Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:36 PM


5-Bank Sea – 1:51.4 winner @ The Big M back in early June, flashed a sneaky :26.3 from post ten last week, draws better with some class relief here


7-Quality Closer – Can be just that & based on last week’s effort this 1:52.2 winner here this season could be ready to unleash a more threatening rally


4-Jackamino – Took a 1:52.2 mark here this season, has been better in his last two @ Yonkers & draws well to carve out a smooth trip



1-She Rocks Kemp – One for 11, but definitely going in the right direction up in Ontario, stormed home from post ten to just miss an upset in the OSS Super Final & draws inside her stablemate


7-Creature Of Habit – Love the way she came to life with some speed & romped to a decisive score in her Big M debut, has to be the one to fear off that easy first win


6-Word Of Honor – Beaten favorite came on strong while Creature Of Habit cruised uncontested last week, this Team Orange Crush filly is gathering momentum



3-Winning American – Stayed flat in his last two while chasing much tougher foes, Andrew Harris barn had a nice opening weekend & this one lands in a prime spot


1-Explosive Ridge – Took a mark of 1:53.3 here this season, freshened & qualified in fine fashion & lands the rail for the always dangerous Richard Johnson


4-Keystone Orion – 10YO changed barns, responded to aggressive handling & scored an overdue win @ Saratoga with the trainer driving, draws well to trip out here



3-Vintage Babe – 0 for 18 this season, but we’ll give her that post ten acclimating mile last wee, she was tackling tougher last month & draws inside a field ripe for the taking


4-Summer Rock – Qualified adequately after tailing off @ The Meadows, note the barn change to the often reliable Robert Lounsbury & draws well in a highly beatable field


7-Final Escape – This filly went all the way for a new mark from post seven two starts back @ Rosecroft, one of the few bright spots in here going in the right direction in this match up



6-Roundtown Rocker – Drops from tougher condition events, his form is decent, knows his way around this oval & faces a camera-shy bunch


2-Super Manning – 11YO has been regaining form in his last few, fresh off two solid seconds he draws inside to set up his preferred stalking trip


1-Broadway Bruiser – Just missed with a gutsy first over effort two starts back @ Monticello, just one for 35 this season, but has a chance to be a serious factor with patient handling



6-Sail By – First two siblings Fine Art & Captain Ahab banked over $100,000, this Captaintreacherous filly did indeed “sail by” with a sterling rally in Lexington, she could be an emerging star for the Alagna Armada


5-Annabelle Hanover – Took charge, stole a pedestrian :58 half & held off Breeders Crown bound stablemate Marloe Hanover & now draws better


3-JK Finendandy – Nancy Johansson trainee progressed & showed versatility elsewhere before her dull effort in the Bluegrass, three weeks, plus a better post could spell rebound



3-Max – Ron Burke trainee ships in on a form spree, grinded gamely for third last out @ Pocono, went all the way from post seven before that & might be the one to knock off


2-Cruising In Style – Beaten favorite almost pulled it off, made a methodic move to the front & just missed in his Big M debut & draws inside to build on that


5-Misslarose – Has enjoyed success here in the past with a mark of 1:52.4 last year, been racing well @ The Meadows, now note the barn change to Team Bongiorno



5-Sudden Change N – Scott Di Domenico trainee arrives on a roll @ Yonkers, this steady 8YO veteran goes for three in a row & figures to be forwardly placed


4-Monica Gallagher – Has gone on a tear here in the past, right there third from post eight in a strong return to this oval & now drops & draws an improved post


6-Hurrikane Shorty – Ships in after winning three of her last four on half milers, beat N/W of 8 @ Harrington, but not sure she measures up to the top two



5-Call For Justice – Took a 1:52.4 mark here this season, has been a contender in the Open @ Harrington, now the right flags are hoisted with the barn change to Ron Burke


7-La Grange A – Won back-to-back here in 1:54.1 in April for Ake Svanstedt, now with Paul Kelley he makes his second start off the bench at a greatly reduced level


2-Zlatan – Took a mark of 1:52.3 here in late June, has been struggling against better @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now gets class & post relief



3-Chief Mate – Unleashed a pretty sharp :26.2 to hit the board chasing heavy favorite Captain Barbossa last week, draws inside again off that an excellent acclimating mile 


1-Force N Fury – Forced to settle for second to Breeders Crown bound standout Papi Rob Hanover last week, logically looks like he leads the Alagna Armada quintet from the rail


4-Major Risky – Perked up with solid speed in his latest two @ The Red Mile, have to forgive the miscue here last week, has a chance to rebound & step up to compete the Alagna 1-2-



7-Dynamic Edge – 0 for 18 this season, yet could be a sneaky good play in this head scratcher, has ramped up his game elsewhere, his last two @ Pocono were good & owns some back class


2-Muscle High – Surprised more than a few with his come-to-life upset from post ten last Saturday for his new barn, rewarded with an inside draw for the step up in class


3-Inukchuk Chuck – This gelding has been able to thrive in the amateur races, reeling off five in a row & lowered his mark to 1:55 @ The Red Mile, draws well in a wide open field


6-Hall Of AM S – Advanced willingly & chased a convincing winner last week with a nice rebound off a miscue, Muscle Hill filly with plenty of upside for the prolific Melander barn


4-Scorched Romance – Ships south after winning three of her last four in OSS action @ Mohawk & draws well in a so-so division for Nifty Norman


7-Heaven – One for 13 filly garnered a lot of attention despite post ten & finished an okay fourth from post ten, her previous two @ The Red Mile worth noting



4-Deplorable Tom – Has responded to the barn change to Andrew Harris & addition of Lasix, almost went all the way from post seven in a sharp debut here as the beaten favorite & now draws better


3-Some More Prince – Moves inside fresh off an excellent acclimating mile closing from far back to grab second behind a runaway winner, only one for 30 this season is a concern


8-Cantab Fashion – 1:51.4 freshman winner made it all the way to the $1 million Hambletonian Final, tough draws for his second start off the bench, but loaded with talent




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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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