Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 3:19 PM

RACE 1

1          UF Fast Feelin – Has been consistently a major contender against these, yet just one for ten this season, moves inside off an impossible trip from post eight & can set up his ideal stalking trip

4          Cherokee Ranger – Everybody’s best bet last week off the easy romp two starts back came up half a length shy after a tough first over trip, remains at the reduced price & has a big chance to atone

3          Mr Julian – Has missed a couple of weeks since he tried to make it three in a row & yielded to Cherokee Ranger & company, draws better & will likely be gunning again

RACE 2

7          Hot Summer Knight – Dropped to this level, rallied prematurely to a late lead & just missed by a head with a game mile in the slop last week, threat here with a similar effort

1          Makers Mass – Huge favorite last week off an encouraging debut here for Team Orange Crush miscued in the slop, now drops a notch & moves inside, yet remains a question mark

4          Winemaster Hanover – Dropped to the bottom level & Victor Kirby was able to brush n crush despite a 23-day layoff, revived Big M lover draws well to repeat

RACE 3

5          Wayward Son – 10YO has taken three starts to regain his form since the late 2016 sick scratch, failed to gain with a perfect second over trip chasing a 1:51.4 winner last week, there is some back class lurking here however

3          Giant Slayer – Only one for 11 this season, wasn’t up to the hike to the $10,000 level last week after chasing a standout So Take That on 3-25, this a softer spot for him to take advantage

2          Workandplayhard – Gelding ramped up his game further with a decent finish from a tough spot last week, makes his fourth start off a sick scratch from an improved post

RACE 4

6          Wegottatruckyea – Simply sat back & unleashed his characteristic late charge to just miss to Play The Field last week, the right set up & bias would get him there this time

4          Dateline Hanover – Got a little too fired up on the engine with a :26.4 opener & :27.2 third quarter last week, still a positive display of speed & may be the one to reel in a again

2          Play The Field – Gelding cycled forward, carved out a perfect two-hole ride & needed every inch to pull the upset in a career best 1:51.2, lands inside again to maintain that momentum

RACE 5

6          Major Key – Broke his maiden in rousing style in his 3YO debut @ Pocono, then rallied to hit the board after a slow start from post nine, this colt is gathering steam for Team Burke

5          Weapon To Win – Finished a solid third @ Pocono on Tuesday, wheels right back on short rest for his third start of the season, note the early miscue in his first try here back on 3-11

8          Imideal Hanover – Tony Alagna-tuned gelding just one for 15 as a sophomore, attempts another comeback off a sick scratch from a demanding post, monitor accordingly

RACE 6

6          Bullet Bob – 8YO gelding was a 1:51 winner here in December, maintaining good form @ Yonkers, owns effective tactical speed, matches up well, gets The Buckeye & could surprise

5          City Hall – Sparked another form spree with a 1:50.3 romp back on 3-4, beat comparable stock @ Pocono two weeks ago, always dangerous when able to control the pace

7          Alberto Contador N – Returned to the scene he dominated for a few weeks early this year & ran into a raging Barimah A last week, 1:49.4 winner here at age nine this season remains a formidable presence

RACE 7

4          Special T Rocks – Emerged from a shuffle, forced to angle wide out of heavy traffic & was airborne late last week, actually gets to drop in class & draws well while on the verge of another win for a hot barn

7          Odds On Equuleus – Finished a much better fourth behind K Ryan Bluechip & company last week, owns back class galore & maybe his third start off the bench is the charm

6          Inspiration View – Team Burke trainee lived up to the hype with a convincing win at the bottom level in his 4YO debut, fresh threat probably able to handle the double class hike

RACE 8

2          Iwillmakeyousaywow – Put up some impressive numbers in 2016, draws inside fresh off a strong third @ Pocono & figures to be forwardly placed from post two

5          Sir Sam’s Z Tam – Gelding just one for 11 in 2017, but has come to hand with lively efforts recently @ Saratoga, knows his way around this track & matches up well with these

1          Twin B Scandal – Finished an okay fifth last week in his first start off the claim, note the :27.3 two starts back, draws better here & finds a soft spot to snap an 0 for his last 36 skid

RACE 9

9          I Like Dreamin – Left alertly, got shuffled, angled late raging with pace, gets another class hike & tougher post for his fourth start of the season, price play has a chance with some luck & right trip

3          Donau – Steps up in class again fresh off his second straight upset for Tyler Buter, lands post three again & will likely get the speed target he needs to set up his big kick

4          Betting Exchange – Worked his way to the front from post eight & fading to fourth as the beaten favorite off some excellent qualifiers, obviously tighter now, draws much better & ready to show more of his back class

RACE 10

4          Downthehighwy – Team Burke trainee returns from a three-month layoff after beating a far superior stablemate Check Six in the qualifier, also drops the bottom rung & draws well

1          Ari Allstar – Switches to trainer Vincent Fusco, Jr. after a dull seventh in his 2017 debut last week, $84,370 winner last season remains substantially down in class, lands the pole & deserves a long look

5          Change Stride N – New Zealand import came around to score @ Freehold & now tries the mile track after missing a couple of weeks, eligible to step up in a soft spot here

RACE 11

8          Stolen Glimpse – 1:49.3 winner @ The Red Mile as a sophomore in 2016 for Team Burke, just missed in the qualifier with good vigor & returns at the bottom level

5          So Take That – 8YO gelding on a four-race winning streak, exploded off cover & drew clear to romp in a GSY Club event last week in the slop, logical stand out in this one

3          Alex Bullville – Game runner up, overcoming a parked-out trip while chasing a headstrong Mr Big Load last week, beaten favorite draws well again fresh off the Nick Surick claim



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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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