Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:34 AM

RACE 1

5-Lemon Drop Hall – Saved ground, was caught a bit behind a fading Tyron My Gigolo & finished up well in his return to the mile track, 13YO finds a prime spot to stalk n pop

 

8-Lightning Strike – Ships in on a nice form spree & fresh off a wire-to-wire effort against $4,000 claimers @ Monticello, his tactical speed helps overcome the challenging post

 

1-Stormin Rustler – 13YO warhorse looking to snap his 0 for 16 skid this season from the rail after grinding out a solid third in the slop last week

 

RACE 2

9-She’s Watching – Sister to 2014 Pace record setter He’s Watching went two-for-two her last Summer, qualified big, draws outside, but stands out with stakes aspirations

 

7-Under The Bus – Flashed some sneaky late pace in her 3YO debut here, then raced well chasing a runaway @ Tioga Downs, developing nicely for Team Toscano

 

4-Sky Fulla Star – Just one for 15, but dropped out of the tougher Weiss Series @ Pocono & finished a pace-compromised third in her Big M debut & draws well to keep it going

 

RACE 3

5-Sizz Matty – Gelding is 0 for his last 32, yet rallied from a tough spot finish third behind Tossies Flash last week in a positive acclimating mile & was tackling N/W of 4 & 5 @ Harrington

 

1-Tossies Flash – Left Alertly & finished a solid second to even money favorite Steady Pulse in the slop last week & moves inside a wide-open field

 

9-Twin B Scandal – 0 for his last 37, Vincent Fusco, Jr. claim back on 3-24 freshened up & qualifier with some vigor @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tough draw here

 

RACE 4

4-Brian J – Late-blooming brother to Brickman, 1:51.3 [$104,461] has gone two-for-two out of town, latest effort from post nine @ Tioga Downs worth noting, draws well here

 

7-Sam’s Triple Crown – Reeled off three in a row @ Rosecroft before finishing a hard-charging second in his Big M debut, a fast track may help his progress

 

1-Art Scene – Well-bred Tony Alagna pupil making only his second career start showing some talent & potential fresh off a winning qualifier & pushes off from the rail

 

RACE 5

10-Quick Asa Trick N – Rallied to win his US debut here in a sparkling 1:50.1, drops back down to that level, still a fresh threat capable of blasting off for position

 

9-Preparty – Dropped to this level & just missed to the red-hot newcomer Iammrbrightside N last week, post is even tougher this time, but Team Harmon has this one on his toes

 

4-Baby Kitty – Finished an okay fourth in the rain & slop last week after a much-improved second two starts back, class relief & inside draw make him a contender

 

RACE 6

3-Dealt A Winner – 1:47.3 Cane Pace upsetter in 2015 came out guns blazing in a hard-fought 5YO debut for Mark Silva, draws well in a field of vulnerable veterans

 

4-Mcwicked – Was on a major roll coming into the Levy Final, got over anxious on the lead & folded, no chance last out after an unusually slow start from post two @ Pocono

 

6-Clear Vision – Classy 11YO nosed out Mcwicked in a Levy division & romped in a consolation, fresh off a narrow loss @ Tioga Downs off a sick scratch, on the board in nine of 12 this year

 

RACE 7

8-Rockeyed Optimist – 11-time winner in 2016 came roaring off the bench & romped decisively in the slop last week, poised to step up further in an ultra competitive field

 

6-Iammrbrightside N – New Zealand import has gone two-for-two on these shores showing versatility, flaunted speed & sustain in the slop last week, forced to double jump in class

 

9-Doctor Butch – Classy millionaire has always thrived here & has revived his form, fought bravely in a narrow loss in the slop last week, gate speed gets him involved

 

RACE 8

5-To Beach His Own – Was a convincing winner for this price from post seven back on 4-22, stalking type on a roll right now

 

6-Twincreek’s Jack – Cut his tag in half & claimed by Team Harmon off an easy wire-to-wire win in the slop last week, steady gelding always a threat

 

8-Cherokee Ranger – This gelding’s form has ignited in his last three, sparked by an upset rally for $10,000 three starts back, banks on a hot pace from post eight

 

RACE 9

2-Durant – Returns to the scene of some impressive wins here back in January, recovered to finish second in the slop @ Pocono last out, draws inside here to keep that positive form going

 

10-War-N-Munn – Took advantage of a prime spot to romp in his second start off the bench, outside draw, but back class continues to resurface

 

1-So Take That – Seven-time winner here this season had a five-race streak going at one point, lands in a prime spot to work out an ideal stalking trip

 

RACE 10

7-Broadway Donna – Two-time Dan Patch Award winner & Breeders Crown champion rallied prematurely & finished a solid second in a much-needed 4YO debut last week, she has license to beat the boys in this match up

 

1-Dayson – 12-time winner in 2016 with a mark of 1:51.2 at three has come up short in both starts as a 4YO, moves inside for Team Burke & figures to assert himself off those needed miles

 

4-Taco Tuesday – Gelding has caught fire winning three of his last four, makes his second start for trainer Andrew Harris after winning the Yonkers Open from post seven

 

RACE 11

4-Bill’s Man – 1:52.3 Grand Circuit winner @ two may be developing into a serious Hambo contender, fresh off a narrow loss to What The Hill in his sophomore debut with a :26.4

 

6-Moonlight Cocktail – Interesting Toscano-tuned shipper makes her third start off the bench, gets some class relief & has a chance to surprise

 

8-Lauderdale – Capitalized on some class relief & went all the way for the upset from post nine in a career best 1:53.1 two starts back, returns to the Big M off a miscue @ Yonkers

 

RACE 12

2-Victorydaze Wilwin – 0 for 17 this season & coming off a break in the slop last week, yet did finish with increased vigor in his previous two & draws inside a wide-open finale

 

4-Victory At Last – Left well from post ten & shuffled out last week, dropping further, draws much better & retains The Buckeye

 

6-Relentless Dreamer – One for his last 48, ran into a raging last Dragon in the slop last week, remains at this new bottom condition level

 

 



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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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