Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:07 PM

RACE 1

1-Full Send – 10-time winner last year might be the sleeper in here & have an edge in fitness in this field of several comebackers, finished much better from the rail last week & now makes his third start off a sick scratch

 

5-Dragon Roars Again – This Dragon has continued to roar here, caught a case of seconditis, yet he did chase some standout winners & showed big-time speed last out

 

3-Gardys Legacy A – Aussie import flashed some sneaky late pace in his US debut on Lasix & draws inside again for an expected improved follow up in a wide-open field

 

RACE 2

7-Jimmy Connor B – Lightly-raced son of Big Jim was pace compromised & stormed home from a tough spot to land in a blanket photo, back half in :54, tougher post, but anxious to see his follow up for Team McNair

 

1-Caviart Lotus – Caviart Farms homebred for Team Takter, Governor’s Cup finalist looking to snap an 0 for 12, launched a late attack & just missed in his opener, back inside to time his late move just right

 

4-Surrealin – Product of the NY Excelsior Series, winless at two, finished with more vigor in his second qualifier, tracks along from an inside post & plays opportunist

 

RACE 3

6-Sundown Kid – Hammered down to 7-5 favorite & just missed with a well-meant effort & pace at both ends last week, sharp Brennan & Drennan 4YO sports a 1:50 mark here this season & looks to be on the verge

 

4-Clever Character – Indiana Sires Stakes champion for Team Burke took three starts to really come to life, his sudden speed set the table for Gingras Beach & tightened him up for an overdue win from another inside post

 

5-Gingras Beach – Made a prompt transition to the mile track & blew up the toteboard when he catapulted off hot fractions & took a new mark last week, draws better to prove that was no fluke

 

RACE 4

4-Buck Dancer – Was hinting on the fringes in his last two Preferreds, then got off to a slow start & was rolling too late off a rated pace last week, strong in the win column & draws better in a camera-shy field

 

9-Hockey Hanover – Hockey has thrived here since arriving in the Burke barn, wired & upset them when he faced off from post nine, then stepped up admirably with trot at both ends, figures to have plenty of speed to shoot at

 

7-Pikachu Hanover – Failed as the 4-5 favorite when simply didn’t have enough late punch despite a fast pace target, plus going second time Lasix, more demanding draw here to make amends in a wide-open field

 

RACE 5

8-Nandolo N – NZ import was visually impressive when he rocketed home in :25.4, back half in :54, beating some good ones in his second qualifier, stuck outside, but this 7YO could be this good or better

 

3-American History – 2019 Breeders Crown champ came out guns a blazing & equaled the season’s fastest mile last week, Team Alagna millionaire rewarded with an improved post & stands out in a very competitive affair

 

7-Franco Totem N – Returns to his favorite track after getting parked through a :26.3 third quarter @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, his tactical speed can plant him in prime stalking position & we know he can consistently kick home

 

RACE 6

4-Lyons Sentinel – Classy millionaire had her share of seconds chasing the likes of Party Girl Hill last year, finished a hard-charging third in her 4YO debut & draws well to step it up a notch or two

 

5-Soho Burning Love A – Former sidekick to Shartin N was a back-to-back sub 1:49 winner @ The Big M last summer, has regained winning form & completes a powerful Jim King, Jr. 1-2 punch 

 

3-Snobbytown – Steady sort has been a nice roll @ Yonkers where she just missed in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Final, tries the mile track for Team Burke & can flaunt her controlling speed from an inside post

 

RACE 7

1-Amigo Volo – 2020 Dan Patch Award & two-time Breeders Crown winner displayed more late zip in his second qualifier for Nifty Norman, lands the rail with Dexter Dunn, world champion gelding could be ready for this 4YO debut

 

2-Get Legs – Late-blooming Team Orange Crush 4YO won eight of his first nine starts here, returns fresh from a 24-day layoff after dominating the John Brennan Series @ Yonkers & draws inside an ultra competitive field

 

6-Deltasun A – 8YO has continued to be very consistent this season, draws a bit better fresh off the mile of his life with a sharp display of sudden speed in rein to the hottest hands @ The Big M

 

RACE 8

5-Warrawee Vital – Barely outsprinted with a wicked :25.3 in a sharp comeback in round one, 1:47.1 Bluegrass winner at three stalks the ample inside speed & logically benefits from that excellent acclimating mile

