Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:57 PM


5-Beckys Dreamboat – Overcame post eight with an alert start, saved ground & shook loose late to surge for the upset, draws better to repeat in a wide open GSY Series Final


3-Fox Valley Hermia – Nine-time winner this season has rounded into form for Nick Surick, fresh off a narrow loss @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws inside & re-united with Tyler Miller


2-Macherati – Scored back-to-back blowouts in this GSY Series @ Monticello after a barn change to Rick Dane, Jr., solid runner up from the same post @ Tioga Downs last out


Race 2

5-Hudson River – Stayed flat in his last two. runner up to the streaking Eurobond in the comebacker, then an even fifth with an alert start from post nine in the Tompkins Geers, gives Takter a chance to be more aggressive in his third start off the bench 


7-HL Revadon – The Dexter Cup runner up finished a strong second to the red-hot Hativah last week, an encouraging effort from this lightly raced gelding, his post is tougher, but there are no standouts in this affair


4-No Drama Please – Had some Hambo aspirations, but 0 for ten this season, Lasix did not help in his last two against top company, this could be more to his liking



6-Hallintheclouds – Just one for 14, but gets a monster class drop from chasing Grand Circuit stock, she’s no slam dunk in here but Team Svanstedt appear to have the one to beat


7-Landonfitz – One for 17 this season, yet recent efforts @ Yonkers are worth noting, this is a decent dose of class relief & he loves this track


2-Superiorcourt – Steady gelding ships in showing a four-race string of strong miles @ Monticello, draws inside to push off close to pace for the very capable David Yarock 



2-Cardinale – This Team Orange Crush filly has caught fire winning two in a row, fresh off a perfect trip new mark with the drop to this level & draws post two again


1-Dawn Of Glory – This late-blooming Cantab Hall filly has rallied to upset in two of her last three elsewhere for team Orange Crush, drops to the bottom condition here & lands the rail 


5-Masster Blue – Only one for 25 in 2019, but earned checks in his last three here, comes off a runner up effort to Cardinale, a faster pace would aid his cause



7-Majestic Fire – No chance after a slow start in a world record mile last week, just missed in his previous two here with sharp rallies, sandwiched around a win @ Vernon Downs


2-Starsaboveallerage – 8YO gelding draws inside & ships in off a pair of solid seconds on smaller tracks, just missed for Stephen Oldford @ Tioga Downs last out


3-Lazurus – Been racing okay against tougher foes recently, tried to overcome outside posts in his last two @ Yonkers, draws inside here & could surprise wide open field



2-Guaranteed – Not quite Tactical Landing, but an interesting Takter reclamation project, twice qualified with plenty after the barn change, lightly-raced Muscle Hill colt with talent draws inside


3-Hatikvah – Marcus Melander trainee has come around with his first two wins back-to-back, both in first over steamroll style, continues to ramp it up in a field ripe for the taking


4-Chin Chin Hall – Bluegrass winner & Valley Victory runner up at two has taken a couple of starts to regain form for Nifty Norman with the addition of trotting hopples & Lasix last out, surged home a strong third in a world record mile



3-Make It Big – Dropped to this 75 TM level & just missed with an aggressive effort two starts back, now moves inside off a nightmare trip with the trainer driving last week


1-Tailgunner Hanover – Rebounded with a sterling rally & upset, yet that was three weeks ago, moves inside & may try to brush & crush this bunch


4-Hopiesdragninthedo – Ontario newcomer just one for 22 this season, but that lone win was a convincing wire-to-wire upset two starts back, change of scenery & inside draw



2-Jezzy’s Legacy – Took a new mark of 1:54.1 against N/W 4 @ Pocono three starts back, lands in a softer spot here & draws well to work out the right kind of trip


4-Special Honor - $200,000+ winner at two may be coming around for Team Orange Crush, finished a solid third in the Tompkins Geers & now has something positive to build on


1-Personal Paradise – Lone win came in the PA Allstars this season, took a shot at the Oaks elims no avail, can bounce back with speed from the rail



6-Dragonology – Flashed plenty of late pace from an impossible spot with a :25.4 kicker in his second start off the bench & moves forward off that acclimating mile with Gingras


2-Odds On Lauderdale – 1:49.1 performer here last season sparked his form in last two with a narrow loss from post nine, then a dominant score from post ten, now moves inside to stand out


10-Barimah A – Took full advantage of the class drop with a rousing score in a sizzling 1:50 last week, moves all the way outside, but remains a major threat at this level



3-Surfing Tide – Got to give him high points for his mighty surge & close second as the beaten favorite two starts back, drops back to that level, draws well & still fresh on the comeback trail


1-Shattered Glass – Almost went all the way from post nine two starts back, then ran into the raging City Hall, draws inside again & remains at a competitive level


10-Backstreet Lawyer – Chased 1:47.4 & 1:48.3 winners in his last two, gets more class relief, sub 1:50 winner here this season deserves a long look despite post ten



5-Gotta Go B B – Scored his first win of the season when he moved east & switched to Nick Surick, had no chance from post nine last week, drops into a more likely spot with Tetrick back in the bike


1-Always A Diamond – Reeled off two straight convincing wins before the miscue from post ten a G Notes Final, now moves inside & re-united with Gingras


10-B Well – Took charge & held on the win his Big M debut, bumped up to this level & finished a solid second, rates sharp contender status despite post ten



1-Golden Tricks – Three-time winner this season, took a mark of 1:52.2 in the Tompkins Geers, simply wasn’t right in her Oaks elimination, moves inside to rebound for Team Svanstedt


6-Starita – Rallied to win a Reynolds division using her solid gate speed to trip out from a similar post, gets away from Millies Possesion & company here & looms large


4-The Ice Dutchess – Tried trotting hopples & things didn’t work out from post eight in her Oaks elimination, a strong third in the Del Miller before that, which makes her a threat here



9-Outkast Blue Chip – Recent Team Bongiorno claim hasn’t made much headway in his last three @ Yonkers, draws outside here, but drops to face a soft bottom level match up


7-Spicebomb – Hasn’t been to get anything going recently, trying speed two starts back, then got rough up first over last week, this class drop could spell wake up however


6-Ideal Chill – Beaten favorite dropped to this bottom rung, left alertly, took charge & faded late in a 1:50.1 mile, that was a positive sign of vigor in a field begging to beaten







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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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