Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 30, 2019 9:00 PM

RACE 1

5-Manhattan Play – Flashed pace at both ends in her Big M debut for the Cullipher Crew, tighter now for her third try off the bench, drops farther & draws better

8-Narcian Jewel – Used her speed to trip out for the nose upset over Cracklin Rose last week, draws outside again, but her form is improving since the sick scratch

3-Cherry Bliss – Showing some signs of life in her last two @ Yonkers, this is an easier spot for the mile track transition & 10YO mare is in line for a smooth trip

RACE 2

3-Illinimight – This gelding has been a solid runner up in three of his last four, forced wide from far back last week & finally moves inside

1-Conman Crown – Beaten favorite was roughed up first over from post seven last week, now gets another shot @ this reduced level from the rail 

2-Sortie Hanover – Tripped out for the 8-1 upset two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tried speed & faded to third here last week, draws inside again with options

RACE 3

6-Sanattle Slew – Flashed :27.1 speed from an impossible spot two starts back, acclimated now, draws better & reunited with Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn

1-Daylyn Horizon – Went two-for-two off the Nick Surick claim, then had a tough trip @ Freehold, claimed into a new barn & lands in a soft spot here

3-Sunshine West – Nosed out with a perfect second over trip three starts back, look for him to be within closer striking range with a better start from another inside draw

RACE 4

5-Freshette Hanover – Came charging off cover to just missed in her Big M debut off a new mark @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws a bit better to set up another stalking trip

3-Southwind Frost – Former OSS performer finished an okay fourth in a much-needed Big M debut, now looms large with class & post relief

9-Deplorable Tom – Fired hard in :27.2 & capitalized on a perfect trip to score decisively for a raging barn, will need something similar from an outside draw here

RACE 5

4-One Direction – Took a lot of tote action & just missed to Miami last week, now a fresh claim for Nick Surick draws inside going in the right direction

3-Miami – Methodically made it two in a row as the favorite with another perfect trip last week, rammed right back in for the $15,000 tag with a better post

1-Tech Titan – Finished a hard-charging second to Miami with a nice rebound effort at big odds last week, lands back inside for his third try off a sick scratch

RACE 6

4-Say You Do – 12-time winner in just 26 starts 2019 beat these with a sterling rally from post 10 back on 11-29, cycling back around & draws inside again

5-Trolley – Former Preferred class star has chased a revved up Nows The Moment in two needed starts, now gets class & post relief in a competitive field

9-Explosive Ridge – Has posted three upsets in his last four, steps back up off a new mark of 1:53.1, a serious factor for a high percentage barn despite post nine

RACE 7

2-Sutton – Shuffled fifth in last week’s Preferred, so now he makes start # three off the bench from an inside post with plenty of back class in his arsenal

1-Pappy Go Go – Brushed n crushed & equaled his lifetime mark from post ten in his second start off the bench, now moves inside to face some classier foes

3-JL Cruze – The King has resurrected his career, draws inside fresh off a pair of solid thirds behind Southwind Chrome & freshened with three weeks off

RACE 8

4-Major Occasion A – Logic says this is a very salty situation to make her debut, but note she qualified twice & finished with sharp speed both times for Nifty Norman & draws inside with Dexter Dunn

9-Ideal Lifestyle A – Stablemate to Shartin N closed from far back to just miss last week, draws another outside assignment, but that was an excellent acclimating mile & she’s on a roll

3-Sandy Win – Rocketed off the wings in :26.4 & tripped out to repeat with a new mark of 1:50.4 last week, rewarded with better post & tough to deny a threepeat

RACE 8

1-Moairtime – Launched into blastoff mode & went as far as she could in a sparkling Big M debut from post nine, now gets class & post relief to be the major target

3-Call For Justice – Paid the price for a slow start from post seven, Burke trainee with a 1:52.4 mark here last year draws better for another try at this tougher level

4-Hammer Creek – A solid third behind Morairtime in a needed acclimated mile last week, drops to an easier level with that one & draws inside again 

RACE 9

5-Take A Wish – Moves to midpack fresh off a huge wake up rally & new mark of 1:55.1, has been facing tougher & can’t rule out a repeat

4-Lasa Dida Lady – Stayed flat & steps up off a new mark of 1:55.1 as the betting favorite & draws an improved post with Dexter Dunn

8-Total Diva – Shows two wins, plus a nose loss to Take A Wish last week in her last four starts, her form is sharp enough to overcome a tougher draw

RACE 11

2-Alex The Great – Put together a strong back half of :55.4 & :26.4 sprint in an inspiring Big M debut last week, moves inside to follow up as a possible price play

4-La Grange A – Grinded gamely from post eight while chasing the fired up Pappy Go Go last week, now has class & post relief in store

6-Warrior One – Tripped out as a the heavy favorite in the slop two starts back, Team Burke trainee now gets a class drop while trying to rebound off a rare miscue

RACE 12

1-Mr Houdini – Makes his third start off the bench since trotting hopples were added off a strong third & now this Team Burke trainee drops a notch

5-Swancredit – Just three for 45 last year, but has been knocking on the door recently, finished well from a tough spot in a solid acclimated mile last week

8-Hammer Time – Beaten heavy favorite couldn’t quite hold on two weeks ago, moves outside, but gets another shot at this reduced level

RACE 13

4-Annihilator – Fresh face for Team Harmon posted a pair of solid qualifiers here, draws well & lands in a highly beatable bottom condition field

3-Ari Allstar – Benefitted from an even acclimating mile here, also had missed 18 days, now gets to drop further & doesn’t face much

10-Absolute Intent – Just two for 34 last year, but shows a solid third against N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, eligible to rally into this if they somehow mix it up

RACE 14

4-Woodmere Oleksiak – Made it five in a row with a new mark from post eight, three-for-three here with relentless rallies & draws better for another step up

3-Gloria Pierre – Finished fourth behind Woodmere Oleksiak from the same post last week, posted two recent blowouts from outside posts & can get brave on the lead

9-Dongal Rundlscrk N – Overcame a terrible trip from post ten to finish a bang up second last week, rounding into form at the same reduced level & can’t be ignored



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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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