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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, April 20, 2015 10:19 PM

RACE 1

6-Jacks To Open – Beaten favorite rallied from a tough spot off a slow :57.4 half to finish second to the runaway Perfect Picture, will somehow need to be within closer striking range for the talented Hannah Miller

 

4-Perfect Picture – 9YO mare cycled around, showed her class & brushed n crushed them last week for Stephen Oldford, very tough to go against from a similar post

 

5-Global Power – Gelding closed well to just miss by a neck last week, has settled down with the addition of trotting hopples, going in the right direction, yet his French driver is a mystery

 

RACE 2

8-Whom Shall I Fear – Brother to Father Patrick looking to be this year’s Trixton unleashed an ultra impressive 3YO debut, while completely wrapped up

 

1A-Starzinner – Half brother to American Gangster, 1:54.4 [$157,928] prepped well & finished a distant second to Whom Shall I Fear in his debut, figures to be better, draws well & part of a strong Smedshammer entry

 

3-Madman Hall – Brother to Ma Chere Hall, 1:52.3 [$689,641] finished solidly in both starts here, lands inside & continues to improve

 

RACE 3

5-Magglio – Well handled by Stephen Oldford last week, launched to a late lead & just missed to Casanova Lindy in a blanket photo, likes this track & has a chance to break his 0 for 11 seasonal drought

 

9-Casanova Lindy – 12YO grinded gamely & kept alive by Hannah Miller from the same post, recent claim remains on a long form spree

 

3-Fox Valley Legend – Gelding was pretty sharp in late March, breaks in two of his last three make him a tricky play, draws a better post to stalk the speed

 

RACE 4

8-Stacia Hanover – Unleashed a three-ply sweep of the NJSS series in her first three career starts here last Summer, latest qualifier indicates readiness for Steve Elliott

 

1-American Truth – Sister to Capital Account, 1:51 [$284,268] has gone three-for-three since coming back, fought off the very good Gweneee J on 4-3, then cruised to a career best & moves inside

 

3-Lissan – team Burke tuned filly out of a sister to Lis Mara has shows flashes of talent, freshened & qualified with a sharp finish & draws well

 

RACE 5

5-Steel Curtin – 4YO Remmen trainee seems to have found his best stride recently, chased a runaway Ferragamo on 4-10, then a close second from post nine last week, could be on the verge

 

2-Pinstripe Promise – Bounced back with a perfect trip win at Pocono, then finished a solid third from post eight here last week, draws better for a barn on fire

 

7-Waiting Room – Lightly-raced & promising filly hinted of ability at two, added Lasix & win her latest qualifier with a strong late burst for Team Orange Crush

 

RACE 6

5-Flyhawk El Durado – Back-to-back $300,000 seasons at two & three, starring in NYSS, cranking it back up in Florida, chance in a wide open field

 

4-Home Turf – Team Burke trainee steps back up class after regaining his confidence, and draws well fresh off a career best in 1:53.2

 

8-Muscle Network – World champion 2YO made only three starts at three, two strong qualifiers, the latest a second against Open class standout Melady’s Monet

 

RACE 7

6-That Woman Hanover – Driven aggressively by the trainer Week One, zero chance Week Two, talented mare with a 1:50.2 mark here ready to explode Week Three, right?

 

5-Beautiful Lady – Suddenly fired out & got too revved up on the engine last week & just missed to a lucky rail rider, live mare with a versatile tool box

 

4-Empress Deo – Solid, steady mare continues to improve, beaten favorite in the Burning Point Final returns from off two in a row at Dover Downs, and a career best 1:51

 

RACE 8

5-Madewell Hanover – Top level 3YO last year banking $150K working his way back into shape with trainer Chris Ryder driving, kicked home with another :27.3 last week, Tetrick listed on the proof

 

2-Holy Halibut – Halibut fished his way through traffic to grab a close second last week with an excellent drive by Brett Miller from the same post in a perfect acclimating mile

 

1-Tirade Hanover – Rallied to a decisive score two starts back, then made a rare early miscue at the Open level, lands the rail again with a big chance to atone

 

RACE 9

1-Sunlight Dancer – Tangled with tougher Weiss Series foes at Pocono, ships in fresh off an improved third there at 70-1, lands the pole in a field rip for the taking

 

6-Best Boss – Veteran mare took a 1:49.2 mark here last season, floundering at the lower levels earlier this season, freshened & qualified with a :26.2 behind a Jug winner & Breeders Crown runner up

 

4-Janie Bay – Closed into a solid :55.2 back half to grab minor spoils last week after her debacle in a Dash for the “G” Notes, not likely she’s going to get the speed target she needs

 

RACE 10

2-Tiger’s Too Good – Beaten favorite raced better & rallied stoutly to hit the board, continues to regain his form & draws post two again

 

6-Dream Rocker – Was hammered down to 4-5 favorite & simply blasted down the road to a new lifetime mark of 1:54 last, huge threat to repeat

 

1-Lauderdale – Stayed flat & finished an even fifth in traffic behind a well-rated winner, tries this same reduced level from the rail now

 

RACE 11

4-Rocklamation – Last year’s Dan Patch Award winner was simply flat in her comeback after qualifying with plenty, she’s had two weeks to regroup, there’s simply too much class to ignore

 

6-Radar Contact – Red-hot Noel Daley trainee has been allowed to control the front end & steal the last two, yet take note of the way she sprinted home in :26.3 on 3-13

 

3-Major Dancer – Major stakes player & 2014 Breeders Crown runner-up qualified nicely behind the Jug winning Limelight Beach, big 4YO season looms

 

RACE 12

8-Jewels In Hock – Bounced back with a rousing rally to score a mild upset from post ten for patient Campbell last week, Toscano-tuned filly has major upside

 

1-Marion Millionair – Beaten favorite jogged to break her maiden on 4-10, then ran into a surprisingly good Jewels In Hock, draws inside that rival with the arrow pointing up

 

5-All That Sparkles – Lightly-raced filly for noted trotting man Jonas Czernyson finished with a noteworthy :27.4 in her lone qualifier & finds a friendly spot to return

 

RACE 13

3-Kingapore – Flashed sneaky good late trot in :27.3 last out after a break the week before, 1:54.4 winner on 4-3 draws better fresh on the come back trail  

 

4-Ashes Cash – Gelding acclimated with game grind, remains at the near bottom rung, draws well to stalk the speed at a price

 

6-Lexis Amigo – Simply got in gear too late & just missed by a neck in :27.4 last week, Big M lover banks on a strong pace

 

 



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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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