Ken Warkentin Selections Friday, January 13 & Saturday, January 14

Wednesday, January 11, 2023


3-Night Explorer – Scored a bottom claimer upset with a barn change two starts back, then finished well at a tougher level, debuts for trainer Paul Fusco in a soft spot & gets The Judge


1-In Nevada N – Has clearly picked up his game with three straight on the board finishes for Team Chiodo & moves inside a camera-shy field to stalk any possible speed


5-Righthererightnow – Arrives fresh off a huge wake up score from post eight @ Rideau Carlton, strong in the win column & Adrian Wisher, Jr. back in the bike for a midpack launch



2-Maddox Hanover – Moves inside off a no-chance mile from post eight after hitting the board back-to-back, one for 19 record a concern, yet he’s a fresh threat


7-Doc Semalu – Doc has struggled recently & draws a challenging post, but gets a dip in price & has a chance to revive & kick past these with the right set up


4-Bet The Limit – Not sure if a two for 40 record last year strikes your fancy, has been a steady check earner @ Freehold, stalking type draws well & Yogi Sheridan knows his way around here



4-Bet On Blake – Suddenly vaulted to a pressure lead @ Yonkers despite missing 24 days, has now missed 31 days, but owns some back class & ships into a real soft spot for Team Burke


2-Odds On Brexit – His Big M qualifier was decent over an off track, then flashed some late pace in the comebacker, more acclimated now, draws inside & doesn’t face much


1-The Cookie Monster – Took advantage of some class relief & finished a much-improved third @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, dips further & lands the rail here in field of several easy toss outs



3-Mymonstersarereal – One for 25 last year, but suddenly came to life & just missed two starts back, then had no shot from post nine & now moves inside to stalk n pop this bunch


1-Evas Sports Czech – Closed out an 0 for 11 season with a nonthreatening sixth, finished a hard-charging second by a neck before that, lands the rail & switches to Yannick Gingras


5-Gottalovemyshadow – Beaten favorite was used pretty hard @ Monticello, a solid pace-setting second here three starts back, picks up The Buckeye in a tailor made spot



1-Blogmaster – Only two for 34 last year, was put in play & gave way to sixth last time, his previous form was lively & competitive, so he’s a bright spot on the rail


8-Peter’s Royalty – Continues his descent down the condition ladder for Team Burke, not much to write home about recently form-wise & post eight, but finds a prime spot to spark something


10-Hockey Hanover – Was his usual ambitious self & stopped in the slop, now he’s stuck outside after missing 27 days, but some class relief could help this nine-time winner in 2022



5-Sports Hero – Fresh off a sparkling debut for Nicole Diconstanzo here in the GSY 1 Series, hasn’t raced in 27 days, but finds an ideal spot off that big confidence booster


3-Art Scaping – Solid runner up in his last three on Lasix, his latest off a sick scratch after missing 19 days, draws a much better post to play his preferred stalking game


8-Raptors Flight N – Has won two of three since the claim by Besim Odza, his latest a convincing score with Driver of the Week Jordan Stratton & poised to step up further



5-Forrest – Lived up to the hype when he tripped out to make it three in a row & equaled his lifetime mark, wheels right back with post five again & stands out again for Team Burke


9-Pencils Down – Just two for 26 last year, but this is a sharp mare fresh off two narrow losses for Team Cullipher, tougher draw here, but remains a big threat


10-Esplosione – Kadabra 4YO a product of the OSS program has piled up quite a bit of cash in two seasons, qualified well for Nifty Norman & deserves a long look despite post ten



2-Sunday Afternoon – Only three for 35 last year, but sports that nifty 1:50.4 mark here last season, displayed solid speed two starts back, drops a notch, draws inside & long overdue


5-Lady Rocknrolla A – Former Cumberland regular has proven she’s for real going two-for-two @ The Big M, came right back off that scintillating 1:51.4 mark with a sharp post eight score


4-Purameri – Has been a model of consistency, bumped up in class off back-to-back seconds by head, an easy post eight winner before that has really taken to The Big M



5-Heavenissofaraway – Was a much better speed-controlling runner up in her second start here on Lasix, strong in the win column she has dropped down the class ladder


4-Prairie Westerngal – Came out of a shuffle to just miss with a mighty :27.2 surge in a much-improved second start here & draws well again with Jordan Stratton


10-Smooth Debate N – Hasn’t made much headway in two US starts here, gets more class relief & rates contender status despite post ten



