Ken Warkentin’s June 24 & 25 Selections

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Ken Warkentin’s Friday, June 24 Selections


1-Canadian Ballet – $105,000 price tag on this Lazarus N filly, ninth foal off the dam, the first was millionaire See You A Peelers, debuts off one solid qualifier & in line to trip out from the rail for Team Takter


3-Fox Valley Adele – May lead this first crop showcase of Deo Volente Farms stallion Lazarus N, fifth foal here, first three were winners, only $17,000, looks like she won both baby races with ease @ Pocono & draws inside for Team Miller


7-Wall Of Blue – Like the way this Lazarus N filly bounced back with a nice late surge in the slop @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, first foal off a Somebeachsomewhere dam for connections who know a thing or two about great pacing females



1-D’Apper – $75,000 Walner first foal off 2015 Breeders Crown champ & millionaire D’One, went all the way in his lone Big M baby race, lands the rail to take control & progress


2-Paramount Legend N – New Zealand bred Father Patrick colt, first foal, trotted home in a noteworthy :27.3 in his lone trial & draws inside for Team Svanstedt


3-Rose Run Yankee – $13,000 Trixton colt, seventh foal off his Angus Hall dam from a family of winners, stepped it up to win his second qualifier gate-to-wire @ Pocono & draws well for Team Miller



3-Lifes A Puzzle – Lazarus N gelding cost just $10,000, fourth foal off a Somebeachsomewhere dam who banked close to half a million, both qualifiers were superb & showed speed @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside here


7-Voukefalas – Homebred second foal out of a mare that made almost $700,000 & had a mark of 1:49.3, finished strong in both Gaitway qualifiers, demanding draw here, but got to give him a long look


6-Country Courtesy – Anytime Team Teague comes to town you have to take notice, sixth foal from a family of winners, won his first baby race with a :27.3 burst @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, then bumped into a 1:56.2 qualifier here



5-Ucandoit Blue Chip – From a limited crop of 2017 Dan Patch award winner Keystone Velocity & 11th foal off Breeders Crown champ Molly Can Do It, just missed in her stakes debut in a sparkling :26.3 & stands out here


6-Devilish Dreams – Lazarus N fourth foal off a sister to A Rocknroll Dance, responded to a perfect two-hole trip to win her second baby race @ Magical Acres & looks promising


9-Lisa Lane – Lazarus N first foal out of a sister to several winners, tripped out to win her first baby race, then forced wide & runner up to a 1:55.4 winner, contender despite post nine



6-Six Day Wars – Gelding sports the 0 for ten season, yet ships in fresh off a solid second @ Saratoga, debuts here for a new high percentage barn & picks up Dexter Dunn


4-S Mckee – Signaled a turnaround with that strong rally for second two starts back, then encountered a tough trip last week & finally draws inside


2-Shaving Mug – Put together a pretty dominant score from the same post two starts back, then bumped into a 1:51.1 winner last week, rates contender status against these



4-Brush N Crush – Rebounded as an aggressive runner up to Uptown Lady N last week, draws better for her second start since changing barns & could turn the tables


9-Lightning Leia – Stormed home with a very strong back half to prevail in her Big M debut, stuck outside, but can’t rule out her fourth straight win with the right set up


5-Uptown Lady N – Had the table set perfectly & flaunted her class in a pretty convincing win last week, might be tough to hold her off for a repeat



7-Casino Bags Anso – Twice a winner with a strong finish last month, fresh claim has missed 20 days & draws a challenging post, but picks up Joe Lee


5-Bytheway Hanover – Paid the price for a slow start last week, owns one big move & has a chance to set up his late charge from a midpack stalking spot


1-Illini Duke – Was launched on a controlling speed mission & had enough to hold second in a lively Big M debut, expect similar from the rail off that acclimating mile



4-Hey Hey Dbay – Nonthreatening fringe player @ Yonkers since that gallant second here back in early May, draws well back here in a wide-open field & reunited with A Mac


3-Trizzle Trazzle – Ships in showing a few bright spots @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, continues to drop down the condition ladder & lands in a real soft spot here


1-Know Your Roll – Can’t explain how she pulled off the upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, that was quite a turnaround, now lands the rail to face a camera-shy bunch here



1-Peter Pumpkineater – Peter was a very good second two starts back, then got left in never-never land from post nine last week & now moves inside to trip out


7-Kingofthejungle – The Jungle has hit the board in three of his last five, beaten heavy favorite somehow caught first over from the rail last week, now draws a tricky post trying to rebound


4-Jerrytone – Jerry has had a few starts to sharpen his sword since the early May sick scratch, draws better & faces an easier caliber of GSY foes



3-Doctor BB – Struggled this season with just three thirds in 12 starts, but drops out of the saltier NW3 class @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws inside second time Lasix


