Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 06, 2019 12:32 PM


4-All It Takes – Gelding was a 1:50.1 winner here this season, tried to close from the clouds last week, draws much better, adds The Bionic Man + owns a bit of back class


3-Artistic Cruiser – No idea where that lifetime best of 1:52.4 came from two starts back, any semblance of that beats these, drops back down in class & draws inside to work out a stalking trip


2-Ohio Larry – Lacked the knockout punch off cover last week, go back to his crushing score as the even money favorite from the same post on 10-12, look for him to shoot out 



1-Major Betts – Breeders Crown finalist went on a torrid mission & held third as the beaten favorite last week, 1:49.1 Red Mile Grand Circuit winner might be able to ration out his speed from the rail


4-Sound Idea – Filly has chased some high level 2YOS in Ontario, twice race timed in 1:51.4 recently, hasn’t raced in three weeks, chance to stretch out on the mile track & might have some speed to shoot at


3-Follow Your Heart – Gelding is trending in a positive direction, arrives fresh off a new mark of 1:53.3 @ Pocono, draws well to trip out & tap his potential further



5-Burning Desire – Did get parked first over two starts back, then was overmatched @ Yonkers, makes his third start since switching to Andrew Harris & eligible for a wake up call with Gingras


9-Ideal Son – Made it two wins in three starts since the claim with another perfect drive by Irish Joe last week, 1:51.4 winner at the Big M this season tackles a tougher spot, yet may be up to it


4-John Daly – Rallied to be a solid second off the recent sick scratch, pushed to the max finishing seventh last week, back with Marcus Miller & draws well to work out a trip in a field begging to be beaten



4-Tact Tate N – 8YO gelding was able to pull a form revival with a perfect drive & took a new mark of 1:50.3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia at only 6-1, draws well here & knows his way around this track


3-Solo Story – Took full advantage of a class drop & second over trip & kicked home in :26.3 for a new mark of 1:50.3 last week, Big M lover rewarded with an improved post for the step back up in class


1-Big Stretch Mark – Had to be sitting on a big one & we hammered him at 6-1 when he dominated last week, can he handle another class hike from the rail?



2-Whittaker N – Sports a nifty mark of 1:50 here back in late April against MUCH better, makes his second start after a long layoff & draws inside again


6-Highlandbeachycove – One for 23 in 2019, but was facing much better here before a five-month layoff, second try off the bench at the bottom level could do the trick


3-Heartland Revenue – Just missed by a neck with a sterling rally three starts back, then got bogged down from outside posts in a tougher class, finds a softer spot to snap his 0 for 16 season skid



5-Jacks’s Shadow N – Arrives off three in a row @ Pocono, the latest two after a sick scratch, NZ-bred 5YO has found his best stride for Scottie D, stretches out on the mile track + adds Tetrick


8-DA Delightful – Made a strong impression with his emphatic wire-to-wire debut in a career best 1:50.3, then chased the runaway US Captain in sub 1:50 fashion last week, tougher post in a solid field


6-Respect Our Flag – Is a head & nose of being on a three-race winning streak, 1:49.2 performer here this season had a couple of weeks off & looks to continue his form spree for Team Bongiorno



5-Constntlysidewys A – Big M horse-for-the-course has landed on the fringes a notch above this, eligible to stop a long drought with the right trip & his big kick in a camera-shy field


2-Frankie Rocks A – Those sizzling qualifiers caused a frenzy at the betting windows, parked through a :27.2 third quarter last week, Aussie import tries the bottom condition again from another inside post


7-Backstreet Lawyer – Dropped to this level, set a fast pace & just missed as the beaten favorite last week, just three for 35 this season, tougher post now & long overdue



1-Franco Totem N – NZ import hit the board in his first three US starts & twice just missed here, toss out his latest @ Yonkers, back here on the rail & could be on the verge for Nifty Norman


2-Bushwacker – Classy 8YO kicked home in a crisp :26.4 in that much needed comebacker last week, draws inside again, so look for him to fire harder & be up closer to the pace


4-Happy Trio – Sort of a mystery horse off two straight blowouts here for his prolific new barn Juan Cano, this is a serious step up in class with his new lease on life



1-Wild Goose Chase – Closed from last for minor spoils last week after stepping up off a narrow loss, now moves all the way inside & this improving 4YO has fully acclimated for Team Toscano 


2-Jeremes General – 9YO ships back here on a real roll & fresh off a close second as the beaten favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, in line to trip out for The Buckeye


5-Nascar Seelster – Stormed home from a tough spot to grab second behind the raging Big Stretch Mark last week, just two for 33 this season, but a serious threat if the pace & trip is right



3-Dragon Strikes – Was convinced he was sitting on a winning effort, finished strong to hit the board & acclimated well last week, tries the same reduced level from another inside post + retains Tetrick


5-Barimah A – Big M horse-for-the-course revived his form in his last three, solid rally from post nine to grab second last out, sharp enough to handle the bump back up in class


6-Major Bucks – Steady contender against comparable stock @ Pocono, arrives in good form, classy & versatile gelding worth a long look in a wide-open field



4-Thespywholovedme – Simply had no chance from outside posts in his last two, nosed out by Rock Three Times before that, class & post relief could spell overdue win


2-Rock Three Times – Was eager to please & went all the way in his first two starts here, then got bogged down by a slow start against tougher, drops back down + reunited with Andrew McCarthy


9-Winning Linc – Has won three of four on the comeback trail, that was some rally to beat weaker last week, renewed form, some back class & liking for The Big M makes him a threat despite post nine



5-Hallie’s Comet – Sizzled home in :54.3 + :25.4 to light up the board in his debut here two weeks ago for Team Burke, now adds Gingras & goes for three in a row


6-Heyden Hanover – 1:47.3 performer here this season qualified with plenty, then ran into a revved up Larry Karr in the comebacker @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, second try off the bench in a sharp field


2-Incredible Shark – Consistent gelding overcame the second tier to win in the slop @ Hoosier Park two starts back, sports a 1:49.3 mark here this year & draws inside to trip out



3-Tailgunner Hanover – Romped with a huge rally here way back in mid-July, makes his second start off a sick scratch & draws inside again to step it up in an absolutely wide-open finale


4-Atomic Rei – Just two for 35 this season, does boast a 1:51.3 mark here in 2019, draws inside, switches to Dexter Dunn, yet how does he responded off a sick scratch?


9-Spondulicks N – 1:53.1 winner here this season has fired well off the wings, yet needs to work on his stamina, fresh claim by Team Harmon eligible to surprise off that angle despite another tough post



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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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