Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 09, 2021 9:56 PM

RACE 1

4-K-Lees Shakenbake – 11YO warhorse beat a lot better in his heydays here & was always noted for his big late kick, flashed a lot more last week, continues on the comeback trail after missing all of 2020 & draws better 

 

2-Bepop On The Block – Was able to time a solid late rally off cover to grab second in a much-improved effort last week, finally draws inside to stalk within closer range

 

8-Statesman N – Dips in price to the bottom rung off a post ten clunker in a Big Game Series Final, draws outside again, but has a chance to spark something in his fourth try since the mid-January sick scratch

 

RACE 2

3-Hipster K – 4YO Team Orange Crush project easily made it two-for-two from post eight last week & moves inside with a big chance to control the pace again

 

6-So Long Hanover – Another late-blooming 4YO ships in for Dylan Davis in confident & blossom mode, going two-for-two @ Dover Downs for his new barn, a prime opportunist if the favorite somehow falters

 

7-The Great PG – Sat off the rated :59.1 half & finished willingly to hit the board again last week, tougher post & one for 25, but retains Gingras

 

RACE 3

2-Preppy Art – Exits a no-chance trip in a Big Game Series consolation, dips in price, moves inside & picks up the very capable John Calabrese

 

1-Northern Rock – Rock solid runner up from post nine two starts back, that kind of effort would likely be enough against these & back on the rail to trip out again

 

5-Walks Of Life – 11YO did plenty of damage here last season with a mark of 1:52.1, January claim returns from Freehold & sets up a mid-pack stalking trip

 

RACE 4

2-Wishyou’dtellme – Has picked up his game in his last two, rallied to hit the board two starts back, offered a serious late bid last week & now draws better to work out a trip

 

1-Icingon De Cupcake – Twice beaten favorite had the table set & failed to punch home last week, moves inside & gets another big shot at this bottom level

 

4-Stenhouse Hanover – On the fringe fourth in two of his last three, off a decent effort, draws inside again play an opportunist role for Team Cullipher

 

RACE 5

2-Jollity – NY Excelsior A competitor at two took all kinds of tote action in his 3YO debut, got shuffled & blocked in the stretch, now finds a prime spot to break through

 

1-Ameriman – Worked out a perfect two-hole trip, had room on the cones, finished well & just missed last week, back inside off that much-improved mile

 

5-Thunder Dome – Kicked off his season with a close second at this level, tried to close from the clouds off a slow pace last week & now makes his third start off a sick scratch

 

RACE 6

5-Swan In Motion – Stalked close to a rated pace & was barely outsprinted by Some Chapter last week, on a form spree of his own & this steady customer is always a dangerous stalker who can turn the tables

 

8-Some Chapter – Continues on some kind of roll for Dexter Dunn & Anette Lorentzon, flaunting speed & versatility, kicked home in an eye-catching :27.2 from post eight last week & stands out again

 

7-Get Legs – Talented, late-blooming 4YO jogged in his first five starts & rallied stoutly from post nine when asked to step up in class, faces some serious, more experienced foes with potential untapped

 

RACE 7

3-Alex The Great – Gets further class & post relief, sports a mark of 1:53.3 @ The Big M & gets a prime chance to exploit a soft spot & end a long drought

 

5-Inukchuk Chuck – Has struggled to regain form since the late-December lifetime best & claim, now drops a notch & gets away from standouts like Gotwuteverittakes & Skyway Kon Man

 

4-TT’s D-Jay – Sports a 1:54.3 mark here last season, fresh off a big wake up wire-to-wire win @ Freehold, back on the mile with an inside post & brimming with confidence

 

RACE 8

1-Manny L – Has been dropping positive hints recently, runner up to a standout winner Marley’s Guy last week & in line for an even better trip from the rail

 

5-Namje – Took four starts on the comeback trail to bear down & romp from post eight last week, now bumped up a notch fresh off that big upset & draws better

 

8-All American N – Rebounded from an early miscue with a flat mile from post nine last week, continues to his descent down the class ladder & makes his second start since switching barns

 

RACE 9

4-Tellitsassymae – Open class mare @ Dayton last Fall with a mark of 1:50.4 @ Hoosier Park, debuts here for a new barn off an even qualifier & lands a soft spot

 

6-Firefly – Failed to fire off cover last week, second to heavy favorite The Double Deuce two starts back, draws better & rates highly in this match up for Team Burke 

 

1-Pretty Image – Came around recently with three strong performances at the bottom level, no chance with a slow start from post eight last out, make her a contender with a better start from the rail

 

RACE 10

6-Max – Team Burke stalwart bounced back with a strong finish from an impossible spot, gets more class & some post relief in a wide-open field

 

7-Chiplosive – Has hit the board in three of his last four against better, fresh off a strong rally for the show last week, 1:52.4 mark @ The Big M last season, drops a notch for Team Cullipher

 

9-Marley’s Guy – 9YO took a few starts to fire his best shot & romped from post eight last week for Team Bongiorno, back outside & steps up a notch, but has regained winning form

 

RACE 11

1-Saint Albray – Gave a strong indication she was ready to pop off that vastly-improved second two starts back, then pace & trip compromised last week, now moves inside a highly beatable field

 

3-Anurka – Just missed with an aggressive effort three starts back, drops back down to the bottom level, draws better second time Lasix & reunited with Andrew McCarthy

 

2-Manhattan Play – Just one for her last 28, right there in the photo with a late surge three starts back, toss out her last two, now gets an improved post for Team Cullipher

 

RACE 12

5-Reggiano – Got off to a very slow start, yet finished with a flurry in a Big Game Series Final last week & continues to go well since the recent claim

 

2-Acting Out – Beaten favorite forced to grind first over & still held third last week, back inside to save ground & work out a smoother stalking trip in strong form

 

8-Ruthless Dude – Was a barn change bonanza two starts back, stung from post nine, yet still held third last week, look for him to blast off again

 

RACE 13

5-Its Mesmerize N – 11-time winner in 2020 landing on the fringes fourth after slow starts in his last two, drops a notch, draws better & owns a big late kick

 

6-Misty Memory N – Eight for 20 last season, missed 36 days prior to her most recent start from post eight @ Yonkers, drops into a softer spot here & owns controlling speed

 

2-Shellie De Vie – Bumps back up a notch fresh off a narrow loss with a perfect trip & draws inside again with renewed form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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