Handicapper Blog

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:21 AM


2-Southern Flair – Her form has been pretty even over synthetic at Presque Isle Downs, yet she owns a win and a second in three starts on Turf


3-Princessbellaoncal – 1 for 20, but continues her descent down the class ladder & has a chance to flaunt her speed with an inside draw


8-I Forget – 1 for 18 and 0 for 13 this season, yet she did set a pressured pace in most recent at Penn National, owns a second & a third at the distance & returns to Turf


7-Gold Potion – Has been eased in two of her last three – both on sloppy tracks, tries Turf & a reduced level



6-Armed U S A – Ran well when claimed last time at Monmouth Park, a belated third before that at a flat mile on dirt & stretches out to a mile


4-Dear John – Beaten favorite claimed in June, rallied & ran a solid second at a flat mile over Monmouth Park, steady threat with the right set up


8-Northwood Bully – Dropped & romped to a mild upset last time at Delaware Park, upset $12,500 claimers at Monmouth Park with a big rally & owns a win over the course


9-Global Glow – Has hit the board in four of five this season, had early traffic issues two back at Monmouth Park, game speed last out at Parx



8-Arion Silver – Red-hot Delaware invader wins two of his last three, held on under steady pressure last time & owns blinding speed


5-Strategic Defense – Only 3 for 36, but comes off a pair of improved efforts at Monmouth Park, including a narrow loss two back


1-Alke John – Put forth a mild three-wide rally for third fresh off the bench, Ed Broome trainee steps back slightly in class & gets Paco Lopez


7-Dubai Time – Made a late move to the front & finished a game third by a neck last out, breezing for this & owns a win at the Big M



7-Secret Ops – Beaten favorite with speed two back, a more manageable rally for third last time, heading in the right direction & dips in price


2-Bobrovsky – Named for Columbus Blue Jackets goalie + 2013 Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, late run just behind Secret Ops last time, working on an 0 for 15


3-Don’t Stop Back – Wheels right back off a late-running fourth behind Secret Ops, improving 3YO for Ed Broome draws better


8-Safari Samba – Beaten favorite was cooked in a three-wide duel & dug in gamely, tries Turf & cuts back to five furlongs



3-Acting On A Feelin – Scored two in a row for a bigger price at Monmouth Park before giving way last time, dangerous on the rebound


6-Quincy Lee – A solid second two back at Monmouth Park, then raced well at Laurel Park, just 2 for 31 on Turf, yet owns a win over the course


1-Mistie Royal – Notched her seventh win in 27 on Turf with a nose upset over Fava & Wildcat Sierra, moves inside for a serious shot at repeating


2-Fava – Beat Wildcat Sierra despite being steadied on the far turn two back, then got nosed out by Mistie Royale with a five-wide, hard-charging rally



7-Slewie Jones – Beaten favorite was claimed off an inside rally, had traffic before that & just missed on the Monmouth Park turf course on July 18th


1-Calesita Bay – Was freshened up & closed well from a tough spot at Penn National, popular item at the windows lands inside here


2-Hope For Tomorrow – Was gaining in her last two, the latest a sprint over a yielding course at Delaware Park, drops in price & finally gets an inside draw


3-Trick My Hat – Some recent efforts at Parx were trouble-filled & make her a contender at this cheaper price


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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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