Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:08 PM

RACE 1

4-Heza Real Diamond – Brushed to the top in a reasonable :55, then gave way under intense pressure last week, draws well again, 1:48.4 mark @ The Big M was strong in the win column last year, note the switch to Dexter Dunn

 

5-Seeuinnashville A – Certainly looked like he was sitting on a big one, had a perfect second over trip & bumped into a revved up Saying Grace N, continues to capitalize on his current form spree

 

7-Globaldomination N – Woke up with a flash of sudden speed last week, draws a more demanding post for his fourth start on the comeback trail, but drops a notch

 

RACE 2

3-Unique Beach – Sat a three-hole trip & finished willing in :26.4 chasing a dominant Genius Man, late-blooming 4YO gathering momentum & draws inside again

 

1-Environs Hanover – Nik Drennan shipper flashed a nifty :26.4 in his lone win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, won his Big M qualifier with plenty & shoots out from the rail

 

4-Big City Bud – Off a win & second in his first two here he came out of a shuffle with decent late pace in :26.4, now draws better & reunited with The Money Man

 

RACE 3
7-Cheyenne Ryan Lee – Took a mark of 1:52 here back in early January, gets some much-needed class relief & has a chance to assert himself in a real handicapping headscratcher

 

5-Eddard Hanover – Carries the back-class flag in this one for Team Cullipher, chased a inexplicable 1:50.2 winner last week & now draws better with no such standouts

 

1-Bruce’s Magic – Big time horse-for-the-course returns to the mile track in a real cozy spot, picks up Andrew McCarthy & in line for a smooth stalking trip

 

RACE 4

1-So Long Hanover – Late-blooming 4YO finished well chasing standout Hipster K, back half in a solid :56.3 & moves inside off that excellent acclimating mile

 

5-Miss Mckee – Blossomed into a stakes performer last season, winning seven of 13, just missed to the favorite Chaptiama in a sharp Big M debut, making her a big threat

 

8-Focus Pocus – Has done well here this Winter, returns fresh off a wire-to-wire blowout @ Pocono, so look for a confident launch from post eight

 

RACE 5

3-Ruthless Dude – Fired a late, yet premature move to the top & settled for third last week, took a mark of 1:52.2 here three starts back & draws better to trip out like that in a wide-open field

 

4-Reggiano – Beaten favorite in three of his last four suddenly took charge & faded on the lead last week, flashed plenty of late pace in his previous two & can regroup from an inside post

 

9-Forevernalways – Swept that two-ply Big Game Series in decisive fashion, had way too far to come last week, remains a threat on his form spree despite this outside draw

 

RACE 6

3-Paternity Suit A – Beat these in decisive fashion two starts back, last week got shuffled, buried & was raging late, draws better & retains Dexter Dunn

 

1-Boiling Oar – Beaten favorite fresh off a huge :26.3 rally for second last week, right there with Tulhurstsantanna A two starts back, now moves inside while in top form for Team Cullipher

 

6-Good Rockin – Cycled forwardly recently, inexplicably hard used from post eight last week, this one-move closer could bounce back with a patient rally off a hot pace

 

RACE 7

4-Double Account – 1:51.4 Hoosier Park performer last year has picked up checks in three of four since arriving, a solid third from post eight last week & gives Team Cullipher a strong 1-2 punch

 

8-Magical Winner K – Parlayed a close second two starts back into another hard-charging effort & just missed to standout Get Legs last week, makes him a threat despite the tougher post

 

2-Max – Beaten favorite stole a :57.2 half & got nosed out last week, Team Burke trainee now moves inside an evenly-matched field & merits to step back up in class 

 

RACE 8

1-Levine – Left alertly, got shuffled & shook loose late to grab second behind Always And Again, back half in :54.2, now moves inside off that ideal acclimating mile

 

6-Always And Again – Added Dexter Dunn & promptly unleashed a :54.2 back half to blow them away last week & now stands out off the mile of his life

 

9-God’s Spirit N – If you blinked you missed his furious rally to hit the board two weeks ago, back half in :53.4, 1:50.1 winner here last season draws post nine again, but looms large as a closing threat

 

RACE 9

5-Colossal Stride A – Obviously, only a few knew he was capable of uncorking a 1:50.2 scorcher in his US debut, now that the genie is out of the bottle how does he follow up in a wildly competitive final?

