Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 07, 2020 12:26 PM

RACE 1

5-Mindtrip – His back class jumps off the page & has really tumbled down the condition ladder, flashed some speed in his second start since an injury scratch, sports a 1:50.1 win here this season in the slop

 

2-Papiamento – Pegged him last week when he brushed, then blasted away to pay $9.60 from the same post, on a roll & brimming with confidence off that lifetime best

 

3-All It Takes – All it took was some class relief to go all the way for an overdue win last week & figures to handle the step back up from an improved post

 

RACE 2

2-Claytons Bettor N – Beaten heavy favorite involved in a fast pace, cleared a late lead & settled for second with a strong effort last week & draws inside for his third try off the bench

 

4-Flying Finn N – Interesting NZ import rested after a couple of nondescript starts against much tougher this summer & put it all together in his second qualifier for Team Croghan

 

7-Well Done Son – Barn change alert here as Team Bongiorno look to turn this lightly-raced gelding around after breaks in his last two, displayed some potential before that, won’t be easy from post seven

 

RACE 3

7-Take A Wish – Took a mark of 1:55.1 here last season, just one for 14 in 2020 & returns from Plainridge off a sick scratch, yet now drops to the lowest level here

 

6-My Boy Christian – Added trotting hopples & finished an improved second on 9-11 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then no chance in his last two there, this 4YO finds a prime spot for an overdue win

 

8-Celebrity Lover – Made a nice transition from Pocono where he just missed on 9-21, rallied to hit the board last week, draws farther outside with a one for 18 record this season, buts gets another shot at this bottom level

 

RACE 4

3-Change Stride N – Towered up from last to third with a nice :27.2 move last week, horse-for-the-course finally moves inside, remains at the bottom level & long overdue

 

5-Rock N Zeus – Lightly-raced 4YO flashed some signs of life with a huge rally for second two starts back, then paid the price for another slow start, now draws a bit better in a camera-shy field

 

2-Dashboard – 1:53.3 winner here this season showed some improvement in his second start @ Pocono off a sick scratch, ships back here into the basement condition & draws inside a wide-open field for Besim The Dream

 

RACE 5

1-Saying Grace N – Sports a win in 1:49.4 here in 2020, uncorked a big late move to hit the board in :26.4 last week, now drops further, finally moves inside & part of Team Cullipher’s 1-2 punch in this one

 

2-Palomar – 1:48.4 performer here this season almost looks too good here, has been simply too far back in his last two, while closing in :26 & change, beat these with a decisive rally three starts back & now gets class & post relief

 

8-Dealer’s Table – 4YO coming back from some much-needed time off, excellent qualifier against a classy Odds On Lauderdale, took a post ten tour of the oval & tackles post eight, but gets a double class drop

 

RACE 6

6-Albergo Hanover – With a 1:49 mark @ The Big M last season he has revived his form since switching back to Team Bongiorno, beaten favorite with a solid back half of :55 to just miss last week

 

3-Franco Totem N – Dropped to this level, overcame post eight & popped in a big way for Nifty Norman, rewarded with an improved post & moves ahead off that overdue romp

 

7-Solo Story – Fresh off a gutsy post ten score while parked every step, his form is cycling forward, owns a strong late kick & draws a bit better in a very competitive final filled with horses-for-the-course

 

RACE 7

2-More The Better N – Twice beaten favorite was more forwardly placed as runner up to a well-rated All It Takes last week, back class resurfacing on the comeback trail with Lasix & draws well once more

 

4-Duckies Dynasty – Sporting a 1:51.1 mark here this season, was MUCH better grinding for second while chasing a revved up Papiamento last week & draws inside again

 

3-Heavenly Sound – 0 for 17 this season & just one for his last 43, but capable of a lethal late kick, dropping positive hints recently & now gets class & post relief here

 

RACE 8

4-A Major Omen – Owns a 1:50.2 mark @ The Big M this season, deadheated for the win with a :26.4 three starts back, out of striking range last week, look for a better start from the same inside post for barn with several live items

 

3-Shattered Glass – Just missed to the favorite Imageofarocker with a hard-charging second by a head two starts back, toss out last week’s post nine debacle, now moves inside as a trip-sitting upset chance

 

6-Yacht Week – Just one for 19 in 2020, Team Burke trainee was quick off the wings again & settled for third in a strong division last week & looms as a stalking threat

 

RACE 9

5-Geez Joe – May hold the slight upper hand in a battle of the Joes, 1:48.1 winner here this season flashed a wicked :25.4 in a :54.1 back half in his comebacker & draws better for his anticipated second try off the bench

 

2-Wes Delight – After missing his entire 4YO season this Tony Alagna trainee has regained top form, fresh off a sterling rally & new mark of 1:49.4, back half in :53.2 last week, now moves inside & steps back up in very intriguing affair

 

8-Western Joe – Classy 1:47.3 performer kicked home in :25.3, :54 back half from an impossible spot in a much-needed start last week, look for him to get more involved in the action this time

 

RACE 10

8-Stone Hanover – Was simply too far out of range in both starts here last month, then took a new mark of 1:49.2 @ Pocono & pace compromised last out as the beaten favorite, dangerous with the right set up

 

7-Blood Line – Just missed on the engine as the heavy favorite @ Pocono, had broken equipment here before that & hit the board with a :26.2 against tougher on 9-19, a major threat despite a challenging post in a handicapper’s headscratcher

 

5-Rockin Ron – Classy $1.7 million winner for Team Burke arrives with renewed form, off a couple of solid seconds @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, nosed out with an eye-catching rally two starts back

 

RACE 11

3-Decision Day – Converted a smooth, patient, ground-saving trip & rallied for a new mark of 1:50 last week, gets another serious shot at this reduced level from another inside post

 

1-Warrawee Unique – Responded to aggressive handling & nailed a well-rated In Rock We Trust as the heavy favorite, has won both starts here & this Team Burke trainee looms large from the rail

 

4-Doctor Butch – Classy 10YO winner of $1.6 million & sports 49 career wins, fresh off a noteworthy rally for third behind Warrawee Unique, re-acclimated & draws inside again to stalking within closer range

 

RACE 12

2-Katkin And Coke – Was caught out of position after a slow start in his Big M debut, was on quite a form spree in PA before that, now drops & draws a bit better

 

7-Majestic Fire – Took a mark of 1:54.2 here last season, has won three of his last four & came right back to repeat with a wide rally last week & rates highly despite a class hike & tougher post 

 

9-It Aint The Whiskey – 4YO has rounded into top form, arrived from Saratoga & rallied for an upset in the GSY Series & took a new mark of 1:56.1, tougher task, but has some upside & strong in the win column

 

RACE 13

1-May I Cruise West – Regular in the GSY Series finished a good third to the red-hot Cheyenne Ryan Lee three starts back, now moves inside for The Blueberry Bomber & could end his 2020 drought

 

3-Dramatic Point – Has been struggling to regain the form that saw him win in 1:54.2 here this season, finally moves inside with a chance to assert himself in a completely wide-open finale

 

10-Make It Big – Blasted off from post nine & made a rare late miscue last week, closed stoutly for the place before that, may be a factor with a similar set up from post ten

 

 



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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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