Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:09 PM


8-Bank Sea – 1:51.1 performer here last year stormed home from post eight to score fresh off the injury scratch, closer benefits from the speed in here & looms as a threat to repeat off that needed start


3-Battle Strong – Obviously wasn’t himself when he faded last week, just missed to Dull Roar before that, claimed by our Trainer of the Week & draws better in a very competitive opener


7-Dull Roar – 11YO enjoying a big turnaround season, stole a :57 half unpressured & went all the way last week, tougher post, but two-for-two off the latest claim



4-Steuben Hanover – With the Mohawk shutdown 2019 Hambo winning combo invade The Big M, 5YO son of Trixton been off three weeks, yet lands in a soft spot off a narrow loss in his recent comeback


7-Chiplosive – Stronger half of the Team Cullipher duo in here gets some needed class relief, stone closer’s last win came at this level from the same post


1-Nothing But Muscle – Was stymied by a pedestrian :58.1 half while parked uncovered in his return to The Big M, finally draws inside & in line to stalk the pace



6-Stone Hanover – Thundered home in :26.1 and :25.4 from impossible spots in two acclimating trips, gets a hefty dose of class relief, owns speed & all that might be enough


7-Quality Bud – Came right back to repeat as the heavy favorite with a quality drive by Mark MacDonald, sharp horse-for-the-course can handle the class hike & tougher post


3-Pokerface Bluechip – Has cycled forward & came up aces again with another narrow loss to Quality Bud off the latest claim, bumped up a notch, yet draws inside again



6-Reign Of Honor – Dominated in an eye-catching 1:52.1 in his 5YO debut before the early miscue as the heavy favorite last week, logically dangerous if he can rebound for Team Melander


1-Chin Chin Hall – Stakes quality Nifty Norman trainee only made five starts in 2020 & been off a long time, yet did qualify okay against Manchego & lands the rail


7-Double Account – Made a rare miscue at the start of last week’s Preferred, caught fire with controlling speed before that & could bounce back for Team Cullipher



8-Whole Lotta Lou – Wheeled right back to devastate them as the heavy favorite in 1:52.1 again two weeks ago, tougher post & sharp field, but the barn has been on fire this season


9-I’ll Drink To That – NYSS prospect won both qualifiers, the latest all the way with a :26 flat, draws outside, but owns speed & upside & Dexter Dunn takes the lines


6-Somewhereinverona – Stakes quality grey won his qualifier here with a :26.1 for The Buckeye & looks ready to take on a pretty a very talented field



7-Scirocco Rob – Had the table set perfectly for his sizzling 1:50.3 romp last week, just a fifth off a track record for OTG, Mark Silva has this versatile gelding on his toes & can leave the gate for position 


5-JL Cruze – The King was scratched last week after giving way to Scirocco Rob @ Dover Downs, 10YO classmaster has been sharp here this season & tries to bounce back against some serious foes


3-Lovebythemasses – What a job Team Cullipher have done with the emerging 4YO, caught fire with back-to-back lifetime marks, draws inside fresh off a crushing 1:51.4 & primed for a tougher test



2-Thatswhatisaid N – Dropping positive hints of strong final quarters since the late March sick scratch, now gets class & post relief for a barn doing well here


9-Harambe Deo – 1:48.3 performer here last season faded as the heavy favorite last week, just missed in the comebacker before that, lands outside, but drops back down


8-Hundie N – Productive @ Yonkers last month, wasn’t heard from in his Big M debut, yet did pace home in :25.4 & drops for the lethal combo of Brennan & Drennan



7-Beyond Words N – Lightly-raced 5YO got off to a strong start in NZ, Nifty Norman trainee unleashed an eye-catching qualifier with a :25.3, back half in :54.1, no picnic for her US debut, but she might be this good


1-Rose Run Vantage – Barely outsprinted by Wingding Hanover after upsetting in her comeback from post seven, back inside an excellent field & primed for Team Cullipher


2-Wingding Hanover – Saved ground off a rated pace & simply had more punch to pull the Tetrick upset last week, lands post two again to give Team Cullipher a big 1-2 punch



7-Nicholas Beach – Fresh off his winning comeback @ Pocono he responded to aggressive handling & just missed in a brilliant 1:49 sprint last week, half of a revved up Team Bongiorno combo


5-Splash Brother – Classy Empire Breeders Classic winner & 1:48.2 performer here last year qualified with zeal @ Pocono, lands in a tough field, but looks ready with plenty of upside


4-Somebodyitreasure – Second to Dojea Gizmo in his latest qualifier, stormed home right there in the comebacker, two weeks to regroup off a late miscue, talented Team Bongiorno trainee draws inside



2-Franco Totem N – The other fresh & hot Nifty Norman trainee beat Harambe Deo off a sick scratch, then just missed to the trip sitting US Captain, continues to ramp it up & in line for a smooth stalking trip from post two


8-Colossal Stride A – Nifty Norman import no worse than second since arriving here, tipped first over & just missed to a well-rated Ana Afreet N in :25.4, back half in :53.1, stuck outside again, yet still gathering momentum


7-Ana Afreet N – 1:48.3 winner here in 2020 made a triumphant return to the mile track & stole one last week for Team Cullipher, strong in the win column & could be the one to knock off again in a very intriguing Preferred



1-Environs Hanover – Was so impressive reeling off his first three here, bounced back with a solid third last week & lands the rail with speed for the potent combo of Brennan & Drennan


4-Barrage Hanover – Lightly-raced 4YO flashed plenty of potential last month for Chris Ryder, rebounded with a strong second last week & looms large from another inside post


6-Island Of The Sea – Took a mark of 1:48.4 @ Hoosier Park last season, really roughed up in his latest @ Dover Downs, stablemate to JL Cruze could surprise this field of several possibilities 



8-Ima Real Ladys Man – Team Cullipher trainee just one for ten this season, but sharpening his sword, pace compromised & still came charging home to just miss in :26.1, back half in :54, moves outside, yet drops another notch


9-Regal Son – George Brennan brushed him from post eight & came up just a length short in a credible Big M debut, stuck outside again, but look for more from this Nik Drennan shipper6-Statement Made A - 


7-Good Rockin – Finally regained his winning edge with an overdue romp as the heavy favorite @ the bottom level, can parlay that confidence boost into a possible repeat



6-Statement Made A – After a lean season so far he’s been better in his last two, forced wide & had to be steadied briefly in the stretch last week, now hits bottom with some back class


3-Ginger Tree Pete – Shows dismal recent form @ Dover Downs, so looks to turn it around for with a barn change, substantial class drop, inside draw & addition of Dexter Dunn


8-Cecil Casanova – Cecil came through as an international good thing in his Big M debut against bottom TM foes, has missed 15 days, moves outside, yet has room to improve further





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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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