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Burke Discusses Weekend Starters

Published: February 17, 2011 12:20 pm ET

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With the success of trainer Ron Burke's training operation, there is no doubt why his starters receive so much pari-mutuel support. If you were thinking of handicapping the Meadowlands this weekend, Burke has provided his insight on some of his starters.

The conditioner discussed his starters in Friday's $49,000 Tender Loving Care and $89,000 Cape & Cutter, and Saturday's $78,000 Aquarius, $68,000 Junior Trendsetter
And $64,200 Exit 16W

Burke's comments on his 10 series contenders appear below.

$49,000 Tender Loving Care
(Friday, Race 3)

Some Girls Do (PP1, Head No. 1)
"She had some steering issues last time that I think we have straightened out. She's sharp right now and I like this spot very much."

Hello Camie (PP6, Head No. 1A)
"What a pleasant surprise she's been, an overachiever for sure. I think she's in position to pick up horses late in the mile."

$89,000 Cape & Cutter
(Friday, Race 6)

Red Star Hottie (PP2, Head No. 1)
"She's been very good every start. If you look back at some of her lines, she's sneakily been in some bad spots. But right now, she's real good and I like the draw."

Go On BB (PP8, Head No. 1A)
"We've had her since her second or third lifetime start. She's past $1.1 million and has done it quietly. Definitely an overachiever."

$64,200 Exit 16W
(Saturday, Race 5)

No Monkeys Allowed (PP1)
"A hard trying horse. I love this spot for the final. I expect him to get a lot out of post one."

Meirs Hanover (PP2)
"This is a great spot for him, especially since Summer Camp drew Post 8. I'm expecting a big performance from him this week."

Rockin The House (PP5)
"He would have been competitive with some of these others but got behind a few weeks. I'm not sure what to expect from him in here."

$78,000 Aquarius
(Saturday, Race 6)

Windsong Gorgeous (PP5, Head No.1)
"Last time was the first time he raced badly, but he didn't scope well after the race. I'm working on it and I think he'll be better this week."

Code Word (PP9, Head No. 1A)
"He's getting better with each start. He is the sharpest training horse in the barn right now. Every week he seems to get better. If you look back at the race where they went (:) 53.3 to the half, he had to be strangled to let St Elmos Hero go. I think we'd have been better off leaving him out there. This week, in the final, Post 9 is tough because it makes him one-dimensional."

$68,000 Junior Trendsetter
Saturday, Race 7

Im Feelin Good (PP2)
"We just bought him. He is brand new and I love the spot he's in. And I'm very happy I got Brian Sears to drive him."

(Meadowlands)


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