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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, January 11, 2013 12:19 AM

Race 1 

4-Bestjetyet – broke his maiden here last June, returns from a four-month layoff & several qualifiers, finally got his act together with a solid comeback on Lasix 


5-Star Chaser – was on a four-race winning streak before faltering in a series final at Georgian Downs with a dismal :31.2, back to Burke Barn for rebound therapy 


8-Connery Blue Chip – arrives on a four-race winning streak & breezed in that second qualifier here for a dangerous combo of Joe Bongiorno & Conor Flynn 


Race 2 

2-One Through Ten – unfurled a completely dominant 4yo debut for Nifty Norman, lands inside a so-so division & continues to progress 


4-Defying Gravity – draws well off an excellent speed try & acclimating mile, eight for 22 record last year says a lot & figures to be forwardly placed 


8-Ethan Hanover - beaten favorite brushed & pummeled into submission, fresh claim off the Burke debut here has the credentials to be a serious threat 


Race 3 

3-Shaws Creek Buff – was hammered down to 7-5, somehow got away last with no chance, big chance to rebound in a question mark field 


5-Cee Pee Panic – was used pretty hard from post 10 in his Burke Barn debut here, based on his lines at Woodbine he looks like a major rebound candidate 


4-Dial A Win – chased a runaway in that latest qualifier here with a noteworthy :27.3, can be a factor if ready 


Race 4 

8-DW’s NY Yank – beat impressive first out winner Helios in that qualifier off the sick scratch & lands in a soft spot for his Burke Barn debut 


3-Macho Lindy – 9yo veteran put forth a game grind against B-2 stock & draws inside a camera shy bunch 


1-Stretch Limo – that was an easy, perfect, two-hole trip win at Harrah’s Philly, yet a win is a win & goes a long way from the pole in a field begging to be beaten 


Race 5 

1-Ringo – Dover Downs raider ships up the turnpike brimming with confidence & commands large respect from the pole for Corey Callahan 


4-Holdingallthecards – arrived with fanfare & scored a key win against this kind utilizing his gate speed to secure a perfect trip, an excellent prep for this series 


5-Arthur – note the way he kicked home to win the qualifier with a :27.3, taps further into his potential in a challenging division 


Race 6 

6-Rose Run Hooligan – 10yo warhorse couldn’t quite get there with a perfect trip when favored, remains a serious threat with Simon back in town 


2-Lucky Roll – was shuffled from the rail, angled around traffic with a late move in :27.3, back inside off an excellent acclimating mile 


5-Speculation – just missed when he shook loose late & surged after Waldorf Hall, on a form spree & looks for a better trip in a very competitive field 


Race 7 

10-Mystical Victress – Invitational winner at Indiana Downs & 11 for 18 last year, unleashed an impressive second qualifier here for Erv Miller 


4-Chief Karen – rallied off cover to chase a standout Hot List after winning from last-to-first, maintains her high profile here as a legitimate A-2 


3-Argument Hanover – rebounded with a perfect trip win from an inside post at Yonkers, piled up the wins last season & lands inside here for Team Burke 


Race 8 

9-Go On BB – millionaire Burke trainee was caught in a first over grind, with the right set up she can flaunt her class in this uninspiring field 


5-Reilly’s Daughter – we know she loves the Big M, hasn’t raced in eight months, yet she could threaten with her late move if ready enough 


1-Synergy Seelster – offered some decent late pace for a piece from post eight, moves inside & continues to fit this B-1 class 


Race 9 

6-Flashy Lady – veteran mare flashed a :27.3 kicker to win the qualifier, that’s enough to beat this bunch & her previous record is worth noting 


7-Mohegan Hanover – came around & showed speed when favored in his third start for Team Orange Crush, further improvement expected 


2-Spice It Up Lindy – was able to tower up late to finish a close second when the front end collapsed back on Opening Night, rewarded with an inside post 


Race 10 

1-Western Tsunami – 10yo needed that last start here when he paced home in :56.2, the rail facilitates a trip he needs  


7-Stormin Rustler – reached the top of his form cycle with a first over crush at the $15,000 level, chance to stay on a roll 


2-Image Of Dawn – rare 14yo with millionaire status a perfect four-for-four in the Conor Flynn barn, draws favorably in a field he can get the jump on 


Race 11 

1-Fox Valley Swift – was weak in the win column last year, but uncorked an eye-opening rally in :27 and :56 in her first start here 


2-Love You Bye – continued her improving trend with an advance to hit the board from far back, will need to crank it up further 


5-Gordyyy’s Pet – that was some kind of turnaround for this 7yo who stormed home from last in :27 and :55.4, must prove it was no fluke 



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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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