Ken Warkentin’s Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30 Selections

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Ken Warkentin’s Friday, April 29 Selections

2-Master Conrad – Twice beaten favorite forced wide from an impossible spot two weeks ago, just missed before that & lands in a tailor made spot for Team Chiodo

3-Peter Pumpkineater – 14YO followed up his upset two starts back with a lackluster sixth from the rail again, draws inside again to rebound in a soft division

9-Takeittotheface – Finished third in three of his last four, closed from a tough spot last week, stuck outside, at the mercy of pace & trip

6-Trents A Lock – Fresh off an energetic second & just missed to the favorite with a sharp :27.2, simply based on that effort this improving 4YO stands out

5-Gotwuteverittakes – Talk about a tumble down the class ladder, plus he’s a risky proposition with breaks in four of his last five, but dangerous if he can keep it together

2-Marveloustrix – Note she missed seven weeks prior to her strong finish behind Trents A Lock, draws better & could be on the verge of her first win of the season

3-Doubleoffthewall – Flashed some late pace from way back off a sick scratch, now expect more from a better post with a smooth stalking trip more likely

7-Alkippe – Came to life with a solid rally & just missed to Society Jill, moves outside, but looks primed for only her third start of the season

6-Society Jill – Scored her second win in three starts on Lasix, was able to control the pace & held on for a new mark of 1:53.1, repeat certainly not out of the question

5-Following S – Sat a pocket & zipped past Gaelihill in an impressive qualifier for Team Melander, looms large midpack in a field of bright prospects

9-Chablis – Breeders Crown finalist with a mark of 1:53.4 here worked out superbly @ Spring Garden Ranch, draws outside, but has plenty of upside

4-Gaelihill – Bounced back off a miscue in her first qualifier with a pace-setting second to Following S, Muscle Hill filly draws well for only her third career start

7-Haymitch – Was knocking on the door & finally kicked it in with a well-driven upset for Marianna Monaco, big threat to repeat despite a more demanding post

1-Rock To Glory – Got going too late & disqualified for stretch interference two weeks ago, three close seconds in his previous four, back inside to set up a stalking trip

5-Firenglow A – Lively Freehold shipper just missed making it four in a row there, fresh claim has a big chance to keep it going on the engine

3-B A Superhero – Hambletonian prospect & Grand Circuit stakes winner qualified with plenty late with The Bionic Man & draws inside for Lucas Wallin

7-Senna – Promising Trixton colt took no prisoners in a wire-to-wire 3YO debut from post seven, looms as a likely repeater for a barn that can do no wrong

1-A New Leader – Finished well behind Senna in his 3YO debut, making only his fourth career start, moves inside & has license to step up

3-Fashion Schooner – Fashion Farms homebred qualified with consecutive :27.2 final quarters, only her fourth career start & draws inside a field full of question marks

2-Mrs Taylor – Took the show in her 3YO debut for Team Burke, stakes player last year draws inside again to trip out & break her goose egg

6-Primadonna Deo – Grand Circuit stakes winner & third in the Kindergarten Classic in a one for 13 freshman season, pace compromised in relatively quick qualifier

5-Rockabilly Charm – Flashed some late pace from an impossible spot last week, draws a bit better, four-time winner this season is due for some trip luck

2-Cecil Casanova – Lacked his usual late pop last week, hit the board in his previous three, finally draws inside for Mark Silva & can outkick these

1-Hes Gone Badder – Finished a hard-charging third off a hot pace last week, now makes his second start off a sick scratch for the potent combo of Verruso & Spicer

6-Great Unknown – Shook loose out of a shuffle & finished a much-improved second last Saturday, gets some class relief here in a wide-open affair

3-Skyway Kon Man – The Kon Man failed to get involved after a slow start from post nine, has had his moments recently while tumbling down the condition ladder

4-Zlatan – Has been hinting of a long overdue win, trotted home in :26.2 two starts back, then rallied for second with The Money Man last week & draws inside to stalk n pop

