Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 1:18 PM


8-Always And Again – Dropped to this level & put forth a much more aggressive & effective effort despite missing three weeks, tougher post, but poised to show more


5-My Pal Joe – Lightly-raced 4YO really stepped up with an impressive mile of his life in his second try off the bench here, any semblance of that makes him a threat to repeat


9-Flyingevenbettor N – Hit the board in both starts since coming back off the sick scratch for Team Alagna, a solid second in fog, post nine, plus a month off to consider



4-Western Redhot – Grinded gamely through a fast pace & right there third in the photo last week, on a roll since The Dream claim, draws better & switches to Dexter Dunn


3-Keystone Honor – Fresh off a hard-charging second by a neck last week, 10YO draws inside again, makes his third start off a sick scratch & keeps The Money Man


2-So So De Vie – Just missed in a nifty 1:51.4 two starts back, then got parked as the lukewarm beaten favorite, big chance to rebound from another inside post



9-Swan In Motion – Won the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final @ three, has taken a few starts to acclimate, second to standout Some Chapter with Lasix added, lands outside, but gets some class relief


2-Sweet Chapter – 1:54.3 winner @ The Big M last season fresh off a rousing return to NJ, just missed as the beaten favorite & draws better


8-Graceful Winner – Was able to trip out from post seven to take new mark of 1:54.1 three starts back & now drops off a big rebound effort for a sharp barn



1-Sugartown – Beaten favorite hits bottom for Team Burke, chased a 1:48.4 winner in the comeback, back half in a solid :55.2 last out, moves inside with room to improve in a field full of question marks


7-Saying Grace N – Added Lasix, made a rare early miscue & recovered with solid late pace as the beaten favorite, gets another shot at this bottom level for Team Cullipher in a drop down derby


4-Archangel Three – Tumbled down the class ladder @ Yonkers & suddenly perked up with an aggressive narrow loss, hasn’t raced in 29 days, but draws inside a field of underachievers



1-Semi Tough – Got off to a slow start from post eight in his return to The Big M for Team Burke, back half in :53.2, now gets class & post relief


4-Seeuinnashville A – Fresh off an excellent acclimating mile, a hard-charging third second time Lasix & with a broken equipment issue, stalking threat draws another inside post 


10-Bechers Brook A – Last week’s Best Bet brushed to the top in :27.2 & was nosed out in the final stride, moves outside, but remains a live item for Team Cullipher



4-Twin B Tuffenuff – Encountered a terrible trip from post nine in his Big M debut for Team Burke, now gets class & post relief, and was strong in the win column last year


7-Boiling Oar – Beaten favorite when he finished a rousing second two starts back & now drops back down off an impossible trip for Team Cullipher


2-Shnitzledosomethin – Went all the way in a well-controlled score in a lively second start off the bench @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside & has done some damage here in the past



4-Italian Delight N – Ships back to Big M fresh off an emphatic class drop n pop @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, took a 1:50.1 mark here last season & draws well with DD


2-I’m A Gigolo N – Lightly-raced Sweet Lou 5YO launched a wide late bid & just missed in a noteworthy US debut for Team Burke, draws better to follow up in a field of more experienced, yet largely suspect foes


10-Dealer’s Table – Post ten & hasn’t raced in three weeks, beaten favorite had to settle for second @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now getting further class relief for Team Cullipher



2-American Boy N – Steps up in class along with several in here off a sneaky good acclimating mile, back half in :54.3, now moves inside to trip out & surprise them


3-Chaser Hanover – Has suddenly come to life with two straight wins off the class drop, steps back up another notch fresh off a gutsy new mark of 1:51.4 & draws inside again


6-Quick Fun N – One for 16 last year, yet acclimated promptly with a sharp narrow loss after hinting in a positive direction recently, merits the class hike in a wide open field



1-Good Rockin – Lands the rail off a big bounce back mile, rallied stoutly to hit the board with :54 back half, sports a 1:50.4 mark here last season & owns a wicked kick


4-Decision Day – 1:49 performer @ The Big m last season fresh off a gallant narrow loss, hasn’t raced in a month, but gets his third straight class drop & draws inside


6-Lachie Maguire N – Just missed to a raging Stone Hanover in the fog two starts back, then set the table for the big favorite Blood Line, 11YO is a live item for Dexter Dunn



4-Western Joe – The classy Joe finished a sneaky good fourth in last week’s 1:48.1 Preferred, lands in a slightly easier spot & we will likely find him on or near the lead


6-De Los Cielos Deo – Still don’t know how we nailed him last week, but he did capitalize on a lively pace & can’t rule out a repeat for the classy Team Burke closer


5-Paduka N – Runner up to the monstrous Let It Ride N in the fog, came right back with a relentless late lunge to nail the favorite Bechers Brook N last week, steps up to face a salty group in career form



5-Rootin Tootin – Mohawk shipper has encountered some tough trips recently, parked from post eight last out, owns some back class & lands in a real soft spot 


2-Dragon Strikes – Just two for 26 last year, but the 1:51.3 blowout on 11-27 stands out & just missed two starts back, draws well in a camera-shy field


7-Sweet N Fast N – Looking to rebound off a fading eighth @ Harrah’s Philadelphia from a demanding post here, his previous two were commendable



7-Imageofarocker – Fresh claim just missed twice against this kind late in 2020, a close second to Shattered Glass from post seven on 11-20 & gate speed puts him in play


6-Shattered Glass – Drops back down in price after a pretty productive Fall campaign here when he won back-to-back in 1:51.3 & 1:51.4 & can dominant this bunch despite a 27-day layoff


5-Dull Roar – 0 for 21 last year, but solid runner up in his last two, made up substantial ground in most recent, draws better, hasn’t raced in a month, mixed signals



2-Best Trick Ever – Has been landing on the fringes in Ohio, ships into a real soft spot, gets a barn change & draws inside


9-Gold Star Yoder – Dull recent form, stuck outside & hasn’t raced in a month, but this is a huge class drop & doesn’t face much


5-Settlemoir – Just one for 24 last year, flashed a :27.3 in his second start since the lame scratch & hits rock bottom here



8-Duckies Dynasty – Must rebound off an early miscue, post eight again, yet note the hard-charging third in :27.1 three starts back, 1:51.1 Big M winner in 2020 now drops


5-Walks Of Life – Trounced these with a :27.2 as the heavy favorite two starts back, then just missed to Genessee Seelster as the beaten chalk, remains a major contender


7-Century Ferrari – Held on to beat $10,000 company on 12-5, returns off a solid second on the engine @ Freehold & could try to wire these



7-Hold Thumbs N – NZ import hasn’t been heard from in three US starts, tougher post, but now switches to the bottom TM rating & eligible to improve


6-Thunder Dome – Just two for 31 last year, yet his third-place finish last time was encouraging, has a chance to work out a smooth cover trip & pounce late


3-Grandpa Don – Grandpa’s latest win came with a last-to-first rally in this class back on 11-20, beaten favorite finally moves inside to get within closer striking range




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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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