Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 01, 2021 12:54 PM


2-Heza A Real Diamond – Sub 1:49 horse-for-the-course was a beaten favorite @ Freehold after missing three weeks & now lands in a real cozy spot to flaunt his class


4-Palomar – Been awhile since this 1:48.4 performer here in 2020 has had a chance to shine @ The Big M, capitalized on a perfect set up to score fresh off the bench @ Vernon Downs


1-A Bettor Beach – 1:51.3 winner here this season returns to NJ fresh off a solid rally & nose loss @ Pocono & lands the rail to ensure a smooth stalking trip



3-Sevenshadesofgrey – One for 24, but this colt drops out of major league stakes action, has been chasing standouts like Ahundreddollarbill & draws inside for Team Burke


1-Chablis – 0 for 19, but picking up checks against top stakes fillies with some decent finishes, the class relief figures to help, plus the rail affords her a better start


7-Caruso – Erratic son of Father Patrick has flashed some talent in spots, strong runner up in 1:53.3 in late July, then fourth in a track record Muscle Hill on Hambo Day



5-Wings Of Speed – This Richard Johnson trainee who has shown solid speed & miscues since venturing away from the sight of his only win this season & now drops into a soft spot


3-Shared Interest – 10YO was a Richard Johnson claim in late July, just missed going all the way in the slop two starts back, switches to the mile track, draws well & needs a big rebound 


2-Marveloustrix – Big M lover often strives down the long stretch here, rallied for third in her last two elsewhere & in line to trip out in a field full of question marks & easy tosses



5-Metallica – Shadow Play colt been doing some good things @ Mohawk while developing for Jack Darling, almost went wire-to-wire in 1:51.1 two starts back


1-Lous Sassin – Team Burke homebred looks to rebound off an early miscue in the TSS @ The Meadows where he broke his maiden in early August, lands the rail for an easier assignment here


2-As Always – Always B Miki pacer for Per Engblom was recently freshened & returned with back-to-back close seconds @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside to take charge



2-I’m A Big Deal – 1:51.4 winner here this season regaining form @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, chased a runaway in last, gets further class relief & draws inside


5-Blood Brother – Ultra classy 9YO been doing some consistent work in PA, drops into a softer spot here & can set up his stalking style from midpack


4-Surrealin – Intriguing 3YO with five wins in nine starts this season, fresh off a lively narrow loss in NY Excelsior A action @ Vernon Downs & draws well here



3-Chaptiama – Took a mark of 1:51.3 @ The Big M this season, off some rough trips from outside posts in the Yonkers Open, runner up in the Vincennes draws inside back here


1-Gangster Hanover – Knocked heads with top 4YOS & did well in the Graduate Series, landed in a tight photo in the Cashman, now draws the rail off a lifetime best blowout @ Pocono


5-Lovedbythemasses – Enjoyed a productive Championship meet, capped by an ideal set up & new mark of 1:50.2 upsetting the Vincennes, hasn’t raced in a month, so tough to gauge



2-Sweet Lucy Lou – 1:51 performer here this season was tackling some tougher mares her recent layoff, came roaring back with a solid second @ Pocono, gets some class relief & draws inside


1-Nimah Franco N – NZ-bred mare won her qualifier with a nice late burst & promptly shot home to win her US debut in similar fashion, now lands the rail here with plenty of upside


6-Ideation Hanover – Just two for 23 this season, yet she gets a needed class drop, owns a solid late kick & leads a 1-2 punch for Team Cullipher 



7-Double Account – Equaled his lifetime mark of 1:51.2 here this season, currently going well winning two of his last three, looms large despite a challenging draw & gives Team Cullipher a two-pronged attack


2-Hockey Hanover – Which Hockey shows up tonight? Watch out if it’s the one who destroyed them in a sizzling 1:50.4 back in mid-July, draws inside to give Team Burke a 1-2 punch in a real handicapping headscratcher


8-Hillexotic – Dropped out of the Graduate Series here suddenly reeled off three straight blowouts on smaller tracks, returns to the Big M with an outside assignment, but controlling speed is his new best weapon



3-Bee Two Bee – Anytime there’s a fresh Team Burke acquisition a big red flag goes up, this 4YO ships south off a couple of close seconds in Preferred classes @ secondary Ontario tracks, draws well for a pretty serious test here


7-Always A Miki – Team Takter-tuned 3YO has been banging heads with Grand Circuit colts, draws a challenging post, but has the class & talent to make an impressive & he’s overdue


1-Geez Joe – If you’re willing to forgive the miscue after flashing speed in his comeback, then this is a classy Open type on his best day, expect more in his second try off the bench from the rail



5-She’s Nun Bettor N – Team Burke trainee bounced back with a strong second from post seven @ Yonkers, note the narrow loss with a :25.3 here back in late June


7-Stonebridge Soul – Took advantage of her third straight class drop & tripped out decisively as the heavy favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now she’s back at The Big M in top form


6-Demeter N – Steady mare who’s strong in the win column, drops out of the Yonkers Open & rates highly with her stalking style



5-Ruthless Hanover – 1:47.2 performer here this season gets away from bearcats like Allywag Hanover, note the relentless effort back on July 31, he’s dangerous with any kind of pace target


2-Seriously Hanover – Capped a Hambo Day grandslam for Dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman & took a mark of 1:48.4, returns to The Big M in an ideal spot to get aggressive again


1-Ana Afreet N – Just hasn’t been as effective this summer against top Free For Allers, yet has a chance get more involved from the rail & capitalize on a speed set up



6-Party Boy – We know how much he likes The Big M, has been racing okay elsewhere, drops into a real soft spot here & it might be time to party


2-Mr Mcdreamy – Took a mark of 1:51 here this season, off a tough trip as the beaten favorite @ Monticello & draws inside to trip out in a wide-open finale


4-I’m No Pansy – Has responded to some recent class relief with back-to-back on the board finishes @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well in a very light 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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