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Track Handicapper Ken Warkentin Bio

 

Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ as an announcer and television commentator for over 25 years. He is also the Track Announcer at Freehold Raceway.
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.  He anchors “Racing From The Meadowlands”, seen regularly on SportsNet New York and on TVG.

 

 

RACE REVIEWS by Ken Warkentin


 

 

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment makes every  effort to post Race Reviews 48 hours before scheduled post time.  

Race Reviews For Friday, April 28, 2017

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 5-3-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 Savage Cinderella 9YO mare suddenly unleashed the mile of her life here wire-to-wire two starts back, followed by a fading fifth @ Saratoga, Bob Davis will likely be firing from the rail is a field filled with several speedy contenders.
2 Michael’s Wild Boy Gelding is just two for his last 43, was a 1:55.3 winner here last season & draws inside, but lost ground in his last two @ Freehold.
3 Detroit Rapper Gelding is a notorious horse-for-the-course, twice beaten favorite tried to close from a tough spot chasing Creampuff Macdaddy & company last week, always a dangerous within striking range.
4 Cypress Point Gelding struggled mightily from outside posts in amateur events prior to the much-needed four-month layoff, only three for 37 last year &, draws well, but tough consider off an even qualifier.
5 Creampuff Macdaddy Turned his game around abruptly with an aggressive score in his third start since changing barns, draws the same midpack post & Paul Minore figures to have him forwardly placed again.
6 Celebrity Stimulus 1:54.3 winner here in the slop last year fresh off a wire-to-wire amateur win @ Yonkers, one of the speed possibilities in here going in the right direction – Trainer: Nice, honest little guy, as long as he fits the class he should be okay, as consistent as you can get.
7 Luv At First Site 4YO gelding just two for 23 last year, made a break in his second start of the bench, demanding draw here & willing to watch for possible future consideration.
8 Extracurricular 11YO has had a couple starts to acclimate to the area for his new trainer Kyle Spagnola, don’t know where this gelding fits, but eight-time winner in 2016 owns speed & Robert Hechkoff may choose to use it.
9 Panana Republic Racing well, but caught a three-race case of seconditis since the recent sick scratch, beaten favorite did overcome a tough first over grind last out, tougher sledding for this mare from post nine this time.
10 Permanent Joy Just won his second amateur event of the season with a nice late move @ Freehold, 9YO strong in the column & knows his way around this oval for always capable Robert Krivelin, must find a way into it from an outside draw here.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 1-7-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 The Last Chapter Chapter Seven gelding qualified well @ Pocono, won the latest with a strong late move, toured the oval from seven in his debut, lands the pole here with plenty of promise – Trainer: Happy with this colt, trotted good into a big back half last week.
2 El Senor Deo Muscle Hill gelding out of $518,263 earning dam added trotting hopples in his latest qualifier, draws inside again & may needed a few starts to realize his pontential.
3 Eddiction Cantab Hall sister to the great Muscle Hill, 1:50.1 [$3,273, 342] sold for $310,000 as a yearling, draws better off a needed 3YO debut, has a chance to improve & flaunt her pedigree – Trainer: Never really involved in the race last time, but finished strong, training well & headed in right direction.
4 Gym Rat Muscle Mass gelding brother to Gym Tan Laundry, 1:52.3 [$293,681] with only four starts, added trotting hopples in his last two & still made breaks last week, draws well again, but gets a tab for later.
5 Wired Hanover Lightly-raced 3YO gelding qualified okay here, then broke in his 3YO debut, has missed a couple of weeks & will be watched as he develops.
6 Annapolis Hall Gelding is 0 for 11, yet finished well for minor spoils in his much-needed 3YO debut for Schnittker, big chance to improve in a wide-open field.
7 Myammie Drama Muscle Hill filly 0 for ten, but qualifiers were excellent, kicked home in a sharp :26.2, then won the latest in :27.3 for Team Burke & Bionic Man.
