Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:33 PM

RACE 1

6-Scirocco Mistysaid – Got involved in an early speed duel & had to settle for second last week, now makes his second start in a month & logically figures to be better

 

5-Parklane Jet – Was able to recover from an early miscue & vault off a fast pace to take a new lifetime mark last week, now gets a new unknown pilot, which makes him a question mark

 

1-Make It Big – Caught first over from post two in a fast pace last week, 1:52.1 winner here last year draws inside again to save ground & take advantage of any mayhem again

 

RACE 2

6-Caviart Jane – Lightly-raced major stakes player stormed home just a neck shy as the big favorite in her 3YO debut for Nancy Takter & those were some nice qualifiers

 

2-Exotic Dance – Second to a dominant favorite from post seven last week, nice back-to-back wins last month & draws better in top form for Team Bongiorno

 

1-Darkrshadeofpale N – Tough to gauge how good this NZ import is, just missed as the heavy favorite two starts back @ Yonkers, returns here at a greatly reduced level with the rail

 

RACE 3

3-Chief Justice – Seems to gathering some momentum against much tougher since the late January sick scratch, hits rock bottom & moves inside

 

7-Chasin Dreams – Hammered down to 7-5, set a rated pace & just missed in a gallant return fresh off the bench, now his post is a bit tougher, yet he should be better

 

6-Swancredit – Horse-for-the-course with some back class, freshened & qualified on Lasix, was into go @ Monticello at the time of this writing

 

RACE 4

9-Fromming – Lightly-raced Muscle Hill 3YO, brother to $510,257 winner You Know You Do, qualified okay behind stablemate Final Claim, outside draw, might need one, but Team Burke has been on fire

 

4-Tuvalu – Beaten heavy favorite was able to set an ideal pace & settled for second to I Got The Looks, draws inside that rival off that needed experience, only her fourth career start

 

8-I Got The Looks – Sat a three-hole trip & shook loose late with plenty to score the sparkling upset in a career best in his Big M debut, tougher post, but this is a 3YO with a future

 

RACE 5

2-Cyclone Maximus – Horse-for-the-course race much better with trot at both ends last week, now drops a bit further, draws inside & long overdue

 

3-Southwind Frost – Took full advantage of a monumental class drop & perfect trip to nail the favorite Chasin Dreams last week, bumped up off that well-earned win with a better post

 

1-Life Well Lived – Raced a little better when got some class relief last week, gets even more this time & in line for a smooth trip from the rail

 

RACE 6

8-The Big Muscle – Looks like a nice claim here, took only a couple of starts to adjust to the mile track, just missed with a wide rally in :27.3, tougher post, but drops in price

 

1-Infiniti AS – Dropped & just missed to the classy Obrigado last week, gets more class & post relief for his fourth start off the bench

 

10-Rubber Duck – Beaten favorite struggled to get involved off a rated pace last week, post ten again, but gets his third straight class drop 

 

RACE 7

2-Mystical Wynn – Overcame a slow pace & uncorked a nice rally for the mild upset second time Lasix @ Pocono, look for a stalk n pop scenario to materialize from post two here

 

8-Explosive Ridge – Pegged him last week when he capitalized on a perfect trip from the rail, major threat to repeat in his third start off the bench from a tougher post

 

1-Carrick – Fresh Team Burke shipper was freshened & regrouped with a rousing win from post nine @ The Meadows, steps up in price & draws the rail with a chance to improve

 

RACE 8

7-She’s Allright – Finished up her qualifier here in a crisp :26, has faced superior foes in the recent past & Team Burke has been firing with both barrels

 

6-Sudden Passing – Dusted her competition when hammered down to 6-5 favorite last week, was just a fifth off her lifetime mark, Team Burke has this one poised to step up

 

4-Eleniark A – 7YO NZ import for The Crocodile Man, tough to get a read on her from the even qualifier here, draws inside some tough ones, may have to let the toteboard tell the story

 

RACE 9

8-Odds On St Lucie – This is simply a relentless Tony Alagna-tuned 4YO, who never seems to stop closing no matter what kind of trip, she’s a dangerous fresh threat

 

9-Write Me A Song – New face here for Team Burke, 9-time winner last year & Yonkers Open regular won her qualifier here with loads of steam, stands out despite her outside assignment

 

6-Don’t Think Twice A – One of two serious contenders in this one for Andrew Harris, tightened with two solid qualifiers & liking the fresh angle in a very competitive field

 

RACE 10

9-Oberto – Did fine work trying to overcome post nine off a rated pace & kicked home for second to Final Claim, has sharpened his sword & could turn the tables with the right set up

 

5-Final Claim – Pretty much toyed with the competition in a sharp comeback win for Team Burke, will likely be the target again in the same class match up

 

8-Lion Safari AS – Closed with a solid :55.1 back half to hit the board behind Final Claim, that was a excellent acclimating mile & has license to improve

 

RACE 11

10-Finnish Your Way – Finished well enough to hit the board with a cover trip in a much-needed Big M debut, moves outside, but eligible to improve in her second start for Brett Pelling

 

2-Dangerousprecedent – Got pounded to 9-5 favorite, suddenly got aggressive & prevailed in bitter battle last week, rewarded with an improved post for her third start off the bench

 

3-Cinder Rita – Has really gotten her act together since the mid-January sick scratch, draws inside again fresh off a narrow loss despite another tough trip

 

RACE 12

7-Rockin Praline – Hounded on the lead in most recent, stuck outside again, but drops to the bottom condition & knows how to win here

 

1-Dragmetoglory – Was forced to rally from post nine & tenth last week, just missed from post eight before that, now moves inside off two nice acclimating miles

 

2-Princess Holly N – Draws better off a three-race form spree & fresh off a win with pace @ both ends, ideal trip in store from an improved post

 

RACE 13

3-Four Diamonds – Classy 9YO seems to be getting better as he has acclimated here, draws inside a wide-open finale off a solid third last week

 

2-That’s My Opinion – Makes his fourth start off the bench, owns some back class, draws better & could get Team Harmon off the schneid

 

8-Steve Said – Beaten favorite couldn’t quite polish it off with a perfect cover trip last week, remains a serious threat despite his third straight eight-hole

 

 

 

 

 



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