Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:07 PM

RACE 1

6-Connie Keeper – This mare has come around for Scott Woogen, was just a fifth off her lifetime mark three starts back @Vernon & just missed @ Tioga last out

 

8-Jacks To Open – Regained his winning ways & confidence with that Billings blowout @ Freehold, former Amateur Driver of Year Hannah Miller can overcome post eight here

 

5-Talkaholic – Runner up to Jacks To Open @ Freehold two starts back, she responds to a stalk n pop set up, reunited with 2017 Amateur Driver of the Year Joe Lee in a wide open event

 

RACE 2

6-Thinkbig Dreambig – Major stakes player has been conservatively handled in both starts, did fly home from post ten in :25.1 two weeks ago, lands in a prime spot to fire a big one

 

4-Mach N Cheese – Unleashed that unprecedented :24.3 to complete a wicked :52.3 back half last week & can’t be too far off the pace in this abbreviated match up, won this on April 20 in :25.2

 

3-Schnitzledosomethin – Won’t expect his absolute best after five months off, but the energetic qualifiers indicate readiness, the latest chasing the prolific Western Joe

 

RACE 3

5-Ascot Encounter A – Was forced to circle around a breaker Mr Carrotts & still finished well for third in :27.2 last week, draws an improved post to get a better start off that needed acclimating mile

 

7-Just N Berlander – Made it three in a row fresh off the Eric Abbatiello claim when Joe Lee put a perfect drive on him, and the 8YO took a new mark of 1:52.2, tough to go against

 

4-Mr Carrotts – Beaten heavy chalk suffered an interference break when he started to roll on the far turn last week, draws well to atone & flaunt his class edge

 

RACE 4

4-Final Justice – Has been holding his own against $12,500 claimers with steady efforts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, ships into a real soft spot here & draws well in a real headscratcher

 

3-True Cut – Just one for his last 40 & winless this season, yet added Lasix in his last two, pace compromised in his latest & draws post three again, chance to  work out a stalking trip

 

7-Bet The Dragon – 0 for his last 40, but pacing some decent final quarters in his last two, can overcome a demanding post with the right set up in this wide-open field

 

RACE 5

4-Dealt A Winner – Beaten even money favorite @ Pocono has now had four starts to get tight, classy millionaire draws well to assert himself & can kick home with the best them

 

5-None Bettor A – So far, there have been none better here, easily made it three-for-three with take-control speed & sharp stretch acceleration, remains the main target for Team Bongiorno  

 

2-Alotbettor N – The other Team Bongiorno trainee in here returns to the scene & class of his perfect trip win in 1:50 back on April 27, looms large with a trip from post two

 

RACE 6

9-Sagebrush Sid – Flashed sudden speed, tried it on the engine & came up just half a length short two weeks ago, stuck farther outside, but drops & owns a serious late kick

 

2-Stonedust – The game grey has descended down the condition ladder, just missed in his last two, beaten by a good drop down in Ocean Colony last week, post two again & long overdue

 

4-Western Redhot – Well behind Stonedust & company after another slow start last week, gets another shot at this bottom level from an improved post & could spark something with the right speed target

 

RACE 7

7-Democracy N – Simply sat in too long & shook loose late to just miss by a whisker last week, tougher post here, but this is a live item with some back class, chance to snap his 0 for 15 this season

 

2-Shattered Glass – Went all the way for a new mark from post eight two starts back when hammered down to 5-2, just a nose shy of repeating last week & figures to be the one to knock off

 

3-Pauly Wally – Improving shipper worked his way up to the Preferred @ Western Fair, ships south into the Andrew Harris stable, hasn’t raced in three weeks, yet draws inside

 

RACE 8

6-Billy Badger N – Been chasing this guy since he came back off the sick scratch, just missed repeating on the step up to this level last week, gets the slight nod in a very competitive match up

 

3-JK Parlay – Was right there in the photo with Billy Badger N fresh off the Eric Abbatiello claim, on a form spree & in line for another favorable trip from an inside draw

 

1-K Ryan Bluechip – Stormed home from an impossible spot to hit the board two weeks ago, classy Preferred winner this season moves inside & kicks off a strong entry

 

RACE 9

1-Mach Déjà vu – We’ll give him the acclimating trip last week, drops into a much more likely spot here & lands the rail to work out his preferred stalking trip at a price

 

7-Mcthriller – Beaten heavy favorite has regained his form in his last two, Big lover drops another notch & faces a field full of question marks

 

5-Sportsmanship – Just one for 17 this season, but his recent form has been solid @ Yonkers, no chance from the second tier last time, chance to surprise this evenly-matched field

 

RACE 10

3-Burning Midnight – Just about anything Team Bongiorno sends out has to be given a long look, 4YO had some tough trips in his last two @ Yonkers, draws well & matches up nicely with these

 

4-Arque Hanover – Eric Abbatiello has this one going well, forced wide out of a shuffle & flying too late last week, draws an improved post for a better start & chance to snap his 2019 skid

 

6-Catcha Lefty A – Stuck in the second tier @ Yonkers last out, displayed solid speed before that, only his second start this month, yet may adjust quickly to the mile oval for Team Harmon

 

RACE 11

4-Statement Made A – Drops back down to the level of his close second with speed on May 4, Aussie bred has now adjusted to his new barn & this track & draws better

 

5-Smileandsaycheese – Returns to the scene of 1:51.2 mark this season with a dose of class relief & an ideal midpack post to set up his big kick

 

1-Johnny Q – Has had a tough time of it in his last three, but now Johnny’s dropping into a wide-open field with a chance to push off from the rail & turn his game around

 

RACE 12

1A-Albergo Hanover – Made it two-for-two fresh off the bench with a perfect two-hole ride, draws a tougher post after two weeks freshening, yet completes a formidable Team Bongiorno entry

 

2-Tivo Hanover – Parlayed a wire-to-wire @ Yonkers with a tripped out mild upset & new mark of 1:49.4 here last week, lightly-raced 4YO moves inside to keep it going

 

3-Sharp Action Money – Three-time beaten favorite lost a bitter battle with City Hall first time Lasix, sharp item for Team Burke lands post two again on the step up in class

 

RACE 13

2-Buckeye Chrome – Broke through with a big romp two starts back @ Freehold, making his second start this month from an inside post in a wide-open finale

 

4-Spear Point – Just one for 17 this season, but has hit the board in three of his last four @ Freehold, may appreciate the longer stretch here

 

10-Skibbereen – Fresh off his best mile this season @ Saratoga note the barn change, will need some luck from post ten, yet is tackling a camera-shy bunch

 

 

 

 



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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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