Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:33 PM

RACE 1

7-Just N Berlander – Bogged down after a slow start, forced wide from a tough spot to edge Jackamino for second in a sharp :27.2, retains Joe Lee, who knows how to time it right

 

4-Jackamino – Rallied to hit the board off a rate pace, yet was outgamed by Just N Berlander for the place spot, steady sort draws post four again with the very capable Mark Silva

 

8-CC Big Boy Sam – Was able to vault off the easy win @ Tioga by waltzing on an uncontested lead & stole a 16-1 upset for Monica Banca, chance to keep it going despite post eight

 

RACE 2

6-DW’s Revenge – Returns to the Big M off a rare miscue at the gate, took a mark of 1:53.3 here back on May 10, gets some class relief & the Burke barn is heating up

 

4-Henderson Seelster – Looks to rebound off two consecutive early breaks, all the way from post eight with the mile of his life on May 17, big threat off that effort

 

1-Zlatan – Took a mark of 1:54 in his lone win here this season, solid runner up in the comebacker from post eight, moves inside to build on that in a toss up field

 

RACE 3

2-Cheap Tricks – Slow start & ran into the incomparable Greenshoe in the NJSS Final, big chance to regroup & make an impression for a resurgent Team Burke from post two again

 

6-Miss Trixton – Made a good account of herself in the NJSS Final chasing the standout Evident Beauty, this Marcus Melander-tuned filly seems headed in the right direction

 

8-Stenhouse Hanover – Just one for 36 + post eight, twice beaten favorite fresh off a hard-fought narrow loss from post ten, remains a serious threat with some trip luck

 

RACE 4

4-Fashionwoodchopper – Off a game uncovered mile chasing the streaking Say You Do, gets more class relief for Team Burke & draws well on the improve

 

6-Explosive Ridge – Was all over this one last week when he finished a decent third fresh off the bench for his new barn, rates the call to step up a notch in a field ripe for the taking

 

7-Gonna Fly – Stablemate to the red-hot Say You Do got roughed up first over from post ten as the beaten favorite, an okay third before that, needs the right speed set up 

 

RACE 5

3-Soul Strong – Hambo eligible stepped up & grinded gamely to upset a NJSS division in 1:53 before an unfortunate miscue in that final, Ake Svanstedt may have a diamond in the rough here

 

5-My Lindy Winner – Rebounded off a rare miscue & just missed to the raging Say You Do with trot at both ends, any semblance of that mile makes him a major player

 

2-Spectre – The other Team Harmon entry shipped to Tioga off the mile of his life @ Mohawk & promptly went wire-to-wire, draws well to take on tough in his Big M debut

 

RACE 6

3-Key West – Captaintreacherous & Tony Alagna is certainly a potent combo, 1:51.1 Big M performer as a 2YO, makes her second start off the bench with loads of potential

 

7-Backseat Terror – Late-blooming 4YO has been a real roll for a hot barn, romped to a new mark of 1:51 here on May 10 before reeling off two more @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

2-JK Mardi Says – Might be the best of the Team Johansson duo in this one, parked from post eight in the slop @ Pocono, filly with some upside draws better here 

 

RACE 7

3-Major Maid – Keep in mind she was competitive with N/W 4 @ Yonkers before her three strong efforts here, moves inside for the class hike after chasing a well-meant Kimberlee

 

7-Traffic Jam – Drops back down to the level of her two straight wins & new mark of 1:51.3, handy Team Harmon mare draws a demanding post, but also has versatility in her corner

 

6-Whiskersonkittens – Reeled off three in a row before running into the revved up Traffic Jam in her last two, took last week off & remains a stalking threat

 

RACE 8

6-Western Joe – Joe steamrolled to a decisive score in just his third start of the season, Sam McKee winner & 1:47.3 performer here in 2018 peaking perfectly for this marquee match up

 

8-Highalator – Simply a well-managed special horse, who won the first two legs with speed & versatility, fresh off a gritty score @ Pocono, yet obviously post eight won’t be a picnic

 

3-Trump Nation – 4YO Open & Preferred winner with breathtaking finishes before the scratch @ Western Fair, draws well back here as part of a powerful Andrew Harris dynamic duo

 

RACE 9

1-Windsun Brooklyn – Hot shipper arrives off three straight blowouts at three different tracks, lowered her mark to 1:53 @ Tioga two starts back & lands the rail in a wide-open field

 

7-Sheer Talent – Won two of her last three @ Harrah’s Philadelphia before a fading fifth as the beaten favorite @ Yonkers on Tuesday, strong in the win column & able to bounce back

 

4-Fox Valley Hermia – Draws better fresh off a well-driven repeat as a the favorite, nine for 20 this season & part of a razor sharp Nick Surick 1-2 punch

 

RACE 10

5-Guardian Angel As – No chance from the second tier in the Cutler, then romped in his last two, including a decisive score as the Maxie Lee favorite, tough to go against

 

3-Pinkman – The ultra classy 2015 Hambo champ & Trotter of the Year was a well-rated winner in Leg 1 & solid runner up in Leg 2, draws well off a strong second in the Maxie Lee

 

6-Cruzado Dela Noche – Capitalized on a perfect second over trip to upset the Cutler, slow start from post eight & not involved in the Maxie Lee, fresh threat looks for a rebound effort 

 

RACE 11

5-Miss You N – Rode in on a seven-race winning streak before her fourth to Tall Drink Hanover, freshened up with a pace compromised qualifier, look for speed from this Croghan trainee

 

8-Catch An Ace – Caught a few off guard with her sterling rally & equaled her lifetime mark of 1:51.2 last week, class hike & another tough post for her third start off the bench

 

3-Inverse Hanover – 0 for 12 season, yet stepped it up with a solid second to Catch An Ace last week, draws inside to set up a stalking trip & her big late kick

 

RACE 12

2-Anotherprettyface – Has hit the board in both starts here with stalking trips, nosed out last week with pace at both ends & now draws inside for a high percentage barn

 

6-John’s One Desire – This mare has taken a few starts to acclimate nicely to the mile track here, fresh off a game speed try from post ten & just missed from post seven before that

 

8-Who Says That – New Nick Surick acquisition off a win in Michigan was in to go @ Pocono on Tuesday, draws outside for her Big M debut, yet faces a soft field

 

RACE 13

4-Archibald – 1:56.3 winner here this season trying to rebound off a miscue on the lead @ Pocono & hit the board in his previous two with solid rallies

 

5-Osvaldo Blue Chip – Drops again to the bottom condition after another slow start hindered his chances, draws an ideal midpack post to set up a possible stalk & overdue pop

 

9-Checkmate Time – This mare has always liked the Big M, took her mark of 1:53.3 here last season, lively effort in his comeback off a sick scratch, factors in despite 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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