Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:34 PM


7-Ideal Chill – Just missed in :26.2 here back on August 2, only three starts since, now off a sick scratch & comes back on 34 days rest in a complete toss up field, might be worth a swing


5-The Dark Shadow – Flashed speed & caught in a shuffle in last week’s comebacker, expected to show more back in a midpack stalking spot, but just one for 19 this season


8-Shim – Shows recent lines against N/W of 4 @ Pocono & offered some late pace in his debut here last week, at the mercy of pace & trip from post eight



2-Major Deception – Alagna-tuned 3YO had no chance from post ten last week, 1:49.3 winner here this season finally moves inside to stalk the speed & tap his potential


7-Respect Our Flag – Beaten favorite used hard, took heavy pressure & barely outsprinted with a gallant try last week, figures to be winging again in current sharp form for Team Bongiorno


5-Chaser Hanover – Closed into a :54.3 back half to gain the show at long odds behind Respect Our Flag last week & rates serious contender status off that effort



1-Pembroke Bada Bing – Struggling from outside posts in his last two in PA, gets substantial class relief & lands the rail in a field ripe for taking


2-Take A Wish – One for 22 this season, yet fresh off an inspiring effort last week, winner here in the past ramping up on the comeback trail & draws inside a soft field


10-You Cant Habit – Trotted the mile of his life with a perfect trip @ Pocono two starts back, draws a much tougher post here, but top form on his side



4-Sure Please – Trainer Andrew Harris took over in his last two, fresh off a narrow loss @ Pocono with pace at both ends of the mile, exits claimers & draws well 


3-Ohio Larry – Winner in three of his last four made a smooth transition to the mile track with a rousing win as the even money favorite last week, draws inside for another slight class hike


8-Master Of Puppets – Grinded gamely for the place spot last week, steady veteran now lands a tougher post, yet matches up well with these



5-CC Big Boy Sam – Big M horse-for-the-course just missed a 14-1 upset in a sharp comeback with pace at both ends of the mile & stands out in this one


8-Big CC’s Rock – Romped for this price tag two starts back @ Pocono, 4YO stalking type will need a speed target to shoot at from a challenging post


1-Shadow Newton – Harrington invader has cycled forward & finally broke through for his first win in 25 starts this season, the rail is an ideal scenario for him here



8-My Delight – No factor from post ten in a useful acclimating mile. 1:51 winner here this season now gets some class relief to offset another challenging post


2-No Easy Day – Closed into a :54.3 back half for minor spoils last week, now moves inside second time Lasix & has faced tougher recently


3-Frankie Rocks A – Australian import dazzled in two qualifiers, then flashed speed & stopped as the chalk in Lexington, gets a chance to regroup in much easier spot here



6-Ocean Colony – Took a 1:49 mark here this season, makes a key third start off the bench & dips in class along with a few others in this intriguing match up


1-Sams A Champ A – Stormed home to take as mark of 1:50 here in late June, been maintaining solid form elsewhere, now gets class & post relief 


5-Electric Western – Acclimated nicely with a solid second in his Big M debut last week, look for him to leave & stalk the expected speed in the competitive affair



5-Sicily – Left hard & got completely shuffled out of the race to last, then came bursting through heavy traffic in :26.3, looks like a live item to take advantage of the expected speed at a price


1-Harambe Deo – Lands the rail again fresh off a sparkling Big M debut, steamrolling to a new mark of 1:50.3, 4YO with upside is a threat to repeat for a high percentage barn


3-Americanprimetime – Grinded gamely from post nine & held the show in a gallant return to The Big M, classy 10-time winner in 2019 steps up again, yet draws better in pari-mutuel puzzler



7-Franco Totem N – Sat in & squeezed through to just miss as the heavy favorite in his Big M debut last week, stepping up with another challenging post, but has room to improve


3-Awesomeness – Saved ground & shook loose with a late lunge to nail the nose upset last week, bumped up a notch, but lands the same inside post & owns some back class


5-Griffon Hanover – Took a mark of 1:50.1 here this season, current form not inspiring, but gets further class relief, chance for a wake up call in a field loaded with possibilities



6-Steve Said – Rallied with a lot of extra zip to upset in his debut for trainer Andrew Harris, matches up well with this group & strong in the win column


4-Prophet Blue Chip – Stormed home from last to first with a career best 1:52 upset, 4YO with upside has pumped up his win total this season & draws much better


8-Rock Three Times – 1:52 winner @ The Big M this season showed his liking for this oval with a decisive wire-to-wire blowout as the heavy favorite last week, 10YO could surprise with a repeat performance



6-Barimah A – Major horse-for-the-course forced wide from a tough spot & just missed in his return to the Big M, now drops to the bottom condition & looms large


3-Stormont Czar A – Took aim first over & held well to be a close fourth just behind Barimah A last week, Team Harmon trainee also drops & draws inside on the comeback trail


9-Rockathon – Beaten favorite faded on an easy lead last week, has been chasing much tougher @ Yonkers recently & tries to rebound from a tougher post



4-The Mighty Marner – Late-blooming 3YO took his requisite tour of the oval last week, now has license to improve for Andrew Harris & draws well in a wide-open field


9-Daylyn Horizon – Has proven capable @ The Big M in the past, exits claimers after closing nicely to hit the board last week, yet will need some pace & trip luck from post nine


8-Spondulicks N – 1:53.1 winner here this season left alertly from the same outside post & picked up a check last week, gets a shot at some cheaper stock here



7-Backseat Terror – 8-time winner in 2019 with a mark of 1:51 here, won six in a row at one time this season, pace compromised as the beaten favorite last out, returns to The Big M in a much softer spot 


3-Percy Blue Chip – Suddenly went on a speed mission from post eight & broke last out @ Pocono, drops further here for Team Burke & in line for a stalking trip from an improved post


6-Followthewind N – Made adjustment when she shipped in & rallied for the place money last week, she was tackling tougher elsewhere & has won here in the past



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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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