Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, September 01, 2020 10:27 PM

RACE 1

1-Robert’s Hanover – Cantab Hall freshman suddenly got his act together & gathered confidence in The Stallion Series in PA, draws the rail on the verge for Team Alagna

 

2-Father Of Ireland – Father Patrick gelding brother to Struck By Lindy, 1:53.1 [$514,765], was pretty solid in his opener @ Pocono & draws inside for Nifty Norman

 

3-Swan By Land – Muscle Hill gelding from the family of Swan Image, 1:51.4 [$628,952], Swan For All, 1:54.1 [$309,986] & Swan In A Million, 1:52.4 [$350,404], nice recovery from an early miscue to hit the board, but that was 29 days ago

 

RACE 2

3-Shattered Glass – 1:52.2 mark @ The Big M last season, came up empty off cover in his comeback @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, but now dips in price & draws better with some back class on view

 

8-Imageofarocker – Just missed with a nice trip & late surge in 1:51.4 two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & will be banking on a fast pace to set up his rally

 

2-Lyon’s Image – Cycled around in his third start off the bench & stormed home from a tough spot to score the upset back on July 25, returns to the Big M & finally draws inside

 

RACE 3

8-Ferdinand A – Right there a tight third in a nifty 1:50.3 two starts back @ Pocono, drops dangerously, tactical speed puts him in play & reunited with Andrew McCarthy

 

4-Change Stride N – Can’t forget how the Shaun Vallee trainees suddenly perked up here when we last left off, horse-for-the-course makes his third start off the bench on Lasix, drops & draws inside

 

3-Superior Raven – Suddenly erupted a 17-1 upset here in 1:51.3 back in July 31, followed up with a wire-to-wire blowout @ Yonkers, now returns here in a cozy spot to take charge

 

RACE 4

1-Independent One – 1:51.3 winner here this season has been revving up on the comeback trail in PA & draws the rail with speed

 

4-Constntlysidewys A – Classy 9YO has struggled through a winless season so far, beaten favorite in this relatively new bottom condition back on July 17, lands in another prime spot to spark something

 

3-Blaise MM Hanover – Dropped from the Open Handicap level with mixed results recently @ Saratoga, drops further for his switch to the mile track & draws inside

 

RACE 5

1-Sports Vision – Horse-for-the-course whose lone win this season came here, makes his third start off a sick scratch & moves inside for Vinnie Ginsberg

 

5-Drunken Desire A – 12YO sporting some strong career stats, scored right off the hop @ Pocono, has raced in 31 days, but knows his way around this oval

 

2-Last Dragon – 13YO with some back class, showing some positive signs since coming back, has stalking potential from an inside post & reunited with Andrew McCarthy

 

RACE 6

1-Another Daily Copy – 7YO took a mark of 1:48.4 back on July 25 @ Pocono, roughed it first over in most recent, drops here, lands the rail & loves this track

 

7-Peace Out Posse – Returns here in very good form right now for Team Bongirono, rallied from a tough spot in the slop to just miss a huge upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

3-De Los Cielos Deo – Classy Team Burke trainee coming off a rare miscue as the beaten favorite @ Pocono & now getting some much-needed class & post relief

 

RACE 7

10-Billy Lincoln N – Late-blooming 4YO Bettor’s Delight gelding ripped off a new mark of 1:50.4 two starts back @ Pocono, while beating N/W of 4 company, and even did well against N/W of 6 there

 

9-Rockin Rocko – Lightly-raced 3YO appears to have some serious talent & potential, broke his maiden in style @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on August 14, logically will need some trip luck from post nine

 

7-Party Whip – Shows a second by a head in a 1:51.4 division of The Stallion Series @ The Meadows back on July 18, off a sick scratch & hasn’t raced in 32 days, so it’s tough gauge this one, his dam is a sister to world champion Hypnotic Blue Chip 

 

RACE 8

3-Like Clockwork – Took his mark of 1:50 here this season, current form is suspect, but the class drop & inside draw sets up a stalk n pop

 

1-Century Churchill – Working his way back into form after a mid-July sick scratch, we know what he’s capable of here, gets his third straight class drop & the rail paves the way for a smooth stalking trip

 

4-Incredible Shark – Looking to rebound off a complete debacle in the slop @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, this is a significant class drop for a Big M lover who draws well

 

RACE 9

6-Ana Afreet N – Displayed dazzling speed against tougher company here this past Summer & returns fresh off a new mark of 1:49.3 in the slop @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

3-The First Step – Took a mark of 1:50 here this season, consistent Team Burke 4YO is back to The Big M on a roll & draws well fresh off a narrow loss @ Pocono with pace @ both ends

 

4-Freedom Warrior – Late-blooming 3YO product of the NYSS circuit unleashed a smashing Team Bongiorno debut in 1:49.3 @ Pocono & has plenty to build on from post four again

 

RACE 10

2-Donttellmeagain – Stablemate to Shartin N finished a gallant second in the 1:47.3 Haughton, goes back to Tetrick & draws inside to stalk a tough field

 

7-Angers Bayama – Exciting 4YO caught fire here in July with a 1:48 blowout, reeled off two more decisive scores @ The Big M, but now hasn’t raced in a month, which adds to the mystery

 

8-Highalator – We won’t forget the post ten shocker @ 42-1 in 1:48.4 back on June 6, dominated in his second start off a sick scratch recently & has had too much success here to dismiss

 

RACE 11

3-No Easy Day – Fresh off a wake up mile & narrow loss @ Freehold, needed that inspiring effort, has really tumbled down the class ladder & draws inside

 

7-Unloaded N – NZ import had been ramping it up with more aggressive efforts & now hits the rock bottom condition, yet keep in mind he hasn’t raced in six weeks, so good luck guessing his currentform

 

5-Kerrin Joseph A – Returns to the Big M with so-so form, took his mark of 1:53.4 here last season & this is an ideal drop into a real soft spot

 

RACE 12

6-Northern Jack – Third by a head from post eight back on July 24, an even fourth in two subsequent starts elsewhere, lands in a prime spot for The Mann to pounce

 

3-S Mckee – Mystery shipper with a great name is just one for 41, ships into a new barn off a sick scratch, draws well & could surprise a wide-open field

 

10-Dramatic Point – Star of the “8-5” call when he swept past these back on July 17, now tackles post ten off a sick scratch & hasn’t raced in six weeks ... Oh, did we say this is a headscratcher?

 

RACE 13

1-Our Positano N – Was caught first over @ Freehold last week, a solid second here in :26.4 back on July 25, draws the rail & goes back to Dube

 

5-Aberdeen Hanover – Just one for 14 this season, yet has picked it up in his last three elsewhere, continues to plummet down in class & can set up his preferred stalking trip from a midpack post

 

2-Spicebomb – Flashed some nifty final quarters to give positive indication back in July, but then came up flat @ Pocono, now after three weeks off he gets some class relief, draws inside & reunited with Andrew McCarthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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