Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 07, 2020 9:19 PM


5-Kaboom POW – Darted to the top in :26.4 & held second in his best effort since coming back, moves inside to midpack & lands in a highly beatable field

3-Sharknado – Reclaimed by the same barn he just missed for back-to-back last month, drops into a softer TM Rating class & draws better, but note the three for 43 record last year

9-Big Rocky – Beaten favorite offered too much speed from the rail & gave way, flashed a :27 final quarter before that, moves outside with a two for 32 record, third start for his new barn


3-Mission Hill - $335,000 Muscle Hill yearling meant to be a good one, lightly-raced 4YO kicked off 2020 with a sterling rally from post ten for Team Toscano, steps up, but moves inside to face a camera-shy bunch

2-Southwind Frost – Pace compromised & parked uncovered over an off track in his second start here, draws inside again & has license to improve

6-Freshette Hanover – Let us down with a lackluster fifth last week, just missed in 1:55.1 before that, was pretty consistent before shipping here & now acclimated


5-Muscle Fashion – Beaten even money favorite lost all chance with a rare early miscue last out, now hits rock bottom with a stalking chance to atone

7-Shady Mccoy – Responded to some recent freshening with a solid third in a nice comebacker last week for Eric Abbatiello, has a history of success here & rates highly despite a tougher post

3-ER Skywalker – 0 for 32 last year, but suddenly came to life with a game grind & narrow loss three weeks ago, draws inside again with a chance to build on that big effort


3-Hammer Creek – Gets some needed class relief after getting stuck too far back in the slop last week, a solid third against better before that, now acclimated & draws inside again

1-Crazy About Pat – 10YO lands inside again fresh off a much-improved third last week, that might be the sign of more & can work out a stalking trip close to the pace

4-Lasa Dida Lady – Made it two-for-two with Dexter Dunn with another perfect second over trip in the slop last week, looks like she can handle another step up from the same inside post


2-Sir Ritchie – Was pretty strong in the win column last year, 9YO starting to ramp it up since the claim, lands inside fresh off a sharp narrow loss & picks up Dexter Dunn

7-Cadillac Phil – Looking to rebound off a parked out trip from post nine three weeks ago, wired these with authority before that & drops back down for the white-hot Andrew Harris

3-CC Big Boy Sam – 10YO loves the Big M, just missed a huge upset against these two starts back, draws a better post & would benefit from a similar patient trip


5-Tango Dancer N – Arrived here off three straight blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & just missed to Woodmere Oleksiak with a well-rated acclimating mile, very dangerous if able to control the pace

2-Woodmere Oleksiak – Saw her five-race winning streaking snapped when she had an off night in the slop, 16-time winner in 2019 posted some gutsy recent efforts & draws inside again

3-JB’s Shooting Star – Just missed to Woodmere Oleksiak two starts back, then a solid third to that same rival last out, draws better to possibly turn the tables


7-Major Occasion A – Closed solidly in a crisp :26.1 to hit the board when favored in a much-needed US debut in the slop last week, big chance to build on that encouraging effort

9-Catch A Secret – Just turned 4YO by Captaintreacherous arrives off two in a row from well off the pace @ Dover Downs, lands outside with her equally sharp stablemate, yet figures to appreciate the longer stretch here

3-Sandy Win – Has missed a couple of weeks after suddenly coming to life with two in a row & draws better off a career best of 1:50.4 at age eight in a very competitive field


5-DW’s Revenge – Landed on the fringe fourth with a pair of slow starts here, drops another notch, stalks from midpack, knows how to win here & overdue

3-Mr Houdini – Beaten favorite squandered a perfect second over trip in the slop last week, Team Burke trainee gets another shot at this reduced level from another inside post

7-Mystical Motor – The Motor was hitting on all cylinders when he took a new mark of 1;54.3 three weeks ago with trot at both ends from post nine & looks to continue his positive trend


3-I Will Do It – Vaulted off a confidence-building career best two starts back with a narrow loss last week minus Lasix, sharpening her form since Nifty Norman took over

5-Sweet Lullaby – Beaten favorite looks to make amends for an early miscue three weeks ago, gets some class relief for Team Burke & draws midpack in a field with no standouts

8-Summer Rock – You gotta like the work she’s done here for Robert Lounsbury, fresh off another hard-fought win, tougher post & class, but gate speed always puts her in play


3-Smokee Mirrors – The red-hot Andrew Harris doing plenty of damage with trotters, this one just missed from post ten two starts back & draws much better

1-Marion Gondolier – Used hard & finished a strong third in his return here off a sick scratch, steady gelding pushes off from the rail after missing three weeks

7-TT’s D-Jay – Fired out, then came out of a shuffle just half a length shy last out, three weeks off, another tougher post, yet might be on the verge of an upset


3-Warrior One – Just missed the upset with a perfect trip in the slop last week, Team Burke trainee draws better & reunited with Gingras

9-Deplorable Tom – 4YO has caught fire for Andrew Harris, lowered his mark to 1:54.1 two starts back, then reeled off a sharp post nine score last week, can he do it again?

1-Ronnie Goldstein – Rounding into form & acclimating since the early December sick scratch, fresh off a solid second, lightly-raced 5YO looms as a sleeper from the rail


1-Disturbed Hanover – Left alertly, sat a perfect two-hole trip & tired late, tighter & acclimated now, draws the rail at the bottom TM Rating & not much to beat

3-Sweet Sue – Just two for 31, trying to ramp up her game third time Lasix, has a chance to get off to a better start from an improved post & that might be the key

8-Major Maid – Only three for 73, yet fresh off a decent second with an ideal second over trip, draws a tougher post & worthy of contender status


1-Rentier – Qualified okay, then took a tour of the oval in the slop last week, now moves inside off that much-needed start & finds a field begging to be beaten

3-Alexander Hanover – Just three for 31 last season, has taken a tumbled down the class ladder, an even fourth in the slop last week, gets another big chance at this bottom condition

8-Massive Talent – 9YO veteran has acclimated & trending in the right direction, however he moves outside & his three for 32 record last year is a major knock


9-One Direction – Just missed to Miami two starts back, fresh claim by Robert Lounsbury has speed to overcome an outside assignment & merits strong consideration

4-Miami – Easily made it three in a row with a smooth trip & well-timed late love, had plenty left & draws well again facing another camera-shy bunch

2-Pembroke Bada Bing – Came up third-best as the beaten favorite fresh off the bench & lame scratch, draws inside with a chance to build on that encouraging tightener

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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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