6-Seeuinnashville A – Fresh off an impressive Big M debut & new mark of 1:51.3 he was used way too hard from post ten, look for a more patient bounce-back effort

2-Elrama N – Rebounded with a solid rally for second from post nine, now acclimated & moves inside for his third start here & looms as a possible price play

5-Captain’s Reign – Caught this guy when he was able to catapult off a hot pace while cycling in a forward direction, can’t rule out a repeat in this competitive division

2-Waves Of Fire A – Brushed n crushed a GSY 1 division just a fifth off his lifetime mark last week, gathering momentum since the early April sick scratch & draws better

6-Waimac Attack N – Was able to turn things around with back-to-back blowouts @ Plainridge, GSY Series winner here back on March 18 returns with renewed confidence

9-Casino Bags Anso – Steamrolled first over & fell only a neck short against these last out, has now missed a month & moves outside, but still rates a long look

1-The Dark Shadow – Fresh acquisition for Team Bongiorno, 10-time winner last year makes his key third start off the bench & lands the rail to make an immediate impression

9-Sombodyitreasure – A close second to Mindtrip from post eight in his comeback, faded on a rated lead last Sunday @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gives Team Bongiorno a 1-2 punch

2-Bay Brute – Has come back this season with a pair of encouraging efforts, paced home in :27.3 last week, draws an improved post & in line for a smooth stalking trip

3-Bronsons Delight – Beaten favorite squandered a second over trip as Our Third Rock took off last week, post three again, third start here for Juan Cano & on the verge

2-Our Third Rock – Turned his game around & ended a long drought in his second start here & debut for his new barn, post two again & switches to Yannick Gingras

6-TJ Blast – Was allowed to dominate in a well-rated wire-to-wire with Dexter Dunn, back on his toes right now & could be the one to knock off again


Ken Warkentin’s Saturday, April 30 Selections

3-Mayhem Hanover – Finished a hard-charging third in :26.3 off the hot pace last week, won’t be 60-1 this time, yet draws well to stalk the speed at a price for Team Cullipher

2-Hail Christian N – The move back inside & perfect trip paid off in a sparkling 1:49.3 last week, huge threat to repeat for Brett Pelling with a similar set up looming

1-Tookadiveoffdipper – The Dipper held well under intense late pressure last week, moves inside for his third start off the bench & looks capable of stepping up further

2-As Always – Has simply paid the price for slow starts, this is an ideal class & post relief scenario which can spark something for the high percentage Per Engblom

6-Better Take It – Strong closing quarters have only yielded three straight fifths to kick off his season, but lands in an easier spot to get aggressive for Team Cullipher

4-Like Clockwork – Looked like a new horse when he romped back-to-back on the engine before getting parked & scorched two weeks ago, has a big chance to rebound

6-Windsong Jack – Steady 12YO warhorse was a hard-charging third again riding the live cover of Raptors Flight N, draws a bit better & just needs a faster pace set up

8-Raptors Flight N – 9YO continued on a long form spree & steamrolled first over to a new mark of 1:52 last week, assigned post eight, yet still the one to beat again

7-Cool Blues Man – Got going too late when the stretch sprinting started last week, capable of a big late kick, but not sure he’s going to get the speed target he needs

5-Gamblin Mo – Chased another sub 1:50 winner last week, now makes his fourth start on the comeback trail for Team Cullipher & might be poised to break through

7-Grand Cayman – Took a few starts to acclimate here & was flying late to hit the board in :26 last week, going in the right direction & catches a field of question marks

4-Decision Day – His form has clearly tailed off & has missed a couple of weeks, but drops back down & draws better, which can always turn things around

1-Laurie Lee – One of five coming out of the Bettors Heart N race last Saturday, she was closing fast for a piece in :26.3, drops further, moves inside & retains DD

5-Tenthousand Angels – Was pace compromised in her first start for her new barn, drops another notch, keeps Titantic Todd & capable of a big kick

6-Stellenbosch – 1:50.2 performer here last season gets further class relief off two no-chance miles, now makes her third start of 2022 & has license to get aggressive

