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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, April 27, 2015 10:27 PM


3-Northern Grace – Half sister to Opening Night, 1:52.1 [$820,474] qualified deceptively well for Smedshammer & draws well in an inviting curtain raiser with The Bionic Man 


1-All That Sparkles - $6,000 filly finished with good vigor in the qualifier before hitting the board in her 3YO debut, moves inside for the reputable Czernyson 


5-Love Me Madly – Breeders Crown finalist at two chased the standout Wild Honey in her lone qualifier with Campbell & upside potential 



4-Canepa Hanover - $300,000 brother to Triple Crown champion Glidemaster bounced back off a break with a sizzling qualifier, part of a powerful Takter Hambletonian battalion  


5-Donnie Darko – 1:54.2 winner here back in January gained valuable experience chasing the prolific JL Cruze in the Weiss Series for Team Burke 


6-Mythology Blue Chip – Outsprinted by world champion Muscle Network in a useful acclimating mile, hasn’t missed the board this season & presents a stalking threat 



2-Divine Caroline – Grand Circuit winner at two brushed & crushed foes in her 2014 debut at Harrah’s Philly off two speedy qualifiers & looms large as a result for Joe Holloway 


6-Stacia Hanover – Nailed this one at almost 5-1 last week as she barely outkicked Strut My Stuff, 2014 NJSS champion builds on that for the rock solid Steve Elliott 


3-Strut My Stuff – Uncorked an eye-catching move to just miss to Stacia Hanover in her seasonal debut, stakes quality filly rates highly making her second start off the bench 



3-Dream Rocker – Streaked to a career best of 1:54 from post nine on 4-17, then got used hard & held second to Lauderdale on an admirable step up, sharp item draws better 


4-B Yoyo – Drops another notch after setting a solid pace & breaking as the even money favorite, capable of rebounding with speed & class 


7-Lauderdale – Got another shot at this reduced level & took full advantage with a patient drive by Scott Zeron, threat to repeat despite a more demanding scenario  



1-Starzinner – Forced to chase potential star Whom Shall I Fear in both Spring Preview events, now this Smedshammer trainee is the standout from the rail 


2-Total Darkness – A good third behind Starzinner in a solid comeback for Czernyson, Muscles Yankee colt moves inside pointing in the right direction 


8-Stonebridge Force – Half brother to Oaks champion Creamy Mimi tangled with top level colts like Pinkman & Billy Flynn last year, qualified well for Svanstedt & worth a look 



5-Bedroomconfessions – Twice a runner-up to Horse of the Year JK She’salady, including the She’s A Great Lady Final, looks ready off one solid qualifier for Alagna  


2-Wicked Little Minx – Three Diamonds finalist at two qualified twice with pace to spare for Team Svanstedt & draws well with Bionic Man 


8-Happiness – Fresh Burke acquisition won both qualifiers with competitive speed & beat Mosquito Blue Chip in the latest, poised for a serious test from post eight 



3-Quick Deal – Was much improved in his latest comeback, grinding gamely to just miss at the reduced level, draws better for Team Orange Crush & owns some back class 


7-Pounce Hanover – A perfect three-for-three since the claim by a raging barn, all on the engine, while controlling the tempo, his latest was a career best 1:53.2, one to catch again 


6-In Nomine Patri – Dips slightly to a more competitive level after chasing a sharp 1:52.1 winner, tactical speed puts him in play 



6-Hurrikane Ali – Apparently overcame his breaking issues & tripped out to an eye-catching 1:51.4 career best in his latest qualifier for a barn that’s been on fire, doesn’t face much here 


3-A Bettor Hat – Saw some Grand Circuit action at two, raced deceptively well in both Spring Preview miles, draws well to stalk & possibly pop 


2-Devils Cut – Gelding was a good third two starts back, then simply had too far to come from post ten, big chance to save ground & lunge late in a light field 



9-Single Me – Owns a close second to Horse of the Year JK She’salady, excellent qualifier behind Happiness, threat here despite the long layoff & post nine 


3-Quick Ain’t Fair – Paced home in a noteworthy :26.3 behind a pair of sharp stablemates, made her tighter for her second start off the bench with another inside draw 


1-Kaitlyn Akepper – A distant second to a Grand Circuit winner in Bettor N Better in her latest Q, lands the pole in a light N/W of 2 for Tetrick & Toscano 


RACE 10 

2-Top Brand – Flashed some improvement when she rallied to hit the board behind Janie Bay, finally draws inside with a chance to trip out in a wide-open field 


4-Brooklyn’s Best – Just three for her last 40, but has been hinting in her last two on the comeback trail, better draw & owns a win here over a sloppy track 


8-McNickels McDimes – Faces a tougher assignment fresh off a wire-to-wire career best 1:52.4 as the heavy favorite, chance to capitalize on her fine form 


RACE 11 

1-Major Dancer – Last year’s Breeders Crown runner-up logically needed her first start off the bench, high quality mare with strong record at the top end has a big chance to work out a tailor made trip  


6-Radar Contact – Got a little overanxious & was nipped by the pocket-sitting Inittowinafortune, still on a long form spree & figures to be in control of the pace once more 


5-Inittowinafortune – It took every inch of that perfect pocket trip to score the mild upset & new lifetime mark, tactical speed makes her a serious threat to repeat for a red-hot stable 


RACE 12 

2-Tiger’s Too Good – Twice beaten favorite with two no-chance trips, plummets to the bottom rung, lands post two again & tighter on the comeback trail 


4-Kingapore – Finished with keen late trot in :27.3 on 4-17, failed to get involved last week, keep in mind he beat these with a career best 1:54.4 on 4-3 


9-Ashes Cash – Big effort in his debut here on 4-17, then squandered a perfect second over trip, acclimated now & deserves another shot despite post nine 




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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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