Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 2:40 PM


10-Hot Summer Knight – Fresh off a noteworthy rally to hit the board @ Tioga Downs, eight-time winner in 2015 obviously needed the race, draws outside, but lands in a soft opener & picks up Super Brett


5-Mr Protab – Caught everybody’s eye with that bold brush to the top & settled for second behind a big favorite, The Matador finds a field he can handle here


6-Ice O Late – Lightly-raced gelding took strong tote action on the drop down, was about to launch a late move & broke, regrouped with three weeks off



6-Addy Girl – Was able to steal some soft fractions & hold off Hug A Dragoness two weeks ago, fresh off that career best, now acclimated to the mile track & has potential untapped


7-Hug A Dragoness – Team Burke filly just one for 20, twice beaten favorite off three straight narrow losses, yet she may still be best in this match up with Gingras back in the bike


4-Family Roll Call – One for 14 filly been toiling on smaller tracks, draws well off a sharp second @ Tioga Downs & seems to fit these



6-Shesgotthebeat – Rebounded off a gate break with an easy wire-to-wire career best @ Tioga Downs in the Excelsior A Series, filly gaining confidence & looks ready to take on a competitive group of older mares


8-Royal Engagement – Assigned the outside post fresh off an explosive rally in :26.4 last week from post eight, her seventh win this campaign


3-Beach Story – Consistent mare grinded gamely to grab a late lead & had to settle for second to Royal Engagement, 1:50.2 winner here last season makes her third start off a sick scratch



7-Northern Beauty – 0 for 16 in 2016, but has picked it up in her last two, chased a runaway Miss Defiance last week & goes back to Tetrick


3-Fashion Rocker – Steady mare rated a :56.2 half, then succumbed to pressure as the beaten favorite, drops back to a winning level & draws better


5-M A Jackie – Just missed here on 6-3, pace compromised when she launched a wide move last week, post improves & capable of stalking the speed



4-Beat Of NY – 0 for 21 in 2016, yet chased a convincing winner in High Octane N last week, drops in cheaper here & draws alongside a vulnerable favorite


3-Brookstone – Jim Marohn, Jr. seized control in :26.4, rated him perfectly & he was beaten by the pocket sitter, beaten chalk looks to atone with another inside draw


8-Perfect Terror – Rounding back into form after a recent sick scratch, game first over into fast fractions two weeks ago, looking for a trip & speed target



5-Vague Traces – Shipped in from Indiana, landed in the white-hot Croghan barn, hammered down to 1-5 & merely erupted with a career best 1:50 in a dazzling Big M debut, any questions?


8-High Octane N – Nailed this one at 3-1 when everything went his way last week in a career best 1:51, continues to flaunt his back class


4-Southwind Indy – Gelding was knocking on the door & kicked it in with authority, while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:51.3, draws well again as one to fear



1-Americanprimetime – Drops out of the much tougher Graduate Series, came up just half a length shy in 1:47.4 when last seen here on 5-28 & has a big chance to stalk the speed from the rail


7-Jacksrluckytoo – Forced very wide from an impossible spot as the heavy favorite last week, one of the fastest closers @ The Big M needs to get some early speed coaxed out of him


8-Ashley’s Husband – Dropped a notched & confidently steamrolled off cover with a sizzling :52.4 back half, also noted for his ability to keep it going first over



5-Somesizsomestyle – Rallied from far enough back to hit the board with a :53.4 back half last week & drops dangerously for Team Remmen


7-Believeinthespirit – Been fairly steady over smaller tracks, took his mark of 1:51.2 here at three, getting some class relief & faces a wide-open field


3-Pierce – Dropped to regain his winning edge with a sterling rally in a crisp :26.3, draws inside again & looks like he can handle to step back in class



4-All The Cookies – Dropped out of NJSS, added Lasix & finished third behind Stolen Glimpse, Takter-tuned 3YO draws well again to progress


3-Stolen Glimpse – Except for the gate break back on 5-14, this lightly-raced, late-blooming Team Burke colt has been keen to do his work, lands inside again fresh off a very game second


5-Spicebomb – Bet down as the 2-1 favorite & scored fresh out of the box on 5-28, then caught out of position behind Stolen Glimpse, has now missed three weeks, but this gelding has some upside



7-Nobles Finesse – Comes off a much improved performance switching to the mile track, game first over to a late lead & held for minor spoils & can build on that at a nice price


5-Relentless Dreamer – Exits the tougher Caramore Series, finished third in round two to eventual standout winner Michael’s Power, just one for 20 this season & long overdue


2-Triple Major – 9YO with a win in 1:52.4 here this season regained his form in his last two @ Tioga Downs, draws inside again off a decent effort here last week



1-Blatantly Best – 1:48.4 performer here last season a disappointing one for 17 in 2016, form is suspect, but the class & post relief are difficult to ignore


5-Itrustyou – Team Burke trainee with a winning history here was nosed out in 1:49.4 on 6-11, then pace compromised & kicked out another :26.3 as the beaten favorite again last week


4-Dial Or Nodial – 10YO with a $1.7 bankroll ran into sub 1:50 winner when switching back to the mile track & drops further into a field of question marks



6-Keystone Camaro – Revved up & hitting on all cylinders, tripped out to upset a well-rated Brookstone in a career best 1:52.2 last week & has the winning habit


3-Ring Warrior – Came right back to win again from the same post & lowered his mark to 1:51.3, while stepping up this level & remains a major danger for Team Harmon


10-Dabunka – Blew up the toteboard on 6-11, followed up with a menacing third in :26.4 for the raging Croghan barn & must be used despite post ten




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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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