Ken Warkentin Selections for Friday, July 12, & Saturday, July 13, 2024

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Race 1

2-Deja Blu – Muscle Hill first foal from the great world champion Atlanta, dominated her second baby race with a :26.3 & draws inside for Team Takter


5-R Lady W – Off a couple of excellent baby races she finished well for minor spoils in a beneficial Kindergarten debut & builds on that for Team Toscano


1-Spicy Nice – $135,000 Tactical Landing third foal from double millionaire world champion Maven, sister to 1:51.3 performer Pretender ($807,760), nice late move in :26.2 in her second trial


Race 2

3-Hunt You Down – Was able to take charge & hold on for a new mark of 1:53.2 last week, draws post three again & finds another soft spot for the class hike


6-Rockabilly Charm – Fresh off a rebound second last Friday, his best effort in awhile, tougher post, but many of his opponents lack similar spark


8-Magritte – Couldn’t make much headway from post nine, yet drops back down to the level of his 13-1 upset two starts back & his gate speed can put him in play


Race 3

3-Getastarfromthesky – $200,000 brother to Little Expensive, 1:52.2 ($209,901) won his second baby race with authority here & draws inside for Team Svanstedt


2-Mountcastle – $260,000 French bred Muscle Hill first foal from a Ready Cash dam, solid runner up to Getastarfromthesky in his lone morning trial & draws inside for Team Melander


1-Tactical Dynasty – Tactical Landing colt prepped nicely, finished a strong third in his Kindergarten opener & lands the rail for Team Burke


Race 4

6-Manolete – From the first crop of world champion Cattlewash, stepped up & just missed in a 1:52.1 Kindergarten division & continues to trend skyward


2-Cattleshark – Gelding from the first crop of 1:46.4 millionaire Cattlewash crushed his second baby race in 1:54.4 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside for his debut here


3-Tom Horn – Cattlewash eighth foal from world champion Dancinwiththestarz finished well for minor spoils from post nine & draws better off that beneficial experience


Race 5

7-Purameri – Beat these twice here with aggressive efforts back in April, flashed late life last out @ Yonkers & makes her third start off a sick scratch with Yannick Gingras


4-Hers Hungry – Fresh off a gallant try to take them all the way & got nosed out from post seven with the switch to Scot Zeron, draws better & merits the class hike


1-Corsini A – 10YO veteran mare knocking on the door in her last two, moves inside with a chance to trip out, remains at a competitive level & overdue


Race 6

3-Champagne Problems – Tactical Landing fifth foal from a sister to 1:52 performer Mr Pine Chip followed up a standout baby race with an impressive Kindergarten debut for Team Takter


4-Conversano – Muscle Hill brother to Celebrity Bambino, 1:50.4 ($866,665) debuts fresh off an eye-catching second baby race from post eight & draws well


2-Lady Landia – $225,000 Tactical Landing first foal from her Chapter Seven dam romped in her lone morning trial, draws inside & could be anything for Team Svanstedt


Race 7

9-Gazoo – Parlayed a sudden blowout career best 1:51.4 with a narrow loss in a sizzling 1:50.1, last quarter in :26.4, any semblance of that effort overcomes post nine here


10-Whammer Jammer – Was trending right & just missed an overdue score from the rail last Saturday, moves outside, yet remains a threat in top form


6-Machlicious – Just one for 20 this season, yet fresh off a nice bounce-back effort from post nine & has another chance to get aggressive for The Judge


Race 8

2-Hildalgo – $600,000 Muscle Hill brother to 1:51.4 performer Kings County paid off the chalk players with a sharp :26.4 in his Kindergarten debut & draws again for Team Burke


4-Camera Man – Bargain $16,000 yearling by world champion Six Pack has done very little wrong in two Big M morning trials, cruise in his latest & draws well for Team Svanstedt


6-Grande Via – $450,000 Muscle Hill second foal from a sister to 2022 Trotter of the Year Bella Bellini jogged in his first trial, then finished second to Camera Man


Race 9

4-Nordic Catcher S – By world champion Six Pack, fifth foal from a Somebeachsomewhere dam, all the way in his second baby race here with a :26.3 & stands out for Team Svanstedt


2-Warrior – $200,000 Walner colt offered more late life to finish second to a first out Kindergarten winner in Maryland & draws inside to progress further for Team Svanstedt


5-Kevlar CCL – Tactical Landing homebred kicked home in a sharp :27.2 to win his lone morning trial & Team Orange Crush could have a diamond in the rough


Race 10

4-Twin Fury – Gelding by Wm. Haughton Memorial winner Cattlewash pace & trip compromised in his debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, pointing in the right direction & lands in a prime spot


3-Power Code – Team Jamieson son of world champion Cattlewash won his Mohawk debut, has been eager to please & draws inside a division ripe for taking


