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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:52 PM


1-Major Adonis – Rallied nicely in his Lasix comeback here, Art Major colt has a big chance to advance off that inspiring effort 


3-Ville Valo – Gelding won his Team Burke debut at Yonkers, showed more speed & beaten by a pocket-sitting 3YO last out, draws well to take charge here 


7-All The Cookies – Late-blooming Takter tuned gelding won his debut at Dover, then chased a superior Rodeo Romeo here, continues to display his obvious upside 



7-Pistolpackinpipper – Closed from far back to hit the board in his last two at Hoosier & Balmoral, solid 3YO gelding debuts here for the Nick Surick barn & lands in an ideal spot 


5-Mullett Blue Chip – Launched a menacing move off cover & got outsprinted again in :27.3, may fire within closer range in this intriguing field 


1-App Heaven – Weak in the win column like several in here, yet ships in fresh off a sharp rally for second at Pocono & moves inside where there are not a lot of other options 



5-Intheblinkofaneye – 10YO got on a roll & reeled off three in a row before getting claimed by Nick Surick, a sharp veteran who certainly knows his way around this track 


7-UF Fast Feelin – Sat in as the heavy favorite & had no chance from post ten last week, thundered home from a tough spot to win his Michael Russo debut before that 


2-Amped Up – That was some wake up mile at Freehold last week in his first start for trainer Richie Johnson, will look to parlay that from another inside draw 



2-E L Shooter – Indiana bred gelding makes his Big M debut for Team Burke off a decent third against comparable at Hoosier Park & draws well 


1-Twin B Spy – Has raced commendably in his last few against $20,000 claimers at Yonkers, strong in the win column & lands the pole in a soft bottom level condition 


8-Must Be The Bunny – 10YO changed barns & venues & took full advantage of a speed target to reel off the mile of his life last week, must prove it was no fluke from the same demanding post


8-Gone Nuclear – Deserves high praise for that narrow loss to an unbelievably good Buckeye In Charge in a much needed start, obvious chance to improve second start off the bench 


2-Fraternity – Been toiling against $15,000 claimers at Freehold, pace & trip compromised last out at Pocono, draws inside to sit close & pounce late 


1-Restless Native – Drops back down to the level of the solid win on 11-14 after chasing the runaway Itrustyou last week & moves inside for the sharp Russo barn 



9-Orillia Joe – Finished a solid second against tougher here on 11-14, aired it out last week from post ten to stretch out further, now drops to bottom rung & looks for the right set up 


3-East End Eddie – Added Lasix, fired late & outsprinted by the favorite Castle Flight in :26.4, classy Team Burke trainee draws well for another serious shot at this bottom class 


1-Bugger Bruiser – Speedy gelding left hard from post seven & held a late lead last week, gets class & post relief to rate contender status 



4-Onedin Mach N – Came to life with speed as the beaten chalk at Pocono, taps into that rejuvenated form by hitting rock bottom here, draws inside & gets Tetrick  


2-Prince Palani – Paced home in a noteworthy :26.3 at 36-1 in his second start off the bench, 4YO gelding draws well again, chance to tap into his upside in a light field 


6-Beginner’s Luck – Just 2 for 36 this season, but has been a pretty good roll, game effort to hold the show two starts back & chased the standout Itrustyou last week 



7-Panchester United – Just missed in his last two with speed at both ends for Team Burke, steps up slightly again, but hard to leave out in his current form 


5-Mister Truth – Has caught fire in his last two back to the scene of his 1:49.4 mark this season, rallied to nail a blanket photo upset last week from the same midpack post 


3-Ashley’s Husband – Back from three months freshening & posted two big qualifiers, leaving Bakin On The Beach & Blatantly Best in his wake last week & draws inside 



1-Salevster Stallion – Off a tough trip at Yonkers last Monday, a strong second before that at Pocono, 1:51.4 winner here this season can fire out from the pole position 


5-Backdraft Hanover – Added Lasix & steamrolled to a game upset here on 11-14, no chance at Freehold last week, gelding looms large back here 


9-Fly’n With Royalty – Gelding ships in off two needed starts, drops to face a wide-open bottom level group & has a chance to surprise with the right trip 


RACE 10 

2-Long Live Rock – Makes his third start off a sick scratch, gets further class relief & draws well to stalk the speed, a 1:50 winner here this year & last lands in a prime spot 


3-Our Dragon King – Stormed home with a vicious :26.1 to land in a tight photo last week, classy gelding rewarded with an improved post 


4-Castle Flight – Exploited a soft bottom level field in his solid debut here, kicking clear in :26.4, quite capable of stepping up from an ideal post 


RACE 11 

3-Windsong Gorgeous – 1:49.1 Big M performer in 2015 took some much needed time off, went evenly in the lone qualifier, so tough to gauge his fitness, but no doubting his back class 


7-Gratias Deo – Took a mark of 1:50.3 here this season, piling up nine wins & maintaining sharp form at Vernon Downs, may hold a slight edge with his form & familiarity with this track 


2-Victory At Last – Was able to control the pace & sprint off to a confidence-building score at Freehold, figures to push off the wings from post two here & expound on his form 


RACE 12 

3-Rockin Wizard – Was one of the hardest workers grinding first over & coming up just a neck shy last week, uncorked a vicious rally to romp before that 


4-Ontario Success – Just missed in a wild four-ply photo after firing out in :26.3 for a pocket trip & nosed out by Martini Hanover in :26.3, switches to Gingras & draws better 


8-Martini Hanover – Made it two in a row when he ripped out & charged home in :26.3 on both ends at 23-1 last week, gelding assigned the outside now a major danger 


RACE 13 

2-Giant Slayer – Delaware invader been keeping steady form, closed from a tough spot to hit the board last out, lands inside a nondescript finale with a noteworthy barn change 


7-Brioni – 4YO has rounded into form, a solid second here on 11-13, then rallied with a :55.3 back half to win in the slop at Harrah’s Philly, a similar effort & trip puts him in the picture here 


1-Chilli NZ – 12YO has had a few starts at Harrah’s Philly to get back in shape, can push off from the rail, gain position & take a serious shot 









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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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