Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 11:50 AM

RACE 1

6-Tailgunner Hanover – When Gunner is right he can unleash an eye-catching rally like last week when he closed from an impossible spot to just miss, rates a big chance, especially if they mix it up

 

2-Kingofthejungle – Has done some of his best work here, looks to hold a class edge over these, draws inside & makes his second start off a sick scratch, lots of positives

 

1-Mcnulty Z Tam – Was well rated all the way with the mile of his life two starts back, squandered a perfect trip last week, yet remains an inside threat in top form

 

RACE 2

1-Lilbitalexis – What a season for the first crop of Walner, this filly is four for five & her lone loss was an early miscue, lands the rail fresh off an easy romp in the Reynolds, Nifty Norman is carving out a Trainer of the Year season

 

3-Design Fashion – Steady filly hasn’t missed the board in six career starts, a star in the TSS & just missed in the final @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside to stalk the favorite & looms large

 

5-La Vie En Blanc – Crawford Farms homebred slapped on trotting hopples, qualified with confidence & cranked up a mild upset rally in her comebacker last week, she’s a Tony Alagna trainee with pedigree & upside

 

RACE 3

6-Ooh Rah – Added trotting hopples & seemed to gain momentum recently, just missed two starts back @ Pocono & continues to drop in class

 

3-Innisfallen – 1:53.4 winner @ The Big M this season gets some class relief, finally draws better & finds a soft spot for a sharp combo of Tony Beltrami & Paul Fusco

 

1-Inaperfectworld – Pretty steady gelding back on the rail fresh off a narrow loss last week, in line for a similar scenario & actually has a chance to take charge

 

RACE 4

6-Hammering Hank – Undefeated four-for-four Captaintreacherous gelding for Brett Pelling, fresh off a big rally to capture the TSS Final @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, figures to love the longer stretch here

 

7-Captainryanmichael – This Captaintreacherous colt stormed home to upset a Reynolds Stakes division in 1:51.3, then was caught too far back chasing Early Action, draws inside that rival to turn the tables

 

1-Code Cracker – Promising Sweet Lou freshman going in the right direction for Team Burke, fresh off a narrow loss in the TSS @ The Meadows, chance to step up & smooth trip is likely from the rail

 

RACE 5

1-Robertsin – Peter Haughton elimination winner finished a strong second last week after missing 34 days, Muscle Hill gelding with serious talent draws the rail in a soft division

 

6-Villain – Part of the Team Svanstedt 1-2 punch of $200,000 Muscle Hill colts, fresh off a rousing upset in the Reynolds, a major threat to repeat

 

2-Slave Labour – This $200,000 Muscle Hill colt has started to ramp it up in his last three for Team Svanstedt, a solid third in the Reynolds two weeks ago & draws back inside

 

RACE 6

2-Lottery Winner – Finally snapped his 2021 losing skid with a take-no-prisoners romp @ Freehold, note the recent barn change, this 4YO Bettor’s Delight gelding was a 1:51.3 performer @ Mohawk last year

 

6-Brandon Hanover – Fresh claim off a big wire-to-wire effort @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & came right back to repeat here for Matt Zuccarello last week, post a bit tougher, but tough to deny for a hot barn

 

5-Escape Again – Shipped here off a sharp winning rally as the favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & didn’t have the same pop, but was claimed by a barn going well & picks up The Judge Tony Beltrami

 

RACE 7

3-Misswalner Fashion – Missed a month prior to her solid second to Lilbitalexis, displayed some serious talent & potential in her two previous wins & draws inside

 

2-I’ll Have A Lindy – Cantab Hall filly with a bright future, winning five of six career starts, draws inside fresh off a new mark of 1:55.1 in the TSS Final

 

5-Born On Third Base – 11thfoal out of the 2004 Dan Patch champion Housethatruthbuilt swept her first career starts & just missed to I’ll Have A Lindy in the TSS Final, controlling speed faces a serious test in her Big M debut

 

RACE 8

5-Cimeroken – 12YO gelding going well in his last three, trip & pace compromised last week, rallied from tenth to just miss before that

 

4-River Otter – Fresh off a much-improved effort with the switch to the mile track here, gets some class relief & draws well & overdue

 

3-Stealing – Steady gelding has been knocking on the door recently, a solid third from post six last week & draws better with stalking potential

 

RACE 9

4-Early Action – Fought off pressure, kicked into high gear & romped to a new mark of 1:51.2 last week, first crop Huntsville gelding continues to blossom for Joe Holloway

 

5-Shake It – Learned his lessons well @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & acclimated nicely with pace at both ends here last week & moves inside with a big chance to trip out

 

3-JK Standingovation – Finished a decent fourth behind Shake It in his return to The Big M last week, Team Takter gelding draws well looking for his first on-the-board finish

 

RACE 10

2-Hood Party – Shipped in fresh off a blowout as the favorite in a PASS consolation & finished a solid third to undefeated Niki Hill & draws inside for Nifty Norman

 

6-Captiva – Captaintreacherous Team Alagna trainee on the board in four of five career starts in Lexington, stalking type looms large with her style in her Big M debut

 

8-Flip The Script – Has hit the ticket in five of six, starring in the NY Excelsior A Series, her latest a narrow loss @ Vernon Downs with sharp pace at both ends

 

RACE 11

4-Treacherous Dragon – This Captaintreacherous filly was breathing fire in a stalk n pop repeat as the heavy favorite & draws better with loads of upside for Brett Pelling

 

8-Find Happiness – Six seconds in seven career starts for this daughter of The Captain, the latest against standout Niki Hill, can overcome post eight with her gate speed

 

9-Gotthegreenlight – Another Nifty Norman prospect, winner of six of seven in NYSS & fresh off perfect trip score in the final, qualified nicely behind Niki Hill before that

 

RACE 12

5-Fashion Schooner – First crop Walner sister to millionaire Broadway Donna made a noteworthy late move in her lone qualifier, launches from a midpack stalking post & could surprise a competitive division

 

7-Brickhouse Babe – This Walner filly finished a huge second from post ten in the Jim Doherty Memorial & returns fresh off a much-needed & confidence-boosting win after missing 30 days

 

9-Cash Machine Girl – Beaten favorite lost all chance with an early miscue in her Big M Kindergarten debut, impressive first two wins @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, trying to rebound outside for Team Orange Crush

 

RACE 13

10-Molotov Cocktail – Impressive Chapter Seven homebred colt crushed them in the NYSS Final for Team Toscano, lands outside, but can inflict a world of hurt on his bright horizon

 

2-Southwind Caine – Liked the way this Nifty Norman colt put forth an aggressive effort in his first start in almost three weeks, draws inside again off that excellent acclimating mile

 

7-Grand Spa – The other Team Toscano trainee raised some eyebrows with his solid second in the Reynolds here, an early miscue & interference was costly in the NYSS Final chasing stablemate Molotov Cocktail

 



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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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