Ken Warkentin Selections for Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2023

Wednesday, June 21, 2023


1-Master Conrad – Has been better recently, rallied to hit the board into strong stretch gusts last Saturday & draws inside again for Team Chiodo


5-Wiggle My Cookie – 0 for 21 this season, stone closer struggled into the stiff headwinds last Saturday, strong rally for third before that & draws better in a dartboard opener


6-Maybe Ned – Switches to the MADC 1 Series, finds a real soft division, draws an improved post & just might be on an improving trend



3-Blogmaster – One for 17 this season, yet he’s been on the board in his last four, counting back-to-back narrow losses recently & draws inside a wide-open field


6-Scirocco Patrick – One for 16 in 2023, not much to get excited about recently, but this is a slight class relief scenario for this horse-for-the-course


5-EL Mission Goddess – Arrives fresh off a huge upset against N/W 4 @ Yonkers & this filly finds a prime spot here to continue tapping her potential



5-Another Like Me – Sister to 1:51.2 Grand Circuit winner Really Fast rallied stoutly to repeat with trotting hopples added last week & this Oaks eligible stands out for Team Takter


8-The Empress Ice – Nifty Norman-tuned filly certainly going in the right direction, beaten favorite off a narrow loss three weeks ago & rates highly despite another outside draw


7-Brayden Victories – Ships in fresh off an aggressive maiden-breaking score @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, changes barns to Tony Alagna & poised to make his Big M debut



7-Taxi Out S – Per Engblom trainee sports a 1:54.1 mark @ The Big M this season, gets another shot at this reduced level & picks up Dexter Dunn


2-Jive Ninety Five – Has really found his best stride with back-to-back lifetime marks in amateur events, draws better & adds Dave Miller


8-Cal Miles N Shell – 3YO draws outside again, but riding a four-race winning streak & two-for-two here, including a new mark of 1:55.3



9-Howtotrainurdragon – One for 18 this season & stuck outside, yet closed from the clouds to hit the ticket with a crisp :27 last Saturday & worth a long look


5-Here Comes Red – One for 17 in 2023, yet has had a pair of acclimating miles here, switches a soft MADC 1 division, draws midpack & gets Judge Tony


2-Sweet Moves – Somehow came up with a much better placing into those strong winds last Saturday & draws inside a field ripe for taking



3-Undeniablebluechip – Chased the mighty Voukefalas in the NJSS Series before tripping out to take a new mark of 1:52 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws post three again here


2-Kaptain Karlos – Beaten favorite was somehow caught first over from the rail in a fast pace & still just missed in a strong 3YO debut & draws inside again


1-Dupree Hanover – Runner up to a killer in Christchurch in his 3YO debut, then third in the Somebeachsomewhere & has a big chance to rebound from the rail for Team Alagna



4-Getaway – Just one for 21 this season, but has been competitive against tougher claimers @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws better here, changes barns & gets Joe Lee


3-Jonah – Went wire-to-wire for a new mark of 1:52.4 back on May 19, just missed a big upset two starts back & chased a 1:51.3 winner from post three last Saturday


1-Make It Big – Pounced on this one when hammered down to 5-2 favorite & delivered with a perfect trip last Saturday & moves inside for his third start off the bench



9-Delayed Hanover – The real Delayed Hanover showed up two starts back, now he has to bounce back off a rare miscue @ Plainridge with an outside draw, but gets some class relief & Dexter Dunn


6-Yanaba – Third in the 2022 Hambo Oaks, won her first three starts of 2023 in KYSS @ Oak Grove, including a career best of 1:51.4 & tries to rebound off a break in that final after missing 25 days


5-Amador – Cycled back to top form by stealing a :57.1 half & equaling his lifetime mark of 1:53.2 despite the class hike & retains The Bionic Man


1-Fairiesdelight A – Flashed some late life from a tough spot in her Big M debut & now gets some class & post relief for her key third start off the bench


10-Watch Me Know N – 1:49 performer @ The Big M last season grinded gamely & just missed when heavily favored in her comeback, big threat despite post ten again


4-Dbldelitebrigade N – Has been ramping up her game while dropping in class @ Yonkers, fresh off a solid second she draws well, loves this track & gets Dexter Dunn



5-Amigo Volo – Classy double millionaire has cranked it up on the comeback trail for Nifty Norman, fresh off another runner up finish in the Harrah’s Philadelphia Open


