Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:48 PM


1-This Is My Song – Was a much more competitive runner up in his latest start @ Freehold since switching to Team Burke & now lands the rail to exploit his class


2-All About Rusty – Was forced first over & still finished a solid second with a much better effort last week & draws inside a blank opener


5-Rock Star – Rallied for third against tougher two starts back, flashed speed & folded last week, now drops to rock bottom with past success here on view



5-Larry Karr – Larry went two-for-two here with back-to-back 1:51.1 miles in early December, Team Burke has kept him going in a positive direction


1-Rebel Rouser – Easily made it four-for-four at the Big M with a rousing post eight score last week, rewarded with the rail in a more competitive N/W 4 affair


2-Letjimmytakeover – The pick last week & scratched off a close second to the raging Monty’s Play, draws inside to set up the ideal stalking trip in a very competitive match up



2-Master Of Puppets – Flashed speed, then pace compromised in the slop last out, a solid second before that, now drops a notch & draws inside a soft $10,000 match up


8-Modern Yankee – Dropped to this bottom level & flew home to just miss in his second start off the bench, will rely on a sufficient speed set up from a tougher post here


9-Ohio Larry – Took a swing at him last week & raced well with pace at both ends off the sick scratch, expecting more of his tactical speed to overcome post nine



6-CC Big Boy – How do end up first over three weeks in a row with three different drivers?  The Big Boy held for a board spot in three of his last four & due for some better luck since the claim


8-Four Staces – Rallied stoutly from a tough spot & almost got to Spaghetti Eddie after going two-for-two off the claim, remains razor sharp since the claim & just needs to be within striking range


4-Spaghetti Eddie – Stole a :58.1 half, fought off fierce pressure from CC Big Boy Sam & held on for the upset in the slop last week, tough to go against this sharp & versatile gelding



10-Century Churchill – Sliding down the class ladder in search of an overdue win, missed a month prior to last week’s effort, sports superior final quarters, chance to overcome post ten


5-Jacksrluckytoo – Drops back down to the level of the win in 1:50 from the same post back in mid-December, notorious closer deserves strong support in this lackluster field


6-K-Lees Shakenbake – Burke trainee hasn’t raced in a month, yet continues on the comeback trail with back class & history success here, prime spot for a wake up mile



7-Dependlebury A – Left alertly from the rail & was understandably a bit short in his US debut on Lasix last week, more challenging post this time, but look for more after the acclimating mile


4-Rough Odds – Last Saturday’s Best Bet steamrolled first over to a sharp score over a deteriorating track off a narrow loss, attractive prospect draws well for the class hike


9-Spicebomb – Put together a crisp :55.3 back half & stormed home for the mild upset in his second start off the bench, 1:50.1 winner here in 2018 steps up in class & needs a similar effort



3-Rock The Nite – That was an impressive romp over Odds On Lauderdale two starts back, needed a bit more late punch in last week’s Preferred, draws inside to set up another stalking trip


7-K Ryan Bluechip – Rolled off cover & shot home in a torrid :26.4 to just miss last week, Preferred class winner on 1-5 remains on a form spree for Virgil Morgan, Jr.


8-Constntlysidewys A – Hard to describe how eye-opening his rebound upset was when he gamely gunned down Tuxedo Bay two weeks ago, now post eight complicates matters



4-Odds On Lauderdale – Beaten favorite in his last two, yet a solid runner up again despite the first over in the slop last week, 4YO draws well on his toes for Tony Alagna


9-Alotbettor N – Took a mark of 1:50 here in the slop last season, tuned up with a solid second in the Freehold Preferred, hot barn has this one ready to show speed & overcome post nine


6-Ideal Jimmy – Seized control from the rail & held on for the aggressive score last week, Team Miller trainee nosed out in 1:50.4 before that & on the rise



2-All Week – Almost got this one home last week despite a near impossible trip, 10YO tossed a :26.4 late dart to just miss by a neck & draws inside again


6-Rootin Tootin – Fresh off a career high $120,000+ sophomore season in NYSS & one tightener 

@ Yonkers, 4YO with upside looks like he matches up well with this class & could surprise


4-Pretty Boy Hill – Our upset special last week crushed foes in decisive fashion, tackles another step up in class while going for three in a row from another inside post



2-Solo Story – FINALLY draws an inside post, rallied for a new mark of 1:51.3 on 12-29, drops back down in class & returns to the mile track to set up his big late kick


7-Barimah A – 1:49.1 performer @ The Big M last season when he was strong in the win column, has been knocking on the door recently & just missed with pace @ both ends last out


5-Smileandsaycheese – Came right back off the 83-1 shocker with another :27.2 stretch rocket to grab second from the same midpack post last week, look for his form revival to continue



1-Jack’s A Rockin – Caught behind a wall turning for home, forced to angle wide & got going too late in his Big M debut for Team Orange Crush, now draws the rail in a blank field


5-Ville Valo – Been doing good work @ Freehold recently, 1:49.4 performer last season with a strong number in the win column lands an ideal midpack post to set up his stalking strategy


9-Rooster Rabbit – Pretty consistent on NY half milers, 1:53.3 winner here in 2018 will need some trip luck to set up his closing style from post nine



5-Obscene Blue Chip – Solid second to Itsnoproblemman two starts back before the rare early miscue last time, has a big chance to rebound in a stalk n pop scenario


8-Itsnoproblemman – Gelding has made it look easy going three-for-three off the claim by a white-hot barn, cruised to a career best 1:51.2 back-to-back, tough to go against


6-Beachchip Hanover – Romped to a new mark of 1:50.4 back in 12-14, runner up to Itsnoproblemman two weeks ago, chance to turn the tables if the favorite somehow falters



6-Sportsmanship – Rallied for third in two of his last three, 1:51.3 winner here last season hits rock bottom, needs a decent speed target to shoot at & his barn has come around


3-Siskel – Flashing positive signs on the comeback trail, kicked in late to hit the board last week, drops another notch & draws inside again


8-News Watch – Intriguing Burke trainee was just one for 23 last year, yet kicked off 2019 with a rousing eight-length score @ Freehold, tough post, but lands in the bottom condition here








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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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