Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 1:09 PM


4-Prince Of Tides – Big question is how good is this late-blooming 3YO? Went right down the road for a sparkling new mark of 1:48.3 two weeks ago, now draws better to tackle a solid field of older foes for this week’s birthday boy Ross Croghan


9-Hayden Hanover – Second by a head in back-to-back Preferreds here last month, has the speed to overcome an outside draw & can also sprint with the top ones


1-Ideal Feeling – Turned things around in a big way with a :54 back half & somehow held off the favorite Sweet Rock in :26.4, moves to the rail to prove that was no fluke



5-Trump Nation – 4YO has flashed his wicked late kick to win an Open & Preferred here, stormed home to hit the board in the Golden Receiver Series after missing a month, his chances go way up if the pace is hot


7-None Bettor A – His seven-race winning streak started with four straight sub 1:50 miles here, Battle of Lake Erie victor returns to the Big M in a what looks like a tailor made Preferred for the always dangerous Team Bongiorno


2-Western Joe – Joe looked like his old self when he steamrolled first over two starts back, then got roughed up in the Golden Receiver Series, has now taken three weeks to regroup & assigned an inside post to stalk the speed



8-Rock The Nite – Came to life with a :26.4 third quarter @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out, has been chasing superior foes like None Bettor A, tougher post, yet returns at a reduced level, owns a big kick & knows how to win here


1-Sam’s A Champ A – Tahnee Camilleri has suddenly turned the key on this Aussie import with a narrow loss from post ten, then rocketed home for a new mark of 1:50, can he handle the double class hike from the rail?


9-On Duty – 1:49.2 mark @ The Big M this season, shows a close second in the Preferred back on May 25, gets some needed class relief & capable of blasting off



4-Princess Deo – Bluegrass winner & runner up in the Kindergarten Classic & Goldsmith Maid last year, “Nifty” qualifier with trotting hopples added & draws better off a needed confidence builder in a wide-open field


1-Sensibility – Off to a $100,000+ start this season, runner up in the Empire Breeders Classic & fresh off a wire-to-wire in NYSS @ Buffalo, in line for a smooth trip from the rail with Scottie Z


8-Special Honor – Pretty steady Team Orange Crush filly & Grand Circuit winner at two, freshened & followed Princess Deo in the qualifier, challenging draw, but rates contender status



7-Starita – Set the pace & settled for third in the NJSS Final, took a month off & tuned up with new mark of 1:53.4 against older foes @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, look for her to be forwardly placed & get the jump on Evident Beauty


8-Evident Beauty – Kicked off her 3YO season going three-for-three in May, capped off with a new mark of 1:52.3 in the NJSS Final, has now missed the entire month of June & needs to avoid traffic from post eight


3-American Kronos – Lightly-raced Team orange Crush filly is six for nine, draws well fresh off a pair of winning qualifiers here, appears brimming with confidence & could go a long way



3-Fiftydallarbill – Steady as he goes for the 2017 Breeders Crown champ this season, tripped out to upset Six Pack two weeks ago & took a new mark of 1:50.3, prime opportunist draws post three again to stay on a roll


4-Atlanta – 2018 Hambo Hero & Trotter of the Year draws inside with a five-for-five slate this season, parlayed her Canadian record Armbro Flight win with a perfect trip Graduate division here, continues to ramp it up since the early season sick scratch


9-Six Pack – 2018 Dan Patch Award winner & world champion deserves a ton of respect despite post nine, set a controlled pace & just missed to the pocket sitter second time Lasix, still fresh on the comeback trail & Svanstedt must blast



1-Captain Crunch – 2018 Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown winner from the fabulous first crop of 2013 Pace champ Captaintreacherous, arrives fresh off a bruising 1:47.2 score in the NA Cup & sails into a prime spot


4-Workin Ona Mystery – The Captain is well represented by another speedy colt from the Brian Brown Battalion, romped to a new mark of 1:49 in his NA Cup elimination, then got absolutely torched in that final after undergoing hyperbaric chamber therapy, chance to regroup with an eight for ten record on full view


2-US Captain – One of two Captains in this one for the Alagna Armada, four-for-four this season, beat older foes with an explosive late burst on June 7, then freshened with an even qualifier behind stablemate 6-Captain Ahab, his speed makes him a factor



6-Bettor’s Wish – Impressive Art Rooney winner & solid runner up in the NA Cup, tuned up with an authoritative qualifier here, Dexter Dunn has taken hold of the major stakes spotlight & this Chris Ryder trainee appears the best in a pretty competitive elimination


4-Captain Trevor – The Alagna Armada is loaded with Captains & this one has ramped up his game at the right time, can’t forget that :25.4 eruption to score to beat older foes on June 15, fresh off a game grind in a Hempt consolation


7-Caviart Rockland – Team Johansson back up to Captain Crunch did some nice work @ Mohawk, a hard-charging second in the Somebeachsomewhere, then just missed on the engine in the NA Cup consolation



3-Sister’s Promise – Fast-closing runner up to standout Evident Beauty in the NJSS Final in :26.4, makes her second start off the bench for Team Toscano, draws inside & in line for a possible upset


8-Asiago – Multiple PASS winner has reeled off four of six this season, took a mark of 1:53.4 here back on April 26, handy filly eventually makes her way to the front & simply swells up, only one start last month, which may be a concern


9-Millies Possession – Undefeated five-for-five filly & dominant force in PASS faces a marquee match up with Asiago, has a similar take-charge style & has also not raced a month, which adds intrigue to this competitive division



2-Always a Prince – The 2018 Indiana Pacer of the Year is for real folks, fresh off a speedy acclimating mile he erupted off a hot pace to career best & season’s fastest 1:47.3 last week, rewarded with another inside draw in a wild Graduate Final


5-The Downtown Bus – The Bus has been an express with rousing upsets in two of his last three with Tetrick in the bike, fresh off a new mark of 1:48 & remains a huge stalking threat


4-This Is The Plan – The Plan worked out perfectly with an ideal trip in the Ben Franklin & new mark of 1:48.2 over a track rated good, this Team Burke trainee has caught fire & draws well



4-Cruzado Dela Noche – Arthur J. Cutler Memorial winner at the added distance just missed to the red-hot Guardian Angel AS despite a tough first over trip & draws well for only his fourth start of the season for Team Melander


2-Rich And Miserable – Saw his six-race winning streak snapped when he ran into the incomparable Hannelore Hanover @ Pocono last week, razor sharp Team Buter gelding lands inside to control his destiny 


5-Pinkman – 2015 Hambo winner & Trotter of the Year has hit the board in six of eight this season, gets away from Guardian Angel AS here & returns to his favorite oval






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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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