Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:07 PM


2-Shaguar – Ships in fresh off a pretty sharp win @ Northfield Park, arrives in the Michael Russo barn & draws inside for a very capable Allan Charles


8-Lightning Strike – Gelding did well chasing a revved up Mr Big Load last out, Jennifer Lappe stable hitting on cylinders & John Kokinos sports a strong record


6-Seafood Mike – Coming around after a recent sick scratch & returns to the mile track off a confidence-building score @ Freehold



5-Fortunes One – Lightly-raced colt with some logical upside finished with positive energy in the qualifier here & picks up Gingras


9-GMO Proud – Gelding with three wins in six starts just missed in the qualifier displaying good vigor on the engine, tough draw yet Super Brett was listed


10-I’m Looking At You – Switches to the mile track with a pair of narrow losses in N/W of 2 @ Yonkers with trotting hopples added, contender despite post ten



6-Hill I Am – Seems to have trended in a positive direction, drops along with several others in here & may be worth a swing, just needs the right speed target & trip


2-Winemaster Master – Claimed again & has done well for everybody, got a little too overanxious on the lead last week, draws better to stalk the speed


1-Appomattox – Plenty of back class here, qualified solidly behind a superior Rose Run Parker & can take advantage of the fresh angle



5-Keystone Blade – 4YO gelding has taken some time to mature & needed his last three off the sick scratch, can be a threat within striking range


2-Majestic Sunset – Lightly-raced 4YO has been highly regarded in all four starts here, has quickly found his best stride winning two in a row & draws an improved post


4-Buff – Regained winning form & confidence with the addition of trotting hopples, used hard from post nine & dug in gamely to payoff the chalk last week



1-Fraternity – 10-time winner last year has landed on the fringes in his last two off the sick scratch, drops in price & lands the pole


3-Fools Gold – 10YO has suddenly come to life with two in a row @ Monticello for trainer Jennifer Lappe & draws well with some back class view


4-Happy New Year – Just two for 32 in 2016, clearly outpaced in a 1:53.4 qualifier here, but ships into a real soft spot for a strong percentage outfit



1-Joyful Game – Forced wide off excess cover, rallied in a crisp :26.4 & landed in the blanket photo with Blush Hanover last week, 1:51.2 winner here last season draws inside that rival


4-Fanticipation – Dropped to this level, Campbell carved out a perfect second over trip & she was right there again just behind Blush Hanover, may be on the verge


8-Blush Hanover – Took advantage of some recent class relief to regain her winning form, stormed home from a tough spot to score the 9-1 upset last week



7-Muscle Diamond – Reverted to an off-the-pace strategy & fell a bit shy to a ripened B Yoyo last week, note the two recent wins came by controlling the pace


8-B Yoyo – This gelding’s form has cycled forward, made it two wins in his last four by getting the jump on Muscle Diamond & simply outsprinting that rival last week


6-Rose Run Parker – 1:50.4 winner here last May with 11 tallies in 2016 tore up Indiana, won the qualifier with plenty for Team Burke



5-Enjoy The Journey – Received some needed two-months freshening, got parked working out the kinks last week, 1:54.2 winner here last season drops for her second start off the bench


1-Downundermatter – This gelding has gathered momentum recently, offered some improved late trot from an impossible spot last time & moves inside


7-Danish Durango – Major horse-for-the-course added Lasix recently, obviously needed his last start off the sick scratch & drops further



1-Alexander Hanover – Go back to his win in the slop with sharp late kick on 1-20, seems to be cycling forward again off that hard-charging third last week


2-Windsong Illusion – Got a hefty speed target to shoot at & converted as a well-driven winner & took a new lifetime mark in the process, draws well again as one to beat


6-Fusion Power – 8YO gelding suddenly got hammered down to 2-1 favorite, showed speed & went all the way in a well-meant career best, steps in his quest to prove it was no fluke



3-O U Sexy Guy – Gelding has taken a couple of starts to acclimate to the mile track here, draws well in a wide-open field fresh off a solid third last week


4-Fox Valley Steffen – Steps up a notch fresh off a crisp :27.2 winning rally for the raging Jennifer Lappe barn & draws the same inside post


2-Starsaboveallerage – Big upsetter here in a career best three starts back just missed with patient drive by Campbell last week, big threat with a similar scenario looming



6-Quick Draft A – Australian import was sneaky good in her US debut on Lasix, closing from last in :26.4, may be ready to pop with some class relief


9-Melanies Sharkette – This mare has been on a roll for the lethal Bongiorno-Johnson combo, just missed with pace at both ends last week, dangerous if able to gain control & rate


2-Whiskersonkittens – Only took two starts here to break through at 9-1 on 1-20, parked & showed stamina to hold third last out & draws inside again








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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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