Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 09, 2021 12:15 PM


7-Manchego – No. 1 rated horse in the sport came out of retirement, recovered from sickness & was giant in her seasonal debut in the Cutler, wheeled right back to dominate the Maxie Lee, enjoy watching one of the greatest ever


2-Weslyn Quest – She was super sharp in back-to-back narrow losses last month, the latest to Next Level Stuff, draws better here to play a stalking opportunist role


3-Felicityshagwell S – Finished a solid third in both legs of this series for Team Svanstedt, revving up on the comeback trail & draws inside again



4-Globaldomination N – Paced home in a crisp :26.3 in his comebacker last week, gets further class relief & draws well show superiority in a soft spot


3-Unloaded N – 0 for 17 in 2021, yet seems to have found a home at this level, beaten favorite flashing more early speed, draws an improved post & might be on the verge


1-Rollinthejoe – 0 for 11 this season, but Joe has been rolling from too far back recently, moves inside for Team Bongiorno & has a chance to stalk closer to the pace



4-Shake That House – 2019 Progress Pace winner & Vernon Downs track record holder got too anxious last week as the beaten favorite, gets another shot at this reduced level for the red-hot Team Alagna


3-The Greek Freak – Exits the very salty Graduate Series & fastest mile of the season, Team Burke trainee gradually ramping up his game & draws well in a tight match up


1-The Devils Own N – Grinded gamely & held third in a much-needed comeback mile, now drops with several others & follows up with a smoother trip likely from the rail



3-Pantheon Hanover – 0 for 12 in 2021, but was a bit better in his latest @ Pocono, makes his second start off a sick scratch from an improved post here in a complete headscratcher


5-Western Redhot – Red-hot item at the claim box simply failed to finish it off in the slop, chased a runaway Tolly-Ho before that, could rebound for his new barn


7-Ideal Son – One for 21 this season, a common theme in this field, comes off a much better second in the slop as the beaten favorite, tougher post this time, but remains at the $10,000 level



4-Hockey Hanover – Pace compromised from post eight last week, gets some needed class relief & finally draws inside for Team Burke


5-Moveoutofmyway K – Late-blooming 4YO flew home in :26.4 last time, now drops & lands a midpack stalking post & might be gaining some traction


8-Chiplosive – Steady horse-for-the-course off a solid third from a similar post for Team Cullipher, early speed puts him in play & some class relief helps



4-Chaser Hanover – Fired hard & got locked in the two-hole until too late last week, a close third in 1:47.3 back on May 15, gets another big chance at this reduced level for Team Chiodo


2-Harambe Deo – Team Cullipher charge finally found his best stride with back-to-back blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, took a 1:48.3 mark here in 2020 & returns to show inside speed 


8-Wes Delight – Capitalized on an ideal trip to take a new mark of 1:48.4 last week, steps back up & moves outside, yet remains a threat for Team Alagna



7-Rojan’s Way – Has picked up his game against condition stock @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lowered his mark to 1:51.1 recently, has a chance to surprise this bunch


2-Bettor Notbitter A – Claimed by Team Cullipher, then scratched sick, previous form was positive, lands post two again in a supreme handicapping puzzle


10-TJ Blast – Reclaimed by Edwin Quevedo off another strong effort against the raging Sugartown, one for 20 this season & stuck outside, yet remains a top contender



4-Next Level Stuff – Flaunted speed to make it two-for-two in this series, both on off tracks, talented Breeders Crown champ has come back in a top form


5-When Dovescry – 2019 Oaks champ & Dan Patch Award winner just missed in Leg 1, completely stole a Leg 2 division, primed for a serious test in this marquee match up


2-Sorella – 2020 Hambo Oaks winner bounced back with another solid second in Leg 2, classy mare gathering momentum & draws inside again for Team Takter



6-Covered Bridge – The Bridge was burned with sizzling fractions last week @ Pocono, just missed in 1:47.3 here last month & this hard-charging Team Burke trainee is eligible to rebound with the right set up


2-Tattoo Artist – Nosed out in a 1:47.4 Graduate division three starts back, 2020 O’Brien Award winner now gets class & post relief 


5-Chief Mate – Twice third to the vicious Ruthless Hanover & exits the tough Graduate Series, big chance to employ his stalking style & sharp late kick



4-Bourbon Express – Confidence is everything in trotting & this 4YO is brimming over after a lively career best of 1:52.2 last week, draws well in his third start for his new barn


3-Oney Hall – Jumped off his bandwagon & he got nosed out by a rail-skimming Chaptiama last week, back inside to trip out & possibly score an overdue win


1-JL Cruze – The King revived his form with two close on-the-board finishes last month, classy veteran in line for a smooth stalking trip from the rail in a very intriguing affair



2-Blue Diamond Eyes – PASS champ & Three Diamonds winner right there in both PASS on the comeback trail for Team Burke & draws inside some classy foes


8-Stonebridge Soul – One for 19 in 2020, on the fringe fifth in her first two starts of the season & post eight again, yet a drop n pop with the right trip is not out of the question


7-Bettors Heart N – 0 for 12 this season, no chance closing in :25.2 last week, draws the same tough post, but overdue & this is a dangerous class drop 



1-Allywag Hanover – The real Allywag has shown up the past two weeks, steamrolled past Ruthless Hanover in 1:48.1 Graduate division last week, moves inside & he’s just getting warmed up


2-American History – Breeders Crown champ & millionaire was on some kind of roll here last month, winning in 1:47.2, returns to the mile track with an inside post with Team Alagna hitting on all cylinders


3-Stars Align A – Left in the wake of a world record War on the Shore last week, won his last two here, freshened up by Team Bongiorno & draws inside 



2-Art Scaping – Lightly-raced 3YO tripped out to a new mark of 1:52.2 as the heavy favorite, back inside with license to show more in his second try off the bench


1-Mister Hat – Bounced back big time with a sterling rally & narrow loss from post eight last week, now moves inside fully acclimated


7-A Bettor Beach – Catapulted off a :53.2 half to romp in a eye-catching 1:51.3 GSY division, tougher post, but brimming with confidence













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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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