Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:46 PM

RACE 1

7-Mac’s Big Boy – Fresh angle could click here with this well-bred 4YO who won his Big M qualifier with an explosive :25.4 for Team Burke, tough post, but faces a vulnerable field

 

4-Palomar – Was caught far out of position & forced wide in a :54.2 back half last week, just missed in his previous two indicating a return to form & draws better here

 

5-Seeuinnashville A – Aussie bred still searching for that first US win, tried speed to no avail, been knocking on the door a notch above this, may revert back to a stalking mode

 

RACE 2

7-Captain Mulzac – Took that requisite tour of the oval in the comeback & never really had a chance to extend himself in some traffic, eligible to fire out & be more aggressive here

 

3-Good Rockin – Beaten favorite got torched first over from post eight last week, now gets another shot at the bottom level from an improved post

 

5-Fabrice Hanover – Just one for 20 in 2020, but freshened by Team Burke, lands in a soft spot & in line to stalk n pop a mixed bag of underachievers

 

RACE 3

1-Lovebythemasses – Grinded gamely to hit the board chasing a sharp 1:52.1 winner last week, gets class & post relief off that much-improved mile to kick off a Team Cullipher 1-2 punch

 

5-Winnerup – Beaten favorite tripped out & couldn’t get to the fresh & impressive Reign Of Honor last week, sports a 1:52.1 mark @ the Big M this season for Team Burke

 

6-Skyway Kon Man – Hasn’t been involved after slow starts in his last two, just missed with controlling speed at this level in mid-March, a versatile threat for Team Cullipher

 

RACE 4

8-Cruzing Hill – Razor sharp in his last four, hard used from post seven, battled back & run down by an inexplicable General Joy A last week, big threat despite another outside draw

 

5-My Alpha Rock N – Can’t argue with three straight convincing wins in a row, lowered his mark to 1:51.3 to start the streak, looks like the one to reel in again

 

7-Dull Roar – 11YO has produced a revival campaign of sorts, hot item at the claim box grinded out the second to My Alpha Rock N, tougher post, but new barn

 

RACE 5

5-Stellenbosch – Twice beaten favorite barely outsprinted in her last two, pace compromised chasing the red-hot Sweeter Lulu last week & could turn the tables

 

6-Sweeter Lulu – 5YO suddenly found her best stride, reeling off three in a row, was allowed to steal a :57.2 half last week, poised to take another step up in class for a raging barn

 

8-Wingding Hanover – Leads the three-ply Team Cullipher contingent off an improved third second time Lasix, moves outside, but she has tangled with top mares here this season

 

RACE 6

5-Sombodyitreasure – Stormed home from out of the clouds to finish a close second, back half in a sizzling :53.2 last week, now a huge threat off that inspiring comeback for Team Bongiorno

 

2-Barrage Hanover – Beaten favorite was very aggressive & just missed to Always And Again last week, fresh n sharp Chris Ryder trainee moves inside that rival & retains Dexter Dunn

 

6-Always And Again – What a gutsy turnaround, grinding gamely & held off the onslaught with a :54.1 back half last week, with a 1:49.3 mark on March 6 he remains a serious contender

 

RACE 7

3-Sawyer’s Desire – Raced well enough & tightened sufficiently in a much-needed comeback, back half in :54.1, gets some class relief & draws inside again for Team Burke

 

5-Becher’s Brook – Welcomed a return to this level with a mighty late surge of :25.4 to just miss last week & lands the same midpack stalking post looking to snap an 0 for 12 skid in 2021

 

4-Lyon’s King – Dropped to this level & steamrolled first over to a solid third two starts back, runner up to the uncatchable Chaser Hanover last week & draws better

 

RACE 8

9-Nows The Moment – Sports that sparkling mark of 1:51.3 @ The Big M in 2020, freshened & qualified raging with trot & has plenty of gate speed to overcome post nine

 

10-Pikachu Hanover – Ramped it up in his last three & needed a perfect two-hole ride to barely outsprint Gotwuteverittakes, stuck outside & could find a way with the right set up

 

2-Gotwuteverittakes – Two solid seconds off a recent sick scratch, just missed to Pikachu Hanover two starts back, then raced well from post ten & draws better to stalk the speed

 

RACE 9

3-Harambe Deo – Eight-time winner in 2020 with a 1:48.3 mark here barely outsprinted by Covered Bridge in an energetic qualifier & draws inside that rival for Team Cullipher

 

7-Covered Bridge – Another 1:48.3 performer @ The Big M in 2020 got the jump on Harambe Deo to win his qualifier & looks ready to return from a demanding post for Team Burke

 

5-Franco Totem N – Took a mark of 1:49 here at age seven last year, sharpened his sword with a hard-charging third fresh off the bench, then scratched sick, still a factor at this reduced level

 

RACE 10

3-Paduka N – Jammed back in a severe shuffle, then raging late on the cones chasing a fiery Dojea Gizmo last week, draws inside to work out another stalking trip while in top form

 

2-Chaser Hanover – Caught fire & on the rise with three straight lifetime marks, toying with them from post two last week & poised to step up again for a hot barn

 

4-Lexus With A View A – Held off Paduka N to score his first US win two starts back, then saved ground to be right here in a crowded photo, draws well & eligible to crank it up a notch

 

RACE 11

2-Sweet Truth – Seems to have revived his form in series action @ Yonkers, gets class & post relief, plus adds Gingras & in line to trip out in a soft spot

 

6-Grand Teton – The toteboard was screaming out his name last week & landed on the fringe a nonthreatening fifth, back half in :54.3, so he can continue to conjure up his back class

 

4-Go West Go Fast – Draws better fresh off a gallant parked out effort at the bottom level, 1:50 performer here last season long overdue, has missed three weeks, but finds a prime spot

 

RACE 12

3-Schnitzledosomethin – The Schnitzle returns to the scene of his 1:49.2 Open win back on Feb. 27, no luck in the trip department since then & broken equipment @ Yonkers last out, draws well back here to regroup

 

5-Colossal Stride A – Been on a nice roll while on the rise since arriving in the US, fresh off a hard-fought loss to The Yacht two weeks ago, back half in :54.2 from post eight, relentless type draws a bit better

 

4-Yacht Seelster – The Yacht paid the price for a very slow start from post eight & still hit the board last week, back half in :54.4, red-hot & versatile 6YO now moves inside on a form spree

 

RACE 13

3-So Nice Hanover – Lived up to the massive tote hype & overcame post eight, now steps up & moves inside to follow up in her third start off the bench for Dunn & Ryder

 

1-Laurie Lee – Extended her 2021 winning streak to five with a dominant score at the bottom level, lands the rail to facilitate another brush n crush

 

6-Windmeupnwatchmego – Knocking on the door recently, pace compromised & flew home to just miss last Friday & figures to have some speed to shoot at in this match up

 



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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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