Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:16 AM


5-Emoticon Hanover – 2017 Breeders Crown champion set world records here, at Tioga Downs and Delaware last season, while winning this series final, runner up to Hannelore Hanover in the Armbro Flight ships in fresh & primed for a vintage performance 


6-Caprice Hill – Classy Tony Alagna trainee rallied for third in the Armbro Flight, just missed to Emoticon Hanover in :26.3 last out @ Mohawk, two-time O’Brien Award winner arrives on her toes 


1-Broadway Donna – 1:51.4 Preferred Handicap winner here back on May 12, sharpening here sword with a deadheat win & close second in the Great Northeast Series @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, two-time Dan Patch award winner is fresh & hot on the rail 



4-Hannelore Hanover – Defending Horse of the Year is back better than ever going five-for-five after winning her third straight Armbro Flight, kicked off her season beating the boys from post 12 in the Cutler & lands in an easy division 


7-Celebrity Ruth – 4YO has been pretty consistent this season hit the board in five of six for Smedshammer & took a mark of 1:51.4 from post seven here back on June 1, finished a strong third to Hannelore Hanover two weeks ago 


2-P L Jill – Took a mark of 1:52.3 here last season when she won eight of 24, just missed to Emoticon Hanover three starts back, no chance in the Armbro Flight, hasn’t raced in a month, ut finally draws inside 



5-Seviyorum – Has comeback in strong fashion for Team Orange Crush & ships back here fresh off an explosive romp in a career best 1:53.1 in PASS, top contender 


1-Basquiat – Lightly-raced & talented Takter trainee clearly needed her race in the Mary Reynolds, draws the rail with The White Knight with a big chance to step up 


6-Phaetosive – Major league filly last year whose comeback was thwarted by a recent sick scratch, yet rebounded with a dominant score in PASS @ Harrah’s Philadelphia 



2-Wolfgang - #1 ranked Hambo contender swept the Goodtimes with authority, then lost some time while undergoing a delicate procedure, all systems go from an inside post fresh off a winning qualifier last week for Team Takter 


1-Evaluate – Lightly-raced stablemate to Fourth Dimension took a mark of 1:51.4 in PASS, finished a solid fourth from post eight in the Beal, lands the rail with trip potential & plenty of upside 


5-Classichap – Smedshammer has been to the mountain top with Windsong’s Legacy, this Chapter Seven suddenly put it all together in a sizzling 1:51.1 last week, stamping him as a legitimate Hambo player 



5-Kissin In The Sand – Solid, consistent filly this season just missed in the Fan Hanover, then swept the Lynch & took a gutsy mark of 1:49.3 in that Final, deserves high marks 


7-Youaremycandygirl – 2017 Dan Patch Award winner bounced back from her Fan Hanover debacle with a narrow loss in the Lynch first time Lasix & leads the Team Burke quartet  


12-Wisdom Tree – Betterthancheddar filly has caught fire in in NYSS, fresh off a new mark of 1:49.4 @ Hoosier Park, maybe she gets some luck from the second tier 



2-Fourth Dimension – 2017 Dan Patch Award winner chased a track record setter in his comeback, then had an apparent knee boot issue in his Beal elimination, lands inside with a chance to make a significant statement 


8-Six Pack – Won the EBC in a Vernon Downs track record of 1:51.2, just missed in the Beal after getting stung from post nine, ranked #2 on the Road to the Hambletonian, a prime contender despite the outside assignment 


3-You Know You Do – 2017 Peter Haughton Memorial winner seemed to gather his best stride chasing a sizzling 1:50.1 older foe last out, gets an ideal draw to show us what he’s made of 



9-Ariana G – Overcame sickness, shrugged off pressure & exploded to a world record of 1:50.2 to destroy the boys in the Graduate Final, virtually impossible to go against here off that easy score 


1-Guardian Angel AS – Three-for-three this season with a track record 1:52 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, convincing Graduate division winner @ Tioga Downs before that, sharp item on the rail with The Bionic Man 


4-Top Flight Angel – On the board in four of five this season for Team Orange Crush, no chance from post nine in the Graduate Final, draws well to work out an ideal stalking trip 



6-Nutcracker Sweet – Roughed up in the NA Cup, a close second in the Hempt, tried it on the lead & faded to fourth as the even money favorite last week, likely reverts to his best off-the-pace style & switches to The White Knight 


