Posted by Ken Warkentin on Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:37 PM

RACE 1

5          Hyway Marcus – Twice hit the board against much better early this season, beaten favorite off a rare miscue, drops again into a soft opener for the potent Team Harmon

6          Playboy Rusty – Dropped to this level & picked up a minor share chasing a runaway winner in Appomatox, rallied to upset these back on 2-3 & could be coming back around & reunited with Marcus Miller

4          Ozymandias – Note his easy wire-to-wire romp last out @ Saratoga came after three months off & no qualifier, gelding is strong in the win column & may be the main target here

RACE 2

10         Classy Dragon – Qualified with a :26.3, hammered down to 3-5 favorite & promptly went all the way in a smashing 3YO debut for Team Remmen, moves all the way outside & taps further into his upside

5          Timcat Hanover – Bounced back to make it two for three here after running into a monstrous Highalator back on 2-4, but now hasn’t raced in 28 days, which may catch up to him if a late tussle ensues – Trainer: Been off a few weeks, but training well

3          Beachchip Hanover – Team Burke-tuned son of Somebeachsomewhere & first foal out of daughter of Molly Can Do It hasn’t shown much with just two lines on view, but some improvement may be imminent

RACE 3

8          Prince Palani – Fresh off a three-ply sweep of a Dash For The G Notes series, won last week’s final with a great drive by Jim Marohn, Jr., looms large again with his gate speed, handiness & raging form – Trainer: racing big lately & trying to see where he fits

7          Lucky Man – Added Gingras & took no prisoners, going all the way & down the road last week, very consistent 12YO millionaire may be the one to reel in again

1          Jackson Brady – Sat the pocket & gave way to sixth as Lucky Man took off last week, was on a form spree before that & lowered his mark to 1:51.4 back on 1-28, finally moves inside with a big chance to rebound

RACE 4

1          Americanprimetime – Sports a mark of 1:49 taken here last season when he tangled with Always B Miki, fresh off a big qualifier & speedy second @ Monticello, poised to show his class from the rail here in an intriguing match up – Trainer: Race at Monticello was good tightener, should be ready for this start

3          Starlite Kid – Team Burke trainee added Gingras, brushed to the front from post nine & held on in his second start off the bench, draws better & will likely be gunning for control & tap into his renewed vigor at this tougher level

8          Stratocaster – Was driven superbly by Jim Marohn, Jr. & was all out to finish a close fourth last week, draws a tougher post, but remains at the right level & his tactical speed puts him in play – Trainer: Had a good week, poor post is a concern, but has his favorite driver

RACE 5

7          Ultimate Credit – Responded to a perfect second over trip & scored first time Lasix in his second start for Team Burke, draws a more challenging post, yet has that overdue win to build on

8          Grave Dancer – Winless this season in eight tries, but on the board in three of his last four, solid runner up to Ultimate Credit last week & looks to follow that rival again from a similar post

9          Scirocco Blue Chip – Fourth placed third through a disqualification behind Ultimate Credit & company last week, sharp in previous two @ Yonkers, can move forward off that useful acclimating mile by getting into a lively flow from post nine

RACE 6

9          Rockin Ron – Well-traveled Burke trainee won the 2016 Confederation Cup & Prix D’Ete, upsetting Wiggle It Jiggleit both times, while piling up 11 wins & almost $400,000, romped in his second start back in the slop @ Yonkers

10         Bettor’s Edge – Classy 8YO near $2 million was a dominant winner here in 1:49.4 back on 1-21 after a recent purchase, cruised in a sharp qualifier off a sick scratch, looks ready to blast off from post ten

5          City Hall – Many recall his December to remember here when he capped a five-race winning streak, unleashed a devastating return to The Big M last week, flaunting sharp speed on a frigid night & merits the step up in class – Trainer: Moving up in class, but very sharp right now

RACE 7

2          The Rock – Draws inside off a no-chance mile last week, drops back to the level of the decisive score two starts back & rates highly with any semblance of that mile in a very competitive start to the Late Pick 4 – Trainer: Dropping down in class and likes this track

3          Fashion Delight – 10-time winner last season & recent Jennifer Lappe claim racing well @ Yonkers, 9YO millionaire lands inside to set up a stalking trip & seems to fit this match up

4          Elrama N – Bumped back up in class fresh off a tough nose loss to a flying El Bloombito last week, versatile gelding draws well to employ his effective speed

RACE 8

2          Dreamlands Art – Returned to where he has thrived in the recent past, added Brett Miller & just missed with a sharp effort last week, drops a notch & lands a cozy inside post

3          Alexie Mattosie – Classy millionaire gets his fourth consecutive class drop, always a threat to unleash his lethal late kick & draws inside to set up a stalk n pop scenario – Trainer: Class relief should help and draws better

4          Ideal Rocky – Three-time beaten favorite has been simply too far back in his last two, now 0 for his last 22, draws better to atone & has a chance to kick the door in – Trainer: Had a very good week, just needs racing luck, hasn’t had any since he was sent to me

RACE 9

2          Always A Diamond – Dropped to this bottom rung & finished a bang up second from post ten, owns a win here this season two notches above this & moves inside

4          So Take That – Just missed the repeat in a Dash For The G Notes Final & was claimed last week, can set up his lethal late kick from a favorable post 

7          Giant Slayer – Added Gingras, worked out a perfect pocket trip & uncorked quite the wake up win on a chilly night last week, 1:51.1 winner here last season certainly has license to repeat off that huge confidence boost

RACE 10

3          Roger Mach Em – Winless in seven starts this season, yet forced to endure some tough trips in his last three since the back-to-back narrow losses, counts as a major threat from an inside post

4          Theseyesrcrying – 10-time winner & $129,075 earner last season romped wire-to-wire @ Monticello in his first start for the strong percentage Jennifer Lappe barn & draws well to build on that success

2          Always N The Money – Set a solid pace & just missed in a Dash For The G Notes Final last week, only three for his last 43, but Team Harmon have this gelding on his toes & the post is ideal – Trainer:  He’s starting to come around, he should be okay

RACE 11

7          Legion Of Boom – Solid, successful meet so far with four wins in eight starts, got parked last week into a quickening pace, forced wide before that, claimed again & looks to regroup for Andrew Harris – Trainer: Short field, aggressive driver, horse seems good, let’s rock

6          Dateline Hanover – Ignited his winning form with a blowout @ Saratoga two starts back, then crushed them with a new lifetime mark in a smashing Big M debut, looks formidable off that line – Trainer: Faces similar group as last week, hoping for a repeat performance

5          Unix Hanover – Off a nice effort from post seven as a runner up behind the runaway Dateline Hanover fresh off the claim, chance to stalk again & possibly turn the tables

RACE 12

2          Mr Blissfull – Dropped to this bottom level & got shuffled out last week, gets another shot at the reduced level from an improved post & has a big chance to spark his form

8          Rooster Rabbit – Added Lasix & just missed by a neck in a blanket photo two starts back, then faded to eighth off cover last week, does own some back class & will look to rally into it

9          Major War – Badly beaten favorite suddenly carved it out in the slop & stopped two weeks ago, 1:49.2 speedster here last year tries to rebound from a tough post



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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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