8 Stealth Hanover Had a little taste of stakes action as a freshman, but had breaking issues at the gate, draws outside off a clean, strong qualifier here with Andrew McCarthy, monitor for further improvement.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 6-2-4-5
H Horse Comment
1 Eyeseenow Gelding is 0 for 12 this season & only three for 42, hasn’t perked up much since Lasix was added, switches to the mile track & draws a demanding post – Trainer: Always liked the Meadowlands, hoping to make the best of an outside post.
1A Dayliner 4YO mare makes her 2017 debut for Jody Riedel off a strong qualifier @ Hawkinsville, been away from the races for four months, just two for 31 & post ten are major concerns as well – Trainer: Newcomer to the barn, looks like a ton of ability, should like the Meadowlands, have to overcome bad post.
2 Glitzey Gal Muscle Hill filly whose dam is a sister to Credit Winner, 1:54 [$1,495,295] showed talent when she won here in 1:57.3 at two, offered some sneaky late trot in the qualifier & can push off from the pole.
3 Cersei Hanover Broke her maiden in the slop two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then miscued again, benefits from some Team Orange Crush fine tuning & inside post heres.
4 Decadence Sister to Dolce Ducci, 1:54.2 [$253,286] hit the board in four of seven at two, flashed some late life in both qualifiers, draws inside to stalk n pop for a reputable trotting barn – Trainer: Qualified well, hoping she is able to put it together with money on the line.
5 Voxy Filly from a productive family was a fringe player at the Grand Circuit level at two, qualified evenly here, so tough to gauge, chance to step up in her 3YO debut.
6 Deacon Tony Took full advantage of a perfect drive by Gingras to win his 3YO for Team Burke, Muscle Hill gelding tighter now & going in the right direction.
7 Crazy Smart Filly won three of nine & her last two tallies of 2016 showed promise, but the qualifier @ Pocono was uninspiring & that was 30 days ago, not sure on this one.
8 Agrestores Comet Rare Cal Expo shipper just missed with a perfect trip in his local debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, more gate speed may put him in play after that needed start.
9 Teasin N Pleasin NYSS filly won five of eight, her last three in a row & didn’t miss the board at two, draws a tough post & tough to evaluate off two nondescript qualifiers here.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-3-6
H Horse Comment
1 Don Dorado Classy gelding dropping steadily down the class ladder & getting tighter on the comeback trail, look for more speed from the rail here against a field full of question marks.
2 Stitch In Time 0 for 11 this season, yet has raced better in his last two, flashed speed from post eight & pace compromised chasing the classier Danish Durango last week & moves inside.
3 Tac’s Delight Classy 12YO romped away from $10,000 stock two starts back, then faded to fourth after perfect trip behind Shady Mccoy last out, draws better to put himself in serious contention again.
4 New York Attitude Just one second in 12 starts this year, ships back here after making breaks in two of his last three, draws well & Gingras was listed on the proof, but hasn’t won in a long time.
5 Shady Mccoy Team Orange Crush have this 11-time winner last year trending in the right direction, just missed two weeks ago & appears on the verge & gets another shot at this bottom level – Trainer: Continues to improve every week, hoping for a solid effort again tonight.
6 Hyway Marcus Makes his second start off the bench & after missing a month off a sick scratch, drops to the bottom rung & can employ his late move.
7 Hes An American Gelding broke in his last two, looks to rebound after a month of freshening, didn’t seem too strong in the qualifier & only two for his last 25.
8 Big Expense Missed the board in all seven starts this season, took a couple of months to regroup, followed in the pocket in the qualifier, challenging draw for the comebacker.
9 Winwood Scout Gelding faded to seventh from a pocket trip here two starts back, just missed as the heavy favorite @ Freehold last week & claimed by the productive Mike Watson barn, tougher draw back at The Big M.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 3-4-10-2
H Horse Comment
1 Stairwaytothestars Western Ideal sister to Western Shore, 1:48.3 [$1,247,985] finished an even fourth in both starts chasing Twinkle, draws inside that rival, but needs to step it up against several others – Trainer: Continues to improve with every start, was stuck behind a horse losing ground & the top three got the jump on her, draws well again & similar effort puts her on the board.
