Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:56 PM


2-Rootin Tootin – Perfect trip almost paid off when he just missed in his Big M debut, then made a rare miscue, acclimated now, drops back down a notch & draws inside a field riddled with question marks


5-Seeuinnashville A – Flashed speed & faltered in the stretch last week, tough trip before that, third with broken equipment on 1-2, now gets further class relief for a barn that had two wins last Saturday


4-Sadiq Hanover – Finished well in :27.3 in both starts here, which is better than most in this one, joins a drop down derby & draws better to get within striking range



6-Unique Beach – Lightly-raced Somebeachsomewhere 4YO has progressed @ Mohawk, went all the way in his latest comeback, that was 32 days ago, yet lands in a soft spot to exploit for Nifty


10-Full View – Was forced up in class in his last two after the 1:52.3 upset on 12-26, now stuck outside, yet remains a factor after his beneficial experience & with the right set up


4-Big City Bud – Intriguing 5YO with only ten starts, seemed to be coming around in his last two @ Dover Downs, draws well to trip out & outkick this suspect field



8-Reggiano – 9YO with some back class got parked first over as the beaten favorite @ Yonkers, strong rally for second in his comeback, tough post, but key third start off the bench back on the mile track


4-Forevernalways – Reclaimed by Danielle Dacruz, second by a nose for her two starts back, beaten favorite chased a solid winner last week, draws well in top form & lands in a field begging to be beaten


10-Pogey Beach – Team Burke trainee has not won in a long time, did put forth a lively effort in his much-needed comeback in the MLK event, post ten now, yet Gingras picks up the lines



1-General Joy A – Suddenly came to life with a game speed try & got nosed out last week, 1:49.3 performer @ Mohawk last season makes his key third start off the bench from the rail


3-Change Stride N – This veteran horse-for-the-course has steadily descended the condition ladder, flashing some positive signs lately & lands in an ideal spot to end a long drought


6-Sports Column – Beaten lukewarm favorite somehow got too fired up to a :53.4 half, draws a bit better off that tightener with some sub-1:50 back class in his arsenal



4-Warrawee Unique – Qualified with good energy for Team Burke, yet faded from the pocket in his comebacker last week, drops a notch, draws inside again & figures to show more stamina against this bunch


5-Incredible Shark – Left sharply, pulled first over & seemed to struggle fading to fifth last week, horse-for-the-course drops again for Team Cullipher with back class & switches to Andrew McCarthy


2-Sports Obsession – Got roughed up in his first start of the year @ Yonkers after missing 29 days, gets significant class & post relief & doesn’t face much



1-Rockin The Aces – Picked up checks in our feature two weeks in a row before getting caught too far back last week, gets another needed class drop & lands the rail in a very competitive field


10-Paternity Suit A – Has an upset win & close second at this level in his last three, moves outside a tough field, but proven capable of overcoming, especially off an expected fast pace


2-Italian Delight N – Has caught fire reeling off three in a row, his latest just a fifth off his career best, looks poised for another step up with speed from an inside draw



2-Bicorne Hanover – Got jammed up on the final turn, angled into traffic & finished well for minor spoils last week, had missed 29 days, major stalking threat draws inside a wide-open field for Team Bongiorno


9-JK Wildfire – Sub-1:50 performer here responded to a patient trip, swung wide & rallied stoutly for second, back half a solid :55 last week, farther outside, yet looms as a closing threat


1-Notabadgame – Romped to a new mark of 1:52.2 as heavy favorite @ Plainridge before a couple of tough trips @ Yonkers, stretches out on the mile track from the rail & could surprise in this soft match up



5-Duddie’s Lor – Displayed real talent when he went three-for-three here in January 2020 & took a mark of 1:50.2, more lively effort in his second start back, now drops with several others & could be ready to deliver


4-Heza Real Diamond – Tried speed, parked Boiling Oar into submission & came up just a half length shy last week, 1:48.4 performer here last season drops again & draws an improved post


1-Boiling Oar – Launched a fierce first over bid & got stung through a :26.3 third quarter last week, nosed out with a perfect trip before that, sharp Team Cullipher trainee drops a notch & moves inside



9-Get Legs – Undefeated horses always draw attention, this late-blooming Muscle Hill 4YO has toyed with the opposition going five-for-five for Team Orange Crush, fresh off a new mark of 1:53.1 he tackles a pretty strong field from post eight


10-Swan In Motion – Revived his form in his last three on Lasix, that included a win at this level from post nine as the heavy favorite two starts back, can follow Get Legs off the wings & unleash his relentless rally


1-St James Gate – Won his first three starts here for Team Burke, then just missed from post nine, chance to rebound off a miscue @ Yonkers with speed from the rail



6-Respect Our Flag – Launched a well-timed late move off a hot third quarter & got there for the upset last week, poised to step up & show even more for Team Bongiorno in his third try off a sick scratch


1-Tulhurstsantana A – Took advantage of a drop in class & hot pace to grind out an upset last week, rewarded for that turnaround with the rail in his fourth start since changing barns


4-Decision Day – Classic horse-for-the-course has been fired up in his last three, stormed home in :53.4 to just miss to Respect Our Flag, draws inside again & figures to handle another class hike



6-JK Will Power – Sub 1:50 performer here last season somehow got off to a slow start from post three & paid the price last week, gets another shot at this reduced & switches to Andrew McCarthy


10-Flyingevenbettor N – Got inexplicably parked from post two & still held last week, moves outside, but gets some class relief for Team Alagna


4-Soho Wallstreet A – Classy 9YO stepped up to this level & charged home to hit the board with a solid :55.1 back half, draws better & expected to show more stalking speed



3-Pokerface Bluechip – Beaten favorite just missed to the rail-skimming Brigadoon off a rousing score from post seven, enters another new barn & draws better to stalk speed


9-Sailboat Hanover – Woke up with a solid second to the red-hot My Pal Joe two starts back, moves outside off a dull effort, but drops dangerously for Team Burke


2-Fox Valley Nemitz – Almost went all the way in a well-rated mile from post eight last week, scored from post ten before that & now moves inside on a form spree



3-Topville Olympian – Took a mark of 1:50 @ The Big M last season, has had two needed trips to regain form, draws better & may be ready to fire his best shot in a wide-open field


4-Arque Hanover – Flashed some late life to hit the board in :27.2 two starts back, has a chance to bounce back from a dull effort with another inside post


5-In A Single Bound – Offered a late bid & yielded a better result when he rallied off a hot pace, two acclimating trips & finds a real soft spot



1-Haymitch – Ramping up off a recent sick scratch, just bit too far back in the GSY Series last week, back in for $10,000 from the rail in a soft finale


5-So So De Vie – Just missed in a brisk 1:51.4 back on 12-11, another decent effort in the GSY Series last week, a definite speed factor going back to G Nap


6-Dull Roar – No chance with a slow start from post nine last week, was pretty competitive before that, second try off the claim & retains Todd McCarthy









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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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