Ken Warkentin Selections – Friday, Nov 11 and Saturday, Nov 12

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ken Warkentin Selections – Friday, Nov 11


2-Howtotrainurdragon – 10YO newcomer to these parts, arrives fresh off a rousing upset in the slop @ Pocono & looks to go two-for-two for his new barn from an inside draw


1-Kingofthejungle – 11YO warhorse seeks his 40th career win, grinded gamely first over to hit the board fresh off the bench, back on the rail & reunited with David Glasser


4-In Nevada N – Flashed a solid :27.4 final quarter closing from last in a much-need acclimating mile & draws well to step up further for Team Chiodo



1-Earthwindfire – Productive Pelling half sister to Cattlewash & Niki Hill sports a nifty mark of 1:51.3 @ Hoosier Park, lands the rail fresh off a narrow loss in the Matron @ Dover


2-Alexa’s Fantasy – Held on gallantly to win a NJ Classic B Final in mid-September, tuned up with a sloppy track qualifier @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside


4-Beltara – Severely pace compromised & paced home in :25 flat last week, stakes quality filly makes her key third start off the bench



3-Rockabilly Charm – Beaten favorite didn’t get the speed target he needed last week, draws better with a 1:50.3 mark here this season & strong in the win column


4-Sunshine’s Finest – 1:51.3 performer here this season got hounded on the lead & only fell a buck shy last week, just two for 32 in 2022, but draws better


1-Doc Semalu – Just two for 29 this season, but moves inside a wide-open division with a chance to stalk n pop for the potent duo of Anthony Verruso & Symon Spicer



4-Check Her Out – Sister to King Of The North from world champion Check Me Out, thwarted by sickness in September, yet qualified with an eye-catching :26.3 for Nifty Norman


2-The Wise One – Muscle Hill filly on the board in five of six @ Plainridge, runner up in the MASS Final & draws inside here with Dextwer Dunn to lead the Domenico Cecere triple threat


1-Milliondollarwall – Walner sister to Snow White & That’s All Moni won three straight in MASS Sire Stakes, disqualified from first in the Champlain, gets the rail & Gingras here



1-Scrappin Gold – 1:51.3 winner here this season moves inside off a pair of no-chance miles, romped as the favorite when last driven by Roy Marohn on September 16


6-Casino Bags Anso – 1:53.3 season’s best in the slop here finished second to a runway winner last week & looks for a better speed set up off that improved effort


7-Mask On Mask Off – Just two for 20, fringe player against N/W 3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, this lightly-raced 3YO finds a real soft spot to make his Big M debut & could surprise



3-Prince Of Honor – Walner gelding has won six of eight & flaunted versatility in his last two @ The Red Mile, draws well to tap his potential further in a serious match up here


4-Celebrity Bambino – Muscle Hill colt posted an impressive repeat in his Breeders Crown elimination, just missed in that final despite a tough trip & stands out for Team Burke


1-Kimmeridgian – Parlayed a narrow loss in the Simpson with a dominant wire-to-wire in the Matron for Team Svanstedt & lands the rail here



2-Kaitlyn N – Scored a mild upset at this level with a huge move here way back in early June, now draws inside for her second start off the bench with Gingras


6-One More Try – Finished strong for minor spoils in her much-needed return to The Big M last week, did well here back in September & just needs the right set up


3-Wiggle My Cookie – Filly sports a decent record elsewhere this season, no factor from the rail in her Big M debut, draws inside again for her second start since a barn change



4-Italian Delight N – Steady horse-for-the-course just missed two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, drops further down the condition ladder, draws well & gets A Mac


6-Good Rockin – Fresh off a perfect trip win as the heavy favorite to snap a long skid, loves The Big M poised to step up off that confidence-boosting score


3-Emblaze Hanover – Has been a steady presence against comparable stock @ The Meadows for Team Burke, now gets a barn change & draws inside here



7-Toccoa Falls – 8 for 26 this season with a mark of 1:53.1 @ The Big M, just missed with a mighty surge last week & drops another notch for Per Engblom


1-Nineteen Crimes – Was on quite a roll in PA before a rare early miscue in his return to The Big M last week, now she draws better to rebound & owns a win here


5-It Aint The Whiskey – Just one for 26 this season is a concern, but this gelding has been solid in his last two & grinded gamely for the deuce last week



9-Factory Girl – Joe Holloway-tuned filly makes her Big M debut fresh off the mile of her life wire-to-wire @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stuck outside, but has a lot of potential


8-So Irresistible – Shows a recent narrow loss against tougher @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, solid runner up last week, draws a tougher post, breaks in two of her last four, but gets another shot at this reduced level


