Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:46 PM


5-Santafe’s Coach – Hammered down to 2-1 favorite, got shuffled & completely blocked in his Big M debut last week, makes his second start for his new barn & retains Dexter Dunn


6-Rock Lights – Grinded gamely in a narrow loss for this same condition @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & has rebounded in his last two, nosed out here from post 7 back on 10-12


4-Stormont Czar – 1:51.2 performer here on 10-26 flashed speed & emerged from a shuffle with second in a better effort last week, steps up off the loss, yet draws an improved post



2-Emoticon Hanover – Defending TVG champ returns off a rare miscue, nice post eight prep blowout @ Mohawk before that & second to standout Manchego in the Breeders Crown


1-Atlanta – 2018 Hambo hero & Trotter of the Year added Lasix & continued her return to top form for Team Burke with that convincing cruise last week, looms as the target from the rail


5-Darling Mearas S – 1:49.4 track record setter looking to bounce back off a Breeders Crown debacle a month ago, did win her elimination with a crisp :26.4 & reunited with Dexter Dunn



8-Matticulous GB – Rare GB bred & this is a red-hot, lightly-raced 4YO who’s gone seven-for-seven in PA for the Burke barn, took his mark of 1:50.4 in the slop & could be anything


5-Like Clockwork – Team Burke trainee has caught some seconditis, yet did chase a fired up favorite Franco Totem N last week & has a chance to stalk these from an ideal midpack post


7-Jack’s Shadow – Nailed this one @ 9-1 when he tripped out to a new mark of 1:50.4 in his Big M debut, used hard from the same post & tired last week, can rebound with patient handling



4-Papi Rob Hanover – Bounced back from an unfortunate Breeders Crown DQ with a track record equaling 1:50 in the Matron, onward & upward for Brett Pelling, who said he’s a very special horse, great-gaited, knows what he’s doing & it takes a great horse to beat him


2-Cattlewash – Distant runner up in the Matron & solid third in the Breeders Crown, consistent colt draws a better post to play stalker & opportunist for Ginrgas & Burke


3-Father Nuno – Brother to Captaintreachrous rallied for third in the Matron & capable of a big kick, but needs the top two to somehow falter & must step it up a notch or two



2-Amigo Volo – Followed up his Breeders Crown romp with a Dover Downs track & world record 1:52.4 in the Matron, Dexter Dunn said he’s super talented & couldn’t have done it any easier


5-EL Ideal – 1:52.2 Bluegrass winner dominated the Kindergarten Classic Final, Andy Miller cited Ake Svanstedt’s patience & allowing this Muscle Hill colt to mature, coming to hand at the right time


6-Ready For Moni – KYSS champion rested since faltering in Lexington, won both qualifiers here with strong late trot for Yannick Gingras, headed in the right direction



2-Senorita Rita – Special filly for Team Toscano romped in her last three, wrapping up the Kindergarten Classic, Scott Zeron said she maintained her speed right to the wire & she’s really a sensational horse


1-Sister Sledge – PASS champion & Breeders Crown runner up still vying for divisional honors, freshened with a solid qualifier & lands the rail for Team Burke, who won this last year with Sonnet Grace


5-Queen Of The Hill – Has come around in her last three, runner up in the Matron switches to Dexter Dunn, looks to be forwardly placed, yet needs the favorites to cancel themselves out



2-New Talent – Open class performer on his best day has now had two tighteners with Tetrick, caught first over last week, back inside to trip out in a viciously competitive race 


7-Hayden Hanover – 1:47.3 winner here this season makes that key third start off the bench off two solid seconds, likely gets the pace & flow he needs to overcome another demanding post


6-Franco Totem N – Has caught fire with two straight blowouts for Nifty Norman, the latest a new mark of 1:50.4, poised to take another minor step up in class



7-Bettor’s Wish – 3YO invitee has a shot at Horse of the Year, the sport’s 2019 leading money winner & model of consistency tackles older foes fresh off an easy win in the Matron & Dexter Dunn can cap a sensational breakout season


3-Courtly Choice – 2018 Meadowlands Pace winner snuck up on everybody when he exploded home to a huge upset in the Canadian Pacing Derby, rounding back to form since the late December sick scratch & draws well in this wild affair


4-Mcwicked – 2018 HOY & defending TVG champion comes in a big question mark off a Breeders Crown loss, sick scratch & even qualifier, still has back-to-back million dollar seasons & his 1:47.2 Allerage Farms destruction proves he’s more than formidable when right



6-Lyon’s Sentinel – Fresh off a Dover Downs track record 1:50.3 in the Matron & set a Canadian record 1:49.3 in the She’sagreatlady, division standout faces a competitive field from a challenging post, yet we certainly haven’t seen her best


4-Marloe Hanover – Just missed at long odds in the Breeders Crown, held off Hen Party in the Kindergarten Classic & nailed late by JK First Lady in a well-rated elimination, consistent & versatile filly draws inside to keep it going


5-JK First Lady – First foal out of Johansson’s 2014 HOY uncorked a major league rally to win the elimination fresh off the bench, freshness & confidence may be the keys to another upset



1-Six Pack – 2018 Dan Patch Award winner makes his final career start before heading off to Deo Volente Farms, fresh off a bang up second from post ten in the Breeders Crown & world record 1:49.2 in the Breeders Crown, Big M track record holder for 3YOS finally moves inside


5-Manchego – Streaking 2018 Oaks winner made it six in a row with a perfect prep off her second Breeders Crown in a stakes record, with her 1:49 world record Allerage Farms she tackles the boys with Trotter of the Year in her sights


2-Gimpanzee – 2018 undefeated Dan Patch Award winner has come back with a $1 million sophomore season, takes on older foes off his second straight Breeders Crown & Dover Downs track record in the Matron, gets a cozy inside with The White Knight



7-Caviart Ally – Upset arch-rival Shartin N recently with a crushing score in the Breeders Crown & perfect trip in the Allerage Farms, may have one more in her bag, we know she loves this track & she’s definitely on her game


1-Shartin N – Rebounded from consecutive losses in the Breeders Crown & Allerage Farms with an effortless prep @ Dover Downs, looking to lock down Horse of the Year back to the scene of her 1:46.4 world record Lady Liberty, but this field is no pushover


4-Warrawee Ubeaut – 3YO division standout & invitee faded to fourth in the Matron after making it eight in a row with her second straight Breeders Crown, draws inside to regain winning form, but there are some major obstacles in her way



6-Mcthriller – 1:49 winner here this season gets some class relief off a couple of much-needed starts & sports a strong number in the win column


5-Rough Odds – Four-time winner @ The Big M this season faced a lot tougher when last seen here, makes his second start off the bench at a reduced level & draws better


10-Kept Under Wraps A – Just missed to a heavy favorite last week & has been knocking on the door, moves outside, yet remains a serious contender



3-Bushwacker – Classy 8YO rallied for third in :26.3 fresh off the bench, then chased a raging Franco Totem N last week, lands in a prime drop n pop scenario & long overdue


6-Electric Western – Came up against some salty winners in his last two, stalking type drops a notch along with several others & looms as a threat within striking range


5-Wild Goose Chase – Lacked any serious pop off cover last week, just missed with a :26.3 in his last start at this level back on 10-25, not sure what goose we’re going to get here



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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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