4-Lexus Kody – Has gone two-for-two with the trotting hopples removed, his latest was a career best upset in 1:50.3 for Team Burke & three-weeks off might not matter


2-It’s Academic – Solid runner up in the Cutler came right back to just miss @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws better here on his long form spree for Team Burke



1-Harmony Of Notes – Took control & just missed to Trans Meanie in a strong Big M debut, now moves inside for her second start under Team Estrada & can turn the tables


5-Trans Meanie – Tripped out & gunned down a well-rated chalk in Harmony Of Notes last week & looms large as a repeat threat fresh off that new mark for Team Bongiorno


6-Blueberry Shake – Rallied from never-never land to score the upset @ Yonkers two starts back, sharpening her sword on the comeback trail, improving 4YO might like the longer stretch here



7-Tactical Approach – Hambo eligible won his first two starts this season, including a 1:52.1 NJSS division, flew home from a tough spot in his last two, post seven & three weeks off, softer spot


5-Blonde Bombshell – Promising Walner filly with a big price tag was a started out this season as a steady customer in NJSS chasing Special Way & she also has high ambitions


4-Champagne Hanover – Chalk players were able to pop the cork stress free when she romped to a new mark of 1:54.4 last week & draws well for a more serious test



1-Captain McCrae – 3YO hasn’t had much to write home about @ The Meadows except for a decent third two starts back, but lands the rail in a near blank finale for a new barn


5-Spirit Of Truth – Got parked in a fast pace from post eight last week, was on a nice form spree before that & Andrew McCarthy is back in the bike


2-Takeittotheface – Had no chance after a slow start chasing a 1:51.4 runaway last week, handy winner before that draws inside possibly take control & play a stalking role


Saturday, June 24 Selections


2-Skyway Billy – 0 for 18 this season to keep in mind, but he’s been an on-his-toes runner up in his last two, just missed two starts back, roughed up last week & now moves inside


3-Premier Joy A – Aussie-bred son of the great “Beach” has won five of eight in 2023, right there third with pace at both ends in an excellent acclimating mile last out & draws well


7-Just A Wrangler – Only one for 21 in 2023, yet he did offer some late life in his Big M debut, another demanding post in his second start since changing barns



4-Woodmere Androlli – Liked him last week at more than 20-1 & finished a solid second in his first start for Juan Cano, needed that mile & draws well again


3-Onlythetuffsurvive – Lived up to the tote hype with a decisive wire-to-wire last week & draws a bit better for his third start off the bench for a high percentage barn


5-Rojan’s Way – One for 24 this season, but trending in the right direction, a hard-used/close third two starts back, then a pace compromised rally for the show again



4-Tam Major A – Roughed up trip from the second tier last week, finally draws a decent post, reunited with Joe Bongiorno & capable of stalk n pop attack


2-P L Ozzy – Has continued to be a rocket ship, going three-for-three off the Justin Sodano claim, going faster every week, obliterated them in a sizzling 1:48.3 last week & draws much better


1-Can B Perfect – Fired hard to secure the pocket trip & was left in the wake of P L Ozzy, 1:49.4 winner here this season now moves inside to play opportunist role again



4-Warrawee Xenia – 2022 Hambo Oaks elimination winner in 1:52.2 broke as the heavy favorite in that final, closed stoutly to hit the board in the Armbro Flight & ramping up her game


6-M-M’s Dream – 2022 Indiana Trotter of the Year won her first two starts this season @ Hoosier Park, makes her Big M debut & third start for Team Burke off a rare early miscue @ Mohawk


5-Eternal Lee – Became a star in KYSS at three, thrived @ The Red Mile with a sharp mark of 1:51, was doing well @ Oak Grove before the rare break @ Mohawk



3-Shortys Girl – Kicked home in a crisp :27.2 for minor spoils last week, just missed with a thunderous rally off a hot pace before that & draws better looking for the right set up


1-Its Rockin Randy – More than lived up to strong tote action to romp two starts back, then forced wide & lost it off the final turn & now moves inside to rebound for a hot barn


2-The Downtown Bus – The Bus is a twice beaten favorite, suddenly perked up with a game first over grind & held second last week, big threat off that effort



6-Looks Like Moni – 1:51.4 NJSS winner & Hambo finalist now revving up on Lasix, trotted a back half of :54.3 from post ten in his Leg 2 comebacker & might be on the verge


