Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 11:16 PM


4          Ever Again – Bounced back with a big :26.4 rally to win the qualifier on 2-17, then chased a well-rated B Fast Eddie last week, fresh threat sets up another stalking trip from a favorable post


5          Scirocco Blue Chip – Has shown improvement in N/W 4 class @ Yonkers in his last two, just missed with a perfect trip last out, his only start in February & now a 19-day layoff complicates matters


2          Ultimate Credit – Team Burke trainee seemed to be heading in the right direction before fading off cover in the slop last week, draws inside & adds Gingras to rebound in a soft opener



3          Hammock Bay – Lightly-race homebred 4YO by 2006 Pace champ Artistic Fella found a spark in his latest qualifier, finishing third just behind Ogden Blue Chip & draws well


4          Ogden Blue Chip – Art Major colt whose dam Gro earned $454,135 & took a mark of 1:50.3, this is her third foal, 3YO found his best stride kicking home in a sharp :26.2 in the latest qualifier & debuts in a field ripe for a new face to step forward


5          Stirling Ensign – Fresh threat ships in off a gutsy & close second @ Saratoga, just 3 for 32 last year, but draws an ideal midpack post to launch another stalking trip



7          Big City Jewel – Launched a wide bid off cover & flattened out sixth in the slop last week, flashed a :26.3 before that, 0 for his last 26, now acclimated for his new barn & could surprise


3          Bieber Hanover – Just missed in his debut here in an amateur event, then was too far back from post eight, needed those first two trips here, draws well in a wide-open bottom level conditioner


10         Major Homer – Raced well & rallied for third after a good start from the rail last week, continues to make the mile track adjustment, but moves all the outside tonight while one for his last 31



5          So Take That – Missed last week after storming home in :26.4 to win the fastest division in 1:51.4, now well rested, remains at the reduced $10,000 level & looks to vault off expected speed


1          Mister Truth – Steamrolled to a decisive score in round one, then battled into submission last week, draws well to show his class & rebound, heads a strong Bruce Saunders entry


2          Prince Palani – Made it two-for-two with back-to-back series wins as the favorite both times, found room & rallied up the rail last week, lands the pole for Team Harmon where he can flaunt his speed



4          Our Jerry Lee N – Ramped up his game with on-the-board finishes in his last two, runner up to heavily favored Quality Closer last week, could be on the verge of an overdue win


6          Ideal Rocky – Twice beaten favorite finished a hard-charging third in the slop last week after a parked out mile & late miscue on 2-18 & sharp narrow loss on 2-10, chance to snap 0 for his last 21


10         Starlite Kid – Second start off the bench for this Burke trainee, who finished behind Our Jerry Lee N last week, drops a notch along with that rival, speed & Gingras can overcome post ten



7          Alberto Contador N – No factor from post seven @ Yonkers last week after coming around & dominating here two weeks in a row, the latest a 1:49.4 lifetime best blowout


8          Rockeyed Optimist – One of the few to own a win against 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki, fired his best shot to break through in his second start off the bench against lesser, poised to tackle this tougher assignment


2          Jacksrluckytoo – Team Harmon-tuned gelding has become a Saturday night star, exploding home to win three of his four in dazzling style, saves ground from the rail & vaults off the speed again in a competitive feature



4          K-Lees Shakenbake – No shame in squandering a perfect second over trip when Rockeyed Optimist beats you, The Shaker is on his toes, draws well & looms large at this level with his big kick


6          City Hall There was a time late last year when you couldn’t fight City Hall, capped of 2016 winning five in a row, connections have obviously had enough of fruitless ventures in NY, can he revive back @ The Big M?


1          Barimah A – Has been on a nice roll this Winter for Kelvin Harrison, kicked home sharply as the favorite two starts back, has missed a couple of weeks, drops back down in class, lands the rail again, lots to like



4          All Week – Dover Downs shipper fresh off a lively effort as the beaten favorite, strong record last season & took a mark of 1:50.4 here, draws favorably & wouldn’t surprise


6          El Bloombito – Sean Bier claim with plenty of back class was finally able to work out a smooth trip & finished a solid second to a heavily favored The Rock, drops another notch & poised for to show more


8          Parnu Hanover – Seemed to be sitting on big miles & has fallen fell short for several weeks, faded in the slop last week, drops another notch, draws a challenging post & this match up is no picnic



5          Ohoka Texas N – Beaten favorite forced into a wide trip off a slow pace in the slop last week, big rally for third before that, sets it up from a midpack post, overdue & picks up Super Brett


4          Always N The Money – Missed the first week of the series, followed a well-rated One More Miracle last week, gets another shot at this bottom level for Team Harmon


2      Busboy Hanover – Emerged from a shuffled from the rail with another minor share last week, kicked home in :26.2 from post nine before that, getting sharper & gets another inside draw



5          Viceroy Hanover – Second by a nose in his most recent start here back on 1-21, repeatedly overmatched in N/W 6 @ Yonkers, finds a much easier spot to score his first win of 2017


9          Legion Of Boom – Has done very little wrong here this year, winning four times, chased a raging Durant last week & claimed by a strong percentage barn, looking to keep it going with another live cover trip from post nine


8          Unix Hanover – Draws outside again fresh off a gutsy first over second to the runaway Durant & claimed by Team Fusco, sharp enough to break through for his first win of the season



6          Major Bubbles N – Came up a nonthreatening fourth behind Cashendash Hanover last week after beating that rival with a crisp :26.3 before that & clocking a lifetime best of 1:52, remains a serious contender with Brett Miller back in the bike


2          Cashendash Hanover – Consistent 10YO followed up a solid second in his debut here on 2-18 with a crushing score as the heavy favorite, rewarded with an improved post & stands out as the main target again


7          Jackson Brady – Continues on a form spree this season, set a solid pace in the mud last week & yielded to a game Cashendash Hanover, always a threat to take charge



3          City Pie – Has clearly tailed off since his early season surge, too far back in the slop last week, chance to revive dropping into this easier condition event from an inside post


7          Mr Blissfull – Has struggled to make much headway against tougher claimers recently, however this is enough of a class drop to make him a consideration despite post seven


10         Always A Diamond – Continues to tumble down the class ladder a long way, form obviously a question with the break two starts back & dull eighth last week, switches to Brett Miller, who has to find a way 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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