Ken Warkentin’s Friday, May 6 Selections

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Ken Warkentin’s Friday, May 6 Selections


3-Darth Fader – Flashed some life at both ends of the mile from post eight last week, note the :26.4 finish back on April 9, draws inside, makes his key third start off a sick scratch & Cameron Capone makes his Big M debut

6-Haymitch – Followed up that perfect trip upset two starts back by shaking loose late from heavy traffic to grab the show last week, same tricky post, but still in strong form

4-Takeittotheface – Took full advantage of the hot pace set up he needed & David Yarock timed his rally just right for the upset last week, rewarded with a much-improved post


4-Zappa – $200,000 first foal out of a sister to Strong Yankee unleashed a confident second qualifier here, draws well & Team Melander has come out guns blazing

3-Moni’s Heaven Cent – $110,000 Muscle Hill gelding & grandson of the great Moni Maker won his qualifier with a nice late burst & chased a runaway Senna in a much-needed comeback for Team Burke

1-Frank The Elder – Another bright prospect for Team Burke, Walner colt & first foal out of the stakes winning dam, added trotting hobbles & kicked home in :27.2, lands the rail in a wide-open affair


6-Testing Testing – Breeders Crown elimination winner qualified with a nice late surge here last Saturday, ready to roll for 2013 Hambo champ George Ducharme, who recently registered his 1,000th training victory … Congratulations!

1-Majestic J – Consistent Tony Alagna trainee with a mark of 1:54.4 here, Grand Circuit stakes player was runner up in both qualifiers, lands the rail with smooth trip potential

3-Senna – Per Engblom-tuned Trixton colt romped in his 3YO debut, then bumped into a revved up B A Superhero, draws better to take charge again for Dexter Dunn


7-B A Superhero – Breezed right by the heavy favorite Senna in a sparkling 3YO debut & took a new mark of 1:54, tougher draw, but this Hambo prospect has major upside

8-Looks Like Moni – Team Takter Muscle Hill colt made some noise as a freshman, looks to have made a smooth transition, jogged in his lone qualifier, Hambo eligible to fear despite post eight

3-Robertsin – Displayed plenty of talent at two, third placed second in the Kindergarten Classic, tough to gauge off an even qualifier, inside draw for a sharp barn


2-Milliondollardad – 14YO Dad made an impressive 52 starts last year, racing better in his last few elsewhere, Dakota Jackson driving well, draws inside & looks like a contender

5-Master Conrad – Had no chance in his last two, capable of a big late move, lands midpack in a field begging to beaten & just needs to time it right

3-Causway – Really turned things around when he came out of a shuffle to grab the show last week, one for 16 this season hanging over him, but draws better


6-Next Level Stuff – Fresh off a nifty 1:52.3 qualifier she indeed took it to the next level with a scintillating 1:51.4 comebacker, might be tough to knock off with license to show more

2-Bella Bellini – Hambletonian Oaks champion & Dan Patch Award winner wintered well, second to the great Atlanta in her second qualifier with a :26.3 & draws inside

4-Katie’s Lucky Day – Kentucky Filly Futurity winner tuned up with a pair of solid Opens @ Hoosier Park against standout Whata Swan, major threat here for The Money Man


8-Rockabilly Charm – Stormed home from a tough spot to score the upset last week, moves outside, but sports that 1:50.1 mark @ The Big M last year & can’t rule out a repeat

1-Ferdinand A – Amazing how a 9YO can win so energetically from post seven off a sick scratch & dull qualifier, guess that’s just GSY, now draws the rail to prove it was no fluke

5-Captain’s Reign – Caught this guy when he rallied off an ideal trip two starts back, slow start cost him any chance last week, needs to push off harder from same midpack post


4-Periculum – 1:53.1 Grand Circuit stakes winner flashed a :26.4 in his lone qualifier, smooth stalking trip likely from post four again & Team Melander on fire to start

3-Jack Rabbit Slims – Hambletonian eligible has easily gone three-for-three @ Hoosier Park, draws well for Team Buter in a division ripe for the taking

2-Gaelihill – Solid runner up to standout Following S in his sophomore debut, this will be only his fourth career start, inside draw & continues to progress for The American Viking


2-Venerable – Dan Patch Award winning millionaire & Winterbook favorite for the Hambletonian, finished well in her lone qualifier & draws inside a competitive division

