Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, February 06, 2017 11:56 AM

RACE 1

4-Extreme Yankee – Has been winning frequently @ Freehold, just scored fresh off the claim there, picks up two-time Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller & draws inside

 

3-Keystone Wallace – Ten-time winner in 2016 needed his first start here, now acclimated, tighter, draws well & certainly a factor if he can trot in 1:56 again

 

8-Ashlake – Aside from her ten wins & mark of 1:53.3 last year, this mare seems to have stepped it up a bit here recently, contender despite post eight

 

RACE 2

5-Rockers Alley – Took a few starts to round into form, was able to rate her speed, stalk & just missed to Keystone I Wish, draws a bit better to employ similar tactics

 

8-Keystone I Wish – Hammered down to 2-1 favorite, zipped right to the top from post ten & took no prisoners in a well meant score, a similar effort expected from another challenging post

 

6-JK Pearls Delight – Was a game uncovered repeater from post nine in her debut here, then was caught in a tough spot & forced wide chasing a well-rated Keystone I Wish

 

RACE 3

5-Man Of Muscle – Has gotten a little better & chased $15,000 stock @ Dover Downs recently, ships in to face a soft bottom level field

 

6-Hot Summer Knight – Just two for 26 last year, but was freshened up finished strong to grab second in a much improved comeback, dangerous with a similar mile

 

1-Hall Pass Helen – Finished a solid second as the 1-2 favorite two starts back & beat these on January 13, back on the rail to bounce back off a rare miscue for a high percentage barn

 

RACE 4

7-Valerya – Finished well in heavy traffic in a crisp :27.2 last out, drops again to the bottom rung & finally coming around after the sick scratch back on 11-29-16

 

3-Goinroundncircles – Added Brett Miller & just missed to the red-hot & well-rated favorite Melanies Sharkette two starts back, brushed to the lead in :26.4 last week & still held well

 

2-Candy Styx N – Finished a solid second to the favorite Melanies Sharkette from post nine, draws much better to facilitate another stalking trip

 

RACE 5

6-Autobiographical – Dropped to this level, bet down to 8-5 favorite & wired these decisively, returns to the bottom claiming level off a parked out mile

 

3-Royal Outlook – Just one for 12 last year, but drops a notch off a much needed tightening mile, draws better & owns plenty of back class

 

7-Lincoln Blues – All sorts of excuses recently, broken equipment here two starts back, just missed with a furious rally in the slop back on 1-20

 

RACE 6

6-In Your Room – Still regaining his best stride after missing almost all of 2016, on the fringe fourth in his last two, once a 1:51.4 performer finds a wide-open field to light up

 

1-Tac’s Delight – 12YO was a solid runner up at the $12,500 level back on 12-22, needed his last two after missing a month, lands the rail, reunited with the Orange Crush

 

8-Michael’s Wild Boy – Lasix has taken a positive effect in his last few, off a win @ Freehold he rallied for third while pace compromised, tougher post but retains Brett Miller

 

RACE 7

1-Montalbano Bi – After Team Harmon fined tuned this gelding he qualified big, then swept both preliminary legs with relentless rallies from just off the pace & heads a strong entry here

 

6-Stonebridge Idol – 9YO has come back fresh & ready to roll, won both of his divisions showing versatility, gate speed puts him play & allows him to track Montalbano Bi

 

5-Never Ever Clever – This mare flaunted her class & speed to go all the way for an overdue win, looks like the one to take charge again, yet will have company in a very competitive final

 

RACE 8

1A-I Found My Beach – Converted a perfect trip to score as the even money favorite last week, sharp recent claim was a game uncovered second to May Day before that, strong entry

 

6-Mr Big Load – Gelding has simply come around & gotten good at the right time, took charge & blew them away to win again last week, likely fires out & they will take their shots at him

 

3-May Day – Came right back to win again off the sick scratch & had plenty left, draws well to show more with a bit of back class on view

 

RACE 9

8-Daylyn Horizon – Took three starts for his new barn to get a solid rally for third out of him, lands post eight again, yet may only need a bit more to surprise this crew

 

2-Broadies Song – Has tackled outside posts in his last two, 10YO moves inside now for Team Fusco after a very productive 2016

 

1-JoJo Jove – Grinded gamely & held for minor spoils in his second start off the bench here, was pretty strong in the win column last year

 

 



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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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