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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:27 AM

Race 1

1-Relentless Dreamer – returns at a reduced level, earned a mark of 1:51.2 here, deceptively good qualifier + rail + price

4-Mcturesque – dismiss his last mile in a too tough 1:51.1 nonwinners of 5 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, strong n steady efforts before that

9-Cheyenne Umberto – was able to come to life off a hot pace & romp to a career best at Harrah’s Philly, trying to build on that from a tougher post here

5-Prince Sharka – benefited from a couple of months freshening & qualified with vigor, owns a mark of 1:51.3 here


Race 2

5-Fool Of Ideas – was a tad overmatched in his last two + out of position, note the strong brush n bottom out move on 11-29

1-Saywhatuneedtosay – steady, stalking type matches up competitively with this group & figures to be well within striking range

2-Southern Sport – Big M lover qualified with good vigor & yielded to a superior Special T Rocks, lands inside to employ a stalking trip

3-Mystic Desire – revived his form adding Lasix, qualified with plenty & owns a bit of back class


Race 3

6-Fresh Dream – out of sheer respect for trainer Ed Hart, this colt qualified with a :27.3 final quarter & was tackling nonwinners of 5 at Pocono

4-Doomsday Hanover – stellar form at Plainridge where he took a new mark on 11-15, chance to use his big rally here in a so-so field

7-The Green Knight – adds Lasix fresh off a standout qualifier, any semblance of that mile makes him a threat in this one

2-He’s Unbelievable – only 1 for 22 this year, but catching some checks in Pennsylvania & post two affords him some favorable options


Race 4

10-Social Network – took a 1:51 mark here this year, first try off the bench worth noting & shows a line against the speedy Hurrikane Kingcole

3-Gaelic Thunder – has had some success here & started to come around in last two with class relief & draws well here

4-Blue Claw – relentless veteran with a strong affinity for the Big M, won that qualifier with a :27.3 sprint

9-Beware Of Darkness – recent winner at Yonkers with a liking for this oval, compromised by post 9


Race 5

1-Royal Meeting – was parked through a :27 third quarter & held for minor spoils, note those wire-to-wire wins at Yonkers

2-Tireman – demands respect for that big upset on 12-8 at Yonkers, owns a mark of 1:50.4 here & draws inside to stalk these

6-Sir Globalop Z Tam – developed a bit of seconditis at Dover Downs & seemed to hang in that last one at Philly, but matches up well with these

5-Lettherockbegin – knows his way around this oval, sports consistent form & capable of speed he displayed on 11-9


Race 6

8-Hillbilly Hanover – brother to Holborn Hanover has been on the rise since the Burke acquisition in October, faces a deserving test against seasoned foes

7-River Shark – 1:48.4 winner here this season sharpened his sword recently, sports a hefty 11 wins in 2012 & vaults past $1 million with another

6-Western Shore – soon-to-be-10yo warhorse came back with a strong qualifier after four months on the sidelines, fifth Presidential appearance on tap

2-Southwestern Dream – another Big M classmaster in here capping off a long, productive season, sharp form & inside post gives him a big chance


Race 7

9-Musselsfrmbrusels – stronger closer from Woodbine makes his second start for Rene Allard, shows a sparkling career best on 12-1, then got parked through a :27.3 third quarter & fought back for third

5-Electrofire – runner-up to Four Starz Trace two starts back looms large as a fresh claim by Casie Coleman, 10-time winner in 2012 with a 1:50 mark here

2-Four Starz Trace – has come to life in his last two against $50,000 claimers at Yonkers, which makes him a favorite in here from an inside post

8-Hemer’s Card Shark – worked his way up in class at Yonkers & just missed when well supported last out, dangerous if the pace & trip sets up right


Race 8

4-Go West Lucky Cam – aired it out & went all the way against similar two starts back and lands an ideal stalking spot here

5-Trend Spotter – Burke trainee was most effective at the nonwinners of $13,000 level at Harrah’s Philly, which seems like the measuring stick in this one

9-Flem N Em N – added Lasix in his last three for an always dangerous barn, this is a class drop situation, but post 9 is a hindrance

1-Lindwood Player – changed barns & promptly won his first two of the season in smashing style before the sick scratch, intriguing proposition


Race 9

8-Rockstar Temper – posted a crushing score when hammered down to 2-1 in his fourth start off the bench, owns a mark of 1:50.2 here & trending in right direction

4-A Sweet Ride – Captain Carl claim added Lasix & got nosed out on 12-15, then faltered in most recent, looks to rebound in easier class & with a better post

1-Mias Bold Maneuver – tossed out his latest & go with the strong effort on 12-8, proven winner here with stalking potential

5-Voice Of Truth – fresh off a rousing rally for third at Harrah’s Philly, capable of speed & has done some damage here this season


Race 10

8-Dinner Guest – sub 1:50 performer here has regained top form in his last three at Yonkers for Team Allard & we know he loves the Big M

9-Fat Man’s Alley – chased a runaway winner at the $50,000 level, going in the right direction after a recent sick scratch & owns a big move

3-Sonic Raider – popular item at the claim box fresh from a crushing tally at Yonkers, worthy of the step up & draws well here

4-Ethan Hanover – Burke got him straightened around on the bigger oval & gelding reeled off a career best, this is a prime spot for him to steal away


Race 11

2-Nathan Feelsgood – ran into Western Shore in his latest qualifier, lands in a softer spot for his return from a four-month layoff & draws on his class

9-Brookstone – paid off instantly after the Burke Barn acquisition, and raced well against $25,000 claimers before that, big threat despite tougher post here

4-Vodka Is Terror – 3yo has really cranked up his game in New York with three in a row & translates into major contender status in this one

3-Shaws Creek Buff – new Nik Drennan acquisition ships in off an energetic qualifier at Mohawk, looms as a price play in a wide-open field


Race 12

3-Prestissimo – 9yo has taken a few starts off the claim to kick in & rates strong contender status off his latest at Harrah’s Philly

4-Justin Art – ships in with solid numbers & fresh off an improved second when dropped to this level, garners many votes here

7-General Montgomery – converted a perfect cover trip to edge Prestissimo & light up the board, arrow pointing up on this classy veteran

2-Trade Editor – badly beaten favorite at Yonkers drops further to half his previous price & draws inside for Allard


Race 13

4-Giddy Up Delight – a steady customer won here a couple of times last Winter, can take advantage of a likely stalking trip scenario

3-Mar Dream – PJ Fraley reclaim clearly a hot item at Yonkers, gunned down despite controlling the pace in his latest, figures in a similar role here

8-Scotty Mach – won his last two when facing $20,000 stock at Harrah’s Philly, claimed in peak form & more blast out speed expected

6-On The Radar – seemed to cycle to the top & got parked as the beaten favorite on 12-14, could get the speed set-up he needs



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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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