Ken Warkentin’s Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4 Selections

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ken Warkentin’s Friday, June 3 Selections

7-Hurrikane Georgie – Georgie has been near flawless since coming back for John McDermott, equaled his lifetime mark of 1:51.2 & back in the capable hands of Peter Kleinhans

4-TJ Blast – The Blast simply went too fast in the slop two starts back, yet bounced back with a solid second to the impressive William Mcwhiskers last week & draws well

6-Cheynne Ryan Lee – Lee is on a roll right now, ships back to The Big M fresh off a well-rated wire-to-wire score & just missed to the razor sharp William Mcwhiskers before that

4-Our Third Rock – Exits a no-chance mile from post eight, chasing $20,000 claimers before that, just one for his last 59, Todd McCarthy back in the bike, upset chance

5-Artifact Hanover – Been pretty productive on the half milers, regained form in his last two @ Tioga, lands in a wide open field & gets our Driver of the Week

1-Aces Rock – Turned his game right around suddenly going all the way as the heavy favorite @ Freehold, third start since the barn change, adds Dexter Dunn & rail again

2-Pink Coco Chanel – Cantab Hall sister to world champion Homicide Hunter ripped out of the pocket in :26.1 to win her latest qualifier for Team Alagna, draws inside & looks poised for her debut

7-Yanaba – Talented Trixton filly came roaring back from a 35-day quarantine layoff with her third straight romp & new lifetime mark of 1:53.1 over an off track & stands out

5-Gracelyn Hanover – Got shuffled to the back of the bus in the NJSS Final, 1:53.3 performer last year has a chance to regroup in a softer spot

3-Hammer Time – Slow start from post nine & late miscue wipe out his last line two weeks ago, now drops another notch, draws much better & has a big shot to rebound

2-Natural Kemp – Pace compromised & finished well for the place spot in a much-needed comebacker, lands post two again in a field riddled with question marks

4-Never Mind N – Changed barns & venues, took charge & broke late over an off track last week, beaten favorite has a chance to atone from a better post

2-Marvelous Kiss – Just missed with a well-driven effort by Joe Bongiorno last week, she beat tougher N/W 4 @ Yonkers recently & draws inside a camera-shy field

5-Sheer Talent – On a form spree & fresh off an excellent acclimating mile chasing the streaking Kathy’s Moment, keeps Yannick Gingras & stalks from midpack

3-Western Showgirl – Hit the board back-to-back a dull fifth last out, sports a 1:50.2 mark here last year, gets some class relief & draws well in a wide-open field

4-Master Conrad – Tough to consider off back-to-back eighth place finishes, but we know he’s got a decent late move, draws better & Bruno just needs to time it right

5-Bilbo Hanover – Twice beaten favorite third both times over sloppy tracks, just missed with a big wide move two starts back & sets up a stalks n pop from midpack to snap an 0 for 16

2-Steady Pulse – The Pulse is just one for 17 this season, but this 12YO won recently wire-to-wire from post two @ Freehold & figures to be forwardly placed

2-What The Luck – 0 for 15 this season, but might have a new lease on life fresh off a sharp qualifier after switching to Izzy Estrada & draws inside a largely Freehold parade

10-Grateful Kiss – Just missed against N/W 3 @ Pocono while gearing up @ Pocono, lands outside, but faces weaker opposition & gets Dexter Dunn

6-Perseverant – Hammered down to 9-5 & abruptly came to life with an emphatic wire-to-wire @ Freehold, continues on the comeback trail & Vinnie Ginsberg gets the lines again

3-Celebrate With Me – Broke early as the beaten heavy favorite, now drops further, draws better, there’s too much class to ignore & has big chance to rebound for Team Burke

8-Shinkansen – Has been outgunned against 1:51.3 & 1:52.4 winners in his last two, almost went all the way in 1:52.2 three starts back, draws outside, but drops a notch

2-Skyway Kon Man – The Kon Man staring at a one for 17 season, but was much better finishing a solid third from post eight two weeks ago for Team Cullipher & draws inside for the bump back up in class

2-Brush N Crush – Thought he might have been sitting on a good one & finished a decent fourth in the slop last week, draws inside again to set up another stalk n pop effort

4-Village Champ – Trainer Edwin Quevedo found the key to this one with two straight wins @ Freehold sandwiched around a sick scratch & draws well for the mile track transition

1-Purple Sky – The other Edwin Quevedo trainee arrives fresh off a blowout win @ Freehold, lands the rail & could prove dangerous going in the right direction

5-Fast As The Wind – Classy Team Alagna Hambo prospect came roaring home for the show in a strong 3YO comeback & might be poised for a serious statement win

2-Delayed Hanover – Beaten favorite in both starts so far this season, just missed in the Graduate, then runner up to a revved up Rattle My Cage & draws inside for Team Svanstedt

4-JL Cruze – The King has taken a few weeks off since his even fifth in the Open, confident score before that, drops below that class & could be tough to overhaul

6-Dandy Idea – Pace compromised & forced into a wide late move for minor spoils, useful acclimating mile, added Lasix recently, strong in the win column, big chance to show more

8-Mistatude – Winless filly got bottled up in traffic & shot up the cones in :27 to land in the photo in last Friday’s finale, moves outside, but remains a threat second start off the bench

2-Know Your Roll – Beaten 4-1 favorite tossed in a clunker last week, a closed second in the GSY Series before that, reunited with Corey Callahan & draws inside a wide-open finale

Ken Warkentin’s Saturday, June 4 Selections

4-Rockabilly Charm – Forced into a first over grind & tired third over an off track, too far back in the slop before that, six-time winner this season lands post four again in top form

3-Casino Bags Anso – Was somehow able to flip the switch & turn things around with a perfect drive by Johnathan Ahle, draws a better post & leads an Edwin Quevedo 1-2 punch