5-Royal Courtier – 0 for 19 in 2022, yet surprisingly overcame the second tier & first over trip & just missed fresh off the bench for his new barn, finds a tailor made spot to snap his skid


7-Deerfield Beach – One for 18 this season, got parked uncovered from post nine & chased a runaway winner in last Saturday’s finale, has cycled forward for Estrada Racing



3-Midnight Lightning – Landed on the edge of a relatively quick 1:50.1 dash last week, just missed in a GSY event on June 4, an improved post & smooth trip could put this steady 10YO across


8-Chief Of Staff – Rallied from far back & amazingly found room on the rail to romp to a new mark in a shocking debut here, giving Shawn Simons his first Big M win, post eight again to prove it was no fluke


1-Bronsons Delight – Steady sort grinded gamely & snagged the place deadheat with Doc Semalu last week & remains a serious contender from the rail



1-Brigadoon – 9YO has a new lease on life since switching to Edwin Quevedo, two straight blowouts at the bottom TM level, lowered his mark again & lands the rail


4-What The Luck – Used hard to a :26.3, retook the lead in a lively pace, rebuffed late pressure & made it three-for-three here, tough to against this Team Estrada trainee


3-Bell Family – Forced wide from a tough spot & picked up a second to Cliffhanger last Saturday, draws inside that rival & eligible to step up further off that acclimating mile



9-Spirit Of Deo – She rallied to be a solid second against better three starts back, draws outside again, but drops another notch & owns a fierce late kick


3-Tequila N Roses – Rebounded big time & unleashed the mile of her life as the heavy favorite @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws post three again here & matches up well with these


4-Chiplosive – Okay, so his recent form has been dull, but perhaps the class & post relief could spell wake up for this Team Cullipher trainee



5-Classic Hill – Muscle Hill colt part of Team Melander’s Hambo battalion, fired his best shot & just missed as the heavy favorite @ Pocono, has license stalk n pounce from midpack


2-Finn Palema – Went two-for-two with a nifty 1:52.1 upset before making a miscue as the heavy favorite last week, Muscle Hill colt with a bright future can rebound from a better post for Team Svanstedt


1-Stride The Hill – Hambo eligible for the prolific Jim Campbell barn put it all together to nose out Frank The Elder in a NJSS consolation with trot at both ends, month off is a concern, but lands the rail with potential


Ken Warkentin’s Saturday, June 25 Selections


6-Mark Witha K – Only took two starts in his new barn to unleash a new mark of 1:50.3 with a wicked :25.3, strong headwinds took their toll last week, plenty of speed to shoot at now


4-Caviart Luca – 11YO was trending to the top of his form cycle & was able to catapult off a hot pace & now draws a bit better to keep it going for the Team Burke trio


3-On The Cards N – Squandered a perfect two-hole trip, but I’m A Big Deal was allowed to steal away on the lead, now acclimated & draws inside again for Team Burke



5-Bella Bellini – Dan Patch Award & Hambo Oaks winner had too far to come as the beaten favorite in the Armbro Flight, stormed home for a new mark of 1:51.2 here before that & clearly deserves top billing


3-Cindy Michelle – Has really cranked it up in her last three, just missed to some classy boys two starts back, then runner up to the raging Rattle My Cage, serious opportunist


2-Herculisa – Scored a perfect trip upset over the great Atlanta in the Miss Versatility here back in early May, gave way on the lead in the Armbro Flight, second try off the bench



3-Air Guitar – Twice a winner here against much tougher back in the Winter & took a mark of 1:52.1, transitions from Monticello where he’s stepped it up recently & draws inside a very soft TM Series division


4-Henrico – Smaller track 4YO faded in his last two, including a dull ninth here two weeks ago, but note the barn change to Team Bongiorno, which could change things in a hurry


5-Sunshine’s Finest – Not sure why he was hammered down to 8-5 favorite, got shuffled, gapped on the final turn, then angled with some late pace, switches to Todd McCarthy



4-Rattle My Cage – Very talented Team Svanstedt trainee rattled off a scintillating, well-controlled 1:50.2 two weeks ago & the sky’s the limit for this lightly-raced 4YO


6-Cuatro De Julio – Classy son of Trixton ships back from Kentucky where he wired them in a nifty 1:51.1 @ Oak Grove, a solid second from post nine to Ecurie D DK before that


3-Storm Is Raging – Has been raising some eyebrows @ Pocono going for four-for-four since switching to Team Burke, those were emphatic blowouts & has license to step up



7-Raised By Lindy – Classy 1:51.3 Walner filly was in the Road to the Hambo Top Ten, romped in her 3YO debut @ Vernon Downs, faces a serious test here & has a chance to make a statement


2-Letsdoit S – As Team Melander lines up their Hambo players, this son of Nuncio cruised in his 3YO debut, then finished well against older foes, key third start off the bench & draws inside to trip out for The White Knight


