Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4:53 PM

RACE 1

2          Blush Hanover – Dropped back down to this level & thundered home in :26.4 to be right there in the photo with Mosquito Blue Chiplast week & draws an improved post

 

3          Mosquito Blue Chip – Was pace & trip compromised, yet came charging home to just miss in a wicked :26.2 in her seasonal debut, draws much better off a terrific tightener, but note her one for 17 record in 2016

 

1          Mcace Of Arts – Left alertly, sat a ground-saving trip & angled with decent late pace, speed at both ends of the mile always a positive sign, gathering steam on the comeback trail & lands the rail for Team Harmon

 

RACE 2

6          So Take That – Fresh claim for a strong percentage outfit has won three of his last four with a sharp stretch kick off cover, jammed right back in for a dime, tough to go against

 

5          Daylyn Horizon – Likely just had an off night or didn’t get a hold of the off track when he faded to sixth last week, his previous three were solid, look for him to rebound with his controlling speed

 

4          Alex Bullville – Had a tough time with the off track from post seven last week, just missed with a nice late move before that, getting some class & post relief, which could put him across

 

RACE 3

1          Jimmy William – Brother to Shake It Cerry, 1:51.2 [$2,786,104] & Uncle Lasse, 1:51.4 [$931,268] was a major stakes performer for Takter in 2016, won the qualifier with a nice late surge & stands out from the rail

 

4          Southwind Pearl – Tangled with stakes company at three & took a mark of 1:55.4 here, her two qualifiers were excellent & she draws well for a reputable trotting barn

 

5          Majestic Sunset – Reeled off four in a row & appeared at times to have trot to spare, then broke as the heavy favorite last time, has had 15 days to regroup & bounce back

 

RACE 4

4          Senator Charlie – Was shuffled a bit, weaved in heavy late traffic & finished well behind Legion Of Boom & company, post four again for his fourth start as a 4YO, may be ready bear down

 

7          Unix Hanover – Steady gelding made it four straight seconds when he chased a rock solid Legion Of Boom last week, gets away from that rival & his persistence could payoff

 

6          Dateline Hanover – Was used pretty hard to clear the lead from post eight & faded over an off track last week as the beaten chalk, overloaded in his previous three, chance to rebound for the raging Buter barn

 

RACE 5

3          Twincreeks Jesse – Shuffled & completely locked in around the final turn & finished well once clear, drops to the bottom level, draws better & has a chance to end his 0 for 11 season drought

 

1          Rooster Rabbit – Added Lasix recently & finished a much improved second last week, pushes off from the rail again & may get away a bt closer to the pace this time

 

7          Big City Jewel – Chased a runaway Giant Slayer two starts back, then hit the board again with an ideal second over trip, looking to snap an 0 for his last 28 skid

 

RACE 6

3          Highalator – Homebred first foal out of the Open class mare Higher And Higher, 1:49.1 [$923,475], had the look of a special horse when he romped here back on 2-4, cruising home in :26.2, could be a major stakes player in the making

 

7          Migrate Blue Chip – 0 for ten this season, but strong recent form @ Woodbine, ships south into the Burke barn, dropping from N/W 5 & could make an immediate impression

 

9          Wegottatruckyea – 32-1 upset winner three starts back rebounded off an early miscue with a nose loss to Baggage Claim, sets up his big late move from a more demanding post this time

 

RACE 7

1          Chevals Clivesdale – Shook loose with plenty of late pace to just miss to Millenium Wheel in a brisk :26.3 last week, excellent acclimating mile & rewarded with the pole position

 

3          Rodeo Romeo – Was all out holding onto third last out, has now missed a couple of weeks, draws better & looms large if he can work out a trip & shake loose with his big kick

 

7          Somesizesomestyle – Bumped back up in class off a solid second to the formidable City Hall last week, coming around after a recent sick scratch & owns a big kick

 

RACE 8

2          Mr Hasani N – Flashed early speed & finished an even fifth in his return to the mile track last week, moves inside, knows how to win here & eligible to trip out & surprise these

 

4          Bettor Memories – Was strong in the win column in a $115,375 season in 2016, has now had two tighteners here, drops a notch, draws well & deserves strong consideration as a possible price play

 

1          K-Lees Shakenbake – Was outsprinted off cover last week & hasn’t had his usual late pop in his last two, draws much better & capable of :26 and change speed on the end of his miles

 

RACE 9

2          Stratocaster – Dropped to this level last week & put forth a strong mile on the engine as the beaten favorite, moves inside & in line for an ideal stalking trip

 

6          Feeling Cam Lucky – Been struggling this season @ Yonkers, yet just missed in much tougher N/W 6 company there two starts back, only two for 30 last year, softer spot here could spell overdue win

 

7          Modern Gesture – Ships from Saratoga off a pair of dull tightening miles, very solid record last year with a mark of 1:49 @ Vernon Downs, longshot chance in a wide-open field

 

RACE 10

1          I Like Dreamin – Finished a distant second to the much classier Alexie Mattosie back on 12-31-16, needed his first start back last week, drops & lands the pole position, hence a prime candidate

 

3          Roger Mach Em – Moves inside off a no-chance mile, just missed from post three before that, drops to the bottom run & could be on the verge of his first win of the season

 

5          Fearless Leader N – Just one for 23 in 2016, but his third start off a sick scratch was a game second last week, look for him to build on that momentum in this wide-open field

 

RACE 11

3          Hallies Comet – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding is a new acquisition for Pat Lachance, won his second qualifier here with a sharp late kick out of the pocket & lands in a soft spot

 

7          Deerfield Beach – Showed flashes of talent as a freshman last Fall, has posted two strong qualifiers, the latest chasing Hallie’s Comet & will try to make it up on that promising rival from a demanding post

 

2          L Dees Luca – Art Major gelding had some NYSS experience as a freshman set the pace & faded to fourth behind Hallie’s Comet in the qualifier, Team Orange Crush trainee may be the target with the rail again

 

RACE 12

2          Tijuana Party – Rock steady gelding was a well-rated runner up last week, losing a heartbreaker to the trip-sitting UF Fast Feelin, well situated to be a prominent player again

 

4          UF Fast Feelin – Was able to regain his winning form, yet needed every inch of a perfect two-hole trip last week, draws inside again & has a big chance to build on that success

 

7          Mr Julian – Suddenly erupted with two straight blowouts, hasn’t raced in 15 days, but will likely try the catch-me-if-you-can strategy again, which certainly proved effective

 

 

 

 



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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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