Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 02, 2019 10:15 PM


1-Common Sense S – Off just one baby race, she trotted a solid back half of :56.4 & :26.4 in an inspiring opener, draws better now to set up another stalking trip & graduate for Team Svanstedt


4-Fortune Starlet – George Ducharme stablemate Dramatra was a round one winner, this Trixton filly was equally well prepped @ Vernon Downs & draws nicely again off a much-needed acclimating mile


6-Violet Stride – Won her lone qualifier in handy fashion, then trotted a nifty back half of :56.3 after a slow start from post eight, look for logical improvement, dam is a sister to 1:52.1 performer Bill’s Man



2-Chief Mate – The Alagna Armada is loaded here, this colt cruised in his first baby race with a :26.3, then second by a nose with a :55.2 back half & :26.4, first foal from the dam with Mr Feelgood, 1:48.3 [$1,259,599] in the maternal line


3-Captain Barbossa – Another promising Alagna Captain prospect, second foal out of 1:49.1 performer Swinging Beauty [$893,268], second by a head in a much-improved second qualifier with a :55.2 back half & draws well


5-Rockin Rocko – Rockin Image brother to Rockaholic, 1:48.4 [$259,768] showing good signs in his two preps before a solid third in his opener @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, has a big chance to build on that



8-Dramatra – The sister to 2013 Hambo winner Royalty For Life more than lived up heavy favoritism with a well-controlled wire-to-wire last week, the post is tougher, but clearly there’s much more in the tank


5-Caviart Eva – Beaten favorite left alertly from post eight, fought tooth n nail with a surprisingly good Spirit Of Deo & was barely outsprinted in :27, now draws alongside to follow up & possibly turn the tables


4-Spirit Of Deo – Grinded gamely to a well-earned nose upset over Caviart Eva in her Big M debut & lands the same post off the excellent acclimating mile, second dam is Brigham Dream, 1:53.2 [$639,280]



5-Rockin The Gates – Paced a strong :55.2 back half & :27.1 to finish third in his only morning trial with Yannick Gingras, has midpack price n potential in a wide-open division


8-Rock N Teen – Rebounded from a miscue in his second baby race with a very good second in front of Cedar Hall Heaven last week, much tougher post here, but there are signs of talent 


3-Cedar Hall Heaven – Finished a solid third with a :27 final quarter in his encouraging debut, dam is a sister to Jerseylicious, 1:48.4 [$784,845], second dam is Jet Laag, 1:50 [$619,391]



6-Southwind Chrome – Seems to have solidified his gait issues with the addition of trotting hopples & takes a sizeable class plunge dropping out of the Graduate Series


3-Hatikvah – Really turned it around with a career best effort & solid second from the same post last week, lightly-raced 3YO hails from a hot Hambo barn


1-Skyway Kon Man – 0 for nine, but thwarted by a recent sick scratch & break, been chasing NYSS standout Mr Vicktor & lands the rail to trip out for Trond



2-Baby You’re the Best – Closely stoutly in :26 flat in her initial outing, followed up with a strong second behind JK First Lady & draws inside that rival, Captaintreachrous sister to Bushwacker, 1:48.1 [$721,363]


8-JK First Lady – First foal out of the 2014 Horse of the Year, JK She’salady, 1:50.1 [$919,583], Western Ideal homebred finished well in both trials for Team Johansson, post is tough, but high potential is there


3-Shouldabeenatd – Sweet Lou filly draws inside for Team Burke, has been eager to please & progressed nicely in three Gaitway preps, fourth foal out of Breakheart Pass, 1:50.2 [$603,382] & sister to Pace Baby Pace, 1:52.1



4-Lady Lou – Cruised in both morning trials with back halves in :56.1, Sweet Lou filly could be anything, draws well in a very competitive division to give Team Alagna a formidable 1-2 punch


10-Caviart Jane – $100,000 Captaintreacherous first foal out of Act Now, 1:49.3 [$532,067] was impressive, showing speed & versatility in both morning trials for Team Johansson, must be feared despite post ten


5-Real Long Hanover – Finished fourth to Lady Lou at first asking, then aired it out in a sharp 1:54.3 from the same midpack post here, the Alagna Armada continues to sail along with another promising Captain



