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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Friday, May 01, 2015 7:57 PM


6-Art History – Stepped up, took full control & cruised to a career best of 1:50.4 last week, lightly-raced 4YO continues to improve for Steve Elliott 


2-Bet You – High caliber stakes performer at two qualified with good energy, kicking home in :27 flat for Takter, draws well & looks ready to tackle a very competitive opener 


4-OK Gorgeous – Clearly needed last week’s mile behind Art History off the sick scratch, this gelding owns tactical speed & draws inside again 



1-Fox Valley Steffen – Fresh gelding shows two solid starts on the comeback trail at Pocono, owns a mark of 1:55 taken at Tioga, gets class & post relief 


3-My Muscleman – Dropped to the bottom condition rung at The Meadowlands & promptly stepped up his game, his latest a solid second from post ten & draws well here 


9-Jaipur – Well-traveled 5YO hit the board against Open company at Vernon Downs, capable of grinding it out, yet needs to overcome the dreaded nine post 



6-Western Pioneer – NJ Futurity winner as a freshman, qualified with vigor for the Johanssons, looks ready to be competitive with these 


4-Julerica – Flashed talent in the Excelsior Series at two, two sharp qualifiers for Smedshammer, the latest with a snappy :26.3 & draws well 


7-Rock Of The Ages – Excellent pair in the Spring Preview, including a maiden breaker in 1:51.3, then a gutsy first over narrow loss from post nine last week 



2-Bullville Illusion – Gelding displayed more vigor in his second qualifier at Pocono, rose to the N/W of 2 level at Pocono last Fall, draws inside for The Simonizer 


6-J P Seventy Three – Hasn’t missed the board this season when he stayed flat at Saratoga, a winner here last season figures to make strong impression 


4-Mistletoe Hanover – Just 1 for 19, yet her lone qualifier at Pinehurst, NC was energetic & she lands a prime spot to leave for a stalking trip 



6-Long Live Rock – Has been brilliant in spots here & the key is getting him involved, gelding makes his second start off the bench & can stalk the speed & outkick these 


5-Mister Virgin – Blew these away last week with a wire-to-wire career best of 1:50.4 fresh off the claim, logical threat to repeat 


4-Capozzo – Took full advantage of the class relief & flaunted his speed while taking a sparkling new mark of 1:49.3, builds on that brimming with confidence 



4-Wiggle It Jiggleit – Undefeated gelding rated #3 on the Road to the Meadowlands Pace, swept the Gilmour Series impressively & beat older foes in the Sonsam in 1:49.4 


1-Rock N’ Roll World – Kicked home off cover in a serious :26.4 to just miss to Fast Movin Train in an perfect comeback & rewarded with the rail 


5-Fast Movin Train – Capitalized on a dreamy two-hole trip to nail the narrow upset over Rock N’Roll World & took a new mark of 1:52.3, will need similar luck to shock the chalk 



8-NF Drum Roll – Wired this kind in a complete blowout two starts back, trounced the $12,500 claimers on 4-4 in a career best 1:52, flashed speed & faltered last week, fresh claim can bounce back in a blank field 


1-Rockrockwhosthere – Went 0 for 38 last year, needed his first two starts back, no chance from post ten last time, may be ready to bear down back on the rail 


3-Visa Viper – Raced better when he changed barns on 4-11, then made a break in a short series final, may benefit from more fine tuning & finds a real cozy spot  



8-Acelo Hanover – Unimpressive in his debut here on 4-18, then got roughed up at 41-1 last week, but that all goes out the window with the gelding claimed by a barn with staggering stats & not much to get excited about in this field 


2-Northern Prize – Strong runner-up in both starts here chasing runaway winners, weakness in the win column a knock, but rates highly in a suspect field 


3-Hruby’s N Luck – Dropped in for this price at Pocono & woke up at 14-1 two starts back, impossible trip at Vernon Downs last week & draws well in a friendly field here 



5-Doo Wop Hanover – Last year’s NJSS champion has comeback like a guerilla for Steve Elliott, growled home in an eye-catching :26.2 to barely outsprint Dovuto last week 


6-Dovuto Hanover – Beaten favorite on 4-18 simply got underway too late & sizzled home in :25.4 to just miss again, always a major dangerous within striking range 


4-Doctor Butch – Won his first two starts here this season & took a mark of 1:48.4 back in early January, will have plenty of speed to stalk in his return to the mile track 


RACE 10 

3-Ballinrobe – Has faced much tougher, the class & post relief is too much to ignore, has a big chance to reignite his form with The Buckeye 


6-You Bet Your Glass – Steady 12YO reclaimed by Bresnahan who won a short series final with him on 4-4, fresh off another convincing score in a brisk 1:50.2 


9-Mambo Italiano – Came to life after the John McDermott, Jr. claim, chased the 1:49.3 runaway Capozzo last week & claimed by a barn that did good work with Mister Virgin 


RACE 11 

6-Rediscovery – Recent Burke acquisition has won three of four for his new barn, overcame post 12 & took advantage of the extra eighth, career vest 1:49.2 before that, goes for the sweep reunited with Gingras 


2-Bettorever – First leg winner followed Rediscovery home & just missed by a neck in the added eighth, back inside to employ his best stalking strategy 


7-Ideal Cowboy – The Cowboy finished a close second to Rediscovery in the first leg with pace at both ends, then got parked in the added distance round two, dangerous off two tighteners 


RACE 12 

5-Speed Again – Left alertly & edged out a game Windsong Gorgeous with a :26.4 late lunge, Burke trainee ramping up his game on the comeback trail 


7-Blatantly Best – Drops out of the Open & always one to fear when the pace gets hot, can outkick the best of them & Brett Miller knows how to time it just right 


2-Windsong Gorgeous – Back in familiar hands he almost went all the way last week in a dazzling display of speed, huge threat with a similar effort from another inside post 


RACE 13 

2-Rockaholic – Worked his way to the lead & simply crushed these with a career best 1:52, moves inside for his third start off the claim by a barn that can do no wrong 


1-Cajon Hot Shot – That easy win on 4-11 seemed to spark his form, set a solid pace from post eight & finished third last week & moves inside 


7-Western Tsunami – Twice beaten favorite at Vernon Downs hit the board in both starts, 1:52.1 winner here this season needed those races  


RACE 14 

7-Cobalt Man – Beaten favorite with a solid effort on 4-11, bothered by a first turn breaker last out, drops further with plenty of back class on view 


10-Regal Babe – Plummets out of the Whata Baron Series, needed those acclimating miles & will only need to overcome post ten 


6-Gratias Deo – Very live item & understandably popular at the claim box, grinded gamely to a career best 1:52.2 last week & reclaimed by a raging Russo barn 








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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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