Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:13 PM


9-Trump Nation – We all know his late kick is special, came a back half in :53.1 to finish second to the streaking None Bettor A last week, he figures to get some speed to shoot at in this wild opener


3-Ideal Feeling – Followed up an ultra gutsy career best 1:49 with a solid third to a sizzling 1:47.3 winner at just 2-1 last week, back inside for another stalking trip with Scott Zeron


7-Miso Fast – Speedy 5YO who likes this track, slugged it out with the top guns & picked up checks in the Ben Franklin, may try a brush to the top after the dust settles & we’ll see how far he can go



5-Evident Beauty – Got stuck at the back from post eight in a slow pace as the heavy favorite in the Reynolds, turned out to be a maintenance mile after missing more than a month, swept the NJSS series with authority & stands out here


4-Cloud Nine Fashion – Quickly got her act together & rallied stoutly to a 6-1 upset in the comebacker despite a late driver change, has a big chance to build on that confidence booster


2-Beautiful Sin – The $480,000 yearling was severely pace compromised in her Reynolds division, now draws inside for her second start off the bench & in line for a smooth trip



4-Green Manalishi S – Rated #3 in the Hambo Top Ten, was a high quality 2YO, won the fastest Beal elimination in his 3YO debut, trip compromised third in that Final, the real deal poised to make a firm statement


3-Gerry – The Marcus Melander sleeper in here, found his best stride in his last two, runner up to Don’t Let’em, then a solid third in :26.2 when favored against older foes, ramping it up at the right time & draws inside with The White Knight


7-Osterc – Got parked & broke late in the Beal Final after finishing second to Greenshoe in his elimination, career best 1:52.2 in PASS on June 14, look for Yannick to use his tactical speed & put him in play



3-Darling Mearas S – Swedish import came to these shores with a strong reputation, suddenly unleashed a track record 1:49.4 in crushing style last week for Team Svanstedt, now draws inside to face a serious test for class


4-Hannelore Hanover – 2017 Horse of the Year served notice with 1:50.3 Armbro Flight elimination, bounced back from a fifth in that final with a dominant score @ Pocono, back to scene of her many great triumphs for Team Burke


7-Plunge Blue Chip – World champion 1:49.4 filly last year, twice a runner up to Atlanta this season, speedy & talented lass continues to build momentum on the comeback trail for Team Svanstedt



7-Greenshoe – Okay, he’s back at the Big M, the #1 rated Hambo horse, fresh off a trip compromised nose loss in the Beal, his first two NJSS wins here this season were sensational, this colt may be from another planet, yet he draws outside in a loaded division


3-Pilot Discretion – Patience has paid off with this undefeated colt rated #4 on the Hambo list, loved his rally to get up in the Goodtimes, tuned up with a sharp qualifier beating Don’t Let’em, draws well, the Alagna Armada is ready for take off!


1-Don’t Let’em – #5 in the Hambo Top Ten, 2018 Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, lowered that mark to 1:51.3 after his 3YO comeback was hampered by sickness, great qualifier against Pilot Discretion, Team Johansson & Yannick Gingras on the rail 



4-Shartin N – One of the sport’s marquee performers has picked up where she left off last season, rides in on an eight-race winning streak, looks to avenge her fade to fourth in this event last year, the 2018 Dan Patch Award standout draws inside on a major roll


10-Caviart Ally – Took full advantage of Shartin N’s absence with a couple of impressive Rainbow Blue miles here, her latest an eye-catching 1:48 with a breezing :25.3, a classy mare in top form, look for her to blast off with the straight away start


3-Kissin In The Sand – 2018 Dan Patch Award & Mistletoe Shalee winner added Lasix & scooted around here in a handy 1:50.2 qualifier, draws just inside the favorite & might be ready to regain some of that 1:47.4 form from last year



4-Atlanta – Made it a perfect six-for-six start this season for Team Burke with a wide rally & track & world record in the Graduate Final, the 2018 Hambo winner & Trotter of the Year lands post four again & the added distance figures to be right up her alley


