Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:09 AM

RACE 1

9-Dixie Slippers – Knocking on the door with three straight on-the-board finishes, demanding post here, but drops back down & she can outkick these within striking range

 

8-Alexander Hanover – Perfect trip winner at this bottom level three starts back, came out of a shuffle with a strong rally to be a close second last week, a threat despite a tougher post

 

2-Spring In Paris – 5YO mare hasn’t won in a long time, but has been hinting on a limited schedule, used hard in the slop last week, now drops & draws better for Gingras

 

RACE 2

3-Ruby On Rails – Put together a solid back half of :56 to rally for second in a commendable comeback, lightly-raced 4YO now draws better in a soft spot

 

2-Classica – Has had two slow starts from tougher posts to acclimate here, now draws inside, picks up Dexter Dunn & has a chance to step up

 

1-Woodmere Oleksiak – We’ve seen her flourish here in the past, returns fresh off a solid third @ Pocono, lands the rail & in line to trip out

 

RACE 3

2-Sugartown – Simply followed a well-rated So So De Vie around the track for a noteworthy second off a sick scratch, lands inside to work out a similar trip & eligible to show more

 

7-Rockin Panda – Has won two of his three on the engine, blasted down the road from post nine two weeks ago & expecting Todd Whitney to employ similar tactics

 

9-Always A Force – Credit Joe Lee for taking them all the way in the slop last week, tougher draw here, but look for another blast off in top form

 

RACE 4

5-So Long Hanover – Stalks from midpack off two decent acclimating miles here, needed a bit more punch last week, trending right & these are easier

 

8-Scirocco Patrick – Bounced back off a miscue two starts back with a solid rally for third last week, tougher draw this time, but just needs the right set up

 

1-She Must Be Magic – Kadabra mare is 0 for 25, added Lasix for her latest qualifier, that kind of effort makes her competitive from the rail again

 

RACE 5

2-Dull Roar – 11YO warhorse moves inside fresh off two straight decisive scores in 1:53.1, look for Joe Lee to have him forwardly placed fresh off the claim

 

9-So So De Vie – Followed up a close third from post ten with a dominant wire-to-wire in the slop last week, expect James Foley to make a similar attempt with a sharp 4YO

 

6-Statesman N – 14YO reclaimed by Yogi Sheridan, note the post eight romp two starts back, draws a bit better & might get the speed target he needs in a competitive division

 

RACE 6

6-Double Account – 1:51.2 performer @ Hoosier Park last season has been tackling our top trotters this winter with some decent results, beaten favorite now drops dangerously for Team Cullipher

 

5-Pappy Go Go – 1:52.2 winner @ The Big M in 2020 makes only his fourth start of the year, so has room to improve, gets some needed class relief & looms as a stalking threat

 

4-All Champy – Cycled forward to brush n crush foes a notch below this, bumped back up, but draws better now brimming with confidence

 

RACE 7

1-Sossy’s King Kong – Just one for his last 29, but just missed against $10,000 stock three starts back, now gets the drop & the rail again with no stand outs like Dull Roar

 

3-Rockin Rambaran – 11YO warhorse with 54 career wins has been on a tear @ Monticello, draws inside with speed & Yannick Gingras

 

5-Junior’s Dew – Sparked some improvement with a solid second last week, look for a similar effort in a wide open field

 

RACE 8

4-Sea Change N – Big M newcomer came around recently, fresh off a game score @ Yonkers, gets class relief & draws well here 

 

2-Manhattan Play – Just one for her last 30, but has been better for Team Cullipher, third in her last two with Simon Allard & lands her third straight post two

 

9-Twinsburg – Trending in a positive direction, strong runner up with quicker start last week, sports a 1:51.4 mark @ The Big M last season & rates contender status

 

RACE 9

6-Life Well Lived – Close second in his last two, caught in a shuffle, angled wide & leveled off too late last week & might be on the verge

 

4-Chiplosive – Sports a 1:52.4 mark here in 2020, steadily dropping down the class ladder, fresh off a solid effort he drops to lead a Team Cullipher 1-2 punch

 

9-Mcmatters – Sports a 1:53.4 mark @ The Big M last season, makes his second start off a sick scratch, tougher post, but drops a notch

 

RACE 10

3-Wingding Hanover – Didn’t quite have enough pop off cover in her Big M debut for Team Cullipher, now eligible to step up with a bigger effort I her second try here from an improved post

 

4-Tango Dancer N – Beaten favorite cycling back around, launched a late bid & nailed by Betalady last week, now a logical stalking threat for Dexter Dunn

 

6-Betalady – Drove more than few handicappers bonkers when she exploded to upset last week off breaks in her previous two, this is a big chance to prove it was no fluke from the same post

 

RACE 11

6-Stenhouse Hanover – Team Cullipher may have finally figured this one out, his last two were better & he launched a big, wide rally to hit the board last out

 

4-Icingon De Cupcake – The Cup Cake got pace compromised & parked first over last out, twice beaten favorite before that gets another inside draw at this bottom level

2-Shady Mccoy – Switched to Simon Allard & rallied for a huge upset in his second try off the bench, has a big chance to build on that from an inside post

 

RACE 12

5-Shellie De Vie – Just missed to the red-hot Its Mesmerise N two starts back, then too far back from post nine chasing that same rival & draws better to rebound

 

4-Laurie Lee – Lightly-raced Florida-bred mare more than proved she was ready for her Big M debut, unleashing the mile of her life in the slop & stands out for Dexter Dunn

 

2-Saint Albray – Has been on a pretty good roll recently, sharp rally to win two starts back, beaten favorite shuffled & shook loose too late last week, inside threat here

 

RACE 13

4-S Mckee – Took a 1:52.3 mark @ The Big M last Fall, on the fringe in two starts since coming back, flashed a :27.1 last week & draws better

 

3-I’m Sid The Kid – Sid makes his second start off the bench after a much-needed comebacker from post eight & retains Dexter Dunn

 

9-Brass Monkey – Finished a much-improved third with a :27.3 in the slop last week, moves outside, but this 4YO has a chance to show more in a wide-open finale

 

 



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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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