Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 08, 2020 9:33 PM


2-Explosive Ridge – Major horse-for-the-course chased Atlanta in his latest qualifier, was better in his second start off the bench & now gets class & post relief


1-St James Gate – Lands the rail fresh off a smashing Big M debut, brushed n crushed over an off track as the heavy favorite in his first start for Team Burke & has license to step up further 


6-Impacter – Beaten favorite & runner up to an inexplicable longshot last week, has had two starts to acclimate now & could close with the right set up



5-Get Legs – Late-blooming Muscle Hill colt has easily gone two-for-two, the latest just cruising from post ten a couple of weeks ago, looks like a diamond in the rough & another slam dunk for Team Orange Crush


6-St Martins – Looks like Team Bongiorno have this gelding figured out, off a nice qualifier he bumped into a far superior Godspell Hall, needed the race & this is a much softer match up


7-Focus Pocus – Twice chased Get Legs with tough trips, beaten favorite grinded gamely last out, tougher post here, yet acclimated & gaining confidence & needs the right speed target



8-Tall Poppy N – Dropped to this bottom condition & came to life with a sharp try & narrow loss with Dexter Dunn, draws a tougher post, but can keep it going in her third start off the bench


5-Mi Nina Bonita – One for 24 this season, yet can’t fault her recent form @ Plainridge, exits series action there & lands in a real soft spot to use her speed


3-Amateur Hour – Just two for 23 in 2020 & struggling recently @ Yonkers, now gets a chance to employ her stalking style at the bottom level here from an inside post



3-It Ain’t The Whiskey – Owns a 1:56.1 mark @ The Big M this season, parlayed a strong effort @ Saratoga into a sharp second by a nose from post ten here & now moves inside for Dexter Dunn


4-Deo – Came out of a shuffle with a much-improved third chasing standout St James Gate last week, draws inside again while looking to end a long drought


10-Wishyou’dtellme – Took a mark of 1:54.2 here last year, ships back fresh off a blowout confidence booster @ Saratoga, lands outside, but doesn’t face much



7-Questichap – Paid the price for another slow start despite a soft pace & kicked home with her usual late vigor last week, this lightly-raced filly is regaining confidence & might be on the verge


5-Banzai AS – Runner up to a runaway Godspell Hall over an off track last week, steady 3YO well spotted to set up his stalking strategy for a barn going well


1-Roger Rabbit – Romped to a new mark of 1:57 over an off track @ Harrah’s Philadelphia before the miscue two starts back, rebounded with a close second & lands the rail to set up a smooth trip



7-Sheikh Yabooty N – NZ-bred mare flashed some sneaky late pace out of a shuffle in her Big M debut, draws a tougher post, but has license to step up at a price


3-Best Honey Hanover – Parlayed her form spree @ Plainridge into a convincing post ten repeat as the heavy favorite in her Big M debut, her 12thof the season, now the fresh claim moves inside & keeps Dexter Dunn


2-Arnie’s Angel – Dangerous closer has sharpened her sword recently & just missed pulling off a last-to-first in :26.2 last week, draws better here for an overdue win



6-Gottalovemyshadow – Consistent mare arrived here on quite a roll & finished a strong second to heavily favored Best Honey Hanover & looms large with a similar effort


1-Eden Paige N – Got shuffled out of contention last week, steady horse-for-the-course now launches from the rail & in line for an effective stalking trip


7-Exotic Dance – Faded to ninth off her recent win, bounced back with a solid third behind Gottalovemyshadow last week & tactical speed puts her in play



2-Super Schissel – Drops back down a notch after getting parked first over, just missed from post nine before that, draws inside to employ another aggressive effort for a barn hitting on all cylinders


1-Carrick – Was able to brush n crush an easy bunch over an off track & regained his winning edge last week, in line for a similar trip from the rail for the class hike


7-Magical Winner K – His two qualifiers sandwiched around a break were superb, complete with sharp final quarters, has a chance to be better off a flat mile & gets another shot at this reduced level



4-Mcmatters – 3YO flashed sharp gate speed from post eight & finished a strong second last week, rallied for a new mark of 1:53.4 over an off track on 11-13, now gets class & post relief


3-Winnerup – Solid runner up while pace compromised two starts back, shuffled badly after staying in last time, draws post three again & can perk up with a class drop


8-Graceful Winner – 3YO filly parlayed her form revival @ Oak Grove & tripped out to a new mark of 1:54.1 in her Big M debut, can’t rule out a repeat despite post eight



3-Smart As Hill – Sharp Muscle Hill 4YO has been competitive in the Open @ Hoosier Park, hasn’t raced in 20 days, but draws inside to carve out an ideal trip & employ his big late kick


1-Godspell Hall – Had been hinting & simply took charge & romped to a new mark of 1:52.4 over an off track last week, back inside with lots to build on in a tougher class


4-Warrior One – Looks to rebound off a slow start from post ten & rare miscue last week, draws well with that wire-to-wire 1:51.3 mile back on 11-6 in clear view for Gingras & Burke



1-Bizet – 1:53 winner @ The Big M this season has been completely out of it from outside posts in his last two, just missed from the rail on 11-6 & has a big chance to launch a similar attempt


5-Life Well Lived – Did a complete turnaround when he suddenly reeled off one his best miles ever with trot at both ends from post ten, bumped up off the huge upset, yet draws better in a wide-open field


10-Silvermass Volo – Fresh off a solid third to a streaking All American N, looking for his first win of 2020, stuck outside & needs the right speed set up



4-Imageofarocker – Just missed again with another game effort last Saturday, closing in on the favorite Century Ferrari into stiff headwinds & draws well to set up his usual stalking strategy 


1-Victoria’s Maverick – Dropped out of series action @ Plainridge & uncorked a super Big M debut in his first start for our Trainer of the Week, now moves inside to tap into his potential further


7-Century Ferrari – The Ferrari was humming along & held on into strong wind gusts as the heavy favorite last Saturday, draws another challenging post, yet looms large again



10-Na Na Na Baatman – Was our Caped Crusader when he prevailed as the favorite two starts back & equaled his lifetime mark, stuck outside, but remains in top form & owns a big kick … TO THE BAT POLES!


5-Northern Rock – Converted a perfect second over trip into a close second to longshot Mr Disomma last week, owns a 1:54.1 mark @ The Big M this season & launches a similar bid from midpack


7-Billion Dollar Day – Fresh claim by an unknown trainer, flashed speed & gave way to fourth from the same post last week, just missed in his previous two & heavy on the seconds





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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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