 

6-Captain Barbossa – Off a one for 19 sophomore season, this Team Alagna trainee has steamrolled to a pair of standout wins here, crushing a first leg division in a career best of 1:48.4, tough to go against

 

3-Poseidon Seelster – Won his first two starts here in sub 1:50 fashion, tried to give them the slip when Brennan went Minister & Captain Barbossa gunned him down, will be forwardly placed from post three again 

 

RACE 9

2-Oney Hall – Won eight of 13 last year in Ontario, a solid third to Lindy The Great in his Big M debut, got jammed up late & barely outsprinted for third while going well in the sprint home last week, draws inside again to trip out for his key third start off the bench & looks primed for Pelling

 

7-Lindy The Great – Has bounced back from a one for 16 season by going two-for-two in the Preferred, draws a demanding post in an evenly-matched field, but has fresh & improving form on his side, Team Orange Crush won this Sevruga & Lucky Jim, and third last year with this one

 

5-Majestic Player A – Open star @ Hoosier Park & Scioto Downs & 15-time winner last year was a much-improved third off a rated pace in the Charlie Hill Memorial, launches from midpack & picks up Gingras, who won two of the last three with Atlanta & Hannelore Hanover

 

RACE 10

3-Fortify – Right there a close second to a well-rated stablemate No Lou Zing in a super 4YO debut for Team Takter, 1:47.3 performer & Progress Pace upsetter lands the same inside post 

 

8-Ruthless Hanover – Lived up to the tote hype with a speedy opening round win & equaled his mark of 1:48.4, draws farther outside some tough opponents, but logically has more in the tank

 

1-Allywag Hanover – Solid sophomore campaign included a third in the Pace, also took a 1:48 mark @ The Big M, look for more aggressive effort from the rail in his second start off the bench

 

RACE 11

6-Beyond Words N – NZ bred 5YO a close second as the twice beaten favorite in both US starts off a sick scratch, looks to be poised to break through for Nifty Norman

 

10-Hot Mess Express – Former basketball star turned racing aficionado Sam Bowie has a good filly here, Indiana Sires Stakes star won both Big M qualifiers with strong finishes & this Team Alagna trainee rates a long look despite post ten

 

5-Hello Love – That was some Big M debut blowout in a career best of 1:50.2 as the 9-5 favorite, but now 22 days off after a lame scratch makes her tough to gauge 

 

RACE 12

1-Lexus Witha View – Beat comparable stock & took a new mark from post nine as the heavy favorite back in mid-March, chance to rebound off a couple of no-chance trips @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with class & post relief

 

2-Respect Our Flag – Took full advantage of some class relief & overcame a tough first over trip to prevail over the favorite Sundown Kid last week, back inside for the red-hot Team Bongiorno

 

9-Im Sir Blake A – Had the misfortune of bumping into 1:48 winner American History in his US debut on Lasix, yet still rallied for third, moves outside, but logically expected to show more in this handicapper’s headscratcher

 

RACE 13

5-Angers Bayama – 1:48 performer at the Big M in 2020 finished a strong third to Wheel’s On Fire in his much-needed 5YO debut for Team Alagna, expect an even better follow up from this steady stalking threat

 

6-Wheel’s On Fire – Last week’s upset winner tripped out off a hot pace & took a new mark of 1:48.1, obviously in top form since arriving here for Team Burke & strong in the win column 

 

3-Ana Afreet N – Relished the return to the mile track @ The Big M with back-to-back wins, then a narrow loss last month, languished too far off a rated pace two weeks ago & has a big chance to rebound for Team Cullipher

 

RACE 14

2-Independent One – Had no chance with a slow start from post eight off the sick scratch after missing 22 days, can hold own against these, expect more speed & improvement from a better post 

 

8-Justin Credible – Amazing turnaround is one way to describe how this 7YO exploded off a soft pace to a sparkling new mark of 1:51.4 & lit up the board fresh off the claim, any semblance of that mile makes him the one to beat despite the tougher post

 

7-Master Conrad – Beaten favorite in two of his last three has been a relentless closer, overcoming some wide trips recently & rates top contender status for Team Chiodo

 

 



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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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