Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:40 AM

RACE 1

5-Tae Kwon Deo – Lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill won Sweden's Breeders Crown at two, his dam Brigham Dream was a Breeders Crown & O’Brien Award winner, easy qualifiers here haven’t set the world on fire, will need to step up pretty high in a short time for Team Takter

 

4-Zephyr Kronos – Takter has protected this Hambletonian eligible, learning & thriving in condition events here, winning four of six, his latest in a career best 1:53, holding off a top filly in Seviyorum, his sire Ready Cash banked $5.71 million US

 

6-Hat Trick Habit – KYSS champion at two won his first two starts here this season & took a mark of 1:52.4 before tailing off, now note the barn change to Scott Di Domenico

 

RACE 2

1-Outsider – Was a strong consideration last week when he grinded gamely & just missed in his second start for Michael Russo, moves inside & remains at this bottom level

 

8-Bay Rum – Hasn’t raced in three weeks since his gallant effort to take a startling new mark of 1:51.2, draws farther outside, yet may be sharp enough to overcome

 

3-Pickwick – Looms as a sleeper despite being off the board in all 12 starts this season, needed his first two starts here, draws better & took a mark of 1:52.4 at the Big M at three

 

RACE 3

3-Outcry – Was on a form spree here recently, capped by a new mark of 1:51.1 two starts back, returns to the Big M with an inside draw in a wide-open field

 

9-Rocket J – Was much more active in his second start for Michael Russo, moves outside, but drops a notch & owns some back class

 

5-Love Tap Hanover – Drops back a notch off some ineffective starts, note the way he erupted with authority to win on June 9, this is a field he can handle

 

RACE 4

5-Beyond Delight – Three-time beaten favorite off a no-chance trip from post nine last week, drops into a more promising spot with no clear standouts

 

4-Medoland Jate – On the fringes in the Caramore Series, just one for 14 this season, finished a hard-charging second last week, fresh claim by Robert Lounsbury draws well & doubles his claiming tag

 

3-Hope For Badlands – Hasn’t won in a long time, but has been ramping it up on the comeback trail since the sick scratch, lands in a prime spot & Doug McNair gets the assignment

 

RACE 5

2-Dunbar Hall – Forced wide & closed from far back in the slop to just miss to Ariana G here back on May 19, rallied from 11thto win a division @ Mohawk two starts back, lands inside to stalk n pop this crew for Team Jamieson

 

8-Ariana G – Back-to-back Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown winner & Hambletonian Oaks champion, tailed off in her last two since the 2018 debut in here, has a chance to assert herself in light field of boys despite the outside assignment

 

4-International Moni – 2017 Hambo elimination winner may have regained his form at the right time, finished well chasing Hannelore Hanover in an excellent tune up last week & draws inside

 

RACE 6

5-Nutcracker Sweet – One of two Takter trainees in this one advanced to the NA Cup & got parked from post eight in that final, second to Lather Up in his Hempt elimination, shuffled & just missed an upset in last week’s final, on his toes for this match up

 

6-Stay Hungry – 2017 O’Brien Award & Breeders Crown winner was a disappointing fourth in the NA Cup, came up half a length shy with a perfect two-hole trip in the Hempt, yet continues to ramp it with Canada’s defending Driver of the Year

 

2-Hayden Hanover – Grand Circuit winner in 1:50 & Metro runner up last year, obviously wasn’t himself in the NA CUP, added Lasix & just missed in 1:47 here last week, draws well for Team Orange Crush

 

RACE 7

2-Basquiat – Lightly-raced Takter trainee with talent & potential has won half of her starts, tuned up with a nice late burst to win her qualifier over a Graduate male Bill’s Man & draws inside a bulky, wide-open field

 

3-Lucky Ava – Note the way she rallied from post 10 to take a mark of 1:53.4 in an EBC consolation, one of four Ake Svanstedt entrants lands inside fresh off a narrow loss @ Tioga Downs & has a big chance to take control

 

10-Whata Knockout – Fresh off a wire-to-wire upset here in a career best 1:52.4 with a terrific rebound effort, lands outside, but gate speed & upside puts her in play for a barn batting .418

 

RACE 8

2-Courtly Choice – Takes the supplemental gamble with a pair of blowout wins in the NA Cup & Hempt consolation, the latest was his second 1:48.4 win of the season, post two affords him to set up his ideal stalk & launch trip

 

3-Jimmy Freight – Supplemental entry continues to step up from Ontario Sires Stakes star to Grand Circuit material, huge rally for third against Open foes in the Gold Cup, ships south brimming with confidence & fresh off a new mark, will be forwardly placed from his inside post for Canada’s leading driver Louis Philippe Roy

 

8-Dorsoduro Hanover – Very productive season so far for this Burke trainee winning four of six in PA, including a Hempt elimination, got a bit over anxious in that final, now adds Lasix & look for him to blast off to overcome his outside assignment

 

RACE 9

3-Clouseau Hanover – Wasn’t quite up to a sizzling 1:48.4 winner after missing four weeks off a sick scratch, two previous wins @ Harrah’s Philadelphia were serious, Burke trainee lands inside again & now Gingras takes the lines

 

2-Durant – We know how much he loves the Big M, ships back on a long form spree, draws inside fresh off a game effort to hit the board @ Yonkers for the always dangerous Robert Lounsbury

 

9-Sams Triple Crown – Has gotten on a major roll in his last four, forced to grind first over in a demanding pace & held second last week, moves outside, looks to get into a flow & use his wicked late kick

 

RACE 10

3-Western Joe – Six-time winner @ the Big M this season, just missed from post 10 in a May 5thdivision here and @ Tioga Downs two starts back, was raging home in :25.4 last week, inside draws sets up an ideal stalking trip in a wild final

 

10-Highalator – I still don’t know how he survived that :52.3 back half slugfest with Bettor’s Edge last week, fresh off that sparkling new mark he’s come to hand winning three of his last four, look for him to blast off to somehow get involved from post ten 

 

1-Miso Fast – Won back-to-back Graduate divisions on both sides of the border last month, smartly freshened up for this final with an impressive qualifier, fires from the rail & we’ll see how far he can go in this ultra competitive affair

 

RACE 11

3-Griffon Hanover – Drops back down to the level of his nose loss two starts back, pretty consistent gelding draws inside & overdue

 

1-Go Big Spinder – Lands the rail fresh off a big wake up effort, fired out into a fast pace, then dove to the inside to just miss a huge upset in 1:49.3

 

2-Always a Hotshot – Stepped up in class for the third time in a row & put forth a herculean first over performance last week, rewarded with another inside draw

 

RACE 12

5-Pro Beach – Regally bred $450,000 yearling brother to Darlinonthebeach, 1:48.1 [$1,034,998] chased Miso Fast in a wicked qualifier, chance to get untracked here for Team Takter

 

2-Wheels On Fire – This Burke-tuned 3YO gelding found his best stride with a 1:51 blowout here on June 9, draws inside & looks like the one to reel in

 

3-Let’s Roll – Tough luck 3YO with a mark of 1:51.1 @ Vernon Downs despite an early miscue & broken equipment back on May 28, two points of interference last week @ Tioga Downs, gets an inside post here to acclimate quickly

 

 

 



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