Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 02, 2020 1:31 PM

RACE 1

1-Premier Rockstar – 4YO Team Cullipher has clearly fallen off form, but this is one of the most massive class drops seen in awhile, plus he draws the rail again, while leading a field full of question marks

 

10-Star Commander N – Rounding into form since dropping in his last two, unleashed a fierce wide rally in :25.4, back half in :54.2, stuck outside again, but now hits the bottom rung & needs a clear shot

 

2-Thndrfrmthethron N – Somehow got off to a really slow start from post four & lost all chance last week, has flashed some positive signs, drops a notch & makes his fourth US start from another inside post

 

RACE 2

8-Victorias Maverick – 4YO exits series action @ Plainridge where he recently won wire-to-wire from post eight over an off track, lands in a completely wide open field & fresh-face angle might be worth a swing

 

10-S Mckee – Has found a new lease on life for this price, winning two of his last four & took a new mark of 1:52.3, post ten may pose traffic issues, yet he just needs the right pace set up in a real headscratcher

 

5-Thunder Dome – Finally draws a bit better after trying to close from far back in his last three, 1:54.4 winner here this season expected to be within closer striking range, but not sure he’s going to get a decent speed target in a form-challenged field

 

RACE 3

7-Steuben Gladiator – Hunter Oakes & Bob Lounsbury have been a potent team, they romped with Durant in last Saturday’s finale, this 8YO has won two of his last five on smaller tracks & may surprise in this soft match up

 

9-Rockaholic – 10YO has been knocking on the door with some eye-catching rallies, nosed out last week when he came charging hard in :27, tough draw, but can blow by a lackluster field

 

5-Chip For Real – 4YO with a one for 26 record this season ships in from Plainridge where he turned in some hard-charging seconds in series action recently, sets up a stalking trip from midpack & adds Yannick Gingras

 

RACE 4

3-All Week – 0 for 15 this season, yet has been hinting of snapping that goose egg recently, closed a ton to be right there in the photo last week & draws better

 

1-Imageofarocker – Beaten favorite really had an off night when he held a brief lead & stopped, on quite a roll before that, now drops & has a chance to rebound from the rail

 

6-Century Ferrari – Trounced these in decisive fashion on 11-14, beaten favorite recovered from an early miscue & just missed last week

 

RACE 5

6-Casimir Rumrunner – Newcomer from Mohawk ships into the Michael Russo barn, recent form has been so-so, off 16 days, lands in a real soft spot, but tough to gauge

 

10-Johnnysfirecracker – Scored a well-driven upset & equaled his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 two starts back, still up in class & lands outside, but has a chance to collar this camera-shy bunch

 

4-Franco Tristan N – Seems to have tailed off in his last two, but liked his effort back on 10-31 & draws better to set up his preferred stalk n pop strategy

 

RACE 6

3-Decision Day – Sports a 1:49 mark here this season, bumped up as high as the Preferred recently, closing like a freight train from out of range, gets class & post relief

 

2-Dealt A Winner – Classy millionaire & horse-for-the-course paid immediate dividends when he came right back to repeat in his debut for Team Burke & finally draws inside 

 

9-Heza Real Diamond – My top pick on 11-21 when I thought he was sitting on a big one, so a week later he uncorks a mindboggling 1:48.4, how does he follow up in this tougher spot? 

 

RACE 7

5-Billy Lincoln N – Stormed home from last in :26.4 two starts back, then bogged down in heavy traffic last week, acclimated now with a midpack draw & switches to Tetrick

 

1-The Candyman Can – 3YO launched a premature move to a late lead & was barely outsprinted in a sharp Big M debut & moves inside for Team Burke

 

8-Sweet Truth – The other Team Burke-tuned 3YO was closing well from the clouds in a slightly better second start here, possible price play from another challenging post

 

RACE 8

4-Bechers Brook A – Team Cullipher trainee was an Open class winner in 1:48.1 here this past Summer & just missed in 1:47.2, easy score @ Hoosier Park two starts back & now lands an a softer class to stalk the ample speed

 

7-Let It Ride N – NZ import for Nifty Norman won his qualifier with a nice late burst, then rallied in :26.3 to win his US debut as the heavy favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, back half in :53.4, might be this good

 

6-Love The Blues N – Have to forgive the early miscue as the beaten favorite last week, was poised to step up with gutsy efforts before that & has a license to rebound

 

RACE 9

8-Bracken Storm A – Has been on a four-race form spree, taking a mark of 1:50.3 in process & won from post eight two starts back, unfurled a furious rally to just miss last week, back half in :53.4

 

1-Always And Again – Stakes quality 3YO in Indiana flashed some serious :26.3 speed along the cones in a patient Big M debut, benefits from that acclimating mile & now moves inside to set up a similar trip

 

6-A Major Omen – Has been bogged down by slows starts from outside posts in his last two, go back to his late October form when he took a mark of 1:49.2 & that would make him a contender here

 

RACE 10

6-This Is The Plan – Classy Team Burke trainee closing in on $2 million, had dead aim on Bettor’s Wish in the TVG Final, parlayed that into a Yonkers win & looks to set up a similar stalking trip

 

7-American History – 2019 Breeders Crown winner suddenly sparked his winning form here two weeks ago, wheeled right back to romp @ Yonkers, tougher spot here, but could keep it going for Team Alagna

 

9-Franco Totem N – Fresh off a decisive score in 1:49.3, while overcoming an outside draw last week, runner up to a raging American History before that, rates highly for the potent Dexter Dunn-Nifty Norman combo

 

RACE 11

4-No Easy Day – Just missed with a hard-charging :26.2 against N/W $10,500 stock three starts back, gets further class & post relief in a drop down derby

 

3-Ocean Colony – Horse-for-the-course noted for his big late kick, bounced back with a better effort last week, now gets his third straight class drop & moves inside, might be time to dive into The Ocean

 

2-Saying Grace N – Sub 1:50 performer here this season reverted back to speed & got too enthusiastic two weeks ago, Team Cullipher trainee has worked his way down the class ladder & lands inside again

 

RACE 12

9-Fox Valley Nemitz – Uncorked a career best of 1:51.2 fresh off the bench, then got nosed out first over & came right back to win from post nine last week, this is a live item for a hot barn 

 

6-Shattered Glass – Has suddenly caught fire scoring his first three wins this season in his last four starts & took a mark of 1:51.3 & can’t rule out a repeat against these

 

3-Mr Mcdreamy – Reclaimed fresh off a game win in a career best of 1:52.1 with Dexter Dunn last week, draws inside to be forwardly placed & stay on a roll

 

RACE 13

9-Go West Go Fast – Owns a mark of 1:50 @ The Big M this season, no chance trips in his last two, huge rallies to hit the board before that, tough draw, yet finds a soft field & he can easily regain form

 

3-Urban Renewal – Hasn’t been as strong in the win column this year, was on a nice roll @ Pocono recently, slow start @ Yonkers last week, gets an inside draw here to set up his usual stalking scenario

 

1-Ghost Dance – Well-traveled gelding was roughed up @ Yonkers last out, two solid thirds before that @ Pocono, lands the rail for a chance to trip out & surprise in this light match up

 

 

 

 



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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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