Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:57 AM

RACE 1

2-Ring Warrior – Steady, stalking type competitive with $10,000 stock @ Pocono, just one for 17 in 2016, but lands in a prime spot for a very productive outfit

 

1-Keystone Camaro – The Camaro has been hitting on all cylinders @ Freehold, going for three in a row pushing off from the rail, yet tough to gauge his adjustment to the mile track

 

4-Stormin Rustler – Finished an even fifth again in is 150th career start @ The Meadowlands, 12YO warhorse tripped out to beat these on 5-7  & figures to be within striking range

 

RACE 2

4-Boston Red Rocks –Made a huge recovery after basically getting wiped out in the first turn by Ideal Rocky & still paced home in :25.2, Dan Patch Award winner remains the one to knock off

 

3-Katies Rocker – His qualifiers & races have been superb so far, stole a :55 half & nailed by the pocket rocket longshot last week & rates as a prime opportunist again

 

6-Ideal Rocky – After a narrow loss to Boston Red Rocks in round one he made an inexplicable first turn miscue last week, the 2015 NJSS champion has the talent to atone & can kick home with the best

 

RACE 3

8-Tom Hill – Brother to 2014 Pace record setter He’s Watching rallied stoutly to hit the board in :26.4, held third in :25.4 before that, Tony Alagna trainee with a bright future & stakes ahead of him

 

3-Spicebomb – Brother to 2011 Wilson winner Major Bombay hammered down to 2-1 favorite & emerged from a shuffle to break his maiden with a lively :26.4, comes right back with another inside draw

 

10-Stolen Glimpse – Bounced back big time with another win in a rousing 1:50.3 for Team Burke, talented NJ bred prospect from a strong family seems up to the post ten challenge

 

RACE 4

6-Blue Moon Stride – The 2015 NJSS champion has come back in stellar form for Mark Harder, her two wins in this series have been impressive, wrapped up miles, any semblance of those spells repeat

 

7-Rocknroll Vision – Excellent first start over this track after shipping from Mohawk, fired out & chased Blue Moon Stride, took last week off to gear up for her attempt to somehow turn the tables

3-Show Time Hill – Tony Alagna trainee gathering momentum on the comeback trail, clearly second best while left in the wake of Blue Moon Stride last week, yet draws post three again

 

RACE 5

3-Rancousy – Appreciated another class drop & went all the way from post seven in a career best 1:50.3 @ Pocono, note the major barn change & finally draws inside a field of question marks

 

7-Andwin Hanover – Left alertly from post eight & came out of a shuffle to just miss in last Saturday’s finale, was tackling the better horses @ Freehold & looks competitive here

 

9-Murder He Wrote – Has maintained steady form on smaller tracks, overmatched in the Open ranks @ Tioga, tough post nine assignment in what looks like a best of the rest scenario

 

RACE 6

4-Wildflower – Qualifiers were nothing to write home about, but Ake Svanstedt unleashed her to gun down the favorite Southwind Hope in the first leg with a :27 sprint, now Tetrick gets the lines with a favorable draw

 

2-All The Time – Breeders Crown winner qualified with vigor & had the look of a champion in her first leg romp, took last week off, rewarded with an inside draw & this Takter product stands out

 

9-Southwind Hope – Bounced back from the narrow loss in round one by holding off New Leaf last week, very consistent filly with six career wins & heading in the right direction for Team Orange Crush

 

RACE 7

2-Bushwacker – Recall he kicked off his season winning three Opens in a row here, then menaced @ Dover & returns fresh off a gutsy effort @ Harrah’s Philly with class & post relief

 

1-Phil Your Boots – 14-time winner in 2015 has ramped up his game @ Yonkers where he tangled with Levy Series competition & has been knocking on the door at higher condition levels

 

9-Jacksrluckytoo – Wicked closer has been on his toes recently for Team Harmon, shook loose too late out of a shuffle & just missed to Melmerby Beach in 1:47.4, tougher draw complicates matters

 

RACE 8

8-Southwind Frank – Hambletonian favorite has come back in flawless form, Dan Patch Award winner cruised to his 11th straight win & more than ready to take another step up from a challenging post

 

6-Jack Vernon – Took all the tote action despite his miscue in round one & finished a hard-charging second to a surprisingly good Maven’s Way in :26.4, while closing from a tough spot, that kind of speed makes him a major player

 

7-Brooklyn Hill – Runner up to a wrapped up Southwind Frank in round one & took last week off, gate speed puts him into stalking position & eligible to kick it up another notch

 

RACE 9

8-Pansformative – Was forced into a first over grind through torrid fractions in a 1:47.4 mile last week, this is a very dangerous class drop for high percentage connections

 

3-Im Supersonic A – Followed up the narrow loss on 5-21 by squandering a perfect second over trip last week, draws better, has acclