Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:00 AM

RACE 1 

4-Live On – Just missed with a solid finish three starts three starts back, hit the board from an impossible spot last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands in a prime spot & overdue 

  

3-Fearless Leader N – Dropped to this new low level & failed to fire as the beaten favorite, 10YO equaled his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 here this season & draws well 

  

7-Love Tap Hanover – Got off to a typically slow start & was caught in a very tough spot, Pelling trainee was regaining form on the comeback trail, may need them to produce a speed target 

  

RACE 2 

5-So Confused – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding seems to have progressed marginally in PA for Team Crocodile, stretches out on the mile track with not much in his way 

  

6-Mr Heaven – Offered some late life again to pick up minor spoils in his second start here, acclimated now & lands in an ideal spot to score  

  

3-Sunset Over Miami – Ray Schnittker-tuned gelding has been knocking on the door @ Pocono, just missed in his latest there & finds a perfect spot to stalk n break through 

  

RACE 3 

1-Speed Again – Class of the field looks to rebound a dismal ninth @ Pocono, long form spree before that, just missed here on April 28 & lands the rail again for Team Burke 

  

4-Griffon Hanover – Brushed to the front & fought gallantly in the slop to score an overdue win & equaled his mark 1:51.3 last week, draws well to follow up 

  

6-Bruce’s Magic – Two of his last three here were a speed-filled win & close second as the betting favorite, returns to the mile track to make his presence felt 

  

RACE 4 

1-Joe’s Bid – Took a 1:51.3 mark here from post ten this season, note the strong third against N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, draws the rail in a camera-shy field 

  

4-Yo Apollo Creed – 0 for 13 this season, but came to life with a solid rally for second in the slop last week, draws well to follow up with an overdue win 

  

2-Whata Twist – Popped the goose egg with a sharp 1:51.3 upset three starts back, lands in a similar spot to make an impression here 

  

RACE 5 

2-Foiled Again – So glad The Ultimate Warhorse is back @ The Big M in search of his elusive 100thcareer win, the richest of all time & everybody’s favorite has been freshened up, qualified well, draws inside, this may be the time, but it’s simply a privilege to see him again! 

  

1-Polak A – Classy 10YO Aussie import & smaller track specialist gearing up on the comeback trail, fresh off a sterling rally to score @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands the rail 

  

7-More Dragon – Last week’s Price Play raced well to rally off cover to hit the ticket, moves outside, but drops a notch 

  

RACE 6 

3-Thinkbig Dreambig – Was bet off the board in his career debut & looked like he was going to blow by Life Happened when that one put a wheel under him, stands out now with a better draw for Team Takter 

  

2-Thor De Vie – Awarded the win when Life Happened was taken down for stretch interference to Thinkbig Dreambig, nosed out before that, a major threat from an improved post 

  

5-Life Happened – Held off Thor De Vie by a nose in the first leg, tried to give them the slip in the slop, veered into Thinkbig Dreambig & got taken down last week, remains a major danger 

  

RACE 7 

6-Ideal Talker – Just missed in the first leg, then posted a gutsy upset in the slop last week, at the mercy of pace & trip, but this may set up just right & she’s certainly going in the right direction 

  

3-KJ’s Justine – Two-for-two & both with perfect trips & fresh off another new mark of 1:52.1, draws inside to tap into her upside further in a swept attempt & poised to take on added pressure 

  

2-Sand Artist – 0 for 13, but the other Linda Toscano trainee has to be considered based on her sharp recent efforts, lands post two again, retains Gingras, who can stalk the speed 

  

RACE 8 

2-Commentariat – Fresh off a lifetime best @ Harrah’s Philadelphia he fought off pressure enroute to a decisive win in round one, then skipped the added distance in the slop, draws a better post here to dictate his fate in this competitive final 

  

4-Avatartist – Barely outsprinted by Santiago Style in the first leg, then used hard trying to give them the slip in the slop last week, Scottie Z is back in the bike & draws inside to work out his preferred stalking trip  

  

8-Ballerat Boomerang – Gelding on a long form spree, used first over in the opening round, then erupted with a well-timed move in the slop last week, tougher post, but tactical speed puts him in play & can vault off the expected action 

  

RACE 9 

5-Express Stride N – Made up plenty of ground in the slop last week after a slow start from post ten, draws better to produce the expected improvement in his second start off the bench 

  

3-Sams Triple Crown – Dropped to this level & just missed with a gutsy effort last week, draws inside again & looks like the primary contender in this wide-open affair 

  

7-Hillbilly Hanover – Classy near millionaire shows evidence he’s thrived here in the past, ramped it up recently @ Yonkers & deserves a long look despite the challenging post 

  

RACE 10 

4-Mister Indiana – Cranked it up in his Big M debut, while used hard & settled for second, can parlay that excellent acclimating mile into a well-timed & victorious stalking trip 

  

2-Kings Barns – Somehow conjured up some of his back class & blew away foes from post seven last week, looks like the primary target from an improved post in this competitive G Notes Final 

  

10-Ever Again – Exploded past Mister Indiana once clear as the heavy favorite, remains down in class, loves the Big M & logically a major consideration despite the outside draw 

Brother Dwayne drove Legendary Lover K in 2000 Hambo 

  



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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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