Ken Warkentin Selections for Friday, September 8, & Saturday, September 9, 2023

Wednesday, September 6, 2023


2-Secret Garden – Huntsville filly has ramped it up by hitting the board in her last two, a solid show from post eight & draws much better for a Noel Daley barn that can do no wrong


5-Face The Z Tam – Relatively new face for Team Orange Crush brushed to command & finished a solid second in both starts for her new barn after a nice 1:51 Red Mile qualifier


6-Sarasota Hanover – 1:51.4 Kindergarten division winner back on July 28, returns to The Big M off a needed tightening mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia for Team Toscano



5-Edvard Palema S – Runner up to Mr Grant in a solid opener, then posted a game two-move score from post eight @ Pocono & certainly has plenty of upside for Team Svandstedt


3-Smart Schooner – Fashion Farms homebred from first crop of Greenshoe, brother to Real Cool Sam cruised in his latest qualifier, nice rebound off breaks in two consecutive starts


8-Life On The Bluf – Walner colt from world champion Bluff answered the favorite’s bell in a sparkling debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stuck outside here, but poised to step up



3-Raised By Lindy – Daughter of Walner has held her own against the top guns in her division & draws well fresh off a sizzling 1:51.4 tune up @ Plainridge


2-Fashion Schooner – Took a sparkling mark of 1:50 in a Big M leg of this series back July 29, yet gives us pause for concern off breaks in two consecutive starts


1-Dreamonhigh – Took a mark of 1:51.4 here back on July 8, that was some bounce-back romp in 1:53 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia despite missing a month & now lands the rail



2-Seven Reps – Paid the price for an inexplicable slow start, blame it on post nine, now draws much better & figures to offer more in an extremely wide-open consolation puzzle


4-Thinker Monkey – $500,000 brother to Gimpanzee simply outsprinted last week after shipping back from Mohawk, his Kindergarten Series efforts make him a contender here


7-Reggianito – Tactical Landing gelding flashed a nifty :26.4 in his much-needed pace-compromised return last week, post seven again & looks for the right set up



4-Alexa’s Fantasy – Lazarus N filly with a history of success here, recent form nothing to write home about, tried NJ Classic types last week & lands in a much easier spot tonight


2-Chillin Bythe Pool – Took a mark of 1:52.2 @ The Big M this season, recent addition of Lasix might’ve finally kicked in last out, gets some class relief here & draws inside again


8-You Beda Rock – Just two for 24 this season, but she can pop off the wings for position, tough draw here, but seems well-spotted in a dartboard field



4-Mr Three O Five – 1:52.3 NJSS division winner back in mid-July has regrouped for Team Takter, pace compromised & finished well in a much-needed comebacker


5-Newsroom – NJ-bred Always B Miki colt has captured all the headlines going four-for-four, gutsy post ten score last week & his 1:50.1 Kindergarten romp stands out


10-Wish You Well – Sat patiently & angled with a :26 eruption to close in on Newsroom last week, slammed outside, but remains a serious threat



3-Walla – Walner filly hasn’t hit the board in five starts, but showed significant improvement in her elimination last week & lands post three again for Team Takter


1-Sweet Secret – Homebred from the first crop of Six Pack finished well for minor spoils in her second attempt with trotting hopples & draws the rail in a typically wide-open consolation


5-Fancy Nancy Lopez – Twice hit the board in the NJSS Series, draws better off a requisite tour of the oval from post eight & we can expect more from this Burke trainee



2-Warrawee Michelle – Walner filly completes the Team Svanstedt 1-2 punch fresh off a game speed try as the heavy favorite, draws post two again & picks up Dexter Dunn


3-Buy A Round – Walner filly dominated her elimination from post nine, NJSS champion earned a much better post & looks to add to her resume for the red-hot Noel Daley


1-Sunkist Beauty – Responded to a patient/ground-saving trip & rallied to a new mark of 1:54.1 in her elimination & this consistent Six Pack filly lands the rail for Team Svanstedt



2-Cyberspace – Fresh off a career best of 1:52 @ The Red Mile she set the table for Quick Stop last week, nice acclimating mile & draws better for Team Svanstedt


4-Quick Stop – Del Miller winner in 1:52.2 regained that winning form with a perfect trip upset over Cyberspace & looks to maintain that forward momentum from post four again


8-Secret Volo – Fresh off the bye last week & broken equipment @ Pocono, just missed to Quick Stop in the Del Miller, just a length short in the Hambo Oaks & a threat despite post eight



