Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 9:36 PM


3-Dizzy Rizzy – New acquisition for Nick Surick romped back-to-back @ Freehold last weekend with trot to spare, draws well & gets Hannah Milller, who is clearly the best amateur driver 


2-Tropical Storm Bi – Strong in the win column type gelding fresh off a decent fourth against top level stock @ Saratoga & draws inside to stalk the speed  


1-Danish Durango – Classy horse-for-the-course won his last start here virtually wire-to-wire in game style, wasn’t himself @ Freehold last week, but needed the race 



1-Caprice Hill – Two-time O’Brien Award winner limited to only seven starts this season, ran into Hannelore Hanover & a revved up Pasithea Face S this Summer, third in a 1:50.2 world record @ Tioga Downs last out, may have an edge in class & fitness from the rail in an intriguing field 


3-P L Jill – Took a mark of 1:52.3 here with a fierce :26.3 kicker back on 7-21, just missed in a leg of this series @ Tioga Downs, improving 4YO on her toes 


2-Oho Diamond – Unleashed a dazzling track record of 1:50.2 here back on 7-21, finished third behind her stablemate P L Jill last out, part of a powerful one-two punch for trainer Renaldo Morales III 



7-Megadolce – Four times second in five starts for this homebred daughter of Cantab Hall, dam is a sister to millionaire & 2012 Hambletonian runner up Guccio, nosed out off a sick scratch 


6-Dab Hanover – Love the way Takter & this filly stole away wire-to-wire in a leg of this series back on 7-21, back here fresh off a winning qualifier 


4-Chanel Me – First foal from Kentucky Filly Futurity winner To Dream On broke her maiden in confident style @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, another Team Takter diamond in the rough with room to improve 



1-Don Dorado – Classy gelding just one for 15 this season, but drops into a real soft spot here, plus gets some post relief, his lone win this season came here in the slop 


3-War Cry Hall – Had no chance in his last start here from post eight, hit the board in his last two elsewhere both from post seven, draws inside on the improve 


2-Song Of The Valley – Don’t really know what to expect from this mare, hasn’t raced in 23 days, ships in fresh off an easy win against modest stock @ Northfield, debuts for a new barn & shoots out from an inside post 



3-Mooshka Stride – First foal out of two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out finished a close second in her only start here back on 7-7 going off at 4-1, draws well off a solid qualifier 


7-Basquiat – Homebred out of a sister to 2008 Hambletonian winner Muscle Mass has learned her lessons well for Team Takter, just missed in a 1:56 PASS division two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia 


6-Venus Duharas – Steadily improving Team Takter tuned filly took only three starts to break her maiden with a well-controlled effort in The Stallion Series @ The Meadows, worth a long look 



3-Points North – Somebeachsomewhere gelding has sharpened his sword in his last three for ace trainer Nifty Norman, just broke through @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well to stalk the speed 


4-American Influence – Late-blooming American Ideal colt out of a sister to All Speed Hanover, 1:49.4 [$819,712] stalked n popped to prevail as the favorite in his opener @ Pocono, could be a sparkler in a wide-open field 


6-Surfing Tide – Roll With Joe gelding whose second dam is the great Sanabelle Island, 1:50.4 [$1614,676] won his debut @ Saratoga & finished an impeded third @ Tioga Downs, improving trend continues  



2-Farsetti Hanover – Finished a bang up third in the Peter Haughton Memorial, romped to break his maiden in the Reynolds @ Tioga Downs, draws inside to take charge here 


3-Lindyinoverdrive – Won his debut @ The Meadows with trot at both ends, followed by a strong effort from post seven in the slop @ Pocono, stablemate to International Moni draws well with major upside 


7-Story Time Hanover – First foal out of a sister to Dejarmbro, 1:52.2 [$1,137,285] won a division with a perfect trip here back on 7-7, freshened up for Team Takter 



7-I’m A Big Deal – Somebeachsomewhere colt did some nice work here back in July, broke his maiden with solid speed @ Pocono two starts back, had no shot from post ten in the Champlain 


5-Winston – Son of Western Ideal has picked it up in his last three & cruised to his first win over a sloppy track @ Pocono, parlays that success in a wide-open division here 


3-Whats His Is Mine – Western Ideal brother to Easy Lover Hanover, 1:49 [$368,525] hit the board in both starts @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well off those encouraging starts 



6-U Need Stones – From the first crop of world champion Wishing Stone, cruised through an easy three-ply sweep of NJSS, freshened with an energetic qualifier & stands out for Team Burke 


2-Meadowbranch Ricky – Muscle Massive homebred has been productive in The Stallion Series in PA, draws inside & plays an opportunist role 


5-Lindy’s Big Bang – Took a nice mark of 1:56.3 in The Stallion Series @ The Meadows, any semblance of that mile puts him in play here 


RACE 10 

7-I’m Trigger Happy – Art Major sister to Heston Blue Chip, 1:48 [$1,781,881] + Sunfire Blue Chip, 1:48.3 [$1,269,180] fired off a :27.2 to break through in her second start @ Tioga, this is a live item on the rise 


1-Alexa’s Power – Fourth foal out of Michelle’s Power, 1:50.1 [$1,287,371] a nose & neck shy of being a five-for-five, draws the rail off an easy PASS consolation win @ Pocono 


2-She Said So – On the board in five of six & won a division of The Stallion Series @ Pocono with a nice late burst back on 8-15, draws inside to continue his positive progress 


RACE 11 

5-Sandy’s Beach – Somebeachsomewhere sister to Shoobee’s Place, 1:49.1 [$787,271] broke her maiden with a noteworthy 1:52.4 @ Pocono two starts back & had too far to come last time 


3-Solitary – Croghan campaigned her dam 2005 Sweetheart winner Lonesome Day, this filly  

gained confidence @ Pocono this summer, collared by a fired up stablemate I’m Trigger Happy in the Reynolds & draws well here 


8-Aldine Hanover – Ninth foal out of Armbro Amoretto, 1:50.1 [$1,285,744] fresh off her maiden breaking score @ Pocono with a perfect trip & sharp late burst, tougher draw here 



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Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at Meadowlands Racetrack as the Track Announcer and television commentator for 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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