Ken Warkentin Selections for Friday, June 9 & Saturday, June 10, 2023

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


10-Cal Miles N Shell – 3YO was a pretty convincing winner when hammered down to 4-5, while making a more than smooth mile track transition, big threat to repeat despite post 10


1-Lindy’s Booze Cruise – Suddenly regained form in his last two, ships here fresh off a mild upset over Blogmaster & lands the rail again


8-Blogmaster – Just one for 15 this season & tough draw, but has been sharp in three of his last four, grinded gamely to just miss to Lindy’s Booze Cruise @ Pocono



5-War Of Will – Changed barns to Ivan Llopez, added Lasix & Tetrick & promptly romped to a new mark of 1:52.1 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & has a big chance to keep it going


4-A B Collins – Tripped out to a new mark of 1:53.3 in a quick transition to The Big M last week, draws well again & adds Yannick Gingras


2-Lou Ed Zeppelin – Encountered a tough parked out trip @ Tioga last Saturday, rallied for second from a tough spot before that & draws inside back here



4-Dribbling Bi – Comes off a no-chance trip from post eight, this overdue 4YO gets another class drop, draws better & reunited with Andrew McCarthy


2-Golden Cross Stone – Just one for 14 this season, yet fresh off a narrow loss despite being used hard from post eight & now moves inside for Per Engblom


7-Skyway Kon Man – The Kon Man simply hasn’t been sharp & draws another tough post, but gets a much-needed class drop & loves the long stretch here



5-Wiggle My Cookie – Beaten favorite too far out of striking range in last Friday’s finale, was right here in the photo before that & lands midpack again


2-Somwherenbrookln N – Struggled to make any headway after a slow start from post nine last week, flashed some late pace two starts back & now moves inside


6-Santanna Tony – Was shuffled after a good start last week, 10YO now makes his second start off a sick scratch, while looking to snap an 0 for 17 skid this season



3-Ari Ferrari J – Was caught in an impossible spot in the NJSS Final, while trotting home in :26.4, Walner colt draws inside again on a roll for Tony Alagna


2-D’Apper – Lightly-raced & talented Walner colt added Lasix & returns from a long layoff fresh off an impressive rally to win his lone qualifier with a :26.3 & draws inside


1-Devilish Hill – The other Lucas Wallin trainee finished a strong second to Ari Ferrari J & continues to gather momentum on the comeback trail from the rail



1-No Drama Please – Beaten favorite somehow lacked his usual knockout punch despite an ideal second over trip, yet has a chance to show his class & atone


6-Epic Dreamer – 4YO ships into the Paul Kelly stable fresh off a Lasix-driven new mark of 1:53.3 @ Hoosier Park, hasn’t raced in a month & gets a class hike in an intriguing affair


5-Distance Learning – Stayed flat & chased a well-rated winner in Shinkansen last Saturday, but has that noteworthy romp back on May 12 to consider



5-DL’s Big Elvis – Elvis returns to the building where he won in 1:52.4 this season & this is a very soft Trackmaster Series division for him to take advantage of


7-Trevor’s Hunt – 4YO finally scored his first win of the season @ Freehold two starts back, then finished a solid third in here in a much-needed acclimating mile


4-Vel Larry – Added Todd McCarthy & woke up with a lively second in last Friday’s finale, draws  better & might be on the verge of snapping his 0 for 16 this season



8-Texas Miki – Just one for 16 in 2023, on the edges fifth in his last two & moves outside, yet drops a notch, retains the Orange Crush & owns a late move


3-Sports Advisor – 0 for 18 this season, but hit the board in two of his last three & draws inside with a chance trip out again in a complete headscratcher


2-Albert A’Scootin – Has been overwhelmed in his last two @ Freehold, now gets some class & post relief & knows his way around this oval



3-Betabcool N – She rallied stoutly to grab second @ long odds in a big wake up effort last week & draws better while working on a 0 for 18 season


5-Toonie Teen – Just one for 21 this season, yet just missed by a neck with a well-driven effort two starts back & lands midpack to rebound off a rare early miscue


9-Rockabilly Charm – Stung early in his last two since the wire-to-wire romp in 1:53.3 & that kind of effort could possibly overcome post nine in a dartboard field



