Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:18 PM

RACE 1

6-Big Turn On – 9YO went evenly in his Big M qualifier, yet may hold a slight class edge & gets Gingras in a wide-open curtain raiser

 

5-Willie Boots – Willie was struggling against some tougher foes before the shutdown, flashed a :27.3 in his tune up here on May 30 & retains The White Knight

 

4-The Mighty Marner – Appeared to have benefited from the recent shutdown, finally stayed flat & chased a far superior Backstreet Shadow @ Gaitway, draws well in a complete toss up field

 

RACE 2

2-Rouser Hanover – Third foal out of millionaire Romantic Moment won his only start back in early March, added Lasix & qualified with late pace @ Gaitway for Team Alagna & draws inside

 

9-No Lou Zing – Sweet Lou gelding won his latest qualifier with a sharp :26.3, then rallied for second in :26.2, lightly-raced Team Takter pupil rates highly despite post nine

 

4-Tito Rocks – Will have to excuse the late miscue in his 3YO debut, was tackling high caliber PASS company @ two, switches to Brian Sears & draws inside again to rebound

 

RACE 3

5-Montefalco N – Added Lasix, grinded gamely & just missed as the beaten favorite in a very sharp comebacker here last week, back half in :54, lightly-raced 5YO has plenty of upside

 

6-Captain Groovy – This Captaintreacherous colt could not have looked any better in his sparkling 3YO debut & the Ray Schnittker trainees have come out firing on all cylinders

 

4-Globadomination N – Overcame post ten & put together a solid back half to finish a close second after romping in his qualifier here, has made the mile track adjustment & draws better

 

RACE 4

7-Stienams Beach – Cruised in an eye-catching qualifier from post ten, then blew away N/W 2 company in his seasonal debut, lightly-raced 4YO has a bright future for red-hot Chris Ryder

 

2-Western Exposure – Kicked home strong in his comeback, back half in :53.4, 1:51.1 winner here last season draws inside again for that key second try off the bench

 

1-Captain Barbossa – Captaintreacherous colt looks ready for battle fresh off two lively qualifiers here, just missed in the latest to highly-regarded Allywag Hanover & lands the rail

 

RACE 5

6-Let’s Roll – Took a mark of 1:48 here last season, has tumbled down the class ladder, fresh off a strong qualifier here chasing Incredible Shark & catches a soft field

 

3-Elwell – Made an immediate mile track adjustment by promptly going all the way in his qualifier here, dips slightly in class & draws inside for Scottie Z

 

8-Rocknroll Charm – Won his last two @ The Meadows for Team Burke before the shutdown, went evenly in his Gaitway tune up, draws a demanding post here, yet worth a long look 

 

RACE 6

2-Decision Day – Took a mark of 1:50.2 here earlier this season, figures to be better in his second start off the bench, plus gets class & post relief

 

1-Trump That – Steady Team Burke trainee finished a solid second in his Gaitway qualifier & lands the rail to trip out in a field with no standouts

 

5-Solo Story – Was thriving on half milers before the shutdown, yet we know he has thrived here in the past & has to improve off his dull comeback

 

RACE 7

8-General Joy A – Almost held on his in US debut back in early March, right there a close second again in the comeback qualifier, big threat here despite post eight

 

2-Sand Sterling – Chased some much classier foes in his Gaitway qualifier, draws inside here & must always respect Team Burke

 

1-All It Takes – Was rounding into form & got nosed out in his last start here before the shutdown, owns some back class & in line fore a smooth trip from the rail

 

RACE 8

2-Captain Kirk – Came back with a superb second qualifier when he got the jump on Papi Rob Hanover, Team Alagna 3YO with serious upside lands post two again 

 

5-Somebyitreasure – Added Lasix & unleashed a blowout qualifier @ Gaitway, then chased a raging Stienhams Beach, poised to step it up further for Andrew Harris

 

10-Splash Brother – NYSS product cruised decisively in his 3YO debut here, now slammed with post ten off that impressive maiden breaker, but remains on close watch for Schnittker

 

RACE 9

4-Winning Linc – Took a mark of 1:50 here last season when he was eight for 20 & has had plenty of success @ The Big M, took two Gaitway qualifiers to get him tight & draws well

 

3-Griffon Hanover – Flashed some early speed in his comebacker, veteran loves the Big M with a 1:50.1 mark here last year, second try off the bench @ an easier level & draws inside

 

1-Lespndnitetogeta N – Connections have been live fresh off the hop, made a nice move in the Goshen qualifier in the slop, NZ import lands the rail, might be well spotted in a wide-open field

 

