Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:16 PM


2-Wet My Whistle – Welcome to the Team Svanstedt parade with four in this opener, this Kindergarten Series graduate won her 3YO debut, beaten favorite in the NJSS Final in the slop, 29-day layoff a concern, but Gingras at the lines again


3-Duchesspedia – Smedshammer switched to Andrew McCarthy & she romped to a new mark from post seven, draws better, yet comes off a sick scratch, which raises concern


4-Adirondack – Father Patrick first foal out of the world champion & two-time Dan Patch Award winner Mission Brief, $400,000 yearling a solid second to Duchesspedia in a much-improved effort



2-Don’t Fence Me In – Captaintreacherous sister to 1:50.3 performer Cliffhanger, flashed a :25.4 at first asking, then romped confidently with Dexter Dunn, draws inside & sky’s the limit for this Team Alagna gem


1-Captains Princess – Completes the promising pair of Team Alagna-tuned Captain fillies to choose from, both qualifiers were superb, lands the rail & could be anything


3-Max Contract – From the first crop of world champion & Pace winner Huntsville, third foal, the first was Ima A Big Deal, 1:49 ($328,129), $200,000 yearling jogged @ gaitway for Team Orange Crush with a :26.4



7-Southwind Petyr – Overwhelmed by a 1:48.4 Oneeighthundred last week, close runner up in his previous two, tougher post, but has the talent & potential to overcome


3-Twin B Fighter – Regrouped with a solid qualifier & finished well from a tough spot chasing standout Rouser Hanover, draws better for Team Burke & set up for a more aggressive effort


5-Toronto – Steady gelding tried to give them the slip, opened up & flattened out third again, reunited with Sears & more patient handling could pay off in a soft spot



7-Rocknificent – Rounding back to top form in her last two, second to a world record setting Racine Bell last week, outside draw in a sharp field, but holds a class edge


3-She’s Nun Bettor N – Freshened by Team Burke & cruised all the way @ Gaitway, she was on a nice roll before that & equaled her mark of 1:51.3 on May 1


5-Treacherous Reign – Snapped out of a funk with an emphatic class drop n pop in 1:50 two weeks ago, fresh threat on the comeback trail for the sizzling Team Alagna 



1-Dragon Roars Again – 0 for 13 this season, but sharpening on Lasix in his last two, just missed in 1:49.3 last week, retains Todd McCarthy, lands the rail & stalks the speed 


9-The Greek Freak – Team Burke 4YO overmatched in the very salty Graduate Series, second to a revved up Shake That House two starts back, draws outside, but this has to be more to his liking


6-Rouser Hanover – Late-blooming Captaintreacherous 4YO ignited on Lasix, went all the way with a well-controlled new mark of 1:50.4 & tested further in a tougher match up with numerous possibilities 



5-JK I Feel Fine – Betting Line fourth foal out of a sister to double millionaire JK Endofanera, 1:48.2, finished a :26.1 flurry when asked in her second baby race for Team Takter


6-Sweet Omen – Sweet Lou second foal out of millionaire Omen Hanover, the first was Breeders Crown champion Someomensomewhere, standout Magical Acres qualifier & Brett Bittle has a strong 1-2 punch in here


4-Sweet Hello – Sweet Lou filly rallied to win both baby races @ Gaitway with Tetrick, draws well to continue thriving on this mile oval for Team Burke



4-Lovedbythemasses – Team Cullipher-tuned gelding has been slugging it out against top level Graduate Series foes, romped in the Preferred with a career best of 1:51 back on May 1 & draws post four again


5-Ab’sattitudexpress – Got nosed out Sorella in a Miss Versatility division back on May 8, just missed with a mighty :26.1 two weeks ago, has a chance to stalk midpack in a very evenly matched field


7-Play Trix On Me – Improving 4YO for Team Toscano, picked up some checks in the Graduate Series, took a mark of 1:52.1 at this level from the rail on May 29, tougher post, dangerous with the right speed set up



7-One Eight Hundred – Team Takter Pace prospect made it three wins in his last four starts with a sparkling new mark of 1:48.4, beating a very good South Beach Star last week, not bad considering he had missed three weeks


4-Better Take It – Draws well & retains Dexter Dunn on a form spree for Team Cullipher, right there in 1:48.4 two starts back & looms as a serious stalking threat


2-Save Me A Dance – Kicks off a Team Burke 1-2 punch fresh off a lively qualifier against standout stablemate Southwind Gendry, runner up in a Graduate division back on May 15 draws inside



9-Tattoo Artist – Classy O’Brien Award winning 4YO lands outside, but fresh off a 1:48 career best, nosed out from post eight in a 1:47.4 Graduate division back on May 15 & certainly worth a long look


5-This Is The Plan – Dominant Open player so far this season for Team Burke, romped in the Borgata Final, returns fresh off a stunning world record in a Battle of Lake Erie blowout, three weeks off & this field is no picnic


6-American History – Faded to the fringes since his 1:47.2 repeat back on May 15, has had two weeks to regroup to lead the Team Alagna triple threat in this one, perhaps with more patient handling



2-Atlanta – Well decorated 2019 Trotter of the Year served notice with a sterling :26 rally to nail Ramona Hill @ Gaitway, fastest trotter in Big M history draws inside a super field for her long-awaited 2021 debut


1-Lindy The Great – Won two straight Preferreds here to kick off his season, runner up to Manchego in the Maxie Lee, wheeled right back to win again with trot to spare & lands the rail back here


5-Chaptiama – Trond Smedshammer 4YO has really come to hand, winning four of his last six, his latest with vicious rallies in rein to Dexter Dunn, might be ready to step up & surprise these if the pace is right



6-Venerate – Dan Patch Award & Mohawk Million winner & No. 1 rated 3YO in the Road to the Hambo Top Ten makes his 3YO debut for Team Orange Crush, rallied to win both qualifiers with confidence & lands inside the emerging Dancinginthedark M


10-Dancinginthedark M – 1:52.2 Bluegrass winner at two, won both qualifiers, eye-catching :26.3 in his comebacker, then jogged to a new mark of 1:52.1 last week, No. 5 ranked colt continues his Hambo mission despite post ten


7-Beyond Ordinary – Trainer Jenny Melander has this 4YO back in top form, runner up to Dancinginthedark M in his last two & rates contender status



2-Ana Malak N – Put on an aggressive & impressive speed display in his sparkling 1:50 Big M debut for Team Cullipher & certainly rates the class hike from a better post


3-Father Nuno – Beaten favorite got roughed up first over @ Harrah’s Philadelphia off a sick scratch, brother to Captaintreacherous returns to the Big M & gets some class & post relief


6-Ima Real Ladys Man – Beaten favorite displayed sudden speed & gave way late last week, 1:49.2 performer here this season gets another chance at this reduced level



3-Paternity Suit A – His lone win this season came at a higher level here in early February, freshened up & makes his second start off the bench from an inside post & worth a swing at a price


9-The Devils Own N – Beaten chalk got torched first over in a searing pace last week, moves outside, but remains a fresh threat, while down in class


4-A Major Omen – Thought he was sitting on a big one recently after dropping in class, came up third best from post eight last week, now draws better & long overdue



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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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