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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:57 AM


1-My Name Is Sam – Launched a typical premature move into a :26.2 third quarter at Harrah’s Philly, almost went two-for-two here before that, including a blowout debut here over an off track, reunited with Callahan & lands the pole


4-Gokudo Hanover – Has romped in two of his last three & lowered his mark to 1:52.2 last week after rebuffing the heavy favorite Midnight Lightning with a :27.3 third quarter, lightly-raced gelding is certainly heading in the right direction


6-Big City Jewel – Beaten heavy favorite gamely chased a headstrong repeater in FF Bigshow, but has now finished second three times this season, pace compromised before that



6-Murder He Wrote – Gelding was a star in the NY Excelsior Series last year, finishing second in the “A” final, obviously need his first start back, yet this isn’t a pushover


1-That’s My Opinion - $350,000 yearling out of a half sister to Big Jim flashed plenty of high end talent last season, rebounded with a winning qualifier after a failed comeback earlier this year


2-FF Bigshow – Suddenly came alive  with a 42-1 blowout & followed up with another successful speed mission last week, moves inside & likely the one to knock off



4-Cobalt Man – 1:49.4 performer here last season picked an ideal spot to spark his dull recent form & returns to his previous trainer Mark Capone, who had him racing at the Open level at Harrah’s Philly last Fall


3-Diamond Said – Gelding with the winning habit, won his third of four, overpowered the $15,000 claimers with a first over crush, lowered his mark before that & now debuts for Virgil Morgan, Jr.


6-Good Day Mate – Dropped to the bottom condition rung & just missed with a game grind, rates highly off that line despite to bump back up in class



3-Dynamic Youth – 2012 Cane Pace winner closed deceptively well into a :54.4 back half in his seasonal debut & draws better & drops for his second start off the bench


5-Ideal Magic – Kicked home in a sharp :26 flat before a no-chance at Harrah’s Philly last out, dangerous closer within striking range


4-Idealbeach Hanover – 0 for 11 in 2015, yet was chasing the ultra impressive Clyde Hirt Series sweeper Rockeyed Optimist & was just a head shy back on 307



3-Rock Star – Draws better off a strong closing effort from post ten while finishing a solid third behind Sassy Hanover, has a chance to turn the tables


5-Sassy Hanover – Dropped to the bottom condition class & went all the way in well-rated 1:51.2, just a fifth off his lifetime mark, tough to deal with based on his class & form


1-Mambo Italiano – Twice beaten favorite cycled forward recently, gunned out & finished a decent fourth last week against $15,000 claimers, gets some class & post relief



4-Panchester United – Recent Team Burke acquisition steamrolled uncovered into a sizzling :54.3 back half chasing Windsong Gorgeous, back-to-back blowouts before that, including a 1:50.2 career best in the slop


6-Windsong Gorgeous – A dominant two-for-two off the Virgil Morgan, Jr. claim, including s 1:49.1 career best at age eight, now goes for four straight back with Mike Watson, yet may encounter some pressure this time


5-Burkentine Hanover – Gelding with the winning habit has been slow to get underway this season, yet comes off a solid second with pace at both ends in NY & loves this track



3-Steady Pulse – Has clearly perked up with controlling speed since the switch to trainer Michael Russo, draws an improved post fresh off a career best wire-to-wire from post nine


7-Chilli NZ – 12YO New Zealand bred surprised many with his commanding score at almost 39-1 fresh off the bench, owns a ton of back class & likely blasts off again


1-Triple Major – Just one for his last 44, yet has been competitive for this price here, that was a solid second to the uncatchable Chili NZ last week & draws inside that rival



5-Johnny Z – Take a long look at his record last year & 1:50 mark here, 9YO classmaster drops into a mighty favorable spot to spark a dull season so far


3-Dull Roar – Finished well as the beaten favorite over an off track at Pocono on Tuesday night & returns to the scene of his 1:50.3 lifetime mark here from an inside post


4-JJ Shark – Beaten favorite came off a narrow loss, took his best shot uncovered through some insane fractions & still held third in a Dash for the “G” Notes Final, has acclimated well here



4-Rodeo Romeo – Freshened off a terrible trip in the super tough Gilmour Final, actually had a second to the standout Wiggle It Jiggleit & just missed in round two with a :26.2


6-Colorful Speech – Added Lasix, fired out & chased a well-meant Gokudo Hanover last week, certainly an encouraging effort from this lightly-raced gelding


5-OK Geronimo – FINALLY broke his maiden in his 19th start with an aggressive effort at Harrah’s Philly, 4YO gelding has a chance to step up further



2-Seek The Dragon – Has been pretty good in his last two since the Steve Elliott claim, was stung through a swift :54.3 half last week, this gelding lands in a soft spot


3-Mighty Young Joe – Was basically blitzed in the Dash for the “G” Notes Final off a narrow loss in 1:51.2 on 3-21, 12YO has the class & another inside post to overpower these


5-NF Drum Roll – Much improved gelding comes off a gutsy second to Hilarious Halo, who wore him down in a fierce battle, look for him to be forwardly placed



6-Sweet Rock – Shipped back to Dover Downs & promptly went four-for-four there, a dominant 1:49.4 winner here back on November 29 fresh off an easy win at Harrah’s Philly with Brett Miller


4-Ontario Success – Returns off a tough trip at Pocono Downs, was on quite a roll here, including three straight seconds by a head, 1:49.3 winner here last season is overdue


5-Smart Rokker – Very consistent gelding was second to an uncatchable Windsong Gorgeous last week, can sprint with the tops ones in here & loom large



3-Gratias Deo – Claimed by the white-hot Michael Russo off a dull mile, tripped out to a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 before that & lands post three again


5-Jakes Spur – 11YO Dover Downs invader has been a steady stalking type & won twice this season for high percentage trainer Wayne Givens


6-Last Best Chance – Gelding has come back with a four-race winning streak at Monticello, a far cry from his one for 18 2014 season, finds a field he thrive in



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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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