2 Gypsy Rose Roll With Joe filly from a storied maternal line held on to win her qualifier @ Harrah’s Philadelphia for Team Burke, draws inside to rate contender status right off the hop.
3 Somesleazetoplease Somebeachsomewhere sister to Breeders Crown champion See You At Peelers, 1:49.2 [$1,573,260], found her winning stride late in 2016, cruised in the qualifier here & draws inside to stand out.
4 Stormtracker Big Jim has won two of three on smaller tracks, her latest was an eye-catching wire-to-wire @ Yonkers, draws well to take charge & tap her potential further.
5 Anderson Seelster Product of the OSS Grass Roots program set a solid pace in her 3YO debut on Lasix & gave way to Twinkle last week, had a penchant for finishing second last year.
6 Ringing Ofthe Bell Broke her maiden in a well-meant wire-to-wire effort in her 3YO @ Freehold, trying to build on that in a pretty competitive N/W 2 affair – Trainer: Raced well in her first start for us at Freehold, eligible for NJSS coming up soon, would like to give her a couple of starts to make sure she’s ready for them, will be interesting to see what she can do on a bigger track, keeps improving.
7 That’s How We Roll Grinded out checks in NYSS at two, went evenly in the qualifier chasing Somesleazetoplease, we’re going to monitor her progress accordingly.
8 Majestic Dreams Has made breaks in two of her last three, hit the board in her debut here two starts back, but this is a strong field & the post is more demanding.
9 Puff Magic Dragon Hit the board in five of eight as a 2YO & had some Grand Circuit experience, lost ground in both qualifiers & draws outside a tough match up.
10 Twinkle Late-blooming 4YO mare has gone two-for-two with a :26.4 & kicked home in :27.2 to repeat last week, moves outside, yet remains a major danger in a more competitive scenario.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-8-5
H Horse Comment
1 Vintage Babe Five-time winner this season & on board in ten of 12, faded to sixth against these two weeks ago, gave way to third when she tried it on the front end before that.
2 Penpal Looked like a special mare when she romped in her first two starts this season in 1:51.4, beaten favorite had missed a couple of weeks prior to her lackluster effort last week, so may not have been herself, did close in a wicked :25.3 & moves inside to atone – Trainer: Everything seems good with her.
3 Prairie Sweetheart Saw her undefeated seven-for-seven streak snapped when she set a solid pace & faded to third in her 4Yo debut here, looking to build on that from a more favorable post against some major stakes players.
4 Blue Moon Stride Returns fresh off a career campaign winning the NJSS Final, Mistletoe Shalee, Thomas D’Altrui & Bluegrass, went all the way in her qualifier, punctuated by a :26.4, ready to fire a serious shot – Trainer: Trained back great, but disappointed in her first qualifier, , much sharper in the second & had great week.
5 Inittowinafortune Ultra consistent horse-for-the-course type capitalized on a perfect trip last week & sprinted away with the upset in :26.1, always a threat with her tactical speed.
6 No Clouds Bluechip Empire Breeders Classic winner @ Tioga Downs last year in 1:50.1 makes her second start off the bench, but not sure she’s up to the top ones in this match up.
7 Truth And Liberty 11 for 42 in 2016, won three of her last four starts here on the engine, obviously wasn’t herself last out, has now missed three weeks & that makes her a question mark.
8 Darlinonthebeach Fastest in an ultra tough class last year & Grand Circuit winner in 1:48.1, piles up ten tallies in 2016, strong qualifiers against Breeders Crown champ Call Me Queen Be & Blue Moon Stride last week – Trainer: Like many of us she put on a couple of extra pounds this Winter, so I think she’s going to need a few starts, but expect her to race well.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1A-5-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 Rose Run Parker Started his season with a win here back in February, faded to fourth two starts back, bounced back with a dominant score @ Yonkers, 11-time winner in 2016 kicks off a formidable Burke entry.
1A Dayson Matron stakes winner took a mark 1:51.2 here in the Townsend Ackerman in 12-win 2016 campaign, two strong qualifiers against classy stablemate Crazy Wow, compliments a strong Burke entry.
