Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:44 PM

RACE 1

6-All Champy – Left alertly, shuffled & buried, then finished well to be a close third in a much-improved mile last week & now gets another class drop

 

4-St James Gate – Team Burke trainee stayed flat, stole some soft fractions & got nosed out in a big rebound effort last week, drops further & draws a bit better

 

3-Nextroundsonme – Makes the transition from Dover Downs off some steady efforts, getting some class relief & has a chance to stalk them from an inside post

 

RACE 2

6-Classica – Was blitzed by a 1:52 standout in her comebacker here last week, showed promise @ Mohawk & this is a prime spot off that much-needed mile

 

2-Laurie Lee – Florida-bred mare has been a productive eight for 17 @ Pompano & draws inside after some freshening & strong qualifier @ Yonkers

 

5-P L Notorious – Took her mark of 1:53.4 here in game fashion from post eight back on Jan. 8, fresh off a solid third @ Yonkers & lands a soft spot back here

 

RACE 3

4-Extreme Machine N – 11YO has cycled forward in his last few @ Dover Downs, arrives fresh off a decisive score & draws well to fire out & take charge

 

6-Always A Force – Just missed with a perfect trip two starts back, set a rated pace & settled for third last week, gets patient Joe Lee to time his rally just right

 

5-Bepop On The Block – Pretty steady 4YO has hit the board in his last two using different styles, midpack gives him options in top form

 

RACE 4

3-Mark Of A Beast – Really turned his game around with a sharp narrow loss with trot at both ends last week, draws better & strong in the win column last year

 

1-Alexander Hanover – Looms as a logical threat dropping back down to the level of his perfect trip & long overdue win two starts back & lands the rail

 

9-Halliama – Rebounded with a strong third @ Yonkers, 1:53.1 mark @ The Big M last season, lands outside, but hits rock bottom

 

RACE 5

8-So So De Vie – Beaten favorite from post ten just missed with a mighty late surge last week, stuck outside, but has the form to overcome in a soft division

 

5-Avaya Hanover – Sports a 1:53.3 mark here last season, no-chance from post eight @ Freehold last out, parked through a fast pace here before that

 

9-Rockinwiththebest – Seen his act here before, Freehold form has been good enough, missed 28 days prior to his last start & could be heard from late in the mile

 

RACE 6

4-Its Mesmerise N – Dropped to what proved to be a winning spot while trending in a positive direction & prevailed as a heavy favorite, stands out from inside post

 

8-Arnie’s Angel – This Angel has come around in her last three, holding on for a new mark of 1:53.2 two starts back, then just missed from post ten last week

 

5-Windsong Parisian – Guided patiently & rallied from last to hit the board in an excellent re-acclimating mile last week, back half in :55.2 & draws better

 

RACE 7

5-Saint Albray – Took a few starts to deliver a winning & shook loose late to pay off the chalk players last week, steps up a notch, but doesn’t face much

 

8-Queen Josephine – Makes only her fourth start of the season off a sick scratch, stuck outside, but owns a late move & has a chance to stop a long losing skid for a sharp barn

 

7-Best American Chic – Was starting to trend in the right direction before venturing to Yonkers where she did well, challenging post, yet rates contender status

 

RACE 8

5-That’s Incredible – Parlayed a big upset rally two starts back into a sharp narrow loss to Best Honey Hanover last week & has a chance to turn the tables with her big kick

 

1-Darkrshadeofpale N – Pulled a mild upset at the level back on Jan. 8 & took a mark of 1:51.4, drops back down & lands the rail to be more aggressive

 

2-Best Honey Hanover – Took a few starts to regain form off the latest claim, just missed with a huge rally two starts back, now draws inside off a well-driven upset

 

RACE 9

8-All American N – Was left out to dry, yet still paid off with an ultra game effort last week, stuck with post eight again, yet remains at the same reduced level

 

3-Gruden – Bounced back off an early miscue with a well-rated nose loss to Inukchuk Chuck, rewarded with an improved post to dictate the pace again

 

1-Inukchuk Chuck – 8YO was patiently driven to a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 last week, now lands inside to trip out in an evenly-matched finale

 

RACE 10

5-Wingding Hanover – Was on a nice roll @ Mohawk before shipping south into the Cullipher barn, qualified with plenty here & matches up well with these

 

2-Tango Dancer N – We know what this Big M lover is capable of on her best day, finally draws inside to carve out a smooth stalking trip & unleash her big kick

 

3-Stellenbosch – Went all the way with the mile of her life, a nifty 1:50.2 three starts back, then tackled the Open @ Yonkers, no chance from post nine last out

 

RACE 11

4-Twinsburg – Pace compromised after another slow start from post eight last week, sports a mark of 1:51.4 here last season & gets another shot at this bottom level from an improved post in a wide-open field

 

6-Enchanted Eva – Flashed some late pace while trying to close from a tough spot last week, now eligible to show more in her second start off the bench

 

2-Manhattan Play – Lands post two again fresh off an improved effort, just one for her last 29, but looms as a stalk n pop threat for Team Cullipher 

 

RACE 12

3-Thunder Dome – Solid runner up to a runaway winner Rockin Panda last week, regaining top form since the mid-January sick scratch & draws inside

 

7-Major Jesse – Well driven to hit the board just behind Thunder Dome, post seven again for his second start off the claim

 

4-Cashncam – Two-for-two fresh off the bench @ Freehold, has a chance to make a quick adjustment to the mile track from an inside post

 

RACE 13

2-Two Fiftyeight N – Hot item at the claim box recently bounced back with a strong second in his first start for his latest barn & draws better to trip out

 

4-K-Lees Shakenbake – Forced into a first over grind after closing from last to third before that, classy 11YO regaining form after missing 2020 & lands post four again

 

6-Northern Rock – Has been pretty steady in the GSY Series, looks to snap a winless season from a more demanding post, needs a patient trip for an Orange Crush upset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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