Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 12:24 PM

RACE 1

6-Another Daily Copy – Beaten favorite took aim & lacked the knock punch in his third start off the bench, now drops to rock bottom to flaunt his improving form & class

 

3-Imkeepnthisguy – Was struggling against $25,000 claimers in Delaware, finished an even fifth his Big M acclimating mile & now gets class & post relief

 

2-Ideal Son – Gave some positive indication of a turnaround with that solid rally for third two starts back, then too far out of range into a :54.4 back half, draws better to stalk closer

 

RACE 2

5-Gold Orchid N – Impressive is only way to describe her back-to-back wins here, talented NZ-bred mare seems up to this class hike & more serious test

 

3-Caviart Ally – Multiple major stakes winner, including the Jugette at three, just missed in her comebacker @ Pocono, loves the Big M & poised for another strong season

 

2-Youaremycandygirl – 2YO Dan Patch Award winner from 2017 won her latest qualifier with a nice late burst, lands the rail for her 4YO debut & Team Burke always have them ready 

 

RACE 3

8-Bravo Tex N – Just missed with an excellent effort from post eight three starts back, out of range pacing a :54.4 back half last week, has a chance to blast off in this soft spot

 

1-Quality Bud – Parlayed his success in the GSY Series with a solid third last week, can build on that with a smooth trip from the rail in mixed-bag field

 

6-Kiwi Ideal N – Right there in the photo with Quality Bud in the GSY Series Final, then dominated in a sharp 1:51.3 with a :26.2 last week, sharp enough to rate repeat threat

 

RACE 4

3-Nameisonthehalter – Been landing on the fringes from post nine in his last three, moves inside a wide-open field to work out an ideal stalking trip

 

4-Techino Hanover – Grinded gamely for the runner up spot last week, gets another shot at breaking his 2019 goose egg @ this reduced level from an inside post

 

6-Sir Bradford – Tailed off in his last two after some recent success @ Pompano, his barn has sent out a couple of live ones & could surprise in this toss up affair

 

RACE 5

6-A Bettor Beach – Gelding ships in after going two-for-two in impressive fashion @ Pocono, look for him to continue ramping it up making only his sixth career start

 

5-Buddy Hill – Major stakes player at two just missed to Blood Money in his first qualifier, pacing his last qualifier in :26, looks ready to roll for Marcus Melander

 

1-U S Captain – Supremely-bred Brittany Farms colt finished third to last year’s 2YO champion Captain Crunch in his second qualifier & kicks off a strong Captaintreacherous entry

 

RACE 6

9-Billy Badger – Right there in the photo with pace at both ends in his first start back off a sick scratch, look for another blastoff to gain position & show his class

 

3-Ocean Colony – Had a bright moment when he finished a strong third against tough three starts back, still lean in the win column this season & long overdue, yet draws well for the drop down

 

2-Stonedust – The grey tried it on the lead & gave way last week, several tough trips before that, this is a class drop that can’t be ignored & the trip can be better from post two

 

RACE 7

8-Statement Made A – Lively effort & set the table for Big Stretch Mark in an eye-catching Big M debut for Tahnee Camilleri, tougher post now, but has something to build on

 

3-Sharp Action Money – Beaten favorite came up just a neck shy in his second start off the bench for Team Burke, sharp item now gets some class & post relief

 

1-Big Stretch Mark – Perfectly driven from post nine to the upset last week, just a fifth off his lifetime mark, promptly bumped back up in class, yet pushes off from the rail

 

RACE 8

4-Sweet Rock – 1:48.1 season’s best before a no chance in the first leg of this series, bounced back with a solid third, draws well to pounce on any mayhem

 

8-Highlalator – Was able to control the pace with little movement in the first leg, then tripped out to win the Van Rose @ Pocono, hot Open horse may face some adversity from post eight

 

9-Bettor Memories – Won a Levy division the same way he almost lit up the board in the Van Rose last week, will certainly need some pace to shoot at, but sharp right now

 

RACE 9

3-Blood Line – Continues to rev it up after tripping out to an 8-1 upset in his comeback, chased a raging None Bettor A last week & lands inside again

 

1-Trump Nation – His stretch explosion was no fake news, rocketed home in :25.4 to win his second start of 2019 & rewarded with the rail in a competitive field

 

6-Lyons Steel – Overcame post 11, worked out a second over trip off a hot pace & just missed in a Graduate division last week, nice acclimating mile for this improving 4YO

 

RACE 10

3-I’m A Big Deal – Just missed in 1:49.4, then held off Sam’s A Champ in 1:50.4 before a no chance Graduate from post 11, moves back inside to resume his form spree

 

5-Sam’s A Champ A – Beaten favorite steamrolled first over & provided live cover for Backstreet Lawyer in another tough loss last week, his sharp form may punch through this time

 

1A-K Ryan Blue Chip – Draws outside with a last out winner stablemate, yet this Preferred class winner this season drops again looking for some sort of speed target to shoot at

 

RACE 11

2-Albergo Hanover – Fresh 4YO aired it out in his 2019 debut against N/W 8 @ Yonkers, draws inside a competitive field, yet we all know what Team Bongiorno is capable of

 

4-All It Takes – Stepped it up, fired his best shot & scored a mild upset just a fifth off his lifetime mark last week, looms large from the same post with the Bionic Man

 

5-Lyons King – Steady season so far, nosed out in 1:50 two starts back, closed into a :53.4 back half last week, has a chance to leave alertly & stalk within closer range

 

RACE 12

5-Just N Berlander – Has suddenly become the claiming fancy, nailed a new mark at age eight last week & rammed right back in against basically the same bunch for another new barn


6-Rockaholic – Blitzed by a sizzling 1:50 performance from Rather Swell after a missing a couple of weeks, beat these by a nose from post ten before that & reunited with Dexter Dunn

 

7-Village Jackson – Tried setting an easy pace & settled for third last week, retains Gingras & may revert to an off-the-pace strategy this time

 

RACE 13

4-Windsong Gorgeous – Flashed a crisp :26.4 to hit the board in his return from Plainridge, 12YO with a winning history here starting to find his best stride & draws inside

 

2-Talent Soup – Has displayed talent in the past, overmatched in his first two starts for Team Burke, class & post relief & trip potential may be enough 

 

1-Steve Said – Eric Abbatiello rode the pocket spot for two straight wins, fresh off a new mark he pushes off from the rail to stay on a roll

 

 

 

 



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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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