Ken Warkentin Selections Friday, May 5 & Saturday, May 6, 2023

Wednesday, May 3, 2023


6-Camlachie Chrome – Appeared to sitting on a winning effort, forced wide & settled for second behind a runaway & high percentage connections find a soft spot


2-Rock To Glory – 15YO with 68 career wins flashed some decent late pace last out, no chance from post nine before that & lands post two again


5-Doc Semalu – Was clearly not at his best after missing a few weeks off a sick scratch & now moves to midpack searching for his first win of the season



1-Tactical Takeoff – Tripped out to win her Big M qualifier with plenty, then broke in the Weiss Series @ Pocono, back here on the rail & rates highly for Team Orange Crush


5-The Empress Ice – Went all the way in a well-rated first win two starts back, then made breaks, she’s got the talent, pedigree & potential to rebound for Nifty Norman


4-Tactical Mounds – Beaten chalk @ Northfield off an excellent qualifier there, still learning her lessons & gathering momentum back on the mile track



3-Beyond Ordinary – Last Saturday’s effort was energetic despite missing three weeks off a sick scratch, has tumbled down the condition ladder, draws inside & overdue


7-Wow Lester – Scored his first two wins of the meet @ the TM 74 level, fresh off an emphatic romp last week & remains a confident threat to repeat despite a tougher post


5-Night Flyer K – 0 for 13 this season, but she might be on the verge off a pair of much-improved seconds & just missed in the slop last week



8-Ari Ferrari J – Parlayed a decisive qualifier here with a crisp :26.4 to rally for second in an eye-opening 3YO, stuck outside, but this Tony Alagna-tuned Walner colt is one to fear


9-Chapercraz – Roughed up in his 3YO debut here, then aired it out in fine style @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tough draw, but the arrow is pointing up for this American Viking trainee


5-The Fast Lane – Muscle Hill gelding has come to life on Lasix, despite a hiccup @ Oak Grove Miami Valley qualifiers stand out & he might be the one to reel in



7-Takeittotheface – Has been burning a lot of cash despite some steady closing efforts, a rare miscue led to a DQ last week, might be tough to deny in this wide-open division


3-Rockabilly Charm – Beaten favorite had the table well set, lacked the knockout punch & settled for third, draws well with a one for 16 record this season to consider


8-Deerfield Beach – Kicked off his year with a close second against tougher claimers, returns from a three-month layoff with an outside draw, but has fresh angle potential



3-Straight Talk – Flashed some late pace in the much-needed comebacker off a Lame scratch, second try off the bench for this big upsetter back on March 11


1-Ideal Beach – 1:50.2 performer @ The Big M last season needed last week’s mile after missing three weeks off a sick scratch & gets another shot at this reduced level from the rail


5-Rockathon – Mystery horse in here off a sick scratch & 38 days, ships over from Yonkers where he faced much tougher, but tough to gauge his current form



6-Huntress – 4YO with an impressive 14 for 16 record last year, has regained her form against tougher @ Yonkers & looms large in her mile track transition for Team Bongiorno


1-The Gypsy Queen IR – Bumps up a notch fresh off a shuffled second to a big favorite last week & draws the rail off that excellent acclimating mile for Team Burke


10-Hot Mess Express – Had the misfortune of running into a raging Max Contract in the slop after missing three weeks, now she draws outside, but gets some class relief



7-So Long Hanover – This race smells upset, gelding qualified well chasing Hambo winner Cool Papa Bell, took his requisite tour of the oval & now drops a notch


2-Distance Learning – Really liked his second start as a 4YO, carved out solid fractions/held second in an excellent tightening effort & draws a better post


4-Massive Matter – Beaten favorite for some reason just didn’t have his same late kick last week, draws well again to atone & remains a serious contender



3-Guys In The Band – You know by now these races perplex the handicapper, this guy makes his third start off a sick scratch, was facing 80.5 TM here & lands post three again


5-Sunshine’s Finest – Produced a narrow a loss with an ideal second over trip last week, his form likely cycling forward & sets up another stalking trip from midpack


2-Hunt You Down – Rallied from post ten & last in the slop, the Freehold upset before that sparked something & now he draws inside



5-Good Rockin – Beaten favorite in top form, too far back from post nine in the slop last week, sharp 1:50.4 score before that after changing barns & looms large


6-Magritte – Has sort of fallen on hard times after his five-race winning streak, drops back into a cheaper claimer & returns to The Big M with the possibility of a revival


