Ken Warkentin Selections for Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 2, 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


3-Shore Of Himself – The Shore was parked for his life in his last two, got nosed out as the beaten favorite three starts back & draws well to work out a patient stalking trip

5-A B Collins – Not liking the three for 34 record this year, but have to note the sharp rally to finish a close third two starts back & his mark of 1:53.3 here this season

2-Aintnobettor A – Just one for 31 this season is a major knock, but did gain the show spot with a solid effort last out & draws inside after missing three weeks


3-High Baller – Form resurfaced further with a solid finish two weeks ago, draws better & remains at this rock bottom condition for his fourth start off the bench

8-Nazare – Team Ryder took over this 3YO in his last two against N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tough draw here, but get substantial class relief

2-Good Investment – Was competitive here in a relatively quick mile back on October 28, 4YO returns to The Big M in a softer spot & has some back class in his arsenal


5-Treacherousdame – Landed on the edge fifth in her comeback on Lasix @ 43-1 & now launches midpack with license to improve for Team Alagna in a headscratcher

4-Pull Through – This Per Engblom-tuned filly perked up with a lively second from the same post three weeks ago, that’s something positive to build on in a wide open field

3-Time Out Hanover – $325,000 yearling was no factor in her last two after her first win in Lexington, now she’s missed a month, yet draws well for Team Alagna


6-Tidal Shark – The Peter Kleinhans claim has raced well to pick up minor spoils in his last two, while also showing versatility, maybe a speed target is all he needs

5-Blueberry Heaven – That was some aggressive & close second in a rousing Big M debut & looms large off that excellent acclimating mile in a wide-open start to the Pick 8

4-Always Close – Switches to this series off a real clunker, yet equaled his lifetime mark three starts back & draws well to possibly offer a rebound performance


7-Sports Hero – Beaten chalk almost overcame a tough uncovered trip, more challenging post, but remains at this TM 71 level & beat these from post eight three starts back

3-Tyronsbitoflemon N – Tyron has been blitzed in his last few against tougher claimers, now draws well & lands in a much softer spot to snap his 0 for 16 season skid

5-Henry The Dragon – Clearly off form in his last two @ Dover Downs, but gets a needed dose of class relief, while setting up a midpack stalking trip in a field ripe for taking


5-Chevrons Bypass N – NZ-import finished a stronger fourth in her second US start, she’s tighter now, drops further & could be on the verge for Team Miller

3-Get Answers – No answers in her last three since the romped against N/W 5 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, yet the class & post relief could spell wake for Team Burke

2-Prancing Queen – Beaten favorite faded from a pocket trip three weeks ago, just missed before that, now drops a notch & draws post two again for Team Burke


5-Starlit Rambo – Rambo rallied to a decisive upset three starts back, drops back down to a reasonable level, switches to Todd McCarthy & rates a long look in a pari mutuel puzzler

3-Mystical Wynn – Trotted home out of a shuffle in a crisp :27.2 @ 48-1 last Saturday, drops a notch, draws inside again & rates contender status in good form

9-Papa Doc – Lands outside off another break @ Yonkers, but beat those $50,000 claimers there with controlling speed from post seven two starts back & strong in the win column


8-T Dog – 3YO added Lasix & unleashed his late fury closing from last to first two starts back, returns to this series with another outside post, yet figures to get speed to shoot at

4-Prince Mcardle N – Added Lasix off the recent sick scratch & caught fire winning back-to-back, including a sizzling a 1:51.3 here as the heavy favorite & draws well

9-Rock On Line – 9YO on a form spree, just missed in his last two, barely outsprinted by T Dog two weeks ago, tough draw, but watch out with the right set up


10-Bonanza – Lightly-raced 4YO Muscle Hill brother to Greenshoe has won five of his last six, fresh off a new mark of 1:54 this Per Engblom trainee has the upside to overcome post ten

2-Ima Diamond Babe – Just two for 31 this season, but makes her Big M debut off a solid second & improving trend, plus drops another notch & draws inside

8-No Turning Back – 4YO mare ships south from Flamboro Downs where she won twice in in October, 33-day layoff & debuts here for Team Burke with a tough post, good luck with that