2 Rock Of Cashel Exploited further class relief & exploded to an easy win last week, steady horse-for-the-course now gets a significant test for class here.
3 Appomattox 8YO has found his groove winning three of his last four here, took advantage of a class drop to go all the way in a sharp 1:52.3 two weeks ago & draws inside again.
4 Maestro Blue Chip Won a couple of Graduate divisions in a breakout 2016 season when he tallied 13 times in 20 starts, qualified with plenty elsewhere & looms a serious player right off the bat.
5 JL Cruze Fastest trotter in Meadowlands history always seems good when fresh, has battled through his share of issues, fourth in last year’s Cutler, qualified well behind the monstrous mare Hannelore Hanover – Trainer: Has trained back very well & qualified within himself, he acts like he’s ready to get the year started.
6 Opulent Yankee Rebounded by showing a little more fight to the wire, although clearly third best, most effective when allowed to set a controlled pace, not sure that’s possible in this match up.
7 Rubber Duck Dominated upper level foes here back on December 16 in 1:52.3, returns to the mile track fresh off a sharp rally & win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, sets up another off-the-pace strategy with an outside draw against some classy foes.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 9-1-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 Danish Durango Classy 1:52 winner last year took full advantage of another class drop & was allowed steal a :59 middle half enroute to an overdue score last week, back inside after regaining his confidence & hikes up two notches – Trainer: Was very happy with him last week, double jump in class this week, if he’s good he can go with them.
2 Karets Was left in the wake of a class-dropping standout Rock Of Cashel last week, draws inside again, yet bumps up a notch, eligible to trip out for a big part of this.
3 Rose Run Quickley Severely pace compromised from post seven last week, was on a three-race form spree before that, draws well, reunited with Brett Miller, yet stepping up in class.
4 Tag Up And Go 10-time winner in 2016 fresh off a nose loss as the heavy favorite in the Plainridge Open, faded to fifth here at this level before that, chance to keep his positive vibe going in a vulnerable field.
5 Up The Alley Capped off his 2016 season in winning form, seemed to prep well in Florida, except for the hiccup on 4-8, overmatched in his 2017 debut at the Preferred level last week, softer spot for his second start off the bench.
6 Battle Mage Was on a form spree & wired these for the upset two starts back, switched to Team Burke & faded to eighth, look for a rebound effort after a new barn adjustment & now Gingras takes control.
7 Warrawee Preferred Finished a nonthreatening in his latest try here at this level, regained his winning form against easier recently, demanding draw & only making his second start in 37 days.
8 Crazy About Pat Faded to seventh off cover in his last start here on 3-31 in the slop, sixth in his last two on smaller tracks, drops in class, but tough post & winless in nine starts this season.
9 B Yoyo Won twice here earlier this meet, solid rally for third two starts back, gets some class relief after tackling Preferred foes, but has no easy task from post nine in this very intriguing match up.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 1-8-2-1A
H Horse Comment
1 Vorst Has come around in her last two with Anthony Napolitano in the bike, almost got there with pace at both ends from post ten last week, improved post makes her a serious threat & part of a strong entry.
1A Keystone I Wish Great season so far with six wins & on board in ten of 13, aggressive effort & battled gamely last week, yielding late to Gweneeee J & stablemate Vorst, draws inside again to keep it going.
2 Our Els Dream N Returns to the Big M fresh off a neck loss in the Saratoga Open, gets class relief & Brett Miller & draws inside a field in which nothing jumps off the page.
3 Walk Two Moons 10-time winner in 2016 toured the oval in her Big m debut off a sick scratch, draws better off that needed start & may return to her winning ways with more aggressive handling.
4 Bring Me Diamonds 0 for ten this season, yet arrives fresh off an aggressive nose loss @ Plainridge & was facing tougher N/W 8 @ Yonkers before that, Heidi Rohr always sends them ready.
5 Whiskersonkittens Tried to close from a tough spot in her last two, pacing home in :26.4 & :27.3, gets another shot at this reduced level & beat these with a perfect trip back on 3-10.
