Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 07, 2021 12:30 PM


1-Western Showgirl – Got stuck in a four-hole & shook loose with plenty of late pace on the cones to just miss @ 42-1 last week, nosed out by Its Mesmerise N from the rail back on March 5, worth a swing for Team Ginsburg?


5-Windmeupnwatchmego – Unleashed her big kick to finish a close second in her last two, Pappy Rocks got the jump on her last week, steps up a notch, but could be on the verge of breaking that 2021 goose egg


6-Stellenbosch – Three-time beaten favorite had things her own way & faded to fourth last week, might be a tad more effective in a stalking mode & her lone win this season came over an off track



1-Island Of The Sea – Lightly-raced 4YO prospect purchased by Eric Ell, 1:48.4 Indiana Sires Stakes winner @ Hoosier Park, favored in both starts back @ Dover Downs, roughed up in most recent & lands the rail here in a field of question marks


7-Environs Hanover – Reeled off three straight in lively style, his latest a post seven blowout before fading badly on an easy lead after missing three weeks, obviously wasn’t himself & missed a couple of weeks, but dangerous if able to rebound


4-Barrage Hanover – 4YO was beginning to blossom for Chris Ryder, just missed with sharp pace at both ends two starts back before finishing a sluggish sixth last week, draws well with the talent to bounce back



1-Whittaker N – Chased a surprisingly good 1:50 winner Like Clockwork in last Saturday’s opener, regaining form since the late February sick scratch, drops another notch, lands the rail again & retains Tetrick


3-Good Rockin – Twice beaten favorite just one for 12 this season, parked first over in his last two, still held for third last week, draws post three again, keeps A Mac, horse-for-the-course remains at the bottom level


4-Hudsen A – Possible fresh angle price play here, qualified against Preferred class Vettel N, was a fringe player in tougher classes @ Yonkers, draws well to trip out & barn also has 2-Kerrin Joseph A



1-Covered Bridge – 1:48.3 performer @ The Big M in 2020 beat Harambe Deo in the comeback qualifier, then forced wide from an impossible spot, back half in :54.1, now gets class & post relief for his second try off the bench


5-Cliffhanger – Really let them have it with a dominant score at this level two starts back & took a new mark of 1:50.3 in the process, drops back down for a midpack launch & retains The Minister of Speed


4-Like Clockwork – Uncorked a turnaround mission with a drop n pop, while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:50 last week, now draws better to employ the same strategy for the step back up



3-Rose Run Vantage – Team Cullipher certainly had her ready fresh off the bench & capitalized on a smooth three-hole ride from post seven, just a fifth off her mark, rewarded with an improved post in a sharp field


6-April Ava – Perfect trips have paved the way to go two-for-two here for Team Burke, lowered her mark to 1:51 with a :26.2, then stepped up & nailed a 7-1 upset, has missed a couple of weeks & tougher post, but has some upside


5-Betalady – Can’t forget those impressive rallies to score back-to-back in late February, roughed up & broke two weeks ago, could have some speed to shoot at here & a bounce back effort puts her in play



4-Nows the Moment – Beaten favorite, off a big qualifier unleashed a lively comeback mile from post nine & finished a sharp second in a deadheat, 1:51.3 performer here last season follows up with an improved post


7-JL Cruze – The King returns to the scene of his winter exploits, winning three of his last four here, needed his most recent @ Dover Downs after missing 24 days & reunited with Dexter Dunn


6-Scirocco Rob – Bounced back to beat JL Cruze among others in the Dover Downs Open & equaled his mark of 1:51.3, also won his last start here wire-to-wire, versatile gelding strong in the win column



5-U S Captain – Stormed home to surprise them from post ten three starts back, then got parked first over, sprinted home to hit the board with extra vigor last week


4-Franco Totem N – Shrugged off the sick scratch & left alertly to trip out & upset Harambe Deo last week, draws inside to build on his momentum


7-Harambe Deo – Beaten favorite came up a tad shy to Franco Totem N in his comeback for Team Cullipher, 1:48.3 performer here in 2020 is tighter now 



2-Reign Of Honor – Fought off late pressure & dominated his 5YO debut in a career best 1:52.1, now draws inside for Team Melander with the May 15 Cutler on his horizon


4-Cupid Hanover – Red-hot Father Patrick 4YO ships in after four of his last five @ Dover Downs, brother to Glidemaster draws well for a serious test here


9-Gotwuteverittakes – 5YO has really gotten his act in high gear since the late February sick scratch, stormed home in :26.4 to nail the 6-1 upset in a career best 1:52.1, moves outside, but figures to get a speed target



5-Poseidon Seelster – Everything the barn sends south is primed n dangerous, this 4YO makes his second start off the bench with Lasix added & kicks off the stable’s 1-2 punch in this match up


1-Always And Again – Was able to take control & went on unchallenged to score his third win in his last four starts, red-hot Dylan Davis trainee moves inside a field full of live possibilities


6-Nicholas Beach – Qualified with zeal, then unfurled a down-the-road romp as the heavy favorite @ Pocono, this is a fresh & live prospect for Team Bongiorno likely looking to leave & stalk the speed



5-Lifeonthebeach – Freshened & qualified behind Preferred class entrant Vettel N, eight for 24 last year with a mark of 1:50.1 @ The Big M & returns at a reduced level for Team Burke


2-Ima Real Ladys Man – Forced wide around a breaker & caught behind a gapper on the final turn last week, gets another shot at this easier level from post two again for Team Cullipher 


6-Decision Day – Been a rather long season so far, struggling to make headway against tougher recently, steady horse-for-the-course gets some needed class relief & owns a big kick



2-St James Gate – The Gate added Lasix recently with mixed results, chased a sharp 1:52.2 winner last week, just missed in a sharp :27 flat three starts back, draws inside looking to snap an 0 for 10 this season


1-Beyond Ordinary – Cycled to the top form of his form with a complete wire-to-wire blowout in a career best 1:54.3 last week & moves inside for the class hike


6-Nothing But Muscle – Mohawk shipper struggled here in early February, but regained his form in his last three, closing stoutly to hit the board & returns as a different horse



1-J M Mandamin – Got off to a sharp two-for-two start this season @ Pocono, then just missed to a revved up Dojea Gizmo here two weeks ago, moves inside to spark a 1-2 punch for Team Bongiorno 


7-Colossal Stride A – On quite a roll & no worse than second in six US starts for Nifty Norman, completely dominated with a new mark of 1:50 last week


6-Yacht Seelster – The Yacht took dead aim & was clearly second best behind The Stride last week, constant threat for a raging barn plays prime opportunist role again



1-Pokerface Bluechip – Exits claimers after getting taken again & shot home in :26.3, back half in :54.4, just a neck shy, lands the rail & retains Dexter Dunn


5-Quality Bud – Returned to the familiar ground & fully exploited a softer spot with a dominant score last week, now brimming with confidence for the step up in class & completes the Juan Cano 1-2 punch


9-Regal Son – Ships south for the red-hot Drennan stable off a lively second as the beaten favorite, classy 10YO owns gate speed to overcome post nine






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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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