Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:12 PM

RACE 1 

4-Dalton Did It – Emerged out of a lively flow off fast fractions to finish a close third at better than 50-1 last week, draws inside again to set up a similar rally in a soft opener 

  

7-Camwiser – 14YO worked out a perfect second over trip off a torrid pace & just missed repeating last week, his post is more demanding, yet he’s in top form 

  

1-Rock N Roll Legacy – Off the board in 12 starts this season, yet was significantly better last week finishing just behind Camwiser & Dalton Did It, look for further improvement from the rail 

  

RACE 2 

1-Final Claim – Team Burke Hambletonian prospect has ripped through all three starts on the comeback trail, ultra impressive with an eye-catching :26.2 & wrapped up tight last week 

  

2-Goes Down Smooth – Completes the strong second half of the Team Burke Hambletonian hopeful combo, rebounded with a decisive wire-to-wire from post nine two weeks ago 

  

6-Warrior One – Runner up in all three legs & beaten favorite in round two, this handy gelding owns tactical speed & continues to play a prime opportunist role 

  

RACE 3 

9-Mcraven – Found a cure for his recent seconditis adding Gingras & unleashed a sterling rally off hot half, anything similar can overcome an even tough draw after that ideal acclimating mile 

  

3-Always A Diamond – Stepped it up in his last two at this level, capitalized on  dreamy two-hole ride off fast fractions with Gingras last week, draws inside again 

  

7-Boogie Nights – Forced wide from a tough spot into a :56.2 back half & finished a flying second to Always A Diamond, seven for the third straight week, will need some pace & trip luck 

  

RACE 4 

4-Top Flight Angel – Last year’s Breeders Crown runner up was no factor in what was evidently a needed comeback, standout Crown elimination in the slop last Fall  

  

8-Trolley – After fading to fourth @ Pocono he was severely pace compromised in the slop last week, can’t forget his overpowering Preferred class wins, one to beat despite the outside draw 

  

6-Pinkman – The classy 2015 Hambo hero & Trotter of the Year has come back with two solid seconds to standout Sutton, no Sutton here & on the verge of a top effort 

  

RACE 5 

5-Captain Koine – Seems like you can never go wrong with a Captaintreacherous, ships right into the Burke barn after sharpening his sword & fresh off an easy win @ Mohawk 

  

4-Western Exposure – Went all the way in his first qualifier in a sharp 1:52.2, then got caught behind a slow pace, draws inside for a barn going well right off the hop 

  

10-Price Hanover – Cancelliere brothers have come out guns blazing, this colt had some Grand Circuit experience, jogged in both qualifiers & has to be considered despite post ten 

  

RACE 6 

4-Sams A Champ A – Switched from the Levy @ Yonkers & acclimated nicely in his last two, drops another notch, right there in a blanket photo last week with a :25.4 & :53.4 back half 

  

3-I’m A Big Deal – Hammered down to 6-5 favorite & just missed with sharp speed at both ends in a 1:49.4 mile, now makes a key third start off the bench after dropping to this level 

  

1-Ocean Colony – Just one for ten this season, but has made a serious dent against tougher recently, finally gets some post relief & drops into a more likely spot 

  

RACE 7 

4-Stendahl Hanover – Sparked his recent form spree with a win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, stormed home to take a new mark of 1:49.4 last week & draws well in a field of fresh & lively opponents 

  

8-Blood Money – Matron Stakes winner as a freshman won his second qualifier with a very pleasing :25.2, this fine glamor boy prospect for Team Johansson faces a stiff test right away 

  

5-Smileandsaycheese – Has repeatedly encountered tough trips since those back-to-back upsets in late March, has a chance to rebound by uncorking his potent late kick 

  

RACE 8 

7-None Bettor A – Beaten favorite hit the board in his first two US starts, now shifts his act to the mile track to progress further for the always dangerous Team Bongiorno 

  

10-JK Parlay – Went right down the road to easily make it three in a row & powered to another new mark from post nine again fresh off the claim, may blast off & not look back 

  

5-Sagebrush Sid – Acclimated immediately with a mighty :53.4 back half to land in a wild photo finish last week, stalks the speed from midpack again in career form 

  

RACE 9 

7-Donttellmeagain – Equaled a track record of 1:47.2 in the 2018 Graduate Final, qualifiers indicate readiness, stablemate to Shartin N looks to be a major force in FFA ranks this year 

  

3-Highalator – Scored back-to-back romps upon his return here, then forced wide around fading cover & just missed to Sweet Rock, inside draw affords a chance to take charge 

  

10-Sweet Rock – Shot up the rail off torrid fractions & barely outsprinted Highalator to take a new mark of 1:48.1 two weeks ago, the added eighth plays into his relentless style 

  

RACE 10 

4-Rockme Rollme – Took a sparkling new mark of 1:50.1 over an off track in round two, too far off the pace into a :53.2 back half last week, improved post puts him back in play 

  

7-Respect Our Flag – Round one winner with a big rally, bounced back off  Leg 2 loss winning the fastest division in 1:49.2, look for this gelding to use that off-the-pace strategy again 

  

8-Prince Of Tides – Moves outside, yet has made a strong impression with a solid second & then an easy win last week, this Ross Croghan trainee continues to point skyward 

  

RACE 11 

7-K Ryan Bluechip – Two-time Preferred class winner this season closed into a :53.3 back half with little chance as the beaten favorite, gets another chance at this reduced level 

  

3-Alotabettor N – Was able to catapult off a hot pace to take a new mark of 1:49.3 two starts back, had broken equipment in the Preferred last out, drops back down & draws inside 

  

5-Captain Deo – Rode in on a long form spree & finished a solid second from post nine in a noteworthy Big M acclimating mile, has to be considered a major threat off that sub-1:50 mile 

  

RACE 12 

6-Trump Nation – That was some comeback after missing eight months, exploded up the rail in a wicked :52.3 in a standout first start here for Andrew Harris 

  

7-Seeing Eye Single – Reached a bit too high in the Preferred, then took charge, fought off pressure & went down the road for a new mark of 1:49.3 from post ten for Team Burke 

  

4-Grand Teton – Beaten heavy favorite left alertly, had dead aim & was outsprinted by Trump Nation Nation, classy & improving 4YO draws post four again for a sharp barn 

  

RACE 13 

3-Major Authority – Stung early in most recent & not much chance in his previous two, 1:51.2 performer here last season drops further & draws inside for Team Bongiorno 

  

4-Incredible Shark – Shot home in a crisp :25.4 to grab the place two starts back, then too far back into a :54.3 back half last week, draws better to make that late kick count 

  

8-Solo Story – One for 14 this season, yet just missed against these three starts back, fresh off a solid runner up finish @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, can leave to overcome the tough post back here 

  

  



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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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