Ken Warkentin’s Weekend Selections: Jan 14 & 15

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Friday, January 14 Selections


1-Arrhythmic Surge – Solid surge & runner up to the inexplicable Air Guitar last week, now lands the rail while gaining momentum for his third start off a sick scratch

2-Air Guitar – Tough to explain that complete 180 turnaround & new lifetime mark last week, but did respond to a perfect drive by Yannick Gingras & draws better in same class

4-National Sport – Well-traveled gelding has had trip excuses in his last three since his latest win @ Hoosier Park, fresh face debuts here for a new barn & could surprise


3-My Delight – Beaten favorite has now missed a month, but was chasing much tougher claimers @ Yonkers before he shipped here, now gets class & post relief

2-Elysium Seelster – Just missed with a nice late move out of traffic in the GSY Final two starts back, hit the board while pace compromised last week & draws inside

5-Cecil Casanova – Beaten favorite in two of his last three faded on the lead last week, has been much more effective when launching a big move from off the pace


5-Boujee Girl – Came from far back to get within a length in a beneficial first start off the bench here, look for her to get within closer striking range with something to build on

8-Birdman – The Bird flew in from Ohio, hammered down to 3-5 & won again in his debut here for Team Cullipher, a threat to take another despite tackling a tougher post

4-Shezabarhoppinchic – One for 18 lifetime, but knocking on the door, rallied into icy gusts to be right there in the photo last week, an excellent acclimating mile from the same post


6-Opus Blue Chip – Went all the way off a sick scratch & three weeks away in a mind-boggling effort as the 2-1 favorite, might be the target in the competitive affair

3-DL’S Big Elvis – Elvis shimmied off cover to grab second in a much-improved effort, just one for 29 in 2021, but finally draws inside for his fourth start off a sick scratch

8-Sunshine’s Finest – Recent claim has been on a roll, draws a tough post, but dips back down in price, can fire off the wings & has a chance to go all the way


5-Little Sandy Toes – Was on a form spree @ Harrah’s Philadelphia before the recent claim, took a requisite post eight tour of oval & now lands in a highly beatable field

7-Be Best – Paid the price for a slow start, forced to close into strong headwinds & runner up to a runaway winner, 1:51.4 winner here in the slop last season

3-Cheers For Chips – This is the kind of mare that can jump up & bite you, off a sick scratch & 30 days away, but the barn change is duly noted & draws inside to surprise


5-La Bella Vita N – The whole planet saw when the 3-5 favorite sat in & shook lose late while her stablemate upset in her US debut, now gets a gigantic chance to atone

2-Demeter N – Rallied from the clouds to hit the board into the strong headwinds last week, gets another shot at this reduced level & look for a better start from an improved post

1-Itty Bitty – Won’t even attempt to explain that mind numbing first over from post ten upset off a sick scratch & 30 days away, now rewarded with the rail for the class hike


1-Seven Nation Army – Fresh off a very confident score @ Hoosier Park he was caught too far back from post ten here, now moves inside & back to scene of his 1:55.2 mark

3-Brigitte Bi – Still can’t believe she got off to such a slow start in her Big M debut, those were two sharp wins @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, big chance to rebound from post three

8-Wishing Barefoot – 4YO on a pretty nice roll, parlayed a wire-to-wire @ Saratoga into a gallant nose upset here last week, tougher assignment now off that lifetime best


5-Lyons Liberty – Stormed home for the upset in his debut here for Nik Drennan off a sick scratch & 31 days away, then clearly wasn’t himself, looking a big rebound effort

7-Burning Blaze – Aggressively handled & just missed in his second start here, now draws a more demanding post, but trending right in a wide-open field

10-Flow With Joe – Crushed down to 6-5 favorite & went down the road with a new lifetime mark, rejuvenated with the recent barn change & looms large despite post ten


3-Alumni Seelster – Fired off the wings & got nosed out by Silver Tail after a perfect trip, finally draws an inside post & kicks off a solid 1-2 punch for Team Burke

8-Divine Deo – Just missed from post seven here two starts back, then aired it out as the heavy favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, big threat for Team Burke despite post eight

2-Silver Tail – Set a pretty solid pace, held on by a nose & beat six mares in this field last week, moves farther inside & logically figures to be forwardly placed again


6-Benji’s Best – Suddenly everything isn’t just winning from this barn, they’re exploding, this 8YO was caught first over last out, that was 37 days ago, dips in price & looms ominously

2-Ballerat Boomerang – Another one that that defied logic off a sick scratch & 25 days away, steamrolled from post eight on New Years Eve for Team Bongiorno & draws better

