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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:53 PM

Race 1

4-At Press Time – Posted a decisive perfect trip score in his Team Burke debut here, upsetting Best Said & made it look easy, lands post two again with plenty of upside


1A- Best Said – Zipped out from post nine, rated well & couldn’t hold off the pocket sitter At Press Time, draws a bit better, headlines a strong entry & continues to improve


7-Rock Out – Like Best Said he won his debut here with relative ease, needed a wind-aided :26.3 to hold off Pierce, moves outside, yet remains a threat with serious potential


Race 2

6-Rockin Amadeus – 2012 Breeders Crown winner & 2013 NJSS champion won his second qualifier with a wrapped up :54.4 back half, Takter has him ready to roll


8-Frankies Dragon – Just missed to Whata Baron favorite Captive Audience with a gritty first over, then aired it out last week, 1:48.4 Mohawk performer last season draws a tougher post, yet is on his game


3-Mojo Terror – Twice raced well at the top level, drops & lands post three again, note the second by a nose to Panesthetic in 1:48.1 on 3-8, and that rival has missed three weeks


Race 3

10-Jins Dragon – Picked this one last week & he was forced wide from too far back, still hit the board in a much needed start, stuck with post ten, but finds another camera shy bunch


2-Oh My Joepa – 1:50.4 winner at Tioga last season got parked in his second start off the bench, pace compromised before that, lands in a prime spot to bag an overdue win


3-Remissionofsins – Has come back nicely in PA for trainer Tony Dinges, owns a history here, draws well & the fresh factor is key in a suspect field


Race 4

7-Mr Big Load – Posted a pretty convincing debut in the slop here on 3-29, chance to rebound off a sick scratch in an uninspiring field


3-Air Force Grad – Beaten chalk with a perfect trip & no pop in PA last out after an encouraging opener, homebred has a chance to atone & stretch out on the mile track


4-Jamaican Cowboy – Lightly-raced 4YO chased several talented sophomores in his Big M debut for a new barn, post improves & more expected in a light field


Race 5

5-Touchdown Mindale – Seems to have cycled forward for trainer Nick Surick, fresh off a strong third in the Weiss Series at Pocono, gets some class relief from an ideal midpack post


1-Sky McFly – Recent Burke acquisition steamrolled first over to his third straight & lowered his mark to 1:51.1, moves inside & ready to step up as his renewed life continues


7-Moonliteonthebeach – Solid runner-up to Pace prospect Always B Miki in :54.2, looms large second try off the bench, out of a sister to Sweet Lou & Bettor Sweet


Race 6

3-Captive Audience – What do you do with him? Came right back with a carbon copy 1:49 with a :26.3, draws well & his trainer believes he deserves a shot at Free For Allers this season


7-Wake Up Peter – If it wasn’t for some tough luck he might be eight-for-eight this season, extra sharp lately with Lasix added & fought hard to lower his mark to 1:49.2 last week


4-Summer Smackdown – Burke trainee seems to have regrouped with a couple of strong efforts in this series, too far back in the first leg, attacked boldly last week, yet strictly an opportunist


Race 7

1-Trend Spotter – A solid second to Blatantly Best two starts back, Scottie Z gave him every chance last week, raced well yet was slightly outclassed, back on the pole in a straight B-2 in sharp form


5-Mindset – Always had talent, speed & nose for the winner’s circle, Burke-tuned gelding was clearly overmatched in the Whata Baron, class relief & question mark field could spell turnaround


6-Blatantly Best – Tripped out with the mile of his life on 3-29, out of position in his last two, a :54.2 back half got him within less than two lengths last week, remains in career form


Race 8

6-P H Powerplay – Stormed home from post ten & last to just miss by half a length in :26.1, displayed sharp speed before that, may be on the verge


4-Seek The Dragon – Draws better off a much improved mile, blasted from post eight in :26.4 and chased a thunderous favorite in Voice Of Truth, finds an ideal spot for an overdue win


2-Prince Sharka – Love the narrow loss with pace at both ends from post ten two starts back, stung to a :26.3 from the same outside slot last week in a fast Dash for the “C” Notes Final


Race 9

5-Quik Magic – Reeled off a career best 1:51.1 in the slop from post nine on 3-29, then had too much to make up from post ten in a :54.4 back half, dangerous at this C-1 level


2-I’m Banksy – Just missed in a Dash for the “C” Notes Final two starts back, then chased a revved up

Sing For Me George, Campbell has ramped up his form & draws inside again


4-Up Up And Out – Has been knocking on the door at this reduced C-1 level, but paid the price for another slow start in a :54 back half, finally draws a better post, but 2 for his last 35 is a concern


Race 10

2-Pembroke Dewey – Has hit the board in his last three, strong rally for third in a C-2 Dash for the “C” Notes Final last week, finds a now or never spot


1-On The Radar – Came up only a length shy last week in a :54.4 back half, underachiever trending in the right direction & lands the pole in a camera-shy field


3-Buckeye In Charge – Raced well in a C-1 Dash for the “C” Notes Consolation, gets class & post relief & has responded to aggressive handling


Race 11

3-JK Letitgo – Kicked off her season winning seven straight for new connections, then ran into American In Paris in round one, conservatively handled last week, interesting to see when she really bears down for the big money


1-American In Paris – Looks impossible to go against after going six-for-six on Lasix this season for Team Burke, jogged in a career best 1:50 last week, entrymate Art Ideal may be just a step behind & both are likely headed for loftier heights


4-Road Bet – Fought off Art Ideal in the first leg under sloppy/rainy conditions, then got parked in a fast pace & held third last week, hasn’t missed the board this year & moving in the right direction


Race 12

5-Mr Dennis – Last year’s Exit 16W Series champ ripped off some wicked fractions at Dover Downs last time, drops into a suspect C-1 field & poised to snap his 2014 goose egg


1-Verdad – Pounded away in his first two this season, including a close third in a C-1 Dash for the “C” Notes Final, perfect cover trip wasn’t enough when pace compromised last week


2-MC Rusty – Just missed in the Winter Survivor Final, overmatched against tougher claimers in PA, returns to thrive on the mile track from the rail


Race 13

4-OK Fame – Racing well & hit the board in three straight before a no-chance mile from post nine last week, note the second to Sky McFly two starts back, overdue & the door is wide-open


6-Visa Viper – Put forth an encouraging comeback & got roughed up, hasn’t won in a long time, but has a chance to build on that decent tightening mile


5-Jetty – Closed from the clouds to hit the board while helped by a fast pace, second start for new barn, retains Scottie Z & owns some back class



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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 almost 20 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 11 editions of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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