Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:48 PM


7-Alexa Skye – Improving Brett Pelling-tuned filly kicked home sharply from tough posts to score back-to-back recently, missed a couple of weeks before getting forced wide last week, back half in :54 & final quarter in :25.4


8-Stonebridge Soul – 0 for 16 this season, but she’s been chasing the best of the Open Mares division, hit the board with a :25.4 two starts back & can fire off the wings in similar fashion to overcome post eight


9-Tango Dancer N – Caught fire this month & nailed in the final steps by the heavy favorite Bettors Heart N in last Friday’s opener, stuck outside, yet Dexter Dunn can launch her for position again



4-Focus Pocus – Muscle Massive gelding trending right, forced wide after a slow start from post nine in a sneaky good acclimating mile, now moves inside & switches to Andrew McCarthy


3-Kombucha – Consistent filly draws better fresh off a game second to heavy favorite Get Legs, big threat off that needed race & gets Gingras


10-Get Legs – Late-blooming Muscle Hill colt moves outside off a methodic winning debut from the rail for Team Orange Crush & has license to be a good one



5-Ruthless Dude – The Dude had a very productive October, winning twice & took a mark of 1:53.1 for Greg Merton, draws better off a no chance trip & looms large in a competitive affair


9-Grandpa Don – Grandpa has been hitting on all cylinders, winning two of his last three here with sterling rallies, his latest from last to first turning for home, Joe Lee just needs to time it right


4-Good Day Mate – Steady 10YO has been a constant threat in this GSY Series for James Foley, right here in the photo last week & draws well again to trip out



3-Big Smoove – Took a few starts to acclimate for trainer Williams Hernandez, just missed with a well-driven effort three weeks ago, retains Mark MacDonald & draws well again in a soft bottom level field


4-Stenhouse Hanover – Liking the sudden display of speed last out, while avoiding an early miscue, hasn’t been seen in three weeks, but now gets more class relief + better post for Team Cullipher


8-SB Fine And Dandy – Superbly driven to a long overdue first win of 2020 & took a new mark two starts back, drops back down to that winning level & rates contender despite post eight



4-Lindy’s Big Bang – Has now had two starts to acclimate here since shipping into the Andrew Harris barn, drops again, draws better & retains Andrew McCarthy


1-Carrick – 1:53.1 winner @ The Big M this season finally put together one his best efforts in awhile when he grinded gamely & just missed last week, gets his third straight class drop & another rail


5-Impacter – Note the barn change & narrow loss two starts back, his closing style suits the Big M, sets up from midpack & picks up the red-hot Dexter Dunn



1-Spectre – Horse-for-the-course has continued to fire since switching to Justin Sodano, winning two of his last three, steps up off another easy score & lands the rail again with Dexter Dunn


7-Classic Venture – Persistent gelding was runner up to the revived All American N in his last two, the latest from post ten & first over before that, rates top contender status despite another challenging draw


10-All American N – Two-for-two with trotting hopples, did break before the start & recovered to win again last week, bumped up again & stuck outside, but on a big improving trend



4-Questichap – Reeled off three in a row recently, Trond seems to have been patient with this filly since the miscue, finished well in :26.3 last week, draws an improved post with a more confident effort likely


5-Cover Girl – Well-bred Muscle Hill filly grinded gamely to a late lead & just missed in her Team Takter debut @ The Big M, the beaten favorite looms large for the follow up


6-Beyond Ordinary – Kadabra colt trending in a positive direction, just missed with a perfect trip from the rail in a photo with Cover Girl last week, rates highly in a competitive match up



4-Arnie’s Angel – The Angel has been knocking on the door here recently with Todd McCarthy, closed a ton in :26.2 after another slow start last week, now draws better, while fully acclimated


5-Be Best – Last time we saw her here she finished a close second in 1:51.4, returns to the mile track at a reduced level with an ideal midpack post to launch a stalking trip


3-Exotic Dance – Mare with a winning attitude fooled a few with her perfect trip upset last week off two sub par efforts, rewarded with an improved post for Team Bongiorno



3-Halliama – Improving 4YO confidently upset with the mile of his life two starts back, reached a tad too high last week, now gets some class & post relief in a wide-open field


1-Justlikehim – Has been much better in his last two since the sick scratch, put together a solid back half& forced wide to grab second last week & now moves inside


7-Icingon De Cupcake – Came through as a sweet upset pick last week when superbly driven by Dexter Dunn, draws a tougher post & bumped up a notch, but eligible to repeat with a similar set up



3-Winnerup – Rebounded with a more patient second to the romping favorite HL Revadon last week, gathering momentum on the comeback trail & draws well to show his class & assert himself


6-Mcmatters – 3YO gelding made an immediate impact here with a solid rally, while well supported on the toteboard, logical to expect more off that lifetime best


1-Berkery J – Late-blooming 3YO rallied stoutly with a well-timed upset & new mark of 1:53.3 last week, faces tougher here, but has a big chance to repeat from the rail



3-Stick That Lip Out – Owns a mark of 1:52.2 @ The Big M this season, gets further class & post relief, which could possibly lead to a wake up stalk n pop 


8-Manhattan Play – One for 23 this season, has tumbled down the class ladder finished third by a length despite a wide trip last out & gets another shot at this bottom rung


6-Alwaysalittlemore – Showed huge improvement when dropped to this bottom condition two starts back & rates highly with a similar effort



6-Cue Hall – Tripped out & unleashed a rousing upset in his Big M debut for trainer Andrew Harris despite a 25-day layoff, so eligible to step up & improve further


3-Warrior One – Left alertly & angled with sharp late trot in :26.2 last out off a blowout win in a career best 1:51.4 & draws inside again as the one to beat for Gingras & Burke


1-JL Cruze – The King cruised to an easy win as the heavy favorite in 1:52.3 two starts back & in line for another smooth trip from the rail 



3-Dashboard – Shipped back to the Big M & shook loose with plenty late in heavy stretch traffic last week, draws inside again & retains Gingras


5-S Mckee – Beaten favorite had dead aim off cover & came up a length shy last week, now moves to a midpack draw & remains in career form


9-Billion Dollar Day – Dropped to this bottom claiming tag, tried it first over & just missed with a strong Big M debut, moves outside, yet remains a serious threat





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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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