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Ken Warkentin Selections for Friday, April 26, 2024

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Race 1
4-Bilbo Hanover – Lived up to his tote hype with a mighty rally from post eight & went from last to third with an improved late burst & finally draws inside

2-Cloudbreak – Has had the misfortune of getting parked out in his last three & his better post here gives him a chance to set up a stalking trip & snap an 0 for 12 this season

10-Marvalous One – Recent fringe player @ the TM 71 level hasn’t won in a long time & slammed with post ten, but gets Joe Lee & can take advantage of possible mayhem

Race 2
5-Firstofanera – Off the board in six starts this season, but zipped home in :27.2 a piece of the pie & now has two acclimating miles to her credit for Team Miller

7-Kathy’s Moment – Took that requisite tour of the oval after a slow start from post eight, her recent Freehold blowouts are worth noting & her barn is on fire

4-Miss Italia – Has missed a couple of weeks after the sick scratch @ Yonkers, off a gallant nose loss in a TM 73.5 Final here, just missed before that & draws well

Race 3
3-Bet A Bundle – Note the :27.2 from post ten three starts back, gets significant class & post relief & can spark something in only his fifth start of the season

7-Good Investment – Grinded gamely through a :27.3 third quarter & picked minor spoils, gets another shot at this bottom condition & retains Dexter Dunn

6-Like A Shadow – Has struggled against better recently, hits rock bottom, retains The Buckeye & has speed in his arsenal

Race 4
2-Barrier – Beaten favorite rebounded with speed & a well-rated effort & faded to third behind Pinebushdragonroll, yet now draws inside that rival while still in regroup mode

7-Pinebushdragonroll – Fresh off a narrow loss he parlayed a perfect drive by Braxten Boyd in a sparkling new mark of 1:51.3 & looms a repeat threat despite a tougher post

5-Captain Terminator – Picked a minor share chasing Pinebushdragonroll with a :26.4 finish & eligible to step up off that needed acclimating mile at a price

Race 5
3-Rockabilly Charm – Pace compromised & forced wide last week, parked first over before that & now this horse-for-the-course draws better in a camera shy field

2-Pan Street USA – Emerged from a shuffle & conjured up a sudden rail surge to just miss a bombs away & draws inside again to prove that was no fluke

7-In Nevada N – Fresh off close second he lived up to favoritism with a solid rally for Team Chiodo last week & can’t rule out a repeat with the right set up

Race 6
3-Chucky Hanover – Beaten favorite was scorched by demanding fractions & intense pressure off a sick scratch & now lands in a prime spot to flaunt his class for Team Cullipher

2-No Words – Got stuffed inside late behind Chucky Hanover, distant runner up to a standout before that, draws inside again & remains in sharp form

7-El Yerno – Flashed a bit of late life from post eight two weeks ago, rallied for a new mark before that, another tough draw, but his barn sports strong numbers

Race 7
4-The American Eagle – Steady check earner at this level in his last three, kicked home in a crisp :27 last week, flying home is trademark & draws inside for Per Engblom

6-Pencils Down – Beaten chalk failed last week’s test with a rare early miscue after cruising to an easy Leg 1 win & he’ll be dangerous if he can rebound

5-A Majorsmackin – I have no idea where that post eight wire-to-wire career best came from last week, so now he moves to mid-pack & retains Braxton Boyd

Race 8
2-In The Spotlight N – Fresh off a very productive season she’s well spotted here with a better post for her key third start off the bench for Team Cullipher

4-Dontkarenifido – Ramping up since adding Lasix & dropping strong hints in her last two with solid finishes, draws better & has a chance to stalk closer to the pace

1-Village Jade – She was ineffective in three starts here earlier this season, but she’s back on the mile track with the rail & can trip out for Team Burke

Race 9
4-Skyway Billy – Left in the wake of Bionic devastation last week, rallied for a solid third before that & draws well for switch to the MADC Series & reunited with Joe Lee

6-Lachie Maguire N – Paid off as the favorite with an excellent drive by Ryan Inglis from post eight & draws a bit better as a repeat threat for his third start off a sick scratch

2-Easy Check – Gets high marks for an impressive wake up acclimating mile, draws inside again & figures to be forwardly placed

Race 10
1-Interview Fra A – How good is he? Lightly-raced 6YO gets his third straight class hike here fresh off three straight blowouts as the heavy favorite & lands the rail with potential untapped