6 Sudden Change N New Zealand bred mare only took two starts to break through @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, reached a bit too high @ Yonkers last out, may make a quick adjustment here with a display of speed – trainer: Has been fantastic here in America, I really like her a lot, got a bad shuffle at Yonkers last start.
7 Daut Full Just one for her last 28 & winless this season, ships from Yonkers off a dull eighth there, Team Buter has been lethal here this meet, but the outside draw seals her fate.
8 Gweneeee J Big M lover has won two of her last three here, while flaunting her versatility, post nine logically more demanding, but Ross Croghan has been hitting on all cylinders.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 8-1-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 Montalbano Bi Beaten favorite had his time in sun earlier in the meet, dropped again & forced to chase an unchallenged Danish Durango last week, moves inside for another serious shot at this easier class – Trainer: Jimmy went with him off the rail, he should be good from there.
2 Painite Hasn’t really been close in six starts here so far this season, class & post relief may put her in play, making only her second start this month, finds a field begging to be beaten.
3 Exquisite Glide Tony Alagna trainee seemed to be on the verge before his last two dull efforts, but now gets class & post relief & Brett Miller, may be enough to finally put him across.
4 Master Of Excuses Stepped up this level off a big upset & was pace compromised behind a well-rated Danish Durango last week, draws inside again, but remains a longshot.
5 Downundermatter Gelding has landed on the fringe fourth in his last two, 1:56 winner here in the slop this season now gets his third consecutive class drop.
6 Modern Mercury The other Team Harmon trainee in this one rallied to be a solid third here two starts back, got parked last week @ Pocono, returns at a reduced level – Trainer: Has Yannick, he should fit here really well, first up in her last start & not that kind of horse.
7 Real DJ Hanover Didn’t make much headway when last seen here back in December, makes his 5YO debut off a dull qualifier & will be monitored accordingly.
8 Zooming High percentage Amber Buter barn ships in this productive 9YO fresh off a solid second @ Pocono, draws a tough post, but gets enough class relief to offset that obstacle – Trainer: Huge class drop & should be good.
9 Lauderdale Drops a notch off a poor seventh last week, beaten favorite was a decent third before that, just one for 12 this season, stuck outside & needs to conjure up some of his back class.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 5-6-1-4
H Horse Comment
1 Blush Hanover Just missed with a late surge against this kind two starts back, faded to sixth against tougher last time, back on the rail to trip out against a camera-shy bunch.
2 Mac’s Secure Just one for 13 in 2017, held for minor spoils after getting parked first over last out, another inside draw, but now forced to bump up a notch against a bunch of drop downs.
3 Dream Ball Beaten favorite @ Yonkers wasn’t a threat for third consecutive start, draws well & tries the same condition, but not sure how she can crank up her game here.
4 Amanderosa 1:54.2 winner here this season seems have been simply overmatched from challenging posts @ Yonkers recently, this is a tailor made spot for her to break out.
5 Rock Me Gently Off the board in all six starts this season & just two for 32 in 2016, but has been ramping it up from outside posts @ Yonkers, returns here in a soft spot for the raging Crocodile Man.
6 Joyful Game Stone closer drops a notch off a no-chance mile from post nine, major Big M lover tries set up a late move in a field lacking any serious speed – Trainer: Too far back last week, she is sneaky good right now & this is the right class.
7 Keene Olivia Just one for nine this season & doesn’t exactly sport sharp form, the post is demanding for this eight-time winner last year, but always respect the Heidi Rohr shippersc.
8 Twice An Angel 1:53.3 winner here in 2016 tailed off before the sick scratch, followed along fifth in the qualifier well in front of Bettor Chill Out, tough draw, easier class, give her one.
9 Bettor Chill Out Freshened with almost five months on the sidelines far back chasing Blue Moon Stride in the qualifier, outside draw, 1:51.2 winner here last season returns at a reduced level.