Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:55 PM


4          Muscle Diamond – Came back after a long injury layoff to be a major force here earlier this season & still has major stakes aspirations, got parked & finished fourth last out, has now missed three weeks, yet remains a strong consideration on talent alone


6          Opulent Yankee – Credit Marcus Miller with utilizing this gelding’s controlling speed, rated an easy :58 middle half & outsprinted them into stretch headwinds, versatility & current form make him major threat again


5          Melady’s Monet – 1:51.4 winner of the Vincennes here Hambletonian Day 2016 & dominant force in the Yonkers Open, freshened & breezed in the qualifier, a serious contender right off the bench



6          Majestic Sunset – This 4YO gelding has caught fire for trainer Robert Horowitz, reeling off four in a row, the latest rebuffing the favorite Mostinterestingman, can continue to exploit the same condition class


5          Eyeseenow – Winless this season, yet hit the board twice in a row recently in NW 4 @ Yonkers, looks like a midpack stalking type & hails from a productive trotting barn


1          Angel Cindy – This mare has been on the board in her last three here despite, missed three weeks prior to last week’s third off a sick scratch, can step out from the rail & step it up with the right trip



4          Who Do You Like – Went all the way in a record for an amateur pacing event on 2-24 in his first start for trainer Gary Levine, then paid the price for a slow start from post eight, look for Bob Davis to have him forwardly placed from an improved post


6          Legends Luck – Got to like the way Roy Marohn took matters into his own hands, took charge, opened up & held on into the stretch headwinds, may attempt a similar effort


7          Lightning Strike – Finished a game second as the beaten favorite again & disqualified for backstretch interference last week, trying to atone from a tougher post, remains a contender



3          Cinnamon Prayer – John Campbell’s Hall of Fame hands guided this filly to a bang-up second in her debut behind Pretty Philly G, draws well to build on that & try to turn the tables


5          Pretty Philly G – This mare has really come around for trainer Karen Garland, literally blew these away into the stretch headwinds with patient handling last week & logically stands out


9          Danish Design – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding only took five starts to break his maiden in convincing style @ The Meadows, draws outside here, but certainly not lacking in speed & potential



4          Tijuana Party – Runner up to a couple of revved up winners in his last two, no such standouts in this match up, now acclimated to the mile track, will set up his usual stalking strategy & likely be effective


1          UF Fast Feelin – Beaten favorite took too long to get going while a surprisingly good Mr Julian had gotten the jump on the field, third try off a sick scratch from the rail makes him a major contender again


7          Mr Julian – I have no idea where that mile came from last week, completely turned it around, displaying solid hustle & bottomed them out into stretch headwinds, must prove it was no fluke from a more demanding post



5          Sheeza Shark N – 1:51.1 winner here last season was freshened with a couple of months off & rallied to win right out of the box @ Freehold, strong in the win column & loves the surge down the long stretch here


4          Shutthefrontdoor – Exploded to win the comebacker, then stepped up & just missed with a mighty lunge two weeks ago, draws well while poised for another strong season


6          Icommandmyspirit – Just missed to a well-rated Truth And Liberty with a perfect trip last week after regaining her winning form, uses her tactical speed to work out another stalking trip, a major danger



2          Danish Durango – Has come to hand since the January sick scratch, scored with pace-controlling precision by Jim Marohn, Jr., classy 5YO rewarded with an inside draw & poised to step back up in class


3          Nowucit Nowudont – Two necks shy of being four-for-four this season, claimed off two straight wins for Dawn Dellaporte, always a pace presence, loves the Big M, draws inside again, two-week gap


5          Detroit Rapper – Consistent gelding tries a tougher condition fresh off the claim by a high percentage barn, has missed a couple of weeks & not sure he’s up this level



7          Its Payday Friday – Classy gelding was a hard-charging runner up in a sharp :27.3 with the trainer driving two weeks ago, second start off the bench logically figures to be better


4          Its Chocolate Time – Steady gelding was knocking on the door & finally kicked it in with a wire-to-wire blowout on the admirable step up in class, draws better as a big factor in a competitive match up


5          Montalbano Bi – Team Harmon gelding on a major role, beaten favorite tried it on the lead, rated the pace & got nose out into strong winds last week, stalking trip winner before that looms large



6          Ava N Ella – Uncorked two straight blowouts with Lasix added, then shipped to Yonkers, set a solid pace & faded to third in :30 as the beaten chalk, promising 4YO returns to the mile track to take charge


4          Amanderosa – Capitalized on an ideal second over trip to pull a mild upset, now steps up from the bottom level for a strong percentage barn brimming with confidence


1          Joyful Game – Unleashed a slingshot move off cover to romp last week, loves the Big M, strong in the win column, draws inside again, kicks off a strong Rick Dane, Jr. entry



6          Can Do – Big M lover has been on the board in five of eight this season, good hustle got him a third last week from the same post, chance to stalk n pop a so-so group


7          Downundermatter – Recent winner two notches below this finished a solid third last week, draws the demanding post seven again, yet remains a consideration in this wide-open field


8          Waiting On A Woman – Got some needed class relief & took advantage with a front end masterpiece by Campbell, will try to parlay that success with speed from another outside post



4          Caribbean Rose N – Simply too far out of it last week, but like the sharp rally for third two starts back, classy mare is sharpening her sword on the comeback trail & draws favorably


8          UF Dragon’s Queen – Closed from a tough spot to hit the board with a decent effort last week, gets the needed class drop, owns a win here this season & can’t be dismissed


10         Mcace Of Arts – Won the qualifier with good late energy, then finished well to grab a minor share in her Team Harmon debut here, lands outside, but gets some class relief


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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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