Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:36 PM

RACE 1 

2-Brookroaddonnie – 1:54.1 winner here a couple of years ago, encouraging miles four starts on the comeback trail @ Monticello, draws well & picks up Jim Marohn, Jr. 

  

7-Downundermatter – Just one for 19 in 2016, but seems to be gathering some momentum in his last few here, a beaten favorite with a decent on-the-board effort for Campbell last week 

  

1-Feisty Love – 9YO mare had some moments here last season, no chance last week in a race she clearly needed, has a chance to sit close from the rail & retains Vinnie Ginsberg 

  

RACE 2 

4-Watkins – 10YO made a triumphant & emphatic return to the Big M with a crushing wire-to-wire, draws well for a chance to parlay that confidence boost for a the aging Jack Franklin stable 

  

8-Muscle Diamond – Was allowed to dictate his own terms last enroute to an easy score as the heavy favorite, moves outside, but getting back in shape, flaunting his class & versatility  

  

3-Opulent Yankee – Kept his every-other pattern going showing more sustain for the place last week chasing a well-rated Muscle Diamond & draws better for another favorable trip scenario 

  

RACE 3 

2-OK Gemma – Was pace compromised from post eight, yet unleashed an eye-catching move to snap a losing skid @ Freehold, ships to the Big M into a rock bottom field & draws inside 

  

3-Sportsmuffler – Twice a winner at this level here last month & equaled her mark of 1:52.3, class & post relief may be enough to produce another trip out score 

  

1-Candy Styx N – Logically fit here, just a missed wiring the $12,500 stock recently, drops a notch & pushes off from the rail for a solid outfit 

  

RACE 4 

2-I Luv Blackhawkred – This mare dropped out of N/W of 8 @ Yonkers & was toiling in added distance events, missed over a month prior to last week’s acclimating mile from post nine, had some late trot in stretch traffic 

  

8-Battle Mage – Speedy mare has two solid miles under her since the sick scratch, her gate speed puts her in play with not much of a stretch here, threat to go all the way in sharp form  

  

3-Alexander Hanover – Just one for 29 in 2016, but consistently on the board lately, forced into an uncovered grind first time Lasix, draws better with a chance to improve 

  

RACE 5 

2-Danish Durango – Classy 1:52 performer here last season made a miscue from post ten first time Lasix, chance to revive his form with the drop & move inside 

  

6-Lauderdale – Gelding appeared to be on the verge last week, set a rated pace & faded to third as the beaten favorite, classy 7YO gets another shot at this reduced level 

  

7-Can Do – Left alertly, got shuffled & reached full stride too late last week, solid gelding took a mark of 1:52 here last season, definitely in form & contends at this level 

  

RACE 6 

4-Melanies Sharkette – Has now won two of three here for her new barn, uncorked a sharp rally from post eight last week, ready to step up another notch from a better post 

  

1-Pan Luis Obispo – On the fringes against these in her last three with tough trips, this Burke trainee has a chance to sit closer & trip out from the rail 

  

3-Intoview – Dropped to this level, had everything go her way & fell a head shy as the heavy favorite, this mare can do it either way, lands inside as a logical threat 

  

RACE 7 

6-Canadian Wildcat – Beat these decisively wire-to-wire back on 12-23, drops back down to that level off a decent fourth against the top guns last week, has a chance to take charge  

  

3-Waiting On A Woman – 9YO gelding has clearly stepped up his game with back-to-back solid seconds, his latest against the raging Crosbys Clam Bake, Canadian Wildcat before that, inside draw, three-week layoff to consider 

  

7-World Cup – Relatively consistent 8YO with a ton of class, dropped a notch & almost grinded out an overdue win last week 

  

RACE 8 

2-Phyllis Jean – Liked the way she bounced back off a miscue to almost get there storming home down the short stretch @ Yonkers, solid runner up here from post eight on 12-22, draws inside a field ripe for an upset 

  

8-Robocall Hanover – Team Burke beaten favorite failed to clear the lead & was forced to grind out the show last week, remains a prime time player against these 

  

5-CC C Her Bibi – Fresh off a much-improved second start here, shook loose late to chase a well-rated Robocall Hanover, trending in right direction 

  

RACE 9 

4-Walltocousins – Got parked & was forced to retreat after challenging Midfield Magic last week, a horse-for-the-course draws better to work out a trip & rebound 

  

3-Midfield Magic – Gelding was able to brush through a modest pace & only needed a :30.4 to hold safe for the mild upset, rewarded with an inside post  

  

8-Its Chocolate Time – Fired out, sat a two-hole trip & surged by to light up the board with the mile of his life, tackles the same outside post & attempts a double jump in class 

  

RACE 10 

2-I Found My Beach – Pulled a mild upset at the bottom condition level with a perfect two-hole trip on 12-29, returns to the mile track in a similar scenario 

  

9-Italian Rebel – Changed barns & just missed with a game effort @ Freehold as the heavy favorite, classy gelding with a chance within range 

  

8-Whatagamble – 9YO came close to upsetting the heavy favorite Drunken Terror last week, tougher post here, but she has enough gate speed to land a striking spot 

  

RACE 11 

5-Fanticipation – Outsprinted the favorite Not Before Eight to upset two starts back with a career best 1:52.4, a strong second from post ten before that, returns to the mile track in top form 

  

6-Abbijade Hanover – Team Burke trainee took a few starts to acclimate, stepped up to this level & stormed home at 54-1 two weeks ago, just a fifth off her lifetime mark 

  

4-UF Dragon’s Queen – Pulled off the standard class drop n pop with the addition of Brett Miller, bumps back up with renewed confidence 

  

RACE 12 

4-Stonebridge Idol – A solid third by a length in the much-needed comebacker, a relatively quick mile, remains in the bottom condition level with back class lines & draws well 

  

2-Bad Day Black Rock – 8YO came up with one of his better efforts chasing Hall Pass Helen last week, draws inside again & retains Super Brett  

  

8-Hall Pass Helen – Surged to command & cruised last week for the red-hot Harmon Stable, will have to find a way into it from a tougher post 

  

RACE 13 

1-Majo Just Do It – Rallied to beat these back on 12-10, a bit too far out of range last week, moves inside with trip possibilities 

  

4-Our Cullenscrown N – Steady veteran tried to steal one @ Freehold last week, just missed here in early December, figures to be forwardly placed 

  

10-Stormin Rustler – Inspiring comeback chasing a heavy favorite Drunken Terror, 13YO certainly knows his way around this oval &can overcome post ten 

  

 

  



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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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