5-JK Wildfire – Forced wide closing from tenth & last to grab second in :26.2, deserves the bump back up in class for his third start off a sick scratch


1-Messie N – Nailed The Mann last Saturday @ $10.20 & ice cold exacta @ $60.40, NZ bred equaled his lifetime mark with a perfect second over trip & looks to keep his positive trend going from the rail


4-Quality Bud – Grinded gamely through a fast pace & didn’t fade much last week, continues to drop positive hints, draws inside & Yannick Gingras was listed on the proof



2-JK Finendandy – 3 Brothers homebred finished with a flurry in both trials for Team Johansson, came from well behind to grab second with a :56 back half in the latest, second foal out of a sister to JK Endofanera, 1:48.2, [$2,049,580]


6-Never Ever Forget – Captaintreacherous sister to Key Advisor, 1:51.1 [$215,541] won both baby races flaunting versatility, flashed a :27.3 third quarter & held off Rocknificent in the second trial, one of many live ones for Team Alagna


4-Reflect With Me – Team Alagna Captaintreacherous filly has made steady progress in the morning & bounced back with a sharp score in :26.2, draws inside to facilitate her stalking style, ninth foal out of the steady producing dam Remember When, 1:50.3 [$917,523]



3-Major Deception – The Alagna Armada sails with yet another Captain here, this colt exploded home to a new mark of 1:49.3 in his last start here on June 15 & draws inside after trying tougher foes in the Hempt


2-Crusades – Consistent Team Burke 4YO has caught a case of seconditis recently, chased a 1:48.3 winner in a terrific acclimating mile two weeks ago & lands post two again


8-Respect Our Flag – Been slugging it out in NYSS for Team Bongiorno, 1:49.2 winner here this season just missed by a nose with a mighty late surge on June 8, needs some fast fractions to shoot at



7-Joey Bats – Joey lived up to the hype with a perfect trip in his Big M debut, then lowered his mark to 1:53 in a blowout @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, looks to go three-for-three with Tetrick


2-Very Very Fast – Enjoyed a pretty productive month of June after switching to Team Bongiorno, was a nonthreatening fourth here from post seven, but comes off the mile of his life @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside


4-Zlatan – Vinnie Ginsberg did a great job of stick handling to the inside & Zlatan took a new mark for the upset last week, draws better to continue his positive cycle on the class hike



2-Bombshell Hanover – Brother to a couple of good ones, Badiou Hanover, 1:49.3 & Big Top Hanover, 1:51, solid in all three preps for Team Orange Crush, barely outsprinted by Capt Midnight in :26.4 & holds an inside advantage on that rival 


7-Capt Midnight – Second foal out of his dam, the first was Captain Trevor, 1:49.1 [$186,250], unleashed an eye-opening 1:52.3 first qualifier, held off Bombshell Hanover in the follow up, huge threat despite draw outside that one 


6-Genius Man – Art Major first foal out of Unred Hanover, 1:51 [$212,132], sprinted home in :26.4 to win at first asking, then finished a strong third in the follow up, has a chance to vault off any speed that materializes



1-Chief Justice – Owns a 1:54.2 mark here this season for Team Burke & draws the rail fresh off a solid second to revved up Hambo player Super Schissel


5-Henderson Seelster – Has clearly cycled forward in his last three here, just missed with an aggressive effort last week, definitely a bright spot in this wide open affair


9-Call For Justice – Team Burke’s other son of Justice Hall ships in after regaining winning form in his last two, tough draw here, but owns some back class



9-Reign Of Honor – Stormed home to win a NJSS division & runner up to Greenshoe in that final, missed three weeks prior to his Beal elimination, remains a major Hambo contender & his big kick could overcome post nine


1-Gerry – Lands the rail fresh off a big rebound effort, chasing a serious Hambo hopeful Don’t Let’em, has a chance to sharpen his sword for the reputable Marcus Melander


6-Smart As Hill – Can’t ignore the breaks in two of his last three @ Mohawk, but there’s some talent & potential lurking, plus Scottie Zeron & Team Wellwood know all about the first Saturday in August



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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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