Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:52 PM

RACE 1

2-Major Betts – NYSS stakes winner & Pace finalist last year, just missed with a late surge in his second start off the bench @ Yonkers, qualified nicely here chasing Highalator last Fall & draws inside

 

1-Always And Again – Brushed n crushed these from post eight in a career best of 1:50.2 two starts back, faded into strong headwinds last week & moves inside as a logical speed threat

 

8-Rockin The Aces – Kicked off the month by banging out two in a row, both from post eight, gutsy first over third in the top class last week, drops back down & dangerous despite the outside draw

 

RACE 2

3-Full View – 1:52.3 performer here last season has simply not been finishing his miles, but the monster class plunge & inside post could spell revival, it’s your guess

 

1-Battle Strong – Slow start from post nine & forced wide cost him any chance last week, now hits rock bottom & moves inside a severely form challenged field

 

7-Ari Allstar – 10YO has actually been pretty productive at this bottom level recently & made a quick adjustment to the mile track, gaining minor spoils last week

 

RACE 3

1-Best Honey Hanover – Early January claim was pace compromised, stuffed inside & shook loose with plenty of late pace in the slop last week, tripped out to upset these before that & lands the rail

 

6-Callmequeenbee A – Kicks off a solid Team Cullipher 1-2 punch, shuffled in the slop last week, she drops into a evenly-matched field & gate speed puts her in play

 

4-Cash Roll – Surprised more than a few with that perfect trip upset rally in the slop last week after she struggled against better @ Dover Downs, now steps up & rewarded with an improved post

 

RACE 4

6-Yankee Osborne – Was racing against the likes of Tulhurstsantanna A in January, off an impossible trip he drops all the way to the bottom level & long overdue

 

3-Premier Rockstar – Bumped into a 1:51.1 Nutcracker Sweet three starts back, drops back down & moves inside for Team Cullipher & no standouts in this affair

 

1-Albergo Hanover – Struggled in the Game of Claims @ Pocono & hasn’t won in a long time, but note the barn change to Team Burke & this is a real soft spot

 

RACE 5

6-Big City Bud – Has been on a nice roll since arriving here, sat off the rated pace & angled with a menacing late flurry last week, maybe he can get to the speed within closer striking range

 

4-Environs Hanover – Fresh off a sharp qualifier here he lived up to the tote hype as The Minister took him all the way in a well-rated score, promising 4YO has lots of room to improve

 

2-In Nevada N – Won his second qualifier here with a strong late push, NZ import hails from hot connections, lightly-raced 4YO with potential draws inside a competitive field 

 

RACE 6

5-I’m A Big Deal – Despite a four-month layoff he surged along the cones to pull a huge upset in a rousing Big M debut last week, builds on that in a wide-open affair

 

9-Decision Day – Impossible to leave out this sub 1:50 performer, runner up to a raging 1:48.4 Western Fame last week, stuck outside, but a relentless closer

 

2-Incredible Shark – Outsprinted in the top class last week, on a pretty good roll before that, chance to stalk from another inside post & lead a Team Cullipher triple threat

 

RACE 7

3-Nutcracker Sweet – Got stung early from post seven last week after regaining his form, finally moves inside, a threat to show them who’s boss & tap his potential further

 

4-Dealer’s Table – Drops back down to the level of the rail upset back in late January, draws inside for Team Cullipher & has a big chance to get more aggressive

 

1-Actor Hanover – Caught my eye with that narrow loss three starts back, now gets some needed class relief, moves inside & can trip out in a real wide-open match up

 

RACE 8

6-Paduka N – Might have signaled a swing to top form sitting close to a fast pace & held third in :27.3, tougher post, but now drops another notch

 

3-Chaser Hanover – Took a mark of 1:50.3 in a new revival season, gets to drop further off a solid third & in line for a smooth inside trip

 

2-Another Daily Copy – Big M horse-for-the-course has been dropping positive hints on the comeback trail & lands in an ideal spot to stalk n pop

 

RACE 9

2-Some Chapter – Forced wide from a near impossible spot & barely outsprinted by Get Legs as the beaten favorite, gets an inside draw in a sharp field & continues on his long form spree

 

4-Get Legs – Team Orange Crush project scored his sixth of seven career starts with a sterling :27.2 rally, lightly-raced 4YO has more to prove & now rewarded with an improved post in a very competitive affair

 

3-Rich And Miserable – Finished well to hit the board in three of last four features here, finally draws inside, experienced veteran is overdue & would benefit from a fast pace

 

RACE 10

7-Stars Align A – Ten-time winner in 2020 with a mark of 1:48.1 @ Miami Valley, ships into the hands of the 2020 Trainer of the Year fresh off a wire-to-wire blowout in Ohio, lands in a demanding spot, yet could be up to it

 

3-Tulhurstsantanna A – Has come to hand for Andrew Harris, winning four of his last five, his latest in a crushing 1:49.4, back half in :54.4, draws inside again to keep it going in a very exciting feature

 

1-Lyons Steel – Regained his confidence going all the way three starts back, then exploded to upset his last two, back halves in :54.4 & :54.1, now lands the rail with a chance to pounce on the expected action

 

RACE 11

4-Western Redhot – Rallied to upset $12,500 types in a Big Game Series Consolation two starts back, tough parked out trip last time, now a fresh claim draws well again

 

6-Gotta Go B B – Followed an improved performance @ Freehold with a somewhat surprising win here in the slop last Friday & looks to get his repeat shoes on

 

1-Century Churchill – Left alertly, rode the pocket & left in the wake of repeat winner Dull Roar last week, has a chance to set up another smooth, stalking trip from the rail

 

RACE 12

3-Brigadoon – Trip excuses & tough posts since his aggressive second to Ruthless Dude back on Jan. 30, now a fresh claim move inside & looms large

 

2-Cruzing Hill – Landing on the fringes as no serious threat, but claimed, was a bit better last week, draws better & could turn things around

 

8-Forevernalways – Winning favorite in three of his last four, took charge from post nine & outsprinted Ruthless Dude last week, remains a big threat fresh off the claim

 

RACE 13

7-Unloaded N – 1:51.4 performer here last season flashed a hint of late pace in his last two, gets further class relief in a drop down derby 

 

5-Thatswhatisaid N – Faded in his last two & has missed a couple of weeks, but drops another notch & has a chance to snap his current slump in a camera-shy finale

 

10-Billy Lincoln N – Offered some solid late pace in his second start off the bench, stuck outside, but continues his class descent & looking for some trip luck

 

 

 

 

 



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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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