1-Kaptain Karlos – 0 for 12 son Captaintreacherous 3YO stepped up to finished second to potential monster Christchurch in his latest qualifier & lands the rail in a prime spot


3-Gazoo – Came close to speed popping them two starts back, then made a late break last week & draws better to rebound in a field ripe for the taking


2-Trumpster Blues – Broken equipment cost him last week, a strong third before that off a sick scratch, post two again & only his fifth career start, so plenty of upside



6-Backstreet Lawyer – The Lawyer almost tripped out as the beaten favorite last week with a much better effort & rates highly off that mile


2-Doc Semalu – 0 for 17 this season, yet seemed to be ramping up with a solid second two starts back & draws inside to possibly duplicate that trip


4-Stolen Art – One for 19 in 2023, rallied to hit the board just behind Doc Semalu two starts back, then was completely pace compromised & has a chance to rebound



5-Rigginswind – Sports a 1:50.2 mark @ The Big M this season, paced home in :25.4 in an acclimating mile last week & this is a significant class drop


6-Anna’s Wish – Was forced to close from last & picked up minor spoils in the NJSS Final, this is promising filly is a recent Team Bongiorno acquisition & owns a big late gear


8-Shezafreaklikeme – Fresh off a well-driven class drop n pop upset @ 25-1, draws a tougher post, yet remains a threat to repeat



2-Trans Meanie – Took a mark of 1:52.4 here in her lone win this season, gets some class & post relief to turn her game around in a field ripe for the taking


1-Thaneeya – Finished a lively third just behind Ladyzar last week after missing three weeks & back on the rail to set up an ideal stalking trip


4-Ladyzar – 3YO filly seems to be on the verge, solid runner up in her last two & draws better & more of her gate speed puts her in play again



7-Colt Fourty One – Forced wide to rally for a board spot chasing Bruce’s Magic in a beneficial acclimating mile & looks for the right set up with a more demanding post here


3-Bruce’s Magic – Tripped out & romped to a long overdue score in the first leg, draws post three again & looms large as a repeat threat


9-Spirit Of Truth – First leg winner with authority moves outside, yet continues to elevate his form cycle & tap into his confidence & back class

Ken Warketin Selections for Saturday, June 10



2-Yayas Hot Spot N – Sat off a hot early pace & chased a relatively fast winner last week, solid finish to hit the board before that, contender lands post two again in a light division


6-Takeittotheface – Just one for 17 this season, got bogged down by a slow start last time, has been consistently right there & reunited with Peter Kleinhans


9-Howtotrainurdragon – One for 16 in 2023, but a steady checker earner against 10k claimers @ Pocono, note the barn change to Mark Ford, stuck outside, yet owns gate speed



2-Swan In Motion – Was too far back, yet closed well enough against superior foes last week, strong score as the heavy favorite before that & gets class & post relief


6-Storm Is Raging – Nine-time winner last season with a mark of 1:51.4 @ The Big M, was forced to chase in a 1:50.3 Open & now more reasonably spotted for his second start off the bench


5-Shinkansen – Pulled the patented class drop n pop with quite the turnaround wire-to-wire last week, steps back up brimming with confidence & his barn has been sharp



4-Whole Lotta Lou – Dipped to this level, fired hard & settled to rate the pace, then fought off the heavy favorite in an eye-catching :26.3 & now rewarded with an improved post


3-Imaginary Line – Sub 1:50 performer here last year gets class & post relief off a no-chance mile from post nine last week for Team Bongiorno, look for a smooth stalking trip


6-Bet A Bundle – Withstood heavy late pressure & romped to a new mark in a soft division last week, remains at this reduced level & still fresh on the comeback trail



8-Good Rockin – Has struggled to make much headway against tougher claimers in his last two, lands outside, but the class dip & his late gear make him a serious threat


6-Raptors Flight N – 10YO has been on quite a roll for Besim The Dream, handy sort has tripped out to four in a row & lowered his mark to 1:51.1 in the process & can’t rule out another


7-I’m Burlington N – Was overanxious brushing through a :53.4 half last week, has been knocking on the door & now a demanding post might dictate more patient handling



4-Harry Hanover – Harry just floated away & failed to get involved in a 1:51 mile, won two of three in the MADC Series recently, draws better & James Slendorn figures to send


