Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:37 PM

RACE 1

7-She’s Nun Bettor N – New Zealand import left alertly & shook loose late in a crisp :27.2 to take her Big M qualifier with Dexter Dunn, a similar strategy is likely from a more challenging post

 

4-Coconut Beach – Turned in some solid preps @ Southern Oaks, then romped with a perfect trip @ Wind Gap, Art Major filly can stalk from an inside draw for Team Miller

 

5-So Nice Hanover – Lightly-raced daughter of Artspeak added Lasix & raced well in both qualifiers, the latest chasing a 1:50.4 winner, matches up well in a wide-open curtain raiser

 

RACE 2

5-The Greek Freak – Maturing Captaintreacherous gelding went all the way in decisive fashion @ Gaitway, back half in :56 & draws a bit better for Team Burke in a soft maiden affair 

 

6-Sunuma Beach – Launched a noteworthy late move & finished up in :27.2 @ Magical Acres, saw action in The Stallion Series at two & rates contender status

 

3-Level Up – NYSS graduate finished a solid second in his Goshen qualifier, now in a new barn & draws well to work out a similar stalking trip

 

RACE 3

8-Keystone Honor – Hot item @ Yonkers this past Winter, now with Richard Johnson & finished well in his second Gaitway qualifier

 

7-Sapphire City – 12YO warhorse claimed by Andrew Harris back in early February when he finished second from the same post & his Gaitway qualifier was okay

 

6-Luck N Roll K – Claimed here in late February when he romped from post eight as the favorite, tough to gauge off his Goshen qualifier however

 

RACE 4

3-Moneyman Hill – 1:50.4 KYSS winner @ two just missed in his Big M qualifier, back half in :54, has an inside advantage in field with several possibilities

 

4-Patriot Nation – Flashed a bit of talent as a freshman, added Lasix for two very good Gaitway qualifiers & draws well to make an immediate impression for Andrew Harris

 

1-Vergeofgreatness N – Connections are off to a strong start with a slew of downunder imports, this gelding scooted home in :26.4, lands the rail & could surprise

 

RACE 5

2-Revolver N – Here’s another Kelvin Harrison-Curtin Anz downunder prospect, kicked home in :26.1, back half in :54.3, draws inside off that fine first try around this oval

 

7-Gods Spirit N – New Zealand import attacked late & gave the great Wiggle It Jiggleit a tussle to the wire, back half in :55, has to rate highly off that encouraging effort here

 

3-Mayfield Duke – Was on a form spree @ Dover Downs before the shutdown, his Gaitway qualifier wasn’t inspiring, but this steady gelding draws well for Team Burke

 

RACE 6

1-Genius Man – 3YO Art Major colt draws the rail brimming with confidence, winning all three preps, the latest on cruise control @ Tioga for Team Miller

 

7-Manticore – Grand Curcuit player @ two prepped with speed @ Magical Acres, the latest with a :26.2, back half in :54.2, looks ready to pop fresh off the bench

 

2-Cigars And Port – NYSS champion @ two rebounded with a vigorous second qualifier @ Goshen, Ray Schnittker send out a pair of 3YO winners here last Saturday

 

RACE 7

5-The Devils Own N – Rallied to win his well-regarded US debut here as the even money favorite, qualified energetically, so hasn’t missed a beat & stands out in this one

 

3-Declan Seelster – Both Gaitway qualifiers set him nicely for a strong comeback, put up some strong numbers last year & draws well here to set up a smooth trip

 

4-Alotbettor N – 1:49.3 performer here last season failed to get involved from post eight in his second Gaitway qualifier, lands inside here for his new barn in a best of the rest scenario

 

RACE 8

2-Lake Charles – Made a strong impression @ two, winning five of nine starts, Goshen qualifiers were excellent, draws inside & Ray Schnittker sophomores have been ready to roll

 

8-The First Step – Romped to an impressive 1:50 upset here back in late February & won his Gaitway qualifier from the same post for Team Burke

 

1-Freedom Warrior – 1:49.4 freshman performer & Breeders Crown finalist held on to win his Big M qualifier with a back half of :54.1 & lands the rail to take charge

 

RACE 9

2-Prairie Panther – Stormed home @ 14-1 in his only Big M start @ this level in late July last year, prepped with his usual speed & draws inside to take control

 

1-The Bettormack N – Beaten favorite closed from an impossible spot into a :54.1 back half in his US debut, tighter now, moves inside, yet does step up in class

 

6-Thinkbig Dreambig – Looks poised for a big comeback after only eight starts last year, nosed out with a :54.3 back half in Big M qualifier & Team Takter have been hot fresh off the bench

 

RACE 10

8-Backstreet Shadow – 1:47.3 performer here last season returns on a four-race winning streak & impressive Gaitway qualifier for Team Burke, back half in :53.2

 

5-Tookadiveoffdipper – Dominant figure in the Yonkers Open Handicap before the shutdown, locked in the pocket too long in last week’s 1:48.4 Preferred, worth following up on

 

1-Becher’s Brook A – Tripped out to make a smooth mile track transition, barely outgamed a fiercely determined Deal A Winner & took a new mark of 1:49, back half in :54.3 

 

RACE 11

3-Yacht Week – Came back with a solid Gaitway qualifier, back half in :54, returns at a reduced level & draws inside a wide-open field for Team Burke

 

8-Solid Gold N – Stablemate to HOY Shartin N breezed in his Magical Acres qualifier with a :54.2 back half, New Zealand deserves major attention right off the hop

 

1-Penzance Hanover – Rated a soft :57 half & held on to win his Big M qualifier, form was strong @ Dover Downs, lands the rail & barn off to productive start

 

RACE 12

8-Paduka M – New Zealand import held on to win his Big M qualifier with a :54.3 back half, tough post for his US debut, but finds a field full of easy toss outs 

 

7-Jet Airway – Won twice here this past Winter in convincing fashion, stormed home to win his Big M qualifier from post eight, classy 9YO worth a long look

 

9-Aintnobettor A – Caught too far back in his second qualifier @ Gaitway, paced home in :26.4 here before that, Aussie bred draws outside for his US debut on Lasix

 

RACE 13

3-Legion Of Boom – Winner here as the favorite with pace @ both ends back in late December, two qualifiers chasing some Burke monsters @ Gaitway & draws inside a blank finale

 

6-Lord Of Misrule – Just one for 31 last year, raced well @ Pocono before the shutdown, tough to gauge his Gaitway qualifier, 9YO owns some back class

 

8-John Daly – Tripped out to win here in early November of last year, freshened up by the shutdown & carved a strong Goshen qualifier

 

 

 

 



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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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