Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 10:09 PM


1-Synergy – Sports a $275,000 price tag, lands the rail in a soft division after winning two of three morning trials for top connections & his latest stands out, third foal out of a sister to Federal Flex, 1:53.3 [$735,534]


8-Chestnut Hill – $410,000 Muscle Hill fourth foal out of the millionaire Poof She’s Gone, finished well & just missed in both qualifier, the latest in a crisp :26.4, tough draw, but the speed, talent & pedigree is there


7-Rose Run Voyage – Took three baby races to get his act together, chased the promising Primo Padre in :27.3, hails from the second crop of Uncle Peter, a contender for Team Svanstedt despite post seven



7-Ramona Hill – Muscle Hill first foal out of 1:51.4 performer Lock Down Lindy, showed determination & speed when she rallied to win both morning trials for Alagna Armada


3-Contepartiro Deo – $190,000 Muscle Hill sister to Perfect Alliance, 1:51.2 [$249,788] cruised in her first trial, followed up with a solid second & draws well for Team Orange Crush


4-Julia C – My MVP full sister to Wolfgang, 1:51.2 [$578,560] really stepped it up in her second baby race with a confident wire-to-wire win & draws inside for a barn going well



5-Rocks Noble Artist – Has come to life with two straight convincing romps since the recent sick scratch both with Marcus Miller & draws inside again off the mile of his life in a G Notes Final


7-Tailgunner Hanover – Beaten favorite in last two since that rousing upset in :26.3 & 1:52.4 on June 15, forced wide from last in most recent, a faster pace sets up his late move


2-Bet The Dragon – 0 for his last 46, and his lone on-the-board spot came two starts back, lacked the needed punch last out, now draws better to stalk the speed



1-Back Of The Neck – Cruised all the way in his initial trial, then battled willingly to just miss in :27.4, debuts from the rail for Team Melander, first foal out of the dam with Oaks winner Broadway Schooner


4-Hayek – Rebounded from a miscue in his first baby race & tripped out to win his second in a solid 1:56.2 & draws well to give Team Melander a strong 1-2 punch, second foal out of a sister to Angies Lucky Star, 1:53.1 [$376,694]


9-Primo Padre – Kelly Walker homebred settled down after an initial miscue to win impressive @ Gaitway in 1:55.4, then wired foes here for Team Alagna, first foal out of a sister to And Heez Perfect, 1:52.3 [$859,513]



1-Hello Tomorrow – Muscle Hill sister to Dejarmbro, 1:52.2 [$1,137,285] aired it out in her first baby race, then finished a close second with a solid mile & faster time, lands the rail for another smooth trip


5-Bayou – Father Patrick filly made steady progress to win her third baby race with confident speed for Team Toscano, her second dam is standout Pizza Dolce, 1:52.4 [$668,824]


7-Thankful For You – Manofmanymissions sister to All Laid Out, 1:52.4 [$432,460], rallied nicely to hit the board in her debut @ Pocono Downs, demanding draw here, but knows her way around the oval



4-Follow Your Heart – Fired out to secure a perfect trip & just missed to Rockin The Aces last week, draws inside that rival while continuing to ramp it up, a brother to 1:50.3 performer K Rock [$416,166]


9-Rockin The Aces – Got off to a good start from the second tier, brushed to the top & outsprinted Follow Your Heart in :27.3 to go two-for-two, big threat to sweep despite post nine, 14thfoal out of his dam Mattaroni


5-Rockin The Gates – Hammered down to even money favorite, bobbled before the start, parked the mile & hung tough for third in an inspiring debut with Gingras, 13thfoal out his dam So Ravishing rates highly again with some better luck



10-Guardian Angel AS – Next to Atlanta, he’s likely the sport’s hottest Open trotter right now, fresh off a world record 1:52 in the Cleveland Classic, check out his 1:51 romp in the Maxie Lee & beat Cruzado Dela Noche with a :26.4, 5YO stands out despite post ten


6-Trolley – Can’t forget all those Preferred Trots he won here earlier this season, went all the way a leg of the Muscleman in 1:52.1 back on May 18, has a chance to assert himself in his second start off the bench for Team Miller


