Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 1:03 PM

RACE 1

8-Duddie’s Lor – Simply a special, lightly-raced 4YO with a lot of potential for Team Pelling, flaunted his versatility to score his third win in his last four starts & took a new mark of 1:51

3-JK Captain Jack – Parked uncovered all the way from post eight & lost by a less than two lengths behind Duddies Lor, 1:51.4 performer here last year now moves inside

4-Bicorne Hanover – 0 for 21 in 2019, but was hinting in his last two acclimating miles here for the Burke Brigade & draws well to set up an ideal stalking trip

RACE 2

7-Franco Totem N – Beaten chalk with a brutal parked out trip off an unusually slow pace on 12-21, NZ bred was on a roll before that & we haven’t seen his best

2-Endeavor – The Potomac Pace upsetter was forced wide for an extended time & still finished a close second in :26.2 last out, gets an inside draw & might be on the verge

1-Keystone Phoenix – Dominant figure in the $75,000 claimer @ Yonkers, controlling speed from the rail gives him a big chance to make an immediate mile track adjustment

RACE 3

7-Smileandsaycheese – Left alertly, got shuffled & angled out of traffic to finish well last out while re-acclimating, took a 1:51 mark here last season & retains Dexter Dunn

2-Independent One – Off to a slow start from post eight & kicked home in a crisp :27 stride for stride with Smileandsaycheese last out, moves inside while heading in the right direction

4-Starvin Marvin – One for 23 last year, landed on the fringe fifth in his Big M debut last week, now draws inside & looms as a price play with a chance for a better start in a wide-open field

RACE 4

2-Jet Airway – Classy 9YO beat $30,000 stock from post eight @ Dover Downs on 11-7, now a fresh claim by Juan Cano off a post seven blowout moves inside

1-Sharp Action Money – Team Burke trainee was a beaten favorite with a solid second, back on the rail to take another serious shot at this reduced level

5-Laredo Torepedo N – We don’t know how good The Torpedo is yet, beaten favorite ran into a revved up DA Magician in his US debut, then scratched sick, so you must guess

RACE 5

4-Manverick – Sat a two-hole, caught behind a fading Incredible Shark & shook loose too late, lands post four again off that needed acclimating mile & faces a field begging to be beaten

8-Odds On Lauderdale – 1:49.1 performer here last season almost scored back-to-back from post ten, continues to round into form for Team Alagna, might be able to handle to step up

5-Ginger Tree Marty – Forced wide from a tough spot & picked up minor spoils into a :54.4 back half last week, 1:51 winner here last year for Team Burke rates contender status

RACE 6

5-Seeing Eye Single – Team Burke trainee sports a mark of 1:49.3 @ The Big M last year, drops another notch after a pace compromised trip & may be poised for an overdue win

3-Captain Dolmio N – Made an immediate & effective transition to the mile track with a sharp rally & nose loss in his Big M debut & draws the same inside post

1-Nascar Seelster – Responded to a bit easier TM Rating & really woke up with a solid second last week, this is an even softer spot, but his 3 for 39 record last year is a knock

RACE 7

2-Somebaddude – Stole a :29.2 second quarter, rebuffed late pressure & powered away on the drop & pop last week, The Dude was a 1:49 winner here last season & sharp right now

6-Electric Western – Don’t like the two for 25 record last year, but finished a hard-charging second again last week & has to be considered despite a tougher post

3-Marty Monkhouser A – Tripped out to beat $40,000 claimers @ Yonkers two starts back & just missed a repeat as the beaten favorite, veteran draws inside here to make some noise

RACE 8

4-Santafe’s Coach – Absolutely no chance behind his winning stablemate last week, closed from last to second in :26.4 before that, big threat if the pace & trip sets up right

3-Mindtrip – Beaten favorite squandered a tailor made second over trip last week, but the recent Dylan Davis claim remains the major dangerous & draws inside again

5-Eddard Hanover – Classy gelding with a mark of 1:48.1 last year got scorched through a fast pace in his return to the Big M last week, looms large with a more patient stalking scenario

RACE 9

9-Boys Turn – Grinded gamely & just missed in his debut here & first start for Team Burke, now the post is tougher, but the opposition is highly questionable

1-Legion Of Boom – Moves inside fresh off a decisive score with pace at both ends & has a big chance to maintain his current form spree at a slightly higher TM Rating

2-American Music – Convincing winner here as the favorite on 12-6, shuffled third last out, has trip potential from post two in a very intriguing field with no standouts

RACE 10

3-Whittaker N – 1:50 winner here last year showed his class with a first over crush with Dexter Dunn, back inside while strong in the win column, yet the three-week layoff a slight a concern

6-All It Takes – Has been noticeably better in his last two, just missed to Whittaker N two starts back, horse-for-the-course has a solid win percentage & this is just an okay field

1-Rootin Tootin – Obviously wasn’t himself two starts back, then had a brutal trip, 1:49.3 performer last year has a chance to turn things around from the rail

RACE 11

3-Bechers Brook A – Australian import off to a great start in the US with a win & second @ Dayton & draws better here to build on that for the Cullipher Crew

10-Castle Flight – Solid runner up to the raging Somebaddude last week, classy 1:47.2 performer last year gearing up on the comeback trail for Dylan Davis, threat despite post ten

1-Tom Me Gun N – Like the way he battled gamely in a nose loss to the very good Odds On Lauderdale in a noteworthy Big M debut, NZ bred moves inside to make the next logical step up

RACE 12

5-Rock The Nite – May appreciate the switch back to the mile track & returns here at a reduced level for Andrew Harris, $107,355 winner last year lands in a soft spot

6-Braley Hanover – Missed most of last year, forced wide & rallied stoutly in :26.3 in a commendable comeback for Team Burke, chance to build on that excellent effort

4-Trump That – Beaten favorite set a moderate pace & settled for third, steps back up in class, yet draws better for Team Burke & faces a field full of easy toss outs

RACE 13

3-Constntlysideways A – Dropped another positive sign of returning to form with some speed from post seven, now hits the bottom condition & draws better

2-Mister Indiana – Just two for 35 last year, but used hard from post eight last week, gets another shot to make amends at this bottom level from an improved post 

6-Mach One – Forced wide off a rated pace & rallied for second in a nice return to the Big M last week, has been facing tougher @ Yonkers & this is a highly vulnerable field

RACE 14

2-I’m An Athlete – Dangerous closing type gained the show despite a tough trip from post nine last week, 10YO strong in the win column moves inside & reunited with Dexter Dunn

1-Time Out I’m Tired – Has been relentless in all three starts since coming back for Rick Dane, Jr., grinded gamely to just miss last out, back on the rail to work out a smoother trip

3-Steve Said – Solid runner up to the classier Jet Airway last week, 1:51 winner here last season draws a bit better off a very productive 2019 for Andrew Harris



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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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