Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:09 PM

RACE 1 

3-Tauranga – Beaten favorite @ Yonkers last out, has tumbled down the class ladder, makes his second start of the year for a hot barn from an inside post 

  

8-The Fire Within – Beaten favorite battled gamely on the lead in his second start here on Lasix for Team Burke, tougher post but primed for more 

  

7-Twin Creeks Jessie – Has landed on the fringes fourth in his last two against slightly better, nosed out when he was at this level on 12-29 

  

RACE 2 

3-Vegas Vacation – Classy 2013 Jug winner gave a strong indication as a raging runner up last week with wicked pace at both ends & gets class & post relief 

  

6-National Seelster – Closed into a :54.4 back half to grab a small share in his second start off the bench, not strong in the win column, but gearing up for a top effort 

  

2-El Bloombito – Suffered a narrow loss to the December sensation Elrama N, now hasn’t raced in 36 days off a sick scratch, this is a class drop, but his fitness is a huge question 

  

RACE 3 

5-Sir Sam’s Z Tam – Dropped to this lowest level & finished a decent fourth while severely pace compromised, gathering momentum on the comeback trail with some back class 

  

9-Gravelsinmytravel – Rebounded with a solid second when he rallied off cover second time Lasix from the same post & drops to the bottom rung 

  

2-Tink And Tiger – Recent Michael Russo claim took three starts to kick in with a rally for third in rein to Brett Miller & draws inside again to keep it going 

  

RACE 4 

5-That’s My Opinion – Dropped to this bottom condition & rallied for third from post eight in his debut for the Nick Surick stable & looking for more 

  

1-Giddy Up Delight – Has had a couple of needed starts against $12,500 claimers @ Yonkers off a sick scratch, classy 11YO goes back to the red-hot Jennifer Lappe, lands the rail & picks up Brett Miller 

  

6-Restless – Dropped to the $10,000 level & just missed an upset two starts back, no chance from post nine last week, now picks up Gingras 

  

RACE 5 

3-Machiavelli – Briefly faced top stakes colts late last year, two-for-two on the comeback trail @ Dover, ships into an ideal spot, while brimming with confidence 

  

5-Tango Star – One for 25 in 2016, WEG circuit shipper arrives in the Burke Barn & debuts here in a so-so N/W of 3 after a 19-day layoff 

  

2-B Fast Eddie – Steady 4YO gelding has raced well, while settling for minor shares in three starts here, draws well to trip out & play an opportunist role 

  

RACE 6 

1-Kolt Power – Dylan Davis trainee has now had two tighteners & an acclimating trip here, drops along with several others in here & pushes off for position from the rail 

  

3-Hezabluechipboy N – Solid runner up to the raging Ontario Success on 12-31, makes his second start off a sick scratch & a smooth, ground-saving journey could spell upset 

  

9-Jacksrluckytoo – Forced into a pacesetting mode, tried to give them the slip with a :27.3 third quarter to no avail, exploded home in familiar style before that 

  

RACE 7 

8-Somesizesomestyle – Rallied stoutly again into a :54 back half to grab third last week, steady sort gathering steam for Team Remmen after missing a month recently  

  

7-Ontario Success – Caught fire with his wire-to-wire on 12-31, converted a perfect trip from the rail last week, 14-time winner in 2016 rates highly for Team Burke 

  

2-Hillbilly Hanover – Finally gets some post relief fresh off a solid second to Ontario Success, continues to climb back up the class ladder for a red-hot stable 

  

RACE 8 

6-Preparty – Just missed with an energetic effort on 12-31, returns to the mile track at a reduced level for Team Harmon & faces a very suspect field 

  

10-Rock On The Hill – Appears to have sharpened his sword recently @ Dover Downs, while slightly overmatched, could surprise this bunch with class relief & some luck from post ten  

  

1-Speed Again – Classy Burke trainee got parked in most recent, reunited with Gingras & has a chance to trip out from the rail 

  

RACE 9 

8-So Take That – Has missed a couple of weeks off another sterling rally to edge Dr C’s Z Tam, fresh veteran looking to set up another off an imminent fast pace here 

  

4-Red Scooter – Got parked last week & had no chance before that, won two of three here in December & draws better in a pretty competitive match up 

  

1-Major Bubbles N – NZ bred 7YO equaled his lifetime mark from the rail two starts back, broken equipment last week, reunited with Super Brett 

  

RACE 10 

7-Perseverant – Somehow was able to grind it out off a slow pace & still kicked home in :27.1 for the overdue win, fresh claim by Michael Russo looks to come right back 

  

4-Dancinwithdelight – Set a slow pace & fell a length shy as the even money favorite, claimed by Sean Bier, keeps Gingras & same inside post 

  

1-Star Guitar – Struggling recently @ Dover Downs, ships into a softer $15,000 claimer for the always dangerous Dylan Davis, pushes off from the rail with a chance to surprise 

  

RACE 11 

5-Calvin B – Converted a perfect second over trip to regain his winning groove, classy sub 1:50 performer here last season has a big chance to repeat 

  

1-Pansformative – Suffered a narrow loss as the beaten favorite from post seven here back on 12-23, aired it out @ Yonkers last week as the even money favorite, returns with the rail here 

  

8-Dreamlands Art – Steps back up in class fresh off a perfect trip win last week, 10YO can keep the positive cycle going for a hot barn 

  

RACE 12 

1-Timcat Hanover – 3YO makes just his third lifetime start, qualified with pace at both ends, while finishing close to Carlos Danger & has an inside advantage on that rival 

  

8-Carlos Danger – Only one for 26, yet switched to the mile track & the strong rally to just miss by a neck in the qualifier & fresh angle must be considered 

  

2-Witchita – 0 for 16, but going to assume he didn’t take to the off tracks in his last two, finished a decent third here on 12-31, stalking type draws well in a very soft N/W of 2 

  

RACE 13 

2-Drunken Terror – Claimed on a form spree for Team Ginsberg & overcame a tough trip to grab second from post ten, moves inside to stalk the speed 

  

7-Autobiographical – Recent Eric Foster claim double dropped off a dull debut for his new barn & rebounded with a well-meant wire-to-wire, big threat off that mile 

  

3-Pedro’s Dream – Beat Autobiographical with a perfect drive from post eight back on 12-16, freshened up with an energetic qualifier & draws well 

  

  



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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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