Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:00 PM


1          Major Syn – Sister to Wilson winner Armbro Bombay, 1:50.1 [$575,131], rode the favorite’s live cover & just missed with a mighty late surge in a sparkling 3YO debut, big threat from the pole


7          Dustlanemissmolly – Seemed on the verge off the strong speed try & narrow loss two starts back & delivered the upset with a superb Vinnie Ginsberg drive, once again her gate speed puts her in play


6          Sandy Win – Tony Alagna trainee scratched sick last Fall & returning from a five-month layoff, her latest qualifier was much better & makes her a contender right off the hop



2          So Take That – Popular item & dominant force against the $10,000 class, fresh claim by Vincent Fusco, Jr. off a dominant 1:51.4 mile draws inside & stands out for Hurricane Hannah


3          Ideal Race – 11YO was relentless first over & took advantage of the late breaker Who Do You Like to score a mile upset last week in his debut for trainer Kyle Spagnola, draws well to repeat


10         Sir Jake’s Z Tam – Forced wide off cover & just by a neck again last week with another gallant try, just one for his last 38 & moves outside, yet remains a razor sharp prospect right now



6          Amalfi Coast – Beaten favorite tipped wide off cover & rallied to hit the board behind a well-rated Windsun Fireball, this gelding has come around & has a chance to atone


8          Trotalot – Trotted plenty with speed at both ends in a game narrow loss to Windsun Fireball last week, 10YO parlayed his confidence-building win @ Saratoga before that & now faces a more demanding draw


10         Windsun Fireball – Added Roy Marohn who carved out a front-end masterpiece from the rail last week, obviously post ten is much tougher, but this gelding is on his game



3          Vita Bella Bi – Sister to Crys Dream, 1:54 [$997,378] & Brigham Dream, 1:53.2 [$639,280) draws well fresh off an excellent 3YO debut, came up a neck shy with a crisp :27.4 for Team Orange Crush


5          Cinnamon Prayer – Rebounded with a well-controlled speed try by Campbell & just missed, this filly is learning her lessons well & may attempt the aggressive route again


1          Chapter Too – She was a very good third to repeat winner Aplomb Hanover in her 3YO debut here & lands the rail again to show more, dam is a sister to Leader Of The Gang, 1:55.2 [$615,713]



6          I’ll Have Another – Was finishing with pretty good energy last week when saddled with another tough post, his persistence & the right trip could put this one across at a decent price


7          I’m Looking At You – Displayed speed from post eight to secure position, went from second to fourth, yet was still digging in to the wire, another demanding draw here & just one for 18 


9          Uncle Leroy – Former King of the Ohio Fair circuit got nosed out in his debut here on the engine, then made an early miscue last week, now moves outside & can use his speed to overcome that obstacle



6          Crazy About Pat – Classy gelding was much better in his third start off a sick scratch @ Pocono last out, finds a prime spot to flaunt his speed & seriously content


7          Opulent Yankee – All set to cap off an excellent, resurgent month of March, gets away from a raging Melady’s Monet, versatile gelding can leave, gain control or stalk the speeds to his inside


3          Appomattox – 8YO has clearly regain his winning edge with two straight blowouts, steps up with renewed confidence & maybe be able to handle the double class hike



2          Analyze – Emerged from a shuffle & finished with a purpose to hit the board behind the dominant Penpal last week, lands post two again off that superb acclimating mile


3          Mosquito Blue Chip – Looks poised to step up fresh off a pace-controlling score in her second start off the bench, classy mare draws the same inside post & aggressive handling is expected


7          Not Before Eight – Beaten favorite just missed with a furious charge two starts back, then was out of position & had some stretch traffic last week, dangerous with the class drop



4          Windsong Illusion – Qualifier on a frigid day @ Monticelo with a -3 variant is tough to gauge, rallied to beat much better here back on 2-3, so this sets up as a prime spot to stalk n pop


5          Hot Summer Knight – Finally gets some much-needed class relief after several futile attempts against tougher, this gelding is capable of speed & note the bottom level blowout back on 2-16


7          Kolbee’s Star – Drops back down to a competitive level, finished a close second back-to-back last month & expected to be on or near the lead in this lighter match up



6          Makers Mass – Fresh off an excellent debut here for Team Orange Crush, rallied for second in a strong :27.4, logically expecting this gelding to offer more at the same level


7          Majestic Mistress – This mare has been doing fine work against tougher N/W 6 opposition @ Yonkers, fresh off a couple of solid seconds there, we’ll look for her to be forwardly placed


2          Big Bill Breeze – Finished off his 2016 season with two straight on the board finishes, qualified well, draws inside, gets class relief & can’t be dismissed despite the layoff



4          Battle Mage – This mare has been razor sharp in two starts off a sick scratch with a nose loss & strong upset, gets another class hike, but this is a highly suspect field


5          Montalbano Bi – Beaten favorite made an inexplicable break last week, willing to forgive that rare miscue, was on a long form spree before that for Team Harmon, ideal spot to rebound


3          Sheer Flex – Returns off the double sick scratch & winning qualifier for a new barn, won two in a row here earlier this year & lowered her mark to 1:54.1, draws well as a fresh threat



1          Mcace Of Arts – Team Harmon-tuned mare has been sharpening her sword against tougher mares, fresh off a solid third from the rail, has a big chance to do the class drop n pop here


5          Keystone I Wish – Came to life just before getting claimed by Vincent Fusco, Jr. & has simply kept it going with three straight wins all in convincing fashion, her latest a career best 1:53


7          Victoria May N – Dropped to this bottom condition level & finished a decent fourth with a :27.3 final quarter, gathering steam on the comeback trail


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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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