RACE 10

3-Guardian Angel AS – Captured the Cleveland Classic, Spirit of Mass & Maple Leaf Trot in a career 2019 season, tuned up nicely @ Scioto Downs & draws inside here 

 

10-Crystal Fashion – Won the Hambletonian Maturity & Cashman last year, closed stoutly in :26.3 in the comebacker, now slammed with post ten, yet could still find a way

 

7-Rich And Miserable – 12-time winner last year with a mark of 1:51 @ The Big M, draws a bit better for his second start off the bench & finds a field he could surprise at a price

 

RACE 11

2-Odds On Delray – Has made the gradual adjustment to the mile track & blasted home in :26.4 to win his latest Gaitway qualifier, now draws inside a vulnerable field for Team Alagna

 

7-Seeing Eye Single – Caught some first turn interference in his Gaitway qualifier, sports a 1:49.3 mark @ The Big M last season & returns in a soft spot for Team Burke

 

1-Whats In the Esky A – Flaunted his versatility with a pair of lively qualifiers @ Gaitway for Team Bongiorno, drops in class & lands the rail in a wide-open match up 

 

RACE 12

8-Harambe Deo – Forced to grind first over & just missed in a sharp comebacker two weeks ago, tougher post here, but remains a major threat

 

7-Western Joe – Joe got away with a soft :56 half, then battled gamely to the wire as the heavy favorite in a lively return, draws tougher, but now gets some class relief 

 

2-Vettel N – Steamrolled to an upset & new mark of 1:50 just before the shutdown, won both Gaitway qualifiers with plenty left for Team Bongiorno

 

RACE 13

5-The Devil’s Own N – Red-hot NZ import crushed them first over for a sparkling new mark of 1:49.3 last week, gets another class hike as we try to find out how good he is

 

8-Closing Statement – Was a bit of a surprise off some questionable qualifiers, yet he shot home in :26.1 to upset fresh off the bench, this competitive field could set it up for him again

 

1-Jack’s Shadow N – Won twice this past Winter & took a mark of 1:51.1 here, nice crips :26 rally in the Gaitway qualifier makes him a factor from the rail despite the bump up in class

 

RACE 14

4-Schnitzledosomethin – The Schnitzle sizzled to win his qualifier here, then just missed by a neck in a wild Preferred two weeks ago, razor sharp Dylan Davis shipper draws inside again

 

7-Trojan Banner N – Parlayed that winning qualifier @ Magical Acres into a strong upset & new mark of 1:51 fresh off the bench, simply can’t rule out a repeat in this wide-open Preferred

 

5-Becher’s Brook A – Open class winner fresh off the bench took a new mark of 1:49, then a solid third in last week’s Preferred, an excellent stalking opportunist here

 

RACE 15

7-Blood Money – Lightly-raced 4YO was runner up to standout The Devil’s Own N in a strong comeback from post eight, former major stakes player drops for his second start for Brett Pelling

 

4-Mcthriller – Massive horse-for-the-course gets some class relief for his second start off the bench & draws inside, could present some value in a competitive field

 

1-Father Sarducci – Grinded first over & came up just a head shy into a :54.1 back half, moves forward off that sharp comeback from the rail for Team Bongiorno

 

RACE 16

2-Perfect Bet – Was much better in his second qualifier with the trainer at the lines, has some back class lurking & draws inside to trip out in a wide-open affair

 

9-Palomar – 1:49.4 performer here last season finally got his act together with a wire-to-wire qualifier here last week, lands outside, but has too much class to ignore

 

4-Passa-Grille Beach – Was competitive at this level before the shutdown, added Lasix for two sharp Gaitway qualifiers, the latest with a :26.3 & draws well in a field ripe for the taking

 

RACE 17

7-Constntlysidewys A – Former sub 1:50 performer here romped in his Goshen qualifier with a perfect trip & returns at reduced level & hasn’t got much to beat

 

3-On Accident – Was pretty consistent at this level @ Freehold, qualified with a :54.3 back half, draws inside & could surprise this field full of question marks

 

4-Lucky Levis – Was tackling tougher N/W 5 company @ Harrah’s Philadelphia late last Fall, showed some speed in the Magical Acres qualifier, draws well in a wide-open field

 

RACE 18

2-Our Art And Heaven – Left off with a nose upset & close second here before the shutdown, lost ground in the qualifier, but has a chance to trip out as a fresh threat

 

4-Nameisonthehalter – Like the front end effort & runner up finish here back in late February, qualified with a similar result @ Magical Acres & draws well to contend 

 

5-Walks Of Life – Claimed on a form spree in mid-January, stung from post ten & faded in the qualifier on May 30, yet this veteran knows how to get it done here

 

 

 

 



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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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