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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, January 23, 2015 12:39 AM

RACE 1

8-Well Said Stride – Just 1 for 21, but needed the two Escort Series miles, paced home in :26.4 in the latest & finds a softer nonwinners of 2 scenario

 

5-They Call Me Gordy – Has picked up his game in his last two, showing gate speed & finishing with :27 and change to twice grab third, doesn’t face any standouts in this opener

 

3-Ticket To Roll – Third in a dead heat with They Call Me Gordy two starts back with a :26.4, chased a raging Western Wear last week, draws well again in positive form

 

RACE 2

6-Cane Ridge – Pegged him last week when he scored a mild upset with pace at both ends, big chance to follow up & trip out again with another alert start

 

2-You Bet Your Glass – 12YO with a new lease on life, dropped a notch & bounced back with a dominant score, lands inside & may be tough to knock off

 

8-Eight Ten EOM – Draws outside off another solid second to Cane Ridge, a versatile gelding who’s sharp enough to overcome post eight

 

RACE 3

4-JL Cruze – Impressive winner in his first two starts here, reportedly wasn’t himself last week, plus found himself on the lead & he’s better chasing horses, Campbell believes he’s ready to go in 1:52

 

1-Propulsion – Attacked first over & held sway under minimal urging last week, easy winner in round one as well, but now gets a stiffer test in this final as part of a vicious three-ply entry

 

5-Two Hip Dip – Glidemaster 4YO lived up to the heavy tote action & stormed home win his second career start, major upside here & figures to get the speed target he needs

 

RACE 4

2-Western Wear – Exploded home in :27.3 to a convincing score last week, plenty of upside only making his fifth career start, poised to step up into a soft nonwinners of 3 from another inside post

 

1-Lilys Real Boy – Added Lasix recently, suddenly brushed to command & held second behind Western Wear at 35-1, perhaps a sign of even better things to come

 

6-Weapons Dealer – No chance in his last two starts, closed from ninth to second in a sharp :26.3 after coming back with a huge upset at Woodbine before that, looms a sleeper in here

 

RACE 5

1-Road Untraveled – Drops further into a straight bottom C-2 after being forced wide from a difficult position, moves inside a blank field

 

4-Sir Cary’s Z Tam – Just 1 for 17 last season, struggling in three starts on comeback trail, now drops to rock bottom, draws well & owns a big kick

 

6-Jetty – 9YO has been on a long form spree against claimers, rallied for second in his last start here in an added distance event

 

RACE 6

1-Frame Worthy – Has picked it up on Lasix, a distant second to Witch Dali in round one, then fired out, set a rated pace & faded to third, look for Pierce to protect the rail & try to trip her out

 

5-Donttellruss – Three-for-three in the Burke Barn, upset Witch Dali last week, took a mark of 1:51.2 in the first leg, continues to overachieve for her new connections

 

9-Witch Dali – 1:51.1 first leg winner had things her own way & was gunned down by the pocket-sitting Donttellruss, will be blasting from post 10 & may need a breather at some point

 

RACE 7

2-Company Man – Was wiped out by Major Uptrend last week & recovered to finish third, impressive first leg winner when there was a -2 variant

 

1-Major Uptrend – Romped in his Team Burke debut & took a mark of 1:50.3, then got steppy & came back to finish second in the added eighth, pressures on to rebound in a competitive final

 

4-Khan Blue Chip – Heads a strong 1-2 punch for Linda Toscano, shook loose late to dead heat with What I Believe last week, tactical speed & inside draw make him a major contender

 

RACE 8

1-Samandar – Had no shot in his comeback, bounced back with a solid third from post 8, then runner up to a raging Ashley’s Husband last week, tighter now, owns some back class & lands the pole in an intriguing puzzle

 

7-Gambler’s Tale – Dragged Ron Pierce off the track last week before thundering home from last to third in :26.3, the concern is only 3 for 37 last year, yet they may mix it up in this one

 

2-Panchester United – Rallied from post 12 to finish third in an added distance event here three starts back at this C-1 level, strong in the win column & post two facilitates a stalking trip

 

RACE 9

4-Burkentine Hanover – Was pace compromised in a :54.1 back half two weeks ago, parked first over in two previous starts, remains at the winning B-2 level & the draw is ideal

 

2-Lonewolf Currier – Grinded gamely with a fierce first over challenge to grab a late lead from post 9 last week, stays against B-2 stock, moves inside & dangerous making one big late move

 

7-Gold Rocks – Rallied for third with a big :54 back half last week in a much improved effort, one of several in this competitive match up that can step up with the right trip

 

RACE 10

1-OK Commander – Saved ground & caught his best stride too late behind an explosive Blatantly Best last week, one of several dropping from B-2 in here & the figures to be smooth from the rail

 

7-Rock Out – Almost went all the way in his comeback, then was barely outsprinted in :27.1, a sharp & fresh 4YO from the red-hot Steve Elliott barn

 

4-Salevester Stallion – Dropped to this C-2 level & paced home in :54.3 while out of position last week, plenty of class on view & his post improves

 

RACE 11

2-Blatantly Best – Angled & exploded home in :26.1 for the mild upset last week, Remmen trainee has now won three of four, draws inside again & may be headed for better

 

5-Rockin Wizard – Closed from an impossible spot to hit the board behind the white hot Rockeyed Optimist last week, figures to be well within striking range in this condensed field

 

4-Long Live Rock – Was stung early from post 8 last week & he’s better in a stalking mode, strong winning percentage & proven capable at the B-1 level

 

RACE 12

4-Lennon Blue Chip – Snapped a long losing skid with a sterling :26.1 two starts back, then got parked first over last week, veteran can easily bounce back from an improved post

 

7-Windsong Gorgeous – Twice beaten favorite lacked the knock out punch off cover last week, outmuscled by Lennon Blue Chip before that, still tough to keep away from the winner’s circle

 

6-Ilikethemtrashy – Recent claim had to settle for third in a :26.3 sprint last week & remains in an opportunist role

 

RACE 13

4-Code Word – Recaptured his winning edge at Freehold two starts back, then paid the price for a slow start from post 8 here, rejuvenated veteran could surprise this wide-open finale

 

2-Why Don’t U Stay – Posted a career best upset two starts at Woodbine before a scratch & now debuts here in a soft C-2 for Team Burke after missing 28 days, tough to gauge

 

1-Relentless G – Aptly named gelding has obviously sharpened his sword in his last two as the beaten favorite, nosed out with a game grind last out & still kicked home in :27, draws inside again & Pierce sticks over the 4-Code Word

 

 



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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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