Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:52 PM


5-Beads – Hambo Maturity winner from post ten & nosed out in the Cashman from post nine, had to go off Lasix in Lexington, speedy 4YO makes his second start off the bench


3-It’s Academic – Team Burke-tuned 4YO has been ultra consistent, just missed in the Caesars & roughed up first over in the Allerage Farms & finally draws inside a sharp field


6-Warrawee Roo – Strong comeback season for this classy 8YO, a major force in the Mohawk Preferred after adding Lasix, controlling speed looks like his best weapon



6-Stone Hanover – Sub 1:50 performer here this season rising up since the September sick scratch, note the gallant & decisive score from the same post three starts back


2-Semi Tough – Like those gutsy narrow losses from tough posts against the high-priced claimers in September, freshened by Team Burke & draws inside an intriguing field


8-Geez Joe – Continues on the comeback trail for Team Miller, just missed with one of his big rallies, that was a month ago & now tries to reel them in from an outside post



2-Plumville Prince – Possible price play here for Team Zeron, lightly-raced colt with upside nosed out in 1:51.3 @ The Red Mile & expected to be forwardly placed


4-Ahundreddollarbill – Canadian Trotting Classic winner in 1:52, post 11 & tough trip in the Kentucky Futurity, has a big chance to regroup for Team Alagna from an inside post


3-In Range – Canadian Trotting Classic runner up, second to Jujubee in the Langley, no chance in both Red Mile stakes, big inside stalking threat for Team Melander



3-Grace Hill – PASS Champion arrives on a nice roll for Nifty Norman, a gutsy third behind Fire Start Hanover in the Garnsey, draws inside her stablemate to stalk the speed


10-Fire Start Hanover – 2020 Breeders Crown capping a productive season with a 1:49 mark @ The Big M, post ten is tough, but gets away from Test Of Faith for now


6-Blue Diamond Eyes – Team Burke speedster by Captaintreacherous reeled off back-to-back Red Mile scorchers in 1:47.2 & 1:47.3 last month, looks like the one to reel in



7-Altar – Made a rare miscue in the Allerage Farms after reeling off new mark of 1:50.3 in the Bluegrass, challenging post here, but look for her to rebound for Team Takter


6-Katie’s Lucky Day – Supplements fresh off an amazing post 11 upset in the Kentucky Filly Futurity in 1:50.4, second try off the bench & back on Lasix


5-Amazone Duharas – Casual Breeze winner & Simcoe runner up, placed first in a Bluegrass division from post nine, Muscle Hill homebred could surprise



1-Perfect Sting – 2020 Breeders Crown deadheat winner has carved out a near millionaire dollar campaign, ultra consistent, gallant in defeat & freshened with the rail


7-Abuckabett Hanover – Took a mark of 1:49.1 in the Simcoe & just tripped out to a Tattersalls upset in 1:49.4, demanding post, but Team Alagna has him on his toes


3-Chase H Hanover – Faded behind Abuckabett Hanover in the Bluegrass, repeated with a new mark of 1:49.1 @ Hoosier Park before that & draws well to regroup 



1-Jujubee – Supplemented off his rousing romp in the Kentucky Futurity in 1:49.3 to make it six in a row, set a Big M track record of 1:49.4 on Hambo Day & lands the rail 


5-Cuatro De Julio – Returns to the scene of his post ten Hambo nightmare, regrouped & on a form spree @ The Red Mile, distant runner up in the Kentucky Futurity


3-Dancinginthedark M – Was a major player heading to the Hambo & second to Jujubee in the Muscle Hill, broke again in the Kentucky Futurity off a lifetime best of 1:49.3



1-Atlanta – Well-decorated mare just shy of $3 million, fresh off a world record of 1:49, Dr. Steele winner in 1:50.4 on Hambo Day, looks to make her fifth Crown Final


6-When Dovescry – Classy Team Pelling trainee ultra consistent, won the Armbro Flight, starred in the Miss Versatility Series, runner up to Atlanta will look to turn the tables


5-Next Level Stuff – 2020 Breeders Crown champ has plugged away on the fringes in a tough 4YO transition season, tuned up with a nice late burst to win her qualifier



4-Charlie May – Charlie & Super Brett are back where they were disqualified in the Pace, kicked home in :25.4 from post 12 in the Tattersalls, pride of Ohio on a roll right now


2-Lou’s Pearlman – Had to go off Lasix & faded in the Tattersalls after his unbelievable Jug win, reset nicely with a solid qualifier here & gives Team Burke a strong 1-2 punch


1-Southwind Gendry – Battled back & upset Abuckabett Hanover in the Bluegrass, just missed with a game effort in the Tattersalls & lands the rail for Team Burke



7-Bella Bellini – Hambo Oaks winner & PASS Champion has continued to carve out a stellar season, nosed out with a gallant parked out trip in the Kentucky Filly Futurity


2-Donna Soprano – 2020 O’Brien Award winner & lightly-raced filly upset Bella Bellini in the Elegantimage, tough to gauge off a dull Mohawk qualifier, but draws inside


3-Shirley Goodness – Indiana Sires Stakes sensation has caught fire since adding Lasix, lowered her mark to 1:53 two starts back & post gods were kind to Team Wrenn



7-Lyons Sentinel – HOY leader returns to the scene of her world record 1:48 in the Artiscape, goes for eight in a row, just missed in her last two Crown Finals & prepped accordingly here


4-Rocknificent – Finally got away from Lyons Sentinel & reeled off a Red Mile track record of 1:48, gallant daughter of Captaintreacherous draws well as a prime opportunist


3-Peaky Sneaky – 2020 Breeders Crown upsetter got too revved up in the Allerage Farms, 0 for 13 in 2021, but back on Lasix with an inside post, Takter won the 2020 edition with Kissin In the Sand



5-Cattlewash – 1:46.4 world champion won the Graduate Final in 1:47.1 & Wm. Haughton in 1:47.3 this season, makes his second start off the bench for the Team Burke quartet


8-This Is The Plan – Sports that stunning 1:47.3 world mark in the Battle Of Lake Erie, looks to snap an 0 for his last eight, solid second in the Allerage Farms, tough post


7-Warrawee Vital – 4YO by Captaintreacherous ships south on a form spree, 1:47.3 sparked three straight Mohawk Preferreds with NA Cup hero Trevor Henry






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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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