7-Shortys Girl – Fresh off a new mark of 1:53.2 two starts back, she came right back with a strong finish & was runner up to a well meant Ferdinand A last week, threat despite post seven


6-Yer So Bad – Three-time beaten favorite nosed out with a :26.4 on May 19, faded to fourth as the big chalk last week, yet remains a consideration even with a tougher post



3-Hunters Hero – Late-blooming 3YO has made quite the immediate impression in PA series action, off a 1:50.4 career best he bumped into a 1:48.3 scorcher & draws inside here


6-Mamba – Was a Grand Circuit winning 2YO in 1:51, has come back with some nice efforts in PA Series, including a narrow loss in 1:50.4 on May 14 & gives Travis Alexander a 1-2 punch


1-Joemikiyoursofine – Speedy gelding was prominent in the Weiss Series @ Pocono, where he also streaked to a new mark of 1:50.2 in the TSS two starts back & lands the rail here



3-Smileandsaycheese – Made a quick mile-track adjustment when he rallied from a tough spot & finished a hard-charging third last week & draws much better for Joe Lee


6-Duckies Dynasty – 8YO has been freshened & fully regrouped with back-to-back perfect trip scores, his latest a sizzling 1:51.3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & knows this oval very well


2-Ferdinand A – Fresh off an emphatic brush n crush last week, 10YO took a new mark of 1:52.3 in process & draws an improved post in a more competitive division



1-A Bettor Beach – Ships in trending in a positive direction for a barn that’s done some serious damage here, knows this track & figures to stalk them close to the pace from the rail


5-Better Than Some – Has sparked his form winning two of his last four, nosed out by the streaking Raptors Flight N last week & on the verge of another for Team Bongiorno


7-Mongolian Hero N – Lived up to the big hype with a take-no-prisoners Big M debut for Brett Pelling, takes on a claiming tag, there was more in the tank, so he might be up to it



4-Mad Max Hanover – 2022 Pace runner up bumped into a 1:46.3 world record @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, romped in 1:49 here before that & draws inside for his third off the bench


7-Hazeville – Late-blooming 4YO made it four in a row when he went down the road for a new mark of 1:49.3 @ Pocono off a sick scratch, so we certainly haven’t seen his best


3-Building Boost – Has won four of his last six with relentless closing efforts @ Pocono, grinded gamely for a new mark of 1:50.4 two starts back & draws well to play a stalking role



6-My Pal Joe – Has missed a couple of weeks, drops out of the Open class, sports a 1:49.1 mark here this season, some seconditis recently & we can expect more aggressive handling


1-Stonebridge Reef – Everybody wishes they had a barn full of this kind, gallant runner up to the well-rated Dean B Hanover last week & now moves inside on a long form spree


3-Dean B Hanover – Lived up to the tote hype, was able to brush & rate the pace enroute to a dominant score last week, draws a bit better & has more to offer



4-Marcus Seelster – Sidelined by a recent sick scratch, had no chance against tougher foes after missing three weeks & now drops back down with a strong number in the win column


3-Whitecookie – The Cookie crumbled late after getting stung early from post seven, unleashed an eye-popping blowout before that & draws better to rebound for Team Burke


8-Bobcat Bay – The Bobcat is trending right, solid runner up in his last two & just missed with a perfect trip last out, blastoff strategy can once again put him in play



3-Rockin On Venus – Steady Team Cullipher stalker has been a solid runner up in three of his last four, including a second to Stonebridge Reef with a :26.2 & draws better


2-P L Ozzy – Ozzy has been on fire, rated perfectly again to hold off Tam Major A for the second straight week & draws inside that rival looking to go two-for-two off the Justin Sodano claim


6-Tam Major A – Barely outmuscled by P L Ozzy in his last two as the heavy favorite, 9YO took a new mark of 1:50.1 three starts back & remains a sharp item



5-Chillin Bythe Pool – Uncorked a smashing Big M debut as the even money favorite for Trainer of the Week Tom Fanning, look for her to build on that career best 1:52.2 from midpack


8-First Up – Just missed as the heavy favorite two starts back, hit the board again with a solid effort last week & seeks the right speed set up from a tougher post


9-P L Portia – Justin Sodano-tuned 4YO on a nice form spree, just missed in two of her last three, new mark of 1:52.4 on May 26, her post luck ran out, but she remains a serious threat