4-Yanaba – Her comeback season continues after going four for five & fresh off a new mark of 1:53.1, she draws well in a field of several bright prospects



1-Test Of Faith – Defending HOY was dominant in the Roses Are Red @ Mohawk, held on in the slop here with a :25.4 in the slop back on May 14 & has options from the rail


3-Mikala – Blew them away in a career best of 1:49.1 on May 14 to go three-for-three this season, tuned up with an impressive qualifier @ Magical Acres, draws inside for The Minister & could give Test Of Faith a tussle


6-Oakwoodanabella IR – Barely outsprinted in :25.3 when she finished a close second to Test Of Faith on May 14, romped in the Graduate @ Mohawk, looks to rebound after off day @ Scioto Downs



2-Ahundreddollarbill – That was some comeback explosion in an eye-popping 1:50.2, while blowing by Sonofamistery, draws inside with plenty to build on for Team Alagna


4-Sonofamistery – Held off Rattle My Cage to win a Graduate division back on May 7, left in the wake of Ahundreddollarbill last Friday after missing three weeks & draws well again


5-Take All Comers – Returns to NJ fresh off a narrow loss to trip-sitting Logan Park in a Graduate division @ Mohawk three weeks ago & reunited with The Bionic Man



6-Captaingiddyupngo – Chased a dominant Stonebridge Reef in a much-needed tightening mile, second try off the bench for this Captain colt could be a big one for Team Alagna


4-Code Cracker – Has been starring in The Stallion Series & won four of six this season for Team Burke, arrives here fresh off back to 1:51.2 career toppers in PA


3-Captainryanmichael – Pace eligible rebounded to equal his mark of 1:51.2 @ Pocono, lightly-raced son of The Captain draws inside here & picks up The White Knight



1-Carbine – Made it three in a row holding off One Eight Hundred in the Mohawk leg, 1:47.4 devastation here before that, has blossomed into a monster for Team Alagna & lands the rail


5-Bettors Donttell – 1:47.3 performer here on May 21 twice beaten by Carbine, beaten favorite with a strong speed try in the Open last week, sharp enough to turn the tables for Team Burke


6-One Eight Hundred – Cranked it up in his last two on Lasix for Team Takter, third to Bettors Donttell here on May 21, then a close second to Carbine @ Mohawk



5-Undrthesouthrnsun N – Beaten favorite fired hard, sat a pocket & got blocked in his Big M debut, has come to life since switching to Team Bongiorno & looms large again in a competitive division


7-Whitecookie – Cycled forward nicely for Team Burke, wired them with authority & took a new mark of 1:49.1 last week, looks capable of stepping up a notch despite a demanding post in a salty field


2-J M Mandamin – 1:48.4 performer here last season blew by them all including his locked in stablemate with a sixteenth to go to spring the upset last week, rewarded with a better post for Team Bongiorno



7-Abuckabett Hanover – Thundered home in :25.4 to take a Graduate division here back on May 7, tough trip & game runner up to Bulldog @ Mohawk, fresh threat for Team Alagna


6-Bulldog Hanover – Parked out beaten favorite in the Juravinski Cup crushed in the Mohawk Graduate leg, came right back with a 1:48.2 Mohawk FFA & primed for his Big M debut


5-Linedrive Hanover – Juravinski Cup winner lost by a scant nose in the Mohawk Gold Cup, won his first ten this season & 11 for 14, looms large in his Big M debut



5-Peyton Hanover – Won a NJSS division in her 3YO debut for Team Melander, then second to eventual champion Fashion Schooner, beaten favorite pace compromised & forced wide, reunited with Tetrick


1-Pink Coco Chanel – Bounced back off a miscue with a gallant second to the highly regarded Monkey Queen from post nine, moves inside for only her third career start


6-Penelope J – $160,000 Walner filly finished second to standout Yanaba two starts back, then a fading fifth, has a chance to rebound & tap into her potential



6-Hail Christian N – Has been toiling with commendable efforts against better company for Brett Pelling, gets some needed class relief, draws a bit better, reunited with Todd McCarthy & owns a wicked late move


2-Shake That House – Classy Chris Ryder trainee was overwhelmed a notch above this last week, drops back down to the level of his 1:48.4 blowout on May 28, draws inside & goes back to Dexter Dunn


5-De Los Cielos Deo – Tailed off in his last two, yet has had a long productive season, Team Burke stalwart has license to rebound with speed & versatility



5-Leon David – Liked him last week & got parked through a searing pace, now this horse-for-the-course gets a rare double class drop & stalks from midpack


9-Stonebridge Reef – Has won two of four in a 4YO comeback season for Chris Ryder, fresh off the mile of his life he tackles an outside post, yet Dexter Dunn is back in the bike


4-Theflyingrock – Dipped down the condition ladder @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & caught fire with his last two blowouts, the latest a 1:49.2 lifetime best & draws inside an intriguing finale