Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:43 PM


1-Messi N – Has been landing on the fringes, the latest out of a shuffle from post ten into a :55.4 back half, owns a 1:50.4 mark @ The Big M, moves inside & has a chance to trip out in a camera-shy field


5-All Week – Took a 1:50.2 mark here in 2019 at age ten, off a pair of lackluster efforts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & looks for a much-needed wake up call in this wide open affair


2-Jackamino – 4YO with some upside took a mark of 1:52.2 here this season, paced home in :56.2 in the GSY Series Final & FINALLY moves inside



4-Stella’s Fella – 0 for 36 in 2019, yet his long drought could finally end in this now-or-never spot, has flashed some closing kick on occasion, a smooth & patient trip might do it


7-Barbados – Somehow got caught first over from post two last week, 4YO with a mark of 1:52.1 here now makes his third start off the bench & may have a wake up call coming


3-Ohio Larry – Badly beaten favorite brushed to the top & gave way readily last week, 1:52.2 winner here this season has proven more effective from off the pace



5-Beachchip Hanover – Forced wide from tenth & zipped home in :54.4 + :26.3 last week, excellent acclimating mile, strong in the win column & looks for right set up


3-Stormont Czar A – Drops back down to a competitive level & draws inside again for Team Harmon, stalking type just needs to avoid a shuffle


6-Hoo Nien A – Launched a late move to a late lead & just missed a huge upset in a nice bounce-back effort last week, big chance to build on that at a reduced level



6-Harambe Deo – Beaten favorite got torched first over two weeks ago, thundered home in a sizzling :25.3 before that & crushed first over for the upset on 11-16


4-Palomar – Breezed home off cover into a torrid :53.4 back half for a sparkling new mark of 1:49.4 last week, recent claim steps up in class from an improved post


2-Happy Trio – Vastly improved 5YO romped to a new mark from post seven two starts back, then chased a revved up favorite Trump Nation, draws better in another tough match up



1-Whittaker N – Sports a nifty 1:50 mark here this season, paced home in :54.4 from an impossible spot last week, finally moves inside a field lacking spark + retains Dexter Dunn


6-Seeing Eye Single – 1:49.3 winner @ The Big M in 2019 has now had three tighteners, gets some needed class relief & has a chance to get things going for Team Burke


7-Wild Choose Chase – The Goose overcame a horror show trip & held on gamely for the upset last week, now tackles a tougher post for the step back up in class, but remains a threat



7-Trolley – Makes his second start off the bench & drops from the Preferred ranks, Team Miller horse-for-the-course was an impressive post eight winner back on 10-18


9-Rich And Miserable – 11-time winner this season looks to rebound off an early miscue, a major factor at the Preferred level will need to show his class from a tough post


4-Very Very Fast – Twice beaten favorite returns to the mile track here where he finished a solid second to a well-rated Misslarose two starts back & draws inside to play opportunist



3-Wheels On Fire – Qualified in sharp fashion, then just missed to Geez Joe in a rousing return for Team Burke & now has an inside advantage on that rival


6-Geez Joe – Was allowed to take control outsprinted the pocket sitter Wheels On Fire last week, post is tougher here, but this Team Miller gelding is just starting to ramp it up


1-Trump Nation – Took full command from post eight & cruised in his second start back after some traffic issues in the comebacker, moves inside & poised for this salty Preferred match up



3-Warrawee Unique – Team Burke 3YO was noticeably better third time Lasix last week & draws inside to stalk the speed in a very competitive final


7-Father Sarducci – Crushed down to even money favorite, blasted to the front, blew them away & equaled his lifetime mark last week, expect a similar attempt from this potential repeater


10-Campora – Was able to catapult off a hot pace & explode home to a new mark of 1:51.1 in an impressive Big M debut, moves all the way outside, yet remains a threat



6-Sharp Action Money – Simply got off to a slow start from post eight & motored home in :54.3 last week, Team Burke trainee gets another shot at this reduced level


7-No Easy Day – Upset winner at this level from post ten back on 11-16, flashed plenty of late pace with no chance last week, second try off a sick scratch, ready to fire his best


4-Thisbeachrghthere A – Solid runner up to Santafe’s Coach with pace at both ends two starts back, too far back last week & draws better to leave for a stalking trip



7-Rocks Noble Artist – Just missed in his second start back, then clearly outsprinted by a well-rated Karpathian Kid, fresh threat will need that favorite to get roughed up


6-Karpathian Kid – Came right back with another front end masterpiece for Team Orange Crush, stands out off those two wake up miles & looms as the one to knock off


3-David’s Dream – 9YO warhorse made a quick re-adjustment to the Big M & put together a big late surge to nail the upset last week, now rewarded with an improved post



1-Don’t Judge A Book – Parked in a sizzling pace in his Big M debut, 3YO makes his second start for the Big Dee’s Trainer of the Week, gets some class relief & pushes off from the rail


4-Constntlysidewys A – Big M horse-for-the-course noticeably tailed off in his last two, but draws better with a chance to turn it around & flaunt his speed


6-Laredo Torpedo N – NZ import qualified nicely on Lasix, debuts here for recently returned Noel Daley, might be up to the top ones in here, toteboard may offer clues



3-Primo Giovanni – Took loads of tote action & rocketed home in :26.3 to just miss in a big wake up mile last week, lands inside again for the expected strong follow up


8-Scouts Report – Really turned his game around with an aggressive try in his Big M debut last week, tougher post, but remains way down in class


5-Johnny Q – Gelding has been much better with two straight on-the-board finishes & his sudden speed from post seven last week is a very positive sign



7-Angers Bayama – New Team Bongiorno acquisition arrived on a winning streak & just missed with a mighty late surge off cover as the heavy favorite, had missed three weeks & moves forward off that excellent acclimating mile


2-Barimah A – Shuffled & got going too late last week, returning to top form since the recent sick scratch & draws inside a super competitive final with Dexter Dunn


5-Ever Again – Followed up a mild upset with a narrow loss to Rootin Tootin with pace at both ends again, very live item lands the same ideal midpack post





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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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