6-Lexus Kody – Wheeled right back off a track record & cruised all the way again off three weeks rest & looks virtually impossible to go against

5-Stable Genius – Bounced back off an early miscue with a solid rally for second to Lexus Kody & could crank it up a notch to possibly turn the tables

Race 11
3-Abuelita Hanover – Just missed to Purameri in Leg 1, then had too far to come from post eight, re-united with Braxten Boyd & now draws much better to stalk closer to the pace

6-Charming Vixen – Suddenly got aggressive when hammered down to 6-5 & came through with a career best with sharp pace at both ends & retains The Money Man

1-Major Battle – That recent win @ Pocono three starts back sparked back-to-back on the board finishes in this series & she can play her stalk n pounce game from the rail

Race 12
3-Benny J – Lightly-raced $255,000 son of Walner has matured for Team Alagna, cruised through an eye-catching Big M qualifier & draws inside a field with several possibilities

5-French Kronos – Rallied to equal his lifetime mark as the heavy favorite in his 3YO debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & has some unknown upside for Team Melander

8-JGS Pal – Hails from hot sire Tactical Landing, two solid Big M qualifier for Team Toscano, his latest with a noteworthy :27.3, possible contender despite post eight

Race 13
3-Pattycake Mooss –Greatly appreciated a hefty dose of class relief with a searing final lunge & narrow loss to Heavens Showgirl A & draws a bit better to possibly turn the tables

6-Heavens Showgirl A – Stormed home from a pretty tough spot to barely outsprint a hard-charging Pattycake Mooss & remains in top form for a raging barn

4-Anna’s Wish – She came right back off an abrupt blowout with an ultra aggressive new mark of 1:51.2 last week & logically looms large in a competitive division

Race 14
2-Dwight Hanover – Moves inside off a no-chance mile from post nine, that’s two Big M acclimating miles & seems to be trending right since changing barns

6-Livingontherail – 0 for his last 39, yet rebounded off an early miscue with a solid rally for third from the rail at long odds last week, so has something positive to build on

1-Mufasa AS – One for 15 this season & struggling against tougher @ Yonkers, but drops into a real soft spot & the rail ensures a smooth trip

Saturday, April 27 Selections

Race 1

7-Rock Jagger – Made a triumphant switch to this series by steamrolling to a decisive score as the favorite & can’t rule out a repeat despite a tougher post & field


4-Marty Monkhouser A – Scratched sick off an abrupt wire-to-wire blowout, then got parked & left out to dry from post eight & now draws better to rebound in a very competitive division


8-Just A Rocket Man – Reeled of three in a row, including a TM Final in a career best of 1:52.3, DQed for stretch interference last out & tough post, but remains razor sharp


Race 2

2-Whole Lotta Lou – Solid third from post nine chasing a fired up Stonebridge Reef last week & now gets class & post relief for his second try off a sick scratch


5-Brutallyhandsome A – Off a brutal trip from post ten he moves to mid-pack, drops again for the steady Team Stratton & owns a big closing kick


4-Lyrical Genius A – Doesn’t take a genius to determine this Team Stratton trainee is back on his game after waking up with an aggressive second when dropped to this level


Race 3

3-Voukefalas – Two-time NJSS champion had the table set with a perfect trip & had to settle for a tie, but that was no doubt an inspiring 4YO debut to build on


4-Handlelikeaporsche – The Porsche was hitting on all cylinders to nail the win deadheat after a patient three-hole trip & looms large in his key third start off the bench


2-Captain Batboy – Pretty much had things go his own way, sprinted a :27.3 third quarter & was collared by the top two in an excellent tightening effort


Race 4

5-Twin B Risenshine – Arrives fresh off a wire-to-wire blowout @ Freehold as the 2-5 chalk after switching to the raging Team Estrada & faces a camera-shy bunch


7-Posh On the Beach A – Figured he would come up with an improved performance last week chasing a standout Shipsaway & now makes his third start off a sick scratch


2-Don’t Judge A Book – Bounced back with a solid second @ Pocono after missing three weeks & draws inside here to face a field of question marks


Race 5

1-Heza Real Diamond – Hit the board with better efforts in his last two at the bottom condition & lands the rail to trip out with The Judge at the lines


2-Whammer Jammer – The Jammer came right back to catapult off a hot pace & repeat in style for Mr. Slendorn & draws better on a form spree


4-Random Hanover – Fresh off a solid rally for second from post ten @ 36-1 & now moves inside to stalk the speed for a possible upset


