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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Sunday, January 05, 2014 11:21 AM

Race 1 - $15,000 Claiming Trotters

4-PT’S Boomerang – Switches to trotting specialist David M. Smith, who campaigned Smilin Eli, just 1 for 27 in 2013 and missed 37 days, but made some positive moves recently, draws well & gets Gingras


1-Worth The Money As – Drops out of a tougher C-1 class off some pretty decent efforts, lands the pole again & reunited with Dave Miller, figures to be the favorite


9-Baby Blaze – Shows an okay fourth last out at Harrah’s Philly flashing some late trot from a tough spot off the lame scratch, builds on that from a demanding post here


Race 2 - $12,500 Claiming

3-Tonight’s The Night – Tailed off in his last two at Harrah’s Philly, regrouped with an adequate qualifier here, draws inside for a slightly lesser price & picks up Gingras


1-Windsong Gorgeous – Gave way to an overwhelming Boiler Bob The QB last time, and likely favored again to start another win skein from the rail in a blank field


6-Dutch Richman – Showed some of his back class & went down the road at Pocono in his first start for Rob Harmon, then got parked at Yonkers, has missed a month of action


Race 3 – 1st division of the Super Bowl Series

5-Time To Quit – More than lived up to the hype with a visually impressive, wrapped up debut here first time Burke, big, strong gelding also versatile enough to handle any adversity


4-Deacons Valley – Delaware invader off to a great start winning seven of 11, fresh off a career best & best asset is controlling speed


6-Dough Dough – Hails from reputable trotting connections, actually made it three in a row with that big rally for a new lifetime mark, opportunist waits for speeds to cancel out


Race 4 – C-2

3-Ittakestwobaby – Takes a significant plunge from $20,000 claimers at Yonkers where he’s struggled from outside posts, lands in a soft spot & picks up Captain Callahan


6-Fast Bill – Responded to a barn change & some freshening with a solid qualifier here with Andy Miller, makes him a contender in this weak C-2


4-You Bet Your Glass – 11YO draws well here fresh off an upset rally at Saratoga, hasn’t raced in five weeks, yet owns some back class & can adapt to the mile track


Race 5 – C-2

1-Buckeye In Charge – Got hung out to dry two starts back, then bogged down at the back from post ten last time, 1:50.4 winner here last year moves inside & capable with his best effort


4-Relentless Dreamer – Flashed some late pace off a slow half to grab a share, 1:50.1 winner here last season may be poised in his third start off the bench


3-Dana’s Sharp Smart – Another proven winner here returns from a seven-month layoff & lands inside fresh off a winning qualifier with pace at both ends


Race 6 – Second division of the Super Bowl Series

7-Striking Wave – Has gone three-for three for Dylan Davis at Dover Downs, all on sloppy tracks, took a mark of 1:56.2 and seems relentless


8-Appropriate Attire – Just 2 for 33, but arrives off an overdue wire-to-wire at Harrah’s Philly over an off track & her tactical speed puts her in play


2-Cocotier – Added Lasix, set a strong pace & caved in as a badly beaten favorite, actually dropping from nonwinners of 3, could rebound for Burke


Race 7 - $12,500 Claiming

1-Meetbehindthebarn – Switched to Harrah’s Philly & Andrew Harris, dropped to the $10,000 level & got up to win by a nose, a trip behind Hedges Lane is imminent here


2-Hedges Lane – Piled up 12 wins last year, won his last two at Harrah’s Philly in convincing style, draws inside here & stays with Gingras, chalk city


7-Artist Point – Has been winning on an every-other pattern at Harrah’s Philly, while using different styles, seems to be a logical exotic partner with the 1 & 2


Race 8 - $15,000 Claiming

6-Star Chaser – Faded badly after getting used hard at Harrah’s Philly, a solid second before that with speed & also has a sharp late kick in his arsenal for Team Burke


1-Black Hat – Dropped to this price, got roughed up from post eight & held third, moves inside for a strong outfit & owns some back class


8-Clubber Lang – Capitalized on a drop to the C-2 level & stormed home with authority to a new lifetime mark with a minus one variant, that was 33 days ago, but a repeat is not inconceivable


Race 9 - $15,000 Claiming Trotters

1-Abundasass – Raced well in his last two at Yonkers, qualified okay behind a 1:52.2 standout, speed from the rail & has the winning habit


6-Four Starz Credit – Left alertly for a pocket ride, shook loose a tad too late & nosed out by Kilted Pride, romped in the slop before that, 10YO is clearly on his toes


10-Kilted Pride – Took a start to acclimated here, then closed from the clouds to nail Four Starz Credit at 40-1, faced with the post ten challenge again


Race 10 – C-2

1-Coral Snake – Just 1 for 20 last year, but showing signs of coming around, big rally to just miss at Yonkers last out, lands the pole here, but a 37-day layoff to consider


9-Roo Roo Rusty – Grinded gamely to finish a solid second in a noteworthy debut here with Pierce, third time Lasix & gathering steam on the comeback trail at a price


4-Come On Rusty – Bounced back with a better third behind Roo Roo Rusty last time, chance to take control of the pace this time


Race 11 – Third division of the Super Bowl

6-You Rock My World – Forced to work pretty hard to finally clear the lead & was collared late, not bad for his first outing in 27 days & makes his second start for Burke


2-Donatella Hanover – Takter-tuned Cantab Hall filly hasn’t missed the board in five starts, draws inside off a narrow loss to a wrapped up favorite Time To Quit


4-Clementine Dream – 1:54.3 winner at The Red Mile last Fall was hammered down to 3-5 and broke in her second start here, has the talent to atone


Race 12 – Fourth division of the Super Bowl Series

1-J Cs Jake – Just missed with an aggressive try in the slop at Woodbine, two tough trips before that, new barn & the rail here may be enough


2-Ray Hall – Recovered from an early miscue with a wide trip to finish second, post 10 before that, 1:56.4 winner on 12-6 moves inside a wide open division


7-Hobsons Choice – Has taken a few trips for Burke to fine tune this son of Cantab Hall, won the qualifier with a solid display of speed


Race 13 – C-2 F & M

2-Sunshine Patriot – Working her way back into shape on the comeback trail & draws inside for the potent combo of Joe Bongiorno & Brad Irvine


5-Dream’s Bar – Recent winner at Freehold rallied in a sharp :27.2 for a place deadheat, took her mark of 1:51.3 here last season, retains Dave Miller


3-Angel Of The West – Veteran mare was 0 for 33 last year, but a consistent check earner &  capable of stalking the speed



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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 almost 20 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 11 editions of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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