Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:08 PM


4-Pretty Image – Perked up trying speed & just missed by half a length in a solid effort last week, draws inside again & could be on the verge in a camera-shy field


1-Manhattan Play – One for 25 in 2020, stormed home from far back under vigorous urging & was right there in the photo last week, finished well before that, now she moves inside


7-Franschoek – Just one for 21 last year & draws a tougher post, yet picked up a check in a decent acclimating mile & drops to the bottom condition here



7-Stonebridge Sydney – Offered a late bid for the show deadheat in a beneficial Big M debut last week, continues her turnaround in her third start for Team Burke


2-R Herbie Blue Chip – Beaten even money favorite had things his own way on the front end & came up half a length short last week, poised to graduate from post two again 


5-Da Boogie Man – Launched from post nine to clear the lead & held on for the show deadheat in a commendable Big M comeback, expect further improvement 



4-Haymitch – Hey folks, Marianna Monaco has proven success in this series, this steady closer makes his third start off a sick scratch from an inside post with that 1:52.3 deadheat win on 12-12


7-Scirocco Mistysaid – Sports a mark of 1:52.3 here last season, looks to have been regaining form @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & Mark Silva has a very capable closer


3-So So De Vie – Just missed with a late surge in 1:512.4 three starts back, then got parked as the lukewarm favorite & hooked wheels in the stretch last Saturday, draws back inside as a speed threat



3-Look In My Eyes – Solid runner up in his last three, his latest two chasing standouts Get Legs & King Alphonso, this is an ideal class & post relief scenario


6-Beyond Ordinary – Like Look In My Eyes he was tracking standouts King Alphonso & Get Legs in his last two & gets another shot at this reduced level in top form


1-Scirocco Patrick – Rallied to hit the board in all three starts here, his latest just behind Beyond Ordinary & now moves inside to be within closer striking range



4-So Irresistible – Draws inside fresh off a noteworthy qualifier from post nine, barely outsprinted by the classy mare Gold Orchid N in :27.2 with Andrew McCarthy & worth a swing in here


3-P L Notorious – Wow, that was some turnaround & smashing Big M debut, unleashed the mile of her life in game style from post eight & moves inside with lots to build on for her new barn


9-The Double Deuce – Sat patiently & drew clear with authority for the red-hot Todd McCarthy despite missing a month, now tackles post nine with room to improve for Team Takter



1-Super Schissel – Distant runner up to runaway favorite Winnerup last week, back on the rail with for another serious shot at this reduced level for a sharp trotting barn


7-Carrick – Paid the price for a very slow start from post ten last week, sports a 1:53.1 mark @ The Big M last season & second start off the claim could be better


6-Inukchuk Chuck – Was reclaimed off the mile of his life & came up empty from post ten last week, yet has a chance to rebound in this very light match up



4-Royaltywestho – 1:50.4 mark @ The Big M in 2020, dropped to this level & got parked through stiff fractions as the beaten favorite, chance to atone with another inside draw


6-Tango Dancer N – 1:50.4 performer @ The Big M last season flashed sudden speed & folded tent last week, yet gets another class drop in a field begging to be beaten


3-Always Mindy – Played her last week, she had the speed table set & lacked her usual late punch, she’s back inside to set up another stalking trip from closer to the pace



4-Marley’s Guy – Was blitzed by a 1:52.1 winner in his comeback, now makes his second start after a long layoff & gets some class & post relief for Team Bongiorno


5-Resita – Dropped to this level, suddenly took charge & got nosed out by the trip-sitting Explosive Ridge last week, draws inside that rival to flaunt his class for Team Cullipher


7-Levitation – Beaten favorite dropped to this level, brushed the top & settled for second in a much more aggressive effort from post eight, just missed against better before that



4-Stellenbosch – Since her perfect trip upset in a career best of 1:52 she’s been relentless, particularly hard-charging in her last two & finally moves inside a very competitive field


10-Dbldelitebrigade N – Capitalized on a perfect trip earned with sharp early speed, moves outside & steps up in class of her first US win with room to improve in real handicapper’s challenge


8-Callmequeenbee A – Rallied from a tough spot to grab second behind Dbldelitebrigade N with a strong effort last week, trending right for Team Cullipher

and strong in the win column last year



2-Arabella’s Cadet – Put together a strong back half to hit the board in a much-needed comeback on Lasix for Team Bongiorno, now moves inside & remains down in class


6-Winnerup – 5YO performed liked a new horse when he dropped & romped to the mile of his life in a smashing Team Burke debut & confidence is everything


1-Smart As Hill – Was hammered down to 9-5 & delivered with a :27.4 kicker two starts back, left in never-never land from post ten last week, drops back down & moves inside



4-Quite A Sight – Knocking on the door against better recently, now drops a notch off a no-chance trip from post eight for Team Cullipher, look for speed with G Nap


7-Somthngaboutmary N – Fresh off a vastly improved effort, just missed lighting up the board last week with a solid back half & now picks up hot hands of Todd McCarthy


9-Sheikh Yabooty N – Stuck outside again, but drops a notch off a strong try, might be trending right & retains Yannick Gingras in a wide-open field



6-Itsonlymoneyhoney – Freshened by Team Harmon off three straight wins @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, qualified well here & drops into a real soft spot


3-Magical Winner K – Dropped a notch & put forth a much better effort finishing second to a heavy favorite Chiplosive, gets further class relief & lands post three again, but hasn’t raced in a month


7-Trixie Dust – Pace compromised when he finished a solid second to heavy favorite Explosive Ridge two starts back, drops back down & loves the long stretch here



2-Im A Gigolo N – Just missed in his US debut, then runner up to an impressive heavy favorite Italian Delight N, lands post two again for Team Burke


4-Quagmire Bluechip – Late-blooming 5YO blew up the board in his comebacker, third in 1:51 two starts back, gets a substantial drop from N/W 4 & draws better


3-Hold Thumbs N – NZ bred took four starts to wake up, took charge & held on at a low TM level, lightly-raced 5YO rewarded with a better post & has some upside



6-Bepop On the Block – His Big M debut caught my eye, left alertly, launched a premature late move to the lead & came up a length shy, has license to show more


8-Halusky – Tripped out with an impressive upset last Saturday, draws a tougher post, but actually drops in price & can’t rule out a repeat


3-Genessee Seelster – Rallied to upset these three starts back, bounced back from a debacle @ Freehold with a solid third, draws inside again as a stalking threat






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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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