Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:54 PM

RACE 1

1-Warrior One – 4YO has blossomed with three in a row for Team Burke, draws the rail fresh off the mile of his life & gets another easy ride in the same class

 

4-Very Very Fast – 11YO off to a great start this season, took a new mark of 1:53.1 from post 10 in the slop back on Jan. 3 & draws inside fresh from a confident score for Andrew Harris

 

3-Uncle Hanover – Runner up in both starts on the comeback trail, the latest to Very Very Fast, draws well to stalk the speed & assume a prime opportunist role

 

RACE 2

4-If I Must – Faced tougher @ Dover Downs, while tailing off recently, draws inside in a wide-open bottom condition here & eligible to spark something for his new barn

 

5-Storming Mist – Comes off one of his best efforts this season, rallied to hit the board in a Leap Year Series Final last week, retains Dexter Dunn & lands in a soft spot

 

1-Egosnattitudes – Rated nicely, finished second & placed first as the favorite two starts back, moves inside & has a big chance to employ a similar strategy

 

RACE 3

5-Sports Vision – Left alertly, then angled without sufficient clearance & caused interference last week, has come to life in his last two & might on the verge of an overdue win

 

1-Test Ride – Almost converted a perfect Andy Miller drive into an upset last week, lands back inside for a similar attempt & hasn’t got much to beat

 

9-Spondulicks – Put together a much-improved rally to just miss last week, now draws a tougher post, while making his third start for his new barn

 

RACE 4

3-Endeavor – Was forced into a first over grind, still paced home in :26 for his second straight second by a neck to Trump Nation, finally gets to draw inside to turn the tables

 

4-Trump Nation – Got away with a :55.2 breather half & confidently held off Endeavor last week, Team Burke trainee clearly on his game & might be tough to knock off again

 

6-None Bettor A – Reeled off nine in a row @ one point last season, Battle of Lake Erie & Great Northeast Series champ looked ready to roll in his latest qualifier here

 

RACE 5

2-The Devils Own N – NZ import finished a close second to stakes winner None Bettor A in a sharp qualifier & draws inside a camera-shy field for his anticipated US debut

 

1-Captain Trevor – 1:49 performer last year, wasn’t heard from in both starts coming back, but now gets a double class drop & moves inside for Team Alagna

 

7-Mitch Maguire N – Has taken a few starts to acclimate & regain form, stormed home in :26.2 from a tough spot to grab second last week & needs a faster pace set up

 

RACE 6

7-Mcthriller – 1:49 winner here this season & last, recently forced as high as the Preferred, torched last week, drops again & can motor past these with the right trip

 

4-Ocean Colony – Jumped into The Ocean two starts back @ $24.60, parked first over chasing Jesse Duke N in a Leap Year Series Final last week & can rebound with post four again 

 

1-Palomar – 1:49.4 performer here late last season ran up again a 1:49.1 Bell I No two starts back, returns to The Big M with some class & post relief in a very competitive field

 

RACE 7

4-Starznheaven – On the fringes chasing superior foes in his last two, sports some solid 2019 numbers, gets further class relief & draws better

 

3-Jet Airway – Overcame a tough first over trip to crush four of the same opponents he meets here again, classy 9YO lands post three again as the main focus

 

8-DA Magician – Nine-time winner last year plagued by recent sick & lame scratches, closed into a :55.2 back half from post ten in the comebacker, chance to surprise despite post eight

 

RACE 8

3-Mindtrip – Gets away from the raging Bell I No, draws inside off a narrow loss in 1:48.4, 12-time winner last season in line for another smooth trip & overdue

 

6-Trump That – Consistent Team Burke trainee been seeing nightmares of Jesse Duke N, continues his current form spree & can handle to bump up in class

 

5-Dealer’s Table – Unleashed a wicked :26.2 third quarter & sputtered last week, 4YO with speed & talent makes his fourth start on the comeback trail & poised to break through

 

RACE 9

8-Covered Bridge – The Bridge steamrolled to one of the most impressive 4YO debuts in some time in his first start for Team Burke, equaled the season’s fastest 1:48.3, tougher class & post, but that might not matter

 

3-Rockin Ron – Former stakes winner for Team Burke took what looked like a needed tour of the oval in his 8YO debut, drops out of the Preferred & draws inside to follow up

 

5-Bell I No – 8YO has been on some kind of roll this season for Andrew Harris, steps up in price after equaling his career mark, then lowering it to 1:48.4 last week 

 

RACE 10

3-Terror Hall – Hammered down to just 4-1 when he suddenly steamrolled first over to a wake up win two starts back, drops back to that level & draws better to trip out

 

2-Kid PK – Big disappointment as the even money favorite after reeling off back-to-back blowouts, chance to regroup off another claim with an inside draw

 

7-Thunder Dome – 4YO has been pretty consistent, draws a tougher post fresh off a perfect trip loss last week, yet can see him getting involved

 

RACE 11

1-Soho Chelsea A – That sudden wake up :27.3 third quarter move last week was duly noted, drops again & draws the rail in a wide-open field as tonight’s Price Play

 

7-Santafe’s Coach – Just two for 24 last year & tough to get a read on this one, flashing some positive signs, no chance last week & continues to plummet down the class ladder

 

9-Western Redhot – Has increased his intensity in his last two since the claim, 7YO took a new mark of 1:52.3 first over from post nine last week, can he do it again?

 

RACE 12

3-Atomic Rei – Gave him a shot last week & he was forced wide from an impossible spot, last time he drew inside on Jan. 31 he stalked n popped for Dexter Dunn

 

1-Mr Heaven – Leg 1 winner erupted to his third straight tally from seven last week, has a big chance to keep his positive trend going from the rail 

 

5-Iowa Neightive – Caught this one last week when he was able to steal away & hold on for a Leg 1 win, sharp item also has the option of stalking the speed 

 

RACE 13

3-Rough Odds – Came to life in his return from post ten & got nosed out by a big favorite Captain Mulzac, moves inside third time Lasix with some back class

 

6-Always At My Place – Team Burke millionaire cruised in the qualifier after some needed freshening, returns at the bottom condition level with an instant chance to assert himself

 

5-Warrawee Unique – 4YO faded in the qualifier behind stablemate Always At My Place, so may need a start, but Team Burke often has them ready & this is enough class relief

 

 

 

 

 



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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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