4-Man Dontforget Me – Just missed to Jody with a much better effort flashing speed at both ends from post seven & draws an improved post off that sharp acclimating mile


1-Jody – Only took a few starts here to break through @ The Big M, holding off stablemate Village Jade in 1:52, now she lands the rail as a logical & serious threat to repeat


3-Larjon Leah – Stepped up off a pretty nice effort & blew up the board with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4 in her second start here, draws inside again to prove that was no fluke



6-Skyway Kon Man – The Kon Man has been on the edges against tougher this Winter, he’s long overdue & the class drop n pop is in play here for Team Cullipher


2-INXS – Has been on a nice recent roll winning two of four & just with a :27.3 charge two starts back, gets post two for the fourth straight time to handle the class hike


1-Fashion Forever – Somehow managed to turn his game around with a huge first over upset from post seven, 8YO is bumped up a notch & moves inside


4-Lyons Pride – 4YO by Bettor’s Delight was an even fourth in his first start here for Maria Alvarez, lands post four again to trip out & step up in a wide-open affair


10-Hunted House – Lightly-raced grey 4YO returns fresh off two winning qualifiers here, slammed with post ten, but could make an immediate impression


6-Lou’s Beach – Finished a lively/solid third in his Team Burke debut against N/W 3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia despite missing a month & faces a field ripe for the taking here



3-Lightningfast – Just two for 28 last year, but ramped up his game substantially with a sharp nose lose in his Big M debut & draws inside again


4-Don’t I Wish – Rallied to just miss in his third start off the bench from the same inside post, not liking his three for 29 record, but definitely trending in a positive direction


2-Pappy Go Go – 9YO with plenty of back class & experience over this oval, off a complete clunker he drops back to the level of that solid second two starts back & draws post to again



7-Pleasure Seeker – Capitalized on an absolutely perfect trip from the same post to score the upset, she’s been on a nice roll recently & can’t rule out a repeat


4-Be Best – Just two for 31 last year, but she’s a horse-for-the-course, freshened off two sharp qualifiers under less than ideal conditions & draws inside


5-Lovin Miss Daisy N – 12YO mare off a steady productive campaign in Ohio debuts here for a new barn & that angle could click in a camera-shy finale


Ken Warkentin Saturday, January 14 Selections


2-Carbine – Brother to Heston & Sunfire Blue Chip zipped around the Big M in 1:47.4 last year, dug in to win his qualifier after a month off & stands out inside for Team Alagna


7-Undrthsouthrnsun N – 1:47.4 performer @ The Big M in 2022, just missed with a :26.4 two starts back, then speed tightened further @ Harrah’s Philadelphia for Team Bongiorno


8-Whitecookie – Took a mark of 1:49.1 here last season for Team Burke, draws outside, but drops from $75,000 claimers @ Yonkers after 25 days off & has blastoff speed



7-Lone Wolf American – Got roughed up gaining a late lead last week, go back to his thunderous rally to finish a close third three starts back & retains Andrew McCarthy


4-Illini Duke – Exploded home off cover to romp fresh off the claim, sharp item lives The Big M & can step up further from a better post for Joe Bongiorno


1-Somiki – Credit Brett Beckwith for his patient parting of the seas drive to score that shocker last week, lands the rail off that lifetime best, so logically has to be considered



8-Adam Crocker N – Unleashed another sterling rally to land in the photo third time Lasix last week, draws farther out, but gets a serious dose of class relief


1-Toronto – Twice beaten favorite rebounded off a rare miscue with a pressured speed try @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, now drops again & lands the rail


2-Ponderingjacksfame – 9YO suddenly regained winning form in a big way with a first over crush for his new barn, 11-time winner last year hikes up in class, yet draws better



6-Ohoka Johnny N – Just went all the way for the upset & took a new mark @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & ships in sharp on the comeback trail


4-Keystone Steam – Was on quite a roll recently before the claim @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, allow for the new barn adjustment & draws well to set up a stalking trip


8-Capozzo – Classy 12YO tripped out for the mild upset at this same price last week, tougher post here, but tackles it with something positive to build on



10-Delayed Hanover – 5YO added trotting hopples for renewed confidence in his last three, including a gutsy win & sharp narrow loss last out, big threat despite post ten


5-Stride The Hill – Was able to take control, rate perfectly & hold on as the heavy favorite, poised to step up third time Lasix for Brennen & Drennan in a wide-open field


