Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:18 PM

RACE 1

6-Too Much Hanover – Gelding shows steady improvement since the sick scratch, decent rally to hit the board at 75-1 last week

 

3-Bell A Chick – Landed on the fringe fifth at an inflated 52-1, drops back down to the level of the rousing win on 4-1 & draws well again

 

1-Ima Gold Digger N – 14-time winner in 2015 failed to get involved after a slow start from post seven again, moves inside a wide-open field & have to respect the connections

 

RACE 2

3-Tonightimlovingyou – Team Takter trainee paced a :54.4 back half in a deceptively good debut & gets a big chance to bear down & break through in a soft N/W of 2

 

5-Rock My Girl – Offered a :26.3 on the end of her comeback mile here on 4-15, then got roughed up in the Weiss Series & benefited from that experience, completes a father-daughter exacta?

 

2-Rocknroll Fan – Hit the board in three of four at Harrah’s Philadelphia, can employ her stalking style here from an ideal inside post & possibly surprise

 

RACE 3

6-Chilln Matisse – Flashed some promise here earlier this season before regressing into consecutive breaks, qualified okay with a :26.1, could outkick these if he’s right

 

4-Ideal Joey – Gelding qualified with adequate speed in Florida & rallied from a tough spot to hit the ticket in his debut for a reputable barn, finds a soft spot for his second start off the bench

 

2-Readysetletsroll – Qualified third behind standout Western Fame on 4-2, bounced back from a miscue on 4-11 with sharp speed at Pocono, Team Burke project draws well to make further progress

 

RACE 4

7-East Meadow – One of five coming out of the same race last week, a solid, parked out second to big favorite Backdraft Hanover & just missed before that

 

4-Stormin Rustler – Classy Big M lover was caught out of position off a slow pace last week, draws a bit better & beat these twice in a row last month

 

6-Camwiser – Battled back gamely to reclaim the lead & win two starts back, kicked home in :27.3 while pace compromised last week

 

RACE 5

5-Pretty Boy Hill – First foal out of the half million dollar winner Pretty Katherine was repeatedly competitive in top stakes company at two, qualified with good energy & stands out in a soft spot for Team Alagna

 

7-Stolen Glimpse – Finished second to a raging Lyons Snyder off a couple of sharp qualifiers, then wasn’t up to that same rival in a 1:51.2 mile, Team Burke trainee now primed to take control of this so-so field

 

2-Dow Joens – Finished with a solid :26.4 while severely pace compromised in his first start here on Lasix, can build on that experience with a much better draw

 

RACE 6

3-Western Fame – Bounced back from a game second to standout Lyons Snyder with an emphatic, wrapped up score last week, complete with a :26.4 exclamation point & draws inside for Team Takter

 

6-Ideal Son – Preliminary winner broke his maiden in style as the even money favorite, stamping it with a :26.4, look for him to leave for position to square off with the formidable Western Fame

 

1B-Roll N Catch – Capitalized on a two-hole trip & blew right by the big favorite in a sharp :26.2, looking to make it two-for-two with post ten & heads a strong entry

 

RACE 7

8-Piece Of The Rock – Ultra consistent veteran won two in a row before running into a raging Alexie Mattosie last week, tougher post & competitive field, but he’s up to it in his current form

 

2-Four Starzzz Z – Was able to control & rate the pace & go all the way two starts back, then was overwhelmed by a 1:50.2 City Hall last week, dips back a notch & draws inside again

 

6-Gratias Deo – Twice landed on the fringes a class above this before a no-chance tour in the Poconos, fits well in the competitive match up which could set up his lethal late kick

 

RACE 8

6-Art History – Mystified by that lackluster effort to get involved in a :55.2 half last week, was raging late in :26 with zero chance in a 1:48.2 mile, won three in a row here in March & six straight here in 2015, drops again with a big chance to atone

 

1-Jacksrluckytoo – Was a well-driven winner with :26 kicker & career best 1:50.4 on 4-16, beaten even money favorite ran into his second straight sub 1:50 last week & moves inside

 

3-Reuben Brogden N – Gelding put forth an excellent debut here from post seven chasing a red-hot Intheblinkofaneye, post improves off that acclimating mile

 

RACE 9

6-Prince Palani – Finished deceptively well in :26.3 last week, drops to the bottom rung, only needs to be within striking range & fire his best shot for Team Harmon

 

3-Dr C’s Z Tam – 10YO gelding has gotten on a roll since that mild upset on 4-9, nosed out by a gallant Calvin B last week & draws an inside advantage on that rival again

 

8-Calvin B – 1:49.2 performer here last season dropped to this bottom condition, conjured up some back class & steamrolled first over to a nose upset

 

RACE 10

5-Im Supersonic A – Australian import got some class relief at Harrah’s Philadelphia & was roughed up first over in the slop last out, gelding lands in a highly suspect field here

 

6-Michael’s Power – 2012 Jug winner & classy winner of nearly $2 million hasn’t been a factor in three starts back & only raced once last month, drops drastically, remains a mystery & likely overbet

 

7-Southwind Indy – Has had little chance in his last two, stole a :57.2 half & held on three starts back, returns to that level & may be firing out for early position

 

RACE 11

5-UF Fast Feelin – Nice bounce-back effort, coming first over & still came up with a :27.2 final quarter to just miss, proven capable for this price

 

1-Prince Pinang – Capitalized on a great drive to upset these two starts back, saved & angled with good late pace, but the :57.2 did him in last week, figures to be stalking them again from the rail

 

6-Backdraft Hanover – Looks like a sharp claim, fresh off a class drop n pop, was able to steal away wire-to-wire & sprint home in :27.2, beat these in similar fashion on 4-16

 

RACE 12

7-Nathan Feelsgood – Regained his confidence with an easy wire-to-wire win at Vernon Downs, then rallied from second over for a place dead heat, that kind of effort makes him a serious contender in this camera-shy finale

 

3-Steady Pulse – Was pretty much pacing all he could in :27.3 last week, while chasing the classy Atochia, draws inside again trying to stop the 0 for 13 season skid

 

5-Moonlight Ransom – Squandered a perfect seconds over trip two weeks ago, just one for 12 in 2015, and only 3 for his last 49, but has steadily dropped in class & this is a highly beatable field

 

 

 

 

 



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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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