Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 12:18 AM


4-Moon Doggie – Runner up to a big standout Bettor BB last week, makes his second start off a sick scratch & draws a bit better in this wide-open curtain raiser


2-Sossy’s King Kong – Was right there in a blanket photo with a :27.1 two starts back fresh off the claim, toss out last week’s post ten debacle, now moves inside


6-Just N Berlander – Consistent 10YO ships north fresh off the best mile of his season for rising star Joe Chindano, Jr. & certainly knows his way around this track



6-Bank Sea – Hammered down to 3-5 & blew them away with the best mile of his season, Shea Lare is one-for-one here with fresh claims (Dull Roar on April 24)


7-TJ Blast – Steady sort blasted to the top & bottomed them out last week, steps up a notch & tougher post, but revved up as a new prospect for a productive claiming barn


5-Sunny Bo – Missed 29 days prior to his nondescript acclimating mile here from post nine, 0 for his last 35, yet a fresh item with license to show more in a tricky puzzle



5-Chin Chin Hall – Beaten favorite rallied prematurely from post nine & still trotted home strong for the show last Saturday, solid first over winner before that draws better


6-Reign Of Honor – Scored fresh off the bench in a career best 1:52.1, just missed two starts back, an obvious threat if he can avoid making an early miscue again


2-Steuben Hanover – Gradually gathering momentum on the comeback trail \, beaten favorite off a grinding narrow loss last week, draws inside again for hot connections



8-Mycrownmykingdom – Brother to $4 million 2013 HOY Bee A Magician, romped in his 3YO debut here, draws farther outside, but no doubt gives 2019 Hambo winning combo reason to be optimistic


4-Zenith Stride – 2020 Peter Haughton Memorial shocker finished well in both qualifiers, has had the requisite time to mature & improve, Hambo hopeful draws well


10-Tart Tongue – Another promising charge for Team Melander has blossomed as a 3YO, just missed in his first two @ Pocono, then romped in a Weiss Series consolation, worth a long look despite post 10



1-JK Alwaysbalady – 3 Brothers homebred second foal out of 2014 HOY JK She’salady, Breeders Crown elimination winner just missed in that final, lands the rail off two strong qualifiers for Team Takter


7-Staycation Hanover – Late-blooming Somebeachsomewhere filly can’t be faulted for any of her four starts this season, fresh off a hard-fought loss from the same post 


9-Uptown Hanover – Finished a credible third behind Staycation Hanover in her 3YO debut for Team Burke, moves outside, but logically has license to step up



1-Muscle Dynasty – Team Marion Marauder dreaming Hambo again with another son of Muscle Hill, who rallied to hit the board behind Sheswildnfree in a promising 3YO debut here, now lands the rail with a chance to turn the tables


4-Seaswildnfree – Shipped south fresh off a new mark in a Mohawk series final & went all the way in a dominant Big M debut despite missing 39 days & now draws better


3-Scirocco Patrick – Steady stalking customer against N/W 5 company @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside with a win here this season & trainer Mark Silva is on a roll 



2-Preppy Art – Beaten favorite pace compromised finishing third behind Ideal Son last week, second start off the latest claim draws inside again with Dexter Dunn


6-Ideal Son – Just one for his last 17, runner up in his last four, second try off the claim draws a tougher post, but likely will be forwardly placed


5-Rockin Rambaran – 11YO warhorse stole a soft :57.1 half & crushed $10,000 foes last week, poised to step up after winning two of three since the latest claim



10-Memo – Landed on the fringe fifth in his much-needed Big M debut for Team Burke, moves outside, yet drops again to face a field begging to be beaten


3-Resita – Was forced first over, so had an excuse to falter again, gets another shot at this reduced level & draws inside for Team Cullipher


5-No Drama Please – Freshened with three months off & won his qualifier with plenty, now launches midpack in a field that is a combined five for 91 in 2021



6-Skats Outa The Bag – Jumped on this one two starts back, then she rebounded with a sharp effort with pace at both ends, well acclimated now & could be on the verge against a camera-shy bunch


8-Majestic Virgin – Uncorked the big class drop n pop from a similar post to give James MacDonald his first Big M win last week, bumped up with another demanding post, but brimming with confidence


3-Be Best – One for 16 in 2021, but knocking on the door in her last three, handled the double jump in class & unleashed a big rally to hit the board last week & now draws better



2-Picachu Hanover – Added Lasix & trotted home in a sharp :26.3 from an impossible spot last week, twice a winner here with speed this season, now gets class & post relief for Team McNair


5-Hockey Hanover – Fired his best shot & went all the way from post nine in a sparkling debut here for Team Burke despite missing 36 days, poised to step up, show more & repeat from an improved post


8-Deltasun A – Held on to win his last start here from the rail, solid efforts to hit the board in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tougher draw here, but tactical speed can put him in play



4-Break The Deal – Took her mark of 1:52.4 here with her only win of 2021, ships back to the Big M with class & post relief, looms as a stalking threat with Doug McNair


3-P L Notorious – Earned her lifetime mark of 1:53.4 here back in early January, regained that winning edge with a dominant score as the heavy favorite @ Vernon Downs last week


2-Manhattan Play – Beaten heavy favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia was severely pace compromised last Saturday, a solid rally for third here before that & draws better for Team Cullipher 



4-JK First Lady – Matron runner up to much-heralded Party Girl Hill qualified with high level vigor, just missed in both qualifiers & draws well to make an immediate impression


1-Peaky Sneaky – Breeders Crown winner finished behind stablemate JK First Lady in her second qualifier, steady stalking threat in line for a smooth trip from the rail


7-Machnhope – Blue Chip Matchmaker champ came right back to wire the Preferred off a soft :56.4 half, on a nice roll, but this will surely be a more serious test



6-Trick Card – Upset maiden winner in a career best of 1:54.2 with a smooth trip two starts back, returns to the Big M off a solid third @ Pocono & doesn’t have a lot to beat


3-Sir Jake’s Z Tam – 0 for 14 this season, but a runner up to runaway winner Luck N Roll K into strong headwinds last week, flashed a :26.4 before that, draws better & retains Todd McCarthy


10-Sonic Flare – Improving Art Major 4YO hit the board from a tough spot in his Big M debut after missing 29 days, stuck outside, but has a chance to show more





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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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