Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, July 07, 2021 12:33 PM


5-Bayfield Beach – Leads a solid 1-2 punch for Team Takter, just missed the upset in his comebacker with sharp speed at both ends from post eight


6-Better Take It – Lone 4YO in the field knocking on the door for Team Cullipher, uncorked a wide n wicked finished in :25.4 just a neck shy over an off track last week


1-Pirate Hanover – The Pirate continues to improve for Team Alagna, this Captain was forced wide from a tough spot in :25.3 last week, draws inside to get within striking range



3-Gotthegreenlight – Fifth foal out of $531,617 winner Bet On Luck, tripped out to win a Homegrown division in an eye-catching 1:52.4 for Dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman, this green has obviously got go


1-Hamptons Babe – Second foal out of the great $3.5 winner Anndrovette, won both Gaitway baby races for Team Alagna, the latest with solid speed & lands the rail


2-Just Divine – Huntsville first foal out of $880,335 winner Divine Caroline, recovered from a miscue & tough trip to go two-for-two @ Gaitway for Team Burke, back half in :54.3 in her first trial, certainly looks promising



3-Lady Chaos – PASS upsetter last month chased standout Bella Bellini in her last two, in line for a smooth stalking trip with another inside draw for Team Toscano


6-Beltassima – Upset the NJSS Final with a big effort from post ten, a tad too aggressive in her comeback & needed the race, look for her to step out again & possibly trip out for Team Alagna


7-Adirondack – Got to like the way this lightly-raced Team Takter pupil has progressed, capitalized on a perfect trip & pounced for the win in a sharp :26.2, eligible to step up despite the tougher post



4-Dancinginthedark M – Rated #6 on the Road to the Hambo for his effortless first two wins this season, then never got to the gate, draws much better to bounce back for Team Melander with talent & potential


1-Take All Comers – From a limited first crop of $2 million winner Creatine, this a brother to 1:51.3 performer Next Level Stuff ($702,297), arrives fresh off a PASS upset & might have Hambo aspirations for Jim Campbell


9-Really Fast – Impressive upsetter in the NJSS Final in a driving rain, then miscued as the heavy favorite, now 29 days later he tackles post nine for Team Takter, lightly-raced Hambo hopeful has a chance to rebound



4-Piper Hanover – Romped in her first three starts this season in the TSS, tuned up with a couple of strong qualifiers, dam was the 2012 Hambo Oaks shocker, hot prospect draws well for Team Alagna


3-Darlene Hanover – Worked her way through qualifiers here, took two starts to win the EBC over an off track @ Vernon Downs as the heavy favorite & draws inside again  


2-Hot As Hill – Won a NJSS division, just missed in another & finished well in that Final, runner up to a 1:51.1 older foe last out, 22 days off, but post two again for Team Burke



3-One Eight Hundred – Nancy Takter looks to make it back-to-back, Tetrick goes for sixth Pace, this colt has blossomed this season, peaking at the right time, draws inside fresh off a stunning statement win in a career best 1:48


2-Charlie May – The Ohio shippers are certainly legitimate, this gelding gunned down Heart Of Chewbacca on June 19, just missed in the Messenger, gets an inside draw here, ramping up right, welcome back Super Brett


4-Heart Of Chewbacca – Set a track record of 1:48.4 @ Scioto Downs, got roughed up in his Messenger elimination, speedy & versatile colt has a big chance to regroup here for Team Burke



6-Sonofamistery – Ranked #2 on the Road to the Hambo Top Ten, cranked it up in the NJSS series, a hard-charging third in that Final, too revved up as the heavy favorite & got rough right at the wire last time, look for this Team Melander a rebound    


5-Locatelli – Gelding beat Sonofamistery in a NJSS division back on May 21, bounced back to pressure that same rival & was placed first last out, renews that rivalry & continues his quest for the big prize


3-Rattle My Cage – Made the Road to the Hambo Top Ten this week based on his last two easy wins from outside posts, now faces a serious stakes test against other Hambo hopefuls with an inside draw



5-Perfect Sting – On the way back from a late-May sick scratch, fought back with a gutsy win here two starts back, not quite the same kick when placed first @ The Meadows, ten-for-ten freshman Dan Patch Award winner regaining form


2-Abuckabett Hanover – Reeled off his first four starts this season, handed Perfect Sting his first career loss back on May 16, Messenger elimination winner looks to rebound off a late miscue in that sloppy track Final with an inside draw here


7-Southwind Gendry – Top flight freshman in 2020 came back in take-charge style in PASS, freshened & sharpened with a nice 1:49.3 qualifier here, then encountered a tough trip @ The Meadows, look for him to blast off for Team Burke



9-Beads – Returned as a new horse this season with trotting hopples added & became a star in this series, fresh off a huge win from post nine, he can go a long way despite another outside assignment


3-It’s Academic – Went three-for-three in the series, right there after a bitter battle in the Crawford Farms last week & makes a key move inside as the controlling speed & looks like the one to beat for Team Burke


8-Read For Moni – Comes back from a three-week layoff with post eight, yet last year’s Hambletonian runner up has come back in relentless form for Team Takter & just needs a speedy target to shoot at



4-Ruthless Hanover – Just half a length shy of going four-for-four in the series, fresh off the mile of his life, a sizzling 1:47.2, draws inside & figures to be the main target in a wildly competitive final


1-Allywag Hanover – Off to a great start this season for Team Pelling, 1:48.1 division winner lands the rail off after nosing out Cattlewash last week, no chance from post 12 two starts back, salebound in career form


3-Captain Barbossa – Twice beaten favorite absolutely torched last week, right here in 1:47.2 before that after setting a track record of 1:47.1, remains a major dangerous from another inside post for Team Alagna  



5-My Pal Joe – Joe is just a nice horse who knows where the wire is, with a 1:49.4 mark here this season he’s fresh off a sharp & needed re-acclimating mile from post nine, now draws better in a competitive field


6-Shake That House – Threw a big scare into Perfect Sting two starts back, a tad overmatched in the Roll With Joe last week, this is a more realistic spot for him to employ his relentless rally


9-Let It Ride N – Many recall how monstrous he was here this past Winter before a sick scratch in the Borgata Series, finished well in his qualifier, stuck outside, but watch out if he’s ready for this



8-Ima Real Ladys Man – Part of a solid 1-2 punch in this one for Team Cullipher, uncorked big rallies to finish second in his last two, sports a 1:49.2 mark here this season, serious threat despite the outside draw


3-The Devils Own N – Was reaching too high in the Roll With Joe last week, gutsy runner up from post nine before that & now draws inside still fresh on the comeback trail


2-De Los Cielos Deo – The Team Burke horse-for-the-course has recently regained his confidence & form, handled the big class hike with a sterling rally to hit the board last week & draws better



3-Dealer’s Table – Beaten chalk forced to make an uncovered move into a :26.2 third quarter last time @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, returns to the Big M with class & post relief for Team Cullipher


2-Gods Spirit N – Just missed with a sharp effort off the sick scratch two starts back, flashed speed & tired late last out, finally moves inside & to be part of the pace scenario


8-A Major Omen – Fired out & was finishing well for third again two weeks ago, moves outside, but can be a big part of this ticket with the right set up



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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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