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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:51 AM


6-Expensive Toy – Has been very effective at this price recently in NY, nice win with pace at both ends two starts back, then almost went all the way in pace controlling style


1-Nassau County – Not strong on the win column, but the price drop, speedy form, the rail, plus Brett Miller all make him a major contender in an intriguing opener


2-Hurtin Albertan – On the fringe fourth in his last three at Yonkers, yet maybe the stretch out on the mile track, inside draw & addition of the Bionic Man could put him across in a wide-open field



6-Somestarsomewhere – Exits the Breeders Crown, which was, despite two key scratches, a salty affair, this one fits right into his wheelhouse for Team Burke


7-Sweet Rock – NJ Classic upsetter exploited a real easy nonwinners of 3 last week & ramped his confidence up sky high


5-The Lunch Pail – Did some nice work in the Stallion Series, obviously needed his first start in two months, yet not sure he matches up to the top two



4-Caviart Luca – Bounced back with a big first over effort & held third behind the bomb Gold Rocks & Hall Bro, Noel Daley tuned gelding showed some talent in the Tattersalls


1B-Journeyman – Followed up a speedy win in the slop at Pocono with a dominant score in his debut for the Burke Brigade, moves outside, but meant to be a good one & heads a wicked entry


2-Caviart Chase – Reeled off a well-meant career best 1:52 opening weekend, then clearly second best chased Journeyman, lands the poll trying to somehow turn the tables



7-Royal Kee Wee N – Switched to Pocono Downs & promptly went two-for-two, New Zealand-bred gelding has major upside & hasn’t got much to beat in here


1-White Bliss – Rare white colt was just okay with a perfect trip in his Big M debut, chance to show more in his third career start from the pole


10-Ace Of Sharks – Set a solid pace & gave it up to the pocket sitting Art Degree, switches to Orange Crush & has the speed to overcome post ten in a laid back field



8-Rockeyed Optimist – Has displayed some talent on occasion & capable of an eye-catching move, paced a :54.1 back last week & makes his second start in three months


5-Art Degree – Pocketed his way to a career best 1:53.4 & has been pretty consistent, figures to be forwardly placed in a field lacking serious speed


9-Bettor Believe It – Gelding added Lasix recently & raced well again with a third behind runaway Sweet Rock, tackles post nine once more, but has the speed to seriously contend



8-OK Commander – Has gone two-for-two here on Lasix, got it all with a down-the-road effort last week & worthy of the step up from B-2 to B-1


4-Sparky Mark – Classy veteran has been sharp just below the Open level at Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well off a no-chance mile there & owns a win here this season


7-Shooter’s Dream – Invitational presence in Indiana grinded out a decisive score at The Meadows & debuts here for trainer David M. Smith, may present some value in an evenly matched field



4-Clear Vision – Has simply been too far back in both starts here, yet still paced home with sharp vigor (:53.3 last week), check out his monstrous effort in the Hoosier Derby & game win in the Dayton Derby


3-Sweet Lou – Pressured through a :53.1 middle half & only lost in the last step, division leader rewarded with a better post & still the one to knock off as he rounds back into peak form


5-Thinking Out Loud – Clearly benefited from the contested pace & responded to some bridle changes to pull the Breeders Crown upset, he’s obviously on his game now & another stern pace is almost guaranteed



2-Iam Bonasera – Classy gelding closed into a :54 back half from never-never land, logically needed the start, drops to a straight, yet tight B-2 & moves inside


5-Second Wind N – Forced to endure a wide trip from post ten & landed on the fringe fourth again, Bionic Man sticks & we could see a little more late snap this time


7-Schoolkids – Steps up fresh off a pace-controlling score last week at even money, expect another Gingras blast off with a classy Burke trainee on the verge of $1 million



7-Mighty Young Joe – Excellent season for this 11YO & great handling by Stacy Chiodo, fresh on the comeback trail his latest near miss in PA spells form revival & he loves the Big M


3-American General – Gelding has come alive with back-to-back lifetime marks in contrasting styles at Harrah’s Philadelphia, rates major contender status soley based on those miles


1-Rockin The House – Torched in a fast pace at Pocono Downs last time, rated & gave it up to the pocket sitter here before that, this Burke trainee has a chance to stalk from the rail



5-Sebastian K – Leading contender for Trotter of the Year poised to pass $3 million, freshened after three straight losses, we all know what he’s capable of even if not at his very best, has a big chance to prove his superiority in a great field


1-Creatine – A new horse after throat surgery this season, big effort from post eight to upset in the Allerage Farm, set a track record in the American National, lacked room in the Breeders Crown comeback, figures to be primed from the rail


3-Bee A Magician – The 2013 Horse of the Year salvaged her 4YO season with the magic of a masterful Sears drive & Lasix, making it back-to-back Breeders Crowns, well situated to push these boys & Maven to the limit



4-Wake Up Peter – The pick to click last week when aggressive tactics paid off for Brett Miller, has clearly cycled forward, 12-time winner this season loves the Big M & do it either way


5-Speed Again – Very steady Burke trainee rated, then tried to scoot away & only lost by a length in the Pocono Open, very dangerous controlling the pace


3-Handsome Henry K – Stepped up admirably off a confident win at Dover Downs with a strong third at 32-1, while pacing into a brisk :54.3 back half & draws better



1-Piece Of The Rock – Note the narrow loss two starts back & recent win at Harrah’s Philadelphia when he controlled the pace, the rail facilitates a similar strategy


6-Agood Time To Rock – Raging Burke trainee tried to go all the way again & nailed by a nose despite perfect rating by Gingras, likely in the pace-setting roll again


8-Prince Sharka – Forced to follow a well-rated standout in Schoolkids last week, moves outside, but remains a live contender



5-Mambo Italiano – Paced home strong for a piece from a tougher post, now drops from C-1 to a blank C-2 and has midpack options


4-Spartacus PV – Just missed with a perfect trip two starts back at Dover Downs, then no chance from post eight, owns a win here & barn has a win and a second from two starters this meet


7-Stallone Blue Chip – Just 1 for 19 this season, but had plenty of late pace from an impossible spot in his second start off the bench & drops to a rock bottom C-2





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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 almost 20 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 11 editions of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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