2-Lachie Maguire N – Has been caught in never-never land in his last two, 13YO warhorse won’t be too far off the pace from post two & gives Justin Sodano a 1-2 punch



2-Joint Account – Possible price play makes only his fourth start of the season, strong in the win column last year, gets some class relief, draws inside & James Slendorn likes to send them


1-Grateful Kiss – Stormed home from a tough spot to just miss in the slop last week, gutsy narrow loss before that as the beaten favorite, one for 16 this season, but gets the rail in sharp form


6-Texas Terror N – That was a rousing return to the amateur ranks, rallied from post eight & last to romp for Dakota Jackson, draws a bit better & can’t rule out a repeat



3-Command – Captaintreacherous 3YO was a runner up to an ultra impressive It’s My Show, now makes his second start off the bench from an improved post for the fiery Brett Pelling


9-Ants Marching – Swept through the SRF Series with impressive moves & speed for the white hot Team Takter, draws outside the main concerns, but loaded with talent & potential


2-Duval Street – Flashed more late zip to just miss in his second start as a sophomore, moves inside off that inspiring effort & rates serious contender status for Nifty Norman



6-On Dayboo – This 3YO has rounded into form, comes into this fresh off a new mark in the slop with Dexter Dunn last week & might be tough to deal with despite a more demanding post


3-Missle Seelster – Flips over to the mile track here off a solid second @ Yonkers & draws inside for his third start since switching to Estrada Racing & sports a 1:52.1 mark @ The Big M


8-Cantstoplying – Has been spinning his wheels against salty 83.5 TM company, stuck outside, but plummets to the rock bottom condition & eligible to perk up



1-Ifnotmewho – Energetic runner up to a big favorite Wow Lester last week, she finally moves inside & in line to trip out for a long overdue win


6-Mats Palema – Fresh off a narrow loss to Boaster Coaster despite being pace compromised from post nine & seeking the right set up to snap his 2023 goose egg


7-Boaster Coaster – The Coaster wasn’t a Boaster last week after his post eight score as the favorite, yet has a chance to rebound with an aggressive effort


Selections for Saturday, May 6


1-Twin B Jammer – Wired much better here back in mid-March & gets a big chance to revive that winning form with class & post relief for Team Burke


4-I’m Burlington N – Has had his share of excuse trips against tougher 83.5 TM types since the claim, forced to make a wide rally last week & looms large


3-Lyons Pegasus – Owns a blowout upset here back on March 18 in a snappy 1:51.3, drops again off a lively third from the same post last Friday



5-Bella Bellini – Stellar double millionaire has three Dan Patch Awards, including 2022 Trotter of the Year, tuned up with a sharp qualifier in the slop & won seven times here last season


2-Fashion Schooner – Last year’s post ten Hambletonian Oaks winner has two fast-closing preps under here for 2022 Trainer of the Year Jim Campbell & draws inside as a stalking threat


3-Dreamonhigh – This 4YO has really come to hand reeling off three in a row on smaller tracks, equaled her mark of 1:53.3 two starts back & gets a serious test for the raging Per Engblom



3-Boozin N Cruisin – 4YO with some upside makes his third start off a sick scratch, recent Team Harmon acquisition draws inside a field full of question marks & reunited with Hot Toddy


5-Capozzo – 12YO warhorse seeks his 40th career tally, won his first start of 2023 here against $20,000 claimers, picks up Yannick Gingras & long overdue


7-Claytons Bettor N – Has been on a form spree in the amateur series, comes in fresh off a wire-to-wire over an off track last week, has blastoff capability & controlling speed



5-Two Pistol Annie – She romped in a NJ Classic Final @ The Big M in 1:51 last Fall, won her second start back with a sharp rally @ Mohawk & gets Dexter Dunn


6-Lisa Lane – Runner up in last year’s NJSS Final has had a couple of even qualifiers for Team Ryder & her stalking style has been effective


7-Twin B Allure – Lightly-raced filly ships in after reeling off three in a row elsewhere, fresh off a new mark of 1:54, demanding post here, but her arrow is pointing up



3-Imaginary Line – Bumped into a 1:49.4 winner in the slop last week, was on a roll before that, sub 1:50 performer here last year lands in a softer spot for Team Bongiorno


8-Will The Wizard A – Beaten chalk got overanxious carving hot fractions & still just missed in the slop, moves outside, but revving up with plenty of gate speed


6-Its Showtime – Beaten 83.5 TM company with an aggressive effort three starts back, out of striking range last week, drops with several others & retains Dexter Dunn