Race 6

1-Huntinthelastdolar – NYSS champion parlayed a handy qualifier into a solid second to Binge On Yankee & gets a big chance to build on that sharp comeback from the rail


5-Binge On Yankee – Team Burke trainee on a four-race form spree, including back-to-back 1:49.2 marks & just missed as the heavy favorite last week


6-Mac’s Delight – Polished off 2023 with three in a row, right there with It’s My Show in his latest qualifier with a :25.4, so he looks ready to roll


Race 7

4-Primary Colors – Rock solid runner up to a well-rated Stonebridge Reef last week, gets another shot at this reduced level & draws well in a field of several marginal players


7-Gandolf The Black – Evidently reached a bit too high after back-to-back blowouts in 1:51.1, drops back to a more reasonable level & his speed can overcome a demanding post


2-Da Delightful – Had pace & trip go his way & responded with a well-timed romp for Mark Silva & his back class can continue to resurface from a better post


Race 8

4-J M Mandamin – 1:48.4 performer @ The Big M suddenly perked up with an emphatic wire-to-wire upset last week & draws better to continue his comeback from long-term injury


2-Captain Crusader A – Gradually regaining form for Team Cullipher, draws much better for his key third start off the bench & looms as a stalking threat


3-One Eight Hundred – Classy Team Takter trainee makes his 2024 debut after missing his 5YO season, finished well in both qualifiers & draws well to make an immediate impression


Race 9

7-Mccrunch – Captain Crunch colt won his first two starts here impressively for Team Takter, then made a miscue from post eight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & returns to rebound


6-Tenacious Hanover – Was able to intimidate them with a :58 half & jogged wire-to-wire in a confidence-boosting first win & continues to ramp it for Team Toscano


5-Its Saturday Night – Governor’s Cup runner up looks ready for his 3YO debut off two decent qualifiers for Nifty Norman & lands mid-pack in a field with numerous possibilities


Race 10

1-Southwind Gendry – Classy Team Burke millionaire was absolutely airborne late in a much-needed 2024 comebacker & follows up from rail to stalk n pop


5-Maximus Miki – Relentless gelding crushed them first over, gunning down the heavy favorite American Dealer N last week & continues on a major roll


3-American Dealer N – Switched to The Big M delivered a powerhouse score two weeks ago & fresh off an excellent speed try draws better to turn the tables on Maximus Miki


Race 11

3-Hello Rocky – No clue where that huge :26.4 rally/upset came from when he nosed out the favorite Rollinwitdaponyzzz, but now he draws inside for his fourth start since a barn change


2-Baileys Rock N – Returns to a slightly higher TM level, yet his back-to-back narrow losses earlier this month make him a serious contender with another inside draw


4-Transfer The Era – Got stuffed in late & shook loose with plenty to grab the show behind Hello Rocky & draws better while trending right in a camera-shy field


Race 12

8-Needham Hanover – Relentless type almost got there when he tripped out from post nine off the Shoobee Doo A speed, strong in the win column & could be on the verge again


5-Shoobee Doo A – More than lived up to the tote hype with a bottom out speed show, holding off Needham Hanover, 9YO is obviously razor sharp & draws a bit better for Team Estrada


7-Hunt For Cash – Bounced back with a two-move score two starts back, then third while left in the wake of Shoobee Doo A last week & looks to gun out again as a fresh claim


Race 13

3-Bellucci – $200,000 Captaintreacherous second foal out of 1:48.4 millionaire Agent Q won her second Big M qualifier with an eye-catching :26 & draws inside for Team Bongiorno


4-Cocco Puff Power – $115,000 Captain Crunch first foal from a near $400,000 winner, kicked home from the pocket in :27.1 to win her second qualifier & draws well for Team Toscano


8-Our Shell Belle – Rallied for her first win here three starts back, tried the Weiss Series @ Pocono & broke & returns to The Big M with a tough post, plus a pair of formidable opponents


Race 14

9-Donato Patriot K – Bounced back off a rare early miscue with a fierce :26.4 rally to hit the ticket, moves outside, yet remains at this reduced level for Team Bongiorno


2-Tailgate Buzz – The Buzz has struggled since the upset rally with continued slow starts, but drops a notch & draws inside after chasing the likes of Interview Fra A & J L Cruze


1-Bully Boy Hill – The Bully Boy was freshened & tripped out to win his qualifier, has switched to trainer Richard Johnson & lands the rail in a wide-open finale