2-Floor It Freddie – Chioda Racing homebred by Graduate champion Cattlewash doing good things in his morning trials, just missed in his latest with a :26.4 & draws inside


Race 11

5-T Dog – The Dog clawed his way to minor spoils after a slow start from post ten, now moves to mid-pack & has been hinting of an overdue win


4-Ferragamo Hanover – Came to life with a career best 1:52.3 upset two starts back, then made a miscue after a slow start & draws inside again with a chance to rebound


6-Baileys Rock N – Explain to me how an 11YO grinds uncovered to a sizzling new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 as the 8-5 favorite & now he bumps up a notch to prove that was no fluke


Race 12

1-Reckless Abandon – Cattlewash first foal from a sister to 1:48.3 double millionaire Rocklamation, kicked home in a much-improved :26.4 second baby race & lands the rail again


3-Eightsevensix – Promising Cattlewash filly has cruised wire-to-wire in her latest two qualifiers @ Pocono & draws inside for a high percentage barn


4-Barbadoes Babe – This daughter of Cattlewash has been a runner up in all three outings @ different venues, chased a big favorite in her latest & draws well here


Race 13

3-Kendra – Walner fourth foal from a sister to 2020 Trotter of the Year Gimpanzee, jogged in both baby races then bumped into a superior Team Takter stablemate & draws better


7-R Charm – Propulsion fourth foal from 1:51.4 half million dollar winner Jewels In Hock, prepped well & got off to a slow start from post eight, look for more despite another demanding draw


2-Swoop – Walner fifth foal from a sister to millionaire Likeabatoutahell, two-for-two in morning trials for Team Wallin, draws inside & gets a test for more speed here


Race 14

4-Allindotime – Recent winner in an amateur series @ Yonkers won here back-to-back in March, draws well & re-united with John Calabrese


3-Fashion Cantab – Twice beaten favorite was able to establish command & just missed, draws inside & has a big chance assert himself


9-My Big Kadillac – 10YO unfortunately parked from post nine again, yet did flash some decent late trot for a piece last Friday & looks for a better set up


Selections for July 13, 2024

Race 1

4-Remember The Alamo – NA Cup consolation bomb at 43-1 in a career best 1:49.1 off a no-chance slow start from post nine in his Pace elimination & draws much better

5-Rush In – Caught fire winning four in a row, including back-to-back PASS divisions, lost ground in a wicked sprint & now makes his second start off the bench from a mid-pack stalking spot

1-Principle Interest – Liking the way this Brett Pelling pupil has been offering positive hints recently, flashed pace at both ends while right there in the photo with Cupid Shuffle & moves inside

Race 2

3-Skydiver – Greenshoe colt stepped up with a solid third to Bella’s Muscle Hill, draws inside that rival, trending in the right direction & still has Hambo hopes for Team Melander

10-Bella’s Muscle Hill – Late-blooming Muscle Hill gelding comes off his first two wins in 1:52.3 & 1:52, stuck outside, but still has potential untapped in a wide-open field

4-Benny J – Runner up to the incomparable Karl in the NJSS Final had no chance after a slow start in the Reynolds, draws well again & has license to show more for Team Alagna

Race 3

1-M-M’s Dream – Couldn’t have raced any better while yielding to the mighty Jiggy Jog S in the Six Pack, just missed in the Armbro Flight before that & stands out on the rail

2-Tactical Mounds – Strong season so far for this consistent daughter of Tactical Landing, took a new mark of 1:51 here two starts back, then a solid third in the Six Pack

5-Nelsonbriteeagle NO – Was expecting this Norwegian import to kick home stronger in her second US start, yet it’s still reasonable to expect more in her third try off the bench

Race 4

6-French Champagne – Stormed home to a mild upset in the NJSS Final & took a new mark of 1:52.1, freshened with a handy qualifier & primed in a wide-open division for Team Svanstedt

3-Chaparmbro – Solid runner up to a blazing Hambo eligible last week, draws inside again, while trending right & retains The Money Man

9-Soiree Hanover – The 2023 Dan Patch Award winner went evenly chasing standout Elista Hanover in her much needed comebacker, stuck outside here, but look for more

Race 5

8-Caviart Belle – Second from post nine in the Fan Hanover, just missed to My Girl EJ in PASS, then grinded gamely as the 1-9 favorite & remains a major threat despite post eight for Team Takter

3-Sarasota Hanover – Went all the way here in a stunning 1:48.1 back on May 24, before faltering @ Mohawk, regrouped with a solid third @ Harrah’s Phildelphia & draws better here

1-Lyons Legend – Scored back-to-back in The Stallion Series before a hard-charging third in the Nadia Lobell & presents controlling speed on the rail here in a tricky puzzle

