Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:22 PM


7-Exarch – Lightly-raced Burke sophomore is a brother to 2014 Hambo runner up Nuncio, 1:50.3 [$1,919,945], came right back off his maiden breaker to finish second to Patent Leather in PASS, tough draw, but arrives in strong form 


2-Bizet – Finished well to hit the board in back-to-back races here last month, ran into Hambo prospect Zephyr Kronos again two starts back, off  decent fourth in ISS @ Hoosier Park, returns with an inside post  


8-E L Platinum – Muscle Hill brother to Appomattox, 1:52.2 [$619,895], unraced at two & making up for lost time with some pretty good efforts & results @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, gate speed can overcome the outside assignment 



7-Butchie Beach – Was a scintillating 1:49.2 winner here two starts back, while beating Dance Blue, a solid runner up before that with a :26.1, plenty of upside with only seven career starts & may prefer the mile track 


4-Dance Blue – Caught fire when she exploded home for the upset back on June 15, returns fresh off a new mark of 1:51.2 in NYSS, chance to turn the tables on Butchie Beach & Team Johansson is going well 


6-Hurrikane Empress – 2YO NJSS champion responded to aggressive handling with the mile of her life fresh off the bench, look for her to fire out again to employ her effective stalking style 



5-Ma Was Right – $100,000 Muscle Hill second foal out of a sister to Snow White, 1:52.4 [$1,433,551], has done very little wrong, romped in her debut here, then stepped up to PASS & nosed out as the beaten favorite for the second straight start 


3-Asiago – $200,000 Muscle Hill second foal out of a sister to My MVP, 1:52 [$879,804] scratched sick last week off a winning second qualifier in a solid 1:56.4 for Team Takter & draws inside 


1-Taylor Swiftly – Lindy Farms homebred from the first crop of Trixton, sister to Lindy’s True Grit, 1:52.1 [$503,638] stayed flat & jogged in her latest two preps with trotting hopples added & this bright prospect draws well  



6-Speed Titan – From the first crop of 1:51.2 performer E L Titan, out of a sister to Macho Lindy, 1:52 [$488,478], aired it out in both preps here, then held off Susy in a sharp :27.2, took two weeks off before this rematch 


3-Susy – From the first crop of Father Patrick out of Hall of Fame dam Solveig, sister to Shake It Cerry & Uncle Lassie just missed in her debut, then dominated last week, lands an improved post for Team Takter  


1-Hanna Dream Girl – Hasn’t missed the board in four starts for Team Toscano, almost went all the way in her Big m debut, then erupted in :27 to break her maiden last week & draws the rail 



3-Urbanite Hanover – Sat a perfect two-hole trip & was never really able to fully extend himself in the slop last week, 1:52.4 winner here this season drops again & draws better 


4-Rockaholic – 0 for 21 this season & struggling recently @ Saratoga, change of barns & scenery, plus an inside draw at the bottom level here gives him a chance to conjure up some back class 


1-Danish Diligence – One for 26 in 2018, was used too hard from post nine in the slop last week, a solid third from post ten before that & just missed back on June 23, post relief sets up an ideal stalking trip 



4-Whispering Oaks – Gingras & Takter have won three of the last four, this Father Patrick filly dug in gamely to hold off French Café to take the NJSS Final, rewarded with an improved post in a very competitive elimination 


7-Beautiful Sin - $480,000 Muscle Hill filly has been picture perfect so far, jogged in the PA All-Stars, then was able to steal a :59.1 middle half & held on in a sharp :27.2, another potential star for Team Takter figures to get more pressure here 


8-French Café – Father Patrick out of Oaks champion Creamy Mimi, sister to French Laundry, 1:52.4 [$652,853] just missed by a nose to Whispering Oaks in her debut & came up a half length shy of that rival in the NJSS Final, chance to turn the tables despite a tougher draw 



2-Lawmaker – Hambletonian fringe prospect finished fifth in the Goodtimes & third in the Beal, looking to rebound off a rare break as the heavy favorite after missing three weeks, finds a friendly field & draws inside 


7-Shoshie Deo – Following a three-ply sweep of the NJSS series he was freshened, then got roughed up it the slop in his comebacker, looking to step up & possibly stamp his Hambo ticket 


6-Mooshka Stride – Left alertly & got shuffled in her latest NYSS @ Vernon Downs after two straight wins on smaller tracks, 1:55 winner here at two deserves a look with her good form 



5-Lyons River Pride – Pace compromised & no chance in her debut here, allow her an acclimating mile after shipping into a high percentage new barn, post four again & classy enough, give her a shot if there’s some mayhem up front 


1-Windsun Glory – Was able to take full advantage of a perfect two-hole trip behind the favorite Call Me Queen Be last week, slightly tougher post here, yet the Burke entry is formidable 


6-Penpal – Bounced right back from her impossible trip in the Golden Girls with a dominant score in the slop last week & continues to step up for Pat Lachance 



5-Misslarose – Burke-tuned mare loves the Big M, sports a mark of 1:52.4 here this season, gets class relief & draws better off a solid third from post nine after missing three weeks 


3-Checkmate Time – 4YO mare has chased Hannelore Hanover in three of her last four, gets some serious class relief & moves inside 


2-Commander Paris N – One of three French imports in here, has the advantage of an American start & win in the slop @ Pocono, plus an inside draw & seems suitably spotted 


RACE 10 

1-Meteoric – 4YO gelding & 1:52.4 performer last year closed from the clouds to grab second in a superb Big M debut, expect more in his second start off the bench from a much improved post 


7-Arrakis – Flashed sharp speed to grab early position from post nine in a decent acclimating mile with Scottie Z, look for him to fire out again to overcome another demanding draw 


5-Sweet Justice – Badly beaten favorite was used to grab control from post eight fresh off the bench, classy 8YO draws a bit better & gets another shot at this softer condition 


RACE 11 

4-Cracklin Rosie – Came within two lengths of a far superior Penpal two starts back, just one for 26 in 2018, but the significant class & post relief are too much to ignore 


2-Daenerys Hanover – Draws inside again on a form spree, beaten favorite was well rated in the slop & just missed last week, took a new mark of 1:52.1 before that 


6-Jenna Hanover – Only one for 26 this season, but flashed a :27.1 chasing Daenerys Hanover & company last week, banking on a speed target to employ her potent late kick 



Comments 0
Leave a Comment

Add Comment

Text Only 2000 character limit
add comment
Meadowlands Blogs
Blogger Bio


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.

Hambletonian Blogs