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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 PM


7-My Temudjin N – Seemed to put it all together with that grinding narrow loss on 11-29, drops another notch & finds a camera-shy field


1-Major Bombay – The 2011 Wilson winner continues on the comeback trail, beaten favorite couldn’t go by with a perfect trip in rein to Gingras, chance to atone


2-Breakin The Law – Swept the Winter Survivor Series here in a big 2012 sophomore season, been struggling this year, tough to gauge off a nondescript qualifier, yet draws well for Team Burke



1-Franzo – 2YO Takter trainee advanced to the Breeders Crown final & miscued, bounced back to win in the slop here two weeks ago & lands on the pole again


5-Brick Bazooka – Lived up to the hype & cruised in his Big M debut to go four-for-four, big chance to build to build on that & tap his potential further


6-Bad To The Bone – Lightly-raced gelding rebounded with a nice second qualifier at Mohawk & debuts here for a new barn & faces a couple of standouts, monitor accordingly



2-Rockeyed Optimist – Beaten favorite closed into a solid back half to hit the board, big win before that, gelding always hinted of talent, inside draw, Tetrick’s choice


1-Shadios – Gelding from the terrific first crop of Shadow Play piled up some wins in OSS, sports a mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk, three tighteners, pushes off from the rail


8-JK Patriot – Came right back to make it back-to-back lifetime marks both from post nine here with a crushing score in a weaker C-1, may be tough to deal with despite the step up



6-OK Commander – Kicked off the meet winning two in a row at this B-2 level, now drops off a pair of no-chance trips, former Pace elimination winner in 1:47.4, The Buckeye’s choice of three


5-Holdingallthecards – Reached a tad too high when trying the Yonkers Open two starts back, maintaining solid form, has a history of success here, Tetrick’s choice of three


4-Warrawee Needy – Classy former North America Cup winner equaled the all-time race mark of 1:46.4 here last year, tried the TVG FFA Final, continues to flaunt his controlling speed



7-Ilikethemtrashy – Very consistent gelding arrives with raging form on view for the reputable Virgil Morgan, Jr., tactical speed puts him play & the extra eighth helps


1-Jokerman – Stormed home from a tough spot to nail it by a nose in a career best 1:52.2 last week, October claim for $8,000 paying off, improved post, Tetrick’s choice of three


2-Whittaker – Snapped a long losing skid with a perfect drive by Campbell, rewarded with a better post & figures to favor the added eighth



9-Wake Up Peter – Has won two of four & right there in the other two photos, as always he can’t be dismissed despite post nine with his relentless rallies


7-Al’s Hammered – Beaten favorite had a horse break in front of him before he got underway too late in :26.4, former Chicago star acclimated now, Tetrick sticks & has to hustle him within striking range


10-Golden Receiver – Warhorse is reportedly making the final start of his great career, tough nose loss in the Team Orange Crush comeback, then faded in the slop, chance to blast off & rebound one more time



3-Sweet Rock – NJ Classic shocker has been raging on the comeback trail, two blowouts here, fresh off another narrow loss, inside draw, gelding with upside may be too tough to stop


1-Rockin Wizard – Took full advantage & catapulted off a torrid pace to win again, big horse suited for the mile track, The Buckeye bails for #10, rewarded with the pole & looms large again


2-Doctor Butch – Has toiled against top class foes, caught some stretch traffic last week, draws inside to stalk the speed, show his class & snap an eight-race losing skid



7-National Debt – Looked like a major league colt when he swept the Gilmour here back in March, needed those Progress miles at Dover Downs, looms as a possible price play


8-Winds Of Change – Toscano tuned colt was a close second in the Tattersalls, won both qualifiers with a mighty surge, Brett Miller sticks over #3, looks ready to contend fresh off the bench


9-Somestarsomewhere – Major stakes player & Breeders Crown finalist for team Burke ran into a revved up Sweet Rock as the beaten chalk, look for another blast off attempt



5-Mojo Terror – Sending out lots of positive vibes in his last two for a strong percentage Delaware-based outfit, has a history of success here & seems ideally classified in this B-2


6-Lonewolf Currier – Unleashed a vicious move in the slop to break through on 12-6, then rallied to hit the board at almost 70-1 in a tougher B-2/B-1, continues to get sharper & just needs right set up


3-The Ladies Man – Intriguing Burke trainee landed on the fringe fifth in two Yonkers starts after the layoff, 14 times second is a standout stat, expect speed with an inside draw



5-Johnny Z – 8YO has won two of four for this price at Yonkers both with nice rallies, took a mark of 1:50 here this season, picks up Scottie Z, may be worth a swing


4-Doctor Carter – Shows steady improvement & fresh off a crushing blowout at Harrah’s Philly, draws well, retains The Buckeye & gelding is strong in the win column


1-Guns An Roses – Ten-time winner this season off another sick scratch & narrow loss at Harrah’s Philly, look for him to fire out to protect the rail & be a pace factor



4-Delaware Hanover – Beaten favorite fresh off close second when he got class relief at Harrah’s Philly, ten-time winner in 2014 has a chance to exploit this soft C-1


2-Dragon Lore – Rode the momentum of that sharp win on 11-28 with a gutsy second on 12-6, shuffled from post eight last week, draws better & adds Gingras


5-Dreamlands Art – Drops back to the level of that C-1 win on 11-14, switches to Orange Crush, capping a long, productive season, in line to show speed



3-Midnight Dude – 13-time winner this season was forced into a wide rally & just missed by a head in a strong weekend Virgil Morgan, Jr., improved post & adds Dave Miller


1-What I Believe – Dragon Again gelding is the latest new acquisition for the Burke Brigade, aired it out in his Burke debut despite missing three weeks, ideally situated to show more


5-Glory Beach – Another in a strong string of live shippers for Heidi Rohr, this gelding is on a form spree & may adjust quickly to the mile track with addition of Tetrick



2-Storm The Beach – Rallied prematurely & came up short again, another formful Virgil Morgan, Jr. trainee draws inside & figures to be on or near the lead


5-Hot Roddy – Offered a bit more punch to grab two seconds in a row recently at Yonkers, definitely competitive for this price & looks for a stalk trip from his midpack post, Brett Miller’s choice over #9


9-Ralbar – Two of his three wins this season have come in his last five starts at Harrah’s Philly, and they were huge rallies, the Bionic Man will bank on an ample speed target







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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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