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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 7:57 PM

Race 1 C-2 Trotters

5-NF Soaring – Comes off an improved runner-up finish with trot at both ends for a strong percentage outfit, logical threat right back at the same bottom C-2 level


9-Hasty Proffitt – Intriguing new arrival for sharp connections, 4YO was the king of the Iowa fairs at two and three, piling up 24 wins in 30 starts, settled down to qualify adequately the second try here, faces post nine challenge


2-Latte Hall – 1:55.2 winner here last season, she was much sharper in her second start off the bench, finishing a close second, draws well with a four week layoff to consider


Race 2 – F & M – A-2/A-1/FFA Handicap

3-Mattie Terror Girl – Has matured & transformed into a confident winning machine for Tony Alagna, merits another step up in class off another career best blowout on a night with a two-second variant


7-Lorrie Please – Loved her last week, she was hammered down to 2-1 & jogged just a fifth off her lifetime best on a frosty night, versatile mare may revert to off the pace tactics here


4-Big McDeal – Salebound mare charged home in a snappy :26.2 to score two starts back, didn’t have the same punch last week chasing Lorrie Please & may be more involved in the pace this time


Race 3 – F & M – 3 & 4YOS – NW of 2 or $20,000

2-Doo Wee Rusty – Filly returns from a four-month layoff on Lasix & qualified with good energy for her new barn, finds an ideal spot to break her maiden


4-Always On A Roll – Showed further improvement in her second start here for Mark Capone, riding the rail while chasing a well-rated favorite all out, draws well in a soft field


8-J High – Got hung out to dry on a very cold night & only lost by two lengths, lightly-raced filly get to ration out her speed with a live cover trip


Race 4 - $15,000 Claiming Trotters

3-Rev It Now – Was sneaky good in his last start from an impossible spot in a relatively quick 1:54.1 mile, showed winning form before that & draws inside a field begging to be beaten


6-Wheels – 1:54.3 winner here last season has been racing well at Woodbine, parked in most recent there & capable of taking control of this bunch


1-Commander K – Drops in for a price & lands the pole in a wide-open field off a needed start with a big chance to flaunt some of his back class


Race 5 – C-1 F & M

8-My Tallia Ideal – Gonna hop back onto this bandwagon on the basis of class relief & strong back halves in her last two here, any kind of pace set-up puts her in play


9-Destiny’s Chance – Burke trainee has been weak in the win column, yet needed her last start in which she got parked & caused interference, the class drop figures to make a difference


7-Grace Seelster – Wired $15,000 claimers in well-rated fashion for her tenth win of 2013, returns from a three-week gap, yet dangerous when in control


Race 6 – B-1 Trotters

1-Smoother Ride – Finished an improved third with trot at both ends in his second start off the bench, $110,000 winner last year has a chance to trip out from the pole


9-Lauderdale – 2013 Hambletonian finalist grinded gamely finishing a close second to standout Sweet Justice, makes his third start for Burke after re-acclimating


2-Il Mago – Was toasted through a :54.3 half when hiked to face the top class, drops back to where he went all the way in a career best 1:52.4 with Lasix added


Race 7 – F & M – B-2/B-1 Handicap

8-Cheyenne Miriam – 12-time winner last year was about to make it two-for-two at the Big M before she jumped something on the track in deep stretch, lifetime best 1:52 before that


2-The Summer Wind – Getting some class & post relief here for Team Burke off a parked-out trip, count Gingras to have her forwardly placed


7-Stage It Right – Made two-for-three on Lasix with a convincinging career best of 1:51.2 against weaker B-2 stock, could be the one to knock off


Race 8 – B-2 Trotters

6-Sheena’s Shadow – Was forced into a wide rally & just missed when dropped to this B-2 level, lightly-raced Smedshammer trainee is a fresh threat with upside


7-Walltocousins – Almost went all the way & failed to hold on despite well-rated fractions, just missed before that with a game grind, a very live item to consider


3-Mc Tiny’s Hope – Used a weaker C-1 class to regain her confidence, 13-time winner last season draws inside again & capable stalking effectively


Race 9 – C-2 F& M

4-Love You Always – Took her mark of 1:50 here last season, makes her third start off the bench, drops from C-1 and draws favorably in a wide-open group


7-Cruise Queen – Couldn’t make much of a dent closing into a :56.1 back half, Burke trainee takes another shot at a softer C-2 class


1-Alittleeastermagic – Offered some late pace & rallied to hit the board at 80-1, worthy of much stronger support here off that improved effort


Race 10 – C-1 Trotters

8-Frisky Strike – Finished a solid second in her Burke Barn debut with trot at both ends while chasing a runaway McTiny’s Hope, major contender despite the tougher draw


1-Little Bitty Lies – Chased the likes of Bee A Magician in the Moni Maker, took advantage of a light nonwinners of 3 and 4, finds a suitable C-1 and draws the rail after three weeks off


2-Riverfest – Posted three straight narrow losses at the C-1 level, then had broke equipment, moves inside & reunited with Captain Callahan


Race 11 – B-2/B-1 Handicap Trot

7-Coe Leader – Lightly-raced 5YO flashed some talent on Ontario, pulled a rail-skimming upset in his Big M debut, then had too far to come in a tougher 1:52.4 mile


5-Temple Of Doom – Woke up in his second start off the bench, shook loose late & just missed to Omnipotent with trot at both ends, back class resurfacing for Team Orange Crush


8-Omnipotent – Followed a narrow loss to Marion Monaco with a career best 1:53.2, holding off Temple Of Doom, sharp new acquisition for Team Burke rolls on


Race 12 – B-2 F & M

3-Handsoffmycupcake – Stakes caliber filly last year was used hard from post eight, winning form at Yonkers before that & moves inside to show her class


1-Sweet Like Candy – Had to settle for second behind a well-rated Stage It Right in her Big M debut, makes her second start for Burke from the rail & may be required to dictate the terms


4-Shawnee Dancer – Looked like she was hinting of a big one last week & didn’t have her usual late snap, possible rebound effort from an improved post


Race 13 – C-1 F & M

2-Pardon – Shuffled to the back, blocked behind a wall late & finished well once clear in her Big M debut for Linda Toscano, needed to acclimate & had come to form before that


3-Dragon Ruffles – Has had two major excuse trips since Lasix was added, hit the board from an impossible spot two back, then got parked on a frigid night, stalking threat from an improved post


4-Spotlight On – Is likely going to garner much stronger support at this reduced C-1 level, seems to be sharpening her sword on the comeback trail & finds a light field


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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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