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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:52 AM

Race 1 

9-Church St Bloom R – Ohio bred rounding into form at The Meadows over off tracks there & joins the Burke Barn battalion 


8-Where To Hanover – late-starting 4yo was a $30,000 yearling, went two-for-two in  

December, and qualified energetically with hopples added 


6-Bad Day Black Rock – son of Revenue S (Market Share) beat nonwinners of 3 typese at Harrah’s Philly & comes off a tough trip there 


Race 2 

7-Joyeux Dream – same sire as standout 2yo filly from 2012 True Day Dream got a little too aggressive last out at Dover, chance to take charge & ration his speed 


5-Windsun Galliano – fresh from a sparkling debut for Team Orange Crush, parked uncovered & kept grinding down the favorite Good Sound Advice 


6-Money Maven – 1 for 21 with nine seconds in Ontario, yet shows some strong rallies & debuts here for Chris Ryder 


Race 3 

7-Beachfront – from the great first crop of Somebeachsomewhere, flashed a hint of talent at two, won his qualifier with a controlled :26.4 sprint 


3-Wilcox – solid :27 finish in his first qualifier in two months, sold for $110,000 as a yearling for a top flight trainer, draws well for Gingras 


6-Rocky Mountain Guy – broke his maiden in a Reynolds Stake division here, finished behind Wilcox in the latest qualifier 


Race 4 

2-Volare De Vie – fired out with vigor & chase Helios with willing late trot, chance to turn the tables in another stalking mode 


1-Helios – brushed & crushed in a visually impressive 4yo debut for Team Orange Crush, rewarded with the pole & logically moves forward  


6-No Less Than Magic – very lightly raced 4yo launched a decent move from well off the pace, an excellent prep in his third try off the bench 


Race 5 

5-Cameron Chip – strong finish in sharp :27.2 in her qualifier after some freshening & returns at a reduced level 


1-Sing Out – just 1 for 21 last year, but celebrated her first mile for Ray Schnittker with a perfect trip & winning rally, lands the pole in a  suspect field 


6-The Triple Lindy – inspiring 12-14 comeback at Saratoga, then qualified with a solid finish & hasn’t seen the winner’s circle for a long time 


Race 6 

8-Get It Now – former sub 1:50 performer here returns after struggling at Woodbine & drops dangerously 


3-Cane Ridge – steps back up to face a modest $15,000 field after regaining his winning edge at Harrah’s Philly for Team Burke 


5-Wit And Wisdom – got parked in the slop at Yonkers & parked before that, shows a competitive line for this price at Pocono 


Race 7 

2-Lookinforagoodtime – went all the way over an off track at Harrah’s Philly, then had no chance, moves inside here & reunited with Bionic Man 


3-Shayna Baby – put together a big back half of :56 and :27.1, second start off the bench from a better post 


9-Cruise Queen – showed some improvement first time Lasix in much tougher nonwinners of 5 at Harrah’s Philly for Burke 


Race 8 

3-Demanding Force – joins the numerous new Burke Barn acquisitions, regained his form in two solid qualifiers at The Meadows & appears to stand out 


7-JL’s Man Of Action – off a much needed start after missing a year off the claim, and finds a softer spot to return 


6-Eagle Artesian – some back class here, had a couple of much needed qualifiers, and there’s not a whole lot to excited about in here 


Race 9 

5-Wisenheimer – I like the way her bounced back off a miscue with a strong qualifier here, note the lifetime best by nine lengths of Pocono back on 11-21 


6-Explosive Fashion – beat nonwinners of three types at Harrah’s Philly, chased Where To Hanover in his qualifier, figures to be in a stocking role 


9-Majestic Stone – got parked off a pedestrian half as the beaten favorite at Harrah’s Philly, continues to improve, while trying to overcome post nine 


Race 10 

4-Lizzie’s Dream – showed improvement chasing the favorite Smoke Pan Mirrors, veteran mare with a bit of back class remains inside for Tim Tetrick 


3-Sad Story – stepped out there from post seven & finished well for third off two straight wins at Freehold, rates contender status off that effort 


6-Carolstern – swooped the field to light up the board when the front end fell apart on Opening Night, makes her a major threat in this wide-open C-2 class 



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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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