Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:10 PM

RACE 1

2-Honeys Dragon – Rallied stoutly off the speed & just missed repeating & upsetting Mr Julian, 11YO was claimed & draws inside at the top of his form cycle

 

4-Jay Bees Grin N – Steps up a notch fresh off the claim & well-rated win as the heavy favorite, topped off with a :27.3, now acclimated & lands a prime spot to work out a stalking trip

 

3-Mr Julian – Claimed last week after three straight lifetime marks on the engine, not familiar with

the new Delaware-based trainer, but this 5YO figures to be the target with post three again

 

RACE 2

5-Roll N Catch – Tipped off cover & kicked home sharply in :26.3 to just miss to the favorite Uffizi last week, second off the bench for Brett Pelling, who owns seven Big M training titles

 

6-Medieval Dragon – Cut the corner turning for home & taken down for pylon violation last week, Burke trainee needed the race & lightly-raced 4YO has room for improvement

 

2-Art Miami – Homebred first time starter for Team Toscano, made progress in his latest two qualifiers & draws inside a soft field, dam is a sister to Mach It So, 1:48 [$1,810,344]

 

RACE 3

6-Sams Triple Crown – Lightly-raced & versatile gelding with the winning habit has clearly cycled around, fresh off a narrow loss when asked for speed & retains Andrew McCarthy

 

4-Last Gunfighter – Reeled off four in a row, including a 1:50.1 career best from post seven here two starts back before the break last out, big chance to rebound with controlling speed

 

7-Mr Varsity – Tony Alagna-tuned colt brushed n crushed a soft N/W of 2 in a sparkling 1:50 sophomore debut, steps up to face some serious foes with loads up upside, Hip #60 in the July 16 Mixed Sale

 

RACE 4

4-Rose Run Quickley – Might be coming around after a recent sick scratch, was a little better last out @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, twice a winner here this season, drops & draws well

 

7-Luv At First Site – Gelding’s lone win this season came with a huge upset rally from post seven back on 4-28, returns off a game third @ Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

9-Michael’s Wild Boy – Was shuffled & chased a runaway Marty De Vie in last Friday’s finale, post is tougher, but his form makes him a contender in this wide-open field

 

RACE 5

7-Twice An Angel – Chased a revved up Velocity Lana here two starts back, got parked & torched @ Yonkers last out, returns at the right level with some back class lines

 

9-Joyful Game – Credit Rick Dane, Jr. with a smooth, patient drive & his mare outgamed the roughed up favorite Cedar Hall Heiress with a strong back half, Big M lover is a threat to repeat

 

3-Mojarra Hanover – Steady closer was simply too far back last week, chased a 1:49.2 sizzler before that, 10YO draws an improved post & loves the long stretch here

 

RACE 6

4-Spicebomb – Gelding has come to life & revived his winning form with two straight wins in this series, crushed first over last week & draws better for the marquee match up

 

6-Ville Valo – Blew them away to go two-for-two on Lasix, regained his best stride since the sick scratch & barn change to Richie Johnson, tough to go against

 

1-Windsong Gorgeous – 10YO warhorse gathering momentum since the latest comeback, hit the board in both legs of this series, pushes off from the rail to stalk the speed

 

RACE 7

1-Iwillmakeyousaywow – Strong season here & on a recent form spree, chased a 1:48.2 standout Bettor’s Edge last week, draws the rail as part of a solid Team Buter entry

 

6-Maxdaddy Blue Chip – Hip #115 in the July 16th Mixed sale, has won half of his 16 starts this season, including a 1:49.3 mark @ Tioga, sharp recent form there, ideal midpack draw here

 

2A-Titus Seelster – Nice transition to the mile track with a noteworthy third from the rail here last week, timed in 1:48.4, moves outside, but the Jackie Greene entry deserves a long look

 

RACE 8

7-Iammrbrightside N – First over in a 1:48.4 mile & :54.2 back half here two starts back, more demanding draw this time, but class relief helps & he could surprise with a top effort

 

1-Western Hill – Ranked #7 on the Road to the Meadowlands Pace, fresh off a fifth in the NA Cup, Tony Alagna-tuned gelding has talent, potential & the rail in competitive match up

 

9-R J P – Pace eligible & beaten favorite was forced wide from an impossible spot into a :54.3 back half last week, stuck outside again, but needed to acclimate

 

RACE 9

5-Justified – Got off to a sharp start here last month with a nose upset, then a close second, drops back down & employs his steady stalking style from an ideal midpack post for Eric Abbatiello, who’s been driving well

 

4-Sir Jack – Flashed a hint of late pace from too far out of range last week, look for a better start from an improved post for the high percentage Amber Buter barn

 

2-Rocket Da Red – This rocket has fizzled in his last two from outside posts on smaller tracks, took a mark of 1:50.4 here back on April 29, class & post relief could spell wake up

 

RACE 10

4-Pierce – Launched a premature rally to a late lead & settled for third as the beaten favorite, draws inside again for his third start off the bench with some back class on view

 

5-Camturo Beach – Vincent Fusco, Jr. reclaim has roughed it first over in his last three, chased blowout winner Ville Valo last week, persistence could pay off

 

2-Quality Bud – Possible price play in here from an inside post, shuffled & paced home in :27 chasing Spicebomb last week, a smooth stalking trip could snap his 2017 skid

 

RACE 11

2-Windsong Napoleon – Recent Mark Ford acquisition added Lasix & tried NYSS @ Vernon, then N/W of 6 @ Yonkers, 3YO ships into a much softer spot here

 

5-Democracy N – Took a mark of 1:50 here last season, yet has really struggled this year, used hard here from post seven two starts back, returns at a reduced level

 

9-Arsenic – Beaten favorite in the comebacker @ Saratoga, makes his second start for Heidi Rohr, owns a bit a back class & may be heard from despite post nine

 

RACE 12

3-Autobiographical – 1:53.2 winner here in slop this season makes his third start off the bench, drops in price & draws inside a wide-open finale

 

7-Yacht King – 9YO has come to hand in his last three on-the-board finishes, the latest a close

second from post eight with pace at both ends

 

2-Stormin Rustler – 13YO warhorse just one for 22 this season & has been landing on the fringes, yet you can never count him out with a stalking trip imminent from an inside post

 

 



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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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