Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 1:43 PM


3-Buy In – Ships in two for three on Lasix & fresh off the mile of his life in wire-to-wire fashion @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside to trip out off the ample speed with a chance to prove he’s up to this very competitive match up


1-Aces Rock – Gallantly fought off steady pressure & still drew clear in :26.1 to repeat two starts back, all out chasing a vicious 1:49.2 winner last week, moves inside in top form & figures to be forwardly placed


5-Claytons Bettor N – Twice bumped into the raging Aces Rock, then Ruthless Hanover, fired up on Lasix, launches midpack, retains Dexter Dunn, yet all those seconds are a concern



1-Atlanta – 2018 Trotter of the Year & Hambo winner & fastest trotter in Big M history caps off another stellar season, winning the Cutler, Maple Leaf Trot, Dayton Derby and Allerage Farms, prepped with a sharp qualifier here & controls her destiny from the rail


4-Manchego – Fastest female trotter in history just won her third Breeders Crown after chasing Gimpanzee in :25.1, returns to a track she has thrived at & Team Takter have last year’s runner up fresh n ready for one more round against arch rival Atlanta 


3-Crystal Fashion – Needed the added eighth to upset Atlanta in the 2019 Hambo Maturity, just missed to that mare in the Allerage Farms two starts back, solid runner up to Gimpanzee in the Breeders Crown, peaking at the right time



11-Mazzarati – Slammed with the second tier, yet will be leaving behind the favorite, consistent & well-bred Cantab Hall filly just missed in the Breeders Crown & finished a solid third in the Kindergarten Classic Final


1-Anoka Hanover – Has a big chance to seal a division title going for her seventh straight win, fresh from a decisive Kindergarten Classic Final in a career best of 1:52.3 & in line for a smooth trip from the rail


9-Lady Chaos – The Breeders Crown winner, KYSS champion & Peaceful Way runner up has blossomed this Fall, hard luck at the post draw, but can close with the best for Team Toscano, who set the stakes record of 1:53 with Senorita Rita in 2019



3-Shakespeare – Got nosed out in :26.3 before the sick scratch, bounced right back with a second to Summa Cum Laude in the Kindergarten Classic Final, Pelling trainee draws well & could be on the verge of his first win


2-Simon Says Hanover – Reeled off four in a row recently, including a 1:50.1 mark @ The Red Mile, roughed up first over in the Kindergarten Classic Final, draws post two again & looms large for Team Alagna


4-Beachhead – Somebeachsomewhere brother to Sportswriter & Precocious Beauty severely pace compromised in his comebacker, makes his start off the bench for Chris Ryder & eligible to step up



4-On A Streak – The Wellwood winner paid off with a perfect drive by Bob McClure in the Breeders Crown, draws well for Team Forbidden Trade, Cantab Hall brother to millionaire Habitat ships in fresh off the mile of his life


6-Dee’s Red Delicious – Bounced back from respiratory issues on 10-30 with a game upset in the Kindergarten Classic Final, relentless Credit Winner gelding a huge threat, and the Bruce Saunders barn is going well


3-Incommunicado – Consistent & well-traveled Chapter Seven gelding just missed as the even money favorite in the Matron, draws inside to take control or play a stalking role for Ake Svanstedt, who set the stakes record of 1:53.2 last year with EL Ideal



1-Sorella – Hambletonian Oaks champion polishing off a great campaign, notched her eighth win of 2020 with a dominant Matron second time Lasix, consistent filly lands the rail to control her destiny for Team Takter


3-Plunge Blue Chip – Has been very steady for Team Svanstedt, set a stunning world record of 1:51.3 in the Miss Versatiliy @ Delaware, then runner up to Manchego in the Breeders Crown, could be tough if allowed to speed away


6-When Dovescry – 2019 Oaks winner has had her moments this season, upsetting Plunge Blue Chip & Manchego in the Dr. Steele in 1:50, nice recovery to finish third in the Breeders Crown & seems to have come around



