Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:44 PM

RACE 1

3-The Magic Of Life – 1:55.4 winner here last season as a 3YO, early breaks in three of his last four a concern, yet made a big recovery to hit the board last week

 

6-Cantab Ed – New face here for Rick Dane, Jr., was competitive against N/W 3 @ Yonkers before the recent month’s freshening & lands in a soft spot

 

4-Dew Can Dew – Just two for 40, yet ships in fresh off a close third @ Yonkers & she draws well here for the mile-track transition & finds a real soft spot

 

RACE 2

4-Snobbytown – Reeled off three straight wire jobs @ Yonkers recently, then rallied from an impossible spot to hit the board last out, Team Burke shipper with form & class

 

6-Odds On St Lucie – Caught fire with back-to-back wins & stepped up in class with a really good second to a big favorite last week with sharp pace at both ends

 

5-Wisdom Tree – Open performer @ Dover Downs was a solid third stride-for-stride with Odds On St Lucie last week, major contender on her game right now

 

RACE 3

1-Miami – Twice beaten favorite had no answer for One Direction, yet did finish a decent third off the claim & now moves inside on a form spree

 

9-One Direction – That was certainly an emphatic blowout in a career best on a frigid night last Friday, stands out off that effort despite the post nine assignment

 

8-Broadway Promise – Went all the way from the rail in for a new mark of 1:54.3 two starts back, then broke, hasn’t raced in 35 days & draws outside, still has a chance to rebound

 

RACE 4

1-Muscle Fashion – Suddenly took charge, rated nicely & settled for third in a much-improved season opener, now gets another shot at this bottom condition from the rail

 

4-Storming Mist – Left alertly & emerged out of a shuffle with the show spot last week, draws the same post to stalk the speed at a price

 

7-Roundtown Rocker – Got some much-needed freshening, qualified in fine fashion here last week & returns with a dose of class relief

 

RACE 5

7-Exotic Dance – Only three for 40, but showed some life in her first start for Team Bongiorno @ Yonkers, draws a demanding post here, yet gets some major class relief 

 

4-Sweet Sue – Flashed sudden speed & came up just a length short, Lasix has kicked in, draws inside again for Team Burke with a two for 32 record to consider

 

3-Tamika Terror – Took advantage of the rail with a grounding-saving trip & just missed by half a length last week, draws inside again

 

RACE 6

4-Galixton – Erratic 4YO with a mark of 1:54.2 here last year added trotting hopples, stayed flat & just missed with a well-timed late move last week, draws inside again

 

1-Grandma Heidi – 1:55 mark @ The Big M last season, a solid second last week fresh off the bench & figures to show more this time from the rail

 

6-Foreverhillreign – Rallied stoutly to be third in a tight photo @ 41-1 last week, now third time Lasix & could surprise with the right set up

 

RACE 7

4-Gloria Pierre – Forced very wide from an impossible spot & still hit the board behind Narcian Jewel, $80,000 winner last season now moves inside & cycling forward

 

5-Lily Hammer – Brushed & crushed a bottom condition group with mile of her life as the 2-1 favorite last week, has a big chance to build on that 

 

2-Narcian Jewel – Rebounded with a rail rally against comparable stock @ 18-1, now draws better to set up her stalk n pop style for The Mann

 

RACE 8

4-Say You Do – 12-time winner in 2019 trending in a positive direction, got underway a bit too late & nosed out last week & lands post four again

 

6-Very Very Fast – Post ten winner on the engine two starts back, third to a revived JL Cruze last out, 11YO in top form for Andrew Harris

 

3-Trixie Dust – She was hammered down to 9-5 favorite & erupted off a pedestrian pace to take a new mark @ age six, moves inside & gets the double class hike 

 

RACE 9

3-Apple Hanover – Has Been struggling against tougher mares @ Dover Downs, rounding into form since the early December sick scratch & draws inside for a new barn

 

4-Sudden Passing – Showed some speed on a frigid Friday last week, now gets class & post relief for Team Burke & long overdue

 

7-Strong Opinion – One for 19 last year & not much since coming back for Team Cullipher, but there’s some back class lurking & this is enough of a class drop

 

RACE 10

5-Alex The Great – Drops for third straight time fresh off a narrow loss with a thunderous rally from never-never land, that’s a big closing effort to build on

 

4-Crazy About Pat – Hit the board again with even stronger finish than the previous showing, drops a notch & draws inside again

 

6-Chief Justice – Stormed home from far back to just miss again last week, 1:54.2 winner @ The Big M in 2019 might be on the verge

 

RACE 11

7-Thunder Dome – Flashed some sneaky late life last Saturday, tries this softer level again & will bank on a possibly speed target

 

3-Tailgunner Hanover – 1:52.4 mark @ The Big M last season, romped in the slop @ Freehold two starts back, draws well to carve out a stalking trip

 

5-Big Rocky – Simply got over enthusiastic & folded his tent last week, just missed with more patient handling from post nine before that

 

RACE 12

7-Lear Seelster – Well-rated wire-to-wire winner @ Freehold fresh off the claim, was doing good work against $10,000 types here recently 

 

8-Duckies Dynasty – Added Lasix & absolutely exploded from far back to take a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1 on an ideal night, recent claim has a chance to prove it was no fluke

 

2-Just N Berlander – Hot item @ the claim box paid the price for another slow start, capable of a quicker start from post two again & can set up his patented stalk n pop

 

RACE 13

2-Campbellini – 10-time winner in 2019 had some needed freshening, qualified well here last week, draws inside & inline for a smooth stalking trip

 

4-Zoe F – Launched a late bid & battled bitterly to the wire last week, one for 19 filly draws well again in a field begging to be beaten

 

7-Illinimight – Tailed off in his last two after a couple of a solid back-to-back seconds in December, drops back down to the bottom condition

 

 

 



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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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