Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7:23 PM

RACE 1

4          Sir Jack – Was a tad overmatched while close to a hot pace in his Big M debut, acclimated now for Team Buter, draws well & lands in a prime drop n pop scenario

 

3          Machs Beach Boy – Just one for 11 this season & just hasn’t had the needed late pop while racing on smaller tracks, owns plenty of back class, finds a softer spot here & draws well to work out an ideal trip

 

1          Ever Again – 1:50.4 winner here last season launched a late bid & was outsprinted third by heavily favored Odds On Equuleus last out, remains a fresh threat on the rail 

 

RACE 2

9          Halusky – Lightly-raced 4YO went three-for-three last Fall @ The Meadows, makes his first start for Team Orange Crush off a solid qualifier chasing the far superior Boston Red Rocks, contender right off the hop despite post nine

 

8          Witchita – Dropped out of the tougher Weiss Series & kicked home with vigor chasing the standout Dorel last week, just one for 28 & draws a tougher post, but remains a strong consideration

 

2          JK Pridenjoy – 3 Brothers Stables homebred colt flashed some promise in NY Excelsior A as a freshman, bounced back from a miscue with a solid qualifier chasing a top prospect in Blood Line

 

RACE 3

3          Nigel Tufnel – One for 15 this season, but has now had three starts under him since the back-to-back sick scratches, thwarted by stretch traffic & came squeezing on through late last week, draws better as a price play

 

2          Camturo Beach – Beaten favorite squandered a perfect two-hole trip when swooped by Semalu Express last week, sharp in three starts since Lasix added & draws an improved post, but must overcome the one for his last 31 stigma

 

7          To Beach His Own – Showed stark improvement to finish third two starts back, then tripped out to score in the first leg, look for a similar attempt from the same demanding post from this fresh threat

 

RACE 4

1          B Fast Eddie – Drops back down to a competitive level off a no-chance mile, hard-charging runner up to a raging Elrama N in :26.2 two starts back, looks for a lively flow from another challenging post & kicks off a strong entry

 

6          Rocket Da Red – Consistent gelding was aggressively handled & faded to fourth behind the raging Who Do You Like in his Big M debut last week, Tim Tetrick was listed on the proof, which would be a significant driver change

 

8          Western Joe – PASS winner won half of his eight starts at two, draws outside off a pair of excellent qualifiers, just missed in the latest to the highly-rated Blood Line in :26.4

 

RACE 5

7          Legacy N Diamonds – Shook loose late out of a shuffle & finished a fast-closing fourth in round one, 12YO makes his third start off the bench & owns plenty of back class

 

1          Majo Just Do It – 1:53.2 winner here back on 2-23 recently scored back-to-back @ Pocono, 11YO lands inside to work out a trip, loves the longer stretch here & has strong possibilities

 

3          Stormin Rustler – 13YO took three starts off a sick scratch to finally come around, rallied to just miss to another longshot last week from a similar post & looks to stop an 0 for 13 losing skid this season

 

RACE 6

5          Rodeo Romeo – Made it two wins & one narrow loss in three starts on Lasix, held off Special T Rocks in :26.4 to take a new mark of 1:50 as the heavy favorite two weeks ago, logically a major player again

 

3          Special T Rocks – 9YO gelding on a long form spree for a hot barn, has won to of his last three, nailed the pacesetter Alberto Contador N with a game lunge & looms large from the same inside post

 

1          Alberto Contador N – Relentless 9YO gelding a beaten favorite barely outgamed on the lead by the trip-sitting Special T Rocks last week, finally moves inside may lead the way in a sharp field

 

RACE 7

7          JK Will Power – Classy Pace finalist & Hempt runner up last year won his return to the Big M two starts back, then just missed when bumped up to this level last week as the beaten favorite

 

1          Sam Hill – 11YO grinded his way to the top & faded to fourth in a rough Big M debut last week, previous form @ The Meadows was pretty sharp, lands the rail in an intriguing puzzle

 

9          Bullet Bob – Beaten favorite has disappointed us a few times recently, did get used hard in a fast pace last week & gets class relief, but deals with a tough post, difficult to gauge

 

RACE 8

2          Boston Red Rocks – 2015 Breeders Crown champ & 2016 Matron Stakes winner rallied from post ten to win his latest qualifier in :26.4 over Western Fame, millionaire draws inside to make an immediate impression in his 4YO debut

 

7          Check Six – PA Classic winner, major stakes player, won $1 million in an 11 for 24 sophomore season fro team Burke, aired it out in the second qualifier & looks ready to rock fresh off the bench

 

8          Too Darn Hot – Nailed this one at a juicy 8-1 last week, stormed home off a hot pace to a new mark of 1:50.4 for raging barn, tough class & post, but poised to step it up further

 

RACE 9

8          Doo Wop Hanover – 2015 Graduate champion missed all of last year due to injury, makes his third start off the bench & second on Lasix at this reduced level, tough gauge whether he’s ready to fire a serious shot

 

7          Jacksrluckytoo – Team Harmon-tuned gelding has had a long, hard, productive Winter-Spring, couldn’t capitalize on the class drop last week, always a threat to unleash his big kick with the right set up

 

3          Toddler Tantrum – Newcomer from Ohio makes his first start for Jody Ridel fresh off two straight blowouts, post draw favorable, but the test for class makes him a mystery horse

 

RACE 10

5          No Chaser – Art Major filly with a sharp mark of 1:51.3 at two came to life in her second start back, just missed as the beaten favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & may be on the verge for Joe Holloway

 

1          Risky Romance – Noel Daley-tuned filly flashed some major league promise at two, won her 3YO debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with a perfect trip, no chance from post seven @ Yonkers last out, fresh threat lands in a prime spot

 

8          Phyllis Jean – Came right back with a take-charge well-rated repeat in a career best 1:52.3 from the same post last week, an obvious danger to do it again with a similar effort

 

RACE 11

1          Mister Truth – Dropped to this bottom rung, left well for favorable trip & was right there in the photo last week, only one for 14 in 2017, but gets another shot at this level & moves inside to save ground & threaten again in a wide-open finale

 

4          Moonlight Ransom – 0 for 13 in 2017, but this 1:50.2 winner here last season seemed to be hinting of better & got nosed out with a perfect two-hole ride at 5-2 last week, could take all this time with similar trip

 

10         Major War – Displayed more late kick for minor spoils with another :27.1 in his second start off a sick scratch 1:49.2 winner here last season lands outside, but may be ready to flaunt his speed

 

 



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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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