Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:22 PM


1-Abbeylara – Rallied to beat these soundly with a huge turnaround two starts back, finally gets some post relief to push off within hailing distance


7-Ideal Candidate – Has been a serious candidate against $10,000 stock this season makes his third start off a lame scratch after an improved third from the rail


5-C’Mon Buzz Off – Put together a pretty solid back half of :55.1 to gain a board spot last week, has a chance to build on that decent acclimating mile in a wide-open curtain raiser



5-Hayden Hanover – Classy Team Orange Crush 4YO kicked off his campaign going four-for-four, gallant try on the engine from post ten & barely outgamed by Albergo, chance to turn the tables off that excellent acclimating mile 


6-Albergo Hanover – Tipped out first over & gamely outduelled Hayden to start his season four-for-four, took a new mark of 1:49 in the process & Team Bongiorno is on fire


3-Closing Statement – Chased Hayden Hanover @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & finished a close second to that rival with a perfect trip two starts back, draws well fresh off the mile of his life



8-Taramakaureactor N – Interesting lightly-raced NZ invader finally stayed flat in his latest qualifier here chasing Open star Highalator, worth a long look despite post eight


2-Big Rocky – Hammered down to 90 cents on the dollar, set a rated pace & faded to fifth in much-needed Big M debut, draws inside again in a soft field to build on that tightening mile


7-Justa Camilion – One for 16 this season, but caught fire in his last three & rallied off a slow pace to just miss in a strong Big M debut



4-Pauly Wally – Was an international good thing when he grinded gamely to a convincing Big M debut for Andrew Harris, huge threat to make it three in a row off that lifetime best


2-Democracy N – Got on a roll before a very slow start from post ten last week, drops back down in class & draws much better here


3-Nameisonthehalter – Rallied from way back to just miss the upset in :26.2 last week, lands an improved post, while work on a one for 18 season so far



2-Village Jackson – Consistent gelding on the board in his last four here, fresh claim by Irish Joe draws post two again & inline for a smooth stalking trip


5-Atomic Rei – Managed to turn things around in a big way when he was able to catapult off a fast pace & the 11YO came to within a fifth of his lifetime mark last week, one to beat


4-Windsong Gorgeous – Classy 12YO with a winning history here, just missed in his latest @ Plainridge & draws well to get within striking range



5-Sports Legend – Three straight strong efforts here for Team Bongiorno, first over against a streaking stablemate two starts back, then runner up again to the classy Dealt A Winner 


6-Tivo Hanover – Took a new mark of 1:49.4 against N/W 6 company two starts back, that kind of stalking effort & sharp form makes him a serious threat in this match up


7-Anthem N – Kept his form spree alive with a game grind for the show spot in :25.4 last week, NZ bred could offer more off that nice acclimating mile with some better trip luck



7-New Talent – Has really taken a class tumble from a contender in the Preferred this season, beaten favorite drops again along with several others in here


3-Burning Midnight – 4YO has taken a few starts to come around for Team Bongiorno, solid runner up as the beaten favorite last out, draws inside again as one of several drop downs


8-Larry Karr – Consistently strong final quarters, tough post here, drops dangerously for Team Burke, the track’s leading barn went 4 for 55 in May @ Big M & that has to turn around soon



1-Duckies Dynasty – Paced home in :26.4 from an impossible spot two weeks ago, a solid second before that, 1:51.2 winner here this season moves inside with not much to beat


6-Bravo Tex N – Twice beaten favorite forced to grind first over @ Tioga Downs, returns to a soft spot here & has a big chance to end stop his 0 for 14 drought this season


10-Its Just Too Much – Post ten & class elevation be just too much to overcome, yet Lasix kicked in with renewed form in his last two & just missed with a gutsy effort last week



3-Griffon Hanover – Was caught behind a tiring rival & shook loose too late in :26.2 in last week’s nose loss, now re-acclimated, rates the class hike & draw inside again


5-K Ryan Bluechip – Been a long season for this former Preferred winner, hinting with the right positive finishes, but landing on the fringes, class & trip & right speed target can end his drought


6-Seeing Eye Single – On the board in the 4YO Preferred recently, this may just enough class relief to spark something for Team Burke on an 0 for 29 skid coming into this weekend



8-Wheels On Fire – Grinded gamely to hold second to the streaking Another Daily Copy, gets further class relief & speedy 4YO can overcome a tougher post for Team Burke


5-Quality Bud – Carl Tirella has Bud just about right judging by his narrow loss from post seven with :26.4 at both ends last week, stalks a wide-open field from midpack this time


7-Whittaker N – Beat better for a new mark of 1:50 back on April 20, cooked first over as the beaten favorite last week, more demanding draw, but class relief makes him a major player



1-My Delight – Dropped to this level, added Lasix & just missed with a lively effort last week, moves farther inside for his fourth start off the bench, lots of upside in his corner


3-Change Stride N – Has hit the board in his last two here, drops back down to the level of his narrow loss two starts back & draws better


6-Spirit Of Truth – Horse-for-the-course has had some extra pop in his last two finishes, gets some class relief & looms as a potential price play



4-Hudson Phil – Right there in the photo with two red-hot Hanovers Albergo & Hayden in last week’s 4YO Preferred, clearly on his game right now, can stalk & set the pace


7-Western Joe – Last year’s Sam McKee Memorial winner & 1:47.3 performer just missed by a nose as the heavy favorite in his second start off the bench, big chance to punch through


2-Always At My Place – Classy millionaire was second to the raging None Bettor A in his last start here on May 18, draws inside as a dangerous stalker for Team Burke



5-Spondulicks N – Flashed speed from post ten against better bottom level condition foes last week, now switches to a softer Trackmaster Rating & owns some back class


6-Rockaholic – Put together strong final quarters with impossible trips in his last two, just 2 for his last 51, yet this is a spot where he can sweep past them all


1-John Dally – Worked a little to get the lead & folded as the beaten favorite last week, just missed in his previous effort with a strong finish, can bounce back with a patient trip from the rail






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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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