Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:15 PM


8-Ruthless Dude – Wow, he arrived here & got hammered down to 5-2 favorite, fired out & tripped out to a convincing new mark of 1:53.1 in last Friday’s finale, another tough post, but can’t rule out a repeat 


3-The Mighty Marner – Forced wide & put together a pretty strong back half to grab a board spot chasing the well-meant Ruthless Dude, that was a much-improved effort & now draws inside that rival


5-Thunder Dome – Experienced a wake up win as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite two starts back, then got blitzed in a Fall Harvest Final, this match up figures to be more to his liking with a midpack stalking strategy



6-Marvalous One – Three tighteners since coming back recently, used very hard from post eight last week, still a positive sign of speed & could surprise this camera-shy bunch with a more patient trip


4-Our Art And Heaven – Made his late move a bit prematurely & just missed by a neck two starts back, had no chance last week, look for a better start from an improved post


10-Grandpa Don – Has hit the board in two of his last four, made a big late move to grab second in a sharp :27.2 last Saturday, stuck outside, but has one of the few bright spots of form in this wide-open affair



8-Respect Our Flag – Flashed some positive speed from the same tough post last out, now gets his fourth consecutive class drop for Team Bongiorno & can tackle several sharp items


5-Trojan Banner N – Stablemate to Shartin N took a mark of 1:51 here this season, beaten favorite in three of his last four, capable of controlling speed & returns here with some class relief


7-Mindtrip – Finally got the drop he needed & took full advantage making a mighty late surge to score decisively as the heavy favorite, now has something to build on & has the class to back it up



3-Dontpassme Hanover – Lightly-raced Always B Miki gelding was flashing hints before capitalizing on a fast pace & rallied for his first win, a logical threat to come right back from another inside post


6-Rockin Rocko – Another repeat threat brushed & crushed the heavy favorite Claytons Bettor N for a new mark of 1:51.2 last week & lots to build on from an improved post


4-Ode To Gray – That was some noteworthy comeback from a long layoff & lame scratch, charged home from way back in an eye-catching :26.1, draws better & re-united with Mark MacDonald



2-Davids Coming Home – Took a mark of 1:52 @ The Big M this season, getting significant class & post relief here, which likely spells form revival


4-Mrs Browns Boy – Owns a mark of 1:53.1 in 2019, been competitive against tougher N/W 4 @ Hoosier Park & draws inside for the track switch & barn change


6-Change Stride N – Horse-for-the-course has raced much better to rally for third in his last two, his latest as the heavy favorite, yet did squander a perfect trip



2-Flyingevenbettor N – Team Alagna-tuned 4YO finally moves inside after another tough trip, still closed to hit the board in :26, back half in :54.1, rates a slight nod in a very competitive match up


4-Saying Grace N – Was ramping it up, dropped again & bottomed them out in 1:50, nosing out a gallant Palomar, back up in class, but draws well for a hot barn


10-Islandspecialmajor – Has been razor sharp in three starts here, that was a powerful post ten win two starts back & just missed two weeks ago



7-Pembroke Joey – Just one for 11 in 2020, yet did crank it up with back-to-back solid seconds in a Fall Harvest Series, just missed with a game grind last week, tougher post, but finds another soft spot


8-Thunder Some Where – Followed his upset rally two starts back with a pressured third as the beaten favorite, now looks to set up a late move from an outside post


10-Rock N Tony – Surprised some by shipping here from Saratoga & repeating on the front end from post eight, factors in despite a class hike & post ten



2-Premier Rockstar – Seems everything Team Cullipher sends out is live as can be, this 4YO suddenly reeled off two in a row @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, his latest a sharp new mark of 1:51.2 & draws inside here


9-Duplicated N – Makes his second start after a long layoff & injury scratch, draws outside, but this is a multiple class drop in a field full of question marks


3-The Bettormack N – Tailed off since taking that new mark of 1:50 on 9-12, drops back down, reunited with Todd McCarthy & lands post three again



5-Shartin N – 2019 HOY & fastest female in Big M history made it three straight in the Lady Liberty, got collared in her recent comeback in the Dayton Distaff & gearing up for a ferocious Fall campaign


4-Highalator – Gallant fan favorite on a late-season roll winning four of five & three straight here controlling the engine, but now he has a special lady here to boss him around in a very intriguing match up


3-Geez Joe – This Joe got a bit overzealous last week & set the table for revved up Harambe Deo, now makes his key third start off the bench with a smooth stalking trip likely



8-Ideal Feeling – Trounced these wire-to-wire from post nine in 1:49 on 9-12, just missed to Highalator two starts back & now drops out of the Preferred


10-U S Captain – This Team Alagna-tuned Captain had dead aim & lacked his usual late punch in the Preferred two weeks ago, lands outside, but this a dangerous class drop


5-Ana Afreet N – That was some turnaround & wicked performance last week, dropped back down to a previous winning level & exploded to a new mark of 1:48.3, any semblance makes him a threat again



2-Dealer’s Table – Has struggled making the 4YO transition this season, makes his third start off the bench with class & post relief & stands out


6-War Dan A – Australian import took a much-needed tour of the oval in his US debut & now drops into a more likely spot for Team Tritton


4-Rock N Zeus – Kicked out one of his big late moves from out of the clouds & just missed by a neck in :26.4 last week & draws a bit better to step up further



3-Exotic Dance – Went three-for-three in Lasix, including a 1:51.2 crush on 9-26, freshened with a couple of weeks off, gets a slight dip in class & draws post three again for Team Bongiorno


2-Queen Josephine – 0 for 12 this season, but adapted quickly to the mile track & just missed in the needed comebacker, draws farther inside to stalk the speed


9-Bronskimackenzie A – That was quite the rebound effort & convincing win @ the bottom level last week & she can handle the spike in class despite post nine



7-Papiamento – Was on a long form spree before bumping into a raging Mindtrip last week, tougher post, but returns to claimers


3-Junior’s Dew – Equaled his lifetime mark of 1:53.2 when he wired $10,000 claimers from post eight on 9-5, nice blowout @ Freehold two starts back & draws inside to take charge


1-P H Kenny – Hot item @ the claim box & on the track @ Running Aces, hasn’t raced in 24 days, but can push off from the rail & trip out



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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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