Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:30 PM


7-Spirit Of Truth – Just two for 27 this season, but owns a fierce late kick on display against some N/W $6,000 company recently, swoops past them all with the right trip


3-Serious Major – Claim took four starts to pay off with a big wire-to-wire blowout in the GSY Series, has missed three weeks, but draws well to go as far as he can


6-Sprocket – Interesting 4YO ships in flashing some signs of life on the comeback trail & drops into a soft G Notes division for a strong percentage barn



3-Constntlysidewys A – Aussie-bred gelding has slid down the class ladder & may have gotten his act together based on his latest effort for his new barn & draws an improved post


8-Kiwi Ideal N – 1:50 performer here this season gets some much-needed class relief, draws post eight again, yet looms as a closing threat if the fractions & trip go in his favor


4-Louphoria – Intriguing 3YO filly who’s had a taste of stakes company for Team Burke, hasn’t raced in three weeks, but draws well to spark something in this easier G Notes match up



3-Seaside Bliss – Unleashed a :26.4 flurry to hit the board two starts back, then finished well again against the undefeated Millies Possesion in the Reynolds, trending right & draws inside


1-Personal Paradise – Draws inside again fresh off a solid third in the Reynolds, wire-to-wire in the PA Allstars on June 9 & competitive in PASS, look for her on or near the lead


8-Sister’s Promise – Rallied from a tough spot to grab second to standout Evident Beauty in the NJSS Final, chased the undefeated Millies Possesion in her last two, threat despite post eight



2-Rich And Miserable – Parlayed his recent success @ Pocono into an impressive career best in a sparkling 1:51 Big M debut, draws the same inside post to stay on a roll


4-Cruzado Dela Noche – The Cutler Memorial winner just missed with a game grind two starts back, beaten favorite with not enough punch off cover last time, but continues to loom large


5-Pinkman – Ultra classmaster was relentless first over chasing Rich And Miserable & settled for second again two weeks ago, remains a prime opportunist



5-Green Manalishi S – Former high quality freshman won the fastest Beal elimination, tough trip third in that final, beaten favorite in the Dancer continues to ramp it up for the Hambo


4-Sheena’s Boy – Has regained his winning form @ Pocono for Team Svanstedt, tough loss to stablemate Soul Strong here two starts back, draws well for final Hambo prep


9-Hudson River – Took a huge step forward for Team Johansson when Jimmy Takter guided him to a distant second to runaway Eurobond, now tries to keep his Hambo flicker of hope alive from a much tougher post



9-Dorsoduro Hanover – Classy Team Burke 4YO has struggled to match strides with the sport’s top guns in his transition season, lands post nine again, but has a chance to regain his confidence against a wide-open field


10-Incredible Shark – May have to be a bit incredible to overcome post ten, yet has hit the board in three of his last four & gets a dose of class relief in a handicapper’s nightmare


3-Ideal Feeling – That gutsy nose win in a lifetime best 1:49 three starts back certainly sparked his form, then he was third timed in 1:47.4 & had no chance in a 1:48.1 mile last week, draws post three again 



2-Golden Tricks – Suddenly found her best stride with back-to-back blowouts last month, then just missed to the undefeated Millies Possesion in the Reynolds, stands out from post two in this soft division


1-Special Honor – Was a Grand Circuit winning 2YO, starting to regain form for Team Orange Crush, makes her third start off the bench from the rail with a chance to trip out


5-Fade Into You – Team Burke may have found the key to this Cantab Hall filly, added trotting hopples & flashed some late trot in the comebacker/acclimating mile



9-Another Daily Copy – Fresh off another excellent effort & narrow loss with sharp pace at both ends, faces a difficult draw, but drops again in search of an overdue win


4-Sweet Rock – Nosed out by an unbelievably good Ideal feeling two starts back, a decent fourth with speed from post eight last week, class & post relief allow him to capitalize on current form in another handicapping head scratcher


2-Dubious Claim – Beaten favorite grinded first over for another second, 1:50.4 winner @ Big M this season switches back from Harrah’s Philadelphia & looms large from an inside post



1-Pilot Discretion – Saw his undefeated string snapped when the vicious Greenshoe steamrolled past in the Dancer, remains a major Hambo player with a chance to push off & save ground from the rail


6-Marseille – Stole a :30.3 second quarter enroute to his 57-1 upset over Greenshoe in the Beal, lightly-raced Hambo prospect for Team Svanstedt makes his Big M debut with the Hambo on the horizon


4-Soul Strong – Another Team Svanstedt Hambo hopeful fresh off a new mark of 1:52.1 with sharp trot at both ends, draws better & retains Dexter Dunn



9-Odds On Lauderdale – 1:49.1 performer here last season qualified nicely against the classy Kissin In The Sand & faces a tough draw here, but makes his second start off the bench at an easier level 


5-City Hall – 1:49.4 winner here this season was able to conjure up some back class & revive his winning form at the bottom condition level last week, has a chance to follow up in similar fashion


2-Shattered Glass – Suddenly took charge, tried to give them the slip with a :27.1 third quarter & just missed to the trip sitting favorite Change Stride N last week, moves inside to attempt a similar strategy



6-Big CC’s Rock – Left in the wake of Always A Diamond & company, yet didn’t race too badly in his Big M debut after a missing a few weeks, has a chance to improve with a more aggressive effort


2-Always A Diamond – Added the red-hot Yannick Gingras & promptly went all the way from post seven last week, draws better & looks like the one to track down again


3-Good Day Mate – Beaten favorite rode a pocket trip behind the Always A Diamond & was outgamed for second, racing well recently & draws well to resume a stalking role with a one for 18 record this season



7-Backstreet Shadow – Followed up a Graduate division win @ Tioga with a 1:47.4 upset in a 4YO Preferred here on June 22, rallied from a tough spot to hit the board in the Graduate Final, Team Burke trainee in top form & gets Gingras


1-American History – 1:47 mark here last season, winless so far in 2019 but knocking on the door recently, no chance from post ten in the Graduate Final, moves inside to employ his stalk & big kick strategy


4-Closing Statement – Has been freshened up nicely by Mark Harder & came back with two strong closing efforts this month, razor sharp with speed at both ends of a narrow loss last week, possible price play



1-Make It Big – Winless this season & twice landed on the fringes at the bottom condition level here last month, recent barn change getting a bit of class relief & moves inside, worth a swing at a price


4-Buckeye In Charge – We can all see that he is just one for his last 44, but his recent form has been solid, hitting the board in three of his last four, gets away from Rocks Noble Artist & draws much better


7-I’m Sid The Kid – The Kid gets another shot at this reduced TM Rating after being forced wide from a tough spot last week, if there’s any sort of mayhem this stone closer could benefit 





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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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