Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:19 AM


6-Pine Tab – Gelding is just one for his last 44, yet has clearly come around in his last few, fresh off a gutsy narrow loss @ Pocono to contend here for Hurricane Hannah


9-Winwood Scout – Recent claim by the rock solid Mike Watson barn came to life @ Freehold two starts back, then a strong second from the same outside here last out


4-Keystone Thomas – 11YO warhorse took a couple of spins around Plainridge to revive his form & draws well here to keep that positive trend going



2-Beach Credit – Lightly-raced colt cruised in a sharp 3Yo debut @ Pocono as the heavy favorite & looms large with another inside draw in a pretty competitive match up


4-Myammie Drama – Muscle Hill filly lived up to the hype by breaking her maiden in confident style from post seven for Team Burke, complete with an eye-catching :27.1


6-Sheer Assault – Brother to world champion Designed To Be, 1:51.3 [$656,166] flashed some major league talent at two, solid qualifier for Team Orange Crush



6-Real DJ Hanover – Showed significant improvement in his second start off the bench, aggressively handled to a hard-fought third last week & drops further


4-Captain Primeau – 13YO classmaster turned his game around with a decisive wire-to-wire in the slop @ Freehold & draws nicely here to maintain that momentum


2-Hyway Marcus – Made an early miscue as the heavy favorite @ Saratoga, ships back here into a very soft spot to rebound for Team Harmon



1-Muscle High – Toscano-tuned Muscle Hill colt switched to the mile track, took the trotting hopples off, raced well & hit the board, big chance to follow up on that from the rail


8-Sweet Champ – Went all the way & held on in his second qualifier without trotting hopples, talent & potential may be enough to handle post ten


2A-Southwind Hydro – Added trotting hopples & qualified second behind the standout Enterprise & Dexter Cup winner Lord Cromwell, post eight a serious obstacle for this first timer



2-Carly Girl – Lightly-raced filly with plenty of upside finished a noteworthy second to Windsun Brooklyn in her Big M debut & draws inside that rival


8-Windsun Brooklyn – Took loads of tote action off a couple of nondescript tighteners, suddenly got aggressive for Pat Lachance & scored decisively, threat to repeat despite post eight


6-Jaye’s A Lady – Finished a close second to the standout Twinkle in her 3YO debut here, then faltered in OSS @ Miami Valley, filly with talent has a chance to rebound



6-Dayson – Matron winner & major stakes player with a mark of 1:51.2 here was pace & trip compromised in his 4YO debut, 12-time time winner in 2016 needed the race


7-Opulent Yankee – Very productive season so far, utilized his dangerous controlling speed to steal one @ Yonkers last week, almost went all the way here before that & got nosed out


4-Broadway Donna – Two-time Dan Patch Award winner qualified with vigor chasing Hannelore Hanover, draws well to work out a stalking trip & show her class



1-Southwind Woody – Muscle Hill colt rallied to win a G Notes Series division before the miscue @ Freehold, Burke trainee draws inside top rebound & continue his progress


3-Starsaboveallerage – Gelding was on a roll here earlier this Spring, lowered his mark to 1:55.2 in the slop & followed up with an easy win from post ten, inside draw in wide-open field


9-Side Bet Hanover – Major stakes player at three showed improvement in her second qualifier chasing the Cutler repeater Resolve, expect her to blast off to overcome the outside draw



9-Glenferrie Bronte N – Stormed home off cover to just miss to Keystone I Wish in a sparkling Big M debut, 10-time winner in 2016 needed to acclimate & just needs some luck from post nine


7-Keystone I Wish – Converted a great drive by Corey Callahan from the rail & desperately held on in blanket photo finish, tactical speed overcomes the tougher post here


10-Not Before Eight – Classy 1:49.3 winner here last season came up just a head shy of Keystone I Wish in her first start back on Lasix, rates major contender status despite post ten



1A-What The Hill – 2016 NJSS champion & Peter Haughton Memorial winner won his second qualifier with a nice late burst & heads a strong Team Burke Hambo contingent


1-Deacon Tony – Team Burke gelding has emerged from relative obscurity to win both starts here this season with sharp finishes, part of a standout entry


2-Bill’s Man – Grand Circuit winner in 1:52.3 as a freshman draws well off a pair of excellent qualifiers & may eventually work his way into a Hambletonian player



1-Bettor Chill Out – Classy mare with a mark of 1:51.2 here last season makes her third start off the bench, drops significantly & lands the pole position


4-Faithful Friend – Just one third in 13 starts in 2017, but has been a bit better landing on the fringe fifth in her last two @ Pocono & draws well in a real soft finale


5-Little Miss Marie – Just one for 18 this season, yet has consistent hit the ticket recently, parked on a sloppy track last out @ Freehold




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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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