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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:43 PM


3-Coaster – Steady check earner in the tough Weiss Series, trying to overcome slow starts from demanding posts recently, Burke tuned gelding stormed home to win a Gilmour division back on 3-7 & can stalk the speed


2-Tomy Terror – Rated #9 on the Road to the Pace, a Simpson winner at Vernon Downs in a sizzling 1:50.2, second by a nose in the PASS Final, was better in the second qualifier, heads a strong 1-2 punch for John Butenschoen


7-Dragon Eddy – Grand Circuit winner at two going five for nine, excellent qualifiers at Southern Oaks Training Center, going faster than stablemate Tomy Terror



1-Spartacus Jim – Obviously trainer Scott Di Domenico saw something before he claimed him at Yonkers, has a big chance to trip out from the rail & spark his form in a real soft spot here


2-Gratias Deo – Gelding has had a productive season, popular at the claim box recently, cruised a new mark two starts back, his new barn doing good work here & draws better


5-Encoding Z Tam – Winner for this price at Dover Downs was roughed up from post eight, then got parked in his Big M debut, acclimated now & improved post



1-Soto – First crop of Rock N Roll Heaven & dam is a half sister to Sportswriter, blasted home in a wicked :54.2 and :26.1 in a sizzling qualifier for Takter


2-Revenge Shark – Pace eligible for Tony Alagna paced a :54.3 back half, but Gokudo Hanover had already stolen away, primed for his second try off the bench


3-Gokudo Hanover – Credit the magic touch of Campbell for stealing that Spring Preview opener last week, unleashed a career best blowout before that & draws well



6-Gweneeee J – Twice beaten chalk endured another game grind & battled bitterly with her stablemate Lady Spartacus last week, chance to turn the tables


9-Lady Spartacus – Half of the strong Linda Toscano 1-2 punch in here fought bravely on the lead & held off Gweneeee J to score in a sparkling Big M debut, more demanding post assignment tonight


4-Callacam – Callahan bred filly just missed back-to-back at Dover Downs before the late miscue last time, inside draw after a needed trip over the track



3-Bobby The Greek – After some promising preps at Dover Downs he took the conservative route & rallied off the speed in his first trip here, figures to offer even more from a better post


6-Edward Teach – Uncorked an eye-catching 3YO debut here in round one, Team Burke trainee logically has a big chance to build on that


2-Wegottatruckyea – Beaten chalk got rebuffed by Edward Teach & parked out, still paced home in :27.4, two-move score at Pocono Downs before that, moves inside to rebound



4-Rock Out – Tried to go all the way & lost by a head to Panchester United two starts back, then completely blocked behind that rival & split them too late in a five-ply photo last week, added eighth helps him, impossible to leave out in a great handicapping puzzle


3-Major Uptrend – Runner up in finals of the Escort, Sonsam & Weiss Series, roughed up at Pocono last out, draws well to stalk the expected speed, one of four Burke trainees in a wild second leg of the Whata Baron


1-Panchester United – Beaten favorite tried the aggressive route & was barely outgamed by Bettorever last week, on a long form spree for Team Burke & figures to be forwardly placed again from the rail



7-Odds On Equuleus – Rocketed home off the torrid fractions to score decisively in his latest comeback, used too hard protecting the rail last week, a very live Tony Alagna trainee is more effective coming from off the pace


6-Speed Again – Classy Burke trainee was close to a pretty hot pace & pacing strong at the wire in 1:49.3, getting back in shape, drops further & can stalk the ample speed on view


3-Mister Truth – Left alertly, got shuffled & shook loose too late in a useful acclimating mile after winning three straight at Dover Downs, an opportunist option with another inside post



3-Apollo Seelster – Apollo has blasted off for four in a row & three straight at Dover Downs since switching to their leading trainer Dylan Davis, lands here in a field of question marks fresh off a career best of 1:51


6-Idealbeach Hanover – 0 for 14 in 2015, but that was a serious rally to just miss by a nose to the classy Dapper Dude, also note the solid third in the Clyde Hirt Final, cycling back around


5-Art History – Beaten favorite was blitzed by the talented Gokudo Hanover & was right there in his seasonal debut, obviously tighter now & rates contender status for Steve Elliott



1-Journeyman – First in a dead heat here back in January, solid recent efforts at Pocono for Team Burke, getting class & post relief for his return to the mile track


3-Mister Virgin – Was shuffled a bit & had some stretch traffic issues & finished well once clear, huge 1:50.1 winner on 3-28 is a fresh claim with another inside post


4-Diamond Said – Reclaimed by Virgil Morgan, Jr. off a no-chance trip, convincing winner before that for current connections, steps up, but meets a camera-shy field & reunited with Brett Miller



1-Big Jer – Got hampered by an early breaker, then parked the mile from post seven in his third start off the bench, 1:49.2 performer here last season now hits rock bottom & moves inside


2-Johnny Z – Based on his impressive 2015 stats it’s hard to believe his poor record this season, fired out & left in the wake of a runaway Sweet Beach last week, gets class & post relief


9-Stormin Rustler – 11YO warhorse rounding back into form, fresh off an excellent effort & narrow loss in that short series final, give him a chance despite post nine



3-Doo Wop Hanover – Last year’s NJSS champion closed into a noteworthy :53.3 back half chasing Fool Me Once in an inspiring comeback, fully expecting more & has a chance to stalk from closer range


6-Dovuto Hanover – Just missed to Fool Me once fresh off the bench, then simply paid the price for an unusually slow start last week as the beaten favorite, fresh & sharp enough to atone


1-Fool Me Once – Launched on another speed mission & simply blew them away in 1:49, while bearing out into the three path in the stretch, still fresh on the comeback trail & heads a strong entry



7-Capozzo – Competed against some top level foes in the Levy Series recently, this is too much of a class drop to ignore & finds a very friendly field


8-Sir Cary’s Z Tam – Caught languishing at the back with zero chance last week, had been chasing a raging Windsong Gorgeous, owns a big kick & plummets to try to stop his losing skid


9-Mambo Italiano – Recent claim by a white hot barn, had to swerve around a first turn breaker & bottomed them out with a dazzling career best at age eight, nosed out with a gigantic rally before that, rates highly off those eye-opening miles



8-Rockaholic – Beaten favorite fresh off the Michael Russo claim was shuffled & caught behind a wall before shaking loose with some late pace, leaves for stalking position here


9-NF Drum Roll – Dropped in for this price & promptly bounced back to crush these in last Saturday’s finale, controlling speed is his forte, so expect another blast off


4-Private Interview – Intriguing Maryland invader freshened after starting off his year three-for-three at Rosecroft, draws well to flaunt his speed, yet tough to gauge





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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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