Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 09, 2020 1:51 PM

RACE 1

3-Flyingevenbettor N – NZ bred beat these here with controlling speed back in September, rallied to hit the board into wind gusts last week off the sick scratch & draws better to follow up at a price

 

4-Tru Lou – Forced wide chasing a 1:48.4 rocketship in Ruthless Hanover last week, Team Burke-tuned 3YO with a sub 1:50 mark now drops off two acclimating miles & draws inside again

 

7-The Candyman Can – It took a couple of sharpies to beat him both times here, it was hard to close into the strong wind last Saturday, tougher post, but razor sharp part of Team Burke trio

 

RACE 2

5-Grandpa Don – Grandpa got off to one of his usual slow starts & never entered contention last week, his two recent wins both came in this class with wicked late bursts & draws a bit better

 

7-Rockaholic – Nosed out by Grandpa Don with a mighty late surge two starts back, no chance from post nine when the headwinds were howling last Saturday, could be a threat with the right set up

 

9-Sharknado – 1:54 winner here this season was a distant runner up to the runaway Durant two weeks ago, moves outside, yet remains a factor at this level

 

RACE 3

3-Rockroll Charm – Acclimated promptly when he grinded gamely & was right there in the photo two starts back, too far out of it last week, now moves inside, gets some class relief & in line to trip out at a price

 

4-Mr D’s Dragon – Ships in off a pace compromised trip @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands in a drop down derby here with speed & inside draw for Team Burke

 

5-Ocean Colony – Horse-for-the-course gets his third straight class drop after getting parked through a :27.4 third quarter & fading into wind gusts, has a chance to regain his form in a field of question marks

 

RACE 4

4-Barbados – Only took a couple of starts off the recent claim to lower his mark to 1:51.4 @ Pocono, lands in a real cozy spot here & reunited with Dexter Dunn

 

2-Unloaded N – Bounced back with another close second a notch below this, while fighting strong headwinds last week, NZ finding his best stride & draws inside again

 

7-Swagasaurusrex – Unleashed a huge late move to hit the board in :26.1 two starts back, then got blitzed by a 1:50.1 winner into stiff west winds last Saturday

 

RACE 5

7-Star Commander N – Got parked first over from post ten & didn’t fade much behind Barnabas into stretch headwinds, hit the board in :25.4 before that, chance at a price with the right trip

 

5-Barnabas – Took no prisoners going all the way from post eight in a surprising Big M debut for his new barn last week, certainly looks capable of stepping up & showing more in this light match up

 

1-Major Camby – Steadily gained the place into strong headwinds off strong fractions in his Big M debut & draws the rail to be within closer striking range

 

RACE 6

6-JK Will Power – Sat patiently off a hot pace & shook loose late to get nosed out by Mindtrip last week, classy 1:49.4 winner here this season strong in the win column & might be on the verge in his third start for Andrew Harris

 

1-Mindtrip – Hot horse & sub 1:50 performer here this season prevailed with a very aggressive effort last week, now moves inside & continues to loom large in a very competitive field

 

7-Let It Ride N – Won his US debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with a :53.4 back half, catapulted off a hot pace to romp in his first start here last week, faces a much stiffer test, yet will likely have ample speed to shoot at

 

RACE 7

1-Go West Go Fast – Strong second to a well meant favorite in Sugar Factory last week, while finishing well into the wind gusts, now moves inside to get another serious shot at this reduced level 

 

2-Lachie Maguire N – Consistent 10YO rallied to hit the board with a solid :55 back half into the wind last Saturday, an excellent acclimating mile & draws an improved post to turn the tables on Stone Hanover

 

6-Stone Hanover – Parlayed a sharp second to Let It Ride N into a perfect trip win from post eight here as the favorite last week & has faced tougher recently

 

RACE 8

2-Rogerthat Bluechip – Sports a 1:53.2 mark @ The Big M this season, fresh off a solid second in the comeback @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws better here to trip out in a camera-shy field

 

3-Doubleangentman – Team Burke-tuned 3YO has sharpened his sword with back-to-back strong seconds here, the latest a commendable effort with pace at both ends & draws well with a one for 17 record

 

1-Lottery Winner – Bettor’s Delight gelding has been knocking on the door against tougher company @ Yonkers recently, changes barns, lands the rail to save ground & carve out a smooth trip 

 

RACE 9

5-Ana Afreet N – Has been on some kind of roll for Team Cullipher, fresh off a rousing score in the Blue Hen Open Handicap @ Dover Downs after missing three weeks & gets an ideal midpack draw back here

 

8-American History – Breeders Crown champ has caught fire, reeling off three in a row, held off the favorite This Is The Plan in a sparkling 1:48.4 last week & looks like the one to beat again

 

9-Highalator – Faded behind Ana Afreet N in the comebacker @ Dover Downs off a sick scratch, outside draws don’t deter him much here & always dangerous when he’s right & gains control

 

RACE 10

1-Decision Day – Sports a 1:49 speed badge here this season, couldn’t make up much ground into the wind against a salty group last week, hard to ignore on the rail off another class drop 

 

5-DA Delightful – Re-acclimated with a strong display of speed & didn’t fade much into the headwinds last Saturday, drops again, draws a bit better & in line for a stalking trip

 

7-Caviart Luca – Almost went all the way with another solid speed try @ Yonkers, classy Team Burke millionaire drops again for his switch to the mile track

 

RACE 11

2-Like Clockwork – Took a mark of 1:50 @ The Big M this season, parked first over as the beaten favorite two starts back, then missed a month prior to a third @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now drops & draws inside

 

3-Odds On Lauderdale – Classy 1:49.1 performer here last season, starting to regain form for Team Alagna, swerved to avoid a breaker & finished a strong third last out, drops again & draws the same inside post

 

5-Billy Badger N – Beaten favorite failed to fire his best @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, chasing tougher here before that & overdue in a field of dangerous drop downs

 

RACE 12

6-All Week – Classy 11YO was purchased by Yannick Gingras & switches to Team Burke off some solid finishes for this price, looks to pay instant dividends & snap his 2020 losing skid

 

7-Fernado – Has missed a few weeks off a sick scratch & recent form has been dull, but sports some respectable numbers, changes barns to Team Bongiorno & eligible to perk up in a wide-open field

 

3-Deerfield Beach – Tripped out & just missed two starts back, draws inside to employ a similar effort off a no-chance mile from post eight fresh off the claim

 

RACE 13

4-Haymitch – Steady 4YO gelding has been hinting of an overdue win some positive moves recently, draws better back here to be a stalking opportunist & use his potent late kick in a wide-open finale

 

8-Mountain High – Solid runner up to a unbelievably good Fox Valley Nemitz two weeks ago, seems to be cycling forward for Michael Russo & just needs some trip luck from post eight

 

7-Statesman N – 13YO warhorse was an upset winner for this price tag @ Yonkers two starts back, then forced wide in the slop there, tactical speed can put him in play here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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