Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:49 PM

RACE 1

3-Watchmeneighneigh – Was racing competitively against better than the other three Running Aces shippers, grinded gamely & just missed with broken equipment two starts back, draws well & figures to like the longer stretch here

 

2-Captain Cut Throat – Sat a three-hole trip off a fast pace, split them late, but with not enough punch last week, chalk it up to a nice acclimating trip, was on a roll @ Running Aces before that & draws further inside

 

7-Dontdoubtthelakers – Big hunch name arrives from Minnesota off a no-chance mile, but reeled off three in a row before that, the latest against $10,000 claimers there, challenging post, yet this 10YO veteran has a big kick

 

RACE 2

4-Captain Corey – Leading offspring from a limited crop of world champion Googoo Gaagaa, a perfect & impressive four-for-four, capped by a PASS championship @ Pocono, guess you can dismiss the 41-day layoff

 

3-Lindysmusclemania – Romped in his first three starts for Team Svanstedt, including an eye-catching 1:54.4 Kindergarten Classic division here, looks to rebound off an early miscue 21 days ago

 

5-Capstone – Stablemate to world champion Southwind Tyrion broke through with a sharp wire-to-wire in the Liberty Bell @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, from the first crop of Southwind Frank, second by a nose in the 2016 Hambo for Yannick Gingras

 

RACE 3

8-Chiplosive – Beaten favorite added George Napolitano, Jr., worked a long way to clear the lead & just missed to an unexplainable Omaha Omaha last week, same tough post, but drops further for a hot barn 

 

9-Trixie Dust – Badly beaten favorite lagged far back & broke in a disappointing return to the Big M, now hits rock bottom & lands outside, but took her mark of 1:54.2 here this season & can rally

 

6-Big Smoove – Running Aces shipper hasn’t raced in 26 days & not strong in the win column, but this 4YO has come to life in his last three & may adapt quickly with the addition of Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 4

4-Grosseto AS – Broke his maiden @ 75-1 in NY Excelsior A @ Vernon Downs last month, solid runner up to the red-hot Questichap two starts back, then parked in a quickening pace & now draws better

 

10-Marveloustrix – Upset winner in 1:56 when she rallied from a tough spot two starts back, got underway too late & still hit the board last week, she’s a threat in current form despite post ten

 

7-Beyond Ordinary – Kadabra colt consistently in the money, but just two for 21, gapped the pocket while all out @ 5-2 last week, draws a tough post here, gets away from Questichap, yet so do several others

 

RACE 5

1-Up The Alley – Seems to have picked up his game in his last three, has a pair of acclimating miles under him now & draws the rail in a completely wide open field off a strong effort here last week

 

7-Moose Madness – 0 for 18 this season, but arrives off a solid third @ Pocono, just missed against $10,000 claimers there last month & lands in a soft spot here for that overdue win

 

10-Broadway Bruiser – Took a mark of 1:55.3 here this season, tried to steal away from the rail & faded late last week, now moves outside, but drops to face much easier & can be a threat with some trip luck

 

RACE 6

4-Skyway Kon Man – 4YO has noticeably picked it up in his last two on the board finishes @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets some class relief & draws well for red-hot Team Cullipher

 

9-Muay Hanover – Tougher post off a great drive by Leon Bailey & convincing win in a career best of 1:55.3, while stepping up to this level to boot, he can scoot off the wings, capitalize on his current sharp form & repeat

 

5-Wishyou’dtellme – 4YO looks to continue on a form spree, got parked in a quickening pace from post nine, grinded it out from post ten before that, now move to midpack to set up a smooth stalking trip

 

RACE 7

5-Thunder – Beaten favorite in two of three on the comeback trail for Team Alagna, lightly-raced & promising 4YO did hit the ticket in his last two, now drops a notch & launches from midpack

 

2-Lasa Dida Lady – The Lady was on fire for back-to-back lifetime marks of 1:54 last month, the latest at this level, drops back down, draws inside & looms large in a field full of question marks

 

6-For A Dreamer – Off to a great start & finished a solid third in arguably tougher match ups in his last two, owns a mark of 1:53 here, his barn is trending high & ranks an prime opportunist role

 

RACE 8

1-Clear Idea – Ships in to face a camera-shy group, beat better here wire-to-wire when she took that 2019 mark of 1:52.2, arrives in solid form, lands the rail with a big chance to fire out & flaunt her class

 

3-Kotare Yarra N – Dropped to this level & shook loose late in a crisp :26.4 to be runner up to heavy favorite Sweet Lucy Lou last week, threat with a similar effort from another inside post

 

4-Be Best – Appeared to be overmatched in her two @ Yonkers, just missed here from post eight in 1:51.1 back on 9-11, drops back down to that level & draws well again

 

RACE 9

4-When Dovescry – 2019 Hambletonian Oaks champ upset Manchego in the Dr. Steele in a sizzling 1:50, needed her recent comeback from post nine in the track record Dayton Derby & draws well here

 

3-Felicityshagwell N – Plagued by sickness this past summer, still managed a gallant second in the Joie De Vie & Armbro Flight & returns to the Big M off the mile of her life 1:51.1 in Lexington & lands inside for Team Svanstedt

 

2-Arabella’s Cadet – Twice took a mark of 1:52 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia in late summer, well classified & draws well for Team Bongiorno, expect some aggressive handling from Joe

 

RACE 10

6-Pilgrims Tide – Suddenly hammered down to 9-5 favorite & blasted down the road to a new mark of 1:54.1 @ Pocono in a huge form reversal, dangerous if he can duplicate that here against comparable stock

 

9-All Champy – Draws outside again & steps up in class, but makes his key third start off the bench off two excellent tighteners, his latest a hard-charging second in :27 for Montrell Teague

 

8-Trolley – Hasn’t raced in 27 days, draws post eight & off a rare miscue @ Hoosier Park, but past success here, class relief & big kick make him a strong consideration in a real handicapper’s headscratcher

 

RACE 11

1-What Chapter – Took his mark of 1:54.4 here last season, gearing up on the comeback trail, just missed with a game grind two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & eligible to trip out from the rail in a toss up field

 

2-Explosive – Qualified in improved fashion after some needed freshening, forced wide from a tough spot in the comeback, lands post two again affording a better start with a faster speed target expected

 

8-Discus Hanover – Hard-trying 3YO rallied stoutly to finish second again in a noteworthy Big M debut, now moves outside, yet may get the set up he needs off that excellent acclimating mile

 

RACE 12

1-Bigboy Rosco – Was knocking on the door & finally kicked it in with an emphatic romp @ Pocono, has a big chance to build on that from the rail here

 

3-Auteur Hanover – Added George Napolitano, Jr. & rallied for a much-improved second last week, draws inside a similar scenario & long overdue

 

6-Shady Mccoy – 0 for 24 this season, but has hit the board in two of his last three & may get a big piece of this by sheer process of elimination

 

RACE 13

4-Indy Rose – 0 for 18 this season, but draws better off a no-chance trip chasing the repeater Adorabella & trending in the right direction

 

7-Special Achiever – 3YO filly put together a pretty strong back half to hit the board chasing a heavy favorite last week, might be on the verge of an overdue win

 

6-Patanjali N – This mare has really tailed off, but go back to her close second against tougher on 9-11, maybe the class relief will spell wake up call

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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