Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:17 PM


1-Final Dream – 4YO has finished a lot better in his last two, note the :27.3 to hit the board two starts back, drops a notch & has a chance to get away within closer striking range


3-Aces And Eights – $27,000 Mixed Sale purchase took a mark of 1:54.2 here in the slop in January 2018, gets substantial class relief & draws well in a competitive field


10-Try Try Again - $50,000 Mixed Sale buy for Team Burke came around in his last two with some class relief @ Mohawk, hasn’t raced in a month + post ten, yet may make an immediate impression in an intriguing opener



2-K-Lees Shakenbake – Capitalized on a two-hole trip to post a wake up win last week for Team Burke, horse-for-the-course switches to claimers & moves inside with revived form


3-Spaghetti Eddie – Rodney Dangerfield type not getting a lot of respect while winning three of his last four, absolutely jogged wire-to-wire last week & may be the one to knock off


5-Bay Rum – Recent Mike Watson claim dropped to this level & put together a solid back half to just miss last week, look for another well-driven effort with Eric Abbatiello at the lines as usual



5-Cheyenne Reider – Classy 10YO failed to get involved from post nine last week, draws better to launch his fierce late kick & swoop past this field loaded with question marks


3-CC Big Boy Sam – Simply paid the price for a very slow start last week, parked first over in his previous three, draws inside a soft $12,500 claimer & due for some trip luck


7-Pop Pop Joe – Wow! Shipped up from Freehold off a sick scratch, added Gingras & the 8YO ran up the score with the mile of his life, now gets a double class hike 



5-Rock Star – Dropped to this bottom rung & just missed with sharp pace at both ends of the mile, 9YO owns documented success here & this is a prime spot to take advantage of


2-UF Rockin Dragon – Managed to work out a smooth second over trip from post nine & settled for minor spoils last week, moves inside & gets another shot at bottom condition field


3-All About Rusty – 10YO has picked it up & hit the board in his last two, grinded gamely & still paced home in :27.4 last week, draws inside a camera-shy field



2-Life Happened – Just three for 29 last year, but substantially better closing from last to hit the ticket last week, now moves inside a wide-open field in top form


3-So Take That – Finished a solid second against these two starts back, moves inside off a no-chance mile, 10YO was a 1:50.2 winner here last season & hinting of an overdue score


8-Avatartist - $27,000 Mixed Sale buy was a recent Preferred class winner @ Flamboro, classy 9YO has been in these parts before, price play prospect despite post eight



2-Windsong Jack – Classy Burke trainee is cycling forward, positive flash of sharp speed from post eight last week, class & post relief here & stands out as a result


6-Iwillmakeyousaywow – Carved out a rated pace & faded to fourth last week, 11-time winner last season with a mark of 1:49.3 remains a speed threat at this level


9-Tact Tate N – Tried to give them the slip with a :27.2 third quarter & tired late last week from the same outside post, added Lasix recently, drops another notch & third start since switching barns



3-Bushwacker – Classy 8YO has been consistently knocking on the door recently, a bit too far out of range while pace compromised last time, draws well to take charge


4-Soho Wallstreet A – Left alertly, got shuffled & finished up well too late in a snow storm two weeks ago, 1:50 winner here with solid numbers last season draws better 


1-Whittaker N – Beaten favorite shook loose late out of a shuffle to finish a strong second to a solid winner All Week, now moves inside in top form



2-Rock The Nite – Overmatched in the Preferred in three of his last four, crushed these from the same inside post on 1-12, may have the slight edge in an ultra competitive field


8-Ideal Jimmy – Has caught fire on the comeback trail for Team Miller, beaten favorite second best to a raging Odds On Lauderdale last week, tougher post, but remains a big threat


9-Mindtrip – Three straight fourth-place finishes in the Preferred after capping off his 2018 season with some sharp wins, has to be a major factor on the drop despite post nine



6-Ever Again – Was forced three-wide for a substantial distance in the needed comebacker, tighter now & drops to set up a midpack stalking trip in a field that appears vulnerable


1-Jacksrluckytoo – Paced a wicked back half of :54.3 to hit the board as the beaten favorite last week, bumped back up with the rail chance of working out an ideal stalk n pounce trip


4-Spicebomb – Rousing winner with a huge rally two starts back, forced wide from an impossible spot last week, moves inside while fresh on the comeback trail & loves the long stretch here



2-Electric Western – Just four for 43 last year, but this appears to be a live item for Mark Ford, was motoring from last in :26.4 last week & now gets class & post relief


3-Ginger Tree Marty - $40,000 Mixed Sale purchase by Team Burke draws well while joining a field of class droppers, the major barn change angle may be worth a swing


1-More Dragon – Rallied to beat N/W $8,500 stock with a :26.3 & 1:50.2 mile back on 12-14, tired in the slop last out, took a 1:50 mark here last season, drops a notch & back on the rail 



7-Sword Of The Spirit – Only one for 27 last season, yet made an admirable transition from Freehold with a spirited late move in :27.1 last week, finds an ideal spot to swoop them all


3-B Well – Just missed in his first start for Robert Lounsbury as the even money favorite @ Monticello on 1-16, impossible to gauge how he matches up here, but the post is good


2-Webmaster Hanover – Since we drew a line through seven of the ten in this match up this gelding landed in our top three, flashed some late pace from a tough spot third time Lasix last week & draws well again



3-Monty’s Play – Has won his last three starts here, all from tougher posts, took a mark of 1:50.4 on 12-27 & figures to give Larry Karr a run for his money in a marquee match up


2-Larry Karr – Larry never looked better in a sparkling 2019 debut despite missing a month & draws an improved post to keep his form spree going for Team Burke


1-Surfing Tide – May have squandered a perfect second over trip, yet wasn’t catching Larry Karr last week, now makes his second start off an injury scratch from the rail



5-Sunset Dreamer – Scored an 8-1 upset on 12-29 fresh off the Ginsberg claim, added Lasix recently & nows drops for his second start off a sick scratch & no Spaghetti Eddies in here


9-Four Staces – 8YO has been on fire since the Fusco claim, runner up to the raging Spaghetti Eddie in his last two despite tough trips, remains a huge threat despite post nine


3-Rockaholic – Just one for 33 last year, dropped to this level & came up against standout winner Ohio Larry last week, draws better to carve out a stalking trip within closer striking distance



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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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