1-Stay Hungry – O’Brien Award & Breeders Crown winner wasn’t quite right in the NA Cup, just missed in the Hempt, scored in a sharp :25.3 with a perfect trip last week & now has the rail to set up a stalk n pop scenario in what is likely the best betting race of the season so far 


5-Courtly Choice – Supplemental entry & consolation King steamrolled to a new mark of 1:48.2 in a sparkling Big M debut, connections revealed he wasn’t 100%, so may be even better this time with some tinkering 



5-L A Delight – Two-time O’Brien Award winner sold earlier this year has regained form, a hard-charging third in the Roses Are Red, arrives fresh off a lively narrow loss to Divas Image, look for her to be forwardly placed to stalk n pop this competitive group 


4-Shartin N – NZ import has become a genuine star in America winning the Blue Chip Matchmaker, Chip Noble, Betsy Ross & Roses Are Red, freshened up with a big qualifier & draws inside for The Bionic Man 


1-Blue Moon Stride – 2016 Mistletoe Shalee & 2017 Milton Stakes winner just missed to Shartin N in the Betsy Ross & Roses Are Red, off a disappointing third as the heavy favorite, has the class to bounce back & the rail to work out a trip at one of her favorite tracks 


RACE 10 

8-Sintra – 2017 Graduate winner in 1:47.2 showed up in a big way to upset in the Mohawk Gold Cup, wasn’t heard from in the Ben Franklin, still fresh on the comeback trial he’s capable of overcoming a tough post & exploding off the right fractions 


5-Mcwicked – Has cranked it up a notch or two recently & rekindled his winning form, was too far out of range in the Mohawk Gold Cup, then breezed past them in the Ben Franklin with The White Knight back at the lines, classy 7YO arrives as the “now” horse 


6-Donttellmeagain – 4YO was evidently building up to the Graduate, took heavy tote action & lived up to the hype given a perfect drive & equaled a world record, that 1:47.2 clocking sets him up nicely for this serious match up & the added eighth helps 


RACE 11 

6-Clouseau Hanover – Got parked for his life through searing fractions last week, flashed a sneaky :26.3 before that, third try off a sick scratch & note the back-to-back wins in PA 


1-More Dragon – Was dropping some positive hints, took plenty of tote action & snapped a long losing skid with the mile of his life last week, moves inside for the well-deserved class hike 


7-Hurricane Beach – Intriguing shipper offered as Hip #86 in the Spring Mixed Sale, improving 4YO fresh off a win despite broken equipment & goes second time Lasix 


RACE 12 

7-Manchego – Outstanding Dan Patch Award winner had her undefeated string snapped with a tough trip against boys in the Beal, has the credentials & prime opportunity to bounce back despite drawing outside a serious opponent 


2-Plunge Blue Chip – Matron Stake & Goldsmith Maid winner from last year ran into the raging Atlanta in her last two, draws inside, but the concern is this is only her second race in a month and a half & she hasn’t raced in three weeks 


6-Live Laugh Love – Nifty has this filly off to a great start this season winning five of six starts, took a new mark of 1:53.1 in her latest, now gets a severe test for class 


RACE 13 

5-Wild Bill – Lightly-raced Schnittker-tuned 3YO came flying out of the box with a gutsy new mark of 1:51.4 as the heavy favorite in PA, brother to last year’s Pace winner Huntsville could be a potential star 


7-Wheels On Fire – Overcame broken equipment & unleashed an explosive :26.2 to notch his fourth win in eight starts this season, tougher draw here, but this Burke trainee is on the way up 


1-Captain Deo – Heads a strong Tony Alagna entry, not quite up to it in his Pace elimination after a finishing third in 1:47.4, draws inside to carve out an ideal stalking trip 


RACE 14 

6-Silver Fox J – Drops a notch after two excellent acclimating miles, another nice rally to hit the board from post ten last week & this looks like a prime spot for him to break through here 


3-Always A Hotshot – Hip #105 in the Mixed Sale has definitely been knocking on the door, battled bitterly to just miss last week & draws inside again 


5-Major War – Gets some much needed class relief, his last win came at this level on June 2, loves this track & capable of wicked speed once he gets wound up 


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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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