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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:39 PM


6-Why Don’t You Stay – Closed from a tough spot to grab second in a promising Team Burke debut here after missing 28 days, builds on that in a blank C-2 opener


2-Maxi Bon – Have to note the sizzling 1:51.3 qualifier with a :26.3 kicker, any semblance of that would blitz this question mark C-2 field


1-Western Cole – Drops, moves inside & returns to the mile track after three straight no-chance miles, not strong in the win column, yet a better trip is likely



2-Big City Jewel – 1:51 winner at Vernon Downs last June qualified evenly & draws well for his Remmen Stable debut in a soft NW of 2, owns a big late kick


4-Shadow Recruit – Promising $100,000 yearling picked up for $37,000 at the Mixed Sale, making only his third career start debuts for Team Burke off a pair of energetic qualifiers here


9-National Seelster – Finished with a sharp speed in both qualifiers, his latest in :26, late-blooming colt lands a tough post, yet will be monitored closely



4-OK Gorgeous – Has caught fire winning three of four & twice paced a 1:52.1 career best at Dover Downs recently, draws well as the main speed for Captain Callahan


1-Bettor Believe It – Closed into a :54.3 back half with little chance in the vicious Escort Final, moves inside to stalk a pretty strong field


9-Idealbeach Hanover – Stone closer from Woodbine picks up Gingras, yet will need to acclimate & would appreciate some speed to shoot at



4-Village Beat – Has missed a few weeks off the sick scratch, but this steady veteran takes a significant class drop & draws well


1-Tex – Team Burke freshie gets a generous C-1 rating, shows beating NW of 5 at Harrah’s Philly last Fall, qualified against far superior Big Boy Dreams & lands the rail


5-Rocnrolwilneverdie – Stopped a long losing skid & converted a perfect second over trip to romp in an added distance event, one of several C-2 winners looking to step up



7-Hare Craft – Regained his winning form at Miami Valley, lands in a wide-open C-2 here for a raging barn & the hot hands of The Buckeye


2-Iam Bonasera – Form has clearly been dull, but now this classy veteran drops to the bottom rung, draws better & has a big chance to turn things around


5-Ring Warrior – Has missed three weeks, but reached too high in the Escort Series, draws an ideal midpack post to facilitate a stalking trip 7 gets fresh Deep Purple



6-Blatantly Best – Took too long to unwind & was barely outsprinted by the pocket sitter Long Live Rock last week, remains on a long form spree for Deep Purple & the Remmens


8-Ultimate Beachboy – Team Burke trainee tackled top Free For Allers in the American National, excellent speed tightener two weeks ago, versatile gelding is one to fear


2-Rockin Wizard – Was forced wide out of a stalled flow & from an impossible spot last week, moves inside & stalks the speed from closer range



6-Journeyman – Lightly-raced 4YO has always shown talent, won a late-closing final here back on 11-29, freshened & won his qualifier with a nice late burst for Team Burke


2-Urgent Action – Chased a couple of bearcats in his last two from outside posts, note the sharp win before that, dips slightly into a C-1/B-2 split, moves inside & switches to Brett Miller


7-K-Lees Shakenbake – Paced home in a typically brisk :54.4 and :26.4 last week, dangerous at this level no matter what the position, yet a fast pace obviously helps



4-Hunchie – Knocking heads & picking up checks against $25,000 claimers at Yonkers, gets class & post relief here & picks up Bionic Man


8-Breakin The Law – Just missed by a neck with late surge last week, has been on a bit of a roll against $15,000 claimers, remains a big threat despite the tougher draw


9-Moonlight Ransom – Gelding has cranked up his game in his last two with a near miss at a mile and an eighth, then a close second from post seven last week



2-Top Gear – Bounced back big with a solidly rated second two weeks ago for Team Burke & draws well to duplicate that effort with a stalking trip off the obvious speed


1-Seek The Dragon – Sparked his form with a speedy 1:51.3 win at the C-2 level, kicked in late to just miss to Windsong Gorgeous last week & draws inside again


5-Fitz’s Z Tam – 8YO has continued on fire while airing it out in two of his last three at Dover Downs on the engine, may be tough to knock off despite stepping up in price



6-Alittleaintenough – Dover Downs invader has been dropping hints of returning to form in his last two, drops into a blank C-2 here, prime opportunity to shine


5-Spender Hanover – 9YO took a mark of 1:49.4 here last July at this C-2 level, qualified well behind Journeyman, flashed speed in his first start off the bench


3-Rock Star – Two straight solid seconds at this C-2 level before the no chance mile from the second tier, draws better & retains Bionic Man



7-Salevster Stallion – 9YO coming off a $100,000+ season drops into a toss-up C-2 field, his class alone is enough to crush these


1-Sir Melo’s Z Tam –Ventured back to Yonkers & burned the chalk players as usual, third start off the bench, back at the bottom C-2 level here, switches to Bionic Man, but just 2 for his last 30


8-Road Untraveled – Pegged him last week in a prime spot & he succumbed to an unbelievable Alex Bullville in the extra eighth, now seeks to atone from a much tougher post



1-Eight Ten EOM – Has finished with his usual late zip in his last two, just missed off a hot pace last week, moves inside & figures to be tough to deny with the right trip


4-You Bet Your Glass – 12YO got torched when parked to the half in :54.3 last week, couple of big 1:52.1 wins recently & inside post make him a threat


7-Expensive Toy – A solid second for $20,000 before the sick scratch and 28-day layoff, 8YO veteran has enough class to be a factor here



2-Dragon Lore – Has been a major factor at the C-1 level, while flashing :26.3 speed, toss out last week’s mile with no chance from post ten, class & post relief


1-Traffic Cop – Note his close third with pace at both ends in the added distance event two starts back, has dropped in class, moves inside, yet needs to shake off the one for his last 24 stigma


10-Automatic Slims – Put forth a pretty decent acclimating mile when he rallied to hit the ticket in the added eighth in his first start for trainer Rob Harmon, solid record last year, threat despite post ten






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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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