11-JK Alwaysbalady – Her 2014 HOY dam won it in 2014 & first foal JK First Lady set the stakes record of 1:49.2 last year, this second foal is revved up right now, just missed in the Breeders Crown & fresh off a post ten tune up


1-Fire Start Hanover – On a five-race winning streak recently & has won seven of eight, including a decisive score in the Kindergarten Classic Final, two Grand Circuit tallies @ The Red Mile on her card as well & looks tough from the rail


3-Notorious Pink – High quality & consistent Captaintreacherous filly for Team Alagna, bounced back from her ninth in the Breeders Crown by gunning down JK Alwaysbalady with a nifty :26.4 last week & draws well for a similar effort



5-Peaky Sneaky – Ultra consistent filly finally got the better of seemingly invincible Party Girl Hill in the Breeders Crown, shows three consecutive :25.3 final quarters on her card, tactical speed puts her in play for a powerful Team Takter 1-2 punch


9-Kissin In The Sand – 2018 Dan Patch Award winner finally got her Breeders Crown, outsprinting Shartin N, 1:47.4 performer heads into retirement on a six-race winning streak, will try to blast off & grind down a stellar field


4-Shartin N – Defending HOY, 2018 TVG champion & last year’s runner up looks to turn the tables on Kissin In The Sand & Caviart Ally, freshened off her second in the Breeders Crown & draws well off a nice prep back home



3-Summa Cum Laude – Team Burke-tuned freshman has been very consistent this Fall, deadheating with undefeated Perfect Sting in the Breeders Crown, then crushed them from post ten in the Kindergarten Classic Final & finally moves inside

6-Always A Miki – Saw some moments in PASS this season, proved he was a Grand Circuit colt in Lexington, no chance to in the Breeders Crown, stole an overnight here in a nice prep last week for Team Takter


4-Southwind Petyr – Note that close second in 1:50 @ The Red Mile on 10-10, bounced back with a solid runner up finish in the Matron, draws well with The White Knight as a stalking threat



3-Century Farroh – Dan Patch Stakes winner took full advantage of the trip of his life to upset Bettor’s Wish in the Breeders Crown, added Lasix recently, now a question off a sick scratch & three weeks rest, yet draws well to stalk n pop in an intriguing field


5-Bettor’s Wish – Last year’s runner up & 2019 Dan Patch Award winner came up with one of the gutsiest major scores this season in the 1:47.3 Sam McKee, stablemate to Party Girl Hill a twice beaten favorite, yet razor sharp right now


1-This Is The Plan – Team Burke have won this three times with Foiled Again, Sweet Lou & Bettor’s Edge, this gelding attended a wicked pace in the Potomac, had the second tier in the Breeders Crown, second from post nine in the Allerage Farms, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby winner back on the rail here



4-Paduka – Produced a 1:49.3 upset in his second start off a recent sick scratch, followed up with an admirable class hike second to the raging De Los Cielos Deo last week & finally draws better


8-Franco Totem N – Got underway a bit too late & was right there in the photo last week, draws a tougher post, but drops back down to a winning level & looks for a speed target & lively flow


2-Islandspecialmajor – Hasn’t been seen in three weeks after squandering a perfect second over trip, but note the huge rally for second to Franco Totem N before that, drops a notch & lands post two again



2-Heza Real Diamond – Chased a dominant Angers Bayama in :26.4 last week, 11-time winner this season in top form & draws better in a competitive field


8-Bracken Storm A – Turned things around with a well-meant first US win two starts back, then second to standout Angers Bayama last week, improving downunder import looms large despite a tougher draw


9-Rock The Devil – Beaten favorite was used pretty hard & still held third last week, now lands outside, but this 1:49 performer here this season drops another notch 



7-Another Daily Copy – Dropped another notch, blasted off from post ten & got nosed out in :26.4 with a much-improved effort last week & commands respect with a similar 


5-Lyons Steel – Tried speed & set the table for Angers Bayama last week, been more effective with a stalking strategy & continues to descend down the class ladder


1-Rockin The Aces – Finished a hard-charging second to Palomar in :26.4 two starts back, then picked up a check in a salty 1:48.3 mile last week & back on the rail










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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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