1-Scarlett Hanover – Poised to make the mile track transition after chasing standout Racine Bell in the BC Matchmaker @ Yonkers, Team Burke 4YO with huge potential on the rail

2-Demeter N – Can’t fault her recent form @ Yonkers, arrives fresh off another win & best mile of her season, only her second start this month, versatile mare draws inside

4-JM Betonsix – Adds to the Team Burke 1-2 punch with an excellent acclimating mile under her, equaled her mark of 1:52.2 & won her first two starts of 2022 @ The Big M

8-Motive Hanover – Bogged down early from post nine in his return to The Big M, took a new mark of 1:50.2 here back on March 5 & capable of blasting off for Team Bongiorno

3-Rogerthat Bluechip – Returns to The Big M fresh off another narrow loss @ Yonkers, back-to-back seconds here in March & draws inside to complete the Team Bongiorno 1-2 punch

6-Hot Deuce – 10YO shipped in off a confidence-boosting win & got nosed out while drifting very wide in the stretch, 40-time career winner a big threat with Team Burke tinkering

7-Beyond Words N – Has taken a few starts to regain top form, was all out fourth chasing Fox Valley Exploit last week, tougher post, but gets another shot at this reduced level

5-Fox Valley Exploit – Has adjusted nicely to The Big M, surprised more than a few with her perfect trip upset from post seven & draws a bit better fresh off that career best mile

6-Uptown Lady N – Looked so strong when she powered to that mild upset two starts back, forced wide out of striking range last week, her fierce late kick makes her a threat

3-Ignatius A – 8YO Australian import was dazzling winning from off the pace, then on the point in 1:49.2, draws inside for this stiffer test, yet obviously we haven’t seen his best

7-J M Mandamin – Came back in the Open & bumped into a 1:48.3 buzz saw in Let It Ride N last week, drops into a more comfortable spot to flaunt his speed for Team Bongiorno

8-Dragon Said – Struggled in his last three Borgata Series miles, smaller track speedster lands outside, but can fly off the wings & owns dangerous controlling speed

2-Backstreet Shadow – Too far behind his stablemate Workin Ona Mystery in a much-needed sloppy track comebacker & draws better to trip out for Team Burke

6-Let It Ride N – Fresh off a methodic 1:48.3 brush n crush with a brilliant :25.2, red-hot Nifty Norman trainee may revert to off-the-pace tactics outside so much speed

4-Charlie May – Returns to the scene of his Pace DQ & fresh off a terrific sophomore season, qualifiers indicate he’s ready his 4YO transition, yet this won’t be easy

3-Caviart Lotus – Added Lasix & was in high gear late after another slow start from post eight, tighter now, moves inside, retains The Bionic Man & could on the verge

5-Gallant Star – Promising 4YO almost pulled off a Minister with wild fractions in an eye-catching Big M debut, now makes his key third start off the bench from midpack

2-Mullinax – Beaten favorite took control, was well-rated & just missed two weeks ago, took a mark of 1:49.1 before that, remains on a form spree & draws better in competitive affair

5-Caliber – Hasn’t hit the board in six starts this season, has taken a tumble down the condition ladder, while finishing well for minor spoils, drop n pop candidate

2-Pro Beach – Plagued by back-to-back sick scratches last month, so logically needed his last two, drops a notch, draws inside & could surprise this camera-shy field

7-Heza Real Diamond – 0 for 11 in 2022, comes off a much-improved second, but that was a month ago, 1:48.1 performer here last year can leave & work out a trip

8-So Delightful – Went all the way as the favorite in her second start of the season, then a solid third off a rated pace, tougher post, but remains a fresh threat for Team Cullipher

5-Brush N Crush – Brushed n crushed them for a new mark three starts back, then hurt by slow starts against slightly better, lands in a prime spot to stalk n pop

7-Break The Deal – Has perked up in her last two elsewhere with Lasix added, sports a mark of 1:51.2 here & returns to The Big M in a softer spot