Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 12:38 PM

RACE 1

7-BJ Anthony – Swung three-wide around a gapper & finished well after Curfew had wrapped it up, Credit Winner gelding progressing nicely

 

8-Curfew – The obvious focus here fresh off a well-controlled wire-to-wire effort as the heavy favorite, did not look smooth, yet Andy Miller held him together

 

9-Celebrity Massive – Things haven’t gone his way since coming out with that massive upset over Magenta Man in 1:56.4 back on 12-26, dealing with another outside draw off an impossible trip

 

RACE 2

7-Can Do – Heads up drive by Anthony Napolitano, suddenly took charge, rated a :57.1 middle half & romped away from the heavy favorite, may attempt a similar effort in career form

 

6-Opulent Yankee – An easy Open winner two starts back when allowed to steal away, clearly second best to the controlling Can Do last week & seeks to somehow turn the tables

 

5-Detroit Rapper – Paid the price for another slow start & couldn’t get involved last week, flashed a much bigger punch before that, needs the speeds to cancel out & that isn’t likely in this scenario

 

RACE 3

7-Hill I Am – Former NJSS champion at two was motoring late to hit the ticket in :27.3 after a long layoff, going in the right direction & Scottie Z is hot

 

4-B L Class Act – Dropped to this bottom rung & chased the runaway Ulster last week, draws a better post, retains Campbell & loves this track

 

3-Over And Out – Hit the board in three of his last four, returns to the mile track with an inside post to facilitate his best stalking style

 

RACE 4

4-Black Magic Eyes – 1:52 winner here last season has been racing deceptively well from outside posts & just a tad over her head, class & post relief could spell upset here

 

5-Senorita Santanna – Recent Nick Surick acquisition seems to have picked up her game at Dover Downs, iron-tough winner of more than $82,000 in 2015 dips in price & finds a beatable field

 

9-Cloris Hanover – Sub 1:50 performer here in 2015 beat better three starts back, now drops to the bottom class & capable of firing out for position

 

RACE 5

1-Jackie Goldstein – Just missed a huge upset a notch above this fresh off the bench back on 12-11, flashed trot at both ends behind I’m Not Vanilla last week after missing 35 days & now moves inside

 

3-I’m Not Vanilla – Parlayed his NY form spree into a perfect trip upset over the favorite in a career best 1:56 with The Bionic Man, draws well again to prove it was no fluke

 

4-Sharp Edge – Picked up another minor share after a slow start from post ten, beaten favorite before that needed the race after missing 35 days & lands an improved post

 

RACE 6

4-Northern Grace – Grinded out a game win at this level on 1-8, then missed three weeks & got roughed up as the beaten favorite, can rebound in her second start for her new barn

 

3-Majestic Stone – Big M lover uncorked a sterling rally enroute to a 7-1 upset, 1:54.4 winner here last season draws well on the step up in class

 

6-Blue Muse – Needed her last two starts & almost got there with a two-hole trip last week, matches up classwise & her stalking style gives her another big chance

 

RACE 7

1-Montenegro – Veteran mare moves inside in razor sharp form, got parked two starts back, outsprinted two weeks ago when the favorite stole away, lands in a perfect stalking spot

 

8-Radar Contact – Classy 1:49.2 performer here last season just shy of $1 million, freshened with a handy qualifier & poised to assert herself, yet may need one

 

3-Gweneeee J – Lightly-raced 4YO with upside continues to find her best stride, drew off confidently with a perfect second over trip last week, draws well for an appropriate step up in class

 

RACE 8

6-Stitch In Time – Dropped to the bottom level to regain his winning edge with a wrapped up wire-to-wire score, any semblance of that effort throws a scare into this so-so bunch

 

2-T JS Mr Lavec – Credit Greg Merton with rating the pace & almost upsetting Magenta Man last week, rounding into top form off a recent sick scratch & rewarded with an inside post

 

5-Fox Valley Legend – The Legend closed a ton to hit the board two starts back, then was pace compromised last week, needs a speed target & trip to rebound

 

RACE 9

6-March Awareness – Pulled an upset at the Open 2 level with a two-move effort from post eight on 1-8, drops to face a lively field, yet may get the right set up as a result of some imminent action

 

9-Modest Prince – Surged home to win his qualifier with sharp speed in a noteworthy 1:53.4, tackles a tough outside assignment after dealing with some recent breaking issues

 

3-Hyway Marcus – Team Burke trainee was a badly beaten favorite here at the Open 2 level on 1-15, yet bounced back when awarded the win with a gutsy effort at Yonkers & draws well again here

 

RACE 10

7-Happily Ever After – Beaten favorite with a game speed try on 1-22, off a no-chance mile from post ten a notch above this, fresh threat drops back to a competitive level

 

6-Purity – Dropped to this level & just missed by a neck trying to steal away & barely outsprinted, strong in the win column in 2015 & overdue

 

10-Shutthefrontdoor – Was flying late to land in the photo with Purity in her second start off the bench, now stuck with post ten & had a habit of finishing second last season

 

RACE 11

7-Downundermatter – Note his latest third-place finish at Yonkers, needed his last two starts, has faced some tougher foes this winter, may have a chance in this extremely wide open match up

 

3-Andovers Touch – Went all the way to win his qualifier with decent energy for his new trainer Scott Di Domenico & draws well in a blank field, but may not be worth a short price

 

5-Amarcord – Gelding was just one for 41 in 2015, yet has had two tighteners, certainly knows his way around this track & faces a highly beatable field

 

RACE 12

7-Delta Dawn Hanover – Beaten favorite was right there in the photo with Bring Them Home just a head shy, Kyle Spagnola trainee is acclimated now & remains a live item

 

8-Bring The Home – Tough post draw fresh off a wake up effort & dirty nose loss last week, may attempt to blast off for position & capitalize on her form in a field lacking zest

 

4-Depth More Depth – She was a bruising upsetter despite a tough trip on 1-8, obviously didn’t take to Yonkers in her last two & returns here with a good post

 

RACE 13

3-Hanrahan – Came to within less than a length with a strong finish from post nine on 1-22, toss out his latest from post ten, stablemate to Can Do moves inside

 

6-Madman Hall – Regained his form before taking a few months off & switched to Ray Schnittker, went wire-to-wire in a decent qualifier & could surprise this laid back crew

 

2-Broadway Rocks – Got back in the winning groove with a coast-to-coast mission at Freehold, has experienced success here in the past & can push off from an inside post

 

RACE 14

2-Orange Bigi – Veteran mare finished well to hit the board again in a relatively stern 1:55 mile, moves inside to stalk them for Irish Joe & may overcome the stigma of her two for 35 record in 2015

 

7-Poppy Sydney Ridge – Flashed speed from the same post & finished a solid second as the beaten even money favorite with Tetrck, excellent acclimating mile for this recent claim

 

3-Keystone Trevor – Languished at the back after a very slow start from post nine, chased a 1:54.1 winner before that, draws better & figures to be forwardly placed for Scottie Z

 

 



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Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at Meadowlands Racetrack as the Track Announcer and television commentator for 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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