Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 01, 2020 9:37 PM


7-Grandpa Don – Grandpa erupted down the stretch to win two of his last four, didn’t quite have the same pop last week, yet would benefit from an expected fast pace in this final & give Joe Lee a homerun


1-So So De Vie – 3YO has gotten hot at the right time with back-to-back decisive wins, a solid rally from post ten, then a handy score last week & lands the rail for Matt Zuccarello


4-Tailgunner Hanover – Superior closer loves the long stretch here & overdue for a decent trip, caught first over in his last two, almost pulled off a last-to-first for Juan Cano back on 10-13



9-Sweet Tea – Lightly-raced filly with some upside gathering momentum since a recent sick scratch, fresh off a solid second from the same post, just needs a big speed target & smooth trip


4-Grosseto AS – One for 17, yet the Annette Lorentzon barn is doing good work, this beaten favorite grinded gamely for the show last out, now draws well with Dexter Dunn in a field begging to be beaten 


10-My Boy Christian – Slammed with post ten again, stung early & grabbed a share behind Grosseto AS & Sweet Tea last time & retains Yannick Gingras



4-St James Gate – 7YO arrives from Mohawk with a one for 26 record this year & recent form suspect, yet eligible to revive in his debut for Team Burke & draws inside a soft bottom level match up


8-Tough Mac – Dropped to this bottom condition, was hammered down to heavy 6-5 favorite & perked up with a much-improved rally to just miss, looking to snap an 0 for 16 this season


1-Stealing – Nosed out in the recent comebacker @ Saratoga, then shuffled to oblivion, tough to gauge with the switch to the mile track, but in line for an ideal trip from the rail & fresh angle could be potent



1-Impacter – Made a small impact in his Big M debt for his new barn when he rallied for a small share, nice acclimating mile & rewarded with the rail in a wide-open field


9-Casino Cutie IT – Was freshened & bounced back with a strong rally for second last week, back half in :55.3, draws a tougher post, but drops a notch


5-Trixie Dust – Took a 1:54.2 mark @ The Big M this season, has been hinting with solid rallies recently, forgive the miscue last week, chance to rebound with a midpack launch & stalk n pop strategy



3-Banzai AS – Got shuffled & stuffed inside, then finished with trot in reserve in stretch traffic, 3YO is acclimated now, draws inside again with ideal trip potential for a barn going well right now & have two in here


5-Moveoutofmyway K – Was a stakes player late in his 3YO season, stayed flat & flashed a :26.4 in his second start off the bench, back half in :55.2, lots of room for further improvement


2-Godspell Hall – Solid runner up in three of his last four, the last two at big odds, Nifty Norman horse-for-the-course & dangerous closer draws an improved post 



4-Team Kiwi N – Sports a 1:51.4 mark here this season, forced first over as the beaten favorite last week, kicked home in :26.4 before that, gets class & post relief & retains Dexter Dunn


7-Arnies Angel – Has utilized her big late kick to grab four straight checks, her latest with a :55.2 back half, draws a more challenging post here, but dangerous with the right pace & trip set up


3-Milady Denver A – After two straight upsets she got bumped up in class, shuffled to the rear & did some serious sprinting in :26.3 last week, now at a more reasonable level & draws inside again



1-Lion Safari AS – Twice beaten favorite roughed up first over & still hit the board in his last two, 1:54.1 winner @ The Big M this season drops again & draws his third straight rail for a barn on a roll


4-Classic Venture – Has been a long form spree, stepped up to this level trotted a strong back half of :56.1, chased the red-hot- All American N in his last two & finally draws inside


5-Levitation – Raced well in three starts after a sick scratch, then reached a bit too high last time, now drops back down to a competitive level & draws better



10-Swan In Motion – Won the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final & finished well in his Big M debut after missing 27 days, stuck outside again, but owns a big late kick & just needs a chance to show his class in his second start for Dylan Davis


7-Some Chapter – Runner to a pretty solid winner in Reign Of Honor from the same post in last Friday’s feature, a superb acclimating mile, 3YO has piled up eight wins in 13 starts for a barn hitting on all cylinders


1-All American N – Has now gone three-for-three with trotting hopples, all as the heavy favorite & lowered his mark to 1:53.2, revived son of Muscle Hill faces a significant class hike, yet moves inside a tough first leg of the Pick 6



4-Alexa Skye – Scored back-to-back narrow wins from tough posts with vicious rallies recently, simply too far back last week, Brett Pelling-tuned filly on the rise draws better to carve out a stalking trip


5-Golden Quest N – Twice beat N/W 8 with energetic efforts @ Yonkers last month, strong in the win column & makes her Big M debut in a pretty strong field from a midpack launch after missing 22 days


2-Wayside – Team Burke filly has been on a for spree @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, has a lot of seconds on her card, but draws inside & figures to be part of the speed equation



6-Deltasun A – Scored his second win in his last three with a game, uncovered rally & upset last week, bumped back up in class trying to snap the every-other pattern


8-JL Cruze – The King just missed to Deltasun A with a perfect trip last week, moves outside, yet remains a threat with his gate speed & class


7-Rich And Miserable – Sports a 1:51 mark @ The Big M last season, has been struggling in the Yonkers Open, high in the win column & eligible to turn it around



1-Very Very Fast – 11YO with a 1:53.1 win @ The Big M this season regained his winning edge @ Pocono two starts back, chased the streaking All American N last time, has a chance to get aggressive from the rail in a field with no such standouts 


2-Carrick – Took the lead through a soft pace & faded to fifth last week, just missed with a game grind before that, gets another shot at this reduced level & draws inside again


3-River Otter – Left alertly, tripped out, surged late & just missed last week, 1:53.4 winner here this season stays at the same level, draws better & looms large



8-Billion Dollar Day – Fresh off his second straight narrow loss as a 4-1 favorite last week, stuck outside again, but look for another blastoff in peak form


1-Dashboard – Just missed with a sharp rally two starts back, only a length shy last week, fresh claim draws inside again & overdue


7-Just N Berlander – Stone closer & Big M lover put it all together with a well-timed drive by Dexter Dunn, hasn’t raced in three weeks & draws a tougher post, yet remains a serious consideration



10-Best Honey Hanover – Plainridge shipper has won half of her 22 starts this season, on a long form spree & fresh off a wire-to-wire win, lands outside, but speed & versatility makes her a major contender


3-Gottalovemyshadow – Red-hot chestnut mare ships in with three blowout wins in three of her last four, her latest @ Saratoga, sports a 1:51.1 mark @ Plainridge, looks like dangerous inside speed


4-Eden Paige N – Veteran mare has been ramping up her game, hitting the board in three of her last four, draws better fresh off another solid effort last week & remains a major contender






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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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