Race 6

8-Karl – The 2023 Dan Patch Award millionaire easily made it four-for-four this season despite a 29-day layoff, stuck outside a pretty decent field, but simply hasn’t been asked yet

3-Dame Good Time – 1:51.1 performer @ Vernon Downs added trotting hopples & posted a rousing two-move score in the Zweig & draws well here to make his Hambo statement

4-Amazing Catch – Gallant runner up from post seven in the Zweig, just missed in :26.4 here before that, going in the right direction & draws better for Team Svanstedt

Race 7

3-Sylvia Hanover – Canada’s defending Horse of the Year shipped here off a solid second in the Roses Are Red & just missed in the Perfect Sting, so regained top form & draws inside

2-Twin B Joe Fresh – The FanDuel champ has picked up where she left off last season with major wins in the Betsy Ross, Roses Are Red & nailed the Perfect Sting with a wicked :25.1

1-Grace Hill – Last year’s runner up has caught fire with back-to-back jogolas, wrapped up here last week, lands the rail oozing with class & might be the one to knock off

Race 8

5-Highland Kismet – Late-bloomer came bursting on the Hambo scene with a record Goodtimes, tuned up with another effortless score & accompanied by his 2019 Hambo winning driver

2- T C I – No. 2 Hambo contender kicked off his season three-for-three, tried a Mohawk Million type recovery after a miscue in the Zweig to no avail, now draws inside to attempt a key rebound effort

6-Situationship – Emerged with back-to-back blowouts in NYSS & EBC, recovered from an early miscue with a gutsy second in the Yonkers Trot & looms as Team Svanstedt’s best Hambo hope

Race 9

11-Winner’s Bet – Track records in his first two starts as a 4YO, then a game Graduate score over a determined Special Way, second tier no picnic & Lasix off, yet still rates top billing

5-Hasty Bid – Winner’s Bet stablemate scored back-to-back Graduate divisions, including a nifty 1:50.2 mark defeating Special Way & gets to stalk from mid-pack for Team Takter

7-Special Way – 2022 Dan Patch Award winning millionaire, twice a runner up to Hasty Bid & just missed in the Graduate Final, challenging post in a bulky field, but primed for Team Svanstedt

Race 10

5-Abuckabett Hanover – Off a hard-used narrow loss in the Mohawk Gold Cup he crushed the Brower in a sparkling 1:47.4 last week & looks to come right back from mid-pack

2-Charlie May – Classy double millionaire regained form in Ohio, finished well for the deuce in the Brower, now moves inside & last year’s 31-1 upsetter in 1:47.1 looms as a stalking threat

4-Voukefalas – The pride of New Jersey parlayed a perfect trip into a 1:47.3 Graduate Final upset, draws better off the mile of his life & this 4YO continues to progress

Race 11

2-Funtime Bayama – Shook loose late to grab third in the NA Cup, steamrolled first over & barely outmuscled by Nijinsky in his first start for Andrew Harris & draws better with Dexter

3-Nijinsky – NA Cup hero made it six-for-six this season by fighting off a fierce Funtime Bayama in a career best 1:47.3, earned the inside draw & Louis Roy said he still has another gear

6-Legendary Hanover – After getting roughed up in the NA Cup he bounced back with a smooth trip & sizzling :24.4 to take a new mark of 1:48 & figures to get a better speed target to shoot at

Race 12

5-It’s a Love Thing – Ships south off to a great start this season, crushed them with a new mark of 1:48.2 in the Fan Hanover & she’s a freshened up threat from mid-pack

4-My Girl EJ – Breeders Crown champion arrives off back-to-back PASS wins as the heavy favorite & draws well for Team Burke in a really competitive division

1-Flawless – Had no chance from post ten in the Fan Hanover, rebounded with a pair of sharp miles in PASS, arrives fresh off a new mark of 1:49.3 & lands the rail for Team Takter

Race 13

7-Buy A Round – Rebounded off a sick scratch from the NJSS Final with an emphatic new mark of 1:53.2 in the slop after missing 42 days, demanding post, but we haven’t seen her best yet

2-Honey’s Sweet – Nice start to her 3YO season for Team Alagna, followed up a NYSS win with a new mark of 1:52 in the EBC, then bumped into a revved up Buy A Round & draws inside that rival

1-Senorita Palema – NYSS champion has come back in fine form for Team Svanstedt, runner up in the Zweig from post eight, gets the rail here & she’s a serious stalking threat

Race 14

9-Nicholas Beach – Classy 1:47 performer sharpened his sword with a wicked speed display @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stuck outside here, but gets a double drop & can blast off

3-A Rocknroll Star – Has been out of striking range in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gets some class relief for the switch here, plus an inside draw affords a more aggressive effort

2-Stonebridge Reef – Busy & productive first half to his season, has hit the board in three of his last four, remains at a dangerous level & post gods continue to be kind