Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 11:11 PM


3-Toss Cartwright – Got caught behind a fading rival, forced to angle out of traffic & finished well for minor spoils in his second start off the bench, draws well again to trip out in a wide open field for Kleinhans


6-Fiji – Just one for 18 this season, yet has twice run into a raging Checkmate Time recently, has ramped up his game, owns a bit of back class, loves this track & adds Joe Lee


7-Winwood Scout – Finished a very energetic second to the streaking Global Revolution after missing a few weeks, was third behind Fiji before that, deserves a long look in current form



3-Diamondstone US – Runner up in last year’s NJSS Final was gathering late momentum before hooking wheels with Ocarina Hanover turning for home, a solid runner up before that & has a big chance to upset


2-Samis Rolin Stone – Has decisively gone two-for-two for Team Minor by simply controlling the pace, fresh off a new mark from the same post she looks like the one to knock off


5-Princess Marxxx – Last year’s NJSS champion is the wild card in here broke after taking the lead last week, while coming off a sick scratch, retains Gingras & has the talent & potential 



3-U Need Stones – The 2017 freshman sires stakes champion was well rated & came up a bit shy to the trip sitting Shoshie Deo last week, remains a consistent threat for Team Burke


1-Shoshie Deo – Two-for-two this season, while doing it both ways with The Minister at the lines for the Minor brothers, a major threat to pull off the sweep from the rail


2-Brutal Storm – Steady gelding finished a well-beaten third in both legs, lands post two again & looks to improve further for the strong percentage Smedshammer barn



4-Hypnotic Tale – Gunned down Hurrikane Empress in the first leg with a :26.4, then cruised all the way last week, while stealing a one minute middle half, the 2017 NJSS Final runner up is definitely the one to beat


1-Hurrikane Empress – Swept last year’s NJSS series, barely outsprinted by Hypnotic Tale in round one, popped first over & outgamed for second by Cruzinforavictory in :26.2 last week


5-Cruzinforavictory – Flashed more speed off the wings to secure a pocket ride & fought off Hurrikane Empress for second last week, give her a big chance if Hypnotic Tale falters



6-Classy Chapel N – Was finishing well as a solid runner up to the runaway Mylittlesurfergirl last week, beaten favorite figures to be even better in her second start off the bench


5-Mylittlesurfergirl – Took full advantage of some class relief, added Gingras & reeled off the mile of her life in a 6-1 upset, has a big chance to repeat in a so-so field


4-Cheap Thrills – Has picked it up with two starts on the comeback trail with Lasix added, draws a bit better & there some back class in her repertoire 



2-Chromeo – Improving 4YO for the raging Smedshammer stable took a new mark of 1:53.2 from post seven here two starts back & draws inside for the return class hike


6-Double L Lindy – Has gotten a new lease on life going two-for-two under Team Orange Crush, stepped up with an easy wire-to-wire repeat & new mark of 1:52.1, sharp enough to handle another class hike


7-Celebrity Ruth – Prolific NY stakes winner last season ran into the amazing filly Atlanta in her seasonal debut, then cruised to a new mark of 1:53.3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, capable of stepping up further



5-Stormtracker – 4YO hit the board in a couple of Burning Point Series legs here, went all the way for a new mark of 1:51.3 two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, severely pace compromised @ Yonkers last out


2-Legio X Equestrus – Battled bitterly, just missed & finished in front of Stormtracker last time @ Yonkers, draws inside that rival as a razor sharp prospect


4-Heaven’s Dancer – Set the pace & was right there in the photo with Legio X Equestris two starts back @ Yonkers & lands an inside post off a solid acclimating mile



8-Hat Trick Habit – Lived up to the tote hype & scored decisively to launch his road to the Hambo, looks like the talent is there to handle this outside assignment


2-Zephyr Kronos – Lightly-raced Takter-tuned Hambletonian prospect rebounded with a game grind & new mark of 1:53.3, draws well to continue his progress


7-Phaetosive – Major stakes player at two, while tangling with the undefeated Manchego, strong qualifier chasing another Takter Hambo hopeful & Smedshammer hitting on all cylinders



4-Bizet – Lightly-raced 3YO gelding flashed enough late trot in his Big M debut for Lucas Wallin to warrant a long look from another inside post & now Andrew McCarthy takes the lines


5-Broadway Bruiser – Fresh Hambletonian eligible for Don Swick raced well in his 3YO against N/W 3 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands in a soft spot here


2-Eurobond – Won his latest qualifier with authority & picked up minor spoils with the trainer driving in the comebacker two weeks ago, back inside looking to break his maiden



7-Future Headlines – Freshened with a couple of months off, added Lasix & went all the way to win her qualifier here, was tackling much better N/W 6 @ Yonkers before that


2-Beyonces Rockn – Just one for 17 this season, but hit the board again despite interference @ Tioga Downs, faced much tougher when last seen here & draws inside


5-Clara Bea – Hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire @ Yonkers, but this is a real soft spot & note the work her barn has done recently with Quality Bud


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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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