Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, August 03, 2021 8:27 PM


6-Explosive Leggs – Ships here fresh off an easy win in the slop @ The Meadows as the betting favorite, has dropped down the class ladder & arrives brimming with confidence


7-Big Nudge – The Nudge has come back well from an early April sick scratch, romped in an amateur event two starts back for Verruso & followed up with a solid second


2-Big Money Honey – Winless this season, but has been a very consistent check earner @ Pocono, draws inside here where Roy Marohn can work out a stalking trip



2-Lookin Chic – Walner filly sat the pocket off a soft pace & achieved a better result than her opener & lands post two again for Dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman


3-Magic Can Happen – Got off to an inspiring start in her first two NJSS races, but overwhelmed in the final, looks to rebound from an improved post after three weeks off


4-Pretty Interesting – Flashed a hint of late trot in her Kindergarten mile two starts back, then disappointed as the favorite, yet this Walner filly has license to rebound



1-Misswalner Fashion – Fashion Farms homebred Walner filly unleashed an impressive rally to win her Kindergarten debut off a sick scratch & now moves inside


2-Lilbitalexis – Fresh off an eye-catching debut she came right back with a lively repeat in her Kindergarten division & draws better for Dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman


5-I’m Happy Hanover – Steady check earner in the NJSS Series, recovered from an early miscue to win a Grand Circuit stake @ The Meadows, $200,000 yearling with a future



1-River Otter – Note the way he controlled a wire-to-wire upset @ Harrah’s Philadelphia two starts back, lands the rail & raced well for Robert Hechkoff back on July 11


2-Roundtown Rocker – Classy gelding snapped out of a form funk with a perfect trip score @ The Meadows, draws inside & knows his way around this oval


4-Innisfallen – 1:53.4 winner here this season has revived his form recently in PA, draws well here & gives Tony Beltrami a big chance to get aggressive



7-Say You Do – Tripped out to win here in 1:53 from the same post on July 2, just missed in :27.2 two starts back, sharp gelding can rebound off a rare miscue


1-Chief Justice – 1:54.4 performer @ The Big M this season ships back fresh off a big wake up win @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & lands the rail to stalk within closer range


2-All Champy – Owns a 1:54 win here in the slop back in late February, returns off back-to-back air out missions @ Pocono after a sick scratch & draws inside



6-Mazzarati – Finished a close second in the Breeders Crown last Fall, trotted home in :26.4 in the Del Miller two starts back & finds a prime spot to step up


4-Evening Stroll – Cantab Hall filly has found her best stride reeling off three straight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia & draws well here off the mile of her life


7-Frankly My Dear – Grand Circuit stake winner @ The Meadows three starts back returns her fresh off a narrow loss in PASS & could be ramping up for this



1-Ourlittlegeneral A – Did some serious damage in his two starts here since the early July sick scratch, that perfect trip win two starts back was the best mile of his season


8-Rockin The Aces – Consistent sub 1:50 performer here draws a tough post, but gets further class relief, can fire off the wings again & long overdue


7-Stone Hanover – Scott Zeron put him in a perfect second over striking spot & he was outsprinted by a 1:49.3 winner, moves outside, but drops another notch



7-Pretender – Muscle Hill second foal out of world champion Maven won his debut @ Harrah’s Philadelphia off one baby race, challenging post, but Team Takter puts up Yannick Gingras

1-Tachyon – Muscle Hill sister to NYSS champion Lucky Ava finished a solid third from the rail in the Kindergarten off a couple NJSS experiences, figures to be forwardly placed & continues to improve for Team Svanstedt


8-Rebuff – Surprised a few when Lucas Wallin took advantage of the rail & this Muscle Hill colt proved to be a convincing winner, worth a long look despite moving outside in this wide-open affair



2-A Hopeful Prayer – Kept her every-other pattern going with a romp in TSS @ The Meadows for Team Orange Crush & draws inside back here in an intriguing match up 


1-Avenir – Team Burke trainee has regained her confidence with the addition of trotting hopples, moves inside fresh off a solid second to runaway winner Balenciaga


5-Autumn Deo – Showed appreciation for the recent freshening as she came roaring back with a wire-to-wire blowout as the heavy favorite @ Pocono for Lucas Wallin



5-In Range – Was rated #1 and #2 for several weeks on the Road to the Hambo, no factor in his elimination, but lands in a ideal spot to assert himself for Team Melander


2-Goodashim – Brother to Father Patrick has been on the board in four of five this season, PASS contender draws inside & retains Yannick Gingras


6-Pivotal – Switched to Dexter Dunn & suddenly reeled off three in a row @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, Trond Smedshammer trainee has a big chance to stretch it out here



4-Chin Chin Hall – Returned here fresh off a 1:52 romp @ Pocono & paid the price for a real slow start, now gets class & post relief & that could pave the way for a big rebound


5-Kenziesky Hanover – 1:51.4 performer & upsetter on June 26 was overmatched & had no chance in the Miss Versatility, faces a more reasonable match up here & can set up her preferred stalking trip from midpack


2-Justlikehim – Got parked through a :27.4 third quarter last out, charged home in :27.1 just a nose shy of Kenziesky Hanover before that & draws inside again



1-Periculum – Muscle Hill bother to 1:52 performer King Alphonso bumped into the streaking King Of The North in NJSS, off a sick scratch, but lands the rail in a softer spot for Team Melander


4-Stride The Hill – Muscle Hill brother to Zenith Stride offered an encouraging :27.3 in his debut, then runner up to heavy favorite Fast As The Wind & now finds a prime spot to graduate


7-Laws Of Motion – Walner colt behaved & put it all together in the NJSS consolation, another early miscue in a Peter Haughton elimination was costly, yet has license to rebound for Team Orange Crush



1-Whittaker N – Dropped to this level, swooped the pack & was taken down for backstretch interference, moves inside to show his class & atone 


3-Prince Aston – Making some progress after a recent sick scratch, gets another shot at this bottom level & draws a much-improved post off a solid rally for third


7-Dismissal Slip – Displayed solid speed & gave way in his Big M debut, tougher post, but might be better from off the pace after a beneficial acclimating mile



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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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