Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:12 PM

RACE 1

9-Preppy Art – Preppy went 0 for 59 before winning ten of his last 15, on another roll & fresh off an ultra gutsy post ten score & claimed again, tough to go by when he’s on his game

 

5-Scirocco Mistysaid – 4YO makes his 2020 debut off a sick scratch, but has chased the likes of Duddie’s Lor @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands a midpack stalking spot for Mark Silva

 

3-Parklane Jet – Faded on the lead in his last two, yet has improved with class relief, beaten favorite draws inside & has a chance to stalk the speed

 

RACE 2

7-Tuvalu – Chapter Seven sister to 2009 Yonkers Trot winner Judge Joe, arrives a perfect two-for-two, qualified with plenty here & seems to have a bright future

 

6-Battle Born AS – Lightly-raced Chapter Seven 4YO ships in off two in a row with authority @ Dover Downs, the latest in the slop & changes barns for this affair

 

2-Canali – Brother to a couple of good ones in Guccio & Lagerfeld added trotting hopples & finished second to Tuvala in his latest qualifier, draws inside his main rivals, yet may need the experience

 

RACE 3

1-Teal Hanover – Got bottled up in traffic & was bothered in deep stretch in her comeback on Lasix, look for more in her second start off the bench from the rail with Dexter Dunn again

 

9-Dragmetoglory – Uncorked a nice stretch rally to just miss in an excellent acclimating mile last week, will need some pace & trip help from another tough post

 

2-Finnish Your Way – Lightly-raced 4YO makes her 2020 debut & first start here for Brett Pelling, draws inside a wide-open field & could make a quick adjustment

 

RACE 4

7-Southwind Frost – Has struggled against tougher N/W 4 & N/W 6, this is a significant class drop & note the barn change to Team Orange Crush

 

5-Broadway Promise – Drops to the bottom condition off another miscue, finished a solid second before that & went all the way against these back on Dec. 12

 

4-Masster Blue – Rallied for an overdue win in the slop last time & has been a roll @ Freehold, draws well here to work out his preferred stalking trip

 

RACE 5

1-JK American Beauty – Major stakes player with a mark of 1:51 here finished solidly to win both qualifiers for Nancy Takter & looks ready from the rail with Gingras

 

5-Lily Hammer – Takes another step up fresh off a rousing mild upset with pace @ both ends from post eight, speedy & handy mare strong in the win column

 

6-Neverforgetwhour – Tried to speed pop them & got nipped by the trip sitting Lily Hammer, has a big chance to build on that sharp acclimating mile with Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 6

3-Final Claim – 1:52.4 Walner Series winner here last season returns from a four-month layoff, beat stablemate Fanatic from post ten with a :27.2 & draws well here for Team Burke

 

2-Fanatic – Here’s another Team Burke 4YO returning from a couple of months off, just missed to stablemate Final Claim in the qualifier, also draws inside matches up well with these

 

9-Oberto – Horse-for-the-course rates highly despite post nine off a huge rebound score into wicked stretch headwinds a few weeks ago

 

RACE 7

1-Explosive Ridge – Finished a solid third in the comebacker after taking a month off, took a mark of 1:53.1 against these back on Dec. 27 & plays a stalking role from the rail

 

10-Rubber Duck – Almost went all the way into strong headwinds with a nice wake-up mile two weeks ago, lands outside, but drops again for Team Bongiorno

 

4-Marion Gondolier – Drops back down to the level of two close seconds back in January, add an improved post & you’ve got a serious contender here

 

RACE 8

7-Top Flight Angel – Fresh off a nice rebound effort in his second start off the bench a notch below this, classy Team Orange Crush 6YO continues to sharpen his sword

 

6-Warrior One – Took control, rated a soft pace held safely to repeat despite a 35-day layoff, reeled off the mile of his life before that & stands out for Team Burke

 

2-Resita – That was a decisive score fresh off the bench on Feb. 7, got more tightening last week, sports a solid 2019 record & back inside for Dexter Dun

 

RACE 9

7-Exotic Dance – Loved the way she romped to back-to-back upsets & took a new mark of 1:53 last month, blocked in stretch traffic & underway too late last week

 

5-Majorette Angie – Thought she’d do a lot better from the rail last week off a narrow loss on Feb. 7 & suffered broken equipment, has a chance to bounce back in a camera-shy field

 

1-Manhattan Play – Excuse trips in her last two, second to Exotic Dance on Jan. 31, back on the rail to work out a smooth stalking trip

 

RACE 10

2-Kenziesky Hanover – Has been knocking on the door here, forced wide & finished a solid third to Elysium Lindy last week, draws inside that rival with trip potential

 

9-Elysium Lindy – Left alertly to secure an ideal stalking trip, outgamed them for the upset & equaled his lifetime mark last week, look for more speed to overcome post nine

 

1-Uncle Hanover – Veteran gelding gathering momentum on the comeback trail, runner up to the impressive Very Very Fast last week, makes a key third start off the bench from the rail

 

RACE 11

3-Namje – Followed up his new mark of 1:55.3 on Jan. 24 with a hard-used loss two starts back, then got parked last week, now draws better as a price play opportunist

 

2-Mushana – Powered through strong headwinds in Leg 1 & dominated again in Leg 2, potential series sweeper draws better off the mile of his life

 

1-Keystone Orion – Rode in on his Freehold winning streak & romped here from post ten two weeks ago, clearly second best to Mushana last week, but finally moves inside

 

RACE 12

4-Hot Summer Knight – Ships in fresh off two excellent comeback miles @ Pocono, draws well, owns some back class & knows his way around this track

 

3-Obrigado – Classy 10YO has been dropping positive hints on the comeback trail, just missed two starts back, battled gamely as the beaten favorite from the same post & drops again

 

5-Lucky Sheila – Just four for 40 last year, yet got some needed freshening, qualified with late trot for Team Bongiorno & that kind of effort puts her in play in a so-so field

 

RACE 13

6-That’s My Opinion – Was simply used too hard from post nine on a frigid night last Friday, runner up to Mateo before that, classy 9YO is tighter now

 

3-Redneck Fortune – Dropped to this level & grinded gamely for second in a much better effort last week, now draws better fresh off a claim

 

1-Mateo – Blew these away for a huge upset from post seven two starts back, beaten favorite outhustled for the place by Redneck Fortune last week

 

 

 

 



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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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