Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:46 PM


5-Atomic Blast N – Took a 1:52.3 mark this Fall @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, rebounded off an early miscue with a solid third last week, anything similar might be enough in here


3-Rockin Medicine – Left alertly, sat in & finished well in :27.2 last week, just one for 20, yet makes his third start off the bench from another inside post in a very soft opener


6-Rockin Rocko – That 1:51.2 career best back on 10-10 stands out, now comes off a sick scratch & hasn’t raced in a month, but nothing else in here warrants consideration



6-Caviart Lotus – Winless Team Takter-tuned colt starting to peak this Fall, third to Perfect Sting in :26.3 & second to Southwind Gendry in :25.2, Abuckabett Hanover broke in his face in the Breeders Crown, might on the verge


3-Always A Miki – Major stakes player advanced to the Breeders Crown final with a wicked :25.4, then caught out of position chasing the deadheat winners, sparks a Team Takter 1-2 stranglehold on this affair


7-Beachhead – Somebeachsomewhere brother to Sportswriter making only his fourth start after three months on the sidelines, stablemate to Party Girl Hill & Bettor’s Wish qualified with serious energy



3-Na Na Na Baatman – Was shuffled & forced to angle wide before soaring into second with a :27.2 last week, now draws better & retains our leading pilot … to the Bat Poles!


7-Major Jesse – Beaten heavy favorite was dropping positive hints before getting parked first over last week, same demanding post with a one for 33 record this year


1-Rockaholic – Was much better in his second start back here, closing from tenth to hit the board last week & moves inside a field of several beyond consideration



1-Apex Seelster – Was much better finishing a solid fourth in his Big M debut last week, moves inside & remains @ the same rock bottom level


9-Passa-Grille Beach – Huge disappointment with an ideal trip last week, 1:50.3 winner here this season continues his descent down the class ladder & moves outside


2-Thespywholovedme – 0 for 16 this season, did edge Apex Seelster for the show with a decent effort last week & lands post two again with Todd McCarthy



1-Solo Story – Got shuffled & buried in traffic, then angled wide before flying home in :26.1 to hit the board two weeks ago, live item for a sharp barn in line for another smooth trip within striking range


3-Dealer’s Table – Regained his winning form & confidence at the bottom level two starts back, then chased a well meant Bracken Storm A last week, draws inside again for Team Cullipher & the Big M’s leading pilot


7-Ginger Tree Marty – Steady Team Burke-tuned gelding with a 1:51 mark @ The Big M, ships in fresh off a pair of wake up blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & figures prominently despite a challenging post



5-Go West Go Fast – Has put together some strong back halves, yet slow starts have cost him in his last two, 1:50 winner here on 10-17 bumped up a notch, yet continues to knock on the door


9-Geez Joe – Sports a 1:48.1 mark @ The Big M, a Preferred player on his best day, struggled from outside posts in his last two, stuck outside again, but drops again & owns a wicked late move


1-Billy Badger N – Wasn’t heard from when he finished ninth here two starts back, then chased Southwind Ozzie in a 1:48.4 mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside back here with a chance to trip out & surprise



2-Notorious Pink – Consistent Team Alagna trainee finished a close third when favored over JK Alwaysbalady in her Breeders Crown elimination, then had no chance from post nine in that final, controlling speed with an inside draw here


10-JK Alwaysbalady – Breeders Crown elimination winner in 1:51 over a sloppy track & just missed in the final for Team Takter, tough draw for her Three Diamonds prep, but outclasses these


5-Blue Diamond Eyes – Leads the Team Burke trio in this one, won the KYSS Final in 1:51 & runner up in both Grand Circuit races @ The Red Mile, slow starts hurt her in the Breeders Crown events



8-Somebaddude – Avoided the late breaker Angers Bayama & charged home for second in :26.2 after the sick scratch & month off, tougher post here, but this horse-for-the-course drops dangerously


6-Bracken Storm A – Flipped from a lackluster acclimating mile to vicious winner in his second US start & went off as 2-1 favorite, bumped up to face a very competitive field, yet there’s more in the tank


1-Rockin The Aces – Uncorked a menacing late move & almost lit up the board last week, 1:49.4 performer here this season stays inside for his second start under Bruce Saunders & retains Brian Sears



4-Rock The Devil – 1:49 winner @ The Big M on 9-26 brushed a bit too boldly & faded to fourth last week, yet now gets class & post relief off that positive display of speed


3-Palomar – 1:48.4 performer here this season put it all together with a late power surge as the heavy favorite last week, rewarded with an improved post for the class hike


6-Odds On Lauderdale – Team Alagna trainee got parked in a torrid pace last out, three weeks on the sidelines, yet sports a 1:49.1 mark here in 2019 & drops again



7-Filibuster Hanover – Team Burke trainee was a Sam McKee consolation winner on Hambo Day, has slugged it out with the sport’s top heavyweights, fifth in the Allerage Farms & Breeders Crown, could surprise in this TVG tune up


9-Ana Afreet N – Finally moves outside after winning three of his last four in sub 1:50 fashion, took a mark of 1:48.3 on 10-10, nailed it in 1:48.4 last week, gate speed can overcome post nine


4-Wes Delight – Dropped back to a winning level & parlayed a perfect second over trip for the mild upset last week, back half in :53.4, draws inside again & faces viciously competitive field



4-Love The Blues N – Hit the board against much tougher with a patient trip two starts back & chased another sub 1:50 winner last week, 1:50.3 winner here this season drops again & draws better


3-Ollie’s Z Tam – Horse-for-the-course a question mark after flashing his sudden speed & folded eighth last week, now gets further class & post relief for Team Burke


1-Franco Tristan N – Forced wide & bumped into a dropping heavy favorite Dealer’s Table two weeks ago, bumped back up in class, yet back on the rail to set up another ideal stalking trip



6-Save Me A Dance – Took advantage of the dazzling :52.3 half to finish a close fourth in the Breeders Crown Final, took a mark of 1:51.1 here this season & stands out 


8-Put To Right – Arrives in peak form for Team Alagna, sparked by two straight blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then chased a 1:48.4 Southwind Ozzie last time


5-Aces Rock – Still have to shake my head after he fought off fierce pressure & still drew clear in a mind boggling 1:50.2 repeat two weeks ago, this is a serious test



7-Imageofarocker – 1:52 winner @ The Big M in 2020 crushed them two starts back, then rallied for second with a back half of :54.2, big threat with the right set up


9-Shattered Glass – Peaked in time to romp in both Fall Harvest miles, blew them away & took a mark of 1:51.3, then cruised in 1:51.4, that’s enough to overcome post nine


4-Mr Mcdreamy – Recent claim bounced back & grinded gamely to be runner up to longshot S Mckee last week, draws better & banks on a faster speed target




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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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