Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 04, 2020 12:34 PM

RACE 1

7-Tailgunner Hanover – Gunner was forced wide from a tough spot as the beaten favorite last week off a gutsy win before that, one to fear of he gets a speed target to shoot at

 

3-Sports Vision – Showing some positive signs recently, came out of a shuffle with some late pace last week & draws inside to trip out in this wide-open consolation

 

5-Modern Yankee – Flashed a bit of late life from an impossible spot in his Big M comebacker, benefits from that experience, draws a bit better & has some back class

 

RACE 2

4-Chief Justice – Fresh off a solid rally to hit the board just behind Lasa Dida Lady, gets another shot at this reduced level & gathering momentum since the sick scratch

 

3-Lasa Dida Lady – Dropped to this bottom level, grinded gamely & just missed last week, draws inside again off that nice rebound effort

 

6-Cyclone Maximus – Gets his third consecutive class drop after flashing speed, third to the classy Obrigado two starts back, loves this track & overdue

 

RACE 3

5-Captain Trevor – Just missed to favored The Devils Own N despite a game grind into a quickening pace last week, drop n pop candidate in his fourth start off the bench

 

1-Stendahl Hanover – Second by a head in 1:51.1 with a :26.2 two starts back, 1:49.4 winner here last season gets class & post relief off a rare miscue

 

2-Alta Leroy N – Ran into a 1:49.3 buzz saw from post eight two weeks ago, display plenty of late life before that, sharpening his sword after missing 2019 & draws better

 

RACE 4

5-Covered Bridge – The Bridge unleashed an ultra impressive 4YO debut, followed up with a perfect trip romp last week & continues to progress for Team Burke

 

8-Sintra – 2017 Graduate champ & Canadian Pacing Derby winner four-for-four @ Mohawk to start 2020, shipped south into the Burke barn & qualified with authority

 

4-Bell I No – 8YO on a long form spree for Andrew Harris, reeled off back-to-back sub 1:50 wins before bumping into Covered Bridge last week, expect him forwardly placed

 

RACE 5

1-The Devils Own N – Measured off a decisive score with a :53.4 back half as the favorite in his US debut on Lasix last week, bumped up a notch with the rail

 

2-Vettel N – Finished well out of a shuffle in his American debut for Team Bongiorno, look for more with some class relief & another inside draw

 

8-Party Boy – Rallied right there in the photo last week & beat these with an aggressive effort from post nine as the even money favorite before that

 

RACE 6

5-Rough Odds – Runner up in both starts coming back on Lasix, ran into the classy Always At My Place last week, fresh threat bumped up with back class & on the verge

 

2-Western Redhot – Only took two starts off the claim to lower his mark from post nine two starts back, parked first over again last week, live item now moves inside

 

3-Uncle Reimus – Solid second in his most recent start here, draws a similar inside post from where he can stalk n flaunt his late kick in a wide-open field

 

RACE 7

7-Talbotcreekwhiskey – The Whiskey finished strong out of a shuffle after a quick start last week, gets his second straight class drop for Team Burke in a pretty competitive field

 

4-DA Magician – Came to life with a strong brush to the top & held second from post eight last week, finally draws inside for a key third start off the bench

 

3-Mitch Maguire N – Stormed home from nowhere to grab second two starts back, then used too hard last week, draws an improved post to work out a more patient stalking trip

 

RACE 8

3-Another Daily Copy – Blasted down the road in his third start off the bench in a sparkling 1:49.2, then bumped into Covered Bridge, drops back down & draws well here

 

8-Jack’s Shadow N – Added Tetrick & brushed n crushed them for a new mark as the heavy favorite, lands outside again & tough to gauge after missing three weeks

 

5-Trump That – Used into a brisk :54.3 half & still finished well for minor spoils last week, has been consistently on the board for Team Burke & rates as a top opportunist

 

RACE 9

5-Actor Hanover – Just missed to standout Duddie’s Lor back on Dec. 28, qualified against Rockin Ron & None Bettor A & strong third in the comebacker

 

4-A Major Omen – Took a mark of 1:50.3 here this season, fresh off an ideal trip win three weeks ago, draws better & remains at his competitive level

 

1-Good Rockin – Took charge & faded to fifth from post nine two weeks ago, runner up to A Major Omen before that has been a steady force & now moves inside

 

RACE 10

3-Spondulicks N – Has taken a few starts to re-acclimate to The Big M, just missed to Mr Heaven two starts back, outsprinted off a slow half last week, big post improvement

 

6-Test Ride – Just missed in both legs of this mini series, battled back & almost stole it with a :58.1 half last week, logical contender in a wild final

 

4-Mateo – Circled foes & blew past them for the 8-1 upset last week, draws better off that wake up win & might attempt a similar move with the expected action up front

 

RACE 11

3-Dealer’s Table – Flashed some wicked speed two starts back, drops into a tailor made spot, draws well & switches to The Bionic Man

 

2-Change Stride N – Showing positive signs in his last two against more formful opposition recently, draws inside again with a chance to trip out

 

1-Big Stretch Mark – Has been noticeably better & third in his last two, loves to leave out of there & sit up close & lands the rail in a field riddled with question marks

 

RACE 12

4-Highlandbeachycove – Just two for his last 36, but drops from $20,000 claimers @ Yonkers, draws well for the switch to the mile track, fourth start since a sick scratch, upset chance

 

2-Duckies Dynasty – Beat these with a decisive :26.4 two starts back, forced wide out of striking range last week, returns to post two & reunited with Corey Callahan in a mad scramble field

 

8-All It Takes – Finished a solid third to a couple of classy foes last week, moves outside, yet needs some luck to be a part of this wide-open affair

 

RACE 13

8-Braley Hanover – Beat better back on Feb. 1, but has tailed off & draws outside, now drops to the bottom rung for Team Burke & has a big chance to turn things around

 

10-Santafe’s Coach – Was dropping positive hints recently, tried controlling speed last week, hits rock bottom & has the class to overcome post ten if the trip is right

 

9-Heartland Revenue – Just one for 23 last year, trying to regain form on the comeback trail, makes his second start off a sick scratch, drops again, but won’t be easy from post nine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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