3-Southwind Metric – Walner filly sparked something with that rousing maiden-breaking score @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, a hard-charging runner up out of the clouds last week


1-Sig Sauer – NJSS champion made it three-for-three with a stout :26.3 rally to pay off in her elimination & earned the rail to stalk or set the tempo


5-Mr Grant – Blew right by longshot Tony Adams S after a smooth three-hole trip & romped in his elimination & this Tactical Landing gelding is definitely going in the right direction



2-Air Power – NJSS champion in 1:50.4 delivered a classic bounce-back blowout in 1:52 last week & moves inside to tap into his potential further


4-Oh Well – Prominent player in his division off a well-rated wire-to-wire elimination with a :26.4, excellent rebound mile & part of a Team Melander power trio


5-Challenger – Re-acclimated promptly with a close third in :26.3, launches for a mispack stalking scenario, retains Dexter Dunn & could be sitting on another big effort



1-Tarrific – Huntsville filly hasn’t really put in a bad step for Chris Ryder, sparked something with that close second on August 4 & just missed with another furious rally last week


2-Pulp Fiction – Stole a :58.2 half & held off Tarrific last week, NJSS champion controls his destiny from another inside post with more in the tank


4-Odds On Steno – NJSS Final runner up responded to a patient stalking trip & zipped past Miraculous Deo for a new mark of 1:52.3 & now faces a marquee rematch with Pulp Fiction



3-Where’s Larry – Took checks in all three NJSS Series miles, clearly needed her comeback & draws inside another consolation headscratcher


6-My Special Event – Wasn’t heard from in her comeback on Lasix, just missed in a NJSS division & third in that final, so she could return to that form


8-Lovevolution – Sports a mark of 1:54 @ The Big M this season, chased the standout Geocentric @ The Red Mile, yet she’s going to have find more from post eight in a complete toss up



7-West Is Best – 4YO gelding has been holding his own against much tougher @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & regaining form since the July 12 sick scratch


4-Howtotrainurdragon – Runner up to a runaway in last Saturday’s finale with an improved effort & draws well in a wide-open HI-5 finale


6-Ari Allstar – Thought we’d get more out of this 12YO last week off his Freehold blowout & he finished an even fourth, scrambling for a contender in this mesmerizer


Saturday, September 9 Selections


3-Fire Light – Was a fringe player against $15,000 claimers @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, severely pace compromised in an encouraging acclimating mile here & draws better


9-Harry Hanover – Harry pulled off the last-to-first from post ten back on July 21, chased a 1:51.4 runaway last week & remains a contender despite being slammed with post nine


2-Rock To Glory – 15YO inching closer to the $1M mark, has been too far out of striking range, just missed to Harry Hanover back on July 21 & draws inside to play a stalking role



4-Good Investment – Sports a mark of 1:50.2 @ Scioto Downs this season & was tangling with $40k claimers @ Pocono & gets class relief off a solid acclimating mile last week


5-Muscle Factory A – 8YO on the comeback trail with a pair of decent thirds @ Tioga Downs under his bridle, ships in for Team Tritton & picks up Dexter Dunn from midpack


3-Shore Of Himself – 1:51.3 performer gathering momentum since the July 22 sick scratch, just missed last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia with pace at both ends & draws inside here



6-Starlit Rambo – Ships in sporting some acceptable lines elsewhere, 4YO seems to be in decent form, gets some class relief to stretch out on the mile track & adds Todd McCarthy


2-Jive Ninety Five – Gets an improved post fresh off an excellent effort to just miss last week & picks up Andrew McCarthy with that positive form to build on


5-Urntrouble Hanover – Tough trip from post nine & got wiped out on the final turn in his Big M debut & this relatively new Team Bongiorno acquisition has a chance to rebound



4-Leave And Roll – Very consistent gelding drops out of $10k claimers @ Harrah’s Philadelphia where he just missed with a gallant try & draws well here for Anthony Verruso


8-Lincoln Boulevard – Was struggling against much tougher @ Harrah’s Philadelphia before the August 23 sick scratch, stuck outside, but figures to be tighter now


5-Takeittotheface – Remarkably this 9YO equaled his lifetime mark of 1:52.1 with a perfect trip back on July 21, roughed up & pace compromised in the comebacker & can rebound



9-Magnifico Hanover – Captaintreacherous gelding has done very little wrong so far, his first win came with a nice late burst @ Pocono, stuck outside, but tuned up with a strong Big M qualifier


