Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:43 PM


7-Sapphire City – Beaten favorite was well rated & just missed fresh off the bench, 12YO with 66 career wins gets the very capable Joe Pennacchio & going well now for trainer Andrew Harris


3-Take It Back Terry – Ultra classy 11YO Team Burke trainee has had two tighteners @ Pocono & draws well in search of his 60thcareer win while facing easier company


1-Walks Of Life – The amateur drivers are back & Joe Lee is one of the best, Walks Of Life was allowed to walk around the track as the heavy favorite with Gingras, lands the rail here & figures to be forwardly placed



5-Jula Trix Treasure – First leg upsetter when he got the jump on Play Trix On Me, grinded gamely & still trotted home in :27.4, improving colt has a big chance to upset


6-Play Trix On Me – Brushed & crushed them last week after a narrow loss in round one, this Trixton colt stands out again for Team Toscano


1-Toccoa Falls – Liking the aggressive effort in round one, pace & position compromised last week & now has a chance to trip out from the rail for The Bionic Man



2-French Moni – Beaten heavy favorite faded @ Pocono, yet made a nice recovery from an early miscue to just miss here before that & draws inside a softer field


6-Crossfit – Stayed flat & trotted evenly in his second start back @ Pocono for Team Burke, was facing tougher N/W 6 before the shutdown & now tackles a field begging to be beatenw


9-Credit Fraud – Horse-for-the-course has proven herself here, now makes her fourth start since coming back, draws outside, but lands in a best of the rest scenario



4-Thundra – Just missed to Odds On Sarasota in the first leg, outsprinted off the slow pace last week, lightly-race filly draws well again with a chance to trip out & faster fractions would help


7-Odds On Sarasota – Looks for a three-ply series sweep off a perfect trip score, took a mark of 1:53.1 in the first leg & looks like the one to beat despite a demanding post


3-Duck N Roll – Shook loose out of a shuffle to grab second in a sharp :27 last week, draws inside again & continues to improve, while seeking her first win



4-Rockin The Aces – Overcame a slow start from post nine & some interference to light up the board in round two, this gelding has clearly come to life for his new barn & draws better


2-Rock Me Hard – Forced wide & rallied a bit prematurely as the beaten heavy favorite last week, dominant first leg winner with a :25.4 draws inside as a major dangerous again


5-Rockin The Gates – Suddenly displayed controlling speed & just missed with a much-improved second start here @ big odds, builds on that in a competitive final



1-Common Sense S – Stakes quality filly at two & was a solid runner up in the first leg with a :26.1, moves inside after missing last week& has a big chance to pounce for the upset


6-Ab’sattitudexpress – Was right there in a tight photo fresh off the bench, then uncorked a wire-2to-wire blowout upset last week, no telling how good she is


7-Dubai Princess – Unleashed a dazzling wire-to-wire 1:52 upset in the first leg, then took last week off, making only her third career start with a bright future & Team Takter is on fire



2-Southwind Frost – Showed stark improvement while chasing a standout in his second start off the bench, maturing 4YO for Team Orange Crush draws a better post in a prime spot


1-Warrawee Shipshape – Finished a deceptively good third in the comeback for Team Cullipher, lands the rail & in line for a smooth trip in a wide-open field


5-Infiniti AS – 8YO won his Magical Acres qualifier with a nice late burst, then broke as a the heavy favorite here, has now missed three weeks, but was racing well before the shutdown



5-Peaky Sneaky – Flashed plenty of sneaky late pace in :25.1 after an impossible trip last week, :52.3 back half, Grand Circuit winner at two was scintillating in her 3YO debut & draws better


4-Marloe Hanover – Distinguished herself at three, runner up to Peaky Sneaky from post ten followed by a narrow loss on the engine & draws well while razor sharp


2-Lady Lou – Lightly-raced, yet talented filly For Team Alagna was outstanding in both qualifiers here before airing it out against N/W 2 a couple of weeks ago, gets a true test on a big step up



2-Lion Safari AS – Took a ton of tote action & lived up to it with an aggressive score from post nine, bumped up in class for his second start off the bench off that lifetime best


4-Resita – Prevailed with a well-rated effort when favored fresh off the bench, then tossed in a clunker two weeks ago & draws well against an easier field to rebound


1-Carric – That was a solid second to a very good one in Trolley two starts back, no factor last week chasing a 1:51.3 winner, back on the rail in a more reasonable spot



3-Compelling –Verlin Yoder noted for top trotters like millionaire Natural Herbie & Breeders Crown champion Woodside Charm, this Indiana-bred mare romped in both starts @ Tioga Downs & draws well to flaunt her talent & potential


2-Trolley – Exploded home to win his comebacker in fine style, then was caught first over in a very slow pace @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, returns to his favorite track with another inside post


8-Muscle Diamond – Finished a solid third in the comebacker, then caught in never-never land last week, tougher post here, but has license to wake up with right set up



3-Dangerousprecedent – Overcame a tough trip from post 11 to take a sparkling new mark of 1:51.1 fresh off the claim & drops back down for her third start off the bench


4-I Will Do It – Clearly needed her first start back in the slop @ Pocono after a lame scratch & long layoff, horse-for-the-course draws inside at a much easier level for her new barn


9-Shellie De Vie – Has been sluggish in three starts since coming back & draws another tough post, but this is a much easier match up for a 1:51.3 winner here last season



1-Spondulicks N – Overcame a horrendous trip from post nine to hit the board in his comebacker & now this 1:53.1 winner here last season moves inside a highly likely spot


5-Our Art And Heaven – Had a win & close second here before the shutdown, got to figure he’s better than his comeback mile & this is another soft spot to rebound with Dexter Dunn


10-Nameisonthehalter – Grinded gamely off a slow pace & finished a solid second fresh off the bench, now stuck outside, yet any kind of trip can put him in play



3-Little Honeybadger – Finished well to grab second behind a well-backed winner fresh off the bench & now draws better to follow up in a wide-open finale


9-Adorabella – Set a well-rated pace & settle for second in her comebacker @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, back outside, but this is a real soft spot


10-Stick That Lip Out – Picked up minor spoils from post 12 in her return here & now stuck outside, yet the remainder in this field are simply beyond serious consideration




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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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