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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:42 PM


2-Muffin’s Man – Grinded out a good third in his 3YO debut for Team Burke, making only his third career start with plenty of upside from an inside post 


7-Artsmah – Gelding took only three starts to break his maiden in style at Pocono, stablemate to Gokudo Hanover continues to progress 


3-Bruce’s Magic – Didn’t have much chance those two Spring Preview miles, regrouped with a strong qualifier for Tony Alagna 



6-Art History – Like his stablemate Rockeyed Optimist this 4YO has flourished for Steve Elliott, reeling off five straight with no bottom in sight & rates top billing once again 


1-Odds On Equuleus – Was forced to make it up from too far back & another :25.3 got him a fifth-place check again, the move inside may place him within closer striking range 


3-Dapper Dude – Classy veteran sharpened his sword recently, took a couple of weeks off after setting the table for Art History, will have to try rating a slower pace this time 



2-Highland Terrific – 1:51.2 winner here last season has been gearing up on the comeback trail at Freehold, draws inside fresh off a narrow loss 


5-Rock Fame – Faced tougher at Yonkers recently, had no chance while re-acclimating here last week & finds a soft spot to exploit 


4-Battleshoe Tom – Recent winner for this price at Freehold, rallied for second from a tough spot last out, longer stretch here helps him 



10-Mission Brief – Early Hambletonian favorite looked anxious, yet certainly safe enough in her first spin of the season, post ten is never a picnic, but she has an over abundance of talent & this is not a tough field 


2-Rules Of The Road – A distant fourth behind Mission Brief in the first leg, then romped in round two & draws well to play an opportunist’s role 


3-Model Behavior – Note the improved second behind Rules Of The Road from the same post in the second leg, can see her taking another step up 



9-Steady Pulse – Left hard & tripped out with the mile of his life in the slop on 5-16, then pace compromised in a sizzling 1:49.4 mile, chance to rebound for a hot barn 


1-Mambo Italiano – Team McDermott reclaim has been right here on the board in his last two, lands the pole & figures to go right back to his usual stalking mode 


6-Olde Time Hockey – Followed the raging Rockeyed Optimist with a nice bounce-back qualifier, looks ready for his 2015 debut, however another miscue would put him in the sin bin 



8-Artspeak - #1 ranked colt on The Road to the Pace came out guns a blazing with a wrapped up career best 1:49, 2014 NJSS champion ready for a stiffer challenge 


4-Hurrikane Ali – Ali has knocked them out in both rounds of NJSS, going two-for-two on Lasix, faces a marquee match up with Artspeak & certainly looks up to it with the post position advantage 


6-Gokudo Hanover – Steady gelding finished a solid second in both legs, while not threatening the top two & appears next in line again 



2-Fritzie Pick Up Man – Used hard & just missed by a neck in a wicked sprint to the wire, sharp 4YO moves inside with a slight class edge & switches to The Master Campbell 


7-My Temudjin N – Beaten favorite grinded gamely & suffered a narrow loss to You Bet Your Glass, very live item remains a major danger at this reduced level 


5-You Bet Your Glass – 12YO back with Arnold Marks, was allowed to control the pace & held on, rallied from an impossible spot before that, so Tetrick has options 



4-Stacia Hanover – Finished with high-end speed & just missed to a surprisingly good Wicked Little Minx, the improved post may place her within closer striking distance 


6-Happiness – Skipped round two after making it back-to-back blowouts for Team Burke, looks like the one to beat 


1-Lindys Old Lady – Easily & effortlessly made it two-for-two, then took last week off, late-bloomer owns dangerous, controlling speed from the pole 



4-K-Lees Shakenbake – Gelding can motor home as fast as any, rates strong consideration with the class & post relief 


5-Mister Virgin – Got torched in a sizzling 1:48.2 mile, while chasing the streaking Art History, claimed off a career best 1:49.4 before that & back to that level 


7-Windsong Gorgeous – Gets a price reduction here after suffering broken equipment two weeks ago, gutsy gelding has had a long productive meet 


RACE 10 

5-Stonehouse Adam – Came up short from post nine, while showing solid pace at both ends for Team Burke, faced much tougher recently 


2-Magnus Deo – Sharp gelding was charging hard from a tough spot in a noteworthy :26.3 last week & draws better 


6-The Bruiser – Made an immediate & admirable adjustment to the mile track with a stout rally to hit the board while pace compromised 


RACE 11 

2-French Laundry – Ranked #6 on The Road to the Hambletonian, controlled the pace & outsprinted a quality opponent in :26.4, part of the powerful Takter army, ready for more 


6-Guess Who’s Back – Last year’s NJSS champ measured off Canepa Hanover to make it a confident two-for-two, continues to progress & faces a serious test from the Takter duo 


4-Canepa Hanover – Brushed boldly through a :27.4 third quarter & got nailed late by Guess Who’s Back, Takter calls him this year’s Trixton, ramping up his game 


RACE 12 

3-My Name Is Sam – Freshened & returned with a strong, positive display of vigor & narrow loss last week, draws inside again to part of the pace equation 


1-Shades Of Bay – A distant third behind My Name Is Sam last week after breaking his maiden in rousing style, Tony Alagna tuned Art Major 3YO with upside & the pole 


7-Well Bred – Was starting to progress at The Meadows before the latest miscue, bounced back with a confident qualifier here for Team Burke 


RACE 13 

8-Long Live Rock – Makes his second start off a sick scratch, gets significant class relief, we know he loves this track & seems best if on his game 


5-Dancin Hill – Drops to the bottom condition rung, while showing positive signs of coming around, a strong second with Gingras last week 


6-Shadows Dream – Struggling from outside posts at Yonkers in his last two, just two for his last 52, but the class drop makes him a possibility 





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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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