Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 8:36 PM

RACE 1

1-Fiesty Love – 8YO mare took a mark of 1:55.4 here this season & romped in two straight back in May, needed her last two no-chance miles & moves inside

 

5-Ellen’s Streak – Reeled of two straight wins, the latest from post ten & lowered her mark to 1:57.1 in the process, pace compromised last week & draws better

 

7-Dream Rocker – Steady 5Yo with over 40 starts the past two seasons, rallied to hot the board last week when he didn’t have much of a speed target to shoot at

 

RACE 2

9-P L Icabod – This gelding gets class relief after a decent finish off a sick scratch, showed wicked leaving speed @ Pocono back on 11-12

 

5-Tarot – Gelding has to duplicate that terrific effort three starts back on 11-18 when he flashed trot at both ends from post eight & finished a close second

 

10-Gambler Springs – Winning from post ten in your Big M debut is a tall order, but this 12YO has been razor sharp @ Plainridge

 

RACE 3

9-Hall of Terror – Only took two starts to break through for his new high percentage barn, demanding draw here, yet lands at the soft $7,500 level

 

1-Sir Jake’s Z Tam – One for 32 in 2016, but chased a runaway two starts back, then game first over & still held third last week

 

3-Must Be The Bunny – One for 28 this season, clearly wasn’t himself last time, chance to rebound for $7,500 & any semblance of his nose loss on 11-19 makes him a threat here

 

RACE 4

4-March Awareness – Classy son of Ken Warkentin certainly knows his way around this track, gets more class & post relief in a field of question marks

 

3-Nowucit Nowudont – Set a rated pace & couldn’t keep it together when the real trotting started last week, still capable of stealing it from an improved post

 

8-Onda Di Mare – One for 25 in 2016, forgive the miscue last out, go back to her narrow loss with a :27.3 on 11-18 & add another class drop

 

RACE 5

3-Mojarra Hanover – Veteran mare is a class horse-for-the-course who needed her first two starts after almost five months off & draws well for her return to the mile track

 

1-Four Hour Nap – Take note of her upset from post seven back on 11-11, drops back down to that level & moves inside

 

2-Royal Engagement – 11-time winner this season paced a :55.4 back half from a tough spot in her first try off the claim & draws much better

 

RACE 6

4-Opening Night – Steady, stalking type with almost $900,000 has been very competitive with better, draws well & benefits from the imminent action up front

 

2-Market Share – Ultra classy Hambo champ took advantage of some class relief & managed to push past the favorite World Cup & rewarded with an inside draw

 

9-Opulent Yankee – Sat second from the rail as the odds on choice as the leader stole away last week, remains a huge despite the move outside

 

RACE 7

9-Shutthefrontdoor – Has hit the board in both starts here with a sharp finishing kick, drops dangerously with a strong number in the win column

 

2-That Women Hanover – Faded from the pocket in her return to the mile track here, but has a fantastic record here, drops a notch & draws inside

 

1-Sheeza Shark N – 1:51.1 winner here this season was a beaten favorite last week, a close second from post eight in 1:50.3 before that & pushes off from the rail

 

RACE 8

4-Wing Flash – Has been very productive in New York, just missed in an added distance event while first time Lasix, draws well here for Team Orange Crush

 

7-Promise Delivered – New 3YO for Kevin McDermott may need a tightener, yet brimming with confidence off a sharp rally @ Pocono & winning qualifier here

 

5-Naughty III – That narrow loss in her debut here with a :27.3 on 11-26 is worth noting, stalking type filly needs a fast pace set up

 

RACE 9

8-Change The Rulz N – Only one for 13 in 2016, but her closing style suits the longer stretch here on the mile track & gets further class relief

 

6-Kelli Rachelle – Took a mark of 1:50.3 here this season, makes her first start in four months, yet returns at a reduced level

 

3-Right Stuff – Filly with some talent & upside obviously had an off night last week, beat this kind with speed on 11-11 & lands post three again

 

RACE 10

2-Can Do – Landed on the fringes against tougher trotters last week, now drops dangerously, draws well & strong in the win column

 

1-World Cup – Beaten favorite just missed to the classy drop down Market Share despite a tough uncovered trip & moves inside

 

6-Hyway Marcus – Broke at the start again & still recovered to overcome a tough trip, worthy of the step up in class

 

RACE 11

3-Master Of Excuses – Beaten favorite got parked & still finished a solid second in a much needed acclimating mile & draws inside again

 

6-Bossy Volo – Only two for 23 this season, but keeping steady form @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, veteran can stalk the speed here

 

8-Doc – Just two for 29, yet shows consistency since the claim @ Pocono, tackles post eight again, but drops a notch

 

RACE 12

1-Anty Entity – 1:53.4 winner here this season was a blowout winner @ Saratoga on 11-18 & returns to the mile track in a soft finale

 

6-Let Her Rock – Hit the ticket when she closed from a long way back on 11-11, she owns some wins here & gets some needed class relief

 

10-Relentless Spirit – Had a needed acclimating trip over the track & couldn’t get involved, drops to the bottom level & could be heard from with some luck

 

 

 



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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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