Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:14 PM


6-Godspell Hall – Was poised to launch a late bid & broke again last week, has been raging with trot in his two recent wins & might be best if he can avoid a miscue


3-Henderson Seelster – Bumped back up a notch off another solid second to Explosive Ridge, moves inside to utilize his controlling speed & capitalize on his good form


5-Explosive Ridge – Erupted off a ground-saving trip with a decisive upset last week fresh off the claim, big chance to break up the every-other pattern & repeat



1-My Pal Joe – Bounced right back off a loss to The Candyman Can with a sharp, well-driven score, this lightly-raced Joe is rolling now and lands the rail for a rematch

2-The Candyman Can – Exploded home with a perfect trip to a sparkling new lifetime mark, mixed sale buy draws inside for his new connections after missing three weeks

3-Actor Hanover – Was on a form spree at Harrahs Philadelphia before some recent freshening, shows seven seconds last season, now draws better off a needed acclimating mile

1-Forevernalways – Hot item at the claim box plugging away with steady efforts, just missed with another solid second last week and lands the rail for a new barn

6-Watchmeneighneigh – Scored a deadheat win with an aggressive effort three starts back, forced wide from a tough spot last out, expect more tactical speed

8-Acting Out – Rallied stoutly to upset the MLK event two starts back from the same tough post, back from Freehold and seeking the right trip and pace set up

4-Hestherightstuff – Lightly-raced 4YO overcame an impossible trip and closed from the clouds to hit the board last week and now draws better to build on that strong effort

10-Big City Bud – Tripped out to score the upset in a sparkling Big M debut last week, remains a serious contender off that career best despite post ten

5-Dillinger – Finished a nonthreatening fourth behind Big City Bud in a much needed 3YO debut, making only his fifth career start and has license to show more


8-Incredible Shark – Beaten heavy favorite finished a solid second last week, tougher draw here, but remains at the same reduced level for Team Cullipher

1-Odds On Lauderdale – Has made his way down the class ladder, showing positive speed recently, now moves inside off a mixed sale purchase and could be the one to track down 

4-Sports Column – Stepped up with a decisive score in his second start here, sub 1:50 performer last year draws better while brimming with confidence 


4-Scirocco Rob – Twice beaten favorite in the Dover Downs Open strong in the win column last year, makes his second start off a sick scratch & draws well here to set up his effective stalking style

3-Warrior One – Crushed foes from post eight in his latest start here, runner up in his last two in the Dover Downs Open, draws post three back here for Team Burke

9-Buck Dancer – Shrugged off a 34 day layoff and romped to his fourth straight win in a rousing Big M debut last week, stuck outside, but obviously has plenty to build on


6-Reggiano – Twice beaten favorite pace and trip compromised, fresh claim is tighter now, draws a bit better and has the look of a major contender 

5-Brackley Beach – Changes barns fresh off an easy win at The Meadows, also shows a new mark of 1:52 back on Dec. 9, that's figures to be enough to beat these 


10-Pogey Beach – Left alertly again, tripped out and scored a game upset from post ten, third try off the bench & tackles another outside draw for Team Burke



2-De Los Cielos Deo – Drops another notch and finally moves inside off a no chance trip, classy Burke trainee always a big threat within striking range 

1-Blood Line – Was able to get away closer to a rated pace and just missed to a raging Italian Delight N last week, moves inside to attempt a similar strategy

10-Ima Real Lady's Man – More than lived up to the tote hype when he went right down the road in an impressive Big M debut for Team Cullipher & might be up to this tougher assignment 



6-Tulhurstsantanna A – Grinded gamely to a sharp upset two starts back, drops back down to that winning level and has a chance to regain that form at a price in a real handicapping challenge 

1-Good Rockin – Forced to close from a tough spot after a slow start from post eight last week, hard charging upset before that and just missed from the rail on Jan. 9


8-Boiling Oar – Capitalized on a dreamy two hole ride tracking Heza Real Diamond and edged out that rival, look for him to fire off the wings again despite a tougher post


6-Respect Our Flag – Was a hard charging upsetter two starts back, too far off the pace after a slow start last week & will likely have some speed to shoot at 


9-Western Joe – Joe dominated the feature three weeks ago, draws a tougher post, but he’s always capable of blasting off and controlling the pace


10-Points North – Popped up with speed at both ends in his second start here since shipping from Mohawk, must prove it was no fluke with another outside assignment



2-Another Daily Copy – Got nosed out from post ten a notch above this back in early November, freshened off a sick scratch & draws inside to trip out at this reduced level


5-Lachie Maguire N – Consistent 11YO has hit the board in four of his last five, this is a softer version of N/W $7,500 & his persistence could pay off


6-Ollie’s Z Tam – Bumped back up fresh off a textbook drop n pop upset for Team Burke, horse-for-the-course looms large as his back class continues to resurface



1-Brigadoon – Forced wide from a tough spot last week, sharp upset before that, moves inside & inline for another smooth trip in a soft division of the Big Game Series


3-Rock On Line – Rallied for the upset in a GSY Series race two starts back, parlayed that into a dominant score @ Freehold, draws inside & can’t rule out three in a row


6-Western Redhot – Caught first over when Brigadoon zipped home two weeks ago, hooked wheels as the beaten favorite before that & has a big chance to rebound



5-Warrawee Unique – Went all the way with a well-controlled effort in his second start off the bench for Team Burke, safe to assume he has more to offer & has a chance to dominate these


4-The Moonshadow N – Sharp on the comeback trail with Lasix added, off an aggressive win he was left in never-never land from post ten last week, bumped up again, but trending right


8-Saying Grace N – Added Lasix recently for Team Cullipher, flashed a :27.1 third quarter last week, tough post here, but owns some back class 



4-Like Clockwork – Took a mark of 1:50 @ the Big M last season, caught out of position from post eight last week, draws better, goes back to Gingras & long overdue


2-Dakota Jack – Chased the red-hot Italian Delight N with strong pace @ both ends two starts back, drops back down & draws an improved post to be a stalking threat


8-Best Trick Ever – Finished a close second in both starts since arriving here for his new barn, closed well from a tough spot in his latest, steps up a notch & at the mercy of the pace






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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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