2-Amigo Volo – World champion & Dan Patch Award winning double millionaire was Dexter’s choice last week, finished well & makes his second start off the bench with post two again


5-Hillexotic – Definitely on a form spree for Team Burke, solid runner up to his 1-5 stablemate It’s Academic last week, draws a bit better & figures to be on or near the lead as usual


6-Incommunicado – 1:51.1 winner @ The Big M last season geared up with a nice finish in his lone qualifier just in front of stablemate Ambassador Hanover & gives Svanstedt a 1-2 punch



4-Captain Cowboy – This Cowboy rides in off a rare miscue @ Pocono, stakes player & Pace finalist last year finally draws a decent post to bounce back for Team Burke


5-Stonebridge Reef – His severe case of seconditis continued with a nose loss to Workin Ona Mystery last week & has another big chance to kick the door in here


7-Tam Major A – Hot item at the claim box tripped out & exploded to a mild upset fresh off the latest acquisition, steps up with a tougher post & retains the Hot Toddy



3-Voukefalas – NJSS champion 2YO in 1:50 & Pace contender is a serious colt, zipped home in :25.2 to win his second qualifier & draws inside to work out a smooth trip


4-Handlelikeaporsche – Red Mile Grand Circuit & Breeders Crown elimination winner at two, his latest qualifier chasing Voukefalas, draws alongside with big time upside


1-Life’s A Puzzle – Won a NJSS division in 1:50.4 in his first career start & finished third as the beaten chalk in last year’s 2YO final, won his 3YO debut, then broke first time Lasix



4-Pretender – NJ Classic A winner in 1:51.3 & Canadian Trotting Classic runner up has come roaring back for Team Takter, off a real special repeat under less than ideal conditions


6-Rattle My Cage – Dominated last year’s Graduate Final in 1:51 off a 1:50.2 mile, just missed to the classy Ghostintheshell S in a slow qualifier, yet looks ready to roll for Team Svanstedt


7-Harry Knows IR – Pride of Ireland won back-to-back here in March & took a mark of 1:52.4, freshened & beat some classy foes in the qualifier, threat despite an outside draw



2-Trendy Teen – 4YO has come back with a vengeance for Per Engblom, second to Southwind Gendry back on March 11, rocketed home in :53.3 last week & lands post two again


6-Hammering Hank – Kindergarten champ sidelined by injury last year, just missed with a wicked :25.3 in the comebacker, tougher post but poised to follow up for Brett Pelling


7-Southwind Gendry – Back-to-back Open winner before taking back in his last two, did flash a :25.4 in the slop last week, classy Team Burke millionaire reunited with Yannick Gingras



6-Ucandoit Bluechip – Swept the three-ply NJSS Series at two, didn’t finish off her freshman season the way she wanted, but two solid qualifiers say she’s ready to exploit a soft spot


3-Alexa’s Fantasy – Won a NJ Classic B Final last year, scratched sick from her 3YO debut on Lasix, draws inside & has stalk n pop potential


4-Anna’s Wish – Romped to a new mark of 1:52.2 in her 3YO debut, then got roughed up first over & blitzed by standout Always B Naughty, note the barn change to Team Bongiorno



9-Lexus Marcus – Handled the double class hike & almost got to a well-rated Mon Amour last week, moves outside, yet remains in ramp up mode for Team Burke


6-Shinkansen – Surely capable of stepping up a notch fresh off an air out mission in 1:53.2 for Trainer of the Week Kelvin Harrison & retains Dexter Dunn


4-Elegant Dulupin FR – French gelding caught fire in the Game of Claims Series @ Pocono, fresh off a new mark of 1:55 in that final & draws well in a competitive match up here



2-Caveman A – Took a mark of 1:51 here back on February 11, flashed late pace from post eight last week, now gets class & post relief


3-Love Your Work A – Almost tripped out & just missed to the raging Tam Major A last week & draws an improved post in top form


6-Marcus Seelster – Drops out of a salty 86.5 TM affair in which he asserted himself as a strong runner up & took a mark of 1:51.4 before that



5-Top Honors – Revving up her 4YO campaign, ships in fresh off two game scores @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands in a soft finale & reunited with The Bionic Man


3-Always B Royalty – On the ticket in both starts here with relentless finishes, benefits from those acclimating miles & draws better


2-Ultimate Long Shot – She has adapted well to hit the board in both starts here  with Dexter Dunn despite tough trips, draws inside & rates highly