Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:12 PM

RACE 1

5-Jackamino – Wired a N/W 3 field with the mile of his life @ Harrah’s Philadelphia in his second start off a sick scratch, lands in a softer spot to exploit that form

 

7-Mcraven – This gelding has suffered from a case of seconditis so far this season, just missed as the heavy favorite @ Pocono, challenging post here, yet picks up our red-hot leading pilot

 

1-Camwiser – That was some effort from this 14YO from post ten for his 54thcareer win last week, moves all the way inside to face another camera-shy field

 

RACE 2

4-Grand Teton – The barn has been heating up right off the hop, was a stakes caliber youngster, qualified with a :26.2 & aired it out in his return @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

3-Wheels On Fire – Saw his winning streak snapped at six with a tough nose loss despite perfect rating, fresh Team Burke trainee back on the engine with a sizzling 1:49.1 comebacker on view

 

2-Mach N Cheese – Exploded home in :26.3 to get the cheese to the tune of $48.40 here fresh off the bench, then tripped out to repeat @ Yonkers, gets an inside draw to stalk the speed

 

RACE 3

4-Mr Carrotts – Just one for 14 this season, was right here against better last month, off a no-chance trip when dropped to this level, but now draws better, as Brower would say, “maybe”

 

8-All It Takes – Even though he draws another tough post here’s a drop down candidate, who was a recent upsetter in 1:51 with a nice rally on March 30, banks on a hot pace again

 

6-Uffizi – Before we get too excited about his dominant post ten win it was against a pretty weak bunch, still has a big chance to build on that in his second start off the bench

 

RACE 4

1-Odds On Naples – Kicked into high gear & barely outsprinted by the heavy favorite Abigail Dawn in a rousing 3YO debut, lands back on the rail for The Crocodile Man

 

4-Abigail Dawn – Fresh off a sharp qualifier she delivered the goods with speed at both ends in an inspiring 3YO debut & draws well to follow up in only her third career start

 

6-JK American Beauty – Added Lasix & chased Abigail Dawn in her latest qualifier, 1 for 12 filly hails from a top barn & owns some experience, yet may need one or two

 

RACE 5

3-Magnum Mike – Veteran gelding has been a money machine for Nick Surick, shows up every week with a strong finish, fresh off a first over crush & draws better

 

7-Pop Pop Joe – Claimed off a wire-to-wire win from post eight two starts back, versatile gelding can do it either way, expect him to blast off to control his destiny

 

9-Rather Swell – Three-time beaten favorite been encountering some tough trips in the GSY Series, challenging post here, but a consistent opportunist in form

 

RACE 6

5-Machiatto A – It was virtually impossible to know that scintillating improvement was coming last week, Aussie import might just be warming up & gets to follow up against another weak bunch

 

2-Always A Diamond – Three for his last 48, beaten favorite stepped up big time with aggressive Gingras handling, draws inside & tries to turn the tables on a surprisingly good Machiatto A

 

8-Heartland Revenue – When fishing for a price play note this gelding has picked it up significantly in his last two, but will need a lot f things to go his way from post eight

 

RACE 7

1-Dubious Claim – Shook loose with a sharp :26.1 to just miss upsetting last week, 1:50.4 winner here this season in line for another smooth stalking trip & overdue

 

3-Prophet Blue Chip – Dropped to the bottom, was reunited with Gingras & really stepped up with a first over crush from post nine last week, rewarded with an improved post off that lifetime mark

 

2-Highlandbeachycove – Returns from Yonkers, drops into a softer spot & draws inside here & looks to snap his 0 for ten this season in a wide-open field

 

RACE 8

5-K Ryan Blue Chip – Two-time Preferred winner this season landed on the fringe fourth with tough trips in his last two & now gets some class relief to assert himself

 

1-Stonedust – The grey gelding moves inside fresh off a game grind & narrow loss & chased a couple of sub 1:50 winners in two previous starts

 

9-Captain Deo – 4YO arrives on a form spree & just missed @ Pocono last week, tough draw in a very sharp field, but note the barn change

 

RACE 9

7-Outkast Blue Chip – Uncorked a rousing comeback rally to just miss to JK Parlay last week, fresh claim with a chance to flaunt more of his back class in his second start off the bench

 

4-Spaghetti Eddie – Liked him last week off the easy wire-to-wire win & claim, was right there stalking a fast pace & now Steady Eddie draws a bit better as a big stalking threat

 

9-JK Parlay – Goes for three in a row fresh off a hard-fought wire-to-wire & lifetime best of 1:51 from post nine, fresh claim likely blasts off & tries to go as far as he can again

 

RACE 10

7-I’m A Big Deal – Tough to gauge this 4YO’s current form off a dull qualifier & return mile, but his back class is lurking & can take advantage of a class drop in a competitive scenario

 

8-Bettor’s Edge – Ultra classy double millionaire grinded it out, kept coming & was right there with the trip-sitting Dependlebury A in a super comeback, will certainly add fire to a wicked field

 

5-Stendahl Hanover – Rallied to just miss with a crisp :53.4 back half last week after beating stiff N/W 5 stock @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws better as a possible price play in an impossible race

 

RACE 11

6-Bushwacker – Faded off a speed try from the same post two weeks ago, has been lean in win column, but the class drop & more patient handling could spell upset

 

4-Lyons King – Added Gingras off two acclimating miles, took control & cruised to a new mark of 1:50.1 last week, draws inside again as the main target in a competitive field

 

7-Rebel Rouser – Extended his winning streak to five with a sharp score from post eight @ Pocono, The Rebel faces a serious test back here, but has a chance to keep it going

 

RACE 12

1-Rock On Precious – Took his requisite acclimating tour of the oval last week, was facing tougher claimers @ Yonkers & now moves inside to step it up with a stalking trip

 

8-Live On – Made up a lot of ground after a slow start last week, regaining form on the comeback trail, draws outside again, yet gets another shot at this bottom level

 

2-Gotta Minute N – Ships in winless this season & just three for his last 30, but take note of the barn change to Bill Mann, not much to indicate a possible turnaround, but does draw inside

 

RACE 13

2-Daylon Horizon – May have come around in his last few, chased the standout Magnum Mike two starts back & now moves inside off an impossible trip, possible price play 

 

1-Diabando – Suddenly turned the switch on going two-for-two @ Freehold off the Nick Surick claim, lands the rail in a wide-open finale to tap into that renewed form back on the mile track

 

7-Oh My Joepa – Badly beaten heavy favorite got off to a slow start & lacked any late response, fresh claim now draws a demanding post, but has a chance to rebound for his new barn

 

 

 

 



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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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