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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 7:55 PM


2-Gokudo Hanover – Gelding added Lasix, won his latest qualifier with ease, then took an acclimating tour & finished deceptively well into a :55.2 back half, draws inside a soft opener


7-Shadow Recruit – Took only two starts for Team Burke to break his maiden in controlling style before running into some salty Gilmour Series foes, looks like the obvious choice, but must prove he can plow through the 1:53 wall


3-Cousin Brucie – Remmen-tuned gelding with a regal pedigree was no factor in his debut, then broke, has now missed three weeks, yet has to be some potential & no killers in here



2-Wiggle It Jiggleit – Shrugged off the three-week layoff, cruised & crushed his round one foes to go four-for-four, his 1:49.4 mile before that was equally if not more impressive, rewarded with an improved post for a key match up


5-National Seelster – Professional colt who looks like an old class horse out there methodically wore down a well-rated & stubborn Fast Movin Train to make it three-for-three, tough to gauge, but it seems his chief rival in here may be in another league right now


6-Fast Movin Train – The Buckeye let this 0 for 11 colt roll again, rated a :57.2 middle half & yielded grudgingly to National Seelster, that kind of guts gets you style points, but he now faces two undefeated monsters



3-Diamond Said – Certainly rates top contender status based on his blastoff career best 1:51.1 on 2-14, used hard & salvaged fourth money in that final last week, changes barns again via the claim, keeps Gingras & draws well


8-JS McFlash – Dover Downs invader has come back on a serious roll, disqualified from what would’ve been his fourth straight win, lowered his mark to 1:53.1 before that & retains Pierce


4-Breakin The Law – Has been hinting of that stellar 1:49.4 form here from two seasons ago, caught in never-never land last week, post improves & kicks home with the best in here



4-Sassy Hanover – Exploded to a career best 1:51.1 back in mid January, then fourth behind Lord Of Misrule & tough posts in his last two, paced into a :54.4 back half last week, lands in an ideal spot to regain that winning form


8-Lord Of Misrule – Beaten favorite for Team Burke tried the speed route to no avail at Yonkers, but had missed few weeks & came back against tougher here


6-Sweet Beach - $100,000 yearling whose dam is a sister to Bettor Sweet & Sweet Lou, just missed to the Rockstar Stride in his 2015 debut, then struggled at Yonkers, chance to step up in his third start off the bench



8-Urbanite Hanover – New lease on life winning two of three since coming back for the red-hot Steve Elliott, last week’s score was a post ten masterpiece, must blast again for any chance


1-Lonewolf Currier – Dropped to the bottom rung & flaunted his class with an easy win from post eight, now stands out from the rail, yet must maintain his sharpened form


6-Bullet Bob – Has clearly come around since that narrow loss on 1-31, then displayed sharp speed before the distant second to Lonewolf Currier, plays opportunist role again



3-Grab Your Keys – I like the improved effort when he dropped a notch last week & closed from a tough spot in :26.4 at 30-1, dips even further & draws better, price play


1-Panchester United – Hustled home into a brisk :54.3 back half and :26.3 only to be outsprinted by a classy & game K-Lees Shakenbake, moves inside & finds an ideal scenario for Team Burke


2-Hunchie – Stormed home from post ten & last to get within a length in :27.1, sharp gelding draws inside to work out a stalking trip



6-Rockin Wizard – Was facing some high level opposition when last seen here, wired a field at Yonkers, then got interfered with, this gelding owns a huge late kick & looms at a price


8-Ashley’s Husband – Was thundering home like a wild horse into a wicked :54.2 back half last week, got up in time before that, gelding in career form figures to get the right set up in a very competitive field


9-Odds On Equuleus – 1:48.2 performer here last season with plenty of class rolled through that lone qualifier like a runaway train, lands in a challenging spot, but looks ready for Tony Alagna



2-Capozzo – Dropped to this level & earned it with a gutsy first over as the heavy favorite, draws post two again, slips under the money cap, logically one to fear


3-Ideal Magic – C-1 level crusher back on 1-31 simply got too overcooked for the second time in three races, gets class relief, finally moves inside, yet must ration out his speed


6-Windsong Gorgeous – Drops into an easier condition off a clunker as the beaten favorite on the reclaim, big chance to atone with his controlling speed & class



6-Seek The Dragon – Has been holding his own against tougher claimers like Windsong Gorgeous, off a no-chance mile last week, gets the key switch to Gingras


2-Explodent – Certainly merits the step up in price fresh off a dominant score from post nine, post two with Pierce again, strong season so far for a high percentage barn


8-Outa My Head – Fresh claim finished a strong third to Explodent last week, reeled off two in a row before that, including a career best 1:51.3 on 2-14



6-Hokuri Handrail N – Been chasing this gelding for the past few weeks & last week was the best I’ve seen yet, still waiting for a driver change, finds a field that is a woeful 2 for 46 in 2015, we’ll give him one more chane


3-Colby Jate – Struggling to make an impact against $20,000 claimers at Yonkers, look at his solid record last year, note the change to Brett Miller & inside draw here


9-The Pokester – Nobody ever guesses right on this guy, 3 for his last 45 & overmatched against tougher claimers here, the barn change & class drop could spell wake up



4-Affleunza – $10,000 bargain, dam is a half sister to Art Major, closed into a :54.4 back half chasing standout National Seelster in a solid sophomore debut here for Rob Harmon


5-Rodeo Romeo – Promising Chris Ryder-tuned colt was a strong runner-up to the outstanding Wiggle It Jiggleit last week, ready to break through in only his fourth career start


1-Midnight Lightning – Added Lasix & shot home in a brisk :26.1 to break his maiden, then finished a roughed up third behind Rodeo Romeo, fresh Camluck colt with a future



3-Bettor Believe It – Go back to a good fourth in the Escort Final, twice beaten favorite in N/W of 4 at Yonkers draws inside a field that is a combined 1 for 28 this year


6-OK Gorgeous – Another twice beaten favorite fresh off a very brave second from post eight last week, consistent gelding has hit the board in four of five this season


4-Big City Jewel – Steps up into a soft N/W of 3 off two narrow losses, the latest a gutsy first over as the beaten favorite, shot home in :26.2 before that, lands in a money burner special



4-Gratias Deo – Seemed to be hinting of a big effort & unfortunately got parked last out from the same post, his recent positive signs far outweigh this blank bunch


2-Take The Edge Off – Landing on the fringes while adding Lasix in his last three, moves inside which may put him within closer striking range


9-Rockaholic – Set a reasonable pace & crumbled as the badly beaten favorite, fresh claim has a chance to rebound in a field that is a combined 6 for 65 this season





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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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