Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:09 PM


5-Odds On Delray – Rallied stoutly to win his second Gaitway qualifier, then closed with a :54.3 back half to hit the board chasing standout Flaming Flutter N, now drops to follow up


4-Sweet Rock – 1:48.1 performer here last season & 9YO with lots of back class drops a notch for his second start off the bench from post four again


1-Aintnobettor A – Aussie import added Lasix & steamrolled first over to just miss in a sparkling US debut with Gingras, now moves inside to show more in a competitive opener



4-Statement Made A – Flashed some late pace chasing a revved up Captain Midnight in a fast 1:51 Gaitway qualifier, looks to rebound at a reduced level & draws inside with Gingras


5-Let’s Roll – Brushed to the top & got a bit overanxious as the beaten favorite, still a solid tightening mile for this 1:48 performer here last season & no standouts in this one


7-Stendahl Hanover – Sub 1:50 performer here last year got off to a slow start with some interference last week, figures to show more, especially if he gets a speed target



3-Party Boy – Stung going for the lead from post ten in a much-needed start, horse-for-the-course now gets class & post relief & retains Dexter Dunn in a wide-open field


9-Thatswhatisaid N – Fresh off a winning qualifier he just missed with a :53.4 back half in an excellent US debut on Lasix last week, big threat despite post nine


5-Persimmon A – Off a big qualifier against Bechers Brook A he fought tooth n nail to just miss with a :54.4 back half, builds on that & remains at the same reduced level



4-Amigo Volo – Breeders Crown winner & now #1 rated in Road to Hambo Top Ten kicked home in an eye-catching :26.3 in his third qualifier for Dexter Dunn & draws well


7-Maesteraemon – Rated #4 in this week’s Hambo Top Ten won his latest two qualifiers here with sharp late bursts & leads the Team Melander contingent in an exciting field


6-Synergy – Currently rated #5 on the Road to the Hambo, distinguished himself as a freshman, just missed to Measteraemon in his latest morning prep with Gingras, let’s see some more



8-Allywag Hanover – Stablemate to Papi Rob Hanover & Pace eligible turned heads @ Magical Acres, then erupted with a :52.4 back half here, watch out for this potential monster


4-Montefalco N – Just missed in his first start here on Lasix as the beaten favorite, then chased a revved up Captain Groovy with a back half in :53.1, draws well for sharp connections


1-Ehrmantraut – Where on earth did that mile come from last week? Surprised us when he shook loose in a torrid :25.3, back half in :54, rewarded with the rail to prove it was no fluke 



4-Reign Of Honor – Went all the way for a new mark of 1:52.3 here, holding on in :26.4 fresh off the bench, then a solid third to Gimpanzee @ Tioga, maturing nicely for Team Melander


3-Don’t Let’em – Look out when the real Don’t Let’em shows up! 1:50.2  Reynolds Stake winner here last season put it all together in that second qualifier for Team Takter & draws inside a wide open division


8-Soul Strong – Like Don’t Let’em he was also a Hambo finalist last year & third in the Breeders Crown, just missed in the second qualifier, tough draw, yet looks ready for Team Svanstedt



1-Tall Dark Stranger – Dan Patch Award winning colt streaked to a 1:49 mark in his latest qualifier here, lands the rail to face a salty group of older foes, but tough to go against


2-Western Joe – Joe followed up a narrow loss with a perfect trip score last week, exploding home in :25.4, back half in :53.1, now moves inside & poised to step back up


9-The Devil’s Own N – Relentless NZ bred crushed them first over again enroute to lowering his mark again to 1:49 last week, back half in :53, moves outside, but watch out if he can catch some live cover



3-Franco Totem N – Dropped from the Open & just missed with sharp pace @ both ends, proven horse-for-the-course now draws an improved post for his key third try off the bench


1-Ideal Feeling – Brushed & held on with a class drop n pop move, taking a sparkling new mark of 1:48.4, bumped back up brimming with confidence from the rail for a red-hot barn


10-Flaming Flutter N – Don’t believe I’ve ever seen an 11YO take a new mark of 1:49.1 from post nine as the heavy favorite in his US debut, now gets a double class hike & post ten in a very strong field



4-Sintra – Forced grind gamely from post nine into a :53.3 back half to just miss fresh off the bench, gets a big chance to follow up from a better post for Team Burke


9-Geez Joe – Fired out from the rail, got shuffled & still prevailed with a breathtaking :25.3 last week, moves outside, but he’ll likely get the fractions he needs again to make his late move


2-Filibuster Hanover – Just one for 18 last season, but liked the way he prepped @ Gaitway, no chance after a slow start in the Roll With Joe, draws well for his second start off the bench to give Team Burke more power in here



8-Gimpanzee – Two-time Breeders Crown champ came back roaring in the first leg @ Tioga as the heavy favorite & seems headed for more great things


9-Steuben Hanover – 2019 Hambletonian winning trainer returns, Luc Blais (Forbidden Trade) ships in a razor sharp son of Trixton fresh off a new mark of 1:52.1 @ Mohawk


6-Chin Chin Hall – 1:52.1 Muscle Hill winner on Hambo Day last year, solid runner up to Grandma Heidi here, then followed Gimpanzee @ Tioga, a solid opportunist



8-Shamwow – Dominant winner in 1:50.2 ere on June 6, fresh off a solid third in the Graduate @ Tioga, tough post, but these connections always seem live


2-Hayden Hanover – Improved result in his second start off the bench, fired out from post eight & just missed out of a shuffle in :26.3, now a big threat from a better post


1-Thinkbig Dreambig – Beaten chalk a couple of weeks ago took charge & faded after only eight starts last year, moves inside, must fear the raging Takter barn



7-Roll Away Joe – No factor from post nine chasing superior foes in his much-needed comebacker, owns plenty of back class & now drops into a logical spot 


8-Kerrin Joseph A – Pulled a 39-1 upset from post nine here back in early November of 2019, Gaitway qualifier was inconclusive, but beware of this strong closer if the race sets up right


2-Always Flashing A – Got shuffled out in his US debut on Lasix a couple of weeks ago, expect some improvement with another inside draw in a wide-open field



10-Sams A Champ A – 8YO veteran took a mark of 1:50 here last season, had to make up a ton of ground in his Gaitway qualifier, post ten hurts, but the long stretch here helps


6-Our Positano N – Finished well enough in the Gaitway qualifier to be a strong consideration here together with his 1:50.2 speed badge taken last year


8-Iwillmakleyousaywow – Showed speed in a lively qualifier, has had plenty of experience & success here & has enough back class to overcome post eight in this camera-shy field





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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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