Posted by Ken Warkentin on Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:40 AM


10-Polak A – Overcame a very wide trip & stormed home for the upset last week in a switch to off-the-pace tactics, 11YO owns a ton of back class & has a chance to overcome another outside draw


8-Just N Berlander – 1:52.2 mark here this season at age eight, always a closing threat, Joe Lee just has to somehow hustle him off the gate better & a fast pace would help 


2-Willie Boots – Willie has simply been overmatched in his last three since that huge upset back on November 1, his lone win this year, the class & post relief might be enough here



4-Dont Judge A Book – Has regained form & speed @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, makes his third start off a sick scratch & debuts for a new high percentage barn


1-Brassy Hanover – $200,000 winner this season sprinted home in a snappy :25 chasing standout Matticulous GB in an excellent acclimating mile, lands the rail again in a field lacking serious sparks


5-World On Edge – 1:49.3 performer here this season for Team Burke looks to step up in his second try for his new barn, had missed three weeks prior to last week’s trip



7-Charger Blue Chip – Recent fringe player against $10,000 claimers @ Pocono, 9YO ships in with some back class, picks up Gingras & lands in a real soft spot


3-Mrs Browns Boy – New acquisition for Michael Russo, 3YO kicked in second qualifier on Lasix with a :26.3 chasing a superior foe, Maritimes bred draws well for his initial test


10-Ideal Son – Twice beaten favorite gave it a good try despite tough trips in his last two, recent winner at this level remains a live item & just needs some luck from post ten



8-Twin B Speedo – Just one for 19 this season & draws a tougher post, but this classy 8YO makes his second start off the bench at a reduced level & switches to our leading pilot


5-Major Bucks – Beaten favorite suddenly took charge & tired into strong stretch headwinds last week, may have been on the verge & now draws a favorable mid-pack post


10-Electric Western – Flashed some gate speed & raced better when dropped to this level last week, has faced some saltier foes recently & rates contender status despite post ten



9-Vodka On The Beach – 3YO with a 1:53.1 mark here, a close second in tougher N/W 3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, second start for his new barn, threat despite post nine


3-Master Of Puppets – Just missed against these two starts back, then a solid second to the red-hot Winning Linc, long overdue & draws well to trip out in a field ripe for the taking


5-Rocks Noble Artist – Took a mark of 1:51.2 here back in early August, makes his second start after the long layoff at a reduced level & draws better



9-Machiavelli – Tried to overcome a slow start from the same post & paced a solid :55.1 back half, showed sharp speed before that, drops a notch & strong in the win column


4-Mcthriller – Beaten favorite got his own way on the lead & gave way last week, drops again & draws better while still getting back in shape


3-Bushwacker – Classy 8YO somehow caught first over from the same post & settled for third last week, regaining form, remains at this reduced level & long overdue



2-Griffon Hanover – Disqualified for pylon violation when he finished well again last week, Big M lover now gets some class relief & draws inside a field begging to be beaten


7-Born Of Fire – Runner up to standout & runaway Winning Linc last week & continues his consistent ways, more challenging post here, but dangerous if the pace is right


4-Prophet Blue Chip – Owns a 1:52 mark here in 2019, seemed to tail off in his last two, yet has been strong in the win column this season & draws inside to stalk n surprise



5-Harambe Deo – Crushed first over in a rousing Big M debut, then rocketed home in :25.3 chasing a red-hot Franco Totem N last week, very live item draws better in a tough field


2-American Primetime – Had no chance after a slow start from post nine last week, 11-time winner this season now moves inside & always brings his ‘A’ Game


9-Trump Nation – Freshened with a couple of months off by Team Burke, dominated & sizzled home in the qualifier, 1:49.3 winner here this season a major threat despite post nine



6-Big Bad Bill – Go back to that furious rally to upset on 10-18 when he beat Franco Totem N, makes his second start off a sick scratch at this reduced TM Rating & sports a big number in the win column


2-Winning Linc – Veteran Big M lover has regained winning form in emphatic fashion, tackles a tougher & more competitive field, yet draws inside to take control


1-Sports Column – Arrives fresh off a mild upset in his second start off the bench @ Yonkers, more speed from the rail puts him in play to stalk in this ultra competitive field



8-Sams A Champ A – Sports a 1:50 mark here this season, sharp recent rallies against these, back on the mile track, tough post, but adds some spice if he gets a speed target to shoot at


3-Seeing Eye Single – Beaten favorite came up short in the comebacker @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, 1:49.3 Big M winner this season draws inside to show more & completes a strong Team Burke one-two punch


6-Rock Lights – Cycled forward & erupted off cover in :26.2 to score decisively last week, can step up to maintain momentum with a nice number in the win column



6-Kept Under Wraps A – Was gaining top stride & just missed before last week’s sick scratch, willing to take the chance he can keep it going at the right price


4-Thisbeachrghthere A – Can’t ignore that 1:50.4 blowout back on 10-19, signaled a return to that form with a rebound effort last Friday & draws inside to follow up


3-Wild Goose Chase – Appreciated the class drop by emerging from a shuffle with a solid second to the favorite Decoy last Saturday & now draws a bit better



6-Archangel Three – Just two for 29 in 2019, got some much-needed freshening & qualified behind Burke stablemate Trump Nation, looks ready to tackle a field of question marks


3-Alta Shelby N – 1:50.3 winner here in 2018, one for 30 record this season is a major knock, faded on the lead as the heavy favorite @ Yonkers, now gets class & post relief, while making his second start for his new barn


8-Iwillmakeyousaywow – 1:49.3 mark @ The Big M + 11-time winner in 2018 on the comeback trail for Team Buter, fresh off a nice, yet modest tune up @ Monticello, tough draw here



5-I’m An Athlete – Stormed home from tough spots to romp in back-to-back GSY Series events, switches to Dexter Dunn & can capitalized on his current form spree


3-Justin Credible – Draws inside again fresh off an excellent acclimating mile, closed into a :56.4 back half to grab second & gets a chance to stalk the pace within closer range here


1-Tailgunner Hanover – Seemed poised for that mild upset two weeks ago, now gets a chance to build on that with a smooth trip likely from the rail





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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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