Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 21, 2020 10:23 PM


2-Pappy Go Go – Sports a 1:52.2 mark @ The Big M this season, ships back here fresh off three razor sharp seconds elsewhere, draws inside with dangerous controlling speed & equally comfortable in a stalking role 


10-St James Gate – Forced to make a wide rally in an eye-catching :27.3 & made it three-for-three here for the Burke Brigade, bumped up again & lands outside, yet we’re still figuring out how good he is


3-Smart As Hill – Muscle Hill 4YO with a pair of acclimating miles under him, now gets class & post relief, switches to the patience of Hall of Famer Dave Miller & eligible to pop with the right set up



3-Acting Out – Tripped out for the upset in his Big M debut, then caught too far back from post nine last week, moves inside for a barn hitting on all cylinders


8-Fox Valley Nemitz – Took a sharp 1:51.2 mark here back on 11-7, locked, shuffled & angled wide with late pace @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, won here from post nine on 11-28 & can take a lot of air


7-Haymitch – We nailed him when he settled for the win deadheat with a relentless rally two starts back & took a new mark in the process, returns to the mile track to set up another late move



6-Rollnthejoe – Added Lasix & flashed a :26.2 in a qualifier here, finished a solid third in his comeback @ The Big M, then got parked & broke in the slop @ Freehold, this lightly-raced 3YO lands in soft spot to surprise


1-Rogerthat Bluechip – Owns a 1:53.2 mark @ The Big M, a solid second in both starts off the bench, son of Captaintreacherous lands the rail in a highly beatable field


4-Rolling With Sam – No telling what happened in the fog from post eight, did finish third behind Rogerthat Bluechip, draws better, his November lines are worth a long look, yet his two for 28 record is a concern



3-Team Kiwi N – 1:51.4 winner here this season capitalized on an ideal second over trip to score as the heavy favorite two starts back, chased standout Alexa Skye last week & getting some class & post relief


5-Always Mindy – Has been forced to rally from some tough spots in both starts here, managed to hit the board last Friday, back half in :54.4 & now draws a bit better


9-Don’t Think Twice A – Her lone win here this season came against better back in mid-June, makes her second start off the bench from post nine again after closing in :26.3 chasing a monstrous Alexa Skye



4-Quick Fun N – Just one for 15 in 2020, but has come around in his last few, just missed out of a shuffle last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, drops into a soft spot here & draws well with Dexter Dunn


7-Sugartown – Team Burke acquisition this Fall had the misfortune of bumping into a 1:48.4 rocketship Ruthless Hanover in his comeback, that was three weeks ago, yet this is at least a 3-level class drop


5-He’s Electric – Only one for 19 this season, did flash sudden positive speed two starts back, then kicked home in an extra sharp :26.2 last time & could be on the verge in a wide-open field



7-Always And Again – Kicked home in a sharp :26.3 to save the show two starts back, then ran into a 1:48.4 hotshot in Ruthless Hanover, dangerous 3YO drops into a more likely spot


6-Put To Right – Suddenly went on a successful wire-to-wire mission from post ten, that was three weeks ago, now draws a bit better in a field in which at least half can be safely eliminated


5-Sailboat Hanover – Captaintreacherous colt switched to Team Burke this Fall, eligible to step up in his second start off the bench with a stalking trip from midpack



3-Boiling Oar – Has continued to be strong in the win column this season, clearly needed his first start here in the fog, now drops into a field of question marks & draws inside with speed for Team Cullipher 


9-DA Delightful – Dropped n popped with a perfect drive & took a new mark of 1:49.4 two starts back, tougher draw back here, but returns to the winning level with gate speed in his arsenal


5-Blood Line – Classy 6YO has been freshened, won his qualifier here with plenty a few weeks ago, returns at a reduced level & owns dangerous speed



6-Callmequeenbee A – Toiled in the upper echelons @ Hoosier Park this Fall, picked up a check in her debut here chasing the standout Alexa Skye, needed the race, lands in an easier spot & draws a bit better


5-Stellenbosch – Bounced back with sudden speed, tripped out & romped to a new mark of 1:52 last Friday, 6YO mare with renewed life since the late October sick scratch steps up again, yet faces a vulnerable field


8-Birch Island Betty – Chased the far superior Caviart Ally in her lone start here, fresh off a solid second @ Yonkers, draws outside & hasn’t raced in 23 days, but could surprise with the right set up



2-Joey – Unleashed an impressive upset & cruised to a new mark of 1:52.1 in a smashing Big M debut, now merits the class hike with another inside draw


4-Deltasun A – Rallied to upset JL Cruze & Warrior One two starts back, then used hard over an off track, has missed 22 days, but draws better to rebound


8-Warrior One – Set a rated pace & yielded to the pocket-sitting JL Cruze last out, took a mark of 1:51.4 back on 11-6, draws a more demanding post, but looms large when able to take control



7-Bracken Storm A – Twice beaten favorite on a long form spree, forced wide chasing a 1:48.4 Ruthless Hanover last time, just missed in :26.4 before that & now gets some class relief 


2-Franco Totem N – 1:49.3 winner when he suddenly got aggressive three starts back, bounced back with a decent fourth to a raging Ana Afreet N last time, gets some class relief & lands post two again


5-Heza Real Diamond – 12-time winner this season sports that scintillating 1:48.4 blowout three starts back, then was right there from post nine, a solid third from post eight in the fog & draws better here



1-Love The Blues N – Was on a roll before early breaks in consecutive starts forced a qualifier & & that was pretty solid, now drops a notch & lands the rail 


5-Tymal Peacemaker – Shows two competitive lines from tougher posts & against better here recently, the latest against the monstrous Let It Ride N, returns to the mile track with a big chance to get aggressive


8-B Stoney – Has twice landed on the fringes a class above this, 4YO moves outside, but drops for his key third start off the bench for Team Cullipher & has some upside



6-Saying Grace N – Uncorked some serious speed two starts back, 1:49.4 performer here this season continues to tumble down the class ladder for Team Cullipher


5-Chaser Hanover – Towered up late to hit the board two starts back, has a chance to snap his 0 for 14 this season with a significant class drop


10-Ocean Colony – The Ocean is a major horse-for-the-course coming off several no-chance trips, lands outside here, but gets his fourth consecutive class drop



1-Icingon De Cupcake – Moves all the way inside a wide-open field off a real slow start from post ten, remains at a winning level & has a chance to stalk n pop


6-Inukchuk Chuck – Pretty consistent Yonkers invader just missed fresh off the claim with a solid rally, a similar strategy is likely to take advantage of our longer stretch


10-Chiplosive – Used another class drop to get aggressive & crushed weaker from post eight, back outside, but this 1:52.4 winner here this season has something to build on 



3-So So De Vie – Almost paid off with a patient drive off a fast pace last out, 3YO draws a bit better in career form & has a big chance to work out another smooth trip


2-Century Ferrari – Simply used too hard to clear the lead from post seven in :54.4 & paid the price last time, well-rated winner before that now moves inside


6-Forevernalways – Stormed home to beat these in :27.3 two starts back, back from Freehold for his second try off the claim & looms large



3-Rockaholic – Languished at the back from post nine last out, nosed out with a crisp rally before that, now a major contender from an inside post & long overdue


8-Grandpa Don – Two recent wins came with sterling rallies from far back at this TM level, stuck outside, but gets Andrew McCarthy to time his late move just right


4-Atomic Rei – Went all the way with a well-rated effort @ Freehold off a sick scratch, 1:53.4 winner @ The Big M this season draws inside here to be forwardly placed






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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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