3-Jiggy Jog S – Major stakes player zipped wire-to-wire in an eye-catching qualifier for Team Svanstedt, lands post three again & will be forwardly placed in a match up of speedy fillies

4-Fashion Schooner – Fashionably bred Walner filly aired it out in an impressive 3YO debut for the fiery Jim Campbell barn & draws well for the anticipated follow up


2-Atlanta – Quite simply one of the greatest trotters in history, distinguished triple millionaire won her qualifier with a :26 sprint & went right by arch rival When Dovescry

1-When Dovescry – Well-decorated Oaks champion came up short in both qualifiers, the latest to Atlanta, dominant in this series last year & lands the rail

3-Royalty Deal – Solid runner up to the raging Next Level Stuff in a terrific comeback mile, forced into an opportunist role as she tries to figure out the top two titans


2-I’m Happy Hanover – Matron Stakes runner up took her requisite post ten tour of the oval, moves inside to take advantage of a wide-open division for Nifty Norman

1-Gracelyn Hanover – 1:53.3 stakes winner here at two gained the show in a much-needed 3YO debut, Walner filly draws better for her second try off the bench

4-Disclosure – Has dispensed of the trotting hopples & won her Miami Valley qualifier with plenty, draws well, knows her way around this track & gets The Buckeye


8-Keystone Blade – Shipped north off a sick scratch, missed 19 days, switched barns, added Yannick Gingras & promptly blasted down the road in a sparking return to the Big M, moves outside & likely in blast off mode

4-Knight Angel – Missed a few weeks off a sick scratch, racing better recently elsewhere, gets some class & post relief for Team Bongiorno

5-Trents A Lock – Went from a sharp second by a neck in :27.2 to tank empty last week, , 4YO was going in the right direction & has a chance to rebound


5-Great Unknown – Beaten heavy favorite stormed home from a tough spot to hit the board again, solid runner up before that & remains at a reduced level

2-Shinkansen – Returned at a reduced level & promptly scored a rare Dexter Dunn upset just two fifths off his lifetime mark & draws inside a camera-shy finale

8-Skyway Kon Man – We all know The Kon Man likes to finish strong, nosed out by Shinkansen with a perfect trip last week, moves outside & will need the right set up

Ken Warkentin’s Saturday, May 7 Selections

7-Stone Hanover – Equaled his mark of 1:49.2 here last season, thundered home in :25.4 in a much-needed comebacker chasing Ignatius A & drops into a softer spot

2-De Los Cielos Deo – Consistent Team Burke stalwart on the board in nine of 13 this season, rallied for the show in :26.4 last week, draws better & eligible to trip out

5-Casual Cool – Followed up his 1:49 upset by bumping into Ignatius A & company last week, drops back down to the winning level & stalks midpack for The White Knight

4-Beach Moment – Just missed in her Big M debut by controlling the pace two starts back, then got locked in the pocket last week, drops back down & draws inside again

8-Laurie Lee – Cycled to the top & cruised to a new mark in a well-rated effort last week, bumped back up in class & moves outside, yet retains Dexter Dunn

7-Filly – Has been on four-race form spree & sharp since arriving here for Team Bongiorno, tougher draw, but shook loose too late out of heavy stretch traffic last week

6-Lovedbythemasses – Has been stellar so far this season win five of six for Team Cullipher, his latest was a totally dominant performance in a sparkling 1:51

2-Yanks Dugout – Followed up the mile of his life with a solid second to Lovedbythemasses, draws inside that rival again to trip out & remains a live opportunist for Team Burke

5-Hillexotic – Still fresh on the comeback trail & relatively new Team Burke acquisition finished third from the pocket two weeks ago, lifetime best 1:51.2 before that

5-Cool Blues Man – Beaten favorite off slowly & sat too far back off a rated pace, still scooted home in :26.1 to grab second last week, draws a bit better & might get there this time

8-Windsong Jack – Understandably a popular item at the claim box, went all the way under ideal conditions last week, 12YO just shy of $1M will blast off for another new barn

6-Raptor’s Flight N – Took a new mark of 1:52 with a game grind two starts back, that trip didn’t work last week, post improves slightly, a speed target & live cover would help

7-Decision Day – Was much better last week when he rallied off second over cover to hit the board, tougher post here, but drops another notch & long overdue