2-Say You Do – Caught fire for Team Sisco back at the end of May, lowered his mark to 1:51.4 in his recent string, and held on for back-to-back nose wins in both starts last month, the latest in a prolonged duel @ Tioga Downs, will likely be the main target from post two



10-World On Edge – Things didn’t go his way in Grand Circuit action @ Tioga, right there in the photo in his previous two here, Team Burke 3YO has the talent & speed to overcome post ten in this pari mutuel puzzler


4-Always Bet De Grey – De Grey was forced to chase highfalutin Graduate stock in his debut here & actually picked up a check, while pacing in 1:49, this is a much more reasonable spot for only his fourth start of 2019 after missing all of last year


2-Highlandbeachycove – Just one for 21 this season, but flashed some sneaky late pace in :26.3 in his return here last week, lands post two again & expecting a better start with the needed class relief



5-Fortune Starlet – Sister to NJSS champion Shoshie Deo crushed foes with an impressive parked out :26.4 last week, lands an ideal midpack draw & George Ducharme has a mighty 1-2 punch in this match up


4-Caviart Eva – Nosed out by a surprisingly good Spirit Of Deo in round one, then came up a neck shy to Spoiled Princess, draws inside that rival, speed & potential makes her a major player again


2-Jula Champagne – Trixton filly out of a sister to Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder was gunned down by a very determined Fortune Starlet in a strong opener, moves inside to possibly step up & turn the tables



5-Henderson Seelster – Beaten favorite was cycling forward before being pace compromised last week, gets high points for his aggressive effort & narrow loss before that


6-Zlatan – Found room to rally through stretch traffic & score the upset two starts back, then had no chance chasing Darling Mearas S in a 1:49.4 track record, steady gelding rates contender status in this camera-shy field


7-On The Ropes – Beaten favorite had dead aim & came up a length shy of Zlatan last time, a close second in three of his previous four, look for Ake Svanstedt to put him in play from a challenging post 



3-Change Stride N – Just one for 17 this season, but has been dropping positive hints recently, including a close third in 1:50.3 two starts, now gets some class relief, draws inside again & gets a sound the trumpet driver change to Gingras


7-Keepmywiglegametyt – Lightly raced 3YO ships in for Team Teague off a break, yet won four of his previous five in Delaware, there’s some speed & potential lurking, might be worth a swing in a field begging to be beaten


4-Stormont Czar A – Steps back up the class ladder off a strong second in the GSY Series with a :54.4 back half in reign to Rob Harmon, stalking type also draws an improved post



9-Spectre – Capitalized on a great drive by Tyler Buter to pull the upset in a career best of 1:52.3 from post eight last week, recent Team Harmon acquisition gets the repeat call despite post nine & may be heading for bigger & better affairs


6-Biodetti Hanover – Reeled off three in a row @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, went right back to the top here & yielded to the hard-charging Spectre in an excellent acclimating mile last week


4-Finally Found Away – Rewarded with a better post after airing it out for a new mark of 1:54.3, Bob Stewart trainee trying to keep his Hambo hopes alive



1-Big CC’s Rock – Arrives from Chicago on a form spree, grinded gamely for a new mark of 1:53.1 two starts back, lands the rail for a new barn, yet has missed some time


2-Taramakaureactor N – Was wondering if I should stay on his bandwagon after that narrow loss to Just N Berlander two weeks ago, nevertheless The Mann is back inside & looms large


9-Just N Berlander – 8YO is red-hot right now, came to within a fifth of his lifetime mark with a gutsy score over Taramakaureactor N & deserves a long look despite post nine



6-City Hall – 1:49.4 winner here this season hasn’t made much noise recently, but this is a significant class drop, he returns to his favorite track & doesn’t have a lot to beat


4-Southwind Masimo – Classy veteran hasn’t responded to the Team Burke touch yet, in fact he’s made early breaks in his last two, now gets a class relief & an inside post to possibly spark a wake up call


7-Sportsmanship – Ships back to Big M & lands in the bottom condition class, note the :27.1 third quarter speed @ Pocono last out, his one for 22 record this season in a concern however







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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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