Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 09, 2020 1:11 PM


7-Captain Mulzac – Continues his gradual descent down the condition ladder & ships in fresh off a narrow loss as the heavy favorite @ The Meadows, might have too much for this mixed bag of class droppers


10-Joe McDude – Team Burke trainee has also plummeted in class in PA, lands outside this drop-down derby, yet makes his second start off a sick scratch


2-Always The Sun – Been steadily finishing on the fringes against $25,000 claimers @ Pocono, showed speed when he landed the rail last out & expect more inside here



5-Italian Delight N – Just missed again in his Big M debut with a well-rated speed try last week & actually gets some more class relief off that sharp effort


9-De Los Cielos Deo – Classy Team Burke 4YO shook loose late & was flying in :25.4 just a neck shy last week, tougher post for the beaten favorite, but can’t be dismissed


6-Brandon Hanover – Very consistent gelding in $25,000 claimers @ Pocono & almost got there for a huge upset from an impossible spot last time, longer stretch here helps him



3-Ferdinand A – Gave him a shot last week & he got parked first over, now getting his fourth consecutive class drop & draws an improved post in camera-shy field


5-Pan Street USA – Scored two straight upsets before the August shutdown, had pace @ both ends out of a shuffle last week & now drops back down


9-Griffon Hanover – Regaining form since a mid-July sick scratch, a solid second as the beaten favorite @ Yonkers, tough post, but owns some back class & likes this track



4-Sumthinboutim – Actually owns three career wins, makes his second start off the bench after a strong second with speed from post six @ Yonkers, in line to trip out against a soft bunch here for Scott Di Domenico


2-Gamblingterror – Just two for 44, yet ships in off some needed miles against N/W 4 @ Yonkers & figures to get away well with an inside draw


3-Somebodyitreasure – Crawford Farms bred regrouped with a standout qualifier in 1:52.2 @ Pocono, then forced into a wide move in The Stallion Series, 32-day layoff to consider, yet draws inside a field of question marks



8-Imageofarocker – Closed with a back half of :56 to just miss catching the well-rated Lyon’s Image last week & could end his long drought with faster fractions to shoot at


4-Torrid Bromac N – Trounced $15,000 claimers wire-to-wire @ Harrah’s Philadelphia @ the end of July, maintaining solid form since & draws well here in a wide-open field


2-Luck N Roll K – Forced into a wide late move & hit the board behind Lyons Image last week, now draws inside that rival & eligible to stalk closer to the pace



3-Mister Rebbily A – Aussie import quickly worked his way up to a third in N/W 8 @ Yonkers & that 1:52 romp there on August 10 stands out, draws well to make an immediate impression here for Tahnee Camilleri


6-Flyingevenbettor N – Fresh NZ import for Tony Alagna arrives fresh off a smashing US debut on Lasix @ Pocono & has a chance to prove himself against a strong field here


8-Seeyou At Thebeach – Team Burke 3YO equaled his mark of 1:51.2 in The Stallion Series @ The Meadows two starts back & might be poised for a big Fall season



4-Ocean Colony – Suddenly came to life & went all the way as the heavy favorite @ Pocono, classy horse-for-the-course returns in a cozy spot here


6-The Bettormack N – Battled bitterly & just missed with an ideal second over trip last week, twice beaten favorite has a big chance to snap his 2020 season skid


5-In Rock We Trust – Irish Joe drove him perfectly & finished a solid third last week off two straight aggressive wins, sharp gelding plays the opportunist role again



2-Machiatto A – Always tough to evaluate Yonkers shippers & how they’ll acclimate, this gelding has consistently landed on the fringes against better & gets a chance to trip out here for the revived Bongiorno barn


6-Love The Blues N – After a slow start from post nine he paced his back half in :53.1 last week, took his mark of 1:50.3 here with a nice rally back on August 7 & now drops to face a very intriguing field loaded with price possibilities


9-Like Clockwork – Pegged him last week when he dropped again & popped with aggressive handling, bumped back up & draws outside, but can blast off & build on that confidence-boosting win



3-Ana Afreet N – Beaten favorite was roughed up first over & left in the wake of Freedom Warrior last week, steady stalking type draws better, owns a big kick & can rebound with a smoother trip


2-Freedom Warrior – Bright 3YO uncorked an impressive late burst to crush these in his Big M debut last week, draws inside again to tap his potential further & gives Team Bongiorno a formidable 1-2 punch


1-J M Mandamin – Improving 4YO caught fire on Lasix in his last four @ Pocono for Team Bongiorno, stepped up off a career best of 1:50.2 & repeated in style against N/W 6 there & stands out on the rail here



2-Donttellmeagain – Grinded gamely into a :53.3 back half & still hit the board in last Saturday’s feature, Haughton runner up in 1:47.3 draws post two again & has been knocking on the door


5-US Captain – Tony Alagna-tuned 4YO with a 1:49 mark @ The Big M & romped here in 1:49.2 back in late July, freshened with a solid qualifier & looms large


1-Covered Bridge – Hard-charging runner up to Dancin Lou in a Graduate leg @ Tioga back in late June, Team Burke 4YO finished well in the comebacker @ Mohawk, has talent & lands the rail



7-Seeing Eye Single – Team Burke horse-for-the-course just missed against better back in late July, drops a notch & makes his second start off a sick scratch


6-Heavenly Sound – Runner up to Seeing Eye Single back on July 11, rallied from tenth to third last week & now draws better to be within closer striking range


1-Whittaker N – Moves inside off three consecutive no-chance trips & was sharp here back in July when he won from the rail, big chance price play



4-Mach One – Yonkers shipper hasn’t been strong in the win column, but had three needed starts, drops again, draws well & shows a win here in 2019


2-Foo Fighter N – Flashed some speed & gave way here last week after missing three weeks, now drops into a much softer spot & lands post two again


5-All It Takes – Has a big chance to break out of his current slump with some needed class relief for Team Cullipher, controlled a rated pace to beat these back on July 4



3-Sir Bradford – Has come up an empty eighth in his last two, but drops in price & draws inside to employ his preferred stalking style


1-Junior’s Dew – 6YO gelding blasted to the front from post eight & went right down the road to equal his lifetime mark last week, rewarded with the rail as a strong threat to repeat


9-Always a Force – Perked up with a sharp late bid & settled for second behind the well-rated Junior’s Dew, moves outside, but has something positive to build on









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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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