Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 03, 2021 12:41 PM


4-Sweet Rock – Classy 10YO chased the standout Ollies Z Tam two starts back, caught in never-never land last week, steady stalker gets an improved post, owns a big late kick & looms as a price play


1-Pokerface Bluechip – Hot item at the claim box tripped out to a new mark of 1:51.3 two starts back, now moves inside off a no-chance trip for new connections & reunited with Todd McCarthy


5-Incredible Shark – Responded to some class relief & was able to cycle forward in his last two, draws better fresh off a decisive score for Team Cullipher last week



3-Wyatt J – Massachusetts Sires Stakes champion won eight of ten last year, hard-charging second to standout My Pal Joe in a sparkling 4YO debut here, now moves inside to flaunt more of his talent


2-Always And Again – Aggressive tactics paid off with three straight seconds, then almost swooped the field after a slow start from post nine, back half in :55.3, big threat finally moves inside


4-Duddies Lor – Took four starts to come to life, fired off the wings & chased a dominant My Pal Joe, last week, took a 1:50.2 mark @ The Big M last year, draws better & might be on the verge



3-General Joy A – Nosed out with a well-controlled effort three starts back, then had broken equipment & too far back last week, 1:49.3 performer in 2020 draws an improved post & we haven’t seen his best yet


6-Sadiq Hanover – Gets his third consecutive class drop, chased better recently like Decision Day & Italian Light N, parked first over last week & long overdue


1-Ourlittlegeneral A – Moves to the rail for his fourth straight class reprieve, benefited from an acclimating trip last week & faces a camera-shy bunch



4-Windsun Azar – Beaten favorite launched a serious late move & came up half a length short in a much-needed 4YO debut here for Team Cullipher, draws better to follow up in a viciously competitive field


3-Im A Gigolo N – Lived up to the hype with an easy win in the slop off two sharp tighteners, has missed three weeks, but draws an improved post for Team Burke


7-Big City Bud – Fresh off the well-driven upset two starts back he almost overcame post nine with a noteworthy rally last week, adds fuel to this fiery match up 



3-Paternity Suit A – Bounced back with a better effort last week, left alertly from post nine & flashed some late life, proven winner at this level finally moves inside


1-Dealer’s Table – On a form spree for Team Cullipher, fresh off an upset two starts back he was caught too far off the pace last week & now moves inside to play stalker in a soft consolation


5-Ima Real Ladys Man – Completes the Team Cullipher one-two punch, impressive winner in his debut here, got too revved up & stopped last week, dangerous if he can ration out his speed 



4-Pat Matters – Classy mare on her tows for Nifty Norman, has won two Dover Downs Opens in her last four starts, lowered her mark to 1:51.2 in a sharp 2021 debut, draws inside here & likely forwardly placed 


7-Buck Dancer – Made it four in a row in his Big M debut despite a 34-day layoff, then pace compromised by a :57.4 half & still closed stoutly in :27.3 last week, draws a bit better & acclimated now


10-JL Cruze – The King had the table set perfectly when he capitalized on a two-hole trip off soft fractions, 10YO classmaster in top form & remains a big threat with his gate speed to overcome an outside assignment



3-Reggiano – Three-time beaten favorite recovered from a rare early miscue & broken equipment & shot home for second behind Mcnulty Z Tam, second try off the claim from an improved post 


1-Brigadoon – Beaten heavy favorite outsprinted by Ruthless Dude last week, stalked n popped these three starts back & lands the rail again in a wildly competitive final


4-Forevernalways – Hot claiming commodity took full advantage of a dreamy two-hole ride behind Taste Of History last week & draws well on a form spree



7-Cue Hall – Fresh off a credible fourth in the Dover Downs Open, 1:52.4 winner at The Big M last season returns here at a reduced level & might get the speed target he needs


6-Pikachu Hanover – Lived up to plenty of tote hype & romped accordingly in his Big M debut, class hike & tougher post, but plenty more in the tank


8-Explosive Ridge – Recently claimed gelding has been red hot, rallied to win three of his last four, demanding draw here, yet he’s a confident threat to keep it going



3-Mighty Santana N – Seven seconds last year is a knock, but this NZ bred has been dropping positive hints recently, solid rally for third in a needed acclimating mile last week & draws inside again to upset


1-Tulhurstsantanna A – Pegged him last week when he dropped back down & stormed home for the upset in a crisp :27.3, now can work out a better trip from the rail


9-De Los Cielo Deo – Paid off the chalk players with one of his patented rallies last week, moves outside, but will benefit from the expected action in a competitive final



3-Points North – Took a couple of starts to upset from post nine & finished well into icy gusts two starts back, shuffled from post ten last week, finally moves inside to fire out for an ideal trip


8-Western Joe – Had missed three weeks before getting parked first over from post nine last week, beaten favorite flashed vintage form in a 1:50 romp before that, the classy Joe always brings his A game


7-Paduka N – Runner up to Western Joe three starts back, bounced back with a hard-charging fourth last week, always dangerous when he gets involved with the right pace set up



2-Our Max Phactor N – Been holding his own against better elsewhere, he’s seen this rodeo before, draws well in a wide-open field & eligible to trip out at a price


8-Rockin The Aces – Flashing :26 & change final quarters recently, third to Western Joe three starts back, beaten favorite first over last out, tough post, but drops again


7-Another Daily Copy – Finished a solid third in the comebacker off a sick scratch, 1:48.4 performer last year loves the Big M & has beaten better



4-Whittaker N – Seems to be ramping up his game with recent class relief, nice rally to hit the board from post ten last time & draws better in a race ripe for the taking


7-Eddard Hanover – Classy Team Cullipher trainee finally found a home at the bottom level & exploited it as the heavy favorite, now bumped back up a notch in more confident mode


2-Nome Hanover – Responded to an ideal second over trip, vaulted to a late lead & settled for second behind Eddard Hanover, now draws well inside that rival



4-Seeuinnashville A – Has been tangling with tougher company recently, showing some positive signs, gets another shot at this reduced, draws inside a wide-open field & retains Andrew McCarthy


2-JK Will Power – Classy 1:49.4 performer here last season drops another notch, draws better & has a big chance to work out a smooth stalking trip in a field of question marks


8-Bechers Brook A – Team Cullipher trainee shows a second by a nose to Paduka N back on January 2 and a 1:48.1 mark @ The Big M last season, draws outside again, but gets another chance at this lower level



3-Thunder Some Where – His lone win in 2020 came here, decent rally for third in his return to the Big M last week, lands post three again & not much to beat


7-Motor City Marco – Marco gets to drop out of tougher claimers, draws a challenging post, but relies on a late move anyway & could be a threat if his trip set up is right


9-My Alpha Rock N – Hasn’t won in a long time & draws outside for his Big M debut, but sometimes the fresh newcomer angle can work when you’ve drawn a line through most of his rivals 



3-Acting Out – Took a couple of starts off the claim to score the upset in the MLK race from post eight, moves inside to save ground & stalk the speed


7-Pogey Beach – Surprised a few with his post ten upset two starts back, pace compromised & faded under urging after another quick leave last week, fresh Team Burke trainee can rebound


2-Western Redhot – Beat $10,000 claimers from post seven to close out 2020 & draws better to trip out in a wide-open consolation











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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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