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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, January 10, 2014 12:29 PM

Race 1

9-Up Up And Out - $52,000 Harrisburg Mixed Sale buy flirted with stakes company at three, parked through a :53.3 half last out and chased a 1;48.4 winner before that, class plunge time


6-Mortal Zin – No factor in three starts here last month, but the last two were from outside posts & now gets the class relief he can capitalize on


7-I Do Hanover – Finished up very well in :27 to get within half a length of the 4-5 favorite off the sick scratch, more demanding post this time, but remains a live item


Race 2

2-Dinner At The Met – Homebred 3YO flashed an improved surge in his second qualifier with a -2 variant & draws inside a soft nonwinners of two for his debut


4-Noble Logans Lou – Chased a quickening pace in his comeback, then got bogged down from post ten, chance to step up at a price from a better post


10-Ghost House – Delaware shipper just 1 for 21, yet offered two solid starts off the bench at Dover Downs & picks up Dave Miller, could surprise


Race 3

1-Barabarian - $170,000 yearling out of a sister to Breeders Crown champion Juliet’s Fate was a convincing winner from post ten for Pierce & Takter, takes a further step up with the rail advantage


9-Berkshire Bear – Steamrolled first over & gunned down a legitimate favorite in Capital Account in :26.2, 4YO faced with a tougher assignment, yet has plenty of upside


3-American Paparazzi – Has cranked up his speed with the addition of Lasix, just missed repeating & draws an improved post for Scottie Z


Race 4

7-Gallant Seelster - $129,000 winner at three in OSS makes his third start off the bench off a no-chance mile, dangerous if ready to deliver a serious shot


5-Ima Giggity Fool – Rock solid second in a relatively quick 1:50.3 comeback mile, 1:50 winner here last season merits tight call in a competitive C-1


2-Courageous Cat – May be ramping up to a big effort after an improved :26.4 to hit the board, nine-time winner last year draws inside to stalk the ample speed in this one


Race 5

7-Victorydaze Wilwin – Came through on the pylons to grab third while throwing in some steps, may have a say if he can grab the track better with some fine tuning


6-Major Way – Picked up Pierce & he just let him roll on the front end to a shocking career best of 1:51 in his Big M debut, any kind of repeat makes him a contender at this slightly higher price


8-Stormin Rustler – 10YO warhorse unleashed an astounding surge to equal his lifetime mark & repeat at a big price, chance to capitalize on his sharpness in a tougher spot


Race 6

8-Arockin Hanover – Has done some of his best work from the back so is at the mercy of the pace & trip, Joe Bongiorno had him flying at the end as usual, may try a more aggressive route here


6-Hypnotic Blue Chip – Stepped up sharp on the comeback trail & was simply left with too much work to do last week, classy veteran remains a major danger


7-Escape The News – Recent form has been spotty, 2013 Aquarius champ comes off a narrow loss at Dover Downs & capable of speed


Race 7

5-Bolder – Came back down to earth after that 90-1 explosion back on 12-7, yet has been finishing well against tougher foes like Hypnotic Blue Chip, gets some relief from B-1 to B-2


1-Cam B Zipper – Seemed to be sitting on a big one & uncorked a vicious first over crush, just off his lifetime mark, continues to revive & show his back class with a stalking trip imminent


3-Damon Blue Chip – Capped his year with a decisive score against $20,000 claimers & well positioned to repeat for Gingras & Burke


Race 8

9-Real Nice – Flashed some late life in a 1:50.1 mile three weeks ago, classy millionaire may have signaled a turnaround, will need some pace to shoot at in an uninspiring field


8-Thunder Steeler – Solid & versatile Chicago performer ships to Tony Alagna & finds a camera-shy C-1 field, hasn’t raced in three weeks & draws a tough post


1-Thanks For Stoppin – Steady customer with a history of success here re-acclimated from post nine, moves inside looking for a stalk n pop scenario


Race 9

7-Appley Ever After – Finished an okay fourth with some pace at both ends off a sharp win at Harrah’s Philly, remains at the reduced B-2 here & retains Pierce


4-May Day – Was used pretty aggressively in his drop-down mode by Campbell, evidently has found his level here and draws well to show more


1-Willy Mucha – Stepped up to this B-2 level & was stung through a :25.4 - 53.3 pace last week after an easy win in 1:50.1, live item with a chance to rebound from the rail


Race 10

3-Manchester – Was forced wide & rallied from a tough spot to score in his second start here off a sick scratch, loads of upside to tap into facing a tougher assignment


2-Americhi – Did some damage in the Valedictory preliminaries at Woodbine, draws inside for Team Burke plenty of talent on view from an inside draw


4-Magic Tricks – Took a new mark of 1:49.4 with perfect Pierce piloting, has been sharp in all four starts here & draws well to make a major impression again


Race 11

5-Cowboy Terrier – Beaten favorite just missed to Eddie Sweat in a sharp 1:48.4 opener last Saturday, set some sizzling fractions before that, ramped up his game on Lasix


1-Yo Cheyenne Rocky – Battled bitterly & nosed out by the Burke-trained Rage N Ryan, scored his last win at this B-1 level & lands the pole again


4-Dovuto Hanover – Was able to catapult off a torrid pace & drew off in a career best 1:48.4, some back class & true potential continues to surface


Race 12

4-Recharge – Finished third behind Pierce in a much improved mile, late-blooming 3YO from first crop of Shadow Play has upside & hails from a hot barn


5-Pierce – Went sailing away on an unchallenged lead & tired late after missing a month, beaten favorite switches to Gingras after the needed start, looks like the one to beat


7-Grandpa Don – Encouraging third in his career debut for Erv Miller, big chance to build on that in a rather competitive nonwinners of two


Race 13

1-Mc Rusty – Chased a runaway in his Big M debut, going in the right direction for a productive outfit, moves inside & retains Captain Callahan


9-Western Tsunami – Third behind Mc Rusty last out after firing out in :26.3, classy veteran with a successful history here rates contender status despite post nine


6-Action Brad – Drops a notch from C-1 and makes his second start in six months now under a new trainer, could surprise at a price



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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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