Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:23 PM

RACE 1

7-Legion Of Boom – Just missed in the comebacker, then went all the way with a lifetime best blowout, fresh n hot to build on that


5-Jackson Brady – Riding quite a form spree for trainer Bruce Clarke, easily wired a bit weaker as the heavy favorite & figures to be forwardly placed again

 

2-So Take That – Stormed home from last to pull a 17-1 upset in his first start here for trainer Mike Watson, badly beaten favorite needs a big rebound effort

 

RACE 2

2-Never Ever Clever – Drop down & back class candidate, beaten favorite needed the race off a sick scratch & draws well to trip out

 

7-Winemaster Hanover – Fresh claim by Team Harmon just missed as the beaten favorite in a very inspiring Big M debut

 

3-Staying Focused – Did exactly that & was able to steal away to an easy lead from post nine & hold on, draws better to repeat

 

RACE 3

1-My Spirit Soars – Closed from far back & post ten to hit the board last out, now moves inside & drops another notch

 

2-Madiba Magic N – Flashing obvious signs of cycling around, sudden early speed two starts back, then a game grind last week on the drop down from the same inside post

 

3-Lucky Man – 12YO millionaire hasn’t been a factor recently, but drops to a much softer bottom level field & draws inside again

 

RACE 4

9-Jacksrluckytoo – Conjured up more of his familiar late punch & rallied from a tough spot to hit the board as the beaten favorite again, looking for a big speed target

 

6-Stolen Glimpse – Banked over $230,000 at three, rated & faded over an off track due to snow last week, Burke trainee drops a notch from that point

 

2-Blatantly Best – Tried the game grind route to no avail, but did hang in there for third as the beaten favorite, drops a notch & lands the same inside post

 

RACE 5

3-War-N-Munn – Liked his solid third chasing standout Doctor Butch on 12-23, excuse the early miscue over an off track last week

 

4-Rockin Robert – 9YO gelding unleashed a complete blowout in his second start off the bench under less than ideal conditions last week, reunited with Brett Miller

 

7-J Eagle Feather – Flashed some sneaky late pace under snowy conditions in his comeback, took a mark of 1:50 here last season

 

RACE 6

1-K-Lees Shakenbake – Twice beaten favorite can close with the best of them, flying from an impossible spot last week, back with Super Brett & rates the step up in class

 

3-Durant – Bill Mann stepped on the gas & this recent claim blazed to within a fifth of his career best in the snowy conditions last week, logical threat off that mile

 

4-Always A Diamond – Gelding has won two of his last three for Ivan Llopez & kicked off his new year with a well-driven upset

 

RACE 7

4-Elrama N – Fresh off an amazing December, rose up the class ladder, lowered his mark to 1:50.3 & comes off a gutsy narrow loss

 

7-Si Semalu – Steady gelding stormed home from a tough spot in :54.4 to nail the upset, huge threat to repeat

 

8-Parnu Hanover – Brushed n crushed in a sharp 1:50.3 in the snowy conditions with a -2 variant last week, Team Miller has this one on his toes

 

RACE 8

3-Dreamlands Art – Thundered home from post nine & last to hit the ticket under less than ideal conditions last week, gets another shot at this reduced level

 

6-Ontario Success – Completely dominated these from a similar post two starts back, then got parked last week, 14-time winner last year drops back down for Team Burke

 

4-Fan Of Terror – Has caught the fringes in his last two against tougher here, 1:51 winner here last season drops dangerously

 

RACE 9

3-Pickwick – Obviously wasn’t himself for some reason last week, but the impressive post ten score before that, Brett Miller back in the bike & improved post makes him a prime rebound candidate

 

4-Dash Of Danger – Beaten heavy favorite was severely pace compromised in the snow last week, was a convincing two-for-two for Team Burke before that

 

7-Baggage Claim – Took full advantage when Dash Of Danger & Pickwick couldn’t deliver & rallied to light up the board at 57-1, has a chance to build on that

 

RACE 10

1-Mr Blissfull – Moves inside on a roll for this price, a game nose loss two starts back, beaten favorite from post eight with Legion Of Boom left alone on the lead

 

2-Le Gambe – Had been hinting in his first few starts here, just missed on 12-23, chased a blowout winner Legion Of Boom last week

 

6-Dancinwithdelight – Faded to ninth in a somewhat disappointing Big M debut, drops into a much softer spot & Team Burke can right the ship

 

RACE 11

3-Ring Warrior – Gelding has been able to sharpen his sword at the $10,000 level, fought off intense pressure in a fast pace to post a convincing score last week

 

1-Major Bubbles N – Twice beaten favorite was roughed up in a fierce duel with Ring Warrior last week, beaten favorite can turn the tables with better trip from the rail

 

2-City Pie – Bounced back nicely from that rare late miscue on 12-31 with a game score, switches to claimers, moves inside & reunited with Callahan

 

RACE 12

2-Gaius Crastinus – Had his moments & scored a game win @ Freehold on 12-10, solid qualifier here & lands in a soft spot

 

4-Victorydaze Wilwin – Set the pace & strong runner up to the favorite Statesman N back on 12-16, drops back down to that bottom level

 

5-One More Miracle – Just two for 31 last year, but note the improved second just before the sick scratch last week, rates contender status

 

RACE13

6-Majo Just Do It – Stormed home to upset the heavy favorite Drunken Terror two starts back & reunited with Brett Miller

 

5-Drunken Terror – Has finished well to hit the board in his last three, including two close seconds for this price, clearly a top contender in this finale

 

10-Must Be The Bunny – Only one for 30 in 2016, but note the back-to-back strong seconds here last November, watch out if he gets a target & trip

 

 



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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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