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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:16 PM

RACE 1

7-Wegottatruckyea – Ake Svanstedt tuned gelding out of a half sister to Cam’s Card Shark took only two starts to break his maiden with pace at ends from post seven at Pocono Downs & adds Bionic Man

 

2-Edward Teach – Third in the Lou Babic as a freshman, this Burke trainee is 0 for ten, draws inside off one nondescript qualifier here, tough to gauge in a wide open Spring Preview division

 

3-Devils Cut – Gelding was an even fourth here in his second start off the bench, chance to improve from with another inside draw in a light field

 

RACE 2

3-Rediscovery – Team Burke trainee on a roll recently winning the Sagamore Final, then outsprinted by more seasoned foes last week in a 1:49.2 mile & acclimated now

 

2-JK Patriot – Third in the Escort Final, fifth in the Sonsam & third to Rediscovery in the Sagamore, freshened for a rematch in this series & draws well

 

1-Sassy Hanover – Sharpest of the two Linda Toscano trainees, came right back to win again, looks to step up further for this series & loves inside

 

RACE 3

7-Bobby The Greek – From the second crop of major stakes star Artzina & from a very productive family, gelding got off to a promising third, then a rousing score in 1:52 at Dover Downs

 

8-Major In Life – Gelding was eager to set a solid pace & came up just a half length shy as the beaten favorite, draws farther outside, but has a big chance to improve

 

1-American Messenger – Shows one superb prep over a track rated good at Southern Oaks Training Center in Florida, got to give trainer John Butenschoen respect, debuts from the rail in a field that is a combined 3 for 79

 

RACE 4

3-Revenge Shark – Dropped out of Gilmour Series & promptly steamrolled to a 1:50.4 career best before freshening up with a strong qualifier & draws well with major upside for top connections

 

5-Gokudo Hanover – Blasted right down the road with eye-catching fractions and 1:50.3 blowout last week, this gelding continues to progress & looks to break his every other pattern

 

4-Midnight Lightning – Twice beaten favorite almost got to a very game Chucaro Acero BC with a :27.3 sprint, third-place finisher in the Gilmour Final will need to find a bit more

 

RACE 5

3-That’s My Opinion – Big price yearling out of a half sister to Big Jim, tripped out to win his comeback, then closed into a :54 back half against much tougher, post improves

 

1-Rock Star – Been on this gelding’s bandwagon since we pegged him on 4-4, nose out in a Dash for the “G” Notes last week & draws better to keep his form spree alive

 

6-Diamond Said – Hot item reclaimed by Dan Gill after winning three of four & lowered his mark to 1:50.4 on 3-21, versatile gelding may be the speed target again

 

RACE 6

6-Dovuto Hanover – Classy gelding was a hard-charging second by a neck in :26.2, tighter now, closed into a :54.1 back half & may get a better speed target to shoot at this time

 

2-Rockin Wizard – Aggressive winner by a nose over Fool Me Once on 4-4 was severely pace compromised when that rival stole away last week, chance to turn the tables from post two again

 

7-Fool Me Once – Took them all the way with a great drive by Scott Zeron & held off Dovuto Hanover in :26.4, nosed out by Rockin Wizard before that, a fresh threat for Tony Alagna

 

RACE 7

9-Dapper Dude – Simply got to revved up last week, re-acclimated to the mile track, may be conserved for an off-the-pace effort with a solid pace likely in a very competitive field

 

2-Dynamic Youth – Classy Cane Pace winner didn’t exactly explode out of the pocket two weeks ago, still remains a serious threat making his third start off the bench from another inside post

 

1-Mister Virgin – Gelding was involved in that wicked pace last week & drops back down to the level of his blowout lifetime best of 1:50.1 on 3-28, expect forward placing from the rail again

 

RACE 8

2-Legends Luck – Finished sneaky good from a tough spot & post eight in a decent acclimating mile last week, drops further & moves inside a camera shy field

 

6-Relentless Dreamer – Deserves to take action off his huge rally to just miss by a neck to big favorite Sassy Hanover, loves the long stretch here

 

1-Sweet Beach – 1:51.2 winner here last season was knocking on the door against N/W of 5 stock at Pocono Downs, gets class & post relief here

 

RACE 9

1-Rockaholic – Merits immediate attention off a solid second to Gratias Deo & now a fresh claim by the raging Michael Russo barn, protects the rail & works out a stalking trip

 

8-Gratias Deo – Live item was claimed for the third time recently after winning his third of four, the last two as the favorite & fresh off a career best of 1:52.3, tougher assignment in this final

 

4-Fox Valley Tyrese – Fits the dangerous closer profile after a noteworthy rally to hit the board, draws better, yet always at the mercy of the pace & trip

 

RACE 10

3-Lady Spartacus – Lightly-raced Toscano trained filly raced well in all three preps at Yonkers, maintains her stalking mode from an inside post in her mile track debut

 

9-Gweneeee J – Sister to Heston Blue Chip & Sunfire Blue Chip was barely outsprinted in :26 in a very brave debut here, Linda Toscano has a big chance of finishing 1-2 in this division

 

4-For The Glory – Liked the way she finished up in her 3YO debut here at 13-1, flashed solid pace at both ends in her previous qualifier, draws well with plenty of upside

 

RACE 11

4-Blatantly Best – Beaten favorite closed into a :54.2 back half & couldn’t make a dent last week, relentless closer always gives a top effort & draws better to be within striking range

 

1-Odds On Equuleus – Big M love qualified with plenty of vigor, then shot home in :26.4 to soundly beat these fresh off the bench, may not get the same fast fractions to vault off of, but still tough to go against from the rail

 

7-Windsong Gorgeous – Left, sat a two-trip, was locked in a bit, but faded last week, reclaimed again by Mike Watson, this prolific gelding has license to rebound

 

RACE 12

7-El Bloombito – Angled off the cones & shook loose late to land in the photo with a :26.4 last week, stormed home from a tough spot before that, live item won’t be too far back in an abbreviated field

 

4-Panchester United – Gunned down the well-rated pacesetter Rock Out with a game first over & another furious stretch lunge, on a long form spree for Team Burke & took his mark of 1;50.2 in the slop on 3-14

 

5-Rock Out – Got away from stellar stablemate Rockeyed Optimist, controlled the pace & was barely outsprinted by Panchester United, needed the race & maintains solid form

 

RACE 13

7-Acelo Hanover – Dover Downs invader was the beaten favorite fresh off the bench, gelding was a winner for this price before the recent layoff & lands in a very friendly field here

 

10-Rockrockwhosthere – Went 0 for 38 last year, yet has a chance to step it up making his second start off the bench at this reduced tag

 

2-Jin Dandy – Despite being 0 for his 48 he sports some competitive lines, finally moves inside & in line to trip out in a wide open finale

 

 

 



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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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