Ken Warkentin’s Selections – Friday, Feb 11

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Ken Warkentin’s Selections for Friday, February 11


3-Camden Hills – Looks poised for his 4YO debut off a lifetime best, some freshening, an energetic qualifier & draws inside for Team Bongiorno

5-All The Truth – Beaten heavy favorite just missed with an aggressive effort in the slop last week, gets another big shot at this level & looms large for Team Burke

6-Spunkin’srocketman – Made a prompt mile track transition with a slick Luke Hanners drive off a sick scratch, then hit the board behind All the Truth last week, solid contender


7-Miki Minaj – Got stung some going for the lead from post ten & held for minor spoils in a decent acclimating mile, lightly-raced Team Burke 4YO has license to improve

6-Captain My Captain – Captaintaintreacherous 4YO bumped into a heavily favored Candy Trader last Saturday, making only his seventh career start & this is a soft spot to exploit

4-Datguyna Greensuit – Arrives fresh off a sharp effort @ Rosecroft, switches to a barn that’s won a few races here recently, lightly-raced 4YO just one for 17, but has upside

Race 3

3-Trixie Dust – The Dust hasn’t raced in three weeks, yet was hinting with two straight on the board finishes off a sick scratch, drops to the basement & draws inside

2-M And MMS – Muscle Mass finished an okay fourth in her 3YO debut without trotting hopples, draws post two again with a chance to trip out & break through

1-Marveloustrix – Shows a close second @ the N/W $4,000 level three starts back, hit the bottom condition & lands her third straight rail for a possible stalk n pop


2-MV OK Palacio BR – Is this the spot where the Brazilian bred kicks in the door?  Finally moves inside & Matt Zuccarello had him going well to hit the board last week

6-Hes Gone Badder – Followed up a third, placed second with a gutsy narrow loss from post eight as the heavy favorite last week, could be on the verge of an overdue win

5-Rockin Indy – Blew up the board @ Freehold in dramatic style two starts back, takes his revived form back to where he’s done his share of damage in the past


4-Bytheway Hanover – Kicked in late & got nosed out in a sharp Big M debut first time Lasix, lands post four again to employ a similar stalk n pop strategy

3-I Will Do It – Carved out a solid pace from post eight & settled for second in a very acceptable acclimating mile, now moves inside after missing three weeks

10-Be Best – Tripped out from post six to score decisively two starts back, drops back down to the basement condition with post ten & needs to rebound off a complete clunker


1-A Better Game – Didn’t take long for this 4YO to catch her best stride, no JM Betonsix to contend with here & lands the rail to set up an ideal stalk n pop scenario

6-Royaltywestho – Absolutely romped in the sloppy track comebacker last week in her first start for Team Bongiorno, fresh threat poised to step up further

9-Extrilla Hanover – Revived her form with a couple of solid thirds @ Yonkers for team Burke, lands outside here, but we know Yannick Gingras can make speed


1-Captain Hill – Only took a couple of starts off the latest claim to score in energetic style & drops into a real cozy GSY 1 division where can get aggressive

3-Father Sarducci – Despite a three-week layoff he turned things around, fought off pressure & held on for the mild upset last week, draws inside again for the repeat attempt

2-Dream Out Loud N – 15YO was claimed off a rare miscue in the slop last week, classy warhorse draws better to rebound with controlling speed in his arsenal


10-French Shaker – Post ten, three-month layoff, off a sick scratch, but qualified well behind a stablemate who won her Team Bongiorno comeback & this is a class drop

9-Classica – Steamrolled first over to score the nose upset in her second start off a sick scratch, moves outside, but she can move forward off that lifetime best in the slop

1-Little Sandy Toes – Beaten favorite was used to establish command & gave way in the slop, she is logically eligible to rebound by moving inside & tripping out in a wide-open field


3-Knight Angel – Simply didn’t have the needed knock out punch in the slop last week, second start for Team Bongiorno & draws inside again to set up a similar stalking trip

5-Remember Titans – Handled the double class hike admirably with a solid rally for second last week, has license to gets even better & lands midpack again

