Posted by Ken Warkentin on Sunday, March 05, 2017 4:42 PM

RACE 1 

6          Perfect Terror – Closed well to hit the board at almost 69-1 two starts back, forced wide for minor spoils last time, noticeably better in his last two & eligible to erupt in the stretch at any time 

  

8          Stormin Rustler – 13YO warhorse has had his moments recently, grinded out a small share two starts back, chased a runaway longshot in Mr Julian last week, draws outside, but retains Brett Miller & rates contender status in this wide open curtain raiser 

  

1          Fraternity – Recent claim hasn’t worked out in two starts so far, bottomed out of the pocket & left in the wake of the bomb Mr Julian  

last week, 10-time winner in 2016 gets another big shot to turn things around at this bottom level 

  

RACE 2 

6          Keenan – Classy eight-time winner in 2016 tackled mid level condition trotters here last year & beat this kind on four occasions for John Calabrese, the close second @ Freehold last out indicates he’s ready  

  

7          Karets – Blew these away twice in a row as the heavy favorite last month, then made an early miscue against second level foes, back to the amateurs, reunited with Joseph Lee, who will be swinging for the fences again 

  

4          Sim Brown – 9YO gelding with some back class for a barn going well, set a rated pace & simply couldn’t trot with Scirocco Jacob last week, chance to atone with a switch to Roy Marohn 

  

RACE 3 

4          Sydneydreamweaver – Shipped over to Yonkers, added The Minister of Speed & went all the way to break her maiden in her fourth career start, returns here revved up for the high percentage Nifty Norman 

  

1          Queen Josephine – This filly is 0 for ten, but she has hit the board in four of five this season, fresh off a nose loss @ Yonkers & draws the rail with Jim Marohn, Jr. & finds a field begging to be beaten 

  

7          Big Bad Beach – Three-time beaten favorite before setting the pace & settling for third on a cold & windy night last Thursday, Super Brett may try to pave the way again & play catch-me-if-you-can 

  

RACE 4 

7          Hes An American – Goes back to Jim Marohn, Jr., who guided him wire-to-wire two starts back as the 3-1 favorite & was just a fifth off his lifetime mark, big chance to rebound 

  

4          Valley Glider – One for 31 in 2016 is a concern, but was chasing tougher last Fall, draws well, qualified adequately for a strong percentage outfit & adds Super Brett 

  

3          Man Of Muscle – Got shuffled a bit from the rail & finished an okay fourth last week in his return to this bottom level, thought he was sitting on a bigger one than that, draws inside again with a chance to step it up 

  

RACE 5 

4          Double Joy – This mare ships in on a major roll for trainer Nick Surick, who’s been smoking Freehold, speedy five-time winner this season draws inside for the same price & can make a quick transition to the mile track as Brett Miller’s choice of four 

  

1          Future Life – Jim Marohn, Jr. took charge, she battled the strong stretch winds & held off a stiff late challenge to make it three in row equaled her lifetime mark, rewarded with the rail & stands out in this Dash For The G Notes division 

  

3          Fresh Squeezed – Beaten favorite two starts back when she was just an okay third with Brett Miller, then got parked & rebuffed by the streaking Future Life last week, 10-time winner in 2016 draws inside again to work out a favorable trip  

  

RACE 6 

3          Heavenly Bet – Was struggling against much better last Fall before the layoff, the qualifier @ Yonkers actually wasn’t bad, the fresh angle & inside draw could work at a price here 

  

5          Girllookatthatbody – 1:51.2 performer last season @ Pocono gets significant class relief for her second start off the bench, Brett Miller sticks & that may be just enough 

  

6          Victoria May N – She was a solid runner up here to heavily favored Sportsmuffler back on 12-29, has had a few months off to freshen up & switches to Vinnie Ginsberg 

  

RACE 7 

5          Cherokee Ranger – Stepped up off the Eric Foster claim & rallied for third behind longshot Wegottatruckyea, rates serious contender status off that encouraging mile 

  

7        Daylyn Horizon – Cycled forward, drew the rail, hammered down to 6-5 favorite & went all the way with a Brett Miller blowout, moves outside, but figures to take advantage of his current sharpness 

  

3          Shadow’s Image – Only three for 35 in 2016, wasn’t lighting it up before the recent freshening, obviously needed his first start back from post eight, Jim Marohn, Jr. opted for #7, longshot possibility   

  

RACE 8 

5          O U Sexy Guy – Brett Miller’s choice of five, off a no-chance mile from post seven @ Yonkers, returns here at an easier level & looks to rally into it from a midpack stalking post 

  

4          Kolbee’s Star – Just missed to the classier favorite Danish Durango last week, gets another shot at this reduced level, leaves alertly from the same post, sits, stalks & pounces late again 

  

9          Fox Valley Steffen – Exploded home off cover to beat these twice last month & lowered his mark to 1:55 from post eight, drops back down the right level for productive Jennifer Lappe barn  

  

RACE 9 

2          Sportsmuffler – 1:52.3 winner here in December may be cycling back around for Heidi Rohr, finished a solid third after showing good speed from post eight last week & moves inside to be a serious contender 

  

7          Elizabeth Bluechip – Fresh claim by Vincent Fusco, Jr. was driven superbly by Vinnie Ginsberg & almost got to the favorite Future Life last week, an excellent acclimating mile, look for her to fire out for position from the same post 

  

9          Vraka Hanover – Paid off on the barn change bonanza angle, suddenly exploding off second over cover & romped third time Lasix, tackles a tougher post, but appeared to have more in the tank 

  



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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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