Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 08, 2021 1:48 PM


3-Lachie Maguire N – Offered a wide & late response off the rated pace last week, now makes his third start off the bench with another inside draw in this tight affair


6-Black Chevron N – Needed every inch of that perfect two-hole trip & almost got nailed by Palomar last week, still it was a sharp enough win re-united with Dexter Dunn


4-Revolver N – Stormed home off a lively pace to score the huge upset two starts back, didn’t get the same set up after another slow start last week, but now draws better



9-Lyons Liberty – The potent team of Drennan & Brennan take over, second time Lasix, note the narrow loss two starts back, lands outside, but faces a highly beatable field


3-Nobles Finesse – 9YO warrior flashed some late pace to hit the board last out, some back class might be resurfacing, plus an inside draw certainly helps


1-Galactic Galleon N – 12YO warhorse 0 for 19 this season, but knocking on the door recently, lands the rail in a wide-open division & switches to Yannick Gingras



1-Risky Million – Only three for 35 this season, but recent form trending right, two solid acclimating miles chasing Mindtrip, first over last out & lands the rail overdue


3-BNGS Express – Ships in from Hoosier after a long, productive season there, recent winner draws well to set up his late move & could surprise this group


7-Mindtrip – Quite the hot streak, winning three in a row as the heavy favorite before the claim, not the same punch last week, but remains a serious closing threat



9-Real Kid – Nine-time winner this season made a superb transition to the mile track with a solid rally for second in a crisp :26.4, stuck outside, but worth serious consideration


4-Nome Hanover – Finished quite well in :27.1 & hit the board from a tough spot in a noteworthy Big M debut & draws better for his second try off the bench here


5-DL’s Big Elvis – Recent Edwin Quevedo claim just one for 27 in 2021, on the edges @ Yonkers recently, switches to Gingras & finds a soft spot to take advantage of



6-Dogfight – Ships from Dover Downs & shows a recent narrow loss, drops into a softer claimer here, owns a big late move, knows this track & could surprise this bunch


3-Inforce – Has shown signs of life since dropping to face this kind, made a premature late move to the lead last out & draws inside again for a high percentage barn


8-Chicken Nugget – The Nugget exploded home in a sharp :26.3 off the latest claim, draws a tougher post off another claim, yet remains a live item



2-Bet Ninteen – Consistent 3YO boasts 11 wins this season & ships from Hoosier Park two-for-two on Lasix, plus he gets a chance to take charge from an inside post 


6-Palomar – Everybody & his brother saw him shake loose & dart home in :26.1 to just miss last week, third try off a sick scratch & might be poised to score


3-Leon David – Fresh off a perfect trip upset & career best 1:49.3 in a sparkling Big M debut, now gets a barn change, draws inside again & takes on a hefty tag



7-Dustylanegoliath – Former Maritimes star unleashed an impressive rally to win his Big M debut for Team Bongiorno, bumped up a notch, but faces several toss outs


6-Casual Cool – Took his requisite tour of the oval after missing several months, gets some class relief, draws a bit better, strong in the win column & retains Dexter Dunn


5-Our Max Factor N – Flashed some sudden speed @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, 9YO knows this track, drops further & can launch a midpack stalking trip



2-El Jacko N – 9YO sports decent form against better @ Hoosier Park, takes on a modest tag here for Team Cullipher & worth a swing in this extremely wide-open affair


4-Western Redhot – 8YO took a mark of 1:50.3 here this season, turned things around with a solid second two starts after the most recent claim & draws inside here


5-Shamma Lamma – Been toiling against condition stock, switches to a question mark filled field of claimers, draws better & overdue



5-Decision Day – Big time horse-for-the-course tried to close when the serious sprinting started last week, hit the board in :26.3 before that & takes an important class drop


4-Bettors Donttell – Team Burke 3YO on a recent form spree, well-rated beaten favorite last week, 1:48.4 winner before that draws well to avenge that narrow loss


1-Italian Delight N – Forced wide from a tough spot & settled for part last week, just missed on the engine before that, sharp item lands the rail in a competitive field



3-Patrickthepiranha A – 1:48.4 winner @ The Big M this season was lurking on the fringe again, draws better for Brennan & Drennan & stalks the speed for a possible upset


5-Vettel N – Everybody’s best bet rallied off a hot pace to nail a close one last week, third try off the bench now for this Team Bongiorno trainee


6-Semi Tough – Razor sharp Team Burke trainee, shot home from an impossible spot to be right there a close third in the photo last week, took a 1:49.4 mark before that



8-Paduka N – Last week this horse-for-the-course flashed some strong hints with pace at both ends to finish third, tougher post & class hike, yet he can fly off the wings


1-JK Will Power – Nothing much in his first two off the bench, but that was a tougher version of this class last week, tighter now, plenty of back class, plus the rail now


4-Avion Seelster – Lightly-raced 3YO with some upside faded in most recent, but his speedy form from an inside post might allow for an immediate adjustment to the mile track 



4-Virgin Storm – Only two for 31 in 2021, way overmatched against the high-priced claimers last week, takes a substantial class tumble & draws inside a lackluster field 


5-What’s Your Beef – 0 for 14 this season, bumped into the raging Literl Lad Hanover in his last two, draws much better for Team Bongiorno, contender steps up a notch


8-My Delight – Steady check earner against $30,000 claimers in his last three @ Yonkers, lands a tough post here, but the class relief helps his cause



6-My Pal Joe – This Joe was steamrolling late in a salty first mile off the bench, sports a 1:48.3 mark here this season & figures to poised for his second try in a long while


5-Backstreet Shadow – Team Burke-tuned millionaire finished his qualifier in the slop @ The Meadows with vigor after missing almost three months, might be ready to fire fresh


4-Let It Ride N – Tried to give them the slip with some dazzling fractions & came up a tad shy as the beaten favorite last week, more patient handling may work from a better post



1-Beantown Sporty – Nice recovery two starts back, then uncorked a terrific rally to take a new mark as the heavy favorite, this lightly-raced 4YO stands out from the rail


8-So Take That – Hit the ticket with a decent rally two starts back, then paid the price for a slow start, outside post hurts here, but could benefit from some possible mayhem


3-Ali – Shipped south & came out guns blazing in a wire-to-wire blowout as the heavy favorite @ Monticello, draws inside to keep an eye on the favorite



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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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