7-Crystal Fashion – 2018 world record Hambo heat winner was simply too far back & closed in :26.4 in the Graduate Final, tougher post here, but has been pretty consistent & look for him to be part of the pace equation in this one


3-Fiftydallarbill – The Breeders Crown champion got torched pressuring Six Pack in the Graduate Final after upsetting that rival in a career best 1:50.2, draws his third straight post three to pave the way for a rebound effort



4-Bettor’s Wish – Impressive Art Rooney winner, just missed in the NA Cup Final, freshened & gearing back up with a career best cruise in his elimination, $20,000 bargain with a big, long stride, speed & versatility gives Dexter Dunn lots to work with in his Pace debut


1-Captain Crunch – The 2018 Dan Patch Award winner with just one hiccup this year, awesome record-setting effort in the NA Cup & authoritative tune up here last week, back on the rail to take charge & continue to ramp it up for Team Johansson 


9-Workin Ona Mystery – The NA Cup beaten favorite has battled injury & allergies, back on his toes in last week’s elimination, closing at Captain Crunch with a menacing :25.3, draws a demanding post, but has five-time Pace winner The Bionic Man



6-Mcwicked – 2018 Horse of the Year & defending Haughton champion grinded gamely & just missed repeating in the Ben Franklin, did pass the magic $4 million mark & just warming up his season, almost guaranteed to get a speed target in this wild shootout


5-Lather Up – Huge rebound off a break in the Ben Franklin & capitalized on the greatest trip in history to equal the sport’s all-time fastest mile in the Graduate Final, Montrell Teague looks to trip out again off the expected speed & the added eighth figures to help his cause


4-Always A Prince – 2018 Indiana Pacer of the Year unleashed a 1:47.3 Graduate division two starts back, before setting the sizzling table for Lather Up’s devastation last week, 4YO has obviously reached peak form, may try to go as far as he can with another inside draw



8-Stonebridge Soul – Right there at long odds in the Fan Hanover, took a new mark of 1:49.3 in the Lynch Final with a great drive & set up, Chris Ryder has this filly in top form, she can leave & also kick home with the top ones


2-Warrawee Ubeaut – 2018 Dan Patch Award winner & fastest 2YO in history, nosed out in the Fan Hanover & looking to bounce back from getting roughed up in the Lynch Final, another inside draw paves the way, yet she faces a power-packed field


7-Zero Tolerance – Parlayed her confidence-building wins in NYSS with a close second in the Lynch Final, tactical speed overcomes a demanding draw, puts her in play & may lead to a stalking trip at a price



3-Milies Possession – Extended her undefeated streak to six with a convincing first over career best 1:51.1 from post nine in a sparkling Big M debut last week, now she’s rewarded with an improved post


7-Starita – Rallied off a modest pace to score with authority in her last two, newly minted Hall of Famer Joe Holloway has her trending in a positive direction at prime time


1-Sister’s Promise – Strong runner up to Evident Beauty in the NJSS Final with a :26.4, beaten favorite got shuffled in the Reynolds, in line for a smooth stalking trip from the rail



2-Stag Party – 2018 O’Brien Award & Metro winner has been on fringes coming back this year, did have post eight in the Somebeachsomewhere & ten-hole in the NA Cup, arrives in good form, gets post two & The White Knight


7-On Duty – Fresh off a class drop n pop & rallied from last to first with a :54.1 back half, barely outsprinting Sam’s A Champ A last week, sticks with Corey Callahan & may get an even better pace target to shoot at here


8-Sweet Rock – Beaten favorite in his last two, took a couple of weeks off after a tough loss, was tackling the likes of Highalator recently, needs some trip luck from post eight here



4-Backstreet Lawyer – 1:49.3 performer here this season lands post four again off a game, parked out effort, dips slightly in class again & looms as a logical price play


8-Pyro – Team Burke 3YO has caught fire reeling off three straight in Ohio & fresh from a career best 1:50.2 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, has a big chance to keep it going despite post eight


6-JK Wildfire – Beaten favorite stepped up & kicked home sharply again in :25.4, launched from an impossible spot in :26.2 before that & appears on the verge




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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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