03/05/2015 4:45PM

Meadowlands: Burke has busy Saturday at Big M

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Foiled Again is prepping for his 2015 stakes campaign.

Trainer Ron Burke seems to have all the bases covered. Whether it’s the middle of stakes season or the last weeks of winter Burke’s stable continues to send out contenders wherever they race. On Saturday night Burke’s powerful stable will have seven pacers in action on the 13-race program at the Meadowlands as well as a host of classy aged performers getting qualified for action in the morning.

Foiled Again will lead Burke’s morning charges and the trainer proclaimed the ageless wonder “Better than ever.” “I trained him last week in :57 with a final quarter in :26,” said Burke, who is pointing Foiled Again for the Levy Series at Yonkers in two weeks. The trainer has only nominated five to the Levy this year as the track has altered its rules. “I definitely cut back because of the rule changes,” said Burke who listed Clear Vision, Take It Back Terry, Bettors Edge and Beach Memories as his nominees. Four of the five qualify at the Meadowlands on Saturday with Take It Back Terry racing in the evening at Yonkers.

As for Burke’s contenders on Saturday night they start in the opener with Shadow Recruit, a three-year-old with but five lifetime starts. “I think the Gilmour was a step above where he is right now,” said Burke, reflecting on the sixth place finish in the Meadowlands late closer last week. The gelding gets class relief from post seven against a non-winners of two field with Yannick Gingras in the bike.

Lord Of Misrule (post eight) in race four returns to the Meadowlands. “I couldn’t get him in,” said Burke. “I think he’ll be good he was a bit too aggressively handled at Yonkers but coming back on five days should help.”

Lord Of Misrule, a four-year-old with five lifetime wins, sneaks under the condition earnings ceiling of $87,500 lifetime by a few thousand dollars.

Post position could be an issue for Brick Bazooka making his second start since joining the Burke stable but the trainer seemed confident. “He put in a step or two on Yannick (Gingras) on the turn and lost all momentum,” said Burke. “We’ll see if we can get a little improvement out of him this week.”

Brick Bazooka lines up on the outside in race five’s ten-horse field with likely odds-on favorite Lonewolf Currier manning the pole position in the $25,000 final of the “Dash for the “G” Notes.”

Panchester United makes his second start for Burke after a purchase. “I was pleasantly surprised with the way he raced. He didn’t train well and I thought we may have made a mistake,” said Burke about the five-year-old. Panchester United drew the rail in the non-winners of $7,500 conditioned event carded as race six. “He should be very good in here.”

The eleven-year-old war horse Transcending makes his third start of the season and 233rd of his career in the seventh race. “We call him the poor man’s Foiled Again but he shows up,” said Burke. “He was actually locked in with pace in his last two starts.” Despite landing the pole position in the field Transcending could be up against a very tough group in this non-winners of $18,500 in last five starts conditioned event.

Burke drew his third straight pole position for the eighth race with Summer Smackdown returning from nearly three months away from competitive racing. “He’s definitely going to need a start,” said Burke. “I think the non-winners of $10,000 is the top of where he can go. He may even need two starts.”

Summer Smackdown, a five-year-old, scored in 1:49 4/5 last year at Harrah’s Philadelphia as one of his five wins in 2014.

The trainer’s stable will close out its evening in the eleventh race, the second division of the William Buddy Gilmour for three-year-olds. Coaster was fortunate to draw away from the Teague stable’s Wiggle It Jiggleit but Burke wasn’t exactly counting his chickens yet. “I think both of Chris Ryder’s horses raced big last week,” said Burke. Rodeo Rodeo (post five) starts directly inside of Coaster but Burke expects improvement from his horse. “I think Yannick rushed him last week. He’s got to be a little more cautious. You can’t leave with a three-year-old the way you can with an older horse,” said Burke, referring to the break in stride made by Coaster in the series’ opening leg. The Gilmour goes for a purse of $20,000.

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