Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:14 PM


3-Independent One – Nothing in the post ten comebacker after missing three months, 1:51.3 winner @ The Big M this season won two of his last three in September, now draws inside to trip out & upset


7-Albergo Hanover – Looking to rebound off an 0 for 15 season, added Lasix just before some freshening, qualified well & returns at a reduced level for Team Bongiorno


1-Machiatto A – His form cycled forward recently, a solid third out of the fog two starts back, roughed up @ Freehold last week, reunited with Andrew McCarthy on the rail in a very puzzling opener



2-King Alphonso – Grand Circuit winner @ two always hinted of top flight ability, lightly-raced Muscle Hill 4YO qualified with plenty with Dexter Dunn off a sick scratch & draws inside for Team Svanstedt


7-Look In My Eyes – Just missed to a well-rated No Time To Play two starts back, then runner up to the undefeated Get Legs last out, demanding draw here, but in peak form


9-No Time To Play – Upset these when he was allowed to stroll past a :57.1 half & took a new mark two starts back, same strategy didn’t work last time, moves outside, yet continues to ramp it up



6-Rock On Line – Three-week layoff doesn’t thrill me, but this guy drops back into a claimer, makes his second start here for his new barn & retains Dexter Dunn


7-Western Redhot – Made it two straight off-the-pace wins since the claim by Besim The Dream, post seven again, but a big threat again with Gingras back in the bike


10-Fox Valley Nemitz – 1:51.2 winner here in 2020, dominated wire-to-wire as the favorite from post seven last week & repeat not out of the question despite post ten



3-Rockin The Boys A – Solid rally for second in her much-needed comebacker, makes her Big M debut in an easier class & draws inside with a smooth trip likely


4-Rose Run Toni – No chance with a slow starts from post eight off the Team Bongiorno claim, acclimated now & draws better for a more aggressive effort


2-Best Honey Hanover – Badly beaten heavy favorite lacked her usual late pop after reeling off a new mark of 1:51, claimed again, retains post two & looms large



2-Blood Line – Classy sub 1:50 performer was freshened, qualified with plenty, flashed speed in the comebacker & now gets class & post relief


4-Benhope Rulz N – Made his way down the class ladder & finally tripped out to score a long overdue win @ Yonkers, draws well here in a field riddled with question marks


8-Fizzing N – Was overmatched in his Big M debut & moves outside, yet now makes his second start off the bench at a reduced level, eligible to step up & surprise 



3-Lou’s Sweetrevenge – Team Burke trainee arrives on a long form spree, matches up well with this group & can use his controlling speed from an inside draw


1-My Pal Joe – Qualified well & finished a solid third in his comebacker last week, lightly-raced 4YO who won half of his 14 starts last year & lands the rail with another smooth trip likely


6-Full View – Steps up fresh off a gutsy upset & new mark last week, lightly-raced 4YO with further room to improve for a hot barn, a bright spot in a field with very few



3-New Heaven – Ships in fresh off a perfect trip upset @ Yonkers, so confidence is high, gets a bit of class relief & draws inside to duplicate that effort


5-Sweet Chapter – 1:54.3 winner @ The Big M last year at a much lower level, ships south in much-improved form, can take air & launches favorably from midpack


1-Fingal’s Wave – Improving 5YO rebounded with a solid third as the beaten favorite, faces a double class hike, but can work out a stalking trip from the rail



4-Its Mesmerise N – 11-time winner in 2020 ships in fresh off a perfect trip win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, reunited with Todd McCarthy, draws inside for her Big M debut & looms as a big stalking threat


6-Marloe Hanover – Fresh out of the Open @ Dover she finished a rock solid second as the heavy favorite to a standout Alexa Skye, classy daughter of Captaintreacherous has a chance to assert herself here


5-Diababa N – Sharpened her sword with two winning qualifiers, a pace compromised fourth to Its Mesmerise N in the comebacker & reasonable to expect more



6-De Los Cielos Deo – Enigmatic Burke trainee has tailed off since that emphatic 1:49 upset from post eight back on 11-14, but two of those miles came in the Preferred, this is a field ripe for one of his patented late moves


1-Franco Totem N – Beaten favorite inexplicably parked first over through a fast pace from post two last week, gets a chance to atone with another shot at this reduced level from the rail


7-Heza Real Diamond – Left hard, then squandered an absolutely perfect two-hole trip last week, 12-time winner in 2020 has been knocking on the door since that 1:48.4 blowout back on 11-28



4-Highalator – Notorious Big M lover gradually sharpening since the mid-November sick scratch, runner up to the vicious Let It Ride N in the Dover Preferred, finally draws inside to be a forward presence & trip sitting opportunist


9-Let It Ride N – NZ import has been monstrous going four-for-four in the US, including a 1:48.4 mark in the fog here & crushed first over @ Dover, draws outside a tough field, yet jury still out on how good he is


6-Harambe Deo – Preferred upsetter in 1:48.3 back on 10-17 regained winning form with speed last week for the red-hot Team Cullipher, a very dangerous repeat threat back on the engine with G. Nap



1-Baby Got Back – 0 for 17, but ramping up since the mid-November sick scratch & adding Lasix, lands the rail fresh off a gutsy narrow loss


4-Break The Deal – Finally broke through with two straight wins from the rail @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & ships into a real soft spot with trip potential 


7-Sandy Win – Took her mark of 1:50.2 @ The Big M last season, just missed repeating @ Yonkers, demanding here, but gets some class relief



4-Bechers Brook A – 1:48.1 winner @ The Big M last season flashed wicked speed two starts back, then closed in :54.4 from never-never land, draws better in a prime spot for the red-hot Team Cullipher


9-Paduka N – Solid runner up to the streaking Let It Ride N in the fog, moves outside, but gets a class drop & has blast off capability


1-Betterlatethnnever – Classy 12YO finished a nonthreatening fourth here chasing a 1:48.4 winner on 11-28, returns to the Big M with the rail & reunited with Dexter Dunn


4-Thndrfrmthethron N – Paid the price for a real slow start & picked up a small piece in a crisp :26.4 last week, a decent third before that & his good luck at the draw continues


8-Babe’s Dig Me – 0 for 17 in 2020, rallied to hit the board in his comebacker, then finished an even fourth with a perfect cover trip, draws outside, but hits rock bottom


7-Jo Pa’s Sweet Lou – Just three for 32, nothing in his Big M debut, hasn’t raced in a month, but this is a massive class drop



8-Levitation – Just one for 15 in 2020, but was flying from far back to just miss last week, draws post eight again, but drops a notch


4-Explosive Ridge – Capitalized on a class drop with a brush n crush as the heavy favorite & draws inside again with a big confidence booster to build on


5-Trixie Dust – This mare loves the long stretch @ The Big M, a distant second to Explosive Ridge draws better to get within closer striking range



6-Eddard Hanover – Only two for 29 last year, some positive signs recently, this is just the class relief he needs & Team Cullipher can do no wrong


3-He’s Electric – Very much liking the aggressive effort & third by a neck last week, rallied in :26.2 before that, improved post & on the verge


8-Barbados – Landed on the fringe fourth in both starts here, draws a tougher post, but drops a notch & owns a big late kick






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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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