Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 01, 2021 12:16 PM


5-Bettors Donttell – 3YO gelding has been superb since shipping here from Mohawk into the Burke Brigade, tripped out to a sparkling new mark of 1:48.4 two weeks ago


4-Betterrock – Scored fresh off a sick scratch in his first start here for Team Bongiorno, then did well chasing the formidable Bulldog Hanover in Indiana & draws well back here


2-Oregon Trail – Flashed some sneaky late pace for part in a useful acclimating mile, sports a mark of 1:52.1 here this season & now draws better



4-Decision Day – Rock solid gelding always has his work boots on, rallied from a tough spot to hit the board last week & can pounce on the speed in this competitive affair


2-Better Take It – Rekindled his form with a strong second, then a win with pace at both ends two weeks ago, bumped back up in class, but draws an improved post


3-DA Delightful – Dropped a notch & stormed home off a hot pace to just miss with a sharp :26.2 last week, signaled a return to form since the recent sick scratch



1-Kings County – Liked the way this fresh 5YO scooted off the wings to chase a standout, 1:52.1 performer here in 2020 might be poised to trip out from the rail


7-Rich And Miserable – Used his early speed to overcome post nine & the perfect trip paid off last week, has the form & class to repeat


2-No Drama Please – Beaten favorite left alertly & came up second best to Rich And Miserable, draws inside that rival & figures to be forwardly place again



4-Dustylanegoliath – Former star in PEI now with Team Bongiorno, qualified with vigor in the slop @ Freehold & draws well in a field of question marks


7-Rockathon – Chased a superior Yacht Seelster last out, hasn’t raced in three weeks & draws a tough post, but gets another class drop


6-Nome Hanover – Well-traveled gelding returns from a five-month layoff at a reduced level, his qualifier was decent & we may see mark MacDonald send him



2-Bet You – 9YO has come around at a substantial level @ Plainridge, roughed up first in most recent, note the barn change to Team Burke, plus inside draw


3-Rifleman – Revived & scored off the recent sick scratch, 3YO lands post three again, just needs the right speed target to fire his late shot in this intriguing puzzle


4-Somebodyitreasure – Sub 1:50 performer prone to fading out of it recently, gets some class relief & has a chance to rebound with aggressive Bongiorno handling



3-Yacht Seelster – The Yacht dazzled us three starts back, then just missed to Komodo Beach & was right here second from post nine last week & now moves inside


8-Komodo Beach – 3YO has squeaked out back-to-back wins against these, sports a 1:48.4 mark in Lexington, stuck outside, but has the speed & talent to overcome


7-Revolver – Came up with a sterling rally to blow up the board to give trainer Michael Shults his first Big M win & now has something big to build on from a tougher post



3-Levine – Shows a lot of seconds this season, but this is a needed class drop & inside draw paves the way for a smooth stalking trip at a price for The Money Man


7-Italian Delight N – Dropped to this level, went back to aggressive tactics & just missed last week, a live item with a chance to take charge & dictate his terms


6-Rockin The Aces – Strong closing horse-for-the-course was right there second by a neck in :26.4 two weeks ago, back the same reduced level, but off a sick scratch



2-Hoosier Shark – 3YO’s current form @ Plainridge has been solid, strong in the win column, draws inside & note the barn change to Team Burke


8-Mindtrip – Took charge & dominated for his third straight win against these, fresh claim tackles post eight, but can overcome if he can maintain current form


5-Bettor Notbitter A – Stayed in, got bottled up in traffic & came on for third while transitioning to the mile track, back in for the reduced tag & stalks from midpack



8-Rockie Got Framed – Runner up to J M Mandamin in :26.3 back on October 30, on the fringes in his last two & post eight here, but look for The Money Man to get him into a flow


10-J M Mandamin – Has been a hot horse for Team Bongiorno this Fall, fresh off a narrow loss on the engine as the heavy favorite, now three weeks off & post ten 


6-Sugartown – 1:48.4 performer here this season arrives here in good form, left hard & was all out for a minor piece last week, remains a contender in a complete headscratcher



2-Vettel N – Reeled off three in a row back in September, flew home in :26.3 after missing two months, second try off the bench from an improved post for Team Bongiorno


8-Let It Ride N – Tripped out, had dead aim & outsprinted by Open foes after missing three weeks, tougher post, yet he’s been ramping up his game


5-Semi Tough – Got brave on the lead, fought off pressure & held on for a new mark of 1:49.4 for Team Burke, definitely a threat to repeat despite stepping back up in class



3-Linemaker – Just missed a huge upset with a strong effort fresh off the bench, lightly-raced 3YO with some upside is a fresh threat from an inside draw


1-Literl Lad Hanover – Recovered from a miscue & dominated his division last week, still facing easier & stands out from the rail for Team Burke


2-Captain’s Reign – Capitalized on a slick drive from post nine by Tyler Miller to turn his game around & now moves inside to prove that was no fluke



6-Back Of The Neck – Breeders Crown runner up from post ten just missed with another vicious late charge from post eight in the TVG Open & poised to kick the door in


5-Chin Chin Hall – Emerged out of heavy traffic to be right here second by a head in TVG Final, Nifty Norman trainee has the tactical speed & class to prevail in this tight match up


3-JL Cruze – The King has been on a nice roll this Fall, rated well & nailed late by Dunbar Hall last out, finally draws inside & simply can’t be left off the ticket in a competitive affair



2-Rockeyed Optimist – Beaten favorite forced into a tough trip from post eight last week, has tumbled down the condition ladder & stands out from an improved post


1-Jumping Jake – That was some rally from ninth to be right there a close third in the photo three starts back, class & post relief makes him a threat


6-Lyons Legacy – Captaintreacherous 3YO invader from Plainridge on a form spree there, winning three of his last four & matches up well against most these









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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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