Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:17 PM


7-Elver Hanover – Classy Team Burke trainee bumped into a vicious Ruthless Hanover in a pair of Graduate tightening miles & now has a chance to assert himself


4-Dragon Roars Again – Broke up that lengthy case of seconditis with more speed & faded to eight last week, draws well to rebound in a real challenging puzzle to open up Saturday


6-The Greek Freak – The other Team Burke-tuned 4YO on the comeback trail, added Lasix & overmatched in the Graduate Series & this figures to be more to his liking



7-Jimmy Connor B – Has been absolutely airborne in both starts here, :25.1 & back half in :53.1 last week from the same post, looks poised to break through for Team McNair


2-Pirate Hanover – Second by a head & right there with Toronto two starts back, draws inside again to rebound off another early miscue for the red-hot McCarthy & Alagna


6-Toronto – Lightly-raced gelding has taken all the right steps so far, dictated an easy pace & nailed late as the beaten favorite, look for him to be forwardly placed



4-Western Redhot – Grinded out the upset from post nine two starts back, claimed off another big effort from post ten & finally draws inside a very competitive affair


9-Sugartown – Stuck with post nine again, yet that was a noteworthy rally to just miss last week, could be even better making his third start off a sick scratch


3-Kingofthejungle – Sending positive hints hitting the board in three of his last four, finally moves inside to stalk the speed & possibly snap his season skid



3-Wes Delight – Sub 1:50 performer here last season chased the season’s fastest in a much-needed mile, now gets class & post relief for Team Alagna


4-Becher’s Brook – Just one for 18 this season, but came to life & strung together three straight on-the-board finishes recently, returns in a softer spot after getting torched


10-Gods Spirit N – Stuck outside, got blitzed in that 1:47.2 mile last week, yet makes his second start off a sick scratch, drops in class & can fire off the wings



4-It’s Academic – Fresh off an impressive 1:51.3 Preferred here he dominated the Charlie Hill @ Scioto, sharp 4YO draws well to continue riding hot for Team Burke


2-Ab’sattitudeexpress – Built up her confidence & stamina in those NJ Maturity miles, then wired round one of the Miss Versatility, holding off Sorella, now draws inside


5-Hypnotic AM – Millionaire & 2020 Hambo Oaks runner up finished well in her 4YO comeback, consistent Melander trainee can stalk the ample speed on view



10-Ready For Moni – 2020 Hambo runner up & Goodtimes winner bumped into a 1:50.2 fireball in his lone qualifier, might be ready to contend for Team Takter despite post ten


6-Pikachu Hanover – Brushed, got stung by a :27.2 third quarter & just missed in 1:51.3 last week, has no doubt cycled back to top form for Team McNair


7-Gotwuteverittakes – Regrouped & unleashed his big kick to just miss two weeks ago, demanding post, but watch out if the pace scenario sets up right for him



5-Seriously Hanover – Forced wide off excess cover & kicked home in :26.1 last week, improving 4YO continues to elevate his game & may get another speedy set up


4-Warrawee Vital – A close second in both Graduate legs to kick off his 4YO season, nosed out in 1:47.4 on the engine & draws well in a very competitive field


1-Allywag Hanover – Close to the hot fractions & held well to the wire last week, back on the rail second time Lasix & third try off the bench



6-JK First Lady – Classy & consistent stakes star outsprinted by Machnhope as the beaten favorite in a rock solid 4YO debut, looms large again for Team Takter


1-Machnhope – Blue Chip Matchmaker champ has kept it going with two more wins here & new mark of 1:49.1, lands the rail in a bulky, yet competitive gathering


9-Racine Bell – Saw her six-race winning streak snapped, yet she went the mile of her life to finish second in 1:48.2 last week, look for her to fire hard again to avoid traffic



4-Yacht Seelster – The Yacht is back after falling off form & missing three weeks, gets a needed dose of class relief & draws inside for Brennan & Drennan 


7-Franco Totem N – Landed on the fringe fourth again chasing a 1:47.2 American History from the same post last week & now drops dangerously for Nifty Norman


5-Lyons King – 0 for 12 this season, but that drought won’t last long, runner up to the raging American History two weeks ago & can step up further for Team Bongiorno



5-Sorella – Hambo Oaks champ was on her toes & got nosed out by a well-rated winner in an inspiring 4YO debut for Team Takter, figures to have more speed to shoot at


4-Lovedbythemasses – Team Cullipher has this gelding revved up, took no prisoners in last week’s Preferred from the same inside post & romped to a new lifetime mark 


1-Amigo Volo – Badly beaten favorite in his 4YO comeback, back on the rail to rebound, world champion & Dan Patch Award winner has way to much class to ignore



7-Nicholas Beach – A neck & half a length shy of being five-for-five in 2021 for Team Bongiorno, off two weeks rest & may be tough to deal with if able to grab control


5-American History – Has promptly emerged for Team Alagna, now with sub 1:48 marks in three straight seasons & lands midpack off the fastest of 2021


4-This Is The Plan – Classy Team Burke stalwart vaulted past $2 million with his emphatic wire job in the Borgata Final, that was 33 days ago, so he’s tough to gauge 



10-Lexus With a View A – Returned to the mile track, overcame a tough trip to grab a late lead & held third in :26.4, stuck outside, but gets some helpful class relief


5-Joestar Of Mia A – Solid runner up in his last two, grinded gamely chasing as 1:48.4 Sundown Kid last week, approaching peak form & overdue


6-Sonic Flare – Came right back to repeat as the favorite again & took a new mark of 1:51, deserves much respect despite stepping up into deeper waters



6-Firestart Hanover – Dan Patch Award winner & Breeders Crown champ looks ready for her 3YO debut fresh off a winning qualifier for Nifty Norman


8-Major Occasion A – 2020 Dorothy Haughton shocker drops from the top class, draws a tough post, but goes second time Lasix to complete a Nifty Norman 1-2 punch


4-Kickupyaheels N – NZ import draws an improved post fresh off her best effort to date, lost by an eyelash from post nine with sharp pace at both ends



5-Party Boy – Finished a sneaky good fourth in a much-needed comeback after a long layoff, 1:50.4 performer here last season stalks midpack for his anticipated follow up


2-Archangel Three – Very aggressive runner up from post nine in a sparkling Big M debut, now moves inside & everything seems live from the Andrew Harris barn


3-Thunder Some Where – 0 for 16 this season & one for his last 32, but rallied stoutly for third behind Archangel Three last time & draws alongside that rival



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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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