7-Lifeonthebeach A – Draws outside off a no-chance mile, hasn’t raced in 37 days, now drops further & remains tough to gauge in a very tricky puzzle


7-Captain My Captain – Outsprinted a good mare & Dontpassme Hanover to win his qualifier with a :26.4 despite broken equipment, fourth career starts & lots of upside

6-Dontpassme Hanover – Sports a 1:51.2 mark here at two, lightly raced 4YO qualified twice last month with strong late pace & looks ready to roll

10-Beantown Sporty – Beaten favorite squandered a perfect second over trip, just missed from far back before that & will need that big kick from post ten


4-Ev’s Girl – Beaten heavy favorite committed to a late lead & sputtered late, now makes her second start off the bench & draws well again in tighter form for Team Burke

6-Henderson Seelster – Barely lost a heartbreaker from post nine last week, trending in a positive direction, steps up a notch, but finds a soft spot

1-Marveloustrix – Steady mare offered her usual late surge into the icy gusts & came up just a head shy last Friday, now she can ride the rail & trip out


5-Milady Denver A – Caught first over into a quickening pace last week, a close second from post ten before that, classy 12YO horse-for-the-course drops again in solid form

4-Gottalovemyshadow – Had absolutely no shot after a very slow start off the recent claim, remember she was a 1:50.3 winner here last season & now drops dangerously

9-Darkrshadeofpale N – Exploded out of a shuffle into the strong stretch headwinds & just missed last week, moves outside, yet remains down in class


2-St James Gate – The Gate was just one for 22 last season, but finished well to hit the board in both starts since coming back & draws inside a field begging to be beaten

8-My Big Kadillac – GSY Series winner in early December closed very well into the headwinds last Friday, stuck outside, yet just needs the right set up

4-Trixie Dust – The Dust is looking to bounce back off a dull mile & sick scratch, she knows her way around this oval & draws well carve out a smooth trip


1-Thndrfrmthethron N – 1:50.4 winner here last season was left in impossible spots in his last two, gets big time class & post relief & makes his third start for his new barn

5-Brother James – Nine-time winner last year has struggled with slow starts since the early December claim & now drops into the rock bottom condition here

4-Urban Renewal – Only three for 37 last year & landing on the fringes recently @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, class & post relief, plus barn & venue change could make a difference

Saturday, January 15 Selections


1-Yacht Seelster – The Yacht fired too hard & made a rare early miscue & disappointed many at 2-1 last week, has a big chance to atone from the rail for Brennan & Drennan

2-Delightful Terror – Team Burke trainee was doing well for this price @ Yonkers, beaten favorite got hung out to dry, now reunited with Gingras & draws inside

7-Odds On Delray – 8YO has raced well in both starts here, rallied from a tough spot to grab second last week, post is more demanding, but can threaten with the right set up


7-Parklane Jet – Bounced back nicely to chase a raging Chicken Nugget given a more patient drive, that’s the key to this live item who makes his third start off the claim

1-Gibus – Continues to regain form with a pair of solid finishes sandwiched around a post ten debacle, moves inside to save ground & note the late surge on December 17

6-Casino Bags Anso – Gingras left hard with him off a lame scratch & he picked up a small piece, only two for 33 last year, but figures to have more stamina this time


7-Passa-Grille Beach – Forced wide & got underway too late in his first try off the claim, challenging post, but drops further & has a big chance to show his class

4-Rollinwithambition – Has taken a few starts to regain his best stride since the late November sick scratch, runner up to the runaway De Los Cielos Deo last week

1-Lear Seelster – Early December claim drops into an easier condition fresh off a solid rally for show, steady sort going in the right direction with the rail


4-Dirt E Rock – Put together a pretty strong back half to hit the board in his Big M debut, finds a softer spot to build on that encouraging effort with Mark MacDonald

1-A Stud Named Sam – Banged out back-to-back blowouts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then finished well here in a solid acclimating mile, trip out candidate from the rail

5-Missile Seelster – Ships in here on a nice roll, just missed going all the way in the Freehold Preferred, has experience over this track & part of the speed equation


2-Dull Roar – Stepped up to this level off a blowout score & got parked first over from post eight, finally draws inside & this 10-time winner in 2021 has a big chance to rebound

10-Mindtrip – Fan favorite has burned some serious cash recently, faded on a well-rated lead off the Dylan Davis reclaim, stuck outside, yet we know he can unleash a big rally

7-BNGS Express – Was simply too far back in his first try off the claim, among several fringe players in this tricky match up, yet his barn has suddenly caught fire


