Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 1:14 PM


8-The Moonshadow N – Flashed a hint of late pace from post ten in his return to the Big M, back half in :54.3, draws outside once more, but drops, retains Todd McCarthy & Halloween Hunch could surprise this field of underachievers 


5-Dealer’s Table – Beaten heavy favorite suddenly displayed speed & folded two weeks ago, former sub 1:50 3YO now plummets to the basement condition for Team Cullipher, almost looks too good


10-Griffon Hanover – Slammed with post ten again in a one for 12 season, but this long overdue horse-for-the-course drops all the way down & looks tough to leave out



5-Grandpa Don – Picked it up with back-to-back second-place finishes from outside posts, nice rallies in both races, now draws better in a camera-shy field


9-Marvalous One – Flashed a positive sign of speed two starts back, then lived up to the intriguing tote hype with a methodic rally two weeks ago, must prove it was no fluke from a tough post here


8-Thunder Dome – Draws a tougher post, but comes off a couple of no-chance trips, 1:54.4 winner here on 10-2 would benefit from a hot pace



2-Cole Porter N – Got jammed up in the latter stages of his Big M debut, now moves inside off that acclimating mile with a chance to regain more form & trip out for a possible upset


3-Shattered Glass – Appeared on the verge with that big rally for a close second from post ten two starts back, then uncorked the mile of his life last week & stands out from another inside post


5-Major Jesse – Forced wide as Ruthless Dude got away & rallied for second last week, just one for 31 this season is a big concern, but has now acclimated & retains the hot hands of G. Nap.



7-Claytons Bettor N – Lightly-raced NZ-bred 5YO has been consistently close, just missed to Aces Rock after a quick start from post eight, knocking on the door


3-Rockin Rocko – Romped to a new mark of 1:51.2 two starts back, beating Claytons Bettor N, then got parked first over into a quickening pace, big chance to rebound from an improved post for a barn going well


2-Aces Rock – Responded to a live second over trip to light up the board in a career best 1:51.4 two weeks ago, now a threat to repeat from a better post



3-Century Ferrari – Sharp winner @ the Trackmaster 73 level three starts back, maintaining good form for The Man, draws better & figures to be stalking within closer striking range


2-Thunder Some Where – Had zero chance from outside posts in his last two, aggressive tactics paid off with a win & third before that & has a chance to take charge in a laid back field


5-Swagasaurusrex – Beaten favorite came up empty in his second start here off a solid second in his Big M debut, now a big question whether he can rebound in a completely wide-open field



6-Globaldomination N – Beaten chalk driven perfectly & had every chance to go past War Dan A, still an excellent acclimating mile, steps back up in class & could turn the tables from a slightly better post


5-War Dan A – Last week’s Best Bet went all the way, while holding off the trip-sitting Globaldomination N in a fierce tussle, Australian import moves to midpack & faces a rematch, plus several other drop downs


1-Mindtrip – Classy sub-1:50 performer has regained his form, yet squandered a tailor made second over trip last week, lands back inside to employ his stalk n pop strategy in a very competitive field



10-Alexa Skye – Consistent Brett Pelling-tuned filly stuck outside again, but she drops into a softer spot, owns a big kick & retains Todd McCarthy


3-Windmeupnwatchmego – Made a decent impression in her Big M debut when she rallied to hit the board after missing three weeks, now drops a notch & draws inside


4-Exotic Dance – Has been on quite a roll recently, while piling up eight wins this season & took mark of 1:51.1 here, beaten favorite draws better this week



8-Pauly Wally – Barn change alert here, Hoosier Park shipper romped to a new mark of 1:50.1 two starts back, has done damage here in the past & debuts for Team Bongiorno in a field of numerous question marks


1-Whittaker N – Horse-for-the-course lands on the rail fresh off a solid third at big odds last week, not sure if this is his level, but in line for a smooth trip in a real handicapper’s headscratcher that’s ripe for an upset


2-Solo Story – Wasn’t heard from after a slow start from post nine last week, right there third in the photo with Drinkin Again before that, moves inside to set up his kind of trip & offer a rebound effort



6-Palomar – 1:48.4 performer here this season might be sitting on a big one, making positive moves recently, slow starts cost him in his last two, drops a notch & reunited with G. Nap.


5-Billy Badger N – One of several drop downs eligible to stalk n pop in this form-filled match up, been racing well, while getting roughed up @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets some class relief & ideal midpack draw


1-Like Clockwork – Sports a 1:50 mark @ The Big M this season, no doubt cycling back around, but simply got overzealous last week, drops & back on the rail to trip out & atone in a wildly competitive affair



6-Angers Bayama – Was a red-hot commodity when he took his mark of 1:48 here this past summer & this Tony Alagna trainee signaled a turnaround with that late swoop from out of the clouds last week


9-Jack’s Shadow N – Jack loves to win @ The Big M & lately he’s been burning up Harrah’s Philadelphia, versatile gelding returns in career form & can blast off to overcome post nine


7-Franco Totem N – All he’s done is romped in three of his last four, his latest two in sub-1:50 fashion, can he handle another class hike & tougher post? 



1-Thaneeya – Five-time winner this season just finished third in N/W 5 company @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, back on the rail here facing a softer bunch 


2-Darkrshadeofpale N – Just one for 15 this season, has been too far back from post eight in her last two, while closing in :27.3, this Noel Daley trainee rates a long look with the move inside


6-The Party’s Rockin – Finished behind Thaneeya in her second start off the bench, this freshened Captaintreacherous filly has room to improve in a completely wide-open affair



1-Good Rockin – Took a mark of 1:51.1 here this season, returned for a new barn, broke, dropped back & made a big recovery to nail second in :26.4, bumped up in class, but lands the rail again 


5-Stonedust – The grey with a 1:49 mark here this season continues his descent down 

the class ladder, set a rated pace & settled for third again two weeks ago


7-American Chrome – Just one for 21 in 2020, recent winner @ Hoosier Park ships into the Andrew Harris barn & lands in a highly beatable field



7-One More Miracle – Was looking to capitalize on his current form spree when he locked wheels turning for home & lost all chance last week, has a big chance to rebound for The Man


5-Achilles Blue Chip – Steady 12YO bumped into a raging Shattered Glass in his Big M debut & rates highly off that solid acclimating mile


6-Democracy N – Just one for his 56 & winless this season, claimed by Richard Johnson & would need a huge wake up after missing three weeks







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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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