Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 23, 2019 10:02 PM

RACE 1

5-Cheyenne Seeber – Just one for 25 this season, but paced a solid :55.2 back half in a much-needed acclimating mile, draws a bit better to get within closer striking range at a price

9-I’m An Athlete – Eight for 32 this season & padded his high win percentage in the GSY Series, stormed home to romp as the favorite two weeks ago, big threat with the right trip & set up

3-Final Justice – Credit this iron gelding with 90 starts over the past two years, came around with a win & nose loss in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside here

RACE 2

1-Jims Perfect Ten – Acclimated nicely with a sharp rally for the show from post nine, note the recent barn change, now moves inside & hits bottom, so logically more is expected

6-Mariner Seelster – Shows a fast-closing third against N/W $10,000 back on 11-23, now drops to bottom condition, 10YO due for a wake up mile

2-JK Parlay – Long, productive season with a mark of 1:50.2 at The Big M, this is a class & post relief scenario that might shake him up in this lackluster field

RACE 3

7-Deerfield Beach – Launched a sharp move & just missed in his second try off the bench @ Yonkers, draws a demanding post here, yet might be primed for a winning effort

4-Khun Ratha A – Raced better & went faster under ideal conditions last Saturday, now gets class & post relief, so he’s one to watch off that acclimating mile

1-Alta Shelby N – Just two for 33 this season, but has perked up with a close second here & easy win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now lands the rail in a really wide-open field

RACE 4

10-Duddie’s Lor – Barely outsprinted by Western Exposure last week & just a neck shy of three in a row, post ten a serious test against some sharp foes, but he’s got potential for Pelling

7-Western Exposure – Lightly-raced 3YO gunned out for the pocket ride & nailed a well-rated Duddie’s Lor last week, looking to go two-for-two on Lasix from a more challenging post

2-Bicorne Hanover – Runner up to Duddie’s Lor on 12-15 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia got parked first last week, draws inside again for Team Burke with some acclimating experience

RACE 5

7-Jet Airway – Beaten favorite in his last three @ Dover Downs, yet his last two trips were difficult, classy 8YO drops in a likely spot & knows this track

8-Forevernalways – Has suddenly caught fire reeling off three in a row, while lowering his mark to 1:51, was claimed into his fifth different barn & lands a tough post, who knows?

5-Steve Said – Trounced these in the slop two starts back, then got stung a bit from post ten, 1:51 winner here this season has a strong number in the win column

RACE 6

3-Somebaddude – Flashed plenty from well out of it in his second start off the bench, 1:49 winner here this season drops back down & draws an improved post

8-Castle Flight – 1:47.2 performer @ Hoosier Park got scorched first over as the beaten favorite, tougher post, but third try off the bench at t reduced level

2-Half A Billion – New face here ships in fresh off a narrow loss @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, changes barns & finally draws an inside post, chance to trip out

RACE 7

2-Mindtrip – Beaten favorite grinded gamely last week off that huge upset fresh off the bench & claim by Dylan Davis, draws inside again to rebound with a smoother trip

4-Jack’s Shadow N – Took a mark of 1:50.4 here back on 11-9, returns off two more come-from-behind wins @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside to keep it going

5-Palomar – Relentless winner in two of his last three, coming away with a new mark of 1:49.4 from post eight on 12-7, looks capable of stepping back up in class

RACE 8

5-Pretty Boy Swag – Paid off fresh in the slop fresh off the recent claim @ Yonkers, shuffled out in his Big M debut, 15-time winner this season can rebound off that acclimating mile 

6-Drawing Dragons – Has easily gone two-for-two off the Team Bamond claim, looks like he has more to handle another step up in price & very competitive field

2-Wild Goose Chase – Just missed from post seven over an off track two starts back, no chance from post nine last week, now he can set up a stalking trip from an improved post

RACE 9

10-Odds On Lauderdale – Thundered home from far back to just miss in his third start off the bench, post ten again, but this sub 1:50 performer here drops another notch

7-One Lucky Dragon – Beaten favorite in his Big M debut for Andrew Harris with a noteworthy effort, 10YO has some back class resurfacing for Andrew Harris

4-Diamond Cowboy – Has a couple of thirds since the claim by Juan Cano, $106,000 winner this season makes the switch from Yonkers & draws well to stalk the speed

RACE 10

1-Bay Rum – 9-time winner this season has caught a case of seconditis, but we easily drew a line through several in here & this steady gelding moves inside

2-Griffon Hanover – Sports a 1:50.1 mark here this season, slow starts cost him in his last two, look for him to push forward from a better post & get involved from the get-go

6-Gypsy Leather – Has suddenly become a hot item at the Yonkers claim box, tough trips in his last two & his closing style suits the longer stretch here

RACE 11

3-Sports Column – Steady 5YO forced wide & rallied stoutly to just miss in :26.3 last week, draws inside to get off to a better start in this competitive affair & price may be right

2-Harambe Deo – Rebounded from a premature move two starts back with a well-timed stretch eruption in :26.4, rewarded with an improved post for a high percentage barn

4-Santafe’s Coach – Closed from last to second behind Harambe Deo last week, now draws inside to set up his lethal closing kick & Pat Lachance has a strong 1-2 punch

RACE 12

5-Boys Turn – 3YO makes the intriguing transition from Team Allard to Team Burke, has raced in over a month, but lands in a soft spot for his new barn, closing type can stalk The Kid

4-Karpathian Kid – The Kid has been hot, reeling off three straight on the engine, the latest over an off track two weeks ago, draws better for the step up in a field full of question marks

1-Mayfield Duke – Off an acclimating mile he was able to set up an effective rally from post nine, now the Team Burke trainee moves inside & has a big chance to follow up

RACE 13

4-Mach One – 1:53 winner here this season returns to The Big M at the bottom condition level, draws inside & can spark his form utilizing his stalking style

7-Heartland Revenue – 0 for 22 in 2019, has been struggling against tougher recently, but the class relief & absence of any standouts in this one make him one to fear

2-Captain Disomma – 3YO fresh face seems to have gotten better in his last three @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, might be worth a swing in this camera-shy field

RACE 14

3-Mr Censi – 1:51.1 winner here this season has turned his game around in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, beaten favorite owns speed & draws inside a highly beatable field

6-Ron’s EOM – Beaten favorite dropped, showed speed & just missed @ Dover Downs, can parlay that encouraging effort at a reduced level with a strong number in the win column

5-Fizzing N – Addition of Lasix has kicked in with a pair of on-the-board finishes in his last two, NZ bred looking for his first US win has tumbled down the class ladder & tries the mile track 



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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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