3-Zeppole Hanover – $140,000 Stay Hungry colt from a productive family, overcame a tough trip to pick up a third in PASS & lands in a much softer spot here for Andrew Harris


1-Principle Interest – $205,000 Captaintreacherous colt from a sister to Bettor’s Wish, bothered in his debut @ Pocono, then a beaten favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, plenty of upside on the rail



4-Peppermint Man – EBC runner up shipped in & stormed home from post eight in a sharp :26.2 to hit the board & draws better here to stalk the speed off that terrific acclimating mile


3-Voukefalas – NJSS champion in 1:49.4 has danced the big dances, steady & talented colt prepped accordingly, accepted a bye & draws inside the main concerns


6-Stay Grounded – Parlayed a huge upset rally in TSS into a well-timed eruption here in a 1:50.4 elimination & there’s no doubt this guy is on his toes right now for the red-hot Noel Daley barn



2-Its Rockin Randy – Been competitive against $15k claimers @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, capable closer knows this track & draws better


4-Ferdinand A – Faded on the lead for minor spoils again last week, but finally draws inside & this persistent 10YO still has license to go a long way


6-Like Clockwork – Just one for 24 this season, struggled in his last two @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, but has a history of success @ The Big M



9-Goo Goo Won – Took a mark of 1:50.1 here this season, flashed speed & faded to seventh in her return to The Big M, slammed with post nine, but this is a double class drop


8-Watch Me Now N – Suddenly took charge & reeled off a wire-to-wire 1:50.4 three starts back & that might be her best option with post eight here


10-Lightning Leia – 4YO has comeback with stronger momentum with Lasix added, dominated with a new mark of 1:51.1 as the heavy favorite & looms large despite post ten



4-Burnham Boy N – 1:49 performer @ The Big M this season regaining form on the comeback trail, steady stalking type sets it up from a favorable inside draw in a tricky puzzle


6-Marcus Seelster – Marcus was able to turn it around with a classic perfect trip, class drop n pop, a fifth off his lifetime mark to boot, sharp item capable of stepping back up


8-Bet A Bundle – Shipped back to The Big M & just missed with a well-driven late surge, draws a tougher post this time, but his gate speed can put him in play again



8-Odds On Cinamon – Arrived on a roll in Ohio for Virgil Morgan, Jr., launched a fierce late bid & just missed in :26.1 last week, tougher post here, yet she’s certainly trending right


6-Ucandoit Blue Chip – Two-time NJSS champ dug in gamely to hold off Odds On Cinamon in :26.2 & took a new mark of 1:50.2 & looks like the main target once more


3-Beltara – Shipped in fresh off a new mark of 1:51.4 @ Pocono, flashed speed & faded to fourth & draws inside again for her key third try off the bench



3-Loud Splash – Holding his own against $20k & $25k claimers @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, note the sloppy track romp back on August 10, inside draw in a wide-open field


5-Will The Wizard A – 1:50.1 performer here this season failed to fire in his first try for Justin Sodano, allow for new stable adjustment, draws better here & owns some back class


7-Aussie Hanover – Fairly consistent 4YO on the edges recently, tackles a challenging post, yet drops another notch & retains The Money Man



3-Sonofamistery – Former Team Melander stakes player not only stayed flat, but romped in convincing fashion from post eight & draws better to continue rebuilding his career


4-Archery Seelster – Overcame a troubled beginning to hit the board in his latest @ Pocono, draws well in a competitive field & gets Dexter Dunn


9-Timestorm – 1:52.4 performer @ The Big M last season bounced back with real nice close second last week, tougher post this time, but a similar effort makes him a contender



5-Tito Rocks – Recently reeled off three straight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & took a new mark of 1:50 in the process, consistent type matches up well with these & gets Todd McCarthy


6-Duke Of Cornwall N – Took a mark of 1:49.2 @ Pocono August 12, then just missed to Tito Rocks in a bitter battle, followed by another solid second & ships back here in career form


4-Soaring Now – Returned from a long layoff with a solid third in a sub-1:50 affair @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well here & we’ll surely see more from this Noel Daley trainee



9-Random Hanover – More than lived up to the hype with a huge wake up romp in a sparkling 1:51.4, moves outside, but his barn has him hitting on all cylinders


7-Sand Sniper – 7YO on the comeback trail ships in fresh off two straight upsets @ Vernon Downs, lines up here for a new barn & gets Peter Kleinhans


1-Big Bad Bill – Big M lover sat the pocket off a slow :58 half, then brushed n crushed last week & rewarded with the rail & might be tough to deal with off that kind of effort