Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 12:18 PM


3-Fox Valley Steffen – Needed a bit more punch off cover last week, but can ignite his form with a further reduction in claiming price & draws the same inside post to stalk the speed


5-Winemaster Hanover – Revolving door gelding claimed in four straight, favored in three & won back-to-back, too far back from post nine last week, consistent & high in the win column


1-Possessed Fashion – Added trotting hopples & qualified with confidence after some breaking issues, returns at a significantly lower level, yet the one for 17 last year is a concern



3-Big Bad Beach – Followed up an explosive rally to upset on 1-20 with a close second to the well-rated Robocall Hanover, talented & versatile mare stands out for Brett Miller


2-Somethinginawater – No chance from post eight @ Yonkers last out, a game third to Big Bad Beach when last seen here back on 12-22


1A-Ava N Ella – Grey mare is a fresh acquisition for Michael Russo, disappointed in the comeback @ Woodbine, yet lightly-raced with upside & draws well



5-Mostinterestingman – Brushed n crushed these in his Burke Barn debut here, gets another easy shot at the N/W of 3 with plenty of upside


8-Shez All Muscles – Rallied to upset N/W of 2 here on 1-6 after an 0 for 31 season, ineffective in N/W of 4 @ Yonkers, challenging post, reunited with Super Brett                                                                


2-Millville Road – A solid, parked out second from post eight here on 12-22, then missed a month of action, moves inside to bounce back, but his two for 32 is a concern



6-Century Churchill – Recent Richie Johnson acquisition won first time Lasix on 1-14, left hard & had some late traffic issues last week, top contender


7-B Fast Eddie – Where on earth did that brave effort come from last week? Steamrolled first over & fought off a raging Spicebomb with the mile of his life by far, was it a fluke?


4-Pickwick – Jack Franklin trainee has struggled since the easy post ten win in N/W of 2 back on 12-31, in line for a trip closer to the pace here



5-Its Chocolate Time – Has landed on the fringes in his last two since the bombs away comeback in 1:56.1, relatively fresh threat may conjure up a bit more pop off cover this time


3-Buffalino Hanover – Jumped on the Buffalino bandwagon when he just missed two starts back, set a rated pace & settled for third as the beaten favorite last week, draws better & gets another try at this reduced level


2-Playboy Rusty – Forced wide & finished an even fourth just behind Buffalino Hanover after a solid second on 1-20, seems to be trending right & lands inside to trip out



6-Muscle Diamond – Beaten favorite got off to an unusually slow start in the slop a few weeks ago, well-bred & talented son of Muscle Hill continues his journey back from a long injury layoff with some lofty goals


7-Crosbys Clam Bake – Had an excuse for coming up a bit short off the sick scratch, his previous wins were pretty convincing & has proven tough when in control of the pace


5-B Yoyo – Took full advantage of some class relief & positive form cycle to deliver as the favorite last week, bumped back up with a stellar record here



2-Sheer Flex – Took the aggressive rout in the slop & paid off at almost 8-1 a couple of weeks ago, post two again for a barn that’s clicking on all cylinders & adds Super Brett


4-Can Do – Gelding has clearly cycled back around, off the easy win on 1-20 he chased a well-rated winner in an admirable step up in class last week


3-World Cup – Classy 8YO was sharpening his sword prior to the sick scratch, just missed to Sheer Flex on 1-20, draws an improved post to turn the tables



3-Red Scooter – Beat the 15s in game fashion back on 12-31, drops a notch off a decent effort from the same inside post & looks to stalk n pop this crew


6-Alex Bullville – 9YO warhorse has rallied to beat these in two of his last three, perfect drive paid off for Super Brett as the convincing favorite last week


2-Magic Tricks – Was ineffective chasing a 1:51.4 winner while trying to step up in price off the claim & easy score, drops back down & draws better



7-Here Comes Sam – Bounced back with a strong second to a well-controlled Golden Son last week, reeled off two in a row recently & lowered his mark to 1:56, sharp item


3-Windsong Illusion – Tackled two straight outside posts off the back-to-back wins, a much better second last week & lands inside to duplicate that effort


1-Battle Mage – Sat a perfect pocket, was no match for standout Golden Son & outsprinted by Here Comes Sam, look for another alert start from the rail to be a prime opportunist again



3-Skates N Plates – Draws inside fresh off an air-out mission in his return here with Gingras in the bike, an impressive 1:54.3, has a big chance to build on that


5-Midfield Magic – Kicked off his year with an easy win & close second, then was thwarted by post ten & can show more speed here


8-Long Story Short – Drops back down to face the 15s, rallied to upset these at 40-1 two starts back, needs a quick pace set up from a tougher post



4-Joyful Game – Had the live cover of Blush Hanover & got nosed out buy that rival last week, an excellent bounce-back mile, capable of outkicking these with another smooth trip


7-Blush Hanover – Dropped to this level & converted a perfect trip to score as the 2-1 favorite, looking for a similar rally with Super Brett


9-Intoview – Has been deadly at this level, just missed on the engine, then surged past Pan Luis Obispo for the mild upset, threat despite post nine




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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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