Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 05, 2020 11:43 AM

RACE 1

2-Caviart Val – One of two Caviart Farms breds trained by Tony Alagna, rallied to win here first time Lasix, late-blooming colt freshened & poised to resume his promising career

 

1-Devil Or Angel – Grinded gamely off a rated pace & beared down a bit too late when heavily favored in his debut last week, back on the rail on the verge of breaking through

 

7-Uptown Lady N – NZ import turned in a sharp qualifier here before taking a spin around Freehold, just two for 20 + demanding post, but could surprise

 

RACE 2

4-Franco Totem N – Forced wide with too far to come from post eight last week, aggressive Preferred winner two starts back, expect that kind of effort this time

 

6-Endeavor – Fresh off an overpowering performance from post seven last week, will no doubt be tough to deal with on his current form spree

 

5-Sicily – Solid runner up to Endeavor in his return to the Big M, classy & consistent 8YO with a mark of 1:48.2 here has something to build on & capable of speed

 

RACE 3

6-Youcaniknow – Gets his fourth consecutive class drop for Team Burke & this 1:51.4 Big M winner in 2019 finds a highly beatable field

 

1-Born of Fire – Takes a substantial class plunge & moves inside after flying home from impossible spots in last two, will that be enough?

 

2-Siskel – Came to life with back-to-back on-the-board finishes before the quarantine scratch, horse-for-the-course draws inside & owns some back class

 

RACE 4

8-Decoy – Shuffled & bottled up in traffic & shook loose too late last week, now the post is tougher, but drops a notch to face a camera-shy bunch

 

3-Kept Under Wraps A – Has been a fringe player against tougher, gets his third straight class drop & draws inside to set up his stalking style in a field where nothing stands out

 

4-Uncle Reimus – Suddenly displayed speed, set a decent pace & didn’t fade much last week, draws better while fully acclimated now & can revert back to an off-the-pace strategy

 

RACE 5

7-Stendahl Hanover – Right to the back from post nine in all three on the comeback trail, 1:49.4 performer here in 2019 is eligible to swoop past these with the class drop

 

2-Alta Leroy N – Makes only his third start in two years, blasted home in :54.4 & :26.3 last week to give strong indication, back inside & continues to progress

 

4-Passa-Grille Beach – Flaunted his speed in an air-out type of qualifier here, returns at a reduced level & draws well in a real mixed-bag field

 

RACE 6

6-Americanprimetime – Well driven to a narrow loss with pace at both ends, while blocked briefly in stretch last week, makes key third start off bench in a very competitive race

 

7-Effronte A – Beaten favorite was used too hard on the lead after missing three weeks off a sick scratch, that 1:48.3 sizzler on 1-11 was for real folks

 

3-Mindtrip – Steady speedster has had a couple of weeks off after fading over an off track, drops back in for $50,000 tag, draws inside again& figures to be prominent

 

RACE 7

6-Hoo Nien A – Take note of his huge parked out second two starts back, rocketed home in :26.1 from an impossible spot last week, might be on the verge at a price

 

3-Soho Wallstreet A – Classy sub 1:50 performer who knows this track well has been regaining his form since a sick scratch @ Dover Downs & draws inside

 

8-Franco Tristan N – Beaten favorite in his second US start got some class relief & was forced first over, two acclimating miles now under him & threatens despite a tougher post

 

RACE 8

7-Incredible Shark – Overdue & hinting recently, totally blocked & raging to the wire last week, 1:49.3 mark here last season drops for this series in a handicapper’s nightmare

 

4-Rock Lights – Almost went all the way in a wicked sub 1:50 speed try here on 1-11, returns to the mile track with some class relief & better post for Andrew Harris

 

5-Jesse Duke N – Kicked home in a sharp :26 & just missed to the classy Hayden Hanover in his second qualifier with Dexter Dunn, NZ import looks ready for his US debut

 

RACE 9

6-Laredo Torpedo N – Don’t give up on The Torpedo yet, forgive the miscue last week, like the way he scored a win deadheat off a recent sick scratch, ready to launch again

 

2-Mayfield Duke – Flashed solid speed from post nine & was a tad overmatched last week, going well right now for Team Burke & draws well in a wide-open field

 

5-Americanfirewater – 12-time winner in 2019 with a mark of 1:52.3 here paced a back half of :54 last week, third start off the bench & could strike within closer range this time

 

RACE 10

5-Father Sarducci – Dropped a positive hint when he angled out of rail burial & exploded home in :26.2 last week, The Father gets our blessing in another head scratcher

 

3-Bechers Brook N – That was some rally from never-never land & just missed to Decision Day last week, now makes his second start off a double sick scratch from a better post

 

6-Tact Tate N – Suddenly took charge & got nailed by a head in big wake up mile, steps up a notch & his third try off the bench is key for this classy Croghan trainee

 

RACE 11

3-JK Captain Jack – Nailed this one at 3-1 with a perfect cover trip two starts back, gets post three again off a wide, no-chance trip last week

 

2-A Major Omen – Sat chilly off a rated pace & sizzling home in :26.3 again last week, lands back inside to stalk the speed in a very challenging puzzle

 

5-Good Rockin – Turned in a very gutsy effort from post ten in his Big m debut for his new barn, moves to midpack off that excellent acclimating mile 

 

RACE 12

3-Ideal Son – 1:51.4 winner here last season going well right now with Irish Joe, hitting the board in two of his last three & draws inside again

 

5-Sunset Over Miami – That was a solid runner up finish to a dominant favorite Razor’s Edge last week, consistent gelding took a mark of 1:53.1 here back on 1-2

 

1-Duckies Dynasty – Beaten favorite had sparked his form on Lasix before a sick scratch, returns with a much-improved post in a field ripe for the taking

 

RACE 13

5-Cadillac Phil – Needs to rebound after an off night, classy 10YO drops back to a more competitive level & gives Andrew Harris a strong 1-2 punch 

 

2-Top Of The Mark – Looks like he regained his confidence by taking control in his last two @ Yonkers, Andrew Harris trainee now dips in price & draws inside

 

4-Village Jackson – Struggled over off tracks in his last two, this 12YO veteran is capable of sitting close in an opportunist role from an inside post & could surprise 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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