SECOND RACE – MIGRATE BLUE CHIP raced to the lead past the 1/8, came home in a sharp 55.2 and didn’t seem to be threatened. SCIROCCO BLUE CHIP was first on top then yielded to the favorite for the pocket, just did hold second over HIGGINS. The latter came off the rail headstretch, gained some but bore out some in the lane and lost the photo for second. GINGER TREE CASH was third-over behind dull cover, ducked inside on the far turn, inside stretch and best of the rest. BULLY PULPIT came out before the 3/8, soon had cover, gapped it down the back, went three-wide on the turn but had no gain despite urging. TAP INTO POWER was hard to settle inside early, nothing thereafter. PAWN SHOP JACKIE was looped and three-wide to the 3/16, took a tuck before the ¼, started uncovered past the 3/8, gained, then got rough 11/16 and fell back. THE OTHER TWO never made their presence felt.
THIRD RACE – DREAMSTEELER got position leaving, then inherited the pocket as its former occupant broke 3/16, sat the trip, had the room to go outside headstretch, gained in early stretch then made a break at the point midstretch where more would be needed to overhaul the leader in a 28.2 kicker, ran home, placed back to fourth for violations of the breaking rule (lapped on plus not losing ground while on a break were two). WHAT A PEACH was three-wide to the 1/8 en route to the lead, wide late on the first turn but back to business quickly, set the pace, was getting a stern challenge from DREAMSTEELER midstretch when that rival broke, stayed well-clear of the rest while coming home in 28.2, was placed up. JOE TUCKY came out second-over, wide headstretch, won a photo for 3pl2. ITS CHOCOLATE TIME tucked, out raw 5/8, couldn’t go forward enough in the fast kicker. TAXED TO THE MAX gapped at the ¾. CALIPARI raced out to the lead, had yielded when making a break 3/16, caught the field but could do nothing more. DARK ROAST made a miscue an 1/8 before the start.
FOURTH RACE – HILARIOUS HERO went to the front and just was too good for these. CAMPBELLINI raced out for the pocket, second-best. MIDNIGHT ZETTE and FORTUNES ONE stayed flat as third and fourth, respectively, around the track. KING CAVIAR broke 3/16, had recovered some ground but made another break on the far turn, still got a check. HURRIKANE MC N MAC broke just past the start. CALLMEBOOMER left but took back for a 4-tuck, ran late on the first turn. MAJOR IMPACT made a break at the ¼.
FIFTH RACE – I DEAL IN KISSES was three-wide past the 3/16 intent on the lead, to two-wide at the ¼ and to the top 3/8, had a hard battle with GOTTHISONEHANOVER around the turn before that foe went offstride midturn, then was alone to the wire. TWIST OF FATE used the pole to advantage, forced a tuck then finally let the winner go 3/8, gapped going to the ¾, then tighter and outside for the drive, paced on well in the last 1/8. TOTALLY JAZZED tucked, stayed in, in the Pocono Pike, OK. SYDNEYDREAMWEAVER was last most of the way, swung four-wide heading to the stretch and finished well. JUST DOIT QUEENY struggled to stay tight at several points, then was left uncovered on the far turn, little. ANGIE HANOVER started gapping off turn two. THE SIGNATURE was third-over, three-wide late turn, little. GOTTHISONEHANOVER left between horses, finally tucked near the ¼, came back out raw before the 11/16 and advanced, but then made a break challenging the leader midturn.
SIXTH RACE – DASH OF DANGER tucked third, quarter-moved, let a wide brusher go by past the 3/8 and sat the pocket until the 11/16, came out again, went by the leader midturn, won easily in by far the fastest division – impressive. MACHIAVELLI left well, forced a tuck, then saw two brush by, moved with cover 11/16, fought hard late to snag second over TIEMPO HANOVER. The latter left and took the pocket past the 1/8, stayed in as the two in front of him pulled out towards the ¾, Pocono Pike, good late response. A BETTORS RISK came at the quarter behind the winner and was sent three-wide 5/16 to build enough momentum to clear before turn two, did so, but was tired when challenged past the ¾. WITCHITA gapped at several points, got the last payday. THE OTHERS weren’t in the main conversation.
SEVENTH RACE – TOP DOLLAR came out behind a parked horse 3/8, three-wide 5/8 and right up to the lead before the ¾, finished under a hold. KEYSTONE BLADE followed the winner’s three-deep cover, couldn’t stay with it and was left out three-deep through the far turn, but trotted well for the distant second. WERE GONE was looped and outside with cover until going into turn two, then was left raw, showed good courage to persevere and pick up third. CRAZIVILLE left, rushed up to challenge the leader at the ¼ but go the cold shoulder, took back into the pocket before the second turn, Pocono Pike, OK. MULTITASKR HANOVER overpowered everybody leaving, insisted on the lead, yielded ¾, lasted only for the last check. BETTER CALL SAUL tucked, outside into a blindswitch ¾, wider in the lane, got going too late for minor honors. EYESEENOW maintained the pocket until past the 3/8, then gradually started disconnecting. EL PESCADORO was always far back. BARNABY RUDGE jumped it off an 1/8 before the start and was pulled up.
EIGHTH RACE – HIGHALATOR justified the 1-20* confidence the fans put in him, going right to the lead, rating the half, then finishing well with some left in the tank. IMINURBLINDSPOT was away well to make the pocket by the 1/8, came out headstretch but did not threaten the winner. MATTAROLLA gapped most of the first half, moved outside to the ¾ and had some late pace to garner third. MAGRITTE gapped down the backstretch, then showed some pace between horses late. HEADFORTHEBEACH was three-high to the first turn, tucked third 3/16, struggled the last quarter. HAMMOCK BAY broke 100 feet before the start, made a decent recovery. THE OTHERS never found their way into contention.