9-Dee’s Red Delicious – Faded over an off track @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, powered to a decisive score in the slop here before that, seems capable in current form despite post nine



5-As Always – Crushed them first over in his Team Burke debut comebacker @ Yonkers, then had no chance from post eight against better, third try off the bench & loves the Big M


1-Ario Hanover – Fresh off a no-doubt-about-it wire-to-wire from post ten complete with a :26.3, razor sharp 4YO now moves inside to kick off a fierce Team Burke 1-2 punch


6-Mysweetboymax – Wow, that effort was a bit hard to fathom, first over in a fast pace & took a new mark despite three weeks off, bumps up & now makes his third start for his new barn



6-Dontlikeitleave – What a turnaround in his second start off the recent claim, blasted down the road to a new lifetime mark & has to be a repeat threat for barn with three contenders in here


7-Boilermaker – Big M lover on a long form spree crushed first over just a fifth off his career best last week, post seven again to keep it going in a very competitive affair


2-Kobra Kai – Beat these with a perfect trip two starts back, then was no factor from post nine & now gets a chance to rebound from a much-improved post



5-Katies Bet – Raised his game with a gallant first over chasing the runaway Mind Hunter, stalks from midpack & rates strong consideration off that excellent acclimating mile


3-Stonebridge Reef – Left hard to sit a pocket & finished second to standout Ario Hanover last week, steady sort draws better second time Lasix & long overdue


8-Sporty M Three – Beaten favorite was shuffled with pace after a quick start, tougher post, but makes his key third start off the bench since switching to Team Burke



8-Arrhythmic Surge – Closed with a solid :55.2 back half to land in the photo despite missing 25 days, slammed with post eight, but gathering momentum on the comeback trail


3-Revolver – Looks to snap his every-other pattern, fired hard off cover to just miss last week, draws inside again to set up another stalk n pop effort in a real competitive puzzle


2-Hestherightstuff – One of two wins last week for Trainer of the Week Gary Levine, shook loose late to nail Pickup Man Hanover & draws better for the class hike



2-Dragon Said – Three-time beaten chalk displayed suddenspeed & didn’t fade much over an off track @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, drops into a cozy spot third time Lasix for Team Bongiorno


3-My Pal Joe – The classy Joe offered another positive hint last week despite missing three weeks, gets the class drop he needs & draws post three again


8-Stag Party – 2018 O’Brien Award & Metro winner qualified with zeal after a three-year layoff, then took his requisite tour of the oval, stuck outside, but gets some class relief



1-General Montana N – Fired off the wings in :26.4 from post eight & just missed as the beaten favorite last week, now moves inside a soft field while trending right for Team Bongiorno


5-St Lads Beat It – Got his act together with a perfect trip romp two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then hiked up & just missed first over, so arrives on his toes


2-Game Of Change – 10-time winner in 2022 with a mark of 1:51.2 @ The Big M has been bogged down by bad posts in his last three & has a chance to rebound from post two



1-Statement Made A – 10YO with a strong summary last season ships in on a four-race form spree @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & now a fresh claim with controlling speed from the rail here


10-Bettor Be Oscar A – Stuck outside, but gathering steam since the December 10 sick scratch, that was a solid second to the favorite Boiler Maker last week & can look for another blast off


5-Vel Larry – Improving 4YO rallied from an impossible spot to finish a close third to a big longshot Somiki, steps up in price & moves to midpack off that superb acclimating mile



7-Deal The Cards – Lightly-raced 6YO fresh off a much-improved second with sharp pace at both ends of the mile & that might be a sign of further exploits


8-Melanie’s Nick – Fresh off a brilliant wire-to-wire upset from post ten in a career best 1:53.3, bumps up a notch & tackles another demanding draw, but rates a long look


10-Gunrneedabgrboat A – 9YO really sunk his teeth into the competition while on a nice roll @ Dover Downs, slammed with post ten here, but note the barn change



1-Emblaze Hanover – Flashed a bit more late pace at long odds again last week, drops another notch & lands the rail & that might be enough in a dartboard finale


5-Whole Lotta Lou – 1:49.3 performer here last season a beaten favorite gapped on the final turn & came back on in the stretch, gets another shot at this basement condition level


3-Midnight Lightning – 11YO warhorse came to life, steamrolled first over to just miss, draws post three again to employ his stalking strategy at this bottom condition again