Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 1:21 PM


4-Dee’s Red Delicious – Kindergarten champion in a $250,000 freshman season has struggled to regain form as a 3YO, changed barns for the NYSS Final & rallied for third, returns to the mile track as an intriguing prospect


6-Robert’s Hanover – Cantab Hall colt was making steady progress here back in July, freshened up by Team Alagna, qualified nicely behind the classy Ramona Hill & looks ready to resume his career


3-Caruso – Hats off to Hall of Famer Joe Holloway whose patience may have finally paid off with this Father Patrick colt, stayed flat & went right down the road as the heavy favorite two weeks ago



7-Fox Valley Nemitz – Four-time beaten favorite was used pretty hard from post eight, just missed with a two-hole trip before that, so he’s sharp, let’s see him blast off & find a spot close to the pace


4-D GS Shallwedance – Came right back off the overdue win @ Freehold with a well-rated score here last Friday, draws well fresh off that new lifetime mark, can take charge in another catch me if you can scenario


1-Mayfield Duke – Just one for 26 this season & squandered a perfect second over trip chasing D GS Shallwedance, but this steady sort has been knocking on the door & continues to play a trip sitting opportunist role



5-Titanium N – Nothing to write home about in his last few @ Yonkers, note the 1:51.3 speed badge @ The Big M a few years ago, stalking type with a favorable midpack launch gets significant class relief


7-Cecil Casanova – Sports a 1:51.2 mark taken here this season, returns from a two-month layoff after chasing Nicholas Beach in a qualifier & lands in a soft spot


9-Century Grizzly – New acquisition for Noel Daley added Lasix, flashed some speed under pressure @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws outside for his third try off a sick scratch



1-Heaven’s Showgirl A – Australian import took a couple of starts to kick in with a strong surge, great acclimating mile, now gets class & post relief


5-She’s Nun Bettor N – Chased her stablemate & 1:48.4 winner Warrawee Ubeaut last week, 1:51.3 winner here this season drops a notch for Team Burke & overdue


3-Sweet Lucy Lou – Sweet Lou mare brushed n held on over easier foes from post eight as the heavy favorite, can handle the class hike with an improved post



1-Liberty N Freedom – Came to life with a great drive by Vinnie Ginsberg & just missed to As Always in a sharp Big M debut, in line for a similar follow up effort from the rail & kught be on the verge of graduation


4-As Always – Added Lasix & finally broke through for his first win with a :26.4 sprint over Liberty N Freedom & draws well with something positive to build on


7-Metallica – Twice beaten favorite got going too late after the sprinting began last week, draws another challenging post, but tactical speed puts him in play & acclimated now



2-Great Unknown – Tabbed as our Price Play last Saturday, severely pace compromised & flashed some late life, acclimated now, drops a notch & draws post two again


2-Max – Finished well in :27.3 behind Team Burke stablemate Globetrotting after the long layoff, remains at a reduced level & stays inside for his second try off the bench


4-Chiplosive – Has clearly fallen off form since the perfect trip win at this level back on July 24, but drops further for Team Cullipher, draws better & eligible for a wake up



3-So Nice Hanover – Consistent Chris Ryder trainee in solid form, knows her way around this oval, gets some class relief & draws inside to stalk n pop


7-Staycation Hanover – Pelling trainee has been on the fringes in stakes company, draws a demanding post, yet this stalking type owns three wins here this season


2-Ideal In Miracles – Miracles crosses the Hudson in excellent form against N/W 4 company @ Yonkers & this Sweet Lou filly draws well to be forwardly placed



1-Typhoon Stride N – NZ import was patiently handled & finished well in his US debut on Lasix, Nifty Norman trainee certainly has something to build on from the rail


4-Father Nuno – Solid runner up to the standout Bee Two Bee last week, needed to re-acclimate, remains at a reduced level, draws well & can stalk ample speed


5-Stone Hanover – Would’ve attracted a lot of attention with the drop to this level last week, he can kick home with serious speed, but the sick scratch is a question mark



6-Gotwuteverittakes – Benefited from a patient three-hole trip, shook loose late & just missed last week, horse-for-the-course is dangerous when on his game


5-Macmorris Hanover – Steady 5YO has cycled forward, fresh off a game score, holding off the pocket sitter Winnerup, retains G Nap & may try to boss this tricky match up


8-Angel Nation – Faded to fifth in the Open two weeks ago, yet needed the race, gets some class relief & his gate speed overcomes post eight for Team Orange Crush



3-J M Mandamin – Beaten favorite was on a roll in PA, paid the price for conservative handling after missing three weeks, likely shows more speed back inside as part of the Team Bongiorno 1-2 punch


2-Vettel N – Was able to secure command in relatively soft :55, fought off pressure & held off the hard-charging Semi Tough last week, draws inside again for Team Bongiorno


7-Western Fame – Can’t forget that 1:48.4 blowout way back in late February, classy 8YO closing in on $2 million, makes a key third start off the bench, could blast off & surprise



5-Sandbetweenmytoes – Breeders Crown champ was a 1:48.4 winner here from post seven in the slop back on Pace Night, nosed out in most recent @ Pocono, back @ The Big M in top form


8-Wes Delight – Took a mark of 1:48.3 here this season, just missed with a huge rally as the beaten favorite last week after missing three weeks, tough post, but looks primed for Team Alagna


2-Ana Afreet N – Has no doubt come around in his last two for Team Cullipher, runner up to Ruthless Hanover two starts back, then unleashed vicious speed last week & draws post two again



2-Rockeyed Optimist – Has been a tad overmatched recently @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, no factor against superior foes from post eight last week, gets class & post relief 


1-Heza Real Diamond – Took a 1:48.1 mark here this season, runner up to the runway favorite De Los Cielos Deo last week, moves inside with no stand outs in this affair 


4-Jumping Jake – Jake jumped up with a huge first over effort & just missed two starts back, no chance after a very slow start from post nine last week & now draws better



6-Crystal Fashion – Classy double millionaire was a solid runner up with trot at both ends last week, needed the race after missing almost three weeks & can leave for a dangerous stalking position


4-Lovedbythemasses – Steamrolled to a decisive first over crush in last week’s Open, 1:50.2 Vincennes winner going well for Team Cullipher & can’t rule out a repeat


5-Big Oil – Late-blooming & confident 4YO for Team Orange Crush ships back here fresh off the mile of his life @ Pocono, has a chance to take charge & could be tough to reel in



1-Wiggle Delight – Must rebound off a rare miscue @ Yonkers, fringe player against N/W 4 @ Pocono gets class & post relief in a wide-open finale


8-Be Best – Hasn’t been at her best, yet sports a 1:51.4 mark here in the slop this season, drops significantly & can overcome post eight with her big kick


3-J Rockin B – Wasn’t heard from when she tried tougher mares last week, 1:51.2 performer here in 2021 drops into a more likely spot & draws better




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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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