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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:26 PM


5-Photo Mass – Intriguing shipper left Saratoga on a winning note, freshened & qualified solidly over Monticello with a -2 variant, 1:54.4 performer against better stock at Woodbine last season


10-Walltocousins – Kicked off 2015 with an easy wire-to-wire C-2 class win, steady 1:55 trotter figures to blast off & may simply be too fast for this bunch


6-Captain Primeau – 11YO warhorse has been knocking on the door recently, finishing his miles with good vigor & chasing standouts like Cashahallic, too far back & pace compromised last week



4-Safe From Terror – Followed right behind stablemate Donttellruss with another solid effort in the Worldly Beauty Final, promising Team Burke filly stands out here


9-Alessana Hanover - $125,000 yearling from a strong family has worked her way up to NW of 4 in only seven career starts, outside draw means she’ll look for a target & speed is not plentiful in this match up


5-American Truth – Late-blooming filly seemed to put it together with her latest qualifier win, then had an even & needed trip over the track, expect improvement



2-DC Flashback – Debuts for trainer Scott Di Domenico fresh off a couple of tightening miles at Dover Downs & lands in a real soft spot here


3-Stonebridge Idol – Form has been dull on the comeback trail in NY, but owns some back class, drops into a blank C-2 & draws well


4-Twisted Pretzel – Can’t fault this gelding’s consistency, beaten favorite grinded gamely week, figures to come right back in a stalking mode



4-Palm Beach - $25,000 buy at the Mixed Sale arrives off several hard-charging in-the-money finishes at Woodbine, matches up nicely in this pretty competitive field


8-The Summer Wind – Paced home in :26.4 against tougher last week, had back-to-back narrow losses at this C-1 level recently, she can fly home with the right set up


6-Twin B Elite – Perked up with a premature move to the top in her second start off the sick scratch, classy mare is a threat crank it up another notch



1-Rev It Now – Veteran gelding has been competitive for the $15,000 tag at Dover Downs, including a near miss three starts back, looks for a smooth, stalking trip from the rail


6-My Muscleman – Beaten chalk got parked & held third last week, just missed with a :27.4 surge before that, live item trying to atone from a more challenging post


8-Upfrontstrikesgold – 7YO trotted the mile of his life [1:54]  & rallied for the upset two starts back, then no factor at the C-1 level, drops back down to tackle a vulnerable C-2 field



1-Modest Prince – Had no chance & was too far back the last two times he faced these, comes off another crushing score at the B-2 level, now moves inside brimming with confidence


7-Melady’s Monet – Raging gelding has been the prime focus at this top level this meet despite gaps between races, has now missed 28 days & faces a few sharp foes who can trot with him


6-Lindy’s Tru Grit – Caught fire for Team Orange Crush at the C-1 level & quickly worked his way up, fresh off a tough loss to Team Six with trot at both ends



6-Hill I Am – Cycled back around & jogged in an added distance event, lightly-raced 4YO & former NJSS champion capable of more


1-B L Class Act – Quickly got back in the win column with a mighty :27.3 surge in his comeback, then a solid third at the C-1 level & lands the pole here


5-Carnegie – Dropped to the C-2 level & paid off as the favorite in a vigorous effort, 8YO regained his confidence & poised to step back up to C-1



2-Evil Urges – Gelding makes his first start for the Remmens off an even qualifier, Open class performer at Vernon Downs last season draws inside here


6-Jailhouse Juice – Closed a ton to just miss by a neck last week in a much improved mile, any semblance of that effort makes him a threat in this one


3-Hasty Proffitt – Upset a similarly soft field from post eight two starts back, then was caught in never-never land in a 1:54.4 mile, this is more to his liking



1-Walk The Walk – Qualified a ton, then burned the chalk, yet overcame a tough trip chasing a revved up Hill I Am, second start in six months logically figures to be even better


4-Justin On Broadway – Showed some positive signs before that rousing score in the slop at Yonkers on 1-12, chance to keep it going from an ideal spot back on the mile track


10-Winding Hill – Arrived here for Team Burke on a three-race winning streak, made a break, then caught out of position after a slow start, look for Gingras to blast off & put him in play



6-Rock Of Cashel – Rallied for second in a much-improved effort here last week, takes another shot at the reduced C-2 class, while heading in the right direction


2-Chocoholic – Set a rated pace & faded to fifth last week despite going all the way in an added distance event on 1-8, the move inside may allow her to steal this one


3-How Bout Cash – Struggled in both starts for her new barn at the C-1 level, chance to regroup with class & post relief & retains Bionic Man



4-Master Of Law – Added trotting hopples & finished an okay fifth after missing 28 days, 1:52 performer here last season for Takter draws better in a wide-open field


2-Dreams Of Thunder – Ake Svanstedt has this gelding on his toes now, just missed to Splitsville with a game grind, lost to Cash Poor with the same tough trip before that, a likely stalking threat


8-Spider Blue Chip – Millionaire trying to rebound off a disappointing 4YO season, has taken a few starts to regain his best stride for Nifty Norman & gets some needed class relief



3-Pan Luis Obispo – Razor sharp in her last three here, almost pulled the upset repeat two starts back, outsprinted at the top end last week, finds a prime drop n pop scenario


7-Montenegro – Has been holding her own against superior stock, drops into a camera-shy field, owns plenty of gate speed to blast off & assert herself, strong in the win column last year


1-Delightful Dragon – Has clearly come around since the sick scratch, fresh off two narrow losses, nailed by a perfect-trip Brownsville Bomber last time & needed the race after missing three weeks



6-Dynamite Dame – Picked up checks in the tougher Super Bowl Series, chased a standout in Royal Ice last week, filly with some upside retains the Buckeye with a chance for a mild surprise


3-Lauderdale – Bounced back with a winning qualifier in a solid 1:55.2, drops to C-2, draws well & retains Scottie Z, one to beat on his best behavior


5-Vibe Blue Chip – Beaten favorite was an excellent runner up two starts back, Team Burke gelding reunited with Gingras & dangerous at the C-2 level




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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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