Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:03 PM


2-One Tough Nut – That was an impressive blowout lifetime best from post nine back on 10-19 fresh off the claim, returns to the mile track with some class relief + inside draw


6-Winning Linc – Used to brush to the top, battled bitterly & came up just a length shy of three in a row as the beaten favorite, dips back down in class & on his toes for a sharp barn


7-Sir Bradford – Put together a pretty decent back half of :56.1 + :27.2 for minor spoils last week, lands the same challenging post, but take note of that 1:52.4 mild upset on 10-26



6-Duddie’s Lor – Only making his eighth career start for Brett Pelling, qualified nicely against far superior Hayden Hanover, two tighteners in a tougher class, now catches a camera-shy field


8-Actor Hanover – His one for 30 record is a big cautionary flag, DNF for unknown reasons in the most recent comebacker, qualifiers were more than solid, outside draw, mixed feelings


5-Bicorne Hanover – Team Burke project saw action in NYSS, freshened with a few months off & qualified evenly, could surprise in the wide-open field



2-American Music – 4YO has been racing better in his last few, pace compromised after a slow start from post eight last week + paced  :56 back half, now moves inside & retains The Buckeye


6-Shattered Glass – Flashed a hint he’s coming around after the recent sick scratch with a :56.1 back half @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, took a mark of 1:53 here this season


8-Democracy N – 1:51.1 winner here this season has come to life, made a serious bid for the lead last week, but his one for 35 this season + post eight make him an iffy proposition



4-Statement Made A – Gelding is ramping up on the comeback trail, sterling rally for third with a :54.2 back half + :26.3 last week, now drops & draws better


3-Constntlysidewys A – Yannick Gingras gave him a perfect drive & he was barely outsprinted as the beaten favorite, this Big M lover can handle the step back up with an improved post


5-Major Bucks – Solid, steady 9YO acclimated with a :55.3 back half for minor spoils last week, same post + retains Scott Zeron, price play with some trip luck



5-Boogie Nights – Clearly needed his first start after the two-month layoff, so eligible to improve, gets significant class relief & knows how to win here


6-All It Takes – Added Tetrick & dominated going all the way against slightly lesser last week, 1:50.1 winner here this season brimming with confidence, one to catch again 


2-Born Of Fire – Draws better off another strong surge into a solid :56.1 back half to just miss again last week, that’s two close seconds in his last three at this level



5-Atlanta – 2018 Hambletonian winner & Trotter of the Year & fastest trotter in Big M history makes her third start off the bench fresh off a solid third in the Breeders Crown


4-Hannelore Hanover – Great mare set to retire on TVG Night with $3 million, 2017 HOY racing well recently, roughed up in the Breeders Crown Final, draws well with Dexter Dunn


1-Rich And Miserable – Nice bounce-back effort chasing standout Manchego here last week, winner of the Great Northeast Final @ Pocono sports a 1:51 mark here this season



5-Awesomeness – Launched an ill-fated first over grind last week after hinting with a solid third before that, owns a bit of back class, likes this track, retains Gingras, same midpack post


7-Wild Goose Chase – Sort of disappointed with a second over trip from the rail last week, did pace a :55.2 back half, remains a live prospect fro Team Toscano despite a tougher post


6-Backstreet Lawyer – With a 1:49.3 mark here this season & fresh off a win at the bottom level he’s forced back up two notches, but his form revival makes him a player in this intriguing field



1-Marloe Hanover – Flying late & just missed in the Breeders Crown, then held off Hen Party in the Kindergarten Final with a new mark of 1:50.3, now rewarded with the rail


6-Rocknificent – Came to life with those back-to-back Kindergarten Series wins last month & was right there in that final as the beaten favorite, 


5-JK First Lady – 1:51.3 winner here this season freshened & bounced back to jog in her qualifier, talented & consistent filly for Team Johansson may need another tune up



2-Kept Under Wraps A – Forced wide around gapping cover & zipped home in a snappy :26.2 to grab the show last week, nice acclimating mile & draws better in a headscratcher


6-Big Stretch Mark – Nailed that 6-1 upset eruption two starts back, drops back down to that level, can fire out as usual & work out a trip in a competitive field


1-Jereme’s General – Consistent 9YO gelding sat a trip & shook loose late to finish a close second last week, lands the rail as a prime opportunist & benefits if they mix it up



5-Mcthriller – Boasts a 1:49 mark at The Big M this season, makes his second start off the bench, strong in the win column, look for his barn to start heating up


4-New Talent – Only three for 30 this season, but often tangling with Open stock, got some speed tightening & re-acclimated last week, now drops a notch & draws well


1-Sharp Action Money – Burke trainee parlayed that game win @ Pocono two starts back into a solid third here last week, sports a 1:49.3 mark at The Big M this season & moves inside



2-Century Churchill – Gelding with some back class & liking for The Big M, sparked a form revival with a class drop n pop two starts back & draws inside a field lacking some spark


9-Neat – Recent claim @ Pocono started to kick in with back-to-back seconds against similar, tough post here, which may require his blast off speed to overcome


4-Heartland Revenue – 0 for 17 in 2019, dropped to the bottom level & grinded out a solid second to heavily favored Whittaker N last week & draws inside that rival



7-Jack’s Shadow N – Pounded this one @ 9-1 when he squeezed out of the pocket to nail a well-rated DA Delightful in a sparkling Big M debut, fresh off the mile of his life he can make it five in a row with a similar trip


1-US Captain – This Captain sailed right down the road to a new mark of 1:49 from post nine two weeks ago, now launches from the rail & looms large for the Alagna Armada


5-Respect Our Flag – Beaten favorite grinded gallantly & still paced home in :26.4 to be right here in the photo, Team Bongiorno 3YO simply can’t be left out on his current form spree



8-Brookdale Fletcher – Added Lasix & Scott Zeron & offered an improved finish from a similar post last week, any semblance of that effort makes him a contender


5-Sunshine West – Gotta go back to his stout rally & close second in :27.3 on 10-19, back on the mile track with a switch to the red-hot Dexter Dunn in a wide-open finale


2-Wild Again – Veteran gelding regained his winning form since the recent sick scratch with a strong rally @ Freehold, draws better here + adds The Bionic Man 



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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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