Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:48 PM


5-Galixton – Hasn’t raced in three weeks since a distant third to Greenshoe in a sizzling NJSS Final, has a big chance to snap his 0 for 12 in a wide-open drop-down scenario here


6-Cheap Tricks – Fringe player in the NJSS Series, then broke after sitting a perfect two-hole trip as the heavy favorite, 1 for 17 Burke trainee can rebound in this softer N/W of 1


4-Flippen Creek – PASS stakes contender at two was forced to qualify against the likes of Marion Marauder & then Gimpanzee, draws well to make some noise in his 3YO debut



2-Kissin In The Sand – Came up short as the heavy favorite on May 18 off a sick scratch, shot home out of range in :25.4 in both Roses Are Red miles @ Mohawk & draws well back here


1-Caviart Ally – Tripped out & upset Youaremycandygirl in a leg of this series back on May 18, just missed to Shartin N in the Betsy Ross, fresh from a strong third in the Roses Are Red


5-Apple Bottom Jeans – Rock solid consistent mare been slugging it out in the Great Northeast Series, freshened in a spirited 1:48.3 qualifier here, stalking type looms large



2-Miss Trixton – One for 16, but made a good account of herself in the NJSS Series, then rallied for the place, while chasing a runaway winner & draws better for Sears & Melander


10-Personal Paradise – Off to a sharp start this season with two close seconds in PASS, then romped to a lively 1:53.3 mark in the PA Allstars, lightly-raced filly a threat despite post ten


5-Star Track Hanover – Regrouped with a winning qualifier, then tripped out to break his maiden in the comebacker for Team Burke & now reunited with Gingras



4-Titus Seelster – Could’ve been sitting on a big one last week & did all he could to finish third in an exceptionally fast mile for this price, look for him to employ a stalk n pop strategy


2-Bank Sea – Aggressively driven to a 1:51.4 mark the night he was claimed by Team Fusco, beaten favorite moves inside to get more involved in this intriguing affair


8-Village Jackson – Catapulted off the hot half to light up the board at 56-1, the 11YO took a new mark of 1:51.1 in his second try off the claim, tactical speed puts him in play again



4-Perlucky – Position & pace compromised in his last two, second to the red-hot Say You Do three starts back, this is a class drop you can’t ignore


1-On The Ropes – Lightly-raced 4YO hasn’t won in a long time, but really bounced back off a break with a gutsy first over narrow loss to a big favorite, Ake Svanstedt has been on a roll


3-Max Volo – Scored those back-to-back confidence boosting wins recently, then got off to a real slow start from post eight against tougher, drops back to a reasonable level & moves inside



2-Crystal Fashion – World record Hambo heat winner in a million dollar 2018 season, just missed here to Muscle M Up on May 18, then cruised @ Pocono & romped @ Tioga


8-Atlanta – The 2018 Hambo Hero & Trotter of the Year returns a clean four-for-four this season for Team Burke, fresh from a Canadian record 1:50.2 in the Armbro Flight Final


6-Muscle M Up – Sharp trot at both ends & barely outsprinted by Crystal Fashion in :26.1 here on May 18, then grinded gamely in a narrow loss to Custom Cantab @ Tioga, live item indeed



4-Don’t Let’em – Rated #6 on the Hambo Top Ten, Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4 was absolutely flying in his 3YO debut, draws inside for a hot barn


7-The Ice Dutchess – Jim Doherty Memorial & Peaceful Way winner has won two of her first three this season, including a 1:52 mark here fresh off the bench & romped in the PA Allstars for Team Johansson


8-Final Claim – Team Burke Hambo prospect looked like the real deal in the Walner Series before his break in the final, tough to gauge his qualifier on sloppy track @ Gaitway & difficult draw here



1-Phaetosive – Rallied to upset Preferred foes in her 4YO debut off a sick scratch, then had little chance when they crawled to the half in :58.1 @ Tioga, fresh mare from the rail has a chance if they mix it up


4-Six Pack – Track record holder & fastest 3YO trotter in history held off Fiftydallarbiill in :26.2 here on May 18, added Lasix & got a taste of his own medicine with a slow half @ Tioga, Dan Patch Award winner just getting warmed up


3-Fiftydollarbill – Breeders Crown champion just missed to Six Pack when that one stole a :58 half on May 18, a solid third in the Maxie Lee, tough trip & game runner up @ Tioga



5-Key West – Big Dee’s Trainer of the Week Tony Alagna sends out a lightly-raced & talented filly who finished a solid third in just her second 3YO start, closing in crisp :26.3 last week


4-Newsday – Sat a pocket off the rated pace & barely outsprinted Key West for the place, draws a bit better, took her record of 1:51.1 here last season & looking to snap her 0 for 11 in 2019


1-Pace Baby Pace – Lost by a nose in her last start here on May 17, then twice hit the board in PA, best of the Burke filly trio in here pushes off from the rail with a one for 16 record



7-Yes Mickey – Just missed with a well-driven effort in the Preferred two starts back, had no chance in the Mr Muscleman last out, reunited with Dexter Dunn here


1-My Lindy Winner – Followed up his close third to the raging Say You Do with a lively score & new mark of 1:52.2 last week, rewarded with the rail in a competitive match up


2-JL Cruze – The King has come to hand recently with Corey Callahan, regained his confidence against easier two starts back, then kicked home in :26.3 off a slow pace in the Mr Muscleman, back inside



3-Fox Valley Hermia – Notched her ninth win of the season with a great drive from post seven two starts back, has a chance to rebound by being forwardly placed in a wide-open affair


2-Givemeyourheart – Tough to back a one for 20 this season, but she came out of a shuffle to just miss by half a length last week & draws inside again


4-Our Els Dream N – Fired out in a wicked :26.3 from post nine & paid the price two starts back, veteran mare with some back class draws inside to set up one well-timed move for The Mann



7-Explosive Ridge – Certainly no shame in finishing a close second the Graduate entrant & heavy favorite Fashionwoodchopper last out, has raced well in both starts for his new barn


2-Bosse Du Fosse – Only took one start for Mark Silva to figure this one out & he kicked home in a sharp :27.2 enroute to a new mark of 1:55, draw inside again for the step up


3-Checkmate Time – Muscle Hill mare gathering momentum for Team Dupont, set a rated pace, but couldn’t hold off Boss Du Fosse, moves inside to possibly turn the tables



2-Theraputic – One for 15 this season, yet a solid third in :27.4 fresh off the bench for Team Bamond & hot hands Callahan, draws inside again to follow up in a field begging to be beaten


8-Cardinale – Added Lasix & got off to a better start @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, 3YO filly now takes a class plunge for Team Orange Crush, but has to negotiate post eight


6-Masster Blue – One for 21 in 2019, chased a revved up Max Volo two starts back, now re-united with the Bionic Man in a wide-open finale






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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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