Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 8:16 PM

RACE 1

7-Madman Hall – Finished a pretty strong third in his 4YO debut for Schnittker in a mile that most in here wouldn’t keep up, look for more in his second start off the bench

 

1-Bjanthony – Exploited a soft spot & went right down the road from post seven in a career best 1:55.2 last week, looks formidable here from the rail

 

5-Lazurus – This gelding likes to stalk n pounce late, his one for his last 30 record is a major knock, yet he remains a serious contender at this level

 

RACE 2

8-Connecting Flight – Finally stayed flat & put it all together for a rousing win & took a new mark of 1:52, slips under the money cap for another shot at this class

 

5-Missile J – Lightly-raced gelding was flat out flying home in :26.1 two weeks ago, this 3YO is certainly heading in the right direction

 

3-Chilln Matisse – Took a tour of the oval in his career debut from post eight behind Connecting Flight last week, colt with a motor moves inside for his second try off the bench

 

RACE 3

3-Massacaia – Just missed at the Open 2 level on 1-15, overmatched in a 1:52.1 Open on 1-22, a beaten chalk last out at The Meadows, draws well back here to stalk this suspect field

 

8-Fox Valley Legend – Consistent closer from the steady Harmon Stable rallied for second with a solid :56.1 back half & just needs the right speed target

 

4-Two Hip Dip – Dropped to this level & got parked first over last week, was competitive a notch better than this, draws another good post & took a mark of 1:53.4 here in 2015

 

RACE 4

8-Mr De Luca – Only one for his last 31, yet has twice hit the ticket recently while finishing with good energy, will somehow have to get within closer striking range

 

9-Fool Of Ideas – One for 30 in 2015, making only his third start of the season, forced wide around some interference in a needed mile last week, post nine again, but Anthony Napolitano may have a live longshot

 

3-Brisk Clipper – 0 for his last 27, made the board in two of his last three with solid efforts & draws well in a blank field, a logical contender

 

RACE 5

4-Stratocaster – Launched a strong brush to the lead in a relatively quick pace & just missed by half a length in a noteworthy effort, draws the same inside post in a very soft field

 

1-Addwater – Offered an excellent speed try two starts back on 1-30, then had no answer for the 1:51.1 standout Giant Slayer, has a big chance to rebound from the rail

 

2-Escape The News – Classy Burke trainee got parked from post nine & retreated last week, draws better reunited with a refreshed Gingras

 

RACE 6

3-Grand Theft – Lightly-raced 4YO freshened after his first two wins & chased the superior Art History in the qualifier, draws well to resume his progress for Ed Hart

 

7-Giant Slayer – Has re-ignited for Michael Russo, blasting down the road with two straight lifetime marks, obviously the sharpest sword in here & only steps up slightly again

 

5-Mudslide – Made a strong & immediate impression here with a big upset & strong second last month before the sick scratch, how will he respond after a month off?

 

RACE 7

7-Ghost Pine – Western Canada shipper put forth an acceptable debut here on Lasix, tighter now, tougher draw, but drops to give these a serious tussle

 

3-Jungle Of Terror – Gets important class & post relief, note the narrow loss on 1-16, battled gamely on 1-9, rates a long look here

 

2-UF Fast Feelin – Paid the price for a really slow start from post eight last week, a raging winner with a :26.4 before that & now moves inside

 

RACE 8

7-Rockeyed Optimist – Won nine of 15 in 2015, a two-time series winner here & took a mark of 1:48 in a Graduate leg, excellent comeback last week

 

2-Ashley’s Husband – Rekindled his form after dropping from the Open, outsprinted Rockeyed Optimist closing into a vicious :53.3 back half & moves inside

 

8-Limelight Beach – Tangled with the top FFAers at age four & vaulted past the million mark for Team Burke, strong effort from post seven in the qualifier, yet may need one

 

RACE 9

7-Art History – Had a six-race winning streak going here at one point last season & took a mark of 1:48.2, won both qualifiers & had the requisite tightening mile

 

2-Some Kinda Beach – Reeled off three straight at The Meadows before switching to the Harmon Stable, qualified solidly & draws well

 

4-Cashendash Hanover – Veteran gelding has come to life for his new trainer Dylan Davis, got parked chasing Ethan Hanover two weeks ago as the beaten favorite, chance to rebound

 

RACE 10

3-Reuben Brogden N – Needed his first start over the mile track, pacing a :54.4 back half, was tackling $50,000 claimers at Yonkers before that, draws better, strong in the win column & still fresh on the comeback trail

 

2-First of Itskind – Nosed out with a furious rally at 66-1 on 1-30, then had no chance from post eight last week, while closing in :26.3 & draws much better

 

6-Hope for Badlands – Stepped up to this level off a rousing win & picked up minors spoils into a :54.3 back half, can rally as fast as any in here

 

RACE 11

8-Calvin B – Paced evenly in his return after three okay qualifiers, draws outside now, but this ten-time winner in 2015 with a mark of 1:49.2 here drops in class & may be worth the price

 

3-Mcardles Lightning – Was post & pace compromised, while closing into a :54 back half in a much needed comeback mile, has a big shot to improve, while drawing inside a competitive field

 

5-Dune Dude – Beaten favorite motored home in :26.4 again & into a :54.2 back half, his persistence at this level may pay off

 

RACE 12

8-Major War – Beaten favorite didn’t quite live up the hype, saddled with post eight again, yet remains at this reduced level & gathering steam on the comeback trail

 

3-Yippity Hanover – Added Lasix, launched a huge, wide move to grab second in :26.4 as the beaten favorite, remains down in class & draws well again

 

6-Intheblinkofaneye – One of the hottest horses of the Winter so far, three in a row & four of five, nailed another one last week with sharp pace at both ends, very tough to go against

 

RACE 13

4-Piece Of The Rock – Classy veteran tripped out to pull a mild upset here on 1-1-16, overmatched from tough posts in his last two, look for Austin Siegelman to put him in a stalking position

 

2-UF Larry Alltheway – Gradually acclimated to the Big M & come to form with two on-the-board finishes, barely outsprinted by City Pie last week & moves inside that rival

 

1-Relentless Dreamer – Beaten favorite has hit the board in three of his last four, chased the runaway Giant Slayer last week & draws inside again

 

RACE 14

3-Boogiewoogiebrian – Both third-place finishes since coming back have been solid, chased the raging Giant Slayer last week, looks dangerous in a stalking scenario here

 

4-That’s My Opinion – Exploded to victory when favored on 1-9, had no chance after missing three weeks on 1-30, then left in the wake of a 1:51.1 mile last week, this is the kind of field he can step up in

 

1-Dreamzzzz R For You – Regained his confidence with an easy win at Freehold on 1-30, picked up a minor share from a tough spot here last week, pushes off to secure a trip from the rail

 

 

 



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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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