Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:22 PM


1-Rather Swell – Rested a few weeks off a sick scratch, winless in his last 25, competitive for this price @ Dover Downs, retains Gingras, lands the rail & worth a swing in a real headscratcher


2-Always A Force – Shows a solid second here back in mid-December, has really sharpened his sword in his last three @ Freehold, flashing speed last out, now draws inside here with Todd McCarthy


6-Final Justice – Just one for 31 last year with seven seconds, off a decent fifth from post two in a needed acclimating mile, has a chance to make a bigger impression in this form challenged opener



8-Sir Cromwell – Landed on the fringes fourth against better N/W 3 in his last two, tougher post here, but ramping up on the comeback trail, retains Todd McCarthy & just needs some trip luck


1-R Herbie Blue Chip – Lightly-raced 4Yo off to a great start, romped as the heavy favorite two starts back, strong third from post ten last week & looks logical with the move inside


2-Manhattanup No Ice – Gave him the call last week & almost went all the way in a well-controlled effort, now moves inside full of confidence & was strong in the win column last year



4-Junior’s Dew – 1:53.2 winner @ The Big M last season, regaining form @ Monticello recently, fresh off a solid third in the slop here, lines up inside for a stalking trip with patient hands of Marianna Monaco


6-Whatstroublnurocky – One for 27 last year, yet just missed for Bob Hechkoff fresh off the claim & remains a big threat at this level


3-Sharknado – Has hit the board in his last three, the latest a solid second off a sick scratch & draws inside in a competitive GSY Series event



3-Premier Rockstar – Gets a significant class drop for Team Cullipher, his previous form was solid & now draws inside a camera-shy bunch 


7-General Joy A – Nosed out with a game speed try two starts back, then got parked & finished with broken equipment last week, now looking to rebound from a tougher post


4-Primo Giovanni – Overcame a tough trip to finish a game second three starts back, drops back to the bottom level & draws inside again



5-So Irresistible – Talented filly came charging home in a crisp :26.4 to score the upset fresh off the bench, only making her fifth career start with stakes aspirations


4-Royaltywestho – Forced to make a premature late move to the lead & just missed last week, 1:50.4 mark here in 2020, drops further & lands post four again for Team Burke


1-Gold Orchid N – Beaten favorite lacked her expected knockout punch off cover, now makes her key third start off the bench, moves inside & owns her share of back class



2-Team Kiwi N – Forced wide from a tough spot as the beaten favorite chasing her stablemate last week, 1:51.4 mark @ The Big M last year draws an improved post third time Lasix


4-Juxta Cowgirl – Has been terrific at this level with a win & her last two thirds were from tougher posts, draws well to set up an ideal stalking trip in a very competitive field


7-Sheikh Yabooty N – Unleashed a huge move & rallied from a tough spot to a decisive upset last week, another demanding post, but she can step up off that lifetime best



3-Skyway Kon Man – Finally regained his winning form with a serious rally from a tough spot last week, back half in :56.1, post three again as a repeat threat for Team Cullipher


2-Smooth Aceleration – Was able to turn things around & parlayed an improved effort into a stalk n pop win last week, draws inside again on a positive trend


8-Itsonlymoneyhoney – Runner up in both starts off the bench for Team Harmon, just missed to Skyway Kon Man last week & banking on the right set up from post eight



6-The Double Deuce – Kicked home impressively to win her Big M debut, then forced wide after a slow start from post nine, promising Team Takter filly finds a real soft spot


3-Postmodernism – Noteworthy rally for third in her much-needed Big M debut, back half in :56, now draws better with two tighteners under her with Dexter Dunn


7-Laughing Emoji N – NZ bred mare rallied from well off the pace & lived up to her strong tote action in her Big M debut for a new barn, steps up from the same demanding post with Scottie Z


2-Mcmatters – 4YO has been holding his own against the top trotters @ The Big M right now & overdue, now gets class & post relief in a field with no standouts


4-Carrick – Gathering his best stride since the late December claim, game first over second two starts back, a solid third last week & draws a bit better


9-No Time To Play – Shows steady form against better trotters recently, owns some gate speed to overcome post nine & can make a bigger impression with class relief



7-Dbldelitebrigade N – Has missed three weeks off a sick scratch & an impressive new mark of 1:51.4, NZ bred makes her third US start with plenty of upside


5-She’s Nun Bettor N – Strong runner up in her last two at this level, beaten favorite rough up first over & draws inside stablemate Tango Dancer N


8-Tango Dancer N – Parlayed an overdue win into a convincing repeat last week, confident mare in top form works it from post eight again, Kelvin Harrison 1-2 punch



3-No Drama Please – Has faced the likes of JL Cruze & Some Chapter recently, now gets class & post relief in a field begging to be beaten


8-Gotwuteverittakes – Regained his form at the bottom level with a nose loss, then a dominant wire-to-wire last week, tougher spot here, but revived in a blank field


7-Gruden – His form hasn’t been earth shattering here & broke in two recent starts, getting further class relief, challenging post, chance to step up



9-Eddard Hanover – Acclimated now, showing positive signs & has plenty of back class to draw on for the red-hot Team Cullipher, can blast off from post nine


3-Thunder Some Where – Buried with outside posts in his last two @ Yonkers, hits rock bottom here with an inside post & doesn’t face much


5-In A Single Bound – Has hit the board in his last two here, his latest with a more alert start, back in midpack stalking mode & capable of more



6-Bebop On The Block – Raised some eyebrows with that strong second in his Big M debut, then got parked first over, 4YO with some upside can rebound in a soft spot


2-Sanattle Slew – 10YO hasn’t won in a long time, gets another shot for this reduced tag off a decent effort & draws better


8-Sir Machalot – 11YO has a win & second for $10,000 @ Freehold this month, lands outside here, but that form can go a long way in a dartboard field



9-Icingon De Cupcake – Beaten favorite fresh off a solid third @ Yonkers, tough draw back here, but drops to the bottom rung & reunited with Dexter Dunn


8-Deplorable Tom – Runner up to a runaway winner in a much-needed comeback, draws farther outside, but highly eligible to improve


3-Knightofvictory – Just one for his last 27, draws inside again off an even fifth, another chance at the bottom level & his barn has cranked it up





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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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