Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:01 PM


4-Cindy’s Party Boy – This gelding displayed some sudden solid speed & held second last week, draws the same inside post & gets another shot at this bottom condition 


2-Black Hammer – Only one for 21 this season, yet just missed a 27-1 upset by half a length from the same post three starts back, forced wide from an impossible spot last week 


7-Mccito – Flashed a hint of late life from a tough post two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, dips in price, looks to get into some sort of outer flow & vault off a speed target 



5-Celebrity Ruth – 1:51.4 winner here this season has chased the incomparable Hannelore Hanover in her last three, gate speed puts her play to capitalize on solid form 


4-Caprice Hill –Only seven starts this season for this two-time O’Brien Award winner, who continues to sharpen her sword against the top stakes mares, ideally situated to stalk n pop 


7-Pinkman – The 2015 Hambo hero has missed a few weeks after coming up third as the beaten favorite, runner up to Hannelore Hanover before that, one vintage win in this comeback season 



9-Every Way Out – Dominated NJSS with three-ply sweeps at two & three, makes his third start off the bench at a greatly reduced level has the speed to overcome his outside assignment 


5-Sportsmanship – Grinded gamely into a quickening pace in the slop last week, drops into a blank field & has some back class on view 


4-Outcry – Runner up at this level in two of his last three with strong efforts, steamrolled first over in the slop last week & now draws better 



3-Met’s Hall – Was rated #2 in the Hambletonian Top Ten for the first three weeks & got going late for Team Orange Crush, just missed with trot at both ends last week & draws inside a field begging to be beaten 


8-Tae Kwon Deo – Winner of Sweden’s Breeders Crown at two was left in the wake of a world record by Six Pack in the Dancer, chance to step it up further for Team Takter from a tough post  


2-Fashionwoodchopper – 2YO PASS champion & Grand Circuit winner spent some time in the Hambletonian Top Ten this season, caught in a tough spot in the Beal, didn’t measure up in the Dancer, inside post can put him in stalking position 



7-Manchego – 2017 Dan Patch Award winner who won her first 15 starts set a pressured pace & was nosed out in a devastating world record 1:49.4 in the Del Miller, Gingras & Takter going for their fifth straight Oaks together & Takter has won it seven times 


4-Hey Blondie – 2017 Kindergarten Classic champion didn’t exactly get the perfect set up, yet still unleashed a eye-catching late burst to prevail in the Tompkins & draws well to continue ramping up her game, Chuck Sylvester’s lone Oaks win came in 1993 with Winky’s Goal 


2-Bill’s Lady – Beat Courtney Hanover with a nice late move @ Pocono just before the recent sick scratch, controlled the pace & collared late by Hey Blondie in the Tompkins, versatile filly moves inside to exercise her options 



2-Highalator – Took a new mark of 1:48 from post seven before getting torched from post ten in the Graduate, fresh off a bitter loss in PA, back at the Big M with an improved post & will likely be stalking the speed 


3-Miso Fast – Two-time Graduate Series winner just a neck shy in that 1:47.2 Final with blinding speed after taking a mark of 1:49 in qualifier here, tuned up with another one last week & pushes off from the inside here 


7-Western Joe – Six of his seven wins this season have come here, Joe has been rock solid consistent, a very good third in the Graduate, just missed with sharp speed against Open foes @ Harrah’s Philadelphia last out 



5-Phaetosive – Has quickly regained her winning form for Trond Smedshammer with two straight romps off a sick scratch, fresh off a visually impressive new mark of 1:51.3 in the Del Miller 


8-Plunge Blue Chip – Still can’t believe that amazing 1:49.4 world record, gunning down the mighty Manchego in the Del Miller despite missing three weeks & in only her second start in a month & a half, NYSS star who recently chased Atlanta tackles post eight for the encore 


2-Lima Novelty – Overcame post 12 to take a new mark of 1:52.1 with her upset in the Mary Reynolds here on July 7, this Chapter Seven has blossomed for Linda Toscano & draws inside 



6-Crystal Fashion – Jim Campbell’s top Hambo prospect rated #4 in this week’s Top Ten, hard to argue with his consistency this season, earned a mark of 1:51.4 with his Beal upset & won again last week from post seven 


4-Patent Leather – 1:52.3 winner in the PA All-Stars ships in fresh off an easy score in PASS & draws well as part of a strong Jim Campbell Hambo contingent 


5-Mississippi Storm – This gelding has been on the board in seven of nine this season, just missed to Crystal Fashion fresh off the bench, chance to stalk for an upset 



7-Santiago Style – Hot Lead Series winner landed on the fringes in the Preferred, chased a runaway Dealt A Winner after missing three weeks, 1:49.3 winner here this season draws a tougher post, but owns a vicious kick 


1-Express Stride N – Hasn’t been able to duplicate that amazing rally & 1:49 career best back on June 23, but has been pace compromised, may get away closer from the rail & could be more action to shoot at in this match up 


6-More Dragon – Forced wide after a slow start & still blew them away in the slop last week, took a new mark of 1:50 from a similar post three starts back, this gelding is really stepping it up for Ricky Bucci 


RACE 10 

7-Forty Five Red – Looms as a price play after a much-needed start after missing time off a sick scratch, draws a tougher post, but tries an easier level & sports some back class 


5-Motown N – Displayed sudden controlling speed in the slop @ Pocono last week, an okay fifth here two starts back, gets some class relief & owns a big move 


4-Bruce’s Magic – Had no chance coming off a rated pace in the slop last week, dominated these with speed from post eight before that & finally draws inside 


RACE 11 

1-Live On – Rallied from ninth to just miss in 1:49.3 here against N/W $8,500 stock on June 30, returns to the Big M in a softer spot with the rail 


2-Rocket J – Was able to conjure up a complete 180 formwise with an ideal second over trip from post nine in the slop last week, 1:51.1 winner here this season moves inside for the step up 


7-So Take That – That was some wake up win when he got the speed target he needed three starts back, pace compromised in his last two, 9YO has a chance with the right set up  


RACE 12 

1-Frankandjoanne – Gets his third consecutive class drop after setting a moderate pace & fading in the slop last week, 1:52.3 winner here this season lands the rail for his fourth start off a recent sick scratch 


3-Crombie A – Moved inside & suddenly turned completely around with a gallant first over upset, recent claim continues to flaunt his class with another inside draw 


2-Pop Pop Joe – Brushed to the top, got a little overenthusiastic & had to settle for third last week, needed the acclimating mile & draws inside again 




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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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