Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:54 PM


3-Capricornus – After two excellent qualifiers here he chased a favorite who stole away on the lead @ Pocono, in line for another smooth trip here, first foal out of a sister to Cedar Dove, 1:52.3 [$1,178,930]


1-Big Oil – Homebred son of Father Patrick prepped solidly & romped decisively in his PA Allstars opener @ Pocono & draws better back here, second foal out of the Miller’s Cee Bee Yes, 1:50.2 [$534,206]


5-Expectations – Controlled both baby races here, then clearly second best to Big Oil @ Pocono, gate speed puts him right back in play, brother to a couple of good ones, My MVP, 1:52 [$879,804] & Top Expectations, 1:51.3 [$408,694]



4-Ramona Hill – Muscle Hill first foal out 1:51.4 performer Lock Down Lindy won both preps with a sharp late burst & dominated her debut as advertised, looks to sail along in a soft division for the Alagna Armada


3-Jula Beauty AM – Her baby races were excellent, including a close second to Ramona Hill, must rebound off a late miscue @ Pocono as the heavy favorite, second foal & sister to Guaranteed, a 1:53.4 3YO this season


5-Julia C – Won her second baby race with confidence, then broke at the start of her debut last week, has a chance to rebound & step it up, sister to Wolfgang, 1:51.3 [$578,560]



6-Captain Nemo – $400,000 yearling chased Capt Midnight in both morning trials, outhustled that stablemate when favored in his debut, looms large for Team Alagna, brother to Hayden Hanover, a 1:47.3 Big M winner a few weeks ago


5-Capt Midnight – $350,000 colt won both baby races rather impressively, then paced a :53.3 back half from an impossible spot, moves inside to midpack in a loaded division, brother to 1:49.1 Pace finalist Captain Trevor


7-Lottery Winner – Really stepped up to win his second qualifier with major league speed, paced a :54.4 back half in his debut @ Mohawk, challenging post in a tough field, brother to Thinkbig Dreambig, 1:48.2 [$551,702]



2-Top Expectations – Shipped south from Mohawk fresh off a new mark 1:51.3 & squandered a second over trip chasing Hannelore Hanover, class & post relief & trip potential make her a serious contender in this match up


3-Homicide Hunter – Fastest trotter in history got a reprieved from series action & got parked chased a 1:51.2 winner last week, draws better for Team Burke, no standouts in here, big chance to take charge & due to spark something


4-Top Flight Angel – Shook loose late with some alert trot to the wire in his return to the Big M last week, finds a prime spot to crack his 2019 goose egg for Team Orange Crush



7-Eurobond – Was an instant success with the barn change to Team Orange Crush, reeling off a convincing career best of 1:51.4 as the heavy favorite, big threat to repeat


9-Spectre – Fresh off an upset & new mark of 1:52.3 he regressed into another late break last week, this gelding has some upside potential, look for him to leave, settle in for another trip & possibly rebound for Team Harmon


3-Captain Morgan – Lightly raced 4YO qualified more than adequately behind Hambo players Pilot Discretion & Don’t Let’em, draws inside with speed & could make an immediate impression



5-Sheer Muscle – Lightly-raced 3YO Muscle Hill colt has been showing positive signs, added Lasix & failed to match up with top Hambo players in the Dancer, lands in a softer spot to regain his confidence


2-Hatikvah – Steadily improving yet winless 3YO for Marcus Melander with only eight starts, huge improvement & solid second two starts back, trotted home in :27 last out & draws inside a field rip for the taking


6-Star Track Hanover – Team Orange Crush Hambo eligible just one for 14, not going in the right direction & comes off an early break, yet has a chance to turn things around in this field of question marks



1-Hellbent For AM S – Swedish-bred son of Muscle Hill has been picture-perfect so far, held on to win his PA Allstars debut @ Pocono for Team Melander & stands out from the rail here


9-Ontopofthehill – Runner up to the uncatchable Synergy last week & second to Big Oil in his previous qualifier, tougher draw, but high end potential for this $250,000 yearling, second dam is the 2006 Oaks champion Passionate Glide 


