Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:28 PM

RACE 1

1-Two Fiftyeight N – Rallied to blow up the board two starts back & took a new mark, jammed in after a quick start from post nine last week, moves inside & in line to trip out as a fresh claim

 

5-Billion Dollar Day – December claim has paid off, coming to life with two straight upsets, the latest in dominant fashion, while equaling his lifetime mark in the slop

 

2-Genessee Seelster – Upset these & equaled his career best back on 12-18, sloppy track excuse last week, post two & Gingras again make him a logical contender

 

RACE 2

7-Manhattanup No Ice – 4YO gradually trending in the right direction, runner up to R Herbie Blue Chip last week after leaving alertly, let’s see more speed

 

2-Hipster K – 4YO son of Sebastian K makes his long-awaited debut after switching to Team Orange Crush, qualified confidently with trotting hopples back on & draws inside

 

10-R Herbie Blue Chip – Took three starts on the comeback trail to gain confidence & romped last week, moves outside, but remains a serious threat

 

RACE 3

6-Thunder Dome – Just two for 31 last year, scratched sick last week off a close second by a neck from the same post, back against a softer group of TM 73 with T. McCarthy

 

5-Sharknado – Scratched sick last week after hitting the board with better efforts in his previous two with G Nap, remains a contender at this easier 73 TM level

 

7-Grandpa Don – His latest win came at this TM 73 level, beaten favorite in his last two eligible to charge home at his best & with the right set up

 

RACE 4

3-Innisfallen – Bounced back off a miscue with a game grind for the show last out, now drops again & draws inside with renewed confidence

 

5-Gotwuteverittakes – Rebounded from breaks in two consecutive starts with an aggressive nose loss, draws better to build on that at this bottom level

 

1-Namje – Showed string improvement to hit the board with trot at both ends in his second start off the bench, expect more with another quick start from the rail

 

RACE 5

1-Smooth Aceleration – Showed speed & held on for third in the slop last week, gets another serious shot at this bottom level from the rail

 

5-Tony Soprano – Tony hasn’t been on his toes recently, yet owns some back class, note the easy win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia in early December, chance to surprise these with controlling speed

 

10-Esa – Impressive runner up closing from last three starts back, 1:54.4 mark @ The Big M last season draws outside, but drops a notch

 

RACE 6

7-Gold Orchid N – Classy mare took her requisite tour of the oval after three months off, drops a notch & might be ready to fire her best in a competitive field

 

1-Turnthefrownaround – Fresh Team Burke trainee just missed in a lively Big M debut, expect more in her second try off the bench with another quick start from the rail

 

3-That’s Incredible – Forced wide from a tough spot & finished well again in a nice rebound effort, draws better to be within closer striking range

 

RACE 7

2-Halliama – Moves inside off an absolutely no-chance trip last week, chased much tougher like JL Cruze recently & can outkick these in his second try at this reduced level

 

5-Marley’s Guy – Team Bongiorno trainee woke up with a nose loss in his second try off the bench, was facing tougher @ Yonkers & in line to carve out another stalking trip

 

3-Skyway Kon Man – Like several in here his recent form nothing to write home about, but gets class & post relief & owns a big late kick

 

RACE 8

7-Team Kiwi N – 1:51.4 winner here in early December drops into a softer spot & goes second time Lasix, look for a more aggressive drive from Dexter Dunn

 

6-Somethngaboutmary N – Easy to note the stark improvement in her last two, right there second two starts back, then a solid third in the slop last week

 

2-Shelly De Vie – Just missed wiring these from post ten back in mid-November, on the fringes recently, drops a notch & lands post two again in a wide-open field

 

RACE 9

7-Henderson Seelster – Bounced back from consecutive early breaks with quick start & strong second to a standout Winnerup last week, drops again & overdue

 

2-Arabella’s Cadet – Came out of a shuffle & finished well for the show behind Henderson Seelster last week, post two again for his third try back on Lasix

 

5-Carrick – Horse-for-the-course fresh off a game grind for the place last week, draws a bit better for Dexter Dunn & remains at a competitive level in a drop down derby

 

RACE 10

6-She’s Nun Bettor N – Solid runner up to the uncatchable Stellenbosch over an off track last week, gathering steam since the late-November sick scratch & second try at this reduced level

 

5-Clear Idea – Interfered with when she got jammed up behind a breaker here two starts back, returns to the mile track & drops another notch 

 

1-Darkrshadeofpale N – Stepped up to this level off an aggressive win & new mark of 1:51.4 & was forced wide from a tough spot

 

RACE 11

2-Anurka – Fresh off a sparkling Team Bongiorno debut @ The Big M & just missed with an aggressive & much-needed effort, draws inside & in line for an ideal trip

 

1-Avaya Hanover – Dropped to this level & finished a solid third last week, moves inside & remains @ the bottom level, look for another quick start from this 1:53.3 winner @ The Big M last season

 

6-Saint Albray – We can give her that comeback start when she paced home in :27.2, sports a mark of 1:51.2 here & has license to wake up in this wide-open field

 

RACE 12

1-Focus Pocus – Stepped up a bit too high after missing 29 days, decisive win from post ten before that & chased standout Get Legs before that

 

5-Look In My Eyes – Finished a solid second for the fourth consecutive start, while squandering a perfect trip, yet remains in top form for a sharp barn

 

4-Sir Cromwell – Flashed a bit more late trot from post ten last week, makes his key third start off the bench & draws better on an improving trend

 

RACE 13

8-Dixie Slippers – Flash some speed in her comebacker off a sick scratch, tougher draw, but expect more stamina in her second start off the bench in a real soft spot

 

6-French Moni – Overcame some interference to grab the show in his last start here on 12-18, hasn’t raced in three weeks, but can be considered a closing threat

 

2-Alexander Hanover – Just missed an upset with an ideal trip two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside here & has to avoid any miscues

 

 



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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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