Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:30 PM

RACE 1

3-Whitehaven Lass A – Took a mark of 1:52.2 in a deadheat win here back on July 3, makes her key third start off a sick scratch, gets another class drop & draws post three again with Todd McCarthy

 

1-Woodmere Oleksiak – Emerged out of a shuffled with a crisp :27.4 rally for the show last week, 16-time winner last year with a 1:52.1 mark here lands the rail & remains at a reduced level

 

5-Classy Chapel N – Was slugging it out against $20,000 claimers @ Yonkers before a sick scratch, closed from the clouds to hit the board last week & drops to stalk from midpack off that needed start

 

RACE 2

2-Light Blue Movers – Freshened after dealing with chronic breaking issues, changed barns to Team Svanstedt, removed trotting hopples, unleashed a standout Pocono qualifier & now this son of Ready Cash draws inside a highly beatable field

 

7-Grosseto AS – Tripped out to blow up the toteboard at 75-1 for his first win @ Vernon Downs before making an early miscue due to broken equipment in the Excelsior A Final @ Tioga, finds a prime spot to rebound with Tetrick

 

10-Dubai Princess – Runner up in the NJSS Final back in early July, third in a Grand Circuit event here, added trotting hopples, has been quick off the wings & worth a long look despite post ten

 

RACE 3

2-JK First Lady – Ultra consistent Team Takter filly has been a star in PASS, grinded gamely to finish second to the incomparable Party Girl Hill in the PASS Final & will be the deserving target in a competitive field

 

3-Apple Hanover – Steady mare took a mark of 1:51 here back in late July, continued to step up her game @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well to set up another stalking trip

 

6-Lyons River Pride – Makes her second start for Team Bongiorno after a long layoff, gets some class relief, capable of speed & wake up call

 

RACE 4

9-Campora N – Aggressively handled to a narrow loss last week, now drops all the way down to the basement condition, took a sizzling 1:48.4 mark here this season & can deal with another outside post

 

4-All Week – Classy 1:50.2 winner here last season at age ten, flew home to just miss last week in :26, a strong indicator & draws better

 

2-Odds On Columbus – Displayed more positive speed from post eight @ Pocono last out, ships back here getting class & post relief to snap his 0 for ten 2020 skid

 

RACE 5

5-Rockin The Aces – NJSS champion in 1:49.4 here this season dropped from N/W 6 @ Pocono recently & dug in to score at the bottom condition here last week, builds on that for a high percentage barn

 

4-Unloaded N – Looked sharp when he just missed in 1:51.1 from post seven two starts back, bumped back up in class & had no chance from post eight, now moves inside to be a major contender

 

2-Im A Director N – NZ bred flashed some positive signs here this summer, show speed & vigor in the qualifier, draws inside for a potent & faces a vulnerable field

 

RACE 6

3-The Fun Marshall – NYSS champion at two with only four starts this season, tightened up with a couple of solid seconds & draws inside here to stretch it out on the mile track against a field full of question marks

 

1-Manhattan Play – Arrives fresh off a strong second with pace at both ends @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, seems well classified & lands the rail to trip out

 

2-Wishy Washy Girl – Just one for 12 this season, yet caught fire in her last two with a speedy nose loss @ Yonkers, then a wire-to-wire @ Freehold & owns some back class

 

RACE 7

8-Stone Hanover – Consistent 4YO made an inspiring mile-track transition with a game uncovered grind & narrow loss from post ten, draws outside again, but might get there this time with the right set up

 

9-Flyingevenbettor N – Tony Alagna-tuned 4YO made it two-for-two in the US on Lasix with a well-rated Todd McCarthy effort on the engine, tougher post, yet remains a major danger in a competitive field

 

10-Actor Hanover – Just one for 13 in 2020, but was on a form spree @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, almost overcame post nine when he shook loose late in :25.4 here last week & can’t dismiss despite post ten

 

RACE 8

2-Wes Delight – Took all kinds of tote action last week & was outsprinted fourth, now gets further class relief & moves inside to make his third start off the bench for Team Alagna

 

1-Italian Delight N – Bumped back up in class after settling for a close second again last week, has a big chance to get aggressive again from the rail on his current hot streak

 

7-Decision Day – Runner up in three of his last four, right there in a blanket photo here two starts back, tactical speed puts him in play & the right pace scenario could put him across

 

RACE 9

3-Rodeo Rock – Has regrouped with a couple of solid tightening miles for an always dangerous barn, kicked home in :25.4 here last week, now gets class & post relief & switches to Brian Sears

 

6-Allywag Hanover – Has slugged it out with the top colts this season, hard-charging third in the Pace, beaten favorite with wicked speed in the PASS Final last out, now faces a fierce group of older foes

 

4-Like Clockwork – Parlayed an overdue win by unleashing an eye-catching brush n crush upset & repeat in a career best 1:50 last week, revived gelding tackles another class hike, yet rewarded with an improved post

 

RACE 10

9-Angers Bayama – Reeled off three in a row, including new mark of 1:48.3 & just missed despite missing a month of action, this Tony Alagna-tuned 4YO draws farther outside, but he’s razor sharp now & high in the win column

 

5-U S Captain – 1:49 winner here this season sailed to the front & got nailed late by longshot Harambe Deo in a useful comeback last week, Team Alagna trainee has lots to build on in a competitive feature

 

7-Harambe Deo – Big M horse-for-the-course noted for his wicked closing kick, catapulted off a dazzling :53.3 half to spring the upset last week, can the Blueberry Bomber time it just right & do it again?

 

RACE 11

2-Soho Chelsea A – Dropping positive hints with sharp on-the-board finishes in his last two, finally moves inside off an aggressive effort from post ten & long overdue

 

4-Ocean Colony – Returned to the Big M, carved out a demanding pace & came up just half a length shy last week & draws the same inside post to atone

 

1-Griffon Hanover – Longtime horse-for-the-course has recharged since the mid-July sick scratch & recent barn change, bumped up off the gallant deadheat win from post nine last week & now moves inside

 

RACE 12

4-Spondulicks N – Just one for 17 this season, yet launched a late bid off a soft pace last week, often a positive sign, draws better & could surprise this wide-open field with the right pace set up

 

3-S McKee – Changed barns & tripped out to score in a career best 1:54 off a sick scratch two starts back, then a finished a solid second as the beaten favorite, now draws well to maintain his current momentum

 

5-Dramatic Point – Displayed sudden speed from post eight & held third in a commendable effort last week & remains a contender making his third start off a sick scratch

 

RACE 13

2-Fiji – Finished fourth behind Prince Of Minto last out & draws well here, knows this track & continues his descent down the class ladder

 

1-Prince of Minto – Suddenly opted for controlling speed & settled for third as the beaten favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last time, took a mark of 1:54.2 here last season & seems prominent from the rail

 

6-Muay Hanover – Nonthreatening fourth here at this level back on July 24, yet returns fresh off a new mark of 1:56.1 @ Plainridge & builds on the confidence booster

 

 

 



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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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