Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:11 PM


3-Jesse Duke N – Bounced back from a break in the Borgata Series with a solid second here, now gets class & post relief for his key third start off the bench


2-Italian Delight N – Steady horse-for-the-course type has cranked it up in his last two, fresh off a game speed try, drops along with several others & lands post two again


1-Incredible Shark – Missed a couple of weeks off a dull effort, drops a notch & eligible to rebound from the rail & switches to The Bionic Man, kicks off a 1-2 punch for Team Culipher



1-Toronto – Easy tour of the oval in his opener, Always B Miki colt out of two-time Dan Patch Award winner See You At Peelers eligible to step up from the rail for a high percentage barn


2-Straight Talk – Sweet Lou colt tangled with Grand Circuit types at two, finished well in his qualifier & draws inside two other formidable Team Burke stablemates 


4-Emblaze Hanover – Flaunted some speed in his qualifier for Team Burke, Sweet Lou colt seemed to come around before being rested, brother to a couple of sub 1:49 performers = Eddard & Elver Hanover



8-Good Rockin – Finally came to life with speed last week, now moves outside, but continues to tumble down the class ladder & capable of one big late burst past this camera-shy bunch


6-Warrawee Veloce – Fresh face angle may work in this wide-open affair, won his qualifier here with a nice late burst of :26.3 & faces a bottom level crew for Team Burke


4-Griffon Hanover – Veteran horse-for-the-course hinting at this bottom level, kicked home in a sharp :26.3 last week & draws well in a field which is a combined two for 56 in 2021



5-Pokerface Bluechip – Forced into a wide move chasing My Alpha Rock N last week, flashed speed & used hard before that, sports a 1:51.3 mark @ The Big M in 2021


6-My Alpha Rock N – Came right back to repeat in style as the heavy favorite with Gingras last week, romped to a new mark of 1:51.3 before that & looks tough to go against


7-Independent One – Last Saturday’s Price Play was hammered down to 5-2 & delivered a well-rated score, tougher assignment here, but has came around



2-Heat Wave Hanover – Put together a solid back half of :55.3 to just miss in her Big M debut for Team Bongiorno, now draws an improved post for her third try off the bench


7-St James Gate – Consistent Team Burke-tuned gelding finished with an extra surge second time Lasix & was right there in the photo last week, tougher post, but looms large 


1-Double Account – Got parked & was forced to grind out a minor share last week, no chance from post nine before that & just missed on March 5, chance to trip out from the rail



7-Barrage Hanover – Late-blooming 4YO stepping up from a tougher post, but has sharpened his sword in his last two, now trainer Chris Ryder hands the lines to Dexter Dunn


2-Environs Hanover – Easily made it three-for-three here in blowout fashion from post seven, has now missed three weeks, but draws inside for a raging barn


9-Sombodyitreasure – Sub 1:50 performer here last season qualified with vigor for Team Bongiorno & looks ready to make an immediate impression despite an outside draw



5-Reagan’s Avenger – Offered a bit of late pace in a much-needed comeback/acclimating mile, remains at a reduced level, can stalk from midpack & show more in a wide-open field


7-Cruzing Hill – Justin Sodano claim came to life recently with back-to-back upsets, then just missed as the beaten favorite in a Play Meadowlands Final last week, finds a cozy spot to rally


3-Grand Teton – Emerged from the Game of Claims @ Pocono with a few checks, far back chasing a 1:49.4 winner last week, moves inside a field that is a combined four for 62 in 2021



1-Franco Totem N – Finished a hard-charging third by a neck, back half in :53.4, fresh off the bench last week, gets class & post relief for his second start off the bench


2-Decision Day – Been consistently closing in :26 + change against the top class, now drops with a chance to carve out an ideal stalking trip from another inside post


3-Chaser Hanover – Looks poised to take another step up in class with his form on the rise, fresh off a sparkling new mark of 1:49.4 from post ten, last quarter in a sizzling :25.3



7-Reign Of Honor – Runner up to Gimpanzee in the 2020 Graduate Final qualified well for Team Melander & might be ready to show his class in an extremely puzzling affair


3-Winnerup – Rallied stoutly to hit the board in the feature here two starts back, then had no chance in the Yonkers Open & draws well back here for Team Burke


8-Rock Of Cashel – Bumped back up in class & draws a tough post, but that was a major wake-up win on the engine as the heavy favorite last week, gate speed puts him in play



7-J M Mandamin – Kicked off his 5YO season two-for-two in crushing style @ Pocono, his latest a career best of 1:50, no doubt a revved up Team Bongiorno shipper in a very sharp field


8-Yacht Seelster – Turned the tables on Colossal Stride A with a great drive by The Minister last week, just missed with a gutsy speed try from post nine before that, a huge threat again


5-U S Captain – This Captain sailed past them from post ten for a big Bionic Man upset, now moves to midpack to stalk tougher foes within closer range 



5-Cliffhanger – Qualified well behind a fine prospect in Somebodyitreasure, then just missed to a well-rated Starznheaven in the comebacker, now has license to show more


1-JK Will Power – 1:51.3 winner here back on Feb. 6 finally draws an inside post fresh off a solid second from post seven @ Pocono, a sub 1:50 performer @ The Big M last season


3-Starznheaven – Suddenly, I mean, suddenly zipped right out in :26.3, got away unpressured & held on for his 50thcareer win last week, bumped up, yet draws inside to show more back class



3-Duddie’s Lor – This horse has always been an enigma, three-for-three with a mark of 1:50.2 here in 2020, shuffled & overloaded in traffic last week, gets some class & bit of post relief


8-Palomar – Faces some class elevation & lands post eight again off his second straight narrow loss, back half in :54.1, always dangerous with the right set up


5-Passa-Grille Beach – Has capitalized on a recent class drop, fresh off a hard-fought win & just missed at this level from the same midpack post before that for Team Cullipher



8-Northern Rock – Has continued to be razor sharp since the claim, just missed to the favorite Statesman N in a Play Meadowlands Final & overcomes post eight with gate speed


7-Ocean Colony – The Ocean perked up & showed some of his back class, going all the way from the same post last Friday, looks like the fresh threat will be the main target again


9-Ideal Son – Pounded down to 5-2 & rallied to score fresh off the claim, bumped up a notch & lands outside, but has something positive to build on






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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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