Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, April 06, 2021 9:49 PM

RACE 1

2-Master Conrad – That was such a standout romp two starts back, then was simply caught out of position & forced wide last week, now moves inside for a hot barn

 

3-Late Night Joke – 11YO made a rare miscue off the claim, owns plenty of back class, has a chance to rebound with another inside draw & retains Dexter Dunn 

 

8-Bettor BB – Just one for 13 this season & draws outside, but consistently knocking on the door, beaten favorite got really roughed up with a three-wide trip last week


RACE 2

5-Believer – Lightly-raced Cantab Hall brother to millionaire Muscle Massive, needed his slow-start-post-eight comeback, with pedigree & upside picks up Dexter Dunn

 

2-Shinkansen – Lightly-raced son of Sebastian K was very consistent before the layoff, standout qualifier & inside draw paves the way for him to exploit a soft spot

 

4-Cocktails N Dreams – This mare has hit the board in three of her last four, including a solid third from post ten to a big favorite Really Fast last week & draws better

 

RACE 3

3-Sortie – Missed a month & changed barns to Team Bongiorno for a sparkling return to the Big M, runner up to standout Beyond Ordinary, now gets class & post relief

 

4-Marveloustrix – Her back-to-back upsets this winter are well documented, this is a prime class & post relief scenario, only a bad trip standing in her way

 

2-Alexander Hanover – Lone win this season came here came back on Jan. 22 with a perfect trip & Dexter Dunn, returns off a solid second @ Pocono with an inside post

 

RACE 4

4-Na Na Na Baatman – Baatman hasn’t been too effective since his 1:54.2 win as the favorite back on Feb. 5, now drops into a real wide-open claimer & draws inside

 

2-Moon Doggie – Followed up as modest sloppy track win two starts back with a game uncovered second in a noteworthy debut here & draws better in a soft spot

 

6-Our Art And Heaven – Went all the way just a fifth off his career best & claimed two starts back, parked & retreated, has now missed three weeks, chance to regroup 

 

RACE 5

3-Star Of Terror – Draws an improved post off decent rally for third in his Big M debut, has a chance to step it up a notch with smooth stalking trip

 

6-S Mckee – 0 for 11 this season, but showing the right signs with solid on-the-board finishes in his last two, runner up to an international release Cecil Casanova last week

 

1-Trick Card – 4YO is winless in just 14 career starts, yet flashed some much-improved late pace in his second try here & moves to the rail to continue that positive trend

 

RACE 6

4-Stephanie Deo – Fresh off an inspiring 4YO debut, attacked late & barely outsprinted, making only her fourth career start, 1:52.3 mark here in 2020 & has plenty of upside

 

2-Always B First – Left alertly, shuffled & beared down too late in a much-needed 3YO debut, lands post two again to trip out for the logical step up

 

1-A Better Game – Ships south fresh off a strong second in her career debut @ Mohawk & lands the rail for a barn looking for a spark after a one for 20 start here

 

RACE 7

2-Preppy Art – The veteran Preppy is on a nice roll right now, draws better fresh off a decisive score & claim, no doubt will be forwardly placed & one to beat

 

1-Kiwi Ideal N – 13YO with plenty of back class, plus a mark of 1:50 here @ age 10, draws the rail again for his second try off the bench

 

9-Statesman N – 14YO with a new lease on life, reeling off four straight in energetic style, moves outside with an inexperienced driver, yet remains a factor

 

RACE 8

4-Gottalovemyshadow – Gets along great with Tyler Miller, well-timed win as the favorite two starts back, pace compromised & forced to angle out of traffic last week, finally draws an inside post

 

1-Tall Poppy N – Move inside off a no-chance mile, beat these with an aggressive effort back on March 5, horse-for-the-course type has a chance to trip out

 

6-So Nice Hanover – Scored as the favorite from post eight two starts back, hurt by the slow :57 half when bumped up last week, threat for potent Dunn & Ryder combo

 

RACE 9

6-Pantheon Hanover – Note the solid rally for third two starts back, fresh claim with a big kick has a chance to crank it up for his new barn

 

5-Dull Roar – 11YO has been really consistent in a revival season, fresh off the claim he was superbly driven to an 8-1 upset by The Minister last week

 

7-My Alpha Rock N – Impressively reeled off three in a row, including a 1:51.3 career best, just missed with perfect rating last week, hot item can rebound from a more demanding post

 

RACE 10

7-Battle Strong – 1:52.2 winner here back in late February, fresh off a narrow loss in :27.3 @ 42-1, look for him to push off the wings & get involved

 

5-Northern Rock – Worked to grab control from post eight & came up second best off the latest claim, draws better to continue taking advantage of his sharp form

 

2-Independent One – That was a well-rated upset from post two three starts back, returns to the Big M in a similar spot & might be the one to knock off

 

RACE 11

2-Gold Medal Swan – Moves inside fresh off a game grind for minor spoils, gearing up on the comeback trail & gets another shot at the bottom level

 

7-Possess The Stone – Ships in from The Meadows off a couple of improved efforts there, lands in a wide-open field for a new barn & picks up Gingras

 

1-Stenhouse Hanover – Just one for his last 24 & winless this season, might have been a bit better last week, lands the rail & Team Cullipher have the numbers

 

RACE 12

8-Bettor Notbitter A – The take no prisoners mission resulted in a complete blowout last week, bumped up a notch & moves outside fresh off the claim, while brimming with confidence

 

2-Ideal Son – Rallied to hit the board from a tough spot chasing surprise winner Western Redhot last week, 1:51.2 winner @ The Big M in 2020 draws inside again to get within close striking range

 

3-Western Redhot – Took two starts off the claim to trip out & light up the board, likely won’t get the same hot fractions to shoot at, but draws inside again

 

RACE 13

1-Rapunzel Blue Chip – Closed from the clouds & post nine to grab second two starts back, torched through a :53.4 half last week & moves inside a field that is a combined three for 60 in 2021

 

4-Slick Artist A – Beaten favorite faded from the pocket after sitting close to a sizzling pace, hinted of improvement with a strong finish before that, draws well again for her third try off the bench

 

7-Thundra – Certainly benefited from the inexplicable :53.4 half to pick up third last week, 0 for ten this season & tougher post, but her barn is going well

 

 

 



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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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