Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:04 PM

RACE 1

2-Credit Fraud – Rallied stoutly in a crisp :27.2 to just miss here two starts back, draws inside for her return to the mile track & an ideal trip is hers for the taking

 

5-Dewey Hava Winner – Started hinting of breaking through in his last two since coming back, stalks from midpack & long overdue in a prime spot

 

6-Lucky Sheila – Bounced back off an early miscue in the slop with a gutsy second by a neck, chance to build on that in a wide-open curtain raiser

 

RACE 2

6-Geez Joe – Got underway from a bit too far off the pace after missing three weeks, 1:48.1 performer here late last year figures to be within closer striking range off that needed race

 

3-Robbie Burns N – Ships up the Turnpike fresh off a narrow loss in the Dover Downs Open, makes his third start since the long layoff & draws well to set up a surprise

 

5-K Ryan Bluechip – Preferred upset winner two starts back used hard to a :54.3 half last week, has the talent to rebound with a more patient drive

 

RACE 3

3-Letjimmytakeover – Unleashed a fierce rally to finish a close second to Monty’s Play last week & rewarded with a better post off that much-improved effort, could turn the tables

 

9-Monty’s Play – 1:50.4 winner here last season bounced back with a more aggressive score from the same post, he’ll be tough to deal with showing any semblance of that

 

6-Olde Broadside – Upset prospect hasn’t been able to make much of a dent from too far back in his last three here, but acclimated now & would benefit from a fast pace set up

 

RACE 4

3-Deepfave Hanover – Flashed some late pace in two of his last three starts with Dexter Dunn at the lines, draws better & lands in a highly beatable field

 

2-Victorydaze Wilwin – Has stepped it up in his last two, game runner up to a runaway Stratocaster two starts back & the inside post should agree with him

 

1-Spirit Of Truth – Has picked up his game at Freehold recently, took a mark of 1:50.3 here last season & has a chance to carve out an ideal trip from the rail

 

RACE 5

7-Ohio Larry – Razor sharp & on a bit of a roll against $10,000 types elsewhere before the sick scratch, plus he was strong in the win column last year & recent barn change to Mike Watson

 

5-Spanish Art – Really cranked it up while favored in his last three for Scott Di Domenico, took a mark of 1:52.1 two starts back, looks ready to step up in price to face a highly questionable field

 

2-Mccito – Solid runner up to the runaway rather Swell last week, draws better here to set up an ideal stalking trip in this wide open field

 

RACE 6

5-Jack’s A Rockin – Recent winner @ Dayton ships into the Team Orange Crush regime, seems to match up classwise & can set up a stalking trip from an ideal midpack post

 

1-Quality Bud – 1:50.2 winner here last season, got it going in December, then tailed off in his last two, remains at a competitive level & moves inside a field lacking any serious spark

 

4-Duel In The Sun – Classy 10-time winner last year ships in with two Freehold tighteners under him, draws to be well within striking range & catches a field mostly off form

 

RACE 7

6-Stonedust – Dropped out of the Preferred & forced wide from a tough spot last week, 10-time winner last season getting tighter & acclimated & drops again

 

1-Ideal Jimmy – Fresh off a nose loss with pace at both ends as the heavy favorite, may be on the verge for his fourth start off a long layoff from the rail 

 

7-Soho Wallstreet A – Note the decisive take-charge score from post eight on 12-29, returns to a similar scenario sporting a mark of 1:50 here in 2018

 

RACE 8

1-Rough Odds – Pegged this one last week, roughed it first over & nailed by an 83-1 bomb, moves inside & remains a fresh threat at this reduced level

 

3-UF Rockin Dragon – Rallied to hit the board from a tough spot & against stiffer competition two starts back, only three for 32 last year, but this is a class & post relief situation

 

6-Sportsmanship – Dropped to this level & got up to hit the ticket two starts back, too far back from post ten last week, looking for the right speed set up in a camera-shy field

 

RACE 9

3-Pretty Boy Hill – Gave him a chance last week, was hammered down to 8-5 favorite & tripped out to score, chance to repeat from an even better post in a field where most can be eliminated

 

1-Dependlebury A – Aussie import very tough to gauge off his two qualifiers, lands the rail in a field that hasn’t got a whole lot to get excited about

 

6-Smileandsaycheese – Dropped n popped at 83-1 with much-improved late vigor last week, bumped back up for his attempt to prove that was no fluke & doesn’t face much

 

RACE 10

4-All Week – Pulled a gusty upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia three starts back, had no chance after another slow start here last week, has some past success @ The Big M to consider

 

6-Dull Roar – Thought he was a live item last week & somehow got parked into searing fractions from the rail, gets another shot at this reduced level with strong form on view

 

8-Johnny Q – Was bumped up this level in sharp form & paced a solid back half from an impossible spot last week, faces another demanding draw, yet just needs some speed to shoot at

 

RACE 11

10-Dreamfair Mesa – Salebound 1:49.1 winner here late last season lands outside in decent form, gets some class relief to be considered for a high percentage barn

 

3-Nascar Seelster – Draws better fresh off a big wake-up mile & narrow loss last week, another Jeff Cullipher trainee coming to hand & worthy of strong consideration

 

4-Joe’s Bid – Beaten favorite almost handled the double class hike last week, revived 5YO draws the same inside post & seeks a similar stalking trip

 

RACE 12

1A-Incredible Shark – Was almost incredible when he steamrolled to score two starts back, forced first over & held third last week, tough post this week, but the Jeff Cullipher entry is strong

 

5-Odds On Lauderdale – Beaten favorite ran into a well-rated Rock The Nite last week, 1:49.1 performer here last season remains a fresh threat for Tony Alagna

 

2-Ocean Colony – Loved him on the drop n pop & went all the way as the heavy favorite last week, nosed out with a big effort from post nine before that & lands the rail here

 

RACE 13

8-Alta Shelby N – Continues on a long form spree, fresh off a game first over grind & narrow loss to the well-rated Rebel Rouser last week, remains a threat despite a tougher post

 

10-Rebel Rouser – Has gone three-for-three at the Big M with aggressive efforts, held off a relentless Alta Shelby N last week & overcame post nine on 12-22

 

4-Ali – Intriguing newcomer for Pat Lachance with a mark of 1:50.3 @ Pocono & arrives off two tighteners @ Mohawk, draws well & could make an immediate impression

 

RACE 14

7-Cheyenne Reider – 10YO gelding launched another big late move that came up a length shy of heavily favored Four Staces last week, likely gets plenty of speed to shoot at in this match up

 

8-Four Staces – Switched to Gingras & capitalized on an ideal trip from the same post to go two-for-two off the Team Fusco claim, big threat to make three straight

 

2-CC Big Boy Sam – Returned to the mile track & got parked, while pace compromised last week,  recent Mike Watson claim draws post two again to make amends

 

 

 



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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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