Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 08, 2021 10:09 PM


1-Bugger Bruiser – 10YO warhorse left alertly & lunged late in a crisp :27.2 after Gypsy Leather had already stolen it, that’s two narrow losses at this level in his last three & in line to trip out, turn the tables & break through


4-Gypsy Leather – Added Gingras & was allowed to steal away with soft fractions over an off track last week & draws inside again after breaking his 2021 goose egg


8-Mike’s Powerhouse – 0 for 11 in 2021, tuned up with a moderate Gaitway qualifier, draws outside, but returns to the mile track here at a reduced price



5-Alwaysabeachday – She’s been better in her last two despite a sick scratch sandwiched in between, flashed a :26.3 last week & eligible to step up 


1-JM Betonsix – Just missed to the repeating Northern Storm in :26.4 two starts back, then outsprinted by that same rival, third straight rail & poised to graduate in top form


2-Off The Record – 1:52.4 winner here at two & has hinted of talent, finally draws inside off a decent acclimating mile with our Driver of the Week & high percentage barn



2-Mcnulty Z Tam – His lone win this season came with a career best @ The Big M, freshened, qualified with some vigor & draws inside for his new barn


5-Risky Million – 0 for 16 in 2021, but making positive moves here for his new barn, launched off fast fractions & settled for minor spoils, too far back in the slop before that


1-Whatstroublnurocky – Catapulted off a torrid :53.2 half & saved ground for second last week, just one for 19 this season, but moves inside as a serious contender



4-Adirondack – Father Patrick filly with some Grand Circuit experience gaining traction for Team Takter, pace compromised & trotted home in :27.3 & lands in a soft spot


3-Ritson – Runner up to Hambo hopeful Really Fast back in April, bounced back off an early miscue with a solid second @ Pocono & draws inside back here


2-Ethics – Stablemate to top Hambo prospect Venerate broke early in his most recent comeback, draws post two again to rebound & tap into his upside



6-Everyone’s Talkin – Finished a decent fourth after a real slow start from post ten in a much-needed acclimating mile, draws a bit better to show more in a wide-open field


3-Take A Wish – Major horse-for-the-course has been toiling against much tougher @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, lands inside fresh off a noteworthy third in the slop @ Freehold 


4-Innisfallen – One for 15 this season, but was going well last month, forgive the break in the slop last out, draws well in a soft division of this GSY Series



4-A Major Omen – Dropped to this level, thought he was sitting on a big one third start off the bench & outsprinted last week, draws well again to remain a major stalking threat


1-Franco Totem N – Gets at least his fourth straight class drop after landing on the fringes in some salty miles, overdue & lands the rail to either assert himself or trip out 


2-Mister Donald A – Fired hard off the wings again & just missed the upset last out, bumped up in class off that sharp effort, yet draws an improved post



9-Darkrshadeofpale N – Sports a 1:51.4 mark @ The Big M this season, draws outside, but gets her third straight class drop & somebody has to win this toss up


5-Sunday Afternoon – Gets much-needed class & post relief off a couple of dull efforts here, just one for 13 this season, yet this might be more to her liking


2-Sudden Change N – Beaten favorite fresh off a lively third after a quick start from a tougher post, 10YO lined up for another smooth stalking trip in a wide-open affair



2-Avenir – Team Burke-tuned filly put together a strong rally to just miss in the NJSS Final, draws better & ramping up her game at the right time


7-Take This Society – Twice beaten favorite stayed flat in the slop & just missed in the NJSS consolation, Team Takter Hambo eligible now has something positive to build on


8-Robert’s Hanover – Team Alagna Hambo prospect walked through a :58.3 half & cruised in his second qualifier, draws outside a competitive field, but looks ready to roll



2-In Range – Rated #2 on the Road to the Hambletonian Top Ten, Breeders Crown runner up took a new mark in his 3YO debut, then broke @ Pocono, draws inside to rebound & kicks off a solid Team Melander 1-2 punch


8-Really Fast – Lightly-raced Muscle Hill colt has come a long way in short order, tripping out to upset the NJSS Final in a downpour, #4 rated colt tackles a tough post, but can fly off the wings for Team Takter


7-Lindysmusclemania – Kindergarten Series product was ultra impressive coming out with a 1:51.4 blowout before making a late break in the slop in the NJSS Final, #6 in the Top Ten draws a demanding post & leads the Svanstedt battalion 



3-Red Right Hand – Captaintreacherous colt with a 1:51.4 mark at two, third in all three PA stakes, last two PASS chasing Abuckabett Hanover & draws well in a much softer spot for Team Takter


7-Rouser Hanover – Third foal out of the millionaire Romantic Moment bounced back with a standout qualifier for Team Alagna, late-blooming 4YO makes only his third career start with loads of upside


4-Toronto – Consistent gelding on the board in six of seven, the latest a solid third from post eight, just missed before that, an improved post facilitates his stalking style 



4-Stellenbosch – Returns to the Big M off a no-chance parked out trip from post seven in the slop @ Pocono, one for 17 this season is disappointing, but this is a no-excuse class drop scenario


5-Break the Deal – Won her last start here in a career best of 1:51.2 in a deadheat, back here off a solid speed try @ Harrah’s Philadelphia


2-Major Battle – Romped in the slop at the bottom condition level two starts back, then rallied to hit the board when bumped up to this level & draws better in sharp form



7-Keep Rockin N – Just missed by a neck in the first leg, then rallied to a mild upset in the Betsy Ross, Nifty Norman trainee is on her toes right now & figures to get the right speed set up in an ultra competitive match up


2-Lyons Sentinel – Took full advantage of the speed target she needed to overcome post nine & took a new mark of 1:48.2 to upset Leg 1, draws much better to compliment a white-hot stable 1-2 punch


5-Machnhope – High in the win column mare was outkicked in round one & didn’t have the knockout punch in the Betsy Ross, Blue Chip Matchmaker Series champ returns fresh off a game score & was hot here this Spring



7-Dateline Hanover – Strong runner up back on May 21, nice bounce-back qualifier chasing far superior Rouser Hanover & rates highly despite a challenging post


9-Ideal Tyson A – 0 for 16 this season & draws outside, but fresh off an aggressive narrow loss & any semblance of that effort puts him in play here


1-Power Dreaming – 0 for 19 in 2021, yet going in a positive direction, lands the rail off a solid third @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & in line for a smooth stalking trip







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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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