6-Skyway Kon Man – The Kon Man took matters into his own hands with an lively score last week, Team Cullipher stalwart is versatile & brimming with confidence


4-Divine Deo – Has chased her stablemate back-to-back with solid runner up finishes, was strong in the win column last year & has a chance to turn the tables

5-JM Betonsix – Came right back to go two-for-two here since switching to Team Burke, equaling her lifetime mark in the slop, so four in a row looks mighty likely

1-Morning Has Broken – If you’re fishing for a possible price play she makes her second start off a sick scratch, sports a 1:52.1 mark here last season & draws better


1-Sonic Flare – Post ten winner three starts back, claimed off a narrow loss two starts back, beaten favorite used hard last Saturday, horse-for-the-course moves to the rail

7-So Take That – Continues on a long form spree, solid runner up again last Saturday, 13YO will bank on pace & trip to launch his closing move

5-Lyons Liberty – Finished third behind So Take That last Saturday, stormed home to win a couple recently, so always dangerous with the right set up


6-Dontpassme Hanover – Has now had three starts on the comeback trail, drops into a softer condition, sports that 1:51.2 mark as a 2YO, now or never spot

7-Iammrbrightside N – Team Bongiorno claim back in early December hit the board in a similarly wide-open affair last week, 12YO’s back class continues to resurface

8-Happy Trio – You gotta like the way he perked up with the move to the mile track & class relief last week, draws another tough post, but faces another field of question marks


2-Justlikehim – Beaten favorite was actively put in play & faded to fifth last week, solid runner up before that, drops another notch & draws inside again

3-Vic’s Winner – Has been much more effective since dropping to this level with back-to-back seconds, draws well once more & expected to be forwardly placed

4-Halliama – Finally put it all together with a sterling rally in the slop last week, steps up off that confidence-boosting win with an ideal inside post


Ken Warkentin’s Selections for Saturday, February 12

Race 1

1-Lettuceriprita A – Classy 12YO sports good form @ Yonkers, third start off the claim by hot connections here this Winter & the rail paves the way for a smooth stalking trip

3-Manhattan Beach – Another typical Team Burke takeover dominated right off the hop here, 9YO has plenty of back class to tap into & draws inside for the step up in class

8-Cool Blues Man – Impossible to explain that extreme turnaround upset last week, took four starts for the New Years Eve claim to pay off, now post eight to prove it was no fluke


3-Always A Force – 9YO was no factor in his much-needed comeback after missing seven months, 1:51.2 performer here last season now drops into a bottom claimer & draws inside

4-Captain’s Reign – Added Todd McCarthy, sustained a broken headpole, yet continued to grind them down to score a decisive upset in the slop & remains at this reduced price

1-Opus Blue Chip – Opus banged out his first two off a sick scratch & has continued to race well on Lasix, impossible to ignore The Money Man from the rail


8-Game Of Change – Been doing fairly well @ Dover Downs this Winter, change of barns & venue might spark something despite the demanding post here in an impossible puzzle

7-P-Drive Hanover – Fresh claim off a parked out trip from post ten, solid runner up in his two previous starts, so has an edge in form over most in this wide-open affair

1-Good Day Mate – 12YO warhorse & Irish Joe short sleeves ship back here to familiar ground while on a three-race form spree @ Freehold & fires out from the rail


5-Hestherightstuff – Aired it out wire-to-wire with a new mark first time Lasix, then just missed two starts back, parked at Saratoga last out & reunited with Corey Callahan

10-Candy Trader – Candy was dandy crushing first over in his Team Bongiorno debut here last week, moves outside & steps up, yet this lightly-raced 4YO has plenty of upside

3-Hurrikanekingjames – Left alertly, got stuffed inside & shook loose late chasing a 9-5 favorite, lands post three again in top form to either stalk the speed or take charge


1-Leon David – Moves inside fresh off a much-improved effort, sub 1:50 performer here drops into an easier condition with a chance to trip out for an overdue win

