Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:57 PM


8-Meteoric – Based on his two solid seconds here coming fresh off the bench it looks like this improving 4YO may be on the verge despite the tougher draw, 1:52.4 performer last year simply doesn’t face much


10-Fiji – Took a mark of 1:53.3 here with a wire-to-wire from post seven back on June 29, has been way over his head in his last three & this is a significant class drop


9-Hes A Castoff – Forced wide from a tough spot to grab second chasing a runaway winner last out, knows his way around this oval, post nine puts him at the mercy of the trip in a best of the rest scenario



4-Golden Goose – Showed progress for Svanstedt by hitting the board in his last two NJSS miles, and closely stoutly at long odds in that final, look for further improvement


5-French Café – The sister to 1:52.4 performer French Laundry got off to a superb start in three NJSS outings & just missed in that Final, big chance to rebound off a break in the slop


3-Princess Deo – Draws well fresh off an encouraging debut, finishing well for a place deadheat, big upside for this Trixton filly & fifth foal out of multiple stakes winner Queen Serene



9-Mike Likes It – Chased Hambletonian-bound Lawmaker in his second start over this track, stuck outside, but this is a wide-open field, he’s in form & the pace may be ripe for an upset rally


3-E L Platinum – Moves inside fresh off a narrow loss in a sharp debut here from post nine, lightly-raced Muscle Hill colt lands in an ideal spot for a top trotting man Bob Stewart


6-Shortie Joe – His first two wins this season @ Plainridge show some talent, has been adjusting to a barn change with tough trips & gets some class relief here



3-JK Parlay – Took advantage of a slight class drop & scored an nice 8-1 upset at Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, draws better here & seems to be on par with the top ones


1A-Aleppo Hanover – Fresh off a nose loss as the heavy favorite in PA, had no chance from post 10 here two starts back, runner up in N/W 6 @ Yonkers, demanding post, but part of a strong Burke entry


5-Points North – 2017 Kindergarten Classic champion hasn’t been heard from in six sophomore starts, added Lasix in his last two & well spotted to turn his game around



2-Danish Durango – Classy 6YO with a mark of 1:52 here came around & dropped n popped to regain his winning form last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well to repeat


4-High Blue – Recent scored a gutsy nose win fresh off the claim by Rick Dane, Jr., makes his second start off a sick scratch from an improved post


10-It’s Chocolate Time – Dominated in a career best 1:55 when last seen here, then a strong second at two other NY ovals, not sure about the new pilot & post ten however



1-Shneonucrzydiamond A – Fired out for a perfect trip from post eight & just missed in a sparkling Big M debut last week, great acclimating mile & moves inside


4-Sportsmanship – Rallied prematurely to a late lead two starts back, then added The White Knight & erupted in blowout fashion last week, draws well on the positive trend


3-Urbanite Hanover – Wire-to-wire always shows desire, but keep in mind although his win came at the rock bottom level, he was accelerating into gusty stretch headwind in :27.3 last week, can he handle the triple class hike?



4-Joey – Joey was real good in his Big M debut, finishing a fast-closing fourth in the Tompkins Memorial two starts back before the miscue back home @ The Meadows, draws well to rebound


1-The First Chapter – Won his first two starts @ Mohawk, then was caught in an impossible spot from post nine, top trotting man Tom Durand has rail control with this late-blooming potential star


7-Muscle M Up – Flashed some tactical speed from post nine, offered a late bid & settled for fourth in a useful second start here, note the close second to Wolfgang in his latest qualifier



5-Express Stride N – Launched one his patented late lunges & just missed by a nose in a vicious :26 sprint last week, expecting a good speed target in this wicked match up


2-Santiago Style – Beaten favorite was well driven to a narrow loss in a blanket photo & draws better with The White Knight, chased the classy Dealt A Winner before that


4-Blood Line – Regrouped for Team Takter with a solid qualifier behind the mighty Lazarus & draws well to show his class in a very competitive start to the Pick 4



7-Rockaholic – Finished on the fringe fifth in his Big M debut on Lasix, now 0 for 22 in 2018, but needed to acclimate & gets another chance to step it up for his new barn despite a tougher post


3-Sunshinesomewhere – 0 for 16 this season, struggling @ Vernon Downs & hasn’t raced in three weeks, but may perk up with a barn change & inside draw in a toss up field


5-Buckeye In Charge – Was hammered down to 7-5 favorite with a driver change & got parked from post eight last week, 0 for his last 50 now, but draws better showing positive signs



4-Taco Tuesday – This gelding has quickly regained his winning form with three in a row in NY, continues to step it up for Team Orange Crush from an inside post


5-Misslarose – Was a tad pace compromised last week & finished a close second as the beaten favorite, chance to atone with another stalking trip from the same midpack post


1-Di Oggi – 1:54 mark her this season, 4YO dropped a notch & thundered home off cover to just miss in the slop in a nice bounce back effort & now moves inside



3-Lone Wolf Terror – Roughed up first over from post nine last week, finally moves inside & was a hard-charging third in :26.2 against this kind on July 13


9-Hope For Badlands – Rallied from an impossible spot to grab second behind a runaway winner Sportsmanship last week, lands a tougher post here & hasn’t won in a long time, but rates contender status


4-Black Hammer – One for 22 this season, carved out a perfect pocket trip & was clearly second best last week, draws well in a camera shy field



4-Blue Strike – Classy 12YO picked up minor spoils in a much improved effort, while closing in :26.4, may be ready to step up further on the comeback trail


3-Victory At Last – 1:52.1 winner here this season has ramped up his game recently, a solid second last week, draws well & gets another shot at this bottom condition


8-Just Toyin With Ya – Not sure what to do here, but guess, brand new Burke acquisition from Ontario, just 2 for 22 with dull form, 25-day layoff + post eight, but this as a low you can go



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