 

6-Somebeach Baron – Certainly proved that wake up blowout two starts back was no fluke as he came right back from post nine in an emphatic 1:51.1 last week, looks like the one to knockoff again

 

3-Sadiq Hanover – Followed up a confidence-building romp at the bottom level with a close second to Colossal Stride A last week & moves inside to stalk the speed

 

RACE 10

2-Buck Dancer – Got stung by a :27.2 quarter, stuck behind a gapping late breaker & was going well late last week, now draws better & reunited with Andrew McCarthy 

 

1-Scirocco Rob – Gathering steam since the mid-January sick scratch, just missed to JL Cruze with a game grind last week & lands the rail in a competitive field

 

6-Kenziesky Hanover – Took three starts on the comeback trail to prevail with trot at both ends for Team Cullipher, more of her tactical speed puts her in play again

 

RACE 11

1-American Boy N – Beat this kind with an aggressive effort in a sharp 1:51.4 as the favorite back on Jan. 16 & lands the rail for a possible drop n pop

 

7-On Accident – Got parked challenging through a rough :27.2 third quarter last out, another demanding post, but gets some class relief & switches to Andrew McCarthy

 

8-Warrawee Unique – Got pretty sharp here with a win & tight second in late January for Team Burke, returns to the Big M & may have to rely on his closing powers

 

RACE 12

3-Cool Clifford – Fresh off a nice bounce-back qualifier here he finished a decent fourth to Get Legs in his comebacker, now drops & draws inside a camera-shy field

 

4-Explosive Ridge – The Ridge enjoyed a red-hot January & scored back-to-back off the claim, this looks like a prime class & post relief scenario he can take advantage of

 

8-Sky Castles – Pace compromised, then forced into a wide late bid last week, moves outside, but tighter now for his third try off the bench against easier foes

 

RACE 13

1-Ohio Vintage – Has landed on the fringes a notch above this & actually hit the board two starts back, gets class & post relief & reunited with Todd McCarthy

 

4-Skyway Fireball – Was tangling with $25,000 claimers @ Dover Downs late in 2020, recent form has been dull, but draws well here & could surprise a very suspect field

 

6-TJ Blast – Fresh off a much-improved rally for the place, now makes his third start off a recent sick scratch & will rely on a speed set up in a form challenged affair

 

RACE 14

2-My Pal Joe – His three wins here in January really stood out, returns to The Big M fresh off a hard-fought narrow loss @ Yonkers, draws well & we haven’t seen the best of this late-blooming 4YO

 

4-Italian Delight N – Reeled off three straight in January, fired out, shuffled & blocked in stretch traffic last week, now draws a bit better to stalk n pop for Dexter Dunn

 

7-Springsteen – Upset these with a strong rally two starts back, then just missed from a tough spot with a :26.4 last week, going well now for Brett Pelling & figures to get the speed target he needs

 

RACE 15

3-Century Churchill – Drops into a wide-open claimer showing one wire-to-wire win @ Freehold this season, classy 8YO can employ that aggressive style with an inside draw here for Team Bongiorno

 

5-Dull Roar – Added Dexter Dunn, dipped back to $10,000 & rallied to score as a heavy favorite last week, a logical threat to repeat from a midpack launch

 

1-Just Wave Goodbye – Just one for his last 26, yet has been better in his last three, just missed to the favorite Dull Roar last week, moves inside with a chance stop a long losing skid

 

 

 

 



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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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