3-Paradise Rock L – Not as prolific in the win column this season, but revving up @ Yonkers off a recent sick scratch, gets class & post relief for the potent Per Engblom

7-Twin B Echo – Sparked her form with a new mark of 1:52.2 three starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & just missed here with pace at both ends two weeks ago

2-Celia B Money – Fresh off a new mark in her Team Burke debut, she grinded gamely to fall just a length short as the beaten chalk & this hot prospect draws inside again


2-She’s A Live Wire – Beaten favorite pace compromised three weeks ago, just missed before that, acclimated now & rates highly in a real toss up

3-Bette Tina – Ventured to Freehold where she chased a dominant favorite, draws well back here in her third start off a sick scratch & looks to snap an 0 for 29 this season

6-Bullville Karla – Upset these with a two-move effort from post six three starts back & she might be heard from with a similar set up


4-Dribbling Bi – Forced wide & rallied from a tough spot to hit the board three weeks ago, drops a notch, draws well & overdue in a wide-open field

6-Ifnotmewho – She just missed by a nose with a sharp late surge two starts back, drops back down to that level, but has a one for 30 record this season

2-Gotwuteverittakes – Pace compromised & wasn’t heard from three weeks ago, but draws inside again & certainly knows how to win @ The Big M


4-Cash Roll – Flashed a sneaky :27.1 positive hint two weeks ago, remains at this reduced level & draws better in a complete scramble

9-Shecouldbegood N – Nine-time winner this season gets her third consecutive class drop & looks capable of firing off the wings to overcome post nine

3-Ooh Real Good – Gets some class relief & returns to The Big M where she scored a 17-1 upset, followed by a solid second last month


2-Ice Cream – Walner filly seems to have settled down to compete against stakes company & draws well to move forward for Team Takter

5-Its Your Choice – Muscle Mass filly debuts here as a fresh Team Burke acquisition, she hasn’t raced in a month, but lands in a tailor made spot

1-The K Bar – Only took a few starts to break her maiden from the rail @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & inline to trip out & tap here potential further


Saturday, December 2, 2023 Selections


4-Desire’s Captain – Saved ground out of a shuffle enroute to a mild upset two weeks ago, lands post four again & now has something positive to build on in a very tricky opener

1-Sports Advisor – Just one for 28 this season, caught in tough spot in his last two, but needed to acclimate, beaten favorite moves inside & makes his second start for a hot barn

6-Flashy Dude – Certainly looks like Team Estrada have found the key to this Dude, ships in with two strong wins in his last three @ Freehold & might be worth a swing


7-See You Friday – Edwin Quevedo claim in late October has been trending right, grinded gamely for the deuce two starts back followed by a fierce rally for third

6-Arnie’s Army – Productive gelding has hit the board in his last three here, dips a notch, retains Jordan Stratton & could be on the verge of an overdue win

9-Chief Of Staff – Used hard from post seven last out, a positive expenditure of energy, draws farther out, yet note his mark of 1:51 @ The Big M


4-I’m Talkin Hungry – One for 25 sophomore gathering momentum since the early October sick scratch & draws well off a sharp acclimating mile for Juan Cano

1-Abel De Vie – Lightly-raced 4YO was a barn change bonanza, coming up with the mile of his life in his debut here & looks capable of stepping up from the rail

3-Yer So Bad – That was a noteworthy upset rally from post seven two starts back & this 1:51.3 winner @ The Big M this season is in line to stalk n pop back here


3-Southwind Sambucca – Late-blooming 3YO aired it out in 1:51.3 two starts back before getting parked by BB Lucky Boy & can stalk that speed from an improved post

9-All Alone – 1:51 winner here this season fresh off a hard-charging second to a wicked Art Scaping last week, stuck outside, but remains a sharp item for Per Engblom

1-BB Lucky Boy – Beaten favorite faded to third off a rated half last week, has one way of doing it & quite capable of going down the road from the rail


1-Nob Hill Flash – Acclimated promptly as a lively post eight winner two starts back, then got roughed up from post nine & now moves inside to trip out in a competitive field

9-Sugar Me N – Beaten favorite almost lasted with a game speed try from post eight off a 1:51.2 score, faces another tough draw, yet remains a hot item for Team Burke