6-Uptown Lady N – We know she’s capable of a big late move, flashed plenty of late pace to hit the board last week & owns a 1:50.3 mark here this season



5-Village Champ – 1:51.4 mark @ The Big M this season left alertly & finished an energetic third in his return to East Rutherford, draws midpack again to play his stalking game


1-Doubleoffthewall – 0 for 22 this season, but that was a noteworthy rally to hit the board in a sharp first start off the bench & now moves inside a field ripe for the taking


7-Philosophizer – Picked up minor spoils with a sharp start from the rail last week, more challenging post this time, but that was a much needed start



3-Zlatan – Only two for 32 this season, but this Big M regular draws much better fresh off a solid second, his best effort in awhile & has a big chance to snap a long losing skid


2-Hip Hop Gracie – Flashed a hint of competitive trot in her most recent start @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tries the mile track here again with a better post at a reduced level


8-Myreanna – Ships in with a one for 25 record in 2022, yet did like the way she bounced back off a miscue & suddenly set the pace @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, tough draw here however



2-Nome Hanover – Responded to some much-needed freshening, went all the way in his comeback qualifier, gets some class relief & draws inside a wide-open field


6-No Better Joy – Only two for 35 this season, but had to like his solid second to Good Rockin last week, so this 4YO certainly has something positive to build on in a soft spot


4-Spinnaker Hanover – Flashed a nifty :26.2 in his first start in almost four months, these are easier, lands post four again, but has a two for 46 record hanging over him



6-Go West Go Fast – Stung early to a :54.4 half as the heavily beaten favorite @ Dover, nine-time winner this season with some back class & history here lands in a prime spot


1-DL’S Big Elvis – Was used hard from post ten in his first start off a sick scratch, just two for 35 this season, but moves inside with a 1:53.1 win here on view


3-Kingofmyheart – Badly beaten heavy favorite faded on the lead in his Big M debut, his one for 20 record in 2022 is a concern, yet this 3YO draws well again to rebound


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3-Instantaneous – Shipped in on a form spree & romped to a new lifetime mark with The Hot Toddy, improving 4YO draws inside again to tap his potential further


1-Rockeyed Optimist – 11YO classmaster added The Money Man & promptly blasted down the road last week, any semblance of that from the rail spells repeat


6-Whimsical Journey – 3YO unleashed a huge late move to blow by for the upset in a sparkling Big M debut & took a new mark & his Saratoga-based barn went two-for-two



4-Pick A Genre – 1:51.3 performer @ Pocono broke early again in the N/W 4 class, shifts to the mile track, draws a better post & has a big chance to rebound for Team Bongiorno


6-Bet A Bundle – Burned the bundle as the beaten favorite when he broke for the second time in his last three @ Pocono, did work his way up to N/W 4 & lands in a wide-open field


9-Stun Gun – Arrives off a no-chance mile @ Harrah’s Philadelphia where he tripped out for an upset two starts back in N/W 3, regrouping since the early October sick scratch



5-Elegant Dulupin FR – Took a lot of tote action off a winning qualifier & raced adequately, now this French gelding dips a notch for his anticipated second US start


2-Speed Away – Improving 4YO for Jonas Czeryson showed more confidence controlling the pace after a quick start from post nine & builds on that inspiring effort from an improved post


1-Romantic Warrior – Took full advantage of a soft spot, brushed n crushed them for a new mark here last week, this Per Engblom-tuned 3YO looks poised to step up from the rail again



8-Incredible Badger – Beaten favorite charged home from second over to get nosed out by Maximum Ideal, 3YO Team Bongiorno can overcome post eight with the right set up


4-Big Bad Bill – Similar to Maximum Ideal he also parlayed a couple of solid runner finishes into a new lifetime mark with a slick steer by Corey Callahan, 8YO veteran trending right


3-Maximum Ideal – Fresh off back-to-back solid seconds he converted a great Tyler Miller drive into the mile of his life here & draws well for a barn that went two-for-two



6-Mambacita – Went two-for-two in Red Mile Grand Circuit action, fourth in the Breeders Crown, chased a well-rated Bond last week & might hold a slight edge in a competitive final


10-Bond – Was able to steal a :58 half from post seven & confidently repelled the favorite Mambacita, stuck outside, but has potential untapped & leads the Team Svanstedt trio


2-Intagram Model – Jim Doherty Memorial upsetter has had a productive campaign, picked up a check in the Breeders Crown & returns to The Big M with an inside draw



