Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:38 PM


5-Kid PK – Just three for 40 last year, but a fresh claim by a barn making noise here, remains @ $7,500 in good form & picks up the man behind Lather Up & Wiggle It Jiggleit


2-Walks Of Life – Hot claiming item on a long form spree, almost went all the way to repeat from post eight, finally moves inside & looms as the likely speed target


1-Rocco – Has simply been hampered by outside draws in his last two, finished a close second back on 12-19 & can work out a smooth stalking trip from the rail



5-JL Cruze – The King has rejuvenated his career, regaining confidence with consistency, fresh off a dominant 1:51.2 performance last week, finds the right kind of field to take advantage of


7-Rubber Duck – The Duck waded through the slop in 1:52.3 here last season, was on a roll before the recent freshening, put through a solid qualifier for Team Bongiorno


4-Misslarose – The other Team Bongiorno trainee hasn’t raced in 36 days, scored back-to-back here in November, owns a mark of 1:52.2 @ The Big M & always a forward presence



5-Barimah A – Has the makings of a Pat Berry bomber, 10YO loves this track, slow starts & overmatched in his last two, drops another notch, draws better, has speed to stalk


3-Decoy – Finished a solid third to an impressive Italian Delight N last week, continues to ramp up his game since the early December sick scratch, drops again & draws inside


4-JK Will Power – Suddenly unleashed a wire-to-wire down-the-road mission in sub 1:50 fashion under ideal conditions last week, draws well for the step up in class



8-More The Better N – Classy Dover Downs shipper for Dylan Davis tries an easier level here, goes third time Lasix, can overcome the tough draw with speed & versatility 


3-Captain Dolmio N – Nosed out with a furious rally a notch above this on 12-21, strong finish from post ten last week, moves inside with a chance to be within closer striking range


6-Heavenly Sound – Just one for 26 last year, but making his second start off the bench, gets further class relief & draws better in a wide-open field



5-Western Exposure – Sidelined three weeks after getting nosed out by Duddie’s Lor, tripped out to edge that same rival fresh off the bench, stands out midpack for the rematch


9-Duddie’s Lor – Like we said last week, this is a special, lightly-raced 4YO with talent & potential, went all the way from post eight & scored from off the pace & post ten before that


7-The First Step – New acquisition for Team Burke shows good form @ Mohawk, hasn’t raced in 35 days, draws a demanding post & faces two sharpies



1-Effronte A – How good is he? Unleashed a wicked :53 back half & sizzling 1:48.3 in only his second US start, bumped up to the Preferred, but moves inside to stalk closer


4-Harambe Deo – Only a nose away from winning his last three, nailed a well-rated Eddard Hanover with another sharp rally into a :54.1 back half & draws well again 


2-Eddard Hanover – Well deserving of strong attention off his nose loss to Harambe Deo & current form spree, right back with another inside post in an ultra competitive affair



6-Atta Boy Dan – Caught first over in a fast pace & still finished third in :26.3 to the impressive Effronte A last week, 19-time winner in 2019 gets another shot at this reduced level


4-Franco Tristan N – Here we go again with a downunder bred making his Big M debut off flashy qualifiers here, his latest in :54.4 & :25.2, draws well for a serious test


5-Wheels On Fire – Jammed up the Preferred field in :56.4 on 12-21, got scorched in the slop on 1-4, pace compromised last week, drops dangerously for Team Burke



2-Italian Delight N – Unleashed an eye-catching :53.2 back half & :25.4 to prevail as the favorite in a rousing US debut from post eight, rewarded with an inside post to continue his assault


10-Mindtrip – 12-time winner in 2019 has proven to be a serious player @ this level, dominated in the slop two weeks ago & rates top contender status despite post ten


6-Stonedust – The grey streak catapulted off some dazzling fractions to nail the upset in :26.2, fresh off that 1:49 mark he can stalk the speed again in top form



1-Whatstroublenurocky – Moves inside fresh off a close second with pace at both ends as the beaten favorite, no chance in his previous two, acclimated now & lands in a prime spot 


5-I’m An Athlete – Right there in the photo with Trump That in :26.1 last week, crushing score in the slop before that, this 10YO is on a roll right now


10-Trump That – Has rounded into form in his last three for Team Burke, barely outgamed in :26.3 last week, capable of blasting off & coming from off the pace



1-Western Redhot – Closed from post ten & last into a :54.1 back half in a much-needed start here, moves inside to set up his stalking style, second start for his new barn


4-I Am The Cowboy – Beaten favorite got over aggressive with sudden speed in his second start here, can rebound from an improved post with Dexter Dunn


2-Sunshine West – Just one for 18 last year, but draws inside off a huge wake up rally in :26.3 & looms as a price play in this handicapper’s headscratcher



4-Santafe’s Coach – Shuffled in the slop after a quick start two weeks ago, owns a wicked late kick, drops another notch & lands post four again in a vulnerable field


3-Sharp Action Money – Has a chance to rebound off a rare miscue, first in a deadheat over an off track before that & this 1:49.3 Big M performer in 2019 draws inside again for Team Burke


6-Independent One – Certainly proved his rousing upset two starts was no fluke when he came right back with a gutsy first over crush last week, chance to keep it going at a tougher level



1-Live On – Flashed some sneaky late pace from way out of it last week, now moves inside for his second start off a sick scratch, looms as a stalking threat & price play


3-Decision Day – Has been knocking on the door & trying to close from near impossible spots in his last two here, now gets class & post relief in this wide-open match up


8-Jet Airway – Beaten favorite right there in the photo off the Juan Cano claim, tougher draw this time, but has the speed to overcome & back class to assert himself



7-Big Rocky – Was right there in a blanket photo after firing out for position, beaten favorite flash sharp speed before that, eligible for an overdue win by timing it just right


1-Sharknado – Put together one of his patented rallies to just miss by a neck fresh off the latest claim, back inside to set up his late move within closer range while on the verge


10-Kaboom Pow – Beaten heavy favorite was well rated by Dexter Dunn & came up just half a length shy, now slammed with post ten, but owns plenty of gate speed



6-Big Bad Bill – Posted a productive 2019 season, now gets his fourth consecutive class drop, draws better, long overdue & figures to have speed to shoot at


3-Seeing Eye Single – Beaten favorite was used too hard in a fast pace two weeks ago, Team Burke trainee now plummets to the basement, draws inside & stands out


4-Twin B Jays – Woke up with sudden speed, rated nicely & battled bitterly to just miss as the even money favorite, look for this Andrew Harris trainee to be forwardly placed again







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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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