NINTH RACE – RUFO came uncovered before the 5/8 and quickly gained on the leader, caught him by headstretch, and was able to draw clear, five for Kakaley and three for Burke. CRUISE PATROL gapped at a couple of early points behind the fast pace, was making up ground when he made a break ¾, quickly recovered and refound high gear, came a long way in the stretch to go by for second, big outing. WAGON MASTER raced into the pocket just past the 1/8, stayed in until following the winner late turn, couldn’t hold onto the place late. PAN OF STEEL was way back nearing the ¾, came out on the turn, angled to the lane behind the winner and was along for the distant fourth in a three-way picture. GRIFFON HANOVER grabbed the 3-post early, couldn’t quite keep up the last ½. SHANE ADAM was three-wide to the top to the first turn, put up lightning fractions of 26, 54, and 1:22 without pressure, did get pressure on the far turn and had no more left to give. THE OTHER TRIO didn’t make their presence felt.
TENTH RACE – Wind has abated … MY THREE SONS worked out a good second-over trip, still had a lot of ground to close when tipping three-wide headstretch, but came on powerfully to be up three steps before the wire. DAKOTA JACK was four-wide early, three-wide almost to the 3/16, then two-wide to get the point after that spot, yielded for the pocket, Pocono Pike, made the lead past midstretch, almost held. ART N MUSIC was three-wide the first few steps away then two-wide to the lead before the 3/16, yielded but moved 5/16 to regain 3/8, fought off the first-over, but then had one attacker to either side in the lane and couldn’t quite hold them back. ASCARYONE HANOVER left, sat in, got very rank before the 11/16 and made a break running up on the pocket horse, recovered but fell back all the way to last, swung wide and capped a big recovery with solid late speed. VALRHONA was never in contention. VENENO thought of leaving but quickly took back, out uncovered before the 5/8 but didn’t have the necessary steps in the last ¼. LORDBULLVILLE went to the Pocono Pike but made a break midstretch.
ELEVENTH RACE – REWIND AGAIN set the pace on an open lead and was never in danger. HANDOVER THE ART gapped a loose pocket horse much of the way, then rallied back in the Pocono Pike and claimed second late. ITTY BITTY left and yielded to the winner into turn one, loose in the pocket throughout, outside in the lane but could not gain. ONEIDA BLUE CHIP stayed in, went to the deep Pocono Pike and had some late rally. ROCKINSANGRIA was second-over, three-wide late turn, had some late pace. PERPLEXED came out raw at the 3/8, gained down the backstretch but never reached the leader, then faded. THE OTHERS couldn’t make their presence felt.
TWELFTH RACE – MISS JONES was three-wide leaving and made the top going to the 1/8, backed off the half, then charged home in 56 – 27.3 to hold off the late closers. CHAT SNAP may not be at her best on these turns, because when she pulled second-over on the second turn she initially gapped, tightened in by the 5/8, gapped again on the far turn and saw the winner get away, then launched a furious stretch drive eating up a lot of the margin and edging TEARFUL OF HAPPY for second. The latter was looped and got in the pocket past the 1/8, flicked to stay close late backstretch, moved out midstretch and finished well between horses though a trifle late building momentum. TICA HANOVER went evenly inside. ANGEL’S PRIDE was right on the gate but saw the inside-leaving phalanx and took back for a 5-spot before the 1/8, then first-over going to turn two, gained on the leader until just past the ¾, then was tired. THE REST never got into the proceedings.
THIRTEENTH RACE – CARIBBEAN BEACH was away third, pulled past the ¼ and immediately went three-wide in order to have the momentum to clear a retaker before the second turn, which he did, put the first-over in behind him ¾ and had no problem from there – tonight, Simon 4, Rene 3; Sat./Sun., Simon 9, Rene 8. WHATAGAMBLE was third-over, three-wide late turn and paced very well in the stretch to be up for second. THE POKESTER took first-over duties at the half and made a burst to contend, was able to get into the pocket towards the ¾, out again in the lane but had no more gain. WINBAK PRINCE left but was looped and taken back to fifth just past the 3/16, then second-over but gapped, left uncovered ¾, evenly thereafter. JS MCFLASH never was a major factor; nor was WANT ME. HAPPY NEW YEAR made the top, yielded at the ¼, made a regaining move starting at the 5/16 but was soon passed three-wide by the winner, pocket, couldn’t keep up to the ¾. U BELONG TO ME was four-wide leaving, three-wide to the 1/8 and two-wide to get the lead in a 26.3 quarter ($7500 claimers), yielded, done by the 5/8. JOE SAYS GO was already seriously gapping by the 3/16 and had some problem.
FOURTEENTH RACE – QUIET GIANT got early position, looked under a hold past the 1/8 trying to clear traffic to be able to move to the top, did get to make that move to the 3/8 and reached the front at the ½, in charge the rest of the way, hustled late to preserve Matt Kakaley’s sixth driving success of the night. CAROLINKIA showed good speed for the front, put others in holes, yielded to the winner at the half, came out for the stretch, gained inch by inch in the lane but couldn’t make it. FRAC was three-wide leaving, made the pocket mid-first turn, stayed connected, tipped wide in the lane but couldn’t gain. SWEET JESSE T had cover early, tucked fourth at the ¼, came out behind the winner going to the second turn but soon found he couldn’t gain and ducked back in fourth, stayed inside, mildly in the Pocono Pike late. ASHES CASH was outside but never got close; EXPLOSIVE VICTORY was behind that one, went three-wide past midturn but also couldn’t reach. MILLVILLE ROAD and THUNDERAWAY were never close. HEAVENLY ZETTE miscued to the 3/16.