Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 10:56 PM

RACE 1

8-Namje – Fresh off a sparkling Big M debut & new mark in his first start for trainer Gary Levine, missed last week due to quarantine, look for another big rally from a tougher post

 

7-Dew Can Dew – Solid speed & runner up in both starts here, beaten favorite behind Namje two starts back, acclimated now, improving form & can take charge again

 

2-Martz Stick – The other Gary Levine trainee draws a much better post off a good third to Namje, switches pilots & in line for a smooth stalking trip

 

RACE 2

5-Grandma Heidi – Runner up in all three starts here in 2020, just missed last week, she’s heating up for Scott Di Domenico & picks up Yannick Gingras

 

4-Sexy Wow – Big qualifier here, then two-for-two @ Yonkers to kick off her 4YO season, like the way she took control fresh off the bench, draws well & finds a vulnerable field here

 

1-Airman Kelly – Flashed some late life in his second start off the bench, moves inside a wide open field & retains Andrew McCarthy to continue a positive trend

 

RACE 3

6-Critical Mass – Came squeezing on through along the cones & taken down for pylon violation last week, makes his second start since a mid-November sick scratch, chance to atone

 

1-Mushana – Has hit the board in two of his last three when staying flat, big effort from post ten last out, now moves inside & could be on the verge

 

2-Duluth – Grinded gamely to a late lead & held second as the beaten favorite, has missed three weeks, but draws better on an improving trend

 

RACE 4

9-Tailgunner Hanover – Put together a strong :56 back half & rallied stoutly to hit the board again last week, tougher post, but this 1:52.4 winner here last year is back in prime form

 

7-Thunder Dome – Beaten favorite set a rated pace & just missed again from the same post last week, remains one of the sharpest items in this class since catching fire

 

4-Sports Vision – Finished an okay fourth from the rail again last week, 1:52.1 winner here last season now makes his third start off a sick scratch & eligible to step up

 

RACE 5

1-Roundtown Rocker – Hasn’t been a factor in both starts since coming back this season, but he’s tighter now, moves inside, likes this track & owns some back class

 

3-Illinimight – Finished well off cover to just miss with a nice rebound effort @ this reduced level, draws a bit better & been knocking on the door

 

7-Willy Mouse – Raced much better to finish third last out, now comes off a quarantine scratch & drops a notch, contender despite a more demanding post

 

RACE 6

3-Max – Drops another notch fresh off a narrow loss to his stablemate Dayson last week, lands post three again & stands out for Gingras & Burke

 

6-Resita – Open performer @ Hoosier Park returns off a strong qualifier here last week, looks ready to roll fresh off the bench for Team Cullipher

 

5-DW’s Revenge – Quarantine scratch off a couple of sharp efforts, 1:53.3 winner here last season might now be ready to step up to this level since reviving his form

 

RACE 7

3-Tyson – This Tyson launched & delivered a big knockout punch when favored last week, gets a double class hike, yet draws inside again & may be able to handle these with a similar effort

 

7-Mystical Motor – Dipped slightly & equaled his lifetime mark with trot at both ends, look for him the get engaged off the hop again, which seems to be when he’s at his best

 

1-Muscle Fashion – Has continued to crank up his game with Lasix added in his last two, draws much better off a solid third at this level & looms as the inside speed in a wide open affair

 

RACE 8

5-Apple Hanover – Made a quick mile-track transition with the mile of her life, was facing tougher @ Dover Downs & could be on the move up here

 

1-Gloria Pierre – Continued to ramp up her form with another lively effort & premature move last week, looks poised from the rail & another stalking trip imminent

 

3-Majorette Angie – Pace & trip compromised from post nine last week, gets another shot at this reduced level from a better post & this race may set up for her closing kick

 

RACE 9

2-Rubber Duck – The Duck has been heard from in three starts since coming back this season, yet now drops into a prime spot to show his class for Team Bongiorno

 

10-Very Very Fast – 11YO blew them away wire-to-wire two weeks ago, scored a post ten upset fresh off the Andrew Harris claim, big threat despite the outside draw again

 

4-Top Flight Angel – Only three for 24 last year, but returns fresh off a sharp qualifier from the same inside post for Team Orange Crush & looms large off the hop

 

RACE 10

3-Badlilvelocity – Tough call here, recent winner @ Miami Valley is a new acquisition for Nick Surick, off a sick scratch, yet debuts here @ the bottom level from an inside post

 

2-Mi Nina Bonita – New barn & venue for this steady 4YO, gets substantial class relief & draws inside to employ her preferred stalking style

 

4-Speedy Joy Riding – Hawthorne invader returns from a four-month layoff for a high percentage barn here, qualifier wasn’t bad, draws well & gets Gingras

 

RACE 11

7-U Need Stones – Was allowed to set a soft pace & just missed in a :27.4 sprint last week, now gets his fourth consecutive class drop for Team Burke

 

3-French Moni – Fresh off a wire-to-wire blowout @ The Meadows 25 days ago, debuts for Team Orange Crush from an inside post & looms large

 

8-Bizet – Regained his form with two straight on-the-board finishes given some class relief, runner up to a buzz saw in Tyson last week, major factor despite tough draw

 

RACE 12

3-Tamika Terror – Rallied for a place deadheat with Princess Holly N in a sharp :27.1 last week, draws inside that rival & trending in a positive direction

 

7-Princess Holly N – Big wake up call last week when she deadheated for second with Tamika Terror in her second start off a sick scratch, now the post is tougher, but give her high marks

 

6-Cinder Rita – Took only two starts off a sick scratch to pay off for her new barn, that was @ Freehold, gets a chance to flaunt her new lease on life & stretch out on the mile track

 

RACE 13

3-Western Redhot – Don’t know how he grinded first over & held on to take a new mark two starts back, beaten favorite moves inside off a no-chance trip

 

7-Preppy Art – Can’t forget that late 2019 season hot streak, claimed by Andrew Harris off a much better effort & might be cycling back to top form

 

5-Davids Coming Home – Looks to transfer his recent half-mile track success off an impossible trip @ Yonkers, trending right & interesting closing threat with right pace set up

 

 

 

 



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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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