Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:30 PM

RACE 1

5-Waltzacrossthewire – Makes his second start off the Robert Lounsbury claim, has been competitive with $10,000 types, hence eligible to drop n pop

 

3-Dancing Rusty – Was reclaimed & promptly rallied to upset this kind last week, rewarded with another inside post to work out a similar stalking trip

 

1-Sports Cowboy – Lands the rail fresh off a much-improved effort/result last week, yet his 1 for 28 record in 2018 is cause for concern

 

RACE 2

3-Fraser Ridge – Got off to an inexplicably slow start & still rallied for third in his Big M debut, draws a bit better off that acclimating trip & has a chance to pick it up

 

4-Trolley – Emerged from a shuffle to explode past Muscle Diamond at 5-1 last week, eligible to be even better this time as his comeback story continues

 

5-Muscle Diamond – Was forced to grind first over & was barely outprinted by Trolley after reeling off five in a row, comes right back on shorter rest for him to employ his relentless style

 

RACE 3

1A-Iron Dome – Had no chance closing from the back last week, hit the board from a tough spot before that, getting back in shape & completes a solid Team Harmon entry

 

5-Sergeant Seelster – Broke through the wire, yet lost ground & complied with the breaking rule, remains a major threat requiring patient handling by Andy Miller

 

9-Photo King – Beaten favorite was left in the wake of Sergeant Seelster despite stealing a :58.3 half, now a fresh Team Bamond claim rates consideration despite his post ten assignment 

 

RACE 4

5-Partyon Partygirl – Consistent performer on smaller tracks ships her act here, lands an ideal stalking post & can take advantage of some class relief 

 

2-You Should Be Here – Fresh off a game grind & solid second first time Lasix @ Freehold, returns to the mile track in a really soft spot

 

7-Keystone Krystal – Runner up here in the slop two starts back, then a badly beaten favorite @ Yonkers, chance to rebound, but her one for 17 record is a concern

 

RACE 5

2-Rubber Duck – The Duck grinded first over & just missed as the heavy favorite last week, remains at this reduced level, draws better & looks like the one to beat

 

7-Opulent Yankee – Classy horse-for-the-course gets another class drop after flashing sudden & familiar speed, draws a tougher post, but must be respected

 

3-Bastille – Bumps up a notch fresh off a decisive score with trot at both ends last week, chance to work out a similar trip from the same post

 

RACE 6

5-OK Heavenly – 1:49.4 performer here last year finally erupted off cover for an overdue win last week, poised to step back up off that confidence-boosting score

 

8-Stylish Beachwhere – Showed signs of coming back around last week after a recent sick scratch, gets enough class relief to offset the challenging outside post

 

7-The Spinster N – Emerged from a shuffled with a close second to the raging Stormtracker two starts back, returns to the mile track & lands in the same class

 

RACE 7

3-Seven Iron – Qualified with a sharp late move, then came up a bit short in the comebacker, improving 4YO draws well to build on that for Team Toscano

 

6-Fly On – Forced wide & stormed home to just miss to Chromeo last week, 5YO appears on the verge for Team Orange Crush

 

7-Chromeo – Came right back off the narrow loss two starts back with a game score last week, stalking type has the relentless style to overcome a demanding post

 

RACE 8

3-Velocity Lana – Game winner @ Yonkers two starts back, paced compromised in the slop here last out, lands in a real soft spot for a high percentage barn

 

4-Icommandmyspirit – Horse-for-the-course figures to be better this time around in her second start off a sick scratch & draws well to use her tactical speed in a wide-open field

 

8-Big Chute – Just two for 36 last year, but was a much better third chasing a runaway OK Heavenly last week, has now had two acclimating trips here since shipping south

 

RACE 9

5-Tour De Lindy – Finally stayed flat & stormed home from a tough spot to just miss two weeks ago, went seven for 21 last season & now drops another notch

 

4-Tech Titan – Severely hindered by a slow start & pace compromised from post nine, romped to a new mark of 1:55 before that & draws better here

 

6-Illinimight – Bounced back from a miscue to rally for third last week, 4YO may be gradually getting his act together for Team Orange Crush

 

RACE 10

9-Dangerousprecedent – Rounding back into form fresh off a narrow loss from post ten, tactical speed puts her in play & this 1:52.4 winner back on 11-30 looks like a must use in this match up

 

6-Hepburn Hanover – Was able to take control & romped at the top of her form cycle last week, now the post is tougher, but once again the field is highly beatable

 

4-Fox Valley Bailey – Used hard to get the lead from post ten last week after two straight blowouts, has a big chance to rebound with more patient handling from a much better post

 

RACE 11

1-Downundermatter – Rallied to upset at the bottom level off a recent sick scratch, Big veteran now drops a notch & lands the rail in a field ripe for the taking

 

2-Two Hip Dip – Grinded gamely for second behind a dominant Lauderdale last week, draws inside again for his third start off a sick scratch & since a barn change 

 

6-Starsaboveallerage – Took charge & folded to fifth as the beaten favorite last week, previous form hinted of better & gets another shot at this reduced level

 

RACE 12

2-Derf Hanover – Easily tripped out for three in a row & lowered his mark again to 1:53 last week, stands out from an inside post for a high percentage barn

 

5-Hammer Time – Suddenly got aggressive & bravely held off pressure as the heavy favorite last week, has a chance to build on that in a severe test against a superior foe

 

3-Tropical Splash AS – Trounced N/W 5 company @ Harrah’s Philadelphia recently, yet looks to rebound off a break @ Yonkers from an inside post here

 

RACE 13

1-Believe In Me – Dropping all the right hints recently, closed from last to hit the board last week, moves inside & owns a big late kick

 

7-Penpal – Classy mare continues to knock on the door, hitting the board in her last four & fresh off another narrow loss last week, four-time beaten favorite trying to atone

 

3-Stormtracker – Unleashed a pair of sharp back-to-back wins against lesser before the early miscue last week, big chance to rebound from post three again

 

RACE 14

4-Can Do – 10YO classmaster gets further class & post relief & has a big chance for a wake up mile in this wide-open finale

 

6-Can’t U Spell – 1:54.2 performer last season qualified well on 1-4, then had broken equipment in his debut here, has the credentials to surprise this crew

 

2-Muay Hanover – Trending in the right direction since the late-November injury scratch, tripped out & held third last time & draws an improved post

 

 

 

 



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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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