Friday, October 28, 2016

Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:05 PM
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4-Overdraft Volo – Team Orange Crush filly charged home in a noteworthy :27.2 for a 23-1 upset in the Bluegrass, then just missed with a premature move @ The Red Mile, draws well in a competitive opener


6-Caviart Wonder – Muscle Massive filly hasn’t missed the board in seven tries & goes for three in a row fresh off a career best of 1:54.2 @ The Meadows, trainer Noel Daley on a bit of a roll


8-Feed Your Head – Takter trainee just missed by a head in a Grand Circuit stake @ The Red Mile, third behind Overdraft Volo before that in the Bluegrass, tough draw here



6-Grave Dancer – Came charging home in :27 for a 12-1 upset here last month, raced well against NW of 3 Pocono in his last two


1A-Passport To Art – Tony Alagna trainee was pace compromised in his latest @ The Red Mile, draws inside & expected to be forwardly placed


3-Heaven’s Gait – Rebounded off a miscue in his opener to win his next two with strong rallies, freshman with upside draws well & picks up Sears



1-International Moni – Freshman out of the great Moni Maker showed nice gumption to win his division of the ISS @ The Red Mile, lands the rail off that maiden breaker


2-Limerence – Absolutely romped here at 17-1 last month & came right back to win again by five, then scratch sick, has nose missed a month, but draws well


5-Mountain Of Love – Rallied just a neck shy of International Moni in the ISS at long odds, added trotting hopples & regressed, chance for the Tony Alagna trainee to rebound with Brian Sears



1-Royal Knockout – Dropped to the level, took plenty of tote action & just missed with a gutsy effort from post ten, now moves all the wall inside a so-so field


7-Four Hour Nap – Cranked it up in her last two, fresh off a solid second @ Harrah’s Philly, remains down in class & needs the right speed set up


3-Campanile – Racked up her tenth win of the season with a blowout @ Freehold, draws well as one of the few in her on her toes



5-Alex Bullville – The barn won last Friday’s finale with Exotic Beach, this gelding chased a crazy 1:49.3 runaway Urbanite Hanover, veteran thrives @ this track


3-JJ Shark – Sub 1:50 performer scored a gutsy win in 1:51.4 two starts back @ Pocono, parked as the beaten favorite last out, draws well in a wide-open field


6-Best Said - $100,000+ winner last year owns plenty of back class, gearing up on the comeback trail @ Plainridge & picks up Gingras



5-Bee A Magician – Fresh off a victorious comeback from injury, a few dollars shy of $4 million, an undefeated 2014 Horse of the Year & back-to-back Breeders Crown winner, classy mare may be tough to deal with


2-Hannelore Hanover – The queen of the division this season made a rare miscue @ Yonkers, has piled up 15 wins this season, has repeatedly beaten the boys, gets an ideal draw, Burke won this back-to-back with Buck I St Pat


7-D’One – Last year’s Breeders Crown Mares Open champion held off Shake It Cerry, but doesn’t have the benefit of another tighter this time around, plus she’s facing a pair of monsters



7-Wiggle It Jiggleit – Defending Horse of the Year really hasn’t had a bad day, Team Teague declared him as good as he’s been all year, the lone $50,000 supplement always thrives when he’s engaged, yet two out his three wins over Always B Miki have come in a stalking mode


4-Always B Miki – Perhaps the greatest comeback story ever, fastest harness in history at 1:46, defending Breeders Crown Open champ tuned up in stellar fashion, has beaten Wiggle It Jiggleit three times by playing catch-me-if-you-can, plenty of fireworks imminent an epic Ali-Frazer battle for Horse of the Year


2-Shamballa – Upset the top two with a perfect second over trip in the US Pacing Championship from the same inside post, runner up in Miki’s 1:46 world record plays the prime opportunist role again



2-Lady Shadow – Division leader owns major wins here in the Golden Girls & Lady Liberty both at a mile & one eighth, romped to her second straight Milton, back to her old self with an impressive elimination score


5-Solar Sister – Twice second to Lady Shadow in the two added distance events here, first & disqualified in her elimination, look for her to fire out to stalk the favorite


4-Frost Damage Blues – Flew home off a slow pace & from an impossible spot in :25.2 & placed first in her elimination, rewarded with a better post & loves this track



7-Flanagan Memory – Won the Allerage Farms with a mighty :26.4 & equaled his lifetime mark of 1:51.2 first time Lasix, a solid third in the International, count on Sears to have him in striking range


2-Resolve – Division standout fresh off a world record for a mile and a half in the International Trot, other major wins came in the Cutler, Cashman & Maple Leaf Trot, his race to win or lose from an inside post


3-JL Cruze – Fastest trotter in Meadowlands history & Dan Patch Award winner may have signaled a turn in the right direction with an aggressive effort in the Allerage Farms & draws well for the Breeders Crown all-time leading driver



3-Celebrity Pegasus – Was forced to rally from a tough spot last week chasing a shar winner in Dayson, strong in the win column, likes to be forwardly placed, draws better & goes back to Dave Miller


5-Market Share – 2012 Hambletonian Hero, 2013 Breeders Crown champ & $3.7 million winner appears to have regain his form with two close seconds @ Harrah’s Philly & matches up well with these


6-B Yoyo – Bounced back off a rare break with a solid second to the decisive 3YO winner Dayson last week, rates top contender status again



6-I Luv Blackhawkred – Didn’t get a strong pace to vault off of, yet this filly unleashed a noteworthy rally & just missed in a terrific acclimating mile with Scott Z


9-Twill Be Done – Filly was bet down as the 8-5 favorite & delivered with a perfect drive by John Campbell, lands post ten off that career best Big M debut


1A-Muscles On Fire – Gelding starting find himself since the sick scratch with a better effort last week, retains Brett Miller & draws well as part of a solid entry



1-Battle Mage – Uncorked a blowout win over the Delaware County fair half miler, then tackled NW of 6 from tough posts @ Yonkers, this is a much softer spot


4-Detroit Rapper – 11-time winner last year & horse-of-the-course needed his first start back over a sloppy track @ Vernon Downs


2-Expressive Action – Scored a gutsy win, then just missed in two starts here last month, draws well again, but the 41-day layoff is a concern



1-Village Beat – Plenty of back class here, shows steady form @ Plainridge, but just one for 31 this season, lands the rail & Gingras in a toss up finale


2-Relentless Dreamer – One for 28 this year is a concern, three tighteners, an inside draw & history of success here


3-Major Bubbles – Only one for 22 in 2016, yet finished third behind a 1:49.3 blowout winner last week & draws inside again




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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.