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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