Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:11 PM


7-Daylyn Horizon – 8YO has enjoyed some success here over the past few seasons, took a mark of 1:51 here back in late June & repeated against $10,000 stock, that was a solid rally for third two starts back & chased a runaway winner last week


8-Terror Of the Nite – Horse-for-the-course clearly needed his first start off the bench against slightly tougher condition foes, drops in for a tag from a challenging post, but eligible to step up


1-Walks Of life – Former Freehold regular who piled up 14 wins last year, draws the rail fresh off a wide move to hit the board last week, trending in the right direction



6-DA Delightful – Improving Bettor’s Delight 3YO sports a seven for 13 record, three tighteners @ Yonkers & just missed in N/W of 8 there two starts back, Mark Silva has this one primed


5-Virgin Storm – Saved ground behind Better Than Some & shook loose late to grab second in :26.1 last week, an improved effort from the previous week


3-Internet Hanover – Capped off his 3YO season with a 1:50.2 mark @ Dover Downs, now makes his second start off the bench from an inside post & could surprise with a stalking trip



2-DA Magician – His first start here for Mark Silva was a disaster when he hooked wheels after launching a move & lost all chance, 1:51.2 winner @ Fraser Downs needed to acclimate & now moves inside for Silva


4-Boogie Roll – 3YO filly flashing some positive signs against tougher company recently, just one for 18 this season, but lands in a softer spot for Joe Lee & Team Bongiorno 


1-Happy Trio – Returns off a sick scratch & couple of months away in a new barn, his Big M qualifier was encouraging & the rail facilitates his speed



4-Top Of The Mark – Barn change alert here, classy 10YO has been pretty consistent against $12,500 claimers @ Saratoga, draws inside here to stalk n pop for Andrew Harris


6-Sunshine West – Made a quick & sharp adjustment to the mile track here with a furious rally to just miss at 75-1 last week, makes him a threat despite the tougher post here


9-Mateo – Blew up the board when he stormed home with a :55.2 back half from post eight, just two fifths off his lifetime mark, needs a similar effort from another outside draw



9-The Mighty Marner – Liked him last week & he finished second to a runaway at better than 12-1, now the post is tougher, yet this Andrew Harris-tuned 3YO is in better shape 


5-Uffizi – 1:51.2 performer here this season would likely thrash these in top form, note the barn change, but the qualifiers are difficult to gauge, did stretch it out with speed in the second one


7-Ideal Son – Tripped out to score a modest win fresh off the claim @ Freehold, 1:51.4 winner here this season faces a challenge from post seven, but hasn’t got much to beat



4-Frankie Rocks A – Twice beaten favorite disappointed in both US starts, yet did show versatility & needed to acclimate, draws inside again here & hits the rock bottom condition


2-Stormont Czar A – Just missed with a game grind two starts back, then gave way to third under pressure last week, sharpening for Team Harmon, remains at the reduced level & gets another inside post with a hot driver


3-Sportsmanship – Only one for 34 this year, but has been willing in his most recent efforts @ Yonkers, knows his way around this oval, gets some class relief & draws inside



2-Big Stretch Mark – Added Lasix in his last four off a sick scratch & has been gradually regaining his form, horse-for-the-course lands in a softer spot to trip out for Eric Abbatiello


9-City Hall – Classy 9YO Big M lover was a 1:48.3 winner here this season, just missed with a well-rated wake up mile from post ten last week, when he gets good you can’t fight City Hall 


1-Constntlysidewys A – Another one who loves this track, has dipped down the class ladder recently, flashed sudden speed two starts back, first over last out, big chance from the rail



3-Shneonucrzydiamnd A – Big M lover returns fresh off a narrow loss against better @ Yonkers, draws inside as an ideal stalking trip candidate in a true handicapper’s challenge


6-Sicily – Got nosed out with a great drive by Victor Kirby as our Price Play last week, closed with a flurry in :26.3 before that, no doubt a sharp item in a highly competitive field


7-Americanprimetime – Beaten favorite fought gallantly first over last week, now his post is tougher, but class & form makes him a major player again



2-Rebellious – Acclimated with a solid :26.2 off a sick scratch, now gets class & post relief with some strong numbers in the win column & speed to stalk in this match up


4-Respect Our Flag – Brushed n crushed a similarly strong group last week, 3YO with a 1:49.2 mark here this season has been on a roll for Team Bongiorno


3-U S Captain – Captaintreacherous colt with a 1:50.1 mark here shows a third in the Messenger, two tighteners in Grand Circuit action, has missed three weeks, but draws inside



4-Chip Walther – Beat better with a great drive two starts back, followed up with a solid third against even tougher, draws inside for a prime class drop scenario


2-Messi N – Moves inside fresh off a noteworthy parked out performance last week, matched his 1:50.4 mark here this season, in line for a smoother journey in top form for The Mann


1-Born Of Fire – Recent claim rallied from a tough spot to hit the board @ Yonkers last week, lands in a softer class here with a chance to stalk from the rail



3-Like Clockwork – Regaining form on the comeback trail for Team Burke, kicked home in :26.2 from an impossible spot while acclimating from post ten, finally moves inside & might be ready to deliver now 


5-Awesomeness – Completely shuffled out of the race, forced wide & closed in :26.4 last week, pulled a sharp upset before that, back in solid form with some back class in his arsenal


4-No Easy Day – Tripped out to nail a very determined City Hall second time Lasix last week, rates the class hike with an inside draw



5-Burning Desire – Barn change flag has been hoisted, intriguing 3YO struggled against N/W of 4 @ Pocono in his last two, now debuts for Andrew Harris & faces a real camera-shy bunch


1-Winning Linc – Took a mark of 1:51.2 here this season, scored fresh off the bench @ Freehold, then simply had too far to come from post eight here last week & now moves inside


6-Shim – Was forced to grind first over from post eight & actually gained a late lead last week, has now had a couple of starts to acclimate & lands in soft spot



9-Inverse Hanover – One for 27 this season, yet landing on fringes while regaining some form since a recent sick scratch, 1:49.2 mark here last season draws outside again, but can kick home with the right trip


6-Traffic Jam – Team Harmon trainee freshened with a couple of months off, qualified against Shartin N & Caviart Ally & returns in a wide-open finale


7-Racing For Rick – Offered a late bid & settled for minor spoils in a useful Big M acclimating mile last week, now her post is tougher, yet the opposition looks vulnerable




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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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