Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:13 PM


4-My Delight – Qualified well against a quality foe in Schnitzldosomethin, then twice overmatched in N/W 6, tighter now & draws inside to assert himself


3-Century Churchill – Just one for 16 this season, yet makes his third start off a sick scratch, plus gets class & post relief in a real mixed bag opener


7-Shattered Glass – Grinded gamely for the place spot against a revved up invader Pauly Wally last week, tougher class & post test here, but this 4YO is razor sharp right now



3-Western Joe – Joe is finally back, multiple Preferred class winner here last season took a mark of 1:47.3 & beat HOY Mcwicked in the Sam McKee Memorial, Joe may be ready for this, but faces several serious opponents


6-Soho Wallstreet A – Fresh off another win albeit a deadheat @ Pocono, pace compromised in the Golden Receiver two starts back, loves this track & has a big chance to take charge


4-Nocturnal Bluechip – Hard to believe such a consistent gelding is 0 for 11 this season after an 11 for 32 campaign in 2018, speedy, versatile, stalking type looms large



1-Perseverant – Only one for 14 in 2019, slow starts off wicked opening quarters have hurt him in his last two, draws the rail again to revert back to his familiar speed


4-Every Way Out – 2016 NJSS champion conjured up some of that back class & took advantage of a softer spot going wire-to-wire from post eight, builds on that in a similar spot


2-John Dally – Parlayed a narrow loss @ Monticello with a game grind & narrow loss to Every Way Out last week, remains a fresh threat & can grip it n rip it with an improved post



5-Twin B Speedo – Has now had three starts since the recent sick scratch to acclimate, simply faces easier competition in this match up, expect a better start from a better post


6-First Class Horse – Arrives fresh off a solid second against similar @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stalking type may appreciate the transition to the mile track & hasn’t got much to beat


7-Joe Joe Joe – Beaten favorite squandered a perfect second over trip, yet gets away from the streaking Another Daily Copy, owns a wicked late kick & just needs the right set up



2-Smileandsaycheese – Beat N/W $12,500 back on March 30, takes a huge tumble down the class ladder, draws inside & thrives down the long stretch here, big standout


1-It’s Just Too Much – Added Lasix & got parked @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, had missed 18 days prior to that start, returns to the Big M at the bottom condition & with rail control


5-Stakeout – By sheer process of elimination he gets a tepid call to complete the trifecta, marginal recent form @ Harrah Philadelphia, lands in a pick up the pieces scenario



3-Barimah A – Flashed a sharp :26.3 to hit the board from post eight chasing big favorite Mcthriller, now gets further class & post relief on the verge


8-JK Wildfire – Forced wide & made a threatening late move into a :54.4 back half last week, tougher post off the nice acclimating mile, but has something positive to build on


5-Meetyouatmidnight – 0 for 15 this season & just three for 41 in 2018, had his requisite acclimating tour of the oval last week, now drops as part of a camera-shy bunch



4-Rancousy – Classy 8YO dropping some positive hints on the comeback trail on smaller tracks with some tough trips sprinkled in, draws well to stalk n pop a highly vulnerable field


3-Rather Swell – Winner in a nifty 1:50 here this season, runner up to the raging Another Daily Copy two starts back, draws better on quite a stretch of strong closing efforts, 


8-Daylight Rush – Runner up to Rather Swell in that 1:50 sizzler back on May 3, solid runner up @ Pocono last week, will need some things to go his way with a challenging draw back here



2-Albergo Hanover – Effortlessly came right back to repeat in style from post eight last week for the red-hot Team Bongiorno, now moves inside to go four-for-four this season


3-On Duty – Came up just half a length shy of heavily favored Thinkbig Dreambig with a great drive by Vinnie Ginsburg last week, 1:49.2 winner on May 11 draws inside again on the rise


10-Heyden Hanover – Major stakes player at two & three has come roaring back four-for-four @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, his latest a new mark of 1:49.3, may have to blast off from post ten



6-Billy Badger N – Steps up another notch after simply being too far back, pacing a :53.4 back half last week, NZ import with bigger things ahead for a solid percentage barn


1-Alotbettor N – Beat this kind with a perfect trip back on April 27, left in the wake of raging stablemate None Bettor A last week, back inside to stalk the speed for Team Bongiorno


9-Mcthriller – Outside again fresh off the mile of life, a brush n crush in 1:49.4 last week, just missed with a blast off from post nine before that, versatile gelding can handle the class hike



8-Sports Legend – Tougher draw after two excellent acclimating miles for Team Bongiorno, his latest a game grind & placing behind wrapped up stablemate Albergo Hanover, dangerous with some trip luck


6-Dealt A Winner – Classy millionaire has taken a few starts to hit high gear, flaunted speed & bowed to the streaking None Bettor A last week, drops further & long overdue


1-Anthem N – Steady stalking NZ bred no worse than second in seven of nine starts @ Yonkers, matches up well classwise & looks to make a smooth mile track transition from the rail



1-Griffon Hanover – 1:50.1 winner here this season has been struggling @ Yonkers, some outside posts there haven’t helped, class & post relief puts him back in play here


5-Larry Karr – Larry flashed a hint of return to form with that :26.3 to hit the board two starts back, this is a much easier spot for him to exploit for Team Burke 


9-Backstreet Lawyer – Drops back down to the level of that upset & :26.2 rally for a new mark of 1:50.2 on May 4, yet will need some luck dealing with post nine



7-Cabo Real – 9YO just one for his 30 & winless this season @ Freehold, however he was flying from an impossible spot to just miss in his Big M debut last week


2-Spear Point – One for 18 this season, but has been sharp with Eric Abbatiello in the bike, fresh off a narrow loss with pace at both ends in a superb acclimating mile last week


3-Big Rocky – Ships south from Mohawk into the capable hands of Danielle Dailey, hasn’t raced in a few weeks, 4YO with some upside draws well to surprise in this soft match up



8-Ohio Larry – Was on the verge & capitalized with a well-rated wire-to-wire from the same post eight last week, hard to go against his strong repeat chances in this really soft finale


6-Daylyn Horizon – Rallied to beat the $7,500 claimers back on April 26, slow start last week, bit too much speed before that, will need some sort of mayhem to shoot at


5-Atomic Rei – Forced wide from a tough spot & flattened out chasing Ohio Larry last week, one for 18 this season & needs a quicker start to make a bigger dent here



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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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