Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:31 PM


6-Beyond Ordinary – Tangled with N/W of 4 & just missed against N/W 3 in PA, simply too far back after a slow start from post nine & still hit the board in his Big M debut, look for a better start & chance to pick it up


5-Questichap – Took advantage of an inside draw & tripped out to upset a similarly soft field & took a new mark with Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer-tuned filly with a future has license to improve further & come right back


1-Light Blue Movers – Beaten even money favorite off a sharp Pocono qualifier, offered a late bid & faded to fourth in the comebacker, makes his second start for Team Svanstedt & set up for more aggressive handling from the rail



5-Atomic Blast N – Paid off the chalk players with a hard-used new mark of 1:52.3 first time Lasix @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then overmatched in a 1:50.4 mile here last week, now drops back to a more reasonable level


1-Southwind Petyr –Lightly-raced American Ideal colt already a NYSS winner in 1:52.4 @ Vernon Downs, a solid runner in his Big M debut, lands the rail in light match up & leads a Mark Harder 1-2 punch


6-Well Done Son – Broke his maiden in fine style @ Pocono this summer, flashed some late pace here two starts back & looks to rebound off a miscue @ Harrah’s Philadelphia



1-Slated To Win – Barn change alert & look how Terry Morgan turned Lasa Dida Lady around, plus there’s major class relief & the rail to wipe out his poor recent form


3-INXS – Has come around in his last two with a game grind & narrow loss @ Saratoga, then a solid second here & draws much better off that acclimating mile


5-Biodetti Hanover – Struggled to make much headway this season, but showing some positive signs in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, returns here at the bottom condition & faces a camera-shy bunch



2-Mitch Maguire N – Qualified with vigor after a long layoff & had zero chance from post eight in the comebacker last week, moves inside a complete toss up field & gets another shot at this reduced level


8-More The Better N – Won his Big M qualifier off a sick scratch layoff, then forced wide from an impossible spot, owns some back class & his barn is going well


4-Western Hill – 0 wins & seconds this season, yet did hit the board with a much-improved rally here two starts back at the bottom level, then offered a similar effort @ Yonkers, draws better & banks on a fast pace set up



6-Wishy Washy Girl – Beaten favorite had dead aim after a perfect second over trip & came up third best against a couple of sharp ones last week, remains at the same reduced level to atone


7-Manhattan Play – Team Cullipher mare just one for 16 this season, ideally rated to produce another narrow loss last week, faced tougher recently & more challenging post may make her a stalking threat this time


4-Rapunzel Blue Chip – Filly finished well chasing a raging Exotic Dance in a decent acclimating mile last week & draws the same inside post to follow up



4-Stonedust – Classy grey with a mark of 1:49 here this season has taken a few miles to regain form, drops a notch off a much-needed comebacker & draws well in a field ripe for the taking


1-Rockin The Aces – 1:49.4 performer here this season has quickly regained winning form with two energetic scores @ lower levels, 3YO looks poised to step up from the rail for a high percentage barn


3-Franco Totem N – Got shuffled out here two starts back, then never got involved from post seven @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last Sunday, horse-for-the-course is back here with a chance to trip out from an inside post



9-Reign Of Honor – Lands outside trying to rebound off a rare early miscue here, trounced them in the NJ Maturity before that, owns a 1:52.3 mark @ The Big M this season & gives Team Melander a strong 1-2 punch


1-Lasa Dida Lady – Added Dexter Dunn & turned right around with back-to-back career best miles of 1:54 in emphatic style, bumped up in class again, but lands the rail in field full of big question marks


6-Hatikvah – Team Melander 4YO with success here in the past, has ramped up his game, ships in fresh off a pair of solid seconds @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & gets some class relief



6-Seeing Eye Single – Closed from the clouds to hit the board in his return to the Big M, this is another class drop too hard to ignore & this Team Burke trainee makes his third start off a sick scratch


2-Solo Story – Moves inside fresh off a no-chance trip from post ten last week, classy horse-for-the-course drops into a prime spot to stalk n pop for a revived barn


5-Soho Chelsea A – Thought he was sitting on a big one last week & somehow got parked first over from post two, previous two were nice stalking efforts & now he drops a notch



4-Blood Line – Switched to Scottie Z & stormed home from a tough spot to hit the ticket in last week’s feature, now gets some class relief & draws the same inside post in a field with several sharp possibilities


5-Rock The Devil – On a positive trend in his last three, took a mark of 1:49.2 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then a solid runner up here last week & rates major contender status


1-Respect Our Flag – Moves inside off a pair of no-chance trips here, while closing with his usual late vigor, remains a live threat for Team Bongiorno & can see him taking advantage of the rail with a close up stalking trip



1-Ideal Feeling – 1:48.4 performer here this season was really feeling it when he wired them here from post nine in 1:49 two starts back & has to be feared with aggressive handling likely from the rail


3-U S Captain – Tripped out to a decisive 1:49.2 tally in last week’s feature, fresh n hot Team Alagna-tuned 4YO rewarded with a better post for his third start off the bench & leads a razor sharp Alagna 1-2 punch 


4-Wes Delight – Regained his winning edge after missing his 4YO season, looks ready to step up off a career best 1:49.4 last week & draws well again to complete a Team Alagna dynamic duo



4-The First Step – Sports a 1:50 mark here this season for Team Burke, gets a double class drop & draws well & was a good second here two starts back with a :53.4 back half


1-Del Los Cielos Deo – Classy Team Burke 4YO sparked his form with a third by a neck in :25.4 two starts back, then thundered home to score from post nine with a :53.4 back half, now lands the rail on the way back up in class


3-Love The Blues N – Slow starts from outside posts have proven costly in his last two, took a mark of 1:50.3 here back on August 7, now finds an ideal spot to employ a stalk n pop strategy



5-Followthewind N – Forced wide off a rated pace & picked up minor spoils from post nine last week, been maintaining good form & draws better off a needed acclimating mile


6-Exotic Dance – Red-hot Team Bongiorno-tuned mare going for four in a row & third straight off a sick scratch, 1:51.1 performer here this season obviously loves the Big M


4-Charms Little Sis – Beaten favorite was handled & raced well to finish second in her second start here, draws inside again to play a prime stalking opportunist role 



5-Imageofarocker – Catapulted off a fast pace to upset these two starts back & just missed before that, returns to the Big M with a better post & chance to pounce on these late


3-Whatstroublingurocky – 1:50.4 mark @ The Big M this season & trending in the right direction @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, just one for 16 in 2020, but draws inside to set up his preferred stalking strategy


6-Western Redhot – Was buried at the back turning for home when several opened up the rail & he was able to surge for the upset & new mark of 1:52.3, that was quite a turn around & must prove it was no fluke




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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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