Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:02 PM

RACE 1

3-Fool Me Again – Severely pace compromised trying to close from last into a :54.2 back half in the comebacker & draws inside the main threats for The Buckeye

 

10-Summer Charm – OSS Gold upsetter & major stakes finalist at two, just missed to repeat winner Abigail Dawn in the qualifier & then her sophomore debut, Burke filly stands out despite post ten

 

7-Elektra King – Was hurt by post ten & slow pace & kicked home for a minor share in :26.4 last week, Burke tackles a demanding post, yet logically improves second 3YO start on Lasix

 

RACE 2

6-Merchandiser – Tipped first over off the slow pace & trotted home in a crisp :27.1 for show in an excellent acclimating mile, son of Muscle Hill continues to improve

 

3-Hammer Time – Offered some solid late trot again for minor spoils, missed last week, gathering steam since the mid-March sick scratch & draws well for a better start

 

2-Lucky Sheila – Sheila just missed with an aggressive effort two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then grinded gamely there last week, lands inside for another serious shot here

 

RACE 3

3-Kiwi Ideal N – Just missed in this series with sharp pace at both ends two starts back, reunited with Tony Beltrami, draws inside & looms large in a competitive final

 

4-Rather Swell – Reclaimed by Mike Watson, who won with him back on 3-23, favored in his last six, off several tough trips, draws well to set up his preferred stalking trip

 

1-Rockinwiththebest – Beat Rather Swell from post eight on 4-5, a close second from post ten before that, buried in the Preferred @ Freehold in his last two, big chance from the rail 

 

RACE 4

8-La Grange A – Aussie-bred son of Muscle Hill went all the way for a new mark of 1:54.1 in his Big M debut & first start for Ake Svanstedt, stuck outside this time, yet blew them away from post eight @ Yonkers back on 2-21

 

5-For A Dreamer – Rallied stoutly off a slow pace in the slop to finish a close second as the heavy favorite in a sharp 4YO debut, solid record, likes the Big M, one to beat

 

4-Warrawee Shipshape – Rated nicely in the slop & finished a close third from post nine here two starts back, followed up with a well-driven mild upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, improving threat

 

RACE 5

9-Guaranteed - $125,000 Muscle Hill colt won both qualifiers here with sharp late burst, the latest in :26.3 for Team Toscano, tough post, yet could be anything

 

6-Summit In Sight – $300,000 Muscle Hill yearling finished a closed second to Guaranteed in his lone qualifier, another Hambletonian prospect for Team Orange Crush

 

7-Muscle Star – Another promising Muscle Hill colt starts his road to the Hambletonian, sickness thwarted his freshman season, fresh off a winning qualifier @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

RACE 6

2-Just N Berlander – Stormed home from a tough spot in :26.3 to just miss off the claim, claimed again, moves inside & might be on the verge of an overdue win

 

4-Daylon Horizon – Our top pick last week launched a premature move to the top & got nailed in the final step, draws well to capitalize on his current form

 

1-Diabando – Went two-for-two off the claim @ Freehold for Nick Surick, beaten favorite broke going for the lead as the heavy favorite, chance to rebound on the rail with Gingras

 

RACE 7

5-Fraulein Blucher – Cantab Hall filly has come back as a brand new filly on Lasix for Team Johansson, won her 3YO debut with a nice late burst @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

4-Asiago – Was hard used & pressured from post nine & nosed out as the beaten favorite in a sharp 3YO debut, Muscle Hill filly looks to resume her major stakes status

 

2-Trix Are For Kids – Came back with a well-driven upset from post nine in the slop last week, draws much better to build on that impressive score for the Cancelliere brothers

 

RACE 8

3-You Should Be Here – Took a mark of 1:52.2 here this season, chased the raging Reclamation last week, drops into a prime spot & draws well

 

4-Traffic Jam – Scored with a perfect trip in her first start for Team Harmon, then had no chance from post ten on the step up in class, seems to match up well with these & draws better

 

7-Family Roll Call – 0 for ten this season, yet showed improved form in her last two here in the slop, has faced better this season & switches to Gingras

 

RACE 9

7-Bettor Believe It – Beaten favorite with a better result in his last two @ Freehold since the switch to the always dangerous Team Bongiorno, there’s some back class lurking here

 

2-Rock On Precious – Took advantage of a clean trip from the rail & fast fractions to grab the show in a wind-aided :26.3, back inside a wide-open field to prove that was no fluke

 

6-Ideal Son – One for 13 this season & struggling against tougher claimers, now drops into camera-shy field & gets a chance to spark something

 

RACE 10

5-Reclamation – This Team Burke-tuned mare has comeback in spectacular form as a 4YO, her last two wins here were as impressive as they look, hence she’s tough to go against

 

4-Stylish Beachwhere – 0 for 14 this season & clearly second best following Reclamation last week, nosed out with a sharp :26.4 in the slop before that & draws inside to try to turn the tables

 

6-Rockin Praline – Took matters into her own hands in a key third start off the bench, rated & held off Stylish Beachwhere in the slop two weeks ago, Big M lover brimming with confidence

 

RACE 11

3-DW’s Revenge – Bounced back with a better effort & displayed speed in the slop last week, Team Burke trainee now gets class & some post relief

 

6-Resita – Has picked up his game with the addition of Lasix, severely pace compromised in the slop last week & now drops to face a field begging to be beaten

 

4-Aplomb Hanover – Productive gelding tackling Open company & fresh off his season’s best @ Saratoga, draws well for a barn that’s done some damage here this season

 

RACE 12

1A-Magnum Mike – Didn’t make it on the trailer last week, easy winner from post seven before that & you can never leave out the consistent & relentless Mike

 

8-Pop Pop Joe – Lands in another new barn after he dominated just a fifth off his lifetime mark, note the wire-to-wire from post eight on 3-29 in a career best 1:52 at age eight

 

2-Rockaholic – Got up to win by a nose from post ten with one nifty Dexter Dunn drive last week, moves all the way inside off another claim

 

RACE 13

3-Duck Duck Dragon – Overcame a slow half & wide trip from post eight & rallied for second in a much better effort last week, 1:53.3 mark here this season moves inside & retains Tetrick

 

7-Fox Valley Bailey – Followed up a blowout win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with a solid rally for third here last week, a faster pace would help her cause with another demanding post

 

5-Dangerousprecedent – Returns to the mile track here after two strong tightening miles @ Plainridge, stalks from a midpack as a possible price play

 

 

 



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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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