5-Machdavid – Rebounded from broken equipment from post ten with a rousing Dexter Dunn upset & new lifetime mark of 1:51, drops back into N/W $7,500 & stalks midpack

4-The Dark Shadow – Bumped up two notches fresh off a wire-to-wire blowout in his debut for Team Bongiorno, was just a fifth off his career best & draws inside again to pave the way

7-Bettors Donttell – 1:48.4 performer @ The Big M last year, runner up to the raging Red Right Hand in his comebacker, demanding post here, but he can flying off the wings

9-Charlie May – 2021 Ohio Horse of the Year was shot out of a cannon in :25.3 & kicked off his 4YO campaign with a new mark of 1:48.3, looks up to the tall order of post nine here

5-Southwind Gendry – Consistent major stakes player at two & three qualified sharply against stablemate Lou’s Pearlman & completes a strong Team Burke 1-2 punch

6-Sonofamistery – Confidently swept the two-ply NJ Breeders Maturity, edge in fitness over several in this one, sports a 1:50.2 mark here in the slop & Team Melander off to flying start

4-Ahundreddollarbill – Canadian Trotting Classic upsetter off a terrific sophomore season strode through a pair of solid qualifiers & draws well for Team Alagna

2-Cuatro De Julio – Breeders Crown elimination winner displayed major league talent last year, prepped with an easy Miami Valley qualifier & draws inside a wide-open division

4-Lou’s Pearlman – Still don’t how he won last year’s Jug, 1:47.4 performer here in 2021 draws well fresh off two excellent qualifiers for Team Burke

2-I’ll Drink To That – Took a few starts to gather his best stride & reeled off a career best 1:49.3 last week, repeat threat with another inside draw for Chris Ryder

10-Rockyroad Hanover – Progress Pace & 1:48 winner here last season qualified in fine fashion for Team Alagna, slammed with post ten, but looks ready to fire

9-Test Of Faith – 2021 Horse of the Year has never had an off day, millionaire capped off her sophomore season with five in a row, returns with an outside draw in a tough field, but qualified on cruise control

6-Racine Bell – Kicked off her season winning the Sweetheart Pace here, nosed out as the heavy favorite in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Final, sports a 1:48.1 mark @ The Big M last year & always sparkles here

1-Amazing Dream N – Much heralded NZ bred lived up to her press clippings with a dominant Big M debut on lasix, wiped out by a rough-gaited leader in her qualifier & resumes her US assault from the rail

5-Workin Ona Mystery – Scored back-to-back fresh on the comeback trail for Team Burke, then had too much work to do off a rated Let It Ride N, expect a more aggressive effort

3-Ignatius A – Stepped up again & methodically tripped out to his third straight win last week, 8YO took a new mark of 1:49.2 before that & poised for a serious test

6-Funatthebeach N – Was able to catapult off a hot duel to upset the Borgata Final, $75,000 claim last Fall developed into an Open star @ Yonkers & style suits the longer stretch here

1-Sonny Weaver N – Has twice landed on the edges fourth here, while finishing well for Team Cullipher, 10-time winner in 2021 lands the rail to stalk the ample speed at a price in a real headscratcher

9-Vettel N – Has been on quite a form spree for Team Bongiorno, flew home from the back in :26 to grab the show behind Charlie May in last week’s Open, big threat despite post nine

7-Alta Engen A – Australian import came right back to repeat with more speed & took a new mark of 1:49.4, that was three weeks ago, now tackles a triple class hike & tougher post, but we don’t how good he is

5-All Hands On Deck – Gave a strong indication he’s cycling forward in his last two @ Yonkers, drops into a real soft spot & leads a Team Bongiorno 1-2 punch

3-Fabrizio N – Hasn’t raced in three weeks off a sick scratch, but was chasing much better, gets a hefty dose of class relief & draws inside to stalk n pop

1-American Mercury – Classy sub 1:50 performer & near $900,000 winner took his requisite tour of the oval, back on the rail & ready to bear down in a wide-open field

3-So Delightful – She has sharpened her sword on the comeback trail for Team Cullipher, almost held on under intense pressure from the favorite last week & draws better

8-Society Jill – Red-hot 4YO has won three of four since switching barns & lowered her mark to 1:53.1, easy winner controlling the engine last Friday, look for another blastoff

7-Somthngaboutmary N – Steady NZ bred mare grinded gamely & held for a show deadheat last week, beaten favorite trying to atone from a more challenging post