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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:21 PM

Race 1

1-Celebrity Hercules - obviously a proven winner at the Big M, who's fresh on the comeback trail & from as solid upset rally at Georgian Downs

2-Macho Lindy - veteran closing in on half a million closing out a lean year, yet matches up well with these & draws inside

6-Armor Hanover - 3yo in very good form at Harrah's Philadelphia, while chasing some standout winners & gets a barn change

3-Berkshire - consistent in Pennsylvania off a strong effort from post 8 when runner-up to a runaway, figures to be in play early


Race 2

8-Fast And Furious - lightly-raced filly starting to find her best stride, note the sharp wire-to-wire win at Yonkers, can leave & dominate these

9-Shes Lovin It - strong seconds over off tracks in nonwinners of 4 at Yonkers, look for her to employ that stalking style, big threat

5-Full Explosion - Maine bred filly fresh from a pair of blowouts at Freehold & poised to test her potential here

1-Aint Got A Home - steady sort toiling in nonwinners of 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia, needs the right pace set-up


Race 3

7-Tiger Williams - winner for this price at Yonkers, bounced back with a very strong qualifier here & liking the 7 for 29 record

2-Fresco Blue - seeing all kinds of recent excuses, capable of a brush n crush move, yet not sure he's up to this level

4-Flowmaster - took his mark of 1:52 here earlier this year, fresh off an easy win at Yonkers, one to beat

9-Wisher - recent Burke claim has raced well in all three starts since the acquisition, logical focus despite post 9


Race 4

4-Sarkozy - second try off the bench, feeding off some back class & seeking a stalking trip at a value price

1-Soapy Sap - veteran mare relished the long stretch here, in good form, yet might be compromised by the rail

6-Aruba Vacation - ships in with a solid record, owns some speed & could be a danger if able to take control

5-Lord Darby - another hard-knocker who seems to always show up, but going to need a bigger knockout punch


Race 5

8-Wildfire Osborne - red-hot mare & recent Harmon claim with 12 wins this season, fresh from a gutsy score at Yonkers

1-Ole Miss - shows Preferred class lines at Woodbine, new Burke acquisition hasn't raced in three weeks, yet will be hammered

2-Dream's Bar - just notched only her second win of the year, but it was the mile of her life at Harrah's Philadelphia

7-Angelwithnattitude - sharp on the comeback trail, chased an A2 mare MJ's Bid last out & needs to rebound in a tough field


Race 6

8-Stir Me Up - sports a 1:54.4 lifetime best on 11-18, then repeated with vigor, in a tough spot last time, hails from ace trotting barn

4-Magnum Kosmos - capping 2012 with an hefty 8 for 31 record, won two of his last three & draws well to flaunt his speed

5-Ellen's Isle - was reaching too high last out after some sharp recent wins at Harrah's Philadelphia for Team Orange Crush

7-In Your Room - took advantage of some class relief & came within a fifth of her career mark, big time confidence booser


Race 7

7-Pacific Date - love the way she made it three in a row at Dover Downs, then tried to close into a :54 back half

9-MJ's Bid - won her last two with authority at Harrah's Philadelphia, her latest with a sizzling :26.1 third quarter move

4-Rub Thing - 1:51 mark here, just wired them at Yonkers & draws well for a barn that always has them primed

5-Chief Karen - can't ignore her two recent upsets, 8 for 36 and $100,000 in 2012, longer stretch suits her


Race 8

6-Harbor Point - chased Hambletonian hero Market Share in the American National, three in a row at Harrah's Philadelphia with versatility

1-Don't Know Chip - returned from a four-month layoff with a winning qualifier, loves to kick home here, yet finds a tough field

4-The Chancellor - positive response to his recent freshening, pulled an eight-hole upset off a solid qualifier

3-Ice Machine - loves the Big M & notched his ninth win of 2012 with a classic drop n pop at Harrah's Philadelphia


Race 9

7-Go On BB - millionaire struggling in Opens at Balmoral Park, arrives in the Burke Barn & can easily regain her confidence

10-Cuz She Can - another classy mare closing in on $1 million, winning form against lesser foes down south

6-Flashy - well-traveled mare winning 9 of 24 in 2012 & three of her last four, controlling speed & upside

9-Ryder Blue Chip - improving filly gathering steam for her new barn has upset potential


Race 10

6-Celebrity Scandal - flashed a hint of improvement first time Lasix & gets some class relief here from nonwinners of 4 + 5

1-Brandon's Colt - took a mark of 1:51.2 here, lands the pole off a sharp effort, yet concerned about the 2 for 36 slate

11-Inform - 1:50.4 winner here not making much headway against $15,000 claimers at Dover Downs, chance to perk up here

2-Attack Modes Billy - just 1 for 25 but hanging around for minor shares & draws inside a field full of question marks


Race 11

1-Here's My Ticket - filly regaining form on Lasix, chance to trip out at a price from the rail in a wide-open field

10-Caramel Chino - a solid second fresh off the claim at Yonkers, strong in the win column with a post 10 obstacle

7-Tykesa Moon - Burke trainee grinded gamely through a solid pace first time Lasix & on the drop down

4-Hostess Lisa - rounded into winning form with Lasix added & merits a stiffer test


Race 12

6-Dave Panlone - tried to close into a :56.2 back half last time, has been pretty steady & looks for a stalking trip here

2-Cambassador - fresh claim by trainer Mark Silva for himself, 1:51.1 winner here could pay instant dividends from an inside slot

3-Big Ten Champ - has twice beat $10,000 stock at Harrah's Philadelphia, dangerous making a late, bottom out move

7-Manofleisuresuit - beaten favorite squandered a perfect trip last time, yet launched a nice move to romp before that



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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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