02/21/2012 10:30AM

Sharp Horses and Track Trends: Feb. 13-19

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BALMORAL

2/19: 0w, ++ closers, only one winning favorite on Sunday, strongly favored closers

2/18: 1w, ++ closers

2/15: 3w, + closers

 

SHARP@BALMORAL

BORN TO ROCKN ROLL*** – Power-brushed and paced a scorching :27.2 second quarter to take control then tacked on back to back :27.3's to draw clear impressively

WINDY CITY RON – Set a pressured pace against the bias and held well for the show

THISBIGDOGWILFIGHT – Quarter-moved to the lead and was the only speed horse to win all night

OLD MAN RIVER Brushed to the top at the half with a :27.4 second quarter, came home in a respectable :28.2 but finished third against a strong bias

REHAB MOUNTAIN Trotter power-brushed to the lead with a strong second quarter and bottomed out the field

DEVACHAN – Quarter-moved to the lead, set a pressured pace against a severe bias and held okay

 

MAYWOOD

2/17: 5w, + speed

2/16: 6w, + speed

 

SHARP@MAYWOOD

SKINNY JEANS – Was parked the mile without cover from post 8 and held okay

ANESCAPE N*** – Had post 6, left and tucked 4th, powered first over pacing a :27.4 third quarter and drew off to a nifty win

BLUERIDGEVALENTINO – Was first over a long way pacing a :56.2 middle-half, held okay

MIKE LANIGAN – Left from post 7 and was parked to a :28.2 opener, pulled uncovered at the three quarters and held the show

 

MONTICELLO

2/16: 5w, no bias

2/15: 5w, no bias, wet track

2/14: 5w, no bias

2/13: 6w, + speed, all winners left or went first over

  

 SHARP @ MONTICELLO

C U NEXT TUESDAY – Had post 6, left, tucked, went first over and held okay

L M XKR*** – Had post 7, slipped out third over, finished fast in the stretch gobbling up ground gamely

TATTOO HALL – Gunned from post 8 and was used hard to a wicked :27.2 opener, very fast for this track, yielded and tired badly but understandably through the final quarter

YOU RAISE ME UP*** – Had post 7, went third over, stormed wide around the final bend and drew clear

WHATAMACH – Was first over a long way and paced a quick middle-half, held okay

BREAK DANCER – Shipped in from Yonkers and drew post 8, got moving early and flushed out cover, angled wide and finished fast in :28.3 for the win at 36-1, seems to like this track

 

NORTHFIELD PARK

2/17: 8w, ++ speed

2/15: 5w, no bias

2/14: 4w, no bias

2/13: 6w, no bias

 

 SHARP @ NORTHFIELD

SUMMERHILL CHRIS*** – Left fast and yielded to a :27 opener, yielded and was shuffled back to 9th with pace

BACK HOME AGAIN – Left and was parked the mile without cover, held okay for the show

PANNA NICOLE – Had post 6 and terrible cover while trying to close against a speed bias, rallied wide and finished gamely for the show

SJ’S BLISSFUL LADY – Had post 7, raced parked the mile without cover and drew off

 

DOVER

2/19: 6w, + speed, all winners either left or went first over

2/16: 5w, no bias

2/15: 11w, ++ speed

2/14: 1w, no bias

2/13: 4w, no bias

 

SHARP@DOVER

NOVA ARTIST*** – Went first up and paced a :53.4 last half for a sharp win

MCMURRAY HANOVER – Showed early speed then was shuffled in tight quarters; price factor in exotics

BROADIES SONG – Left from post 8 and was used hard to clear the lead, set a quick pace under pressure and didn’t tire that badly

STAND BY CAM – Was parked a long way uncovered from post 9, was unable to reach the sharp 3-5 pacesetter but kept on chugging and was a solid second

STILL ELECTRIC – Was first over into a :56 last half and held okay

EBONY CHAPEL N – First over into a stepped-up final half against the 1-2 winner, just missed

TOO MUCH FUN – Left from post 7 and was parked to the lead in :27.1, yielded to the winner’s retake and held okay; tough from a better post

