Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:58 PM


1-Godspell Hall – Rebounded from a rare miscue in monstrous fashion for a hot combo, powered home on the class drop, that 1:52.4 career best on 12-4 stands out & draws back inside


7-Some Chapter – Has been on real form spree, put together a strong back half with an equipment issue to just miss making it three in a row, tougher post, yet remains a huge threat for a sharp barn


3-Swan In Motion – 4YO has ramped up his game in his last two on Lasix, moves inside fresh off a solid score from post nine & looms large for Dylan Davis



5-Master Conrad – Ships into a new barn showing some sharp recent miles @ Northfield Park, lands an ideal midpack start to work out his preferred stalking style


3-Candell – Regained his confidence with two straight stalk n pounce scores elsewhere & can utilize his gate speed to secure a similar smooth trip


1-Pogey Beach – 0 for 21 last season, freshened up Team Burke trainee qualified evenly here, drops into a wide-open claimer & lands the rail



2-Dealer’s Table – Has tumbled down the class ladder, hit the board again from an impossible spot, :54.3 back half, finally moves inside for Team Cullipher


4-Effronte A – 1:48.3 performer really turned things around with that perfect trip upset last week, rewarded with a better post for the step up with hot hands at the lines


3-On Accident – Just 3 for 31 last year & wasn’t heard from last week, yet this class dropper can’t be ignored from an inside post



6-Sweet N Fast – Made a quick adjustment here despite a wide cover trip & rallied stoutly to just miss in his Big M debut last week, lands in an ideal spot with hot hands


2-Thndrfrmthethron N – Took full advantage of perfect Dexter Dunn handling & trounced a bottom level group as the heavy favorite, confident now from another inside post


5-Passa-Grille Beach – 1:50.3 winner here last season returns to the Big M off a no-chance trip @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & facing easier for Team Cullipher



2-Chaser Hanover – Has basically become a new horse since regaining his winning form at the bottom rung with catch drivers, draws inside again fresh off another new mark & bumped up one more notch


9-Pyro – Sale bound as Hip #119, had an off night against the top group here last week after two straight blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands outside, but drops to face a field of question marks for Team Burke


3-Joestar Of Mia A – Outsprinted in his Big M debut, raced timed in 1:50.2, was on a pretty good late-season roll @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside again & in line for another smooth stalking trip 



3-Mindtrip – Dylan Davis trainee with a 1:49.3 mark here in 2020 has been overmatched in his last two, can quickly regain his winning edge with class & post relief here


4-Semi Tough – Under intense pressure throughout & just missed by half a length last week, revved up Team Burke trainee draws inside again & gets another shot at this reduced level


7-Boiling Oar – Flashed sharp gate speed from the same post & got nosed out with a perfect trip last week, big threat for Team Cullipher with a similar attempt in a very competitive affair



1-Warrawee Unique – Classy Team Burke gelding qualified sharply here off a sick scratch & lands the rail to trip out just off the speed in wide-open match up


3-Incredible Shark – Gets another chance at this reduced level after squandering a perfect two-hole ride last week & draws better for Team Cullipher


6-Soho Wallstreet A – Gutsy winner @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, controlling speed from post ten here last week, classy veteran steps up in solid form



6-Stonedust – The grey streak drops back down to a competitive level, just missed with a mighty late surge from post ten two starts back & long overdue


8-Italian Delight N – Horse-for-the-course regained his winning form with two in a row against lesser foes, tough spot here, but revved up with Dexter Dunn


4-Rootin Tootin – Draws a bit better fresh off an excellent acclimating mile, just missed to Cheyenne Ryan Lee & poised to step up & show more



7-Paduka N – Runner up to the uncatchable Western Joe in last week’s feature, aggressive winner before that, Katricia Adams has him on his toes


4-B Stoney – After only six starts last year, this is a Team Cullipher trainee is on the rise, nailed late by De Los Cielos Deo, sharp score before that & now moves inside


8-De Los Cielo Deo – Off that rousing win two starts back the Team Burke closer kicked home in :26 for minor spoils last week, always a danger with the right set up



2-Flyingevenbettor N – Looking to rebound off a slow start from post eight, seemed to be trending right off the recent sick scratch & now moves inside for Team Alagna


6-Always And Again – Dylan Davis trainee got a little too rambunctious on the engine last week & settled for second again, might be tougher to catch with some rating here


5-My Pal Joe – Blew them away with that 1:49.4 career best two starts back, then third best in a stalking role as the heavy favorite, remains a threat in this camera-shy field



3-JK Will Power – Got torched parked out last week, no chance before that, 1:49.4 Big M winner in 2020 strong in the win column, drops another notch, draws better & due for some better luck


1-Bechers Brook A – 1:48.1 performer @ The Big M in 2020 nosed out by Paduka N two starts back, toss out last week’s post ten tour, class & post relief makes him a big threat for Team Cullipher


8-Twin B Tuffenuff – Beaten favorite was right there third in the photo with a more aggressive effort last week, tougher draw, but drops again for Team Burke



6-Western Redhot – Sat patiently, was surging through, hooked wheels & lost all chance as the beaten favorite, on a roll since The Dream claim & retains Dexter Dunn


7-Pokerface Bluechip – Recent claim took three starts & shift to the mile track here to suddenly wake up with convincing score last week, must prove it was no fluke from same post


8-Fox Valley Nemitz – Razor sharp gelding overcame a wide trip from post ten to repeat as the heavy favorite, stuck outside, but can’t rule out another



7-The Moonshadow N – Benefited from some freshening & addition of Lasix, came bursting on through for second in a sharp comebacker & rates top billing


5-No Quarter – Roughed up first over through stiff fractions last out, now gets a substantial class drop, owns speed & may try to go all the way


9-Odds On Lauderdale – Hip #211 in Monday’s sale has steadily made his way to the bottom condition level, set a rated pace from post nine & settled for third last week, look for him to blast off again



5-Forevernalways – Reclaimed by Jamie Gerard off a sharp nose loss three weeks ago, highlight the convincing upset three starts back & this horse-for-the-course lands in an ideal spot


6-Bayonet – This Michael Russo trainee has sharpened his sword by hitting the board in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & could duplicate that form back at the Big M


4-Always B Magic – Michael Russo claim landing on the fringes fifth in his last two, kicked home in :27.1 last week, draws better & figures to get a better trip



5-Justin Credible – One for 27 last year, has raced a bit better in his last two, missed a month prior to last week’s mile, hits rock bottom & retains Dexter Dunn


6-Stormont Czar A – Hit the board in two of his last three @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, off another miscue last week, classy 11YO eligible to rebound for Team Harmon


3-Winning Linc – Just missed with a perfect trip @ Freehold last week, knows his way around this track, draws inside, adds The Money Man & could surprise this bunch



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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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