Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, January 23, 2017 7:01 PM


6-Buff – Well-bred gelding won his first two starts here, both with aggressive efforts, chance to atone for the miscue as the heavy favorite


1-Lion Brand – 5YO Andover Hall gelding ships in 0 for 46 lifetime, landed in the high percentage Richie Johnson stable, added Lasix & breezed to win his qualifier here in a career best, look for more from the rail


3-Majestic Sunset – Lightly-raced 4YO has been hammed down to favorite in both starts here, just missed to Buff on 12-30, then made a miscue from the rail, draws inside again after missing 20 days



8-Rockers Alley – Got bogged down over a sloppy track from the same post, trounced these from post seven back on 12-15 & drops back down


1-Wacky Rei – 10-time winner last year had no chance in her last two, gets class & post relief, adds Brett Miller & faces a camera-shy bunch


3-Hot Patootie – Solid runner up here back on 12-29 quickly regained her winning form @ Freehold off the sick scratch, draws well to parlay that effort here



5-Bad Day Black Rock – Solid runner up to Hall Pass Helen two starts back languished at the back of the pack last week, finds an ideal spot to bounce back


7-Hall Pass Helen – Team Harmon horse-for-the-course wired these on 1-13, then couldn’t get underway from post eight over a sloppy track, deserves a chance to rebound


1-Tea Party Politics – Made a rare break while on the move last time, continues down the class ladder to the bottom rung, gets the rail, but hasn’t raced in a month



4-Sailin Metro – Was laid off after three straight wins @ Tioga Downs, makes his first start in six months off a nondescript qualifier & finds a prime spot for the fresh angle to kick in


7-Whatagamble – Just missed with a perfect two-hole trip on 1-14, then finished a solid third last week from a similar post, rates contender status


9-Overloaded – Changed barns, was hammered down to 7-5 favorite & turned her game around @ Freehold two starts back, any semblance of that mile puts him in play here



6-Stitch In Time – Classy horse-for-the-course gets his fourth consecutive class drop & missed 30 days prior to his last start


4-P L Houdini – Has tackled two straight ten holes, his latest win came at this bottom level back on 12-9, draws well to employ his preferred stalking style


1-Magglio – 9YO has had more than his share of success here, note the sudden display off speed over the tiring slop last week, move inside & gets another shot at this bottom class



6-Majo Just Do It – Rallied to upset these back on 12-10, just missed to Our Cullenscrown N last week, 11YO may be on the verge of another


2-Who Do You Like – Set a solid pace before coming up a bit short in his first start of 2017, the significant barn change has been duly noted & the draw is favorable again


4-Fool’s Gold – Beaten favorite simply failed to fire off cover last week, but gets another chance at this reduced price from a similar inside post



8-She Can Cruise – Just two for 27, but flashed a bit of late life in her comebacker against tougher N/W of 3, looms a threat despite the demanding draw


7-Melanies Sharkette – Bothered by a breaker heading to the half last week, explosive winner before that drops to the bottom condition class for high percentage connections


6-Goinroundncircles – Makes her second trip here off an acclimating mile over a sloppy track, drops to face a wide-open field & switches to Brett Miller



6-Stonebridge Idol – Third behind Detriot Rapper in the recent comeback, then tired over a sloppy track, 1:54.3 winner here last season finds a prime spot to show his class


2-Detroit Rapper – Set a solid pace & was nailed in the final strides two weeks ago, lands post two again & gets another shot at the bottom level


5-Tac’s Delight – 12YO strong in the win column took three starts to kick in off the claim, hasn’t raced in 35 days, yet remains a strong contender



4-I Found My Beach – Perfect trip winner over an off track on 12-29, fresh claim off a tough trip draws well with plenty of back class in view


3-Lincoln Blues – Unleashed a mighty surge in his Big M debut & just missed to the raging Our Cullenscrown N last week, draws well off that inspiring effort


6-I Do Hanover – Offered enough late pace in his comeback to make him one to watch in this wide-open division






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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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