5-Hereitiz – Rallied from a pretty tough spot to edge Homestretch Wes fresh off the Edwin Quevedo claim & draws better as a possible repeater



1-Beach Cowgirl – Lightly-raced Captaintreacherous filly has been tangling with her division’s finest, lands the rail off a no-chance mile in the Matron & switches to Team Burke


7-Racine Bell – World champion millionaire came into the FanDuel on a nice roll & finished an okay fourth, draws outside a sharp field, yet can show her class & assert herself

6-Dresden – Picked up where she left off going two-for-two in the Burke barn, now goes for five in a row, yet the month off leaves a significant question mark


7-Mr Ibiza N – Qualified chasing Tattoo Artist, the took his requisite post ten tour of the oval, draws a demanding post, but drops to logically show more for Team Alagna

2-Imstaynalive – 0 for 26 this season, but put forth another solid second in his Team Burke debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside back here

1-Captain Fancy – Was knocking on the door @ Pocono before a couple of no-chance trips here, now gets some class & post relief & reunited with Braxton Boyd


6-Dewey Arnold – Pace & trip compromised chasing a well-rated Inaminute Hanover last week, solid acclimating mile & ramping up on the comeback trail

3-Toccoa Falls – Per Engblom trainee with a strong nose for the winner’s circle drops a notch & moves inside off a miscue & looks to turn the tables on Nextroundsonme

2-Nextroundsonme – Has risen up the ranks this Fall, stepped up to this level & just missed with another late surge out of a shuffle & lands post two again


2-Admiral Hill – 1:48.3 3YO added Lasix to make the Breeders Crown Final, now switches to Per Engblom, draws inside & could make an immediate impression here

9-Dragononthebeach – Dropped out of the Open @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & finished a solid second here from post eight, tackles another tough draw, but drops a notch

7-Churchviewfrankl IR – Irish-bred with a mark of 1:52.2 @ Yonkers, just missed @ Pocono in a nifty 1:50.4 recently & gets some class relief for Team Burke


5-Stone Hanover – Steady sort often brings his A game, on the fringe fourth chasing tougher two weeks ago, switches to Team Toscano & now drops dangerously

4-My Pal Joe – Had dead aim & faded to seventh behind Stone Hanover & company, yet this 1:48.3 performer here back on July 8 might be ready to turn his light bulb on

6-Sport Secret – Stormed home from a pretty tough spot to score a mild upset here two starts back before padding his high winning percentage @ Harrah’s Philadelphia for Team Cullipher


7-It’s In The Stars – 1:49.1 performer @ Hoosier Park this season transitions to The Big M where he can employ his stalking style & big late kick for Team Cullipher

6-Always B Billy – Paced a solid back half of :56 to land on the edge fifth behind a blowout winner, with that acclimating mile under him he drops a notch & could be the prize piece of this puzzle

2-Revolver N – 0 for 21 this season, but his back class & form have resurfaced recently, failed to get involved after another slow start two weeks ago, but draws better to show some speed


1-Colossal Stride A – Unleashed a flashy :26.3 hit the ticket just behind Arden Messi N last week, draws inside that rival & drops a notch

9-Arden Messi N – Just missed to the heavily favored Soaring Nowlast week, moves outside, yet remains sharp & fresh on the comeback trail

4-Bronx Seelster – Team Burke shipper been struggling awhile against tougher, gets class & post relief, yet hasn’t raced in a month, so the jury out


5-Idiosyncratic – 3YO Team Burke trainee grinded gamely & held third as the beaten favorite, drops a notch off that tough acclimating mile & a midpack stalking trip is imminent

6-Decision Day – Beaten favorite used hard uncovered in a demanding pace & was just a length shy, his form is cycling in the right direction & he can beat these on back class alone

7-Urban Renewal – Capping a near $100,000 season, struggling in his last few, yet this classy 10YO drops out of $30,000 claimers & that could be enough against this bunch


8-Captain Max Henry – 3YO missed more than a month prior to uncorking a career best blowout @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now after another 23 days off he debuts for Team Burke

4-Third Pillar – Rebounded with a solid finish for third in a noteworthy Big M debut & draws well to make his second start for a hot new barn

2-Barrier – Just one for 44 lifetime a major knock, yet draws inside off one his best efforts in awhile & gets a barn change