Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:17 PM


5-Chiplosive – Flashed a hint of returning to form two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, no chance with a slow start last out, gets some class relief & draws a bit better for a hot barn


3-Bizet – Dipped to this level, tripped out & ran into a bit of a surprise in Crossfit, the beaten favorite can atone from a much better post


9-What Chapter – Beaten even money favorite made a rare miscue in the slop, just missed from post eight before that, draws another tough post, but drops dangerously



6-Calle Palema – Muscle Hill colt finished a solid third to a good one in Southwind Tyrion, back half in :56.3, something inspiring to build on in a soft division for the Trainer of the Week


2-Spy Booth – $460,000 second foal out of the Cantab Hall dam, the first was King Alphonso, 1:52, one of 18 2YOS in Leg 1 of NJSS to break on the sloppy track last week, draws post two again to atone


8-Zenith Stride – $350,000 first foal out of a sister to Dejarmbro, 1:52.2 [$1,137,285], showed a disliking for the off going last week, post eight again, yet his previous qualifier showed talent



1-Narzario – Trixton brother to Smilin Eli, 1:52.1 [$753,278], flashed some late trot in the slop from post seven, previous qualifier was decent, now moves inside the main concerns


9-Topofthehill S – Muscle Hill first foal out a sister to Sylvesteramerica IT, 1:53, rated an 2-Mon Amour - easy lead & just missed the very sharp Southwind Tyrion, stuck outside, but his two previous baby races were excellent


7-Sonofamistery – Won both baby races by half a length, the latest in :27.3, was home free before he broke in the stretch last week, gets a pass for the off track & part of a Marcus Melander triple threat



2-Mon Amour – $180,000 Muscle Hill out of a sister to a pair of half million dollar winners, Mythical Lindy & Mythical Hall, went all the way in confident style & draws inside again


9-Iznogoud AM S – Muscle Hill brother to Guaranteed, 1:52.2, beaten heavy favorite clearly second best behind Mon Amour off a sharp qualifier, moves outside, yet remains a threat


6-Moonstone S – First foal out of a sister to millionaire Lantern Kronos, 1:52.3, off an encouraging late bid to finish third behind Mon Amour & Iznogoud AM S, continues to improve



7-Dream Chapter – Chapter Seven filly from the maternal family of ’94 Hambo winner Victory Dream romped in both qualifiers, missed out on the slop last week, a bright prospect


2-Rattle My Cage – Third foal from his dam, the first was Muscles On Fire, 1:54 [$221,861], aggressively handled in a quicker third qualifier & draws inside 


8-Venerate – First foal out of a sister to 2014 Hambo champ Trixton, shot home in a crisp :27.1 to win his lone baby race, that was more than a month ago, tough draw & difficult to gauge



6-Hashtagmadeyalook – Stung early from post eight & faded in the slop last week, his two previous wins were decisive, including a 1:52.3 career best here fresh off the bench


3-Arrakis – Classy 8YO has had his share of success here, makes his second start off the bench, drops a couple of notches & has a big chance to trip out from an inside post


2-Southwind Frost – Consistently on the board in his last three with effective tactical speed, yet lacking that knockout punch, draws better in a field begging to be beaten



2-Aunt Irene – Here’s the Trixton sister to Shake It Cerry, 1:51.2 [$2,786,104] & Uncle Lassie, 1:51.4 [$931,268], charged home to win both baby races for Team Takter & draws inside


1-Beautiful Game – Muscle Hill sister to Special Honor, 1:53.4 just missed to a longshot Presto despite a perfect second over trip, beaten favorite can atone from the rail


9-Dutiful – First foal out of Sarcy, 1:53.1 [$261,333], almost went all the way in her second baby race here & has the engine to overcome post nine



8-Constntlysidewys A – Classy 9YO with a sub 1:50 mark here a few seasons ago returns to the Big M for his third start off the bench, challenging draw, but drops to a rock bottom condition


5-The Mighty Marner – Second by a head in 1:51.2 fresh off the bench, then settled for minor spoils, draws a bit better to set up his late kick in a wide open field


3-Prophet Blue Chip – Raced well & rallied to hot the board in his comebacker here, took a mark of 1:52 here last season & draws inside to show more



3-Brooklyn Lilacs – 1:50.3 performer here last season drops into a more reasonable spot & draws post three again for her key third start off the bench for Team Alagna.


1-Apple Hanover – Qualified in a career best 1:51.3 & hasn’t missed the board in three solid tries, has slid down the class ladder & moves inside


9-Exotic Dance – Upset cheaper in lively fashion fresh off the bench in a career best 1:51.1, then rallied off a fast pace to grab second three weeks ago, she’s a factor despite post nine



10-Guardian Angel AS – Decisive Preferred winner in a career best 1:50.1 before getting bogged down from the second tier in the Cutler, won the Cleveland Classic, Spirit of Mass & Maple Leaf Trot in 2019 & rates highly despite post ten


6-It’s A Herbie – Verlin Yoder has produced trotting stars like millionaire Natural Herbie & Dan Patch Award winner Woodside Charm, this Indiana standout twice crushed them in Open @ Tioga, which sharpened him for this stiffer test


3-Obrigado – Came out of retirement winning three times here this season, strong second as the beaten favorite over an off track @ Pocono, expect aggressive handling from post three



3-Chablis – Muscle Hill second foal out of D’Orsay, 1:51.4 [$445,732] finished a solid third in her debut in Leg 1, major license to improve with another inside draw


4-Material Girl – Muscle Hill second foal out of Lilu Hanover, 1:54.1 [$217,313] kicked home in :27.4 just behind Hot As Hill last week & draws inside that rival


9-Hot As Hill – Muscle Hill third foal out of Smarty Pants, 1:54.2 [$464,706], the first was Smart As Hill, 1:54.3 [$182,354], left alertly from post eight & shot home in :27.3 for the upset, can’t rule out a repeat



2-Black Hammer – 9YO finished well in both starts since come back, his latest a hard-charging second by a head & rewarded with an improved post in a form challenged field


5-Spondulicks N – Beaten favorite seemed to have the right set up & failed to fire, now makes his key third start off the bench, owns some back class, yet note he is three for his last 48


3-Nameisonthehalter – Grinded gamely to finish second to a well-rated Walks Of Life two starts back, an even fourth from post ten last time, big post improvement here, yet this gelding is three for his last 41



6-Statement Made A – Beaten heavy favorite three weeks ago ran into a 1:48.4 buzzsaw, 1:50.3 winner here this season now drops into a likely spot to spark his comeback


1-City Hall – Launched a late move from last in his second start off the bench, classy 1:48.2 winner here last season has a chance to show further signs of life from the rail


7-Durant – There’s some back class lurking here, ships in off a pair of no-chance miles elsewhere & could surprise this field of question marks







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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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