Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:40 PM

RACE 1

3-I’m An Athlete – Beaten heavy favorite finished well for third in :27.3, just missed in :26.1 before that, draws better & in line for another smooth trip with Dexter Dunn

 

4-Karpathian Kid - $19,000 mixed sale buy had broken equipment in most recent, was on quite a roll before that & lands inside to flaunt his speed after three weeks off

 

8-Quality Closer – Big M horse-for-the-course makes his second start off a sick scratch, drops to an easier level back on the mile track & versatile enough to overcome a tough post

 

RACE 2

1-Devil Or Angel – Captaintreacherous first time starter for Nifty Norman draws the rail in highly beatable field off two very good qualifiers, the latest against a seasoned performer

 

10-Dogfight – $29,000 mixed sale purchase won his Big M qualifier with an eye-catching :26.2, 4YO making only his sixth career start has plenty of upside

 

9-So Much Bettor – 5YO just two for 27, but has hit the board in all three starts here, just missed with a well-rated effort last week, contender despite a tougher post

 

RACE 3

6-Alotbettor N – Sub 1:50 winner here in 2019 for Team Bongiorno used hard in a premature :27 third quarter as the beaten favorite, drops again for his key third start off the bench

 

1-Ever Again – Has cranked it up with back-to-back :26.4 final quarters, gets class & post relief to set up a stalk n pop scenario at a price

 

4-YoucanIknow – Sat the pocket behind the well-rated Big Stretch Mark & faded to fifth in the sprint home, one of three Burke trainees drops & draws well again

 

RACE 4

2-Effronte A – Unleashed an explosive :25.4 in the season’s fastest 1:48.3 back on 1-11, steps up a notch off a sick scratch & three weeks away, yet draws better

 

4-Like Clockwork – Grinded gamely to finish a bang-up second to a raging Bell I No last week, just missed @ this level in 1:49 on 1-11 & draws an improved post for Team Burke

 

8-Americanprimetime – Rallied stoutly to hit the board in a solid comebacker last week, classy 11-time winner last year drops a notch & can do it either way

 

RACE 5

3-Dash Of Danger – Owns a 1:51 mark @ The Big M, finished well in both starts here, continues on the comeback trail with class & post relief, while adding the Bionic Man

 

4-Mister Daytona N – His qualifier wasn’t bad & previous Pocono Downs form was good, fresh threat with an inside draw in a field with several easy toss outs

 

9-Sams Triple Crown – Sub 1:50 performer here the past two seasons returns for his second start off a sick scratch, post nine no picnic, but dangerous with a wake up call imminent

 

RACE 6

5-Western Exposure – Bounced back with a well-meant second by a neck to Dudies Lor last week, this is a fresh & talented 4YO heading in a positive direction

 

3-A Major Omen – Draws inside again on a form spree, took a mark of 1:50.3 with a big effort from post seven on 1-11 & chased Dudies Lor in his last two

 

1-JK Captain Jack – Capitalized on a perfect drive by Drew Monti to beat the favorite Trump That & took a new mark of 1;51.3 last week, back inside to build on that overdue win

 

RACE 7

5-Morairtime – This talented mare continues to progress & thrive since switching to off-the-pace tactics, gets an ideal midpack draw to stalk & vault off the expected speed

 

8-Pappy Go Go – Has caught fire on the comeback trail reeling off three straight, wired the Preferred with authority after missing three weeks & can overcome another outside assignment

 

10-JL Cruze – Credit Eric Ell with resurrecting his career, The King goes for three in a row with post ten & did have more in the tank in his last two romps

 

RACE 8

6-Jet Airway – Closed into a :54.2 back half with no chance after a slow start last week, solid form since the big win & claim by Juan Cano, owns his share of back class as well

 

2-Forevernalways – Just missed with a game grind off a rated pace last week, still razor sharp since the latest claim by Andrew Harris & draws inside a near impossible Pick 4 kickoff

 

4-One Lucky Dragon – Another sharp Andrew Harris trainee, tripped out to win in the slop @ Yonkers two starts back, draws inside to carve out an ideal stalking trip 

 

RACE 9

4-Franco Tristan N – NZ import flashed a :25.2 in his latest qualifier & finished well for minor spoils in his US debut, now drops a notch, tighter, acclimated & draws well again

 

2-Kept Under Wraps A – Missed 36 days prior to his much-needed fourth last week, was hinting before that, gets class & post relief & overdue

 

8-Statement Made A – Took advantage of class & post relief with a better start & improved third last week, drops again & worth a long look despite a tougher post

 

RACE 10

7-Laredo Torpedo N – NZ import settled for a win deadheat two starts back, then had too far to come into a :54.3 back half after missing three weeks, heating up for Noel Daley

 

2-Independent One – Ventured to The Meadows after three straight wins here, his latest two with wicked, relentless rallies, returns with an inside draw in a handicapper’s headscratcher

 

3-Seeing Eye Single – Team Burke trainee sparked his form with that game score @ the bottom condition, then launched into a wide :53.2 rally to hit the board last week & now moves inside

 

RACE 11

5-Tact Tate N – Was thriving at this level & higher elsewhere before the recent freshening, classy 9YO makes his second start off the bench in a field ripe for the taking

 

2-Nascar Seelster – Just three for 39 last year, fresh off a narrow loss with a strong :26.4 late surge, bumped up a notch, gets an improved post, contender status in a camera-shy field

 

3-Lifeonthebeach A – Team Burke trainee gets the rare triple class hike fresh off the mile of his life in a complete blowout, can keep it going with another inside draw in a wide-open field

 

RACE 12

6-Italian Delight N – NZ import has gone two-for-two here on Lasix with breathtaking sprints, now steps up into the Preferred & might be this good or better

 

9-Franco Totem N – Fought off pressure & held off a hard-charging Endeavor to turn the tables, going as well as he can right now & handy enough to do it either way

 

8-Endeavor – Potomac Pace winner has regained top form in his last three, unleashed one of his patented deep rallies to just miss last week, a major threat again despite post eight

 

RACE 13

3-Wise Image – Plagued by repeated excuses since the post nine win back in mid-December, 1:50 winner here last season draws post three again & can outclass these for Team Harmon

 

10-Razor’s Edge – Parlayed a recovery win @ The Meadows into a sharp second by a neck as the heavy favorite in his Big M debut for Team Burke, logical threat despite moving outside

 

1-Ideal Son – Closed from the clouds off a hot pace to just miss two starts back, strong :55.1 back half out of range last time, trending well for Irish Joe from the rail

 

 

 

 

 



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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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