MASTERMAKER – Left three wide to the lead past a :26.3 first quarter, yielded approaching the half and weakened but beat 4 horses home in a respectable effort after being used hard leaving

NORTHERN IDEAL*** – Was first over a long way, paced a :27.3 third quarter and held well

 

POMPANO

2/18: 2w, no bias

2/15: 4w, no bias

2/14: 4w, no bias

2/13: 7w, + speed

  

SHARP@POMPANO

PRAIRIE GANACHE – Got moving early on a long first over bid, paced a :28.2 third quarter, finally wore down the leader in the lane but was out-kicked, held the place in a good try

FOX RIDGE BANKER – Was first over into a fast last half and held well for the place

TOUGH LUCK*** – Was parked to the lead in :27.1 from post 9, set a quick pace under pressure and didn’t tire that badly

THREE NEW DAWNS – Had post 7 and shot to the lead in :26.2, rated the half then reeled off a :27.2 third quarter and held on for a sharp win

RICK’S SIGN – Was parked the mile without cover in a fast race and held okay

 

MEADOWS

2/17: 3w, no bias, nice fair surface again this week, as usual, the least speed favoring 5/8’s track

2/15: 4w, no bias

2/14: 3w, no bias

2/13: 4w, no bias

 

SHARP@MEADOWS

UPANDOVER HANOVER – Trotter left from post 7 and worked his way to the lead past the quarter, yielded to pressure from the post 8 leaver and was shuffled back

SUIT UP – Left and tucked from post 7, went first over into a :28.2 third quarter and held well

MR RIGHTNOW – Left from post 7 and was parked to the lead in :27.2, yielded and was shuffled back

I LIKE IT HOT – Left from post 8 and was used hard to get the lead past the quarter, set a fast pace and tired but only lost by 3 lengths

NONVERBAL HANOVER – Trotter worked his way to the lead past the quarter and set a lively pace, dug in gamely for the place

SPEED MCQUEEN – Left from post 7 and was parked to the lead in :27.2, set a pressured pace and held okay

 

YONKERS

2/18: 4w, no bias

2/17: 2w, no bias

2/16: 7w, + speed, wet track

2/14: 2w, no bias

2/13: 2w, no bias, windy night

 

SHARP@YONKERS

IT’SJUSTABEGINNING – Hustled out from post 7 and was parked to the lead in :28, set a pressured pace and didn’t tire that badly with a :29.3 final quarter

MATTJESTIC ART – Third over behind weak cover, finished with solid pace for the show

FROGGY TURNER*** – Left well from post 7 and was parked to the lead in :27.3, set a quick pace under pressure including a :27.3 third quarter and held stanchly for the place in a big effort

KEVLAR HANOVER – Paced a :27.1 third quarter first over against a tough front runner and held okay

MEANT TO BE ME – Left from post 6 and was parked to the lead in :27.1, set a well rated pace despite some pressure and was 2nd best with a solid :28 final quarter

DEAR MAC – Second over behind a parked-out horse, brushed wide to clear that one and went after the leader, wore him down with a strong :27.3 final quarter, sharp in first start off the Mitchell Mac Kenzie claim

ALFREDSSON*** – Had post 6 and made three moves in a commanding win that was very fast for the class

MIXED MEDIA – Had post 8, left, tucked, went first over into a quick last half and held okay

WESTERN DEXTER – Had post 8, tried to leave but tucked 6th, went first over from there and really had no shot in a race where the one horse backed down the pace, held okay

MILITARY STRATCOM*** – Had post 7 and left strongly to the lead in :27, rated the pace under some pressure and drew off with a :57 last half

CANNAE CAMMIE – Left from post 6 and was used hard to clear the lead, set a quick pace and held okay

EMERALD EXPRESS*** – Left and tried to squeeze into the pocket but was shut out, was cooked in a wicked speed duel, finally took the lead briefly in the lane and held surprisingly well

MERCURIO N – Followed weak cover from post 8 and finished stoutly for the place

SHORTSTACKED – Paced a :27.2 third quarter first over and drew clear strongly

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