Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:21 PM

RACE 1

8-Quite A Sight – Took an aggressive try in her Big M debut & finished a solid third, nice acclimating mile after missing three weeks, tougher post, but she can do it either way

 

2-Best Honey Hanover – Easily went two-for-two here off the claim with Dexter Dunn & scored her third straight with a career best 1:51, draws inside again, sports a 13 for 24 record this season & tough to go against

 

3-Milady Denver A – Big upset winner back on 11-13, was better last week with a more patient trip, back half in a nifty :54.4 & well situated to stalking the speed

 

RACE 2

6-Scirocco Patrick – Looks like Mark Silva may have this Father Patrick gelding figured out, responded to a patient trip with a solid third to standout Get Legs & eligible to improve further in his second start off the bench

 

10-Focus Pocus – Chased the heavily favored Get Legs with strong efforts in all three starts here, will rely on his closing kick with an even tougher draw this time & continues to improve

 

1-Ching Ching Lucky – Stayed flat, forced wide & picked up a check in his first start for his new barn, only making his fourth career start & back on the rail with plenty of upside

 

RACE 3

2-Walks Of Life – Bet down to 9-5 favorite & delivered in spades with a perfect cover trip in last Friday’s finale & looms large as a repeat threat with another inside draw

 

7-Northern Rock – Dave Miller rated him perfectly & found out that doesn’t necessarily work with this 4YO, just missed an upset with well-timed rally before that

 

1-Mr Disomma – Blew up the board with a huge post nine drop n pop two starts back, then wasn’t heard from last week & now has a chance to rebound from the rail

 

RACE 4

8-Be Best – Faced much tougher N/W 8 stock @ Yonkers this Fall, forced wide from a tough spot to pick up a check last time, lands outside, but hits rock bottom

 

5-Baby Got Back – Winless filly finished with much improved vigor in her second start for her new barn off a sick scratch + Lasix, draws better with a big chance to step up in a wide-open field

 

7-Amateur Hour – Flashed some speed & finished second to standout Tall Poppy in a solid Big M debut, tougher post, but acclimated now & gets another shot @ this bottom level here

 

RACE 5

8-Esa – Took a mark of 1:54.4 here this season, flashed some sneaky late trot for minor spoils last week, moves outside, yet gets another chance at this reduced level

 

4-Fingal’s Wave – Upset winner with a perfect trip two starts back was simply left with too much work to do from post nine last week & this improving 4YO draws better

 

9-Silvermass Volo – 0 for 13 this season, yet hit the board in both starts here, the latest from tenth to third, stuck outside again, but a threat with the right set up

 

RACE 6

4-Stravinsky – Switched to trainer Andrew Harris & reeled off two wins & two seconds elsewhere, Sebastian K 3YO draws well here to take charge & may never look back

 

6-Some Chapter – 3YO is on some kinda roll for the red-hot Annette Lorenzon barn, steamrolled to a new mark of 1:52.4 over an off track, so can’t rule out a repeat

 

2-Mcmatters – Solid runner up to Some Chapter from post eight on 12-4, broke early as the heavy favorite last week, bumped back up, but draws inside again to rebound

 

RACE 7

9-Chiplosive – Lands outside again off a no-chance trip, a solid third before that, 1:52.4 winner @ The Big M this season drops again & has a chance to dominate a soft field

 

1-Chief Justice – Chased the streaking St James Gate in his last two, off another strong effort from post nine last week & now moves inside with Dexter Dunn

 

5-Deo – 7YO gelding suddenly found his best stride in his last two & pulled off a mild upset in 1:55 last week, now that his 2020 goose egg is gone he now hikes up & faces several questionable drop downs

 

RACE 8

5-Look In My Eyes – Cranked it up in his second start here with a game first over grind for second to No Time To Play, another lightly-raced 3YO going in the right direction

 

4-Get Legs – This late-blooming Muscle Hill 3YO has methodically gone three-for-three without breaking a sweat & draws well for the well-deserved step up

 

3-No Time To Play – Kadabra 3YO added Lasix & upset these with an aggressive, yet well-rated effort, lands post three again while acclimated & on the rise

 

RACE 9

6-Tall Poppy N – NZ bred mare has started to ramp it up, 1:52 winner here dominated a bottom level group with Dexter Dunn last week as the heavy favorite & looms large against a field of largely underachievers 

 

9-Exotic Dance – Has a win, a second & third in three of her last four, all from outside posts, consistent mare high in the win column sports a 1:51.1 mark @ The Big M this season rates highly despite post nine

 

7-Enduring Hope – Won her last start here first time Lasix from post ten, took her mark of 1:53.2 @ The Big M back on 11-13 & must be feared with the right speed set up

 

RACE 10

1-Halliama – Took a 1:53.1 mark @ The Big M back on 11-13, too far back in his last three, now has a chance to work out a close up stalking trip from the rail & looms as a price play

 

3-Gruden – Runner up to the runaway Joey with trot at both ends last week, a much-improved mile with the drop down, now draws inside Joey & figures to be in prime stalking position again

 

10-Joey – Simply took charge & romped to the mile of his life in a sparkling Big M debut, now moves outside & merits a class hike & remains a contender in a competitive field

 

RACE 11

3-Ronnie Goldstein – Flashed some decent late trot in :27.3 in a needed started here last week, now drops a notch & draws a bit better, nice price play option

 

6-St James Gate – 7YO has gone two-for-two here as the heavy favorite since shipping south into the Burke barn, fresh off a new mark & looks like he can tackle the next step

 

5-Carrick – Was hiked up off an easy win, got aggressive & just missed to the trip sitting Vic’s Winner, remains a sharp item with a 1:53.1 mark @ The Big M this season

 

RACE 12

3-Alexa Skye – Crushed first over as the heavy favorite with a career best of 1:50.1 over an off track two weeks ago, this Brett Pelling-tuned filly draws inside again & continues to rise 

 

2-Arnie’s Angel – Got to like the way she’s ramped up her game with three straight rallies for second, bumped up in class, but lands post two again with a chance to employ her lethal late kick

 

7-Golden Quest N – Parlayed a perfect second over trip to finish second to Alexa Skye, a solid Big M acclimating mile, will need to get another strong speed target & smooth cover trip

 

RACE 13

2-Explosive Ridge – Horse-for-the-course has faded in all three comeback miles, but drops again, draws post two again & lands in a real soft spot

 

6-Tough Mac – Rallied right there in the photo as the beaten favorite in :27.4 two starts 

back, draws a bit better off a no-chance mile & could snap his 2020 losing skid

 

3-French Moni – Third to the standout All American N three starts back, returns to the mile track with an inside post & chance to trip out in a wide-open finale

 

 

 

 

 



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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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