Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 01, 2020 1:17 PM


2-All It Takes – 1:50.1 winner here last season paced a :53.4 back half to gain the place in an encouraging comeback, lands inside again for Tetrick & Trainer of the Week Jeff Cullipher


4-Bungalow Bill N – Winless in his last 28, but remember how Campora N (1:48.4) & Midnight Lightning (1:51.3) woke up last week for Shaun Vallee? This one draws better for his second start off the bench


3-Ideal Chill – No factor in the comebacker, yet paced a solid back half of :55.1 & needed the race, note the gutsy win with Dexter Dunn before the layoff & post improves



1-Whats In the Esky A – Finished well into a :54.3 back half & :26.1 in a much-needed acclimating mile, back on the rail to spark Team Bongiorno in a field ripe for the taking 


5-Rock The Nite – Battled bitterly & finished with broken equipment in the comeback at Harrah’s Philadelphia, has faced much tougher & lands in a prime spot for Andrew Harris


7-Vanquished N – Shaun Vallee won big with a couple of 8YOs last week, mostly notably Campora N (1:48.4), this gelding just missed in the recent qualifier here in :26.4



1-Billy Badger N – No factor from post ten in a 1:48.2 mile two weeks ago, was tangling with the top ones @ Dover before the shutdown, makes his key third start off the bench & now gets class & post relief


6-Decision Day – Flashed some more sneaky late pace in :26.3 in his second start back, took a 1:50.2 mark here this season & drops again


4-Fizzing N – Just missed in his Yonkers return, took a mark of 1:52.2 here last season, draws inside & Team Vallee stepped it up with a pair of wins last week



2-Brassy Hanover – Tuned up with a new mark of 1:49.3 @ Scioto Downs, then grinded gamely for third in Leg 1 @ Tioga, draws inside again to stalk the expected speed


8-Hurrikane Emperor – Aired it out in a 1:49.4 qualifier here, then put them away with a :26.2 third quarter & :53.3 back half @ Tioga, stuck outside, but likely blasting off


5-Warrawee Ubeaut – Two-time Dan Patch Award winner won both qualifiers with sharp late bursts, then got brutally parked @ Tioga, has a chance to rebound for Team Burke



8-Allywag Hanover – Stablemate to Papi Rob Hanover continues to prep for the Pace, unleashed another vicious rally in an impressive comeback last week, this one is for real


7-Manticore – Another pace eligible couldn’t have looked much better hitting the board in both starts here with strong finishes, a lightly-raced colt with a lot to build on


10-Captain Barbossa – Just missed to Allywag in his latest qualifier, then charged home in :53.3 & :25.3 in a noteworthy 3YO debut, has to be considered despite post ten



3-Covered Bridge – Closed from a real tough spot to finish second to Dancin Lou @ Tioga, on fire here before the shutdown, draws better here for his second start back for Team Burke & has a chance to turn the tables


6-Dancin Lou – Exploded home to win his 4YO debut here, then fought off pressure & blew them away in Leg 1 @ Tioga, 11-time winner at three has a big target on his back


8-Captain Victorious – Just missed to the speedy Hurrikane Emperor @ Tioga, sharp & classy 4YO has the tactical speed to overcome post eight & completes a Team Burke 1-2 punch



6-Dealer’s Table – Just missed when last seen here, won his comeback with plenty of speed @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then had no chance, Team Cullipher have a strong 1-2 punch in here


3-Ocean Colony – Twice dove into The Ocean this season, ventured to Pocono last two & no chance last out, returns to his favorite track with an inside post & nothing stands out in this affair


7-Saying Grace N – Clearly the repeated slow starts have hurt his chances, yet he’s finishing well from tough spots, demanding draw again & now gets some much-needed class relief



5-Atlanta – 2018 Trotter of the Year & 2019 Dan Patch Award winner was denied by a scant nose in a vicious comeback, fastest trotter in Big M history is primed for revenge


6-Manchego – Two-time Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown winner gallantly held on in the race of the year so far, world champion can do it either way & poised for a great rematch


11-Guardian Angel AS – Couldn’t have looked any sweeter when he crushed the Preferred in a career best 1:50.1, looms large if he can work his way out of second tier city



6-Soho Burning Love A – Last week’s 1:48.3 devastation is nothing to sneeze at, this lightly-raced 6YO is just hitting her best stride & likely gets a better speed target to shoot at


9-Kissin In the Sand – Unleashed the fastest mile of the year, a 1:47.4 sizzler in her 5YO debut, then tuned up with an impressive qualifier, lands outside a tough field, but looks unstoppable


7-Caviart Ally – Beaten favorite in her seasonal debut, finished third to arch rival Shartin N @ Yonkers on Tuesday, steady mare back on the mile track to face a salty match up



2-Bettor’s Wish – 2019 leading money & Dan Patch Award winner had a terrible trip as the beaten favorite in his 4YO debut in the Roll With Joe, back @ The Big M with an inside post


8-Workin Ona Mystery – That was an eye-catching rally to win a Leg 1 division @ Tioga with a :54.2 back half, proven major stakes winner rates highly despite the outside draw


5-Best In Show – 2019 Meadowlands pace upsetter prepped well & flashed sharp speed from a tough post @ Tioga, might be close to showing his best for Team Toscano



10-Papi Rob Hanover – One of the Pace favorites tunes up with an outside post against a decent group of older foes & has looked superb in his morning trials


4-Capt Midnight – Another Pace prospect & Grand Circuit winner at two prepped nicely @ Gaitway for Team Alagna & draws inside to work out a smooth comeback


6-Thatswhatisaid N – NZ import has been sharp in both starts here on Lasix, just missed in 1:48.4, beaten favorite barely outgamed by Persimmon A last week



4-Respect Our Flag – One of several upset candidates in this one, 1:49.2 mark here last season, two tough tightening miles under him & draws well at a softer level for Team Bongiorno


5-Thinkbig Dreambig – Rebounded with a solid second last week, now further class relief for the red-hot Team Takter & has options launching from midpack


8-Somebaddude – Finished a hard-charging third by a neck at long odds in his comeback, then just missed with an aggressive effort @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, back here at a reduced level



7-The Mighty Marner – Stormed home from a near impossible spot to just miss in a sharp comeback here & looms large off that huge improvement


4-Make It Big – Left alertly, got shuffled a bit, encountered some stretch traffic & finished willingly in his much-needed comeback, just two for 35 last year, but back inside to show more


8-Mister Rebbily A – Bounced back from a dull US debut here with a solid qualifier @ Gaitway, draws another challenging post, but a decent trip makes him a player




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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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