Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:51 PM

RACE 1

2-Namje – Lived up to strong tote action & rallied to a convincing score & took a new mark in a sparkling Big M debut, rewarded with an improved post & stands out

 

9-Dew Can Dew – Beaten favorite set a comfortable pace & settled for second to Namje last week, nice mile track transition, but tougher post, plus two for 41 record

 

10-Martz Stick – 4YO with some upside has come around in his last two, like the way he stepped out alertly from post nine last week & needs a similar effort

 

RACE 2

3-Esa – Stormed home in :27.3 to finish second to Mission Hill first time Lasix two starts back, pace & trip compromised last out, draws well to get within closer striking range

 

6-Mission Hill – Lightly-raced 4YO was on a nice roll before his latest miscue as the heavy favorite, former $335,000 yearling finds an ideal spot to rebound

 

1-Galixton – Added trotting hopples & just missed two starts back, then broke in a paceless race last week, smooth sailing from the rail reunited with Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 3

3-Crazshana – Forced wide from an impossible spot in his first start since late November, former 1:51.3 winner here now draws much better for his second try off the bench 

 

7-Bizet – Rebounded off a miscue with a solid rally for third in his second start back here, draws a tougher post, but drops another notch with some back class in his arsenal

 

1-Tyson – This Tyson has been plagued with excuses while tackling tougher @ Dover Downs, lands the rail in a rock bottom condition & picks up Gingras

 

RACE 4

7-Thunder Dome – Pegged him last week & he just missed with a strong finish @ 5-1, 4YO trending in the right direction lands in a similar spot 

 

2-Atomic Rei – Rounded into form with three straight on-the-board finishes @ Freehold, 1:51.3 winner here in 2019 when he was just two for 42, draws inside & gets Dexter Dunn

 

5-Tailgunner Hanover – 1:52.4 winner here last season rallied to hit the board as the beaten favorite last week, re-adjusted to the mile track now & sets up a stalk n pop strategy

 

RACE 5

8-Sapphire City – Shows a solid second against similar two starts back @ The Meadows, draws a demanding post, but this classy millionaire joins a new barn & picks up The Bionic Man

 

9-Western Redhot – Simply steamrolled first over & polished off a lifetime best with a :27.2 last Saturday, faces a tougher post against a competitive group of claimers, yet might be up to it

 

5-Cadillac Phil – Romped wire-to-wire with Andrew McCarthy back on 12-12 for $7,500, returns to the mile track with plenty of back class for a prolific barn

 

RACE 6

5-Ronnie Goldstein – Kicked off his year with a pair of solid runner up finishes, forced wide & pace compromised from post eight last time, lightly-raced 5YO might be on the verge

 

9-All American N – Lived up to favoritism with a winning rally in his US debut on Lasix, lightly-raced Muscle Hill gelding builds on that from the same outside post for Team Toscano

 

4-Deplorable Tom – 4YO won back-to-back & lowered his mark to 1:54.1 before a deplorable result last out, has had three weeks to regroup & draws better for Andrew Harris

 

RACE 7

4-Exotic Dance – Banged this one @ 5-1 in her second start for Team Bongiorno, poised to step up off that career best from a better post & has the look of a repeater

 

1-I Will Do It – Rallied to make it two for her last three since switching to Nifty Norman, lands the rail fresh off the mile of her life & has a big chance to keep it going

 

2-Manhattan Play – Finished an even fourth with an ideal second over trip last week, draws better with Tetrick to be in line for another serious shot at the speed 

 

RACE 8

6-Shewearsthepants – Sports a 1:51.3 mark here last year, fresh off a strong third she can vault off that effort with the right trip & pace set up

 

1-Jewel Lehigh A – Wired similar @ Yonkers two starts back, then got parked against tougher there, back on the mile track with the rail for the double Andrews

 

5-Gloria Pierre – Rocky steady & productive mare has clearly been better in her last two, got parked & chased a dominant winner last week

 

RACE 9

3-Zlatan – Took a 1:52.3 mark here last season, gets some much-needed class & post relief & lands in an ideal spot to trip out for an overdue win

 

6-Marion Gondolier – Failed to pass a horse from post ten last week, drops back down to the level of a narrow loss two starts back, expect a more aggressive effort

 

1-Smokee Mirrors – Take note of the narrow loss from post ten back on 12-20, returns to the mile track for his second start off a sick scratch & switches to Andrew McCarthy

 

RACE 10

6-Dayson – Team Burke stalwart & 10-time winner in 2019 just missed with a well-rated effort as the heavy favorite, crushed these from post eight on 1-3, chance to dominate

 

4-Max – Followed the classy JL Cruze & faded to fourth last time, gets further class relief & draws inside again to give Team Burke a solid 1-2 punch in this affair

 

3-TT’s D-Jay – Completely stole away to a :58.1 half enroute to a new mark of 1:54.3 last week, rewarded with a better post in a field begging to be beaten

 

RACE 11

5-Clive Bigsby – Made a late miscue in his third start off the bench, 5YO was trending in a positive direction, moves midpack with Dexter Dunn & gets another shot @ this reduced level

 

3-U Need Stones – Big M horse-for-the-course & Team Burke trainee gets class & post relief in a field of numerous question marks

 

4-Winning American – Flashed sudden speed from post seven in his third start off the bench, now drops & draws better, needs some of that Andrew Harris magic with trotters

 

RACE 12

2-Princess Holly N – Gotta go back to her solid second against these on 12-26, makes her second start off a sick scratch from a much better post for the Blueberry Bomber

 

3-Summer Rock – Logical contender draws inside again fresh off a nose loss as the heavy favorite, kicked off her season with a new mark from the same post in 1:53.4

 

6-Sweet Sue – Lasix has kicked in with improved performances in her last two for Team Burke, beaten favorite rated nicely & couldn’t hold on again last week, just two for 33

 

RACE 13

9-Duluth – Beaten favorite parked first over & still hit the board in his last two, 11YO draws a tougher post, but has cranked up his game with Dexter Dunn

 

7-Bellamente – Interesting shipper arrives off an even fourth @ Yonkers for her new barn, fresh threat lands in a real soft bottom condition & might be worth a swing

 

8-Massive Talent – Just three for 32 last year, but has been a steady contender against these, returns to the mile track & has gate speed to overcome a demanding draw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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