7-Palomar – Been holding his own against $75k claimers finishing third back-to-back before being taken by Team Cullipher, demanding draw, but drops into a softer condition

5-Chaser Hanover – Finally regained his confidence with a wire-to-wire blowout last week, bumps back up into a more competitive event, yet can’t rule out a repeat


2-Nocturnal Blue Chip – Fired out from post eight & shook loose with late pace behind Put To Right last week, now draws moves inside & Jeff Gillis has a strong 1-2 punch in here

3-Put To Right – Stepped up to this level & needed every inch of that perfect trip last week, razor sharp Team Burke trainee now draws better for the repeat attempt

4-Ana Afreet N – Might’ve been looking for the brush n crush, but just missed, classy Team Cullipher trainee makes that key third start off the bench with post four again


7-Perfectboy Hanover – More than lived up to the hype with a convincing brush n crush as the favorite last week, post seven again, but the sharp 4YO shines bright in this spot

2-Way To Close – Followed up a rail-skimming upset with an overanxious effort last week, lands post two again with a big chance to rebound

5-Mindtrip – Steady & versatile 9YO was used hard to grab the lead from post ten, finally draws a decent post, steps up in price, but can never be ruled out


3-Racine Bell – Beat some big names like Lyons Sentinel & Rocknificent & took a mark of 1:48.1 here last Summer, freshened with a pair of Saratoga qualifiers & draws inside

8-Soho Burning Love A – 1:48.2 performer here last May has been a prominent force in the Dover Downs Open, tough draw here, but owns speed & big late move

2-Machnhope – Upset the 2021 Blue Chip Matchmaker Final, 1:49.1 winner here last season gearing up with some strong efforts @ Yonkers & in line for a nice trip here


6-Walknafter Midnite – Got off to a slow start, was stuffed inside & surged late to be a close third again last week, opportunistic type with a big late move very sharp right now

2-No Lou Zing – Drops a notch & lands post two again fresh off a solid narrow loss on the engine last week & figures to be the main target for Team Takter

3-Italian Delight N – Delighted his backers with a mighty charge to beat the favorite Tam Major A last week, lands post three again while on his toes in a competitive dash


2-Patrickthepiranha A – 1:48.4 performer here last season steps up into a light version of the Preferred, gathering steam since the sick scratch, draws inside & can fly home

6-Covered Bridge – Team Burke gelding came up with one of his best ever miles when Yannick rallied him for the 1:49 upset, three weeks off, but still a threat to repeat

8-Let It Ride N – Two-time Preferred winner this Winter fresh off a narrow loss, has now missed a month & moves outside, so tough to gauge, yet must rate highly


3-Odds On Delray – Returns to claimers after squandering a perfect second over trip last week, finally draws inside, banks on a hot pace & can fire home with the best of these

1-Dina Bolt N – Reeled off two straight here last month, including a career best 1:50.3, parked from post eight last out, kicks off a fierce Team Bongiorno 1-2 punch from the rail

8-De Los Cielos Deo – Credit Team Burke for reviving this classy horse-for-the-course, that was an impressive post nine score last week & can’t rule out another


10-Heza Real Diamond – Got hung out to dry from post ten last week, draws outside again, but drops another notch & switches to Todd McCarthy

8-I’m A Big Deal – Forced wide for minor spoils last week, beaten favorite at this level two starts back, some back class lurking & worth a long look despite post eight

6-Baileys Rock N – Sparked his form with the recent addition of Lasix, has paid the price for slow starts, gets some class relief & draws a bit better in a real headscratcher


1-Mister Hat – 1:52.2 performer here last season tripped out to score from the rail @ Yonkers two starts back, drops into a soft TrackMaster affair with stalk n pop potential

2-Louie Louie – Freshie for Team Burke with a mark of 1:51.4 @ The Meadows, qualified well enough here, goes second time Lasix & draws inside a real mixed bag HI-5

4-A Stud Named Sam – Grinded out a game score from post four when well supported two starts back, too far back last week, proven capable of rebounding in this intriguing final