Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:06 PM


4-Iowa Neightive – Just missed with a surge into strong gusts two starts back, then had no chance from post eight against faster competition, now draws better & retains Gingras


5-Marcus Seelster – Just one for 21, picked up some checks in N/W 2 recently, goes second time Lasix & can do some damage in this very soft opener


1-P Zonka – Note the big rally to hit the board from tenth two starts back, returns to that TM Rating with two acclimating miles & the rail in a wide-open field



5-Captain Mulzac – Beaten favorite almost paid off with sudden speed & was barely outsprinted in :26.4, lightly-raced 4YO now hits the bottom condition


1-Born Of Fire – Drops back down to the lowest condition when he finished a solid second two starts back & gets the rail again off a no-chance trip


10-Rough Odds – There’s plenty of back class to fear here, hasn’t raced in a couple of months, added Lasix, lively qualifier against far superior foes, post ten is no picnic



1-Actor Hanover – Was doing good work before the recent freshening, including a close finish to standout Duddie’s Lor on Dec. 28 & finished with a :26.1 flurry in the qualifier


9-Good Rockin – Has been effective in all three starts here, a huge second from post ten, a new mark of 1:51.1 & solid runner up last week, major threat despite post nine


2-American Admiral – Any time Dylan Davis ships one in you have to seriously consider, his last two were in the slop @ Dover Downs, 4YO on the rise draws well with ideal trip potential



9-Western Redhot – Stayed sharp & finished a crisp second as the beaten favorite fresh off the claim, now the post is tougher, but beat these on Jan. 25 & retains Dexter Dunn


6-Sapphire City – Classy 12YO millionaire was a much better second in his first try off the Andrew Harris claim & faces a real camera-shy bunch


2-Thunder Dome – Was bumped up to this level on a three-race form spree & got caught out of position last week, draws better which affords the option of speed



6-Jesse Duke N – Looks to make it three-for-three here & goes for the series sweep fresh off back-to-back breathtaking rallies, lightly-raced NZ bred is a diamond in the rough


3-Hayden Hanover – 1:47.3 performer here last year sharpening his sword, just missed to the trip sitting Incredible Shark last week, draws inside again for his key third start off the bench


4-Ocean Colony – We jumped into The Ocean to the tune of $24.60 last week, with a 1:49 mark here last season he makes his second start back from an inside post in a great final



1-Mindtrip – Needed a wicked :53.2 back half to gain second behind Bell I No last week, 12-time winner last season now moves inside to show speed or stalk within closer range


3-Bell I No – Lands post three again after equaling his career best of 1:49.1 last week & remains on a long form spree for Andrew Harris, tough to go against


4-Effronte A – Three-time beaten favorite since the sizzling 1:48.3 from post eight back on Jan. 11, draws better off a solid third last week & can benefit from any possible mayhem up front



6-Santafe’s Coach – Has steadily slid down the condition ladder, closed into a :54.1 back half last week, gets another shot at this reduced level & faces a vulnerable field


9-Party Boy – Forced wide & just missed with a sterling rally last week, lands a tougher post, but drops a notch & can storm past this bunch with the right set up


1-Big Stretch Mark – Beat these with controlling speed three starts back, has a chance to get back on his game with one of his quick starts from the rail in a field of question marks



2-DA Delightful – Came out of a shuffle with a :25.4 in the comebacker last week, consistent 4YO lands back inside to show more in his second try off the bench


6-Dealer’s Table – Was somehow caught first over from post two & grinded gamely for the place last week, stakes player last year now makes his key third start as a 4YO


1-Covered Bridge – Fresh Team Burke acquisition was a Breeders Crown finalist last Fall, right there with Dealer’s Table in the latest qualifier on Jan. 31, might be ready to roll anyway



1-Music Is Art – Bet down to 3-1 & overcame post 11 to finish second to JK Wildfire in an excellent acclimating mile, loves this track & rewarded with the rail in a competitive final


2-JK Wildfire – Blew them away with a powerhouse performance in Leg 2 last week, lands inside again with a big chance to assert himself in top form


5-Stendahl Hanover – Just missed to the well-rated Sams Triple Crown with a :54.1 back half, 1:49.4 winner here last season moves to midpack to stalk the expected speed



7-Trump Nation – Returns off a no-chance trip in the Yonkers Open, tripped out to nail Endeavor here before that & leads the Team Burke triple threat in career form


8-Endeavor – Model of consistency whatever scenario is thrown at him, missed a couple of weeks off a narrow loss to Trump Nation & tackles post eight to turn the tables


3-I’m Some Graduate – Adapted quickly to the mile track & emerged from a shuffle with a sparkling late burst to upset Americanprimetime last week, builds on that from an inside post for Team Burke



4-Another Daily Copy – 1:49 winner here last season chased superior foes in the comebacker last week, now drops & draws inside for his key third start of 2020


1-Tact Tate N – Just missed with a lively effort three starts back, tougher posts in his last two, finished strong in :26.1 last week & now moves inside on a positive trend


2-Quality Bud – Flashed speed & gave way as the beaten favorite @ Yonkers last week, returns here at a reduced level & inside post



3-Jet Airway – Soundly defeated better in 1:51.3 as the favorite two starts back, somehow caught first over from the rail last week, now gets a double class drop & inside post


1-Decoy – Disappointed with a second over trip two starts back, showed speed & stopped @ Yonkers as the heavy favorite again last week, chance to rebound from the rail


9-Nascar Seelster – Hasn’t had much of a shot in his last two, just missed @ this level back on Jan. 25, drops back down, draws outside, just three for 39 last year, mixed signals



6-Atomic Rei – Rallied to beat these three starts back, then had tough posts in his last two, would benefit from a speed set up & patient Dexter Dunn handling


7-Mr Heaven – Suddenly came to life with a perfect trip @ Freehold, parlayed that with an explosive rally & upset here last Friday & retains Gingras


4-Tailgunner Hanover – Gunner was knocking on the door & kicked it in with a decisive score as the heavy favorite, draws well again to maintain his positive momentum





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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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