5-Iwon’t Backdown AS – Has been trading blows with Keg Stand in KYSS, fresh off a super second tier acclimating mile & runner up to incomparable Jiggy Jog S


1-Keg Stand – Got off to a great start in KYSS this season, roughed up uncovered chasing standout Jiggy Jog S in Leg 2, steady sort moves inside for Team Takter



3-Nuttin But Finesse – Beaten favorite in the Open @ Saratoga, twice did well against much tougher here back in May & draws well to play his stalking game


2-Boiler Maker – Launched a backstretch brush & broke last week, reunited with Jordan Stratton & gets another shot at this reduced level from an inside post


5-Better Take It – Was aggressively handled to finish a solid second in his needed comeback @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, sub 1:50 horse-for-the-course now gets further class relief



7-Stonebridge Helios – Team Svanstedt pacer suddenly brushed n crushed in a Leg 2 1:47 scorcher, tackles another challenging post, but only his third start off the bench


5-Mad Max Hanover – The Mad Max 2023 breakout party included eye-popping fractions & he equaled his lifetime mark of 1:47.4, that was a perfect prep for this marquee match up


4-Pleaseletmeknow – Finished a very good third in Leg 1 @ Mohawk, disqualified for stretch interference last week & has a chance to rebound stalking the ample speed



2-Rocks Shining Star – Shot home in :25.4 to just missed in Leg 1 @ Mohawk, caught out of striking range in a Leg 2 sizzler & draws better off that acclimating trip


7-Dreamfair Arnie B – Beaten favorite shipped in fresh off a Leg 1 upset @ Mohawk, bumped into the raging Stonebridge Helios here & remains a hot item for Brett Pelling


4-I Did It Myway – Terrific season so far winning a KYSS Final, finished well in the Battle of Lake Erie, barely outhustled third placed second here from the same post last week



6-Southwind Gendry – A wicked speed mission paid off with a new mark of 1:47.2 in the Send It In @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, reunited with Yannick Gingras & blastoff expected


8-Ruthless Hanover – Set a world record of 1:46.3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia before he made an uncharacteristic early bobble as the Battle chalk, big chance for a speedy rebound


1-Jilliby Dynamite A – Simply can’t fault the way he’s going right now for Nifty Norman, rallied for third in the Send It In, solid runner up last Sunday & sports 1:49.4 mark here this season



2-Love Your Work A – Finished well enough to secure the show in a decent return to The Big M, took a mark of 1:49.4 two notches above this back on May 6 & draws inside


3-Marcus Seelster – Regaining his form since the may 27 sick scratch, tried to give them the slip with a :27 third quarter last week, now drops further, strong in the win column & post three again


5-Like A Shadow – 0 for 15 this season, hasn’t raced in a month, trip compromised last out, stalking type launches midpack in his second try at this reduced condition



2-Cannibal – Lightly-raced Sweet Lou colt, first foal out of a sister to Western Terror & If I Can Dream, has blossomed into a two-for-two 3YO in The Stallion Series for Team Takter


3-Whats Stanley Goy A – Aussie import fired out to sit a perfect pocket & scored a decisive upset in his US debut, bumped up a notch & moves inside to tap his potential further


8-Shore Of Himself – Ultra consistent 5YO constantly knocking on the door against salty claimers @ Pocono, tough draw for his Big M debut & note the barn change



6-Better Than Some – On a recent roll of his own, used hard as the beaten favorite last week, now we get the fresh claim angle & that alone is worth strong consideration


3-A Bettor Beach – Rode his current form spree & took advantage of the right speed set up to nail Raptors Flight N last week, lands post three again & looms large


5-Raptors Flight N – Saw his five-racing streak snapped with a nose loss to A Bettor Beach last week, reunited with Todd McCarthy to avenge that tough loss in a vicious final



5-JK’s On The Move – Launched an ambitious late bid & came up short against tougher claimers last week, now gets some class relief for his second start in his new barn


2-Literl Lad Hanover – One for 20 this season, failed to menace after a nice trip last Friday, gets his third straight class drop, moves inside & picks up Dexter Dunn


6-Thanos – Fired out for a two-hole trip, yet thought he’d have more to at least hold on for second last Friday, sports a 1:51.4 mark here this season & gets another shot at this rock bottom condition