Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:47 PM


6-Lady’s Dude – 1:52.2 blowout winner here from post seven back on 11-4-16, took two months off & qualified with plenty for Team Burke, can capitalize on the fresh angle for Team Burke


3-Opulent Yankee – Pace compromised from post nine, yet lacked his usual late vigor last week, moves inside, classy & capable of beating these when on his best game


1-Crosbys Clam Bake – Left with his usual early speed, got shuffled a bit & lacked room until mid stretch, finished in a crisp :27.3, the rail affords him a better chance of taking charge, controlling & conserving



3-Pretty Phylly G – Finished a distant, yet decent third in the comebacker, draws inside again & eligible to trip out & surprise this wide-open group with a driver change to Jim Marohn, Jr.


1-Marion Gondolier – 4YO is just one for 39, returns off a sick scratch & superb qualifier chasing Lady’s Dude, draws inside for a barn going well & lands in a soft spot


5-I’ll Have Another – Was much better in his latest, roughing it first over off a pedestrian :59 half & trotted home in :30 for minor spoils, has a chance to step it up



7-Quality Closer – Beat these with a great drive from post nine by Drew Monti, then just missed last week while weaving through heavy stretch traffic, has come around after a recent sick scratch


5-Blatantly Best – Just missed by a head two starts back with a sterling rally from post eight, paced a :54.2 back half last week out of striking range, form, class & persistence may produce an overdue win


6-Stratocaster – Drops back to the level of the game upset in 1:51.3 on 2-4, yet will need another slick drive by Jim Marohn, Jr. to accomplish a similar feat



4-Windsong Illusion – Fresh off a lifetime best two starts back he finished with keen late trot out of a shuffle & in traffic last week, may present some value in this tight match up


7-Classical Annie – Steady Team Burke mare was allowed to crawl past a :58.1 half & almost stole an overdue win from post nine last week, most effective at this level & likely blasting for control again


3-Waiting On A Woman – Finished with good trot on the rail while ending up fourth again, draws post three again & will look to capitalize on another stalking trip



8-Bieber Hanover – Saved ground, angled & surged just a neck shy at 23-1 given a great driver by Joseph Lee, great first start here after missing three weeks, tougher post presents a challenge, yet likely pumps up the price


3-Who Do You Like – A solid runner up in all three starts for Bongiorno & Johnson, gutsy second in a Dash For The G Notes Final, draws well for new connections


1-Ulshootureyeoutkid – Excellent recent form & terrific acclimating mile here, closed from a tough spot to hit the ticket & now moves inside for Matt Zuccarello



5-J A T O – Fresh threat for Team Burke, took the trotting hopples off, qualified big here & just missed @ Yonkers in a sharp comebacker, seems to fit well in this match up


4-Downundermatter – Took advantage of another shot at a reduced level & absolutely perfect drive by Campbell to score the mild upset, looks to parlay that confidence-boosting score


2-Starsaboveallerage – Knocking on the door recently, just missed two starts back, chased a headstrong Nowucit Nowudont last week, post two facilitates the ideal trip he needs



3-The Summer Wind – The Summer Wind came blowing in on a 38-degree night back on 1-27, beaten favorite @ Yonkers last out draws inside to take charge & show her class


9-Vintage Babe – Mare arrives with excellent form & four wins in six starts this season @ Dover Downs, lands outside, but her speed can easily overcome it


1-Truth And Liberty – Tremendous record last season, very productive with 11 wins, just missed here from post eight back on 1-6, brutal trip from post seven last week, moves inside & has upset potential



5-Hill I Am – Former NJSS champion at two dropped & popped at 7-1 with a patient drive by Corey Callahan, just a fifth off his lifetime mark, eligible to repeat on the move back up in class


1-Nowucit Nowudont – Red-hot gelding lands the rail on a form spree, fresh claim whacked one out on the engine & looked pretty sure-footed, looms as the one to catch


2-Hot Summer Knight – Gelding took two starts to acclimate here & exploded to a dominant score with Brett Miller, draws an improved post while taking a double jump up in class



9-Mac’s Secure – This mare has caught fire, sparked by the upset two starts back, then rallied from way back to just miss by a neck in :26.4, dangerous despite another outside assignment


3-Jeramaya – Nick Surick trainee has been tearing them up at Freehold, winning four of her last five in blowout fashion, tackles some classier mares here, yet may take charge & take no prisoners


8-Icommandmyspirit – Dropped a notch, Jim Marohn, Jr. gave her a well-rated drive & she responded with an overdue win, may try to fire out again despite a lot of speed to her inside



2-Roundtown Rocker – Dropped to this level & finished a solid second from post seven, 11-time winner last season with a mark of 1:55.3 here draws into an ideal striking position


4-Exquisite Glide – Throw out last week’s mile from post eight, almost went all the way before that, now drops a notch, draws well as a fresh threat for Tony Alagna


6-Danish Durango – Beaten favorite thwarted by a pedestrian :58.4 half in his second start off a sick scratch, tons of back class, recent addition of Lasix, big chance with another try at this reduced level




5-Sailin Metro – Added Corey Callahan & just missed by a head to Cut The Beach with a game effort, draws inside that rival for barn that has an impressive UTRS here


1-Cherokee Ranger – Dropped n popped at 7-1 with a solid rally for the surging Mike Watson barn, logical threat to repeat from the rail with Joe Bongiorno hustling him away


10-Cut The Beach – Great drive by Andy Miller, maneuvered his way through traffic to score the upset fresh off the bench, gelding looks for similar magic from post ten


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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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