10-Dream Out Loud N – Amazing 15YO stormed home from a real tough spot to just miss last out, romped from post ten before that & simply can’t rule him out

8-Lucid Dreams – Recently shipped north & caught fire @ Tioga Downs, took a new mark of 1:52.4 two starts back, draws outside, but note the barn change to Izzy Estrada

6-Paduka N – 0 for 15 this season, but finished with a :26.1 last week, drops a notch, has a history of success here & faces a wide-open field

3-Spoileronthebeach – 1:51 performer here last year has taken a tumble down the condition ladder & draws an improved post, that could spell long overdue win

1-Im A Director N – 9YO has just gotten season underway, fresh off some lively efforts in his last few @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands the rail in a highly beatable field

7-Bronsons Delight – Has repeatedly paid the price for slow starts & chased standout Hurrikane Georgie in his last two, can put his strong final quarters to good use here

3-Svengali – Bounced back off a miscue, yet didn’t quite have the knockout punch off cover, draws another inside post to set up his stalking strategy again

5-Double Account – Classy horse-for-the-course cranked it up in his last two, fresh off a narrow loss to Venerate & drops a notch for Team Cullipher

2-Timestorm – Stepped up in class & tripped out to another upset & new mark of 1:52.4, draws inside to go three-for-three for Andrew Harris, who has a 1-2 punch

6-Deltasun A – Finished a solid third to JL Cruze last time we saw him here, draws a tricky post, but gets some class relief

6-Finn Palema – Late-blooming Muscle Hill 3YO won his career debut with a nice late burst @ Pocono & could surprise for Team Svanstedt in this wide-open affair

4-Gigondas – Hammered down to 2-5 & fired his best from a rather tough spot, Team Alagna Hambo eligible draws better for his second start off the bench

8-Frank The Elder – Frank was a real confident winner in his debut, just got nosed out in a NJSS consolation, draws outside, but learning his lessons well for Team Burke

5-No Win No Feed A – Thundered home in :25.4 here two weeks ago, then rallied from a tough spot for the upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, she could be a handful back @ The Big M

6-Lyons Sentinel – Two-time Dan Patch Award winner & world champion wasn’t ready to fire from post seven in the Betsy Ross, this is a prime spot to regain winning form

4-Darby Hanover – Fresh off a solid third in the Graduate she exploded past them for a new mark of 1:50.3 as the betting favorite, serious threat to the top two

5-Bettor’s Heart – Steady 9YO veteran with a big late kick rallied to hit the board in :26.3 last week, launches midpack for Nifty Norman & just needs the right speed target

4-Just Devine – Beaten favorite stormed home off a soft pace to hit the board in her 3YO debut, Team Burke trainee only making her tenth career start has stakes potential

3-Kathy’s Moment – Took full advantage of a nice set up to rally for her third straight win over off tracks & took a new mark of 1:51.4, now draws better to prove she’s this good

4-Whitecookie – The Cookie charged home in a brisk :25.3 in a much-needed comebacker for Team Burke, draws better for his second start off the bench in a competitive field

6-Saying Grace N – Bumped into a revved up 1:48.4 Splash Brother two weeks ago, now gets some class relief & long overdue for Team Cullipher, who have a 1-2 punch

1-Decision Day – Gutsy doesn’t begin to describe his scintillating post eight 1:48.3 lifetime best last week, now forced into a double class hike, but lands the rail

2-J M Mandamin – Bumped into a fired up Let It Ride N @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside back here & continues on a form spree for Team Bongiorno

8-Shake That House – Brushed & crushed them in 1:48.4 last week, stepping back up & moves outside, but still a fresh threat & owns some back class

4-Walknaftermidnite – Fresh off a career best 1:48.3 repeat he carved out some wicked fractions & settled for second in 1:47.4 two weeks ago, might be tough to knock off

5-Bella Bellini – 2021 Hambo Oaks champ with three solid tighteners under her, coming out of a track record Cutler & faces another serious test against the triple millionaire

4-Atlanta – 2018 Trotter of the Year & track record holder fresh from a dominant win two weeks ago, great mare poised for much more competition tonight

6-Lindy The Great – 2021 Maple Leaf Trot upsetter took his requisite tour of the oval last week, now has a big chance to get aggressive & show his class

3-Rockin the Aces – Fired his usual :26.1 from out of striking range last week, drops another notch, steady gelding draws inside & a smooth stalking trip is imminent

4-Wrappers Delight A – Just a few were fooled by the sick scratch, fresh claim went right down the road to a new lifetime mark of 1:50.3 at age nine, now draws a bit better while protected in a comparable condition

1-Ana Afreet N – Flashed some good vigor from post eight & faded seventh last week, gets his third consecutive class drop, moves inside & long overdue for Team Cullipher

3-I’m A Big Deal – Struggled to make it up after a slow start from post nine last week, gets his third consecutive class drop, draws better & long overdue

1-Town Gossip – Beaten favorite aggressively handled in a hot pace & held second in a noteworthy Big M debut, now drops a notch & lands the rail for Team Bongiorno

6-Better Take It – Got nosed out with an ambitious effort before coming up flat last week, drops back down & has a big chance to regroup for Team Cullipher

7-Its Showtime – 5YO Captaintreacherous gelding has caught fire winning three of his last four @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & Freehold for Juan Cano & drops into a real soft spot

5-Prince Aston – Landed on the fringe fifth from post nine last week, hits a rock bottom Trackmaster Rating, plus no Hurrikane Georgie to deal with in this wide-open finale

2- A B Collins – 4YO was doing good work in the GSY Series recently, returns off a decent fourth @ Tioga Downs, draws inside again & rates contender status