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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:07 PM


5-Opulent Yankee – Gelding sports a sparkling mark of 1:51.4, a new project for Team Orange Crush, qualified solidly against far superior trotters like Maven & Odds On Amethyst


2-Never Ever Clever – Muscle Hill filly has had her moments since shipping here & finally moves inside after trying to close from a tough spot, while chasing a standout winner in Oneida


6-Maximus Deo – Muscles Yankee colt is looking for his first on-the-board finish, stayed flat & won his qualifier in well-controlled fashion & obviously needed the comebacker behind Never Ever Clever



9-Empress Deo – Recently switched to trainer Wayne Givens & reeled off three in a row at Dover Downs, her speed can be utilized to overcome post nine & continue her improving trend


2-Lissan – 2YO was starting to find her groove this Fall at Freehold winning two in a row, now debuts for Team Burke off a handy qualifier & draws inside


4-Withmewithoutme – Got to note the way she cruised to finally break her maiden at Harrah’s Philly on 11-9, no chance from post eight at Yonkers last out



9-Odds On Amethyst – Exited the Breeders Crown & went all the way again in the slop, this Takter trainee steps up slightly & draws outside again, yet has untapped potential


6-Mister Anson – Was able to brush and crush from post nine in a well-controlled & dominant debut here, has a big chance to build on that career best


8-Struck By Lindy – This filly has regained her best stride since the solid third in the Breeders Crown & returns to the Big M fresh from an easy, confidence-boosting score in PA



2-Vibe Blue Chip – Gave a positive indication he’s returning to form with an improved effort last out at Harrah’s Philly, this Burke trainee returns here in a soft C-1 with a better post


5-Guiltywithanexcuse – Obviously didn’t take to the slop two weeks ago, yet was sending the right signs before that against superior foes & now drops dangerously


1-Flaming Yankee – Saratoga shippers have done their share of damage here, including Heidi Rohr, four-time beaten favorite trying to cure his seconditis with fresh Bionic Man



5-Clear View Hanover – Flashed speed in the slop & tired two weeks ago, now drops with an ideal midpack draw, mare with a big finish thrives in the added eighth


6-Brooklyns Best – 8YO mare has come to life in his last three here, grinded gamely while chasing a revved up Hayworth Blue Chip, big effort to score in the slop before that & just miss in the added eighth on 11-28


3- Let Her Rock – Took her mark of 1:52.1 here at the C-2 level back in July, her recent Yonkers form is decent, solid speed last time, cozy inside draw here



3-Upfront Billy – Steady gelding got off to a great start here this meet with a second by a nose & mild upset, pace & trip compromised last week, gets class & post relief & strong in the win column


5-Here Comes Numbers – Red flagged for the switch to Team Burke, a proven Big M lover in good form, a versatile trotter with midpack options here


4-Master Of Law – Takter took over his training in July, pulled a big upset in the Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park, yet has had his issues, the class relief could cure his recent woes



8-Coffee Addict – Open class winner at Yonkers shook loose late & was a hard-charging second to the heavy favorite Set Me Up, looks for a better speed set up in a contentious match up


5-Western Empress – Recently chased the likes of Breeders Crown favorite Yagonnakissmeornot, no chance trips in her last two, this Burke trainee can grind it out


3-Momma Rock – We jumped on board in her second start after a long layoff & she wasn’t quite ready to sprint with the top two, including Coffee Addict, another inside draw & stalking trip imminent third try off the bench



4-Canadian Wildcat – Solid efforts at the upper echelon chasing the red-hot Melady’s Monet, toss his latest from post eight at Harrah’s Philly, now drops & draws well


10-Rolls Blue Chip – Switched to Burke this Fall & took a few starts to get his act together & post two straight blowouts, outside draw may not matter with his potential


6-B Yoyo – Those three straight wins at Harrah’s Philly were certainly no fluke, forgive the miscue last time while continuing on the rise, gelding has new lease on life



4-Delightful Dragon – Upset winner in the Three Diamonds here as a 2YO, flashed some sneaky late pace off the sick scratch, draws better & may be ready to show her class


7-A La Notte Hanover – Has missed a couple of weeks since fading to sixth in the slop, rallied for second in a sharp :26.3 before that & faced some stakes fillies this season


2-Icommandmyspirit – Owns a mark of 1:50 here freshened up by trainer Chris Ryder, won her qualifier with vigor, a smooth, stalking trip is likely & she’s capable of a big kick



8-Tactful Way – Has won two of three on his way back at Harrah’s Philly, the latest with a huge rally over an off track, this is a 4YO with upside who has caught a vulnerable field here


2-Hill I Am – Twice beaten favorite was caught behind controlling speed, but lacked any serious kick last week, finally moves inside & the 2YO NJSS champion owns some talent


9-Dot Dot Dot Dash – Three-time winner at the Big M this season fresh on the comeback trail with two on-the-board finishes at Yonkers, tactical speed can always put her in play



5-Detroit Rapper – Rebounded from a miscue & exploded home to a new mark in his third start for trainer Rob Harmon, this gelding has major upside


1-Propulsion – Lightly-raced & regally bred colt was off in a world of his own in the comebacker here, sport’s a mark of 1:52.3 & continues to prep for series action


2-Everyone’s Talkin – Gelding with some pedigree, caught his best stride with two in a row on the comeback trail at Harrah’s Philly & draws well here



5-Just Fine – Art Major filly took a sparkling mark of 1:50 at The Red Mile, makes her first start here for trainer Nifty Norman off a solid qualifier


10-Impatience – Has Breeders Crown champions on both sides, has come to life for trainer David Duspiva winning three in a row, lowered her mark to 1:53.2 last time & will need to fire out


8-Blixtra – Has simply been too far back to make a dent, bogged down in the slop two weeks

ago, gets needed class relief & retains the Bionic Man



2-Sam Swifty – Only 2 for 31 this season, but hinting of better in her last two here, wasn’t catching heavy favorite Hayworth Blue Chip last time, gets Scottie Z & inside draw


3-Alhambra – Recently ramped up her form at Saratoga, closed from a tough spot to win two starts back, inside draw with Bionic Man here


4-Stormunn – It was only her second win in 30 starts this season, but a gutsy effort nevertheless at Saratoga, figures to be well placed in a stalking mode by Brett Miller






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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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