5-Stay Close – Father Patrick colt has made some natural progress in three morning trials & just missed with some speed in his latest, a brother to Milligan’s School, 1:53.2 [$539,726] 



4-Abigail Dawn – Consistent Chris Ryder trainee has more than held her own against stakes company, fresh off a gutsy win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well in a wide-open field


5-Key West – Lightly-raced 1:51.1 performer at two has now had three starts on the comeback trail for Team Alagna & the beaten favorite hasn’t raced in a month, still has a chance to flaunt her talent & potential in a field begging for someone to step up


7-Kimberlee – Crushed down to 9-5 favorite & romped to a new mark of 1:51.2 here on June 7 off a sick scratch, returns fresh off a solid second @ Pocono & may be ready to step up to this level for Team Svanstedt



3-Synergy – $275,000 Father Patrick colt out of a sister to Federal Flex, 1:53.3 [$735,534] looked superb in his third baby race, then crushed them in an impressive debut, draws inside again & could be anything


1-Rome Pays Off – Steady improvement & fresh off an easy baby race win here he tripped out to take his PA Allstars debut @ Pocono, another gem for Team Melander launches from the rail, a brother to Hambo eligible Marseille, 1:52.3


2-Worthy Of Honor – Competitive in all three outings so far for Team Orange Crush, tried a brush of speed in the PA Allstars @ Pocono, better draw for this match up, fifth foal out of Breeders Crown champion Honorable Daughter, 1:55.1 [$979,236]



5-Surfing Tide – Took a mark of 1:50.4 here in an abbreviated 3YO season offered some late pace in his latest comeback @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands in a prime spot to shine


1-Sportsmanship – Just one for 23 this season, yet finished second to a revved up City Hall last week & draws better for the bump back up in class 


2-Jackamino – Only 3 for 37, but returns fresh off a lively third @ Pocono, just missed from post ten here three starts back & in line for a stalking trip



8-Taramakaureactor N – Just missed with a late move two starts back, draws a tougher post, but drops to an easier rating, while banking on a speed target


1-Fire Light – Took a new mark of 1:52.4 when he rallied as the heavy favorite on June 15, returns to a similar rating with the rail & re-united with Corey Callahan


6-Power Dreaming N – Lightly-raced NZ-bred 4YO pulled off a well-meant upset from post nine back on June 22, any semblance of that effort makes him a threat here



6-Reflect With Me – $120,000 Captaintreacherous standout displayed eye-catching closing speed in her baby races, just missed with :53.1 back half & :25.1 kicker in her opener, 9thfoal out of the steady producer Remember When, 1:50.3 [$917,523]


10-JK First Lady – 3 Brothers homebred first foal out of 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady scored with a perfect trip when favored in a sparkling debut, paced a :53.4 back half & kicked home in :25.4, post ten in a talent-laden field may not stop her


2-Lady Lou – Sweet Lou filly qualified with plenty of speed & lived up to hype in her debut, holding off Marloe Hanover, another Team Alagna gem draws inside 



8-U Need Stones – Team Burke 4YO getting his act together, fresh off a solid second to a well-rated Zlatan last week, tougher post here, but gets further class relief


9-Majestic Fire – Returns here fresh off one of his big late moves that produced a nose upset @ Vernon Downs, just a fifth off his lifetime mark, rallied right there in the photo two starts back


2-Swan Chase – Just getting his season underway @ Hoosier Park & shows back-to-back narrow losses there recently, owns some back class, arrives in a productive barn & draws inside a suspect field



5-Chief Mate – Sizzled home in both baby races & erupted to win his debut in :54.3 & :25.4, Captaintreacherous first foal from his dam whose family includes Mr Feelgood, 1:48.3 [$1,259,599]


6-Bombshell Hanover – His baby races showed steady improvement, the latest a neck shy of Capt Midnight, a solid third in his debut with a :25.3, brother to Badiou Hanover, 1:49.3 & Big Top Hanover, 1:51


4-Force N Fury – The Alagna Armada unveils another Captaintreacherous colt making nice moves in his morning trials & draws well to make an immediate impression, 7thfoal out of world champion My Little Dragon, 1:48.1 [$2,318,623], brother to Stay Hungry, 1:47.3 [$1,303,709]


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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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