Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:15 AM


6          Melady’s Monet – Hats off to trainer Kevin McDermott, who had this 8YO millionaire on his toes despite a five-month layoff, converted the perfect pocket trip & outmuscled a well-rated favorite Opulent Yankee, 1:51.4 Vincennes winner here Hambletonian Day 2016 has a big chance to build on that triumphant comeback


1A        Rose Run Parker – 11-time winner in 2016 with a sharp mark of 1:50.4 at The Big M was a game 1:53.4 winner in his 2017 debut here back on 2-17, looking to bounce back off a miscue in the Yonkers Open for Team Burke


5          Opulent Yankee – Consistent Team Orange Crush gelding had things his own way again & couldn’t quite fend off the fresh pocket sitter Melady’s Monet last week, can easily bounce back & turn the tables, yet must also deal with a formidable Burke trainee this time



3          Sim Brown – The beaten heavy favorite two starts back when he was well rated by John Kokinos & surprised by the pocket-sitting longshot Scirocco Jakob, lands post three again, chance to bounce back from getting parked last week


4          Keenan – Tackled better here last season when he beat these four times, seemed poised before he flattened out off cover in :32 last week, obviously wasn’t himself, chance to bounce back & show his class


6          Karets – Posted back-to-back blowout wins for Joseph lee last month, beaten chalk forced wide from a tough spot last time, possible brush n crush candidate in a pretty competitive GSY Club Final



5          Stimulus Plan – Recent Nick Surick claim & beaten favorite hooked up in an ill-fated speed duel last week, draws better to rebound for two-time amateur champion Hannah Miller


6          Legends Luck – 9YO gelding with a new lease on life made it two straight upsets when he stormed home off the speed duel last week for Roy Marohn & banks on a similar scenario in a competitive final


3          Who Do You Like – Set a record for amateur pacing events on 2-24, too far back on 3-3, ultra game runner up to Legends Luck last week & draws inside that rival in sharp form



1          Aplomb Hanover – Brother to Possess The Will, 1:54 [$618,262] flashed some late life to finish third in his lone qualifier, looks like this could be another gem for Team Orange Crush


2          Shecheatedondewey – Burke-tuned filly had some stakes experience at two, sister to Scorcher Hall, 1:53.1 [$109,179] comes off a solid qualifier & inside draw makes her contender


5          Uncle Leroy – Star of the Ohio fairs makes his 4YO debut for new connections, went all the way to win a well-rated qualifier here, making an immediate contender



5          Uncle Leroy – Star of the Ohio fairs makes his 4YO debut for new connections, went all the way to win a well-rated qualifier here, making an immediate contender


3          Future Life – Reeled off three in a row before getting pressured into submission last week as the even money favorite, figures to be gunning from an inside post, but likely no easy leads in this final


6          Vraka Hanover – Followed up her rousing win two starts back with a solid third to Sportsmuffler from post eight last week, switches to Gingras & deserves a long look



3          Montalbano Bi – Was on a major form spree before getting shuffled & finishing fourth to Its Payday Friday & company last week, Team Harmon gelding has the speed & inside post to rebound


4          Its Payday Friday – Moved forward fresh off an excellent comeback with a decisive score from post seven last week with plenty left, big threat to repeat from an improved post


1          Its Chocolate Time – Consistent gelding went all the way in a dominant performance two starts back, left in the wake of Its Payday Friday last week, will be prominently placed again from an inside post in a competitive match up



5          Glenferrie Bronte N – New acquisition for trainer Al Annunziata just missed a big upset in her comeback @ Yonkers, 10-time winner in 2016 was an Open competitor in NY & looms large here


6          Know It All – Steady mare has risen to be competitive in the Open ranks @ Yonkers for Eric Abbatiello, figures to adapt well to the longer stretch here


8          Truth And Liberty – Took charge, stole a :57 half & outsprinted them to repeat in style two weeks ago, scored with a sharp late lunge before that, worthy of the step up here



8          Appomattox – Took two starts to regain his winning form in a big way, poised to step up in his third start off the bench & will likely blast off again to avoid any traffic issues


4          Roundtown Rocker – Had a nice little run here earlier this season, just missed with a big effort from post ten on 3-3, 11-time winner in 2017 returns with a favorable post


3          Shady Mccoy – Has struggled since he rallied to a mild upset back on 1-13, switches to Team Orange Crush, adds Lasix, drops in class, draws inside, but hasn’t raced in 28 days, tough to gauge



8          Dustlanemissmolly – Steady mare took the aggressive route was barely outsprinted by a trip-sitting Queen Josephine, gaining confidence, look for her to be forwardly placed again


10         Ava N Ella – Sharp mare on a Lasix-driven form spree carved out a solid pace on a chilly & windy night & just missed to a pocket-sitting Whiskersonkittens last week, can overcome post ten with her speed & upside


9          Time Clock Hanover – Finished an improved third in her second start off the bench for Michael Russo, stuck outside again, yet expect further improvement



5          Bob N Tony – We’ll give him last week’s trip after missing 24 days & coming off a sick scratch, upset winner in the slop here back on 1-20 eligible to step up at a price


6          Celebrity Stimulus – 1:54.3 winner here in 2016 returned from a three-month layoff with a dull sixth-place finish, gets another chance at this reduced level & figures to be better in his second start off the bench


3          Battle Mage – Seemed to tail off before the early miscue on 2-20, then scratched sick, getting more class relief & draws well, but the 25-day layoff makes him difficult to gauge



5          Gadsden Hanover – One third in eight starts in 2017, been tackling tougher posts on NY half milers recently, this is a softer spot & the price may be right


9          Caribbean Rose N – Beaten favorite forced wide & rallied stoutly to hit the board last week, draws a much tougher post, but gets further class relief


7          Candy Styx N – May be cycling around with better results in her last two for trainer Mike Watson, draws the same tough post & looking to rally off a quick pace

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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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