Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:17 PM

RACE 1

6-Better Be Gouda – Only two for 38, but got parked & pace compromised last week, no chance with slow starts before that, can kick past this bunch with the right set up

 

4-So Much Bettor – Coming off three straight eight-holes, chased a runaway 1:50.2 winner last out, just missed before that, just two for 26, but lands in a real soft opener

 

5-Jojo’s Place – Two for 36 & hasn’t raced in 41 days, yet his Harrah’s Philadelphia form was solid enough, can work out a stalking trip from his midpack draw

 

RACE 2

5-My Lindy Winner – 1:52.2 winner here last season stormed home off a fast pace to grab second behind a revived JL Cruze, eligible to explode again third try off the bench

 

2-Rubber Duck – 1:52.3 winner in the slop here last season & rain was in the forecast, got parked in a useful tightening mile & moves inside for Team Bongiorno

 

7-Pappy Go Go – Quickly regained his winning form with back-to-back wins, a post ten blowout, then a game repeat from the rail, has missed three weeks & assigned outside

 

RACE 3

5-Lifeonthebeach A – Beaten favorite encountered a brutal trip @ Freehold, but needed the race after missing 34 days, makes his second start for Team Burke & doesn’t face much

 

4-Sunshine West – Just one for 18 in  2019, shot home in a crisp :26.3 to just miss two starts back, followed up with a decent effort, now draws well for the switch over to N/W $3,500 

 

9-Rock Three Times – Almost went all the way from post nine in the slop two starts back, then got blitzed by 1:51.3 winner, look for speed with the rainy forecast

 

RACE 4

6-Duddie’s Lor – Still guessing how good this lightly-raced 4YO can be, blasted down the road with an authoritative :26.3 last week, draws a bit better with potential untapped

 

3-The First Step – Got to give him credit for a terrific rally in a much-needed acclimating mile last week, draws an improved post for his second start here under Team Burke

 

1-Western Exposure – Clearly wasn’t himself fading behind Duddie’s Lor after missing three weeks, nosed out by that rival before that, chance to rebound as a fresh threat on the rail

 

RACE 5

2-Allotbettor N – 1:49.3 performer here last season makes his second start off the bench for Team Bongiorno from a better post & looms large among the class droppers in here

 

8-Atta Boy Dan – 19-time winner in 2019 simply caught out of striking range last week, seared first over before that, tougher post, but gets another class drop

 

3-Santafe’s Coach – Dropped & suddenly tried the engine to no avail last week, gets further class relief from post three again & may revert back to a stalk n pop strategy

 

RACE 6

7-Whatstroublenurocky – Has clearly cycled forward with two straight close seconds & grinded gamely last week, post is tougher now, but a big threat if he can maintain his sharp form

 

2-Mayfield Duke – Brushed to the front from post eight in just :57 & was able to dominate from there last week, now moves inside for Team Burke brimming with confidence

 

3-King Harvest – Really turned it around with a rousing rally & close second two starts back, no chance from post eight last week, fourth start off the claim with back class in his arsenal

 

RACE 7

6-Like Clockwork – Team Burke trainee drops dangerously off a no-chance mile from post nine, just missed in 1:49 before that, his three for 30 record last year is a slight concern

 

7-Bell I No – Almost lasted in a bitter battle in :26.3 last week, second to a raging Effronte A before that, a major contender on his current form spree

 

8-Party Boy – Solid runner up in his last two, his latest in :26.2, has missed a couple of weeks & draws a tough post, but this 1:52.4 winner here last season looms large with the right set up

 

RACE 8

6-Harambe Deo – Paid the price for conservative handling & shook loose too late last week, took a new mark of 1:50.2 two starts back & remains on a roll

 

4-Mindtrip – 12-time winner in 2019 is about as solid as they get right now, strong runner up from post ten in :26.4 last week, romped in the slop before that & draws better

 

5-Billy Badger N – Stormed home for a new mark of 1:50 @ Dover Downs on 12-19, looks for a speed target & figures to appreciate the longer stretch here

 

RACE 9

3-JK Captain Jack – Been chasing the red-hot Duddie’s Lor, rare miscue two starts back & tough trips before that, 1:51.4 winner here last season lands in a prime spot to upset

 

10-Trump That – Took charge, rated well & held on over an off track last week, stuck farther outside, but remains a sharp item for Team Burke in a field full of question marks

 

5-Kept Under Wraps A – Got parked in his return to the mile track, just missed back on 12-7, hasn’t raced in 35 days, so impossible to gauge his current form

 

RACE 10

2-Big Stretch Mark – 1:50.4 winner @ The Big M last year flashing positive signs, sneaky late pace last week, moves inside to leave & trip out

 

8-Ever Again – Fresh off a much-improved effort closing into a :54.4 back half & just missed @ 75-1 last week, demanding draw again, but drops a notch

 

3-Forevernalways – Got roughed up first over again as the beaten favorite off the Andrew Harris claim, draws another inside post to rebound for a hot barn

 

RACE 11

4-Western Redhot – Has been persistently knocking on the door, pace & trip compromised in his last two here, draws well to employ his stalk n pop style in a wide-open field

 

5-Jerrytone – Upset taking new mark with pace @ both ends from post eight in his Big M debut back on 12-26, haven’t seen him in 30 days, yet seems to match up well with this bunch

 

1-Razor’s Edge – Team Burke shipper fresh off another break & huge recovery to romp as the favorite @ The Meadows, draws the rail here where he can trip out & be effective

 

RACE 12

2-Urban Renewal – Lands inside again fresh off a narrow loss to a heavy favorite & gets another serious shot at this bottom condition

 

1-More The Better N – Twice beaten favorite couldn’t quite last on a well-rated lead last week, now gets class & post relief fourth time Lasix with back class galore

 

4-Bring The Thunder – Gets another class drop after squandering a second over trip last week & draws a bit better for Team Burke

 

RACE 13

2-Walks Of Life – Has been very consistent at this price, switches to Eric Abbatiello, post two again paces the way for another speed try in a finale field begging to be beaten

 

1-Village Jackson – 12YO was a 1:51.1 winner @ The Big M last season reunited with Irish Joe & in line for a smooth stalking trip from the rail

 

8-Always B Magic – Overcame a tough trip to finish second in the MLK race last Saturday, hasn’t won in a long time & draws another tough post, but can take a lot of air

 

 

 

 



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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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