Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 12:00 PM


1-Code Word – Squandered a perfect second over trip, yet did race better & was chasing a revived Spanish Art, draws the rail again with plenty of back class


6-Abbeylara – Kicked home to repeat & win a G Note Final two starts back, a solid second last week, consistent gelding looks like the one to fear the most here


2-Dancing Rusty – Beaten heavy favorite got parked first over & settled for minor spoils, 11YO was reclaimed & draws inside to set up a stalking trip



3-Rebel Rouser – Easily made it two-for-two here with Gingras with another rousing score & new mark of 1:52.3 & draws well for the deserving step up


9-Declan Seelster – Lightly-raced 4YO has raced well in all three starts here, just missed from post ten two starts back & looms large despite another outside draw


2-Speed To Market – Showed good speed from post ten last out, moves all the way inside, coming around since the early November sick scratch & possible price play



9-Bettor’s Western – Flashing positive signs since the sick scratch, gets his third consecutive class drop for Team Harmon & rates top billing despite post nine


8-Master Of Puppets – Rallied to hit the board in both starts since the sick scratch, draws a demanding post, but gets some class relief here


4-Webmaster Hanover – No factor in both starts here against N/W 4 stock, class relief & inside draw, plus second time Lasix could spell wake up



5-Odds On Lauderdale – Tripped out in the slop to be a dominant winner in his second start off the bench, 1:49.1 performer here last season is fresh & hot for Tony Alagna


1-Incredible Shark – Hammered down to 9-5 favorite & delivered with a first over crush, another Jeff Cullipher trainee regaining top form & moves inside


7-Winning Linc – Capitalized on patient Andy Miller handling to prevail by a nose last week, looking to step up from a tougher post for Big Dee’s Tack Trainer of the Week Richard Johnson



3-CC Big Boy Sam – Just missed with a game first over effort in the slop last week, drops back down to the level of the claim & his luck continues with another inside draw


7-Cheyenne Reider – Stormed home from an impossible spot last week, rallied to beat $10,000 types before that, looks like he’ll have ample speed to shoot at in this competitive field


9-Four Staces – Regained his winning form by exploding home fresh off the claim by Team Fusco, has a chance to duplicate that post nine score with the right set up



4-Joe’s Bid – Took full advantage of a drop to the bottom condition & romped in the slop last week, draws better here to handle the double class hike off that big mile


6-Electric Western – Grinded gamely & settled for minor spoils last week in a useful acclimating 

mile, previous efforts were solid & this is a soft field he can thrive in


3-Redonkulous – Hasn’t made much headway in his last two at this level since the decisive score in the slop on 12-20, but the improved post gives him a chance to be more forwardly placed



6-K Ryan Bluechip – Exploded off a fast pace to upset last week’s Preferred, in peak form for a raging barn & just needs the right set up to blow by again


7-Geez Joe – We haven’t seen Joe since the loss on 12-22, was reeling off some scintillating miles before that, including a pair of sub 1:49 efforts, still a major threat despite the layoff


5-Starznheaven – Blasted home from way back to just miss to K Ryan Bluechip in last week’s Preferred, 15-time winner in 2018 looms large within striking range



1-Dull Roar – Nothing wrong with the way he’s raced while hitting the board in his last three, getting class & post relief here & has a chance to trip out in a field with no standouts


5-Whittaker N – NZ bred picked up his first US win with a slick drive by Eric Carlson last week, steps up for his second start @ The Big M & may be up to it


7-Bushwacker – Steady gelding keeps knocking on the door, nosed out with a gutsy effort on the lead last week, class of this field is a major threat despite a more demanding post



8-Rough Odds – Drops a notch off two impossible trips since the sick scratch, owns a big kick & could surprise this lackluster field with the right set up


2-Siskel – Was forced to grind first over in the slop last week, now drops further & draws inside again for his third try off the bench & doesn’t face much


1-Tie Your Shoe Ed – Showed positive signs while finishing fourth all four times here last month, class & post relief & potential for a stalking trip makes him a player in this match up



9-Monty’s Play – Made it three in a row when he unleashed a career best 1:50.4 in his Big M debut, returns to the mile track with that impressive performance on view


1-Surfing Tide – Lightly-raced 4YO rallied to go two-for-two off the bench, draws the rail again with loads of upside & trip potential


7-Wise Image – Has been on a long form for Team Harmon, set the pace from a similar post & settled for second in the slop last week, may be the one to gun down again 



5-Pretty Boy Hill – Got parked in the slop last week, gets another shot at this reduced level after two acclimating miles hasn’t got much to contend with


7-So Take That – 1:50.2 performer here last season rallied to hit the board in three of his last four, his latest a third to the classy Limelight Beach, that effort makes him a threat in this light match up


2-Bright Future – Returns to the mile track where he was a runner up to runaway That’s My Opinion when favored two starts back & finally draws inside



5-Ocean Colony – Just missed to stablemate Winning Linc in a blanket photo last week, now gets class & post relief for a barn on a roll


2-Barimah A – Was dropping the right hints & just missed with pace at both ends last week, 1:49.1 winner here in 2018 continues to rate highly from an improved post


1-Bilbo Hanover – Looked like he was trending in the right direction, but had no chance after slow starts in his last two, moves inside in sharp form & owns his share of back class



9-Obscene Blue Chip – Runner up to revved up Itsnoproblemman last week, racing well right now for a high percentage barn & gate speed puts him in play & has a chance to turn the tables


7-Itsnoproblemman – Came right back to score decisively & equaled his mark of 1:51.2 in the slop on the step up in class, the post is more demanding, but this a different horse since the claim


5-Bay Rum – Tripped out & settled for a win deadheat last week, fresh claim can maintain his current form spree from an ideal midpack post



7-David The Saint – Runner up to the raging Itsnoproblemman two starts back, then got parked first again as the beaten favorite, coming around since the recent sick scratch


4-Ideal Candidate – 11-time winner in 2018 & red-hot at the $7,500 level, reclaimed by Danielle Dailey off another win last week & draws better to step up in price


3-Magnum Mike – Was all the rage here before the miscue two starts back, then didn’t have his familiar big kick in the slop last week, chance to regroup on the price drop




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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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