Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:01 PM

RACE 1

3-Very Special Agent – New Team Orange Crush acquisition for top owners, proved he was Grand Circuit caliber at two, qualified energetically behind a major league colt & draws inside

 

6-Hallie’s Comet – Just one for 17, but flashed his effective closing speed for minor spoils last week, trending well since the sick scratch, just needs a decent speed target & find a good flow

 

7-Rock N Blue – Showed some improvement in his second start here with another alert start with Gingras & finished well for the show just ahead of Hallie’s Comet

 

RACE 2

1-Jet Airway – Was pace & trip compromised in the comebacker here last week after winning two of three Opens @ Dover Downs, moves inside a wide-open & intriguing field

 

2-Dreamlands Art – Among the Yonkers shippers in this 10YO is a proven winner here this season, has gone well for several different drivers & draws inside to trip out for Scottie Z

 

8-Always At My Place – Knocked heads with Bit Of A Legend N in the Levy Series, sports strong, lively form & can overcome the outside draw with some class relief

 

RACE 3

7-Dr J’s Kiss – Kicked off April winning three in a row @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, all with Dave Miller in the bike, hit the board in both late closers @ Tioga Downs off a sick scratch

 

1A-Tori Hanover – Tangled with top level stakes fillies at two, logically improves in her second start off the bench & overcomes the post eight obstacle as part of a strong Tony Alagna entry

 

8-Concerto – Lightly-raced & improving filly dropped out of PASS & cruised to a new mark in her latest @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, make her a contender with Tetrick despite post nine

 

RACE 4

2-Donau – Was forced wide from a tough spot & picked up minor spoils while closing into a brisk :54.1 back half in his first start here, gets class relief & draws inside a camera-shy field

 

4-Major Bubbles N – Gelding took a mark of 1:52 here this season, draws well off a no-chance mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & remains in for the reduced tag

 

8-Wild Again – Among several Yonkers shippers in here, 0 for 15 this season, yet fresh off a nose loss with a strong final quarter & dips slightly in price

 

RACE 5

3-Ville Valo – May be the surprise horse in this intriguing match up, got parked in his first start for Richie Johnson off a sick scratch & hadn’t raced in 25 days, draws inside with back class lines

 

4-Our Regal Ideal N – NZ import was a decent fourth here in his US debut in the slop, last two @ Yonkers were dull efforts from outside posts, but this is a class plunge that can’t be ignored

 

2-Mister Truth – Working on a one for 18 season, shuffled & had all sorts of stretch traffic issues last week chasing the runaway Last Dragon, big chance to trip out here

 

RACE 6

7-Winter Harbor – Was able to save ground from the rail & uncorked a slingshot move off cover to upset Ooh Rah in his 4YO debut, lightly-raced Alagna trainee with plenty of upside

 

8-Ooh Rah – Weiss Series winner provided live cover for Winter Harbor & just missed as the beaten favorite in a sharp Big M debut, will look to rally into it again from a tougher post

 

9-Libertarian – Except for the hiccup two starts back this gelding has been on quite a roll after missing most of last season, steamrolled first over to beat N/W of 7 @ Pocono last out

 

RACE 7

2-Mel Mara – 1:47 performer here last season when he upset the great Always B Miki, went all the way in his seasonal debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, fresh threat from the inside

 

3-Dealt A Winner – 2015 Cane Pace upsetter in a world record 1:47.3 won his 2017 debut in gutsy style, couldn’t quite hold off Clear Vision in :26.2, a major danger on the comeback trail

 

4-Clear Vision – 11YO warhorse stormed home from a tough spot to deny Dealt A Winner with a sizzling :25.4 two starts back, chance to rebound from an off night in the Molson Pace

 

RACE 8

2-Thisguysarockstar – Moves inside fresh off a much-improved effort, finished a solid second to a revved up Jetski Louie with pace at both ends, parlays that against a field begging to beaten

 

4-Yankee Heaven – Yonkers shipper 0 for 17 this season, yet was a bit more competitive two starts back, draws a better post, gets some class relief & faces a soft field

 

5-That’s My Harley – Made an admirable transition from Rosecroft to the mile track, credit Bill man with controlling the pace & finishing a solid second in an excellent acclimating mile

 

RACE 9

4-Odds On Equuleus – Classy 1:47.3 performer here took some class relief to regain his winning form in April, freshened up with a sharp qualifier, topped off by a :25.4 late burst

 

2-Daiymir – Promising stablemate to Wiggle It Jiggleit making only his fifth start, has won twice & disqualified after a sizzling 1:51.1 mile @ Tioga Downs, draws well in a competitive match up

 

7-Macon Georgia A – Beaten favorite with a tough trip @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & just missed before that, form continues to cycle forward & looks to get into a stalking mode here

 

RACE 10

7-Daylyn Horizon – Just one for 17 this season, but was forced wide & charging late in the crowded photo finish last week, just needs a better speed target

 

3-Lightning Raider N – Gingras gave him an absolutely perfect two-hole trip, had room up the cones & came up a length shy last week, draws inside again for his third try off a sick scratch

 

4-Honey’s Dragon – Stormed home to upset bottom condition types two starts back, was finishing well with an impossible trip from post eight last week & draws inside here

 

RACE 11

6-Bettor’s Edge – Classy 8YO with nearly $2 million was a beaten favorite when outsprinted by the well-rated Ontario Success in :26.3 last week, drops to face a field of question marks

 

2-Meetyouatmidnight N – Hot item at the Yonkers claim box has won two of three & seven times this season, draws well to be forwardly placed

 

7-Southern Pursuit – Landing on the fringes against comparable opposition @ Yonkers, picks up Gingras & will likely relish the longer stretch here

 

RACE 12

3-Ever Again – 1:50.4 winner here last season has tumbled down the class ladder & hasn’t raced in three weeks, yet this is a prime opportunity to spark his form

 

2-American Flight – Finished much better for the show in his third start off the bench, looks to make a smooth transition to the mile track with an inside draw at the bottom condition level

 

6-St Lads Flirt – Gelding makes his first start for Vincent Fusco, Jr. off an energetic third in his US debut, big chance to step up in this wide-open finale

 

 



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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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