-17 had no chance in his last two here, lightly-raced Brett Pelling trainee with some upside

 

RACE 13

3-Seel The Deal N – Was competitive against better last month, twice hitting the board off a sick scratch, now gets class & post relief in field lacking any serious spark

 

9-Bettor’s Western – Rallied from ninth to third in his second start off a sick scratch, draws outside again off that acclimating mile, but drops another notch for Team Harmon

 

7-Sportsmanship – Here’s another drop down candidate & 1:51.2 winner here last season, tough post, but has a chance to revive his poor form

 

 

 



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