Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:39 PM

RACE 1 

4-P L Louigi - $18,000 Mixed Sale purchase fresh off his maiden breaking score @ Mohawk & draws well in a prime spot to acclimate quickly 

  

3-Trixar – $13,000 Mixed Sale buy bounced back off a late miscue by flashing some improved late trot in most recent, lands post two to keep that positive trend going in a soft opener 

  

7-Alvisi Hanover – Latched onto him last week off the much-improved effort on 1-19 & made an early break, now tries to rebound from a more demanding post 

  

RACE 2 

3-Pappy Go Go – Capitalized on a perfect drive by Yannick Gingras to take a new mark two starts back, drops back down out of the Preferred & lands post three again 

  

2-Misslarose – Came roaring fresh off the bench with an aggressive score last week & rewarded with a better post, controlling speed & stamina her best assets 

  

1-Arrakis – Took advantage of a double class drop & patient Dexter Dunn handling & rallied for a sharp upset last week, moves inside to tackle the step back up in class 

  

RACE 3 

7-Resita – Gelding was certainly on his toes despite missing a month with a post eight romp last week, that logically sparks his ascent back up the class ladder for Team Burke 

  

1-Hammer Time – Followed up his game win two starts back with a gutsy second to heavy favorite Derf Hanover, sharp & improving 5YO figures to be forwardly placed from the rail here 

  

6-Magic N Spice – Only took two starts to acclimate & thrive after shipping from Florida, equaled his lifetime mark with trot to spare last week 

  

RACE 4 

1-Rolling Sea – Was closing as fast as anybody in that Friday finale & rallied from an impossible spot to just miss, now moves inside for another shot at this bottom level 

  

4-Magnum Mike – Added Lasix & rallied stoutly to hit the board against $10,000 types, hits rock bottom here & draws well to set up his big late kick 

  

2-Sports Cowboy – The Cowboy almost lassoed an overdue win & got collared by a longshot last week, draws inside again to set up another stalking trip in top form 

  

RACE 5 

1-Tag Up And Go – Stepped up & delivered a solid punch to just miss in his second start off the bench for Team Miller, now a huge threat from a much improved post 

  

2-In Secret – Most of Team Burke’s stock has been ready to roll off the bench, this classy gelding jogged in the qualifier & draws well to inflict immediate damage 

  

6-Rubber Duck – The Duck is a three-time beaten favorite, dropped to this level & just missed two starts back, then faltered badly two weeks ago, which Duck shows up tonight? 

  

RACE 6 

9-Velocity Lana – 7YO with some back class & has come around since shipping here for Virgil Morgan, Jr., runner up to a standout despite an first over trip, threat despite post nine 

  

2-Tearful Of Happy – Fresh Fusco claim is red-hot winning three of her last four, takes a slight step up, yet moves inside off a dominant post ten romp 

  

3-Talbot Chanel – Just one for 16 in 2018, but drops a notch off two tighteners for Team Burke & draws a better post to stalk within striking range 

  

RACE 7 

3-Two AM – Roughed it first over & almost got to the favored Misslarose last week, now gets class & post relief here for Team Buter 

  

8-Derf Hanover – Easily made it four in a row after stealing a soft :59.2 half, tripped out to a new mark of 1:53 before that, tough post & field, but no doubt a sharp gelding in career form 

  

2-Fly On – Hinting of a top effort recently for Team Orange Crush, a close second from post seven two starts back, drops back down a notch & draws better 

  

RACE 8 

1-Bettim Jackie - $34,000 Mixed Sale purchase by Team Burke was a winning machine in the Maritimes & Ontario & draws well fresh off a lively score @ Mohawk 

  

1A-Family Roll Call – Stormed home off cover to just miss in her comebacker for Team Burke, who could finish 1-2 here, now the post is tougher, but she’s tighter now & owns some back class 

  

7-Followthewind N – Just one for 20 last year, but right there in a blanket photo last week with pace at both ends & you could say she’s been knocking on the door recently 

  

RACE 9 

2-Stitch In Time – Landing on the fringes with ideal trips in his last two here, now drops to the bottom rung & draws inside again, classy horse-for-the-course is long overdue 

  

4-Can Do – Beaten favorite dropped again, launched a late bid & flattened out fourth, owns back class galore, lands post four again & has a chance to atone 

  

8-Duluth – His last two miles have been dull after a close third three starts back, hits rock bottom here & looks for a speed target to shoot at from post eight 

  

RACE 10 

8-Beach Blast – Launched a late bid & wasn’t quite up to the top ones last week, recent Robert Lounsbury trainee re-acclimated & could be a threat with some trip luck from post eight 

  

3-Spanish Art – Beaten heavy favorite again roughed it first over & came up just a neck shy with a gutsy effort last week, moves inside to set up another stalking trip, major contender 

  

2-Just N Berlander – Made a triumphant return to the mile track & blew up the toteboard last week, draws inside again to set up another serious rally 

  

RACE 11 

8-Montalbano Bi – Tackles post eight again fresh off one his best efforts in awhile, notorious horse-for-the-course lands in a prime spot to swoop them all with his big late kick 

  

1-Iron Dome – Fresh claim finally draws an inside post, has hinted of ability & finished a solid third from the rail back on 12-27 

  

7-Here Comes Numbers – 11YO been doing good working @ Monticello recently, has thrived her in the past & strong in the win column last season 

  

RACE 12 

7-Diva’s Image – 2018 Golden Girls winner flew home in :25.4 in last week’s Preferred against the boys & finished well in the previous qualifier, 10-time winner in 2018 primed to dominate 

  

6-Penpal – Finally polished it off with one of her patented well-timed rallies two weeks ago, this spot is just as tough, yet she is always a big threat week in & week out 

  

2-Ideal Lifestyle A – Tahnee Camilleri’s record with downunder imports speaks for itself, this latest Aussie shipper cruised in the second qualifier & draws inside to take charge 

  

RACE 13 

1-Pennant Seelster – Put together a strong back half to rally for third in a much-needed Big M debut last week, draws inside again, has stepped up on Lasix & may be within closer range 

  

3-Bizet – Red-hot 4YO has won three of his last four, fresh off a dominant blowout, draws better, yet hasn’t raced in a month, that may not matter 

  

7-Dewey Hava Winner – Had missed a month prior to his last start, seemed to be hinting of better before that & was flashing some sharp final quarters 

  

  

  



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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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