5-As Always – Hip #64 in Monday’s Mixed Sale has been on a serious roll for Per Engblom, fresh off an emphatic romp last week, his brush n crush style suits this competitive field

2-Twin B Tuffenuff – Almost got there with a perfect trip & improved effort last week for Team Burke, now draws better to stalk the speed & pounce late in a very snug affair

4-Bettors Donttell – Gotta love the way this Better’s Delight 4YO is going, nosed out by Walknafter Midnite last time, has now missed a month, but draws well for Team Burke


3-Wings Of Speed – Was on a nice form spree before the late miscue over an off track @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, knows this track & draws inside to set up his stalking style

10-Double Account – Drops back down to the level of the convincing win as the favorite three starts back, moves outside, yet gives Team Cullipher a strong 1-2 punch

1-Stormont Ventnor – Took his mark of 1:53.2 here back in mid December before the miscue @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, pace compromised last week & finally moves inside


4-Sonny Weaver N – Dropped & popped with a slick, well-timed drive by Jason Bartlett, bumped back up in class, but razor sharp & draws well for Team Cullipher

8-Mr DS Rock – Uncorked the mile of his life & ran up the score two starts back, came right back to crush them again last week for a barn that can do no wrong at the moment

3-Rockin The Aces – Horse-for-the-course never takes his work boots off, just missed to Sonny Weaver N with a :26.3, draws inside for his fourth start off a sick scratch


2-Typhoon Stride N – Just missed against the high-priced claimers before the sick scratch, that was a much-needed tightener last week & draws inside a drop down derby

4-Trump Nation – The classy Trumpster was off a long time before his last three on the comeback trail, beaten favorite in his last two draws well again for Team Burke

5-Italian Delight N – Flashed a :26.2 last week but out of striking range, steady 9YO drops back down & lands in a prime spot to stalk the ample speed in this headscratcher


6-Crystal Fashion – Double millionaire returns to familiar stomping grounds after sharpening his sword in the Dover Downs Open, love his stalking tactics & worth a swing here

8-Chin Chin Hall – Beaten favorite got off to a really slow start & towered up late to just miss, constant threat for Nifty Norman gets there with the right pace & trip

9-Get Legs – Stepped out, stole a :57 half & held on for the mild upset last week, moves outside, which complicates matters, but remains in top form for Team Orange Crush


3-Wrapper’s Delight – Joined the Brett Pelling barn & took a couple of starts on Lasix to erupt with a career best from post eight, 9YO with a new lease on life draws better

4-Bechers Brook A – Wasn’t particularly strong in the win column last year, but this is a class drop that can’t be ignored, plus he draws well for Team Cullipher

8-Decision Day – Beaten favorite in his last two was used pretty hard, steps back up a notch & draws a tough post, but remains a serious contender with a sharp closing move


5-Backstreet Shadow – Millionaire Team Burke trainee has been right here in his last two  with strong rallies & continues to gather momentum on the comeback trail

1-Save Me A Dance – Three-for-three since the pricey claim, tripped out to a new mark of 1:48.4 two starts back, then all the way in the Yonkers Open, prime time player from the rail

3-Let It Ride N – Bounced back to score with one of his typical late surges, lands post three again, sets up in stalking mode & looms large to repeat


4-Hammer Time – 8YO finally signaled a turnaround with a solid second to a revved up Hockey Hanover last week & draws better in a very light match up

5-Kings County – Was knocking on the door a notch above this late last Fall, third start for his new barn & big chance to regain form in a field that lacks much spark

1-Meadowbranch Ricky – Continued to climb the condition class ladder & rallied for second, just three for 33 last year, hasn’t raced in 29 days, but a good start is likely from the rail


6-Hurrikane Emperor – 1:47 performer here a few years ago has now had two tighteners, displayed some speed last week & drops to make his key third start off the bench

1-Dina Bolt N – Team Bongiorno claim in late November freshened off a Yonkers blowout, draws the rail off solid qualifier here & lands in softer condition

3-Im A Gigolo N – Fresh off a solid season & needed acclimating mile from post ten, Team Burke trainee drops further & moves inside & that might be enough


8-Mickey’s Spirit – Overmatched last week, took a mark of 1:51.3 here in 2021, coming around after a December 10 sick scratch & has speed to overcome post eight

4-Captain’s Reign – Just one for 31 last year, makes his first start of the season dropping out of tougher claimers & draws inside a wide-open finale

1-Sadiq Hanover – Dropped to the bottom condition, brushed to a late lead & settled for second into strong headwinds, 8YO continues to regain his form from the rail