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

RACE 1

6-Final Justice – Hard to believe he could turn things around that much, while hammered down to 2-1 with Gingras last week, has a chance to follow up & prove that was no fluke

 

10-Preppy Art – Preppy prevailed with a post ten repeat despite listed with broken equipment last week, a serious threat to stay on a roll for John Calabrese 

 

7-Taste Of History – Beaten heavy favorite had everything go his way & settled for third last week, makes his third start since the barn change & the combo swept both divisions on Feb. 26

 

RACE 2

2-Western Redhot – Landed on the fringes since the latest claim, made up substantial ground from post eight last week & now draws inside a field ripe for the taking

 

7-Ocean Colony – Recall diving into The Ocean when the waters were much deeper, second try off the bench for this classy horse-for-the-course & takes on a claiming tag

 

6-Watchmeneighneigh – Beat these with a gutsy effort back on Feb. 26, can rebound off a couple of excuse trips & switches to Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 3

3-I Am The Cowboy – Did some damage in the recent Game of Claims Series @ Pocono, arrives fresh off a perfect-trip score @ Freehold, draws inside & gets Dexter Dunn

 

9-Tom’s Arockin – Hasn’t won in a long time, yet switched barns recently & showed some improvement @ The Meadows, stuck outside, but ships into the lowest claiming level here

 

2-Pop Icon – Looked poised to pop & sputtered in his Big M debut, 9YO veteran now drops in price & draws inside again for his second try since switching to Team Bongiorno

 

RACE 4

5-Lotus Seelster – Makes her fourth start since coming back from an early season sick scratch, forced wide chasing a runaway winner Sweet Lulu last week & now lands in a real soft spot

 

9-Twinsburg – Shows back-to-back seconds with strong final quarters recently, drops back to the bottom condition level off a sick scratch & just needs some trip luck from post nine

 

3-Classica – 4YO has been noticeably better in her last two, this is an easier bottom level condition, retains Todd McCarthy & she has trip potential from post three again

 

RACE 5

3-S Mckee – Ramped it up recently, hit the board back-to-back before his even fifth in the GSY Series last week, draws inside a completely wide open field & reunited with The Money Man

 

6-Royal Courtier – Beaten favorite faded on the lead last week, just missed with an aggressive effort before that, rates major contender status off his last two

 

2-Mighty American N – On the fringes after slow starts in his last three, now draws better to work out a closer stalking trip, while long overdue 

 

RACE 6
3-Petal To The Metal – Nosed out with a late surge last week, draws better to work out another stalking trip & red-hot Team Chiodo have a strong 1-2 punch in this affair

 

8-Darkrshadeofpale N – Has had her share of excuses trips, took a mark of 1:51.4 here this season, drops further & reunited with Todd McCarthy

 

4-Something Reel – Been facing tougher @ Yonkers, drops into a softer spot, lands an improved post picks up Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 7

6-Blackwell Ruby IR – 1:51.2 performer last season when she won seven of 17, won her qualifier here with a late surge for a barn that always has them ready

 

5-Laurie Lee – Has gone four-for-four this season, returns fresh off a pair of solid wins against N/W 4 @ Pocono Downs off a sick scratch here

 

8-P L Notorious – Took a mark of 1:53.4 here this season, just missed with a well-rated effort last week, tougher post, but gate speed puts her in play

 

RACE 8

6-Ideal Son – Was left in the wake of a fired up Statesman N last week, fresh claim has license to step up sporting a 1:51.2 mark @ The Big M in 2020

 

4-Luck N Roll K – 1:53.4 winner @ The Big M last season has taken a couple of starts to re-acclimate & draws inside off an aggressive effort

 

5-Two Fiftyeight N – Scored fresh off the recent claim with a perfect trip  as the heavy favorite two starts back, but now needs a huge rebound effort after last week’s debacle

 

RACE 9

2-Halo Its Me – Yannick Gingras did a wonderful job trying to steal one from post eight, now moves inside & remains at a reduced level for Team Burke

 

3-Chief Justice – Gets class & post relief, which might be enough, his effort two starts back makes him a major contender, plus he’s reunited with Scott Zeron

 

5-Marveloustrix – Followed up her back-to-back upsets with a no-factor eighth last week, but if the race sets up right for her late kick there might be no stopping this mare

 

RACE 10

5-Northern Rock – Rallied for the minor upset in his second start off a sick scratch & now looks to go two-for-two off the claim with Gingras in a competitive final

 

2-Statesman N – 14YO draws inside fresh off two straight blowouts with Dexter Dunn, draws better & looks like he’ll be the one to reel in

 

3-Rockin Rambaran – 11YO been very productive this season, fresh off another narrow loss & in line for preferred stalking trip from an improved post

 

RACE 11

7-Tequila N Roses – Flashed some sneaky late trot in her Big M debut, has a chance to build on that acclimating mile & surprise this bunch at a nice price

 

6-Manhattanup No Ice – Left alertly again & just missed repeating from post eight last week, this 4YO has gotten on a nice roll recently with Mark MacDonald

 

9-Vitani AS – Tuned up with an easy win @ Pocono, then too far out of range here last week, 4YO mare moves outside, but building momentum & switches to Dexter Dunn

 

RACE 12

6-Major Occasion A – Dorothy Haughton shocker @ 50-1 in 1:48.1, nosed out with a vicious late brush in her qualifier & looks ready fresh off the bench

 

4-Sweet Lucy Lou – How on earth could one predict she’d do what she did last week off a pair of nondescript qualifiers?  Now she gets to build on that astounding comeback on Lasix from a better post

 

3-Betalady – Exploded from a tough spot to repeat, then caught first over from post ten last week, finally moves inside & loom large in a compact, yet competitive field

 

RACE 13

2-Charlie Ona Harley – Charlie is in fine form right now fresh off a hard-charging second last week & moves inside while on the verge of another

 

1-Knightofvictory – Offered some late trot from a tough spot in the much-needed comebacker, now lands the rail & retains Dexter Dunn

 

7-Stenhouse Hanover – Team Cullipher trainee looks to rebound off a rare miscue, banks on a solid pace & smooth trip to grab part of this

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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