Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:50 AM

RACE 1 

5-Magic Tricks – Paced a :56.1 back half trying to close from last, may be better making his third start off a sick scratch, able to stalk from a midpack post this time 

  

2-Fraternity – 10-time winner with a mark of 1:52 here in 2016 has gotten sharper in his last three for this price, a beaten favorite was dead game first over & right there in the photo with Alex Bullville & Restless last week 

  

8-Alex Bullville – Dropped to this level, fired out & drove hard up the pylons to score the upset & overdue win, likely makes a similar attempt from the same post 

  

RACE 2 

9-Nowucit Nowudont – Classy, relentless gelding draws post nine again off two straight close seconds on Lasix & has been more sure-footed with the addition of trotting hopples 

  

1-Winemaster Hanover – Parlayed a perfect drive into a narrow decision over Nowucit Nowudont & claimed again, moves inside fresh & sharp with a nose for the winners circle 

  

2-Never Ever Clever – Twice beaten favorite makes her third start off a sick scratch, has tumbled down the class ladder, a well beaten third behind Winemaster Hanover last week, gets post two again 

  

RACE 3 

9-Eyeseenow – Gelding has come around with two solid seconds, just missed the upset last out, tough draw, but may be on the verge 

  

2-Threeupthreedown – New Richie Johnson acquisition qualified in hand with Lasix added, Muscle Hill 4YO draws well with some obvious upside 

  

6-Virgil Caine – Just one for 20 in 2016, yet gearing up on a Lasix driven comeback trail, hitting the board in his last two against N/W of 2 

  

RACE 4 

8-That’s My Opinion – Has always hinted of major talent, has missed a couple of weeks, but changes barns, drops to rock bottom & certainly knows his way around this oval 

  

10-My Spirit Soars – Dropped to this lowest rung, set a rated pace & came up a length shy as the beaten favorite from the rail, nice rally to hit the board from post ten before that 

  

3-Daylyn Horizon – Makes his second start off a sick scratch, gets a barn change & draws well in a wide-open affair 

  

RACE 5 

3-Shoreview – Needed his last two, just missed to the longshot Baggage Claim with an aggressive effort, draws well in a prime scenario 

  

4-Dash Of Danger – Romped in his first two starts for Team Burke off a sick scratch, didn’t have the same pop in his last two, yet has a chance to reignite his form 

  

5-Pickwick – Beaten favorite was a much better third last week after the debacle on 1-7, his post ten blowout on 12-31 showed some talent for his raging barn 

  

RACE 6 

6-Hillbilly Hanover – Gelding used some recent class relief to spark his winning form, steamrolled first over to outmuscle the favorite Ontario Success last week 

  

5-Durant – Sharp claim by Team Foster has suddenly reeled off two down-the-road blowouts, may be tough to overhaul if he’s able to gain control again 

  

1-Ontario Success – Burke trainee turned his game around with a wire-to-wire from post seven on New Year’s Eve, just missed on the engine last week & moves inside razor sharp 

  

RACE 7 

5-Dr C’s Z Tam – 11YO warhorse has cycled forward, hit the board in his last three, just missed with a gutsy effort last week 

  

4-Jackson Brady – Squeezed off the cones, had open road & got rough in deep stretch last week, this gelding is on a long form spree & draws a bit better 

  

9-Major Bubbles N – Not often a 7YO equals his lifetime mark over an off track in 30-degree weather, tough to dismiss despite post nine 

  

RACE 8 

4-True Blue Hall – Took a mark of 1:49.1 here last July at this level & was strong in the win column in 2016, drops to face a field of question marks, draws inside & looms as a price play 

  

2-Blatantly Best – Classy Remmen trainee ran into the raging Jacksrluckytoo last week, draws well again to work out another smooth trip in a wide-open field 

  

7-Spicebomb – Paced a pretty strong back half to grab a minor piece last week, remains at this reduced level & owns the speed to kick past a suspect field 

  

RACE 9 

4-Dancingwithdelight – Dropped to this price & was a much better second to the decisive Le Gambe last week, put back-to-back wins together @ The Meadows last month for Team Burke 

  

1-Viceroy Hanover – Launched a menacing move & was cut off by chain reaction interference last week, now moves inside & can push off to sit a trip 

  

6-Mister Travel – Regained his confidence with a whopping 18-length win @ Monticello, came back just three days later to hit the ticket here 

  

RACE 10 

6-Calvin B – Classy 1:49.2 performer here last season paced a :54.4 back half in a much-needed tightener & drops dangerously 

  

9-Jacksrluckytoo – Finally broke through with one his patented sterling rallies & crushed them a notch below this for the red-hot Harmon outfit, might be the start of a win streak 

  

8-Sassy Hanover – Excellent acclimating mile as runner up to runaway Parnu Hanover two weeks ago, gets some class relief & fires out for a stalking spot 

  

RACE 11 

2-Si Semalu – Stormed home for the upset in an eye-catching :26.4 in his Big M debut, too far out of range from post seven last week, draws inside here & more acclimated now 

  

3-Parnu Hanover – Got a little overzealous on the lead over the off track last week, handy winner before that gets post relief & likely the one to knock off 

  

7-Elrama N – Beaten favorite saw his December rampage come to a halt when he faded to fifth last week, looking to rebound from the outside assignment in a competitive field
 

RACE 12 

3-Rock Star – Gets away from the raging Rockin Robert, gelding has been better in his last two, drops a notch & draws inside again to facilitate a stalking trip 

  

1-JJ Shark – Tried to close from a tough spot over the off track while chasing the runaway Jacksrluckytoo, lands the pole again with a chance to trip out within striking distance 

  

10-Real Nice – Classy 12YO was simply too far back chasing some tough customers two weeks ago, tries this reduced level again & can kick home sharply on his best day 

  

RACE 13 

3-Tink And Tiger – Recent Michael Russo claim drops to the lowest condition rung, owns a bit of back class, switches to Brett Miller & gets an inside post 

  

2-Lucky Man – 12YO millionaire dropped to this bottom rung & just missed by a nose given a perfect drive by Greg Merton, draws inside again as a big threat 

  

5-Good Day Mate – Just two for 39 last year, but has been hinting on the fringes in his last two at this level, draws better to get away within closer range 

  

  



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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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