Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:22 PM

RACE 1

5          Mr Hasani N – 9YO gelding has revived his form in his last three @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with a win sandwiched by two close seconds there & has enjoyed his share of success @ The Big M

 

6          JK Will Power – 2016 Pace finalist & Hempt runner up made a triumphant return to The Big M for a high percentage barn & tripped out to equal his lifetime mark, poised to step it up further

 

1          K Ryan Bluechip – Virgil Morgan, Jr. trainee has been ultra sharp in all three starts since bouncing back from a break, beaten favorite outsprinted by JK Will Power last week, but remains a huge threat from the pole again

 

RACE 2

4          Dorel – Absolutely no way to predict his impressive winning debut here in 1:53 off a nondescript Pocono qualifier, Chris Ryder said the homebred Western Ideal gelding was immature, looked like a future star to me

 

3          Southwind Jenson – Gelding had his share of issues at two, making breaks & eventually sidelined off a sick scratch, likely matured for Noel Daley, chased the classy Boston Red Rocks in the qualifier & draws inside

 

8          Wildman – Brother to Lookinforagoodtime, 1:53 [$205,661] has kicked off his sophomore season going four-for-four on Lasix @ Rosecroft, tougher assignment here, but has oodles of potential

 

RACE 3

7          To Beach His Own – Dropped to this level for his second start off the bench & finished a much-improved third in :27.3 last week, proven winner here may be on verge of an overdue tally

 

3          Wayward Son – 10YO went from full to empty last week, yet did get caught in a tough spot while chasing a wicked 1:50.3 winner, scored with a perfect trip as the heavy favorite before that, chance to rebound

 

1          Shaguar – One for 14 in 2017, landed on the fringe fifth in both legs of another Dash For The G Notes Series, note the improved :26.3 on the end of last week’s mile, could be a hint of more

 

RACE 4

5          Moonlight Ransom – One third in 12 starts this season, was a bit better finishing fourth from the rail last week, 1:50.2 winner here last season looms as a stalking threat

 

3          Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam – 9YO just two for his last 33, has been dull off cover from post eight in his last two, class & post relief makes him a major player in this soft bottom level condition event

 

9          Jetski Louie – Gelding was revved up for his third start off the bench & finished a bang up third with pace at both ends, exits the G Notes Series & looks to blast off again from an outside assignment

 

RACE 5

6          Too Darn Hot – Flashed some sneaky late pace in :26.2 in a much needed acclimating mile last week, drops a notch for a barn that’s been lethal here this meet

 

5          Odds On Equuleus – 1:47.3 performer took a few starts to crank up his engine & was able to dominate easier last week, poised to handle the move back up the class ladder

 

7          Jacksrluckytoo – Dropped a notch, got shuffled & simply rode the rail when the real sprinting started, drops again for Team Harmon & we all know what kind of late kick he’s capable of on his best day

 

RACE 6

7          Bullet Bob – Left alertly for the pocket, got shuffled & angled in :26.3 chasing a red-hot Rodeo Romeo last week, getting re-acclimated to the mile track & this might be a spot where he can trip out

 

8          Elrama N – Regained his winning ways with a rousing rally & upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on 4-2, took advantage of a class drop & his sharpness & steamrolled to a new mark of 1:50 last week, recall his three-race winning streak in December

 

6          Mariner Seelster – Set it up from third over, forced wide around a tiring rival, closed well in :26.3, but couldn’t make up ground, second start over the track may see him within tighter striking range

 

RACE 7

3          Downthehighwy – Went all the way in the first leg, then ran into the raging Iwillmakeyousaywow last week, draws inside that rival & remains a fresh threat with back class for Team Burke

 

9          Iwillmakeyousaywow – Todd Buter trainee has wowed them in both legs of this series, roared right back with a career best 1:50.3 last week, will need to be at least that good again from post ten

 

4          P L Idaho – Tuned up with an improved third in the first leg, then aired it out in a softer round two division last week, looks for him to be forwardly placed off that confidence-building romp

 

RACE 8

3          Special T Rocks – 9YO draws well on a long form spree, shook loose a bit too late & just missed to the big favorite Rodeo Romeo in ;26.3 last week, a major danger for a high percentage barn

 

7          Alberto Contador N – Took a mark of 1:49.4 here this season at age nine, ultra game score here two starts back, returns off a brutal trip @ Pocono, looks like the one to beat

 

1          More Dragon – Classy Team Burke trainee closed well into a :54.1 back half in his 2017 debut, then tripped out off a fast pace @ Yonkers, fresh threat on the rail worth a long look in a great race

 

RACE 9

1          Major Key – Team Burke-tuned 3YO has quickly found his best stride since coming back this season, winning two of three, overcame a hard-used mile to romp two weeks ago & moves inside

 

7          Wegottatruckyea – Unleashed his usual big kick from a challenging spot & came up against a barn change bonanza in Brickman, remains a serious threat with the right pace set up

 

6          Who Do You Like – Was claimed off a wake up win two starts back & uncorked a down-the-road career best in a sizzling 1:50.3 last week, stepping up in class & out to prove that was no fluke

 

RACE 10

6          Camturo Beach – Added Lasix in his last two & run into the raging Who Do You Like both times, only one for his last 30, but ramping up in positive direction

 

7          Workandplayhard – Emerged from a shuffle to grab second behind UF Fast Feelin last week, 0 for 12 in 2017, but seems like he’s in a good groove right now & retains Dave Miller

 

8          UF Fast Feelin – Steady horse-for-the-course exploded home in :26.2 for the mild upset last week, draws a bit tougher, but remains a serious threat at this level

 

RACE 11

3          Sippin On Suds – Just one for ten in 2017, hasn’t been a threat in both starts here this month, but this Burke trainee with a 1:50 mark @ The Meadows in 2017 gets a double drop in class & lands the same inside post

 

10         Sentencing Memo – Forced wide from a rough spot in :26.1 & landed on the fringe fourth again last week, drops again to the bottom rung, but this ten-time winner in 2016 is now only one for 12 this season & draws outside

 

5          Bruce’s Magic – Gelding is trending skyward, fresh off a much better second in :26.3 chasing a runaway Odds On Equuleus, drops another notch & can set up his preferred stalking strategy from a midpack post

 



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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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