Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:05 PM


4-Ima Tragedy N – Was too far back to make an impact in his comeback here, then pace compromised from post eight @ Pocono, tighter now & gets class & post relief & Dexter Dunn


9-Power Dreaming N – Sports a 1:52.4 mark here last season, responded to some freshening with a solid third here on June 20, tougher post, but reunited with Tetrick


3-Calvin B – Classy 10YO raced well in two starts back @ Saratoga, the latest from post eight there, picks up Corey Callahan & draws inside a field that is a combined 4 for 84 this season



1-Jula Trix Treasure – Matured nicely for Team Svanstedt, just missed in the NJSS Final, then stormed home for a new mark of 1:51.2 in the Reynolds, Hambo prospect from the rail


2-Play Trix On Me – NJSS champion a close second in the Reynolds, then caught in a tough spot in his Dancer division, stalks from an inside post & switches to The White Knight


3-Real Cool Sam – Dan Patch Award winner has struggled coming back, another miscue in his 3YO debut, changes drivers to Jordan Stratton, last chance to rebound before the Hambo elims



6-Decision Day – Dropped to this level & suddenly came to life & just missed with sharp speed, took a mark of 1:50.2 here this season, also owns a big kick & on the verge


9-Can’t Beach That – Dave Miller drove him perfectly & he just missed in :26.3 last week, tougher post this time, but this 1:49 winner here last season drops further


3-Palomar – Sub 1:50 performer here last season trending in a positive direction, right there last week with a :25.4 rally, now gets class & post relief



4-Next Level Stuff – Matron Stake winner from the first crop of Sebastian K, now three-for-three as a sophomore & Oaks bound, fresh off an easy PASS tally & looks up to this stiffer test


3-Common Sense S – Traffic-troubled third in the NJSS Final, then ran into a 1:50.2 Sorella & no chance in the Del Miller, gets a better draw to set up her stalk n pop strategy


2-Hall Of AM S – Stakes quality filly from a top trotting barn got off to a slow start from post ten & broke over an off track in the Reynolds, finally moves inside with plenty of upside potential



3-J M Mandamin – Came out flying to hit the board with a :26.2 in a sub 1:49 mile here back on June 20, off two tough trips in N/W 6 @ Pocono, now primed with an inside draw here in a handicapper’s headscratcher


5-Rock Me Hard – Ripped his way through the NJSS series & just missed in that final, lightly-raced 3YO takes on an even-matched & camera-shy group of older foes, tough to gauge after missing 22 days


1-Virgin Storm – Was rounding into form @ Pocono, a solid third in :26.2 against N/W 6 stock there two starts back & in line for a smooth trip from the rail in a very intriguing puzzle



6- Sister Sledge – PASS champion & runner up in the Breeders Crown & Goldsmith Maid, picked up where she left off winning her first two stakes @ The Meadows & barely outsprinted @ Harrah’s Philadelphia


4-Sherry Lyns Lady – 2019 Jim Doherty runner up back in sharp form, pressured & just missed in PASS as the beaten favorite, handy filly seems to have settled down for Tetrick


5-Dubai Princess – Second as the beaten favorite in the NJSS Final after setting a rated pace, then broke over an off track in the Reynolds, making only her fifth start for Team Takter



4-Sams Triple Crown – Has been heard from in three starts since the shutdown, but gets class & post relief, loves this track & finds an ideal spot for a wake up call


10-JK Wildfire – Took four starts on the comeback trail to perk up with a speedy brush to the top as the beaten favorite @ Pocono, lands outside here, but continues his class plunge


7-Griffon Hanover – A classy horse-for-the-course off a sick scratch & hasn’t raced in three weeks & draws a demanding post, but switches to Tetrick in a field of question marks



4-Hot Deuce – Left hard & came out of a shuffle with a mighty :26.2 surge to just miss last week, now moves inside for his key third start off the bench


1-Harambe Deo – Equaled his mark of 1:50.2 here this season, finally gets some class & post relief for a barn going well & seems like a logical threat


5-Thatswhatisaid N – Hit the board in his first three starts since coming back, parked first over into a quickening pace last week & rates highly with The Bionic Man



6-Angers Bayama – Dropped from the Graduate & aired it out all the way in a brilliant 1:48, punctuated with a :25.4, improving 4YO for Team Alagna exploding on Lasix


9-Crimson And Chrome – The Pace night $24.80 kickoff pick stormed home in a wicked :25.3 to take a new mark of 1:48, moves outside, yet remains a threat to repeat in a competitive affair


8-The Devil’s Own N – Relentless NZ bred forced into a premature move to a late lead & nosed out by Crimson And Chrome, tougher post here, but his big kick can’t be ignored



2-U S Captain – This Captain came to life by suddenly carving out some serious fractions & held for minor spoils on Pace Night, improving 4YO drops further & back inside


6-Closing Statement – Stormed home to a mild upset against better back on June 6, first over chasing a 1:48 runaway Angers Bayama last week, cycling forward again


4-Hayden Hanover – Sports that 1:47.3 speed badge last year, so we know what he’s capable of on his best day, fresh off a nose upset of Franco Totem N & draws better



5-Unloaded N – Dropped to this level & really turned his game around in his second US start, parked all the way & just missed over an off track & might on the verge


1-Heavenly Sound – Just one for his last 36 & winless this season, but moves inside & gets class relief off a sharp, wide rally chasing a runaway drop down winner


2-Our Positano N – Has come back with a pair of sharp on-the-board finishes, rallied from a tough spot in the slop, back half in :54, bumped up in class, yet draws better 



4-David’s Coming Home – Made a smashing return with a decisive score in a career best 1:52 on June 27 & now makes his third start off the bench from an improved post


7-Galactic Galleon N – Remember a few weeks ago when Shaun Vallee trainees perked up? This classy gelding is just two for his last 45, but eligible to exploit a softer spot


8-I’ll Call U Later – One for his last 55, yet offered a game grind in the slop for the show @ 66-1 in his return to the mile track, rates contender status off that effort despite post eight



1-Sutton Seelster – Left alertly to sit an ideal three-hole trip & shook loose with plenty to score the upset in the slop, rewarded with an inside draw & can easily come right back


2-Spondulicks N – Knocking on the door in three starts back, set an uncontested pace & collared by Dramatic Point last week, has inside advantage on that rival again


9-Dramatic Point – Added Brian Sears, hammered down to 8-5 favorite & came charging hard for a convincing win last week, same post, yet same class, hence a threat to repeat






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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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