Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 2:13 PM

RACE 1

3-He’s Electric – One for 19 this season, but his form is ramping up, sudden speed two starts back, closed sharply in :26.2 last week, back half in :54 & draws better in a camera-shy field

 

4-Eddard Hanover – Just two for 29 in 2020, shipped from Hoosier Park & not much chance @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now drops into a cozy spot, owns some back class & G-Nap can make speed

 

2-Swagasaurusrex – Took a 1:50.1 mark @ The Big M this season, closed a ton to hit the board three starts back, toss out his last two, gets class & post relief & has a chance to trip out & turn things around

 

RACE 2

1-Rockaholic – Languished at the back from post nine last out, nosed out with a crisp rally before that, major contender from the rail & long overdue

 

8-Sharknado – Distant runner up to the runaway Durant last time, tougher post & hasn’t raced in three weeks, but retains G-Nap & owns a 1:54 win here this season

 

5-Windsong Gorgeous – Classy 13YO warhorse exits series action @ Plainridge, coming off a solid third 24 days ago & can launch a stalking trip from midpack

 

RACE 3

5-Rock N Tony – Was caught in a bad shuffle behind a 50-1 longshot @ Saratoga, that was 25 days ago, picked up some checks against much tougher here this Fall, this is a hard to ignore class drop into a field begging to be beaten

 

4-Chief Altawick – Fresh off an improved second when he dropped to this bottom condition, makes his third start off a sick scratch & draws well with Dexter Dunn

 

6-Calvin B – Classy 10YO warhorse has struggled recently, but drops into a possible wake up spot & certainly knows his way around this oval

 

RACE 4

2-Fox Valley Nemitz – Was on a serious roll in November, then had post nine two starts back, shuffled & forced into a wide rally last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside back here to carve out an ideal trip

 

4-Shattered Glass – Has enjoyed a really productive Fall, taking a mark of 1:51.3, ships back to The Big M off a no-chance mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws better & always thrives here

 

8-Acting Out – Beat these with a perfect trip from the rail in his Big M debut, then had too far come last week, stuck outside again, yet remains a threat with the right set up

 

RACE 5

5-Odds On Lauderdale – Roughed up first over into a quickening pace last week, classy Tony Alagna trainee with a mark of 1:49.1 here leads this Drop Down Derby

 

8-Saying Grace N – Sub 1:50 performer here this season continues his tumble down the class ladder, draws a tough post, but G-Nap may blast & never look back

 

2-Chaser Hanover – 0 for 14 this season, yet finished a very good third in much tougher N/W 4 two starts back, this is a substantial class drop, draws better & now switches to The Buckeye

 

RACE 6

8-Flyingevenbettor N – Solid runner up to the favorite Tru Lou in last Saturday’s foggy opener, this Team Alagna trainee draws a tougher post, but makes his third start off a sick scratch

 

3-Put To Right – Tony Alagna-tuned 3YO by Captaintreacherous took no prisoners in a wire-to-wire upset from post ten & finally moves inside as a logical repeat threat

 

10-Always And Again – Sharp :26.3 rally for third in his Big M debut, then bumped into a 1:48.4 monster, moves outside, yet gets some class relief & can outkick these

 

RACE 7

2-Rolling With Sam – Just 2 for 28, yet did grab third from post eight in a decent acclimating mile last week & now moves inside with something to build on

 

9-Doubleagentman – One for 18 Burke trainee perked up with back-to-back seconds in November, closed from last in :26.3 on 11-14 & just missed with aggressive effort when favored on 11-282

 

10-Rogerthat Bluechip – Moves outside off another solid second to a well meant winner, fresh Captaintreacherous 3YO has a chance to ramp it up further 

 

RACE 8

5-Lachie Maguire N – Stepped up to this level & just missed to the repeating Stone Hanover last week, a live item continues to thrive here from midpack

 

6-Billy Badger N – Barely outsprinted by No Easy Day while used hard & pace compromised last week, might be cycling around for Dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman

 

2-Stonedust – Must respect the 1:49 performing grey despite his one for 19 this season, knocking on the door with some strong closing efforts & draws inside

 

RACE 9

2-Barbados – Couldn’t tell what happened in the dense fog, but finished a decent fourth in his switch back here, competitive recent form, strong in the win column & draws inside with Dexter Dunn

 

9-Star Commander N – Had this one on top last week when he overcame a demanding draw & held on out of the fog, another outside post & bumped up again in top form

 

1-Abraxas Blues A – Recent claim @ Yonkers has been on a roll this Fall, lands the rail for his new barn, faces a soft match up & in line for a smooth trip in a field of several toss outs

 

RACE 10

5-Bracken Storm A – Twice beaten favorite on a long form spree, forced wide chasing a 1:48.4 Ruthless Hanover last time, just missed in :26.4 before that & now gets some class relief

 

2-Caviart Luca – Team Burke-tuned millionaire was a nonthreatening fourth here in an acclimating last week, steps up a notch, draws better & speed puts him in play

 

8-Heza Real Diamond – 12-time winner this season sports that scintillating 1:48.4 blowout three starts back, then was right there from post nine, a solid third from post eight last week

 

RACE 11

2-Bechers Brook A – No idea why he got wild on the lead two starts back, stuck in an impossible spot last week, back half in :54.3, owns a 1:48.1 mark here this season & now gets class & post relief

 

6-Decision Day – Evidently the decision was to suddenly get aggressive last week & he just missed in 1:49.4, 1:49 winner @ The Big M in 2020 draws a tougher post, but gets his fourth straight class drop

 

1-B Stoney – Won his Big M qualifier with plenty, then landed on the fringes in two tighteners, drops again & draws his third straight rail for a key third start off the bench

 

RACE 12

1-Na Na Na Baatman – Baatman got off to a real slow start from post ten & wasn’t heard from last week, was in career form in his previous three, moves all the way inside & looms as a stalking threat

 

6-Durant – Flaunted his back class with an emphatic blowout at the bottom TM level here, that was three weeks ago, but he finds a prime spot to employ a similar speed mission strategy

 

2-Billion Dollar Day – Was claimed again off a solid third place finish last week, consistent gelding finally draws better, figures to leave close to the pace, yet has a lot of seconds this year

 

RACE 13

3-So So De Vie – Almost paid off with a patient drive off a fast pace last week, 3YO draws a bit better in career form & has a big chance to work out another smooth trip

 

2-Century Ferrari – Simply used to hard to clear the lead from post seven in :54.4 & paid the price last week, well-rated winner before that now moves inside

 

1-Imageofarocker – Steady presence here this Fall lacked any serious pop last week, lands the rail fresh off the claim & figures to lay close to the pace

 

 

 



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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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