6-Ambassador Hanover – Was on a tear recently, just missed to Jujubee in the Allerage Farms, then never fired from post ten in the Breeders Crown, softer spot to rebound @ The Big M


2-It’s Academic – Was charging home for fourth placed third in the Breeders Crown, another big rally for third in the MGM International before that & finally draws inside for Team Burke


1-Weslynn Quest – 0 for 15 this season, yet this mare set a solid pace & finished second to a razor sharp Southwind Tyrion last week, look for a similar effort from the rail



1-Odds On Osiris – Kept the every other pattern going with an ideal trip upset @ Yonkers, looks like a slight class drop with the rail advantage & strong in the win column for Team Burke


3-Passa-Grille Beach – 1:49.3 mark @ The Big M this season at age seven, sharpened his sword in his last three @ Yonkers & draws well to trip out in a real handicapper’s headscratcher


4-Hughie Junior N – Blasted off, sat patiently & surged late for the nose upset in a sharp Big M debut, now draws a bit better for the step back up in class, threat to repeat



1-Purple Lord – Fresh off a pair of solid efforts @ The Red Mile he just missed to a gallant Volume Eight last week, the rail might give him a slight edge in a very intriguing final


7-Volume Eight – Made a rare early miscue, spotted the field several lengths off a slow pace & still managed to recover & save the chalk players, 1:52.1 upsetter @ The Red Mile stands out


10-Southwind Admiral – Easily made it six in a row carving out a soft pace & sprinting home effortlessly in :27.2 last week, tougher task from post ten, but has the talent to overcome



2-Goldin Greatness – Chris Ryder gelding paced a back half of :53.3 & chased Loubet with a :25.4, an excellent acclimating mile & draws inside to turn the tables with Dexter Dunn


1-Loubet – Lightly-raced freshman strolled through a :58.4 half & crushed them with a :26.1 in an impressive Big M debut & leads a strong 1-2 punch for Team Burke


3-Hungry Man – 1:50.1 division winner this season finished an energetic fourth in a much-needed comebacker, draws inside again for Team Alagna & can stalk the speed



1-Charleston – Pelling pupil looking to cap a superb season, runner up in the Breeders Crown & She’s A Great Lady lands the rail for Dexter Dunn & rates top billing


2-Cultured – Parlayed a sharp qualifier into a rousing score fresh off the bench, 1:51 winner @ The Big M this season draws inside again to stalk n pop for Team Toscano


7-Bellisima Hanover – Walked through a :59.1 half & rocketed home in :25.2 in a perfect tune up last week, tougher post here, but this Team Alagna filly is primed for a top effort



3-PD The Big Easy – 1:49 Red Mile performer this season makes his third start off the bench in a pretty competitive spot, but draws well & note the switch to Brennan & Drennan


6-Tito Rocks – Ships in brimming with confidence fresh off a sudden wire-to-wire blowout on the class drop @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, just a fifth off his lifetime mark, watch out for Tito


4-Saying Grace N – Very consistent Team Cullipher trainee was right there in the photo again here last week, draws well & looms large as a stalking threat in a tricky puzzle



5-Emerald’s Legacy – Had to chase a sizzling 1:51.4 winner Southwind Tyrion in his Big M acclimating mile, this 3YO is eight for 14 & drops into a softer spot


1-Fix-It-Up – Bounced back with a more sure-footed score in his comebacker, back on the rail & poised to step up further for Team Bongiorno in a field of question marks


7-Lexus Kody – Interesting Team Burke 4YO reeled off three in a row in PA before the miscue & sick scratch, hasn’t raced in 35 days, demanding post, yet could surprise



4-Imaginary Line – 1:49.2 performer @ The Big M this season has been hinting, twice beaten favorite now drops a notch & draws much better off a narrow loss for Team Bongiorno


3-Heza Real Diamond – Steady gelding & multiple sub 1:50 winner here returns fresh off a wire-to-wire mission @ Freehold & draws inside to be a forwardly placed presence


1-Delightful Terror – 1:52.1 season’s best came here, cranking up his game recently @ Yonkers, lands the rail to trip out & possibly snap a long losing skid



10-Dig Danny Dig – Has been competitive against $20,000 claimers @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stuck outside here, but his recent form is one of the few bright lights in this toss up finale


9-Mister Hat – Just one for 24 this season & saddled with post nine, fringe player against $25,000 claimers @ Yonkers gets some class relief & won here in 2021


4-Atta Boy Dan – 13YO millionaire warhorse with 83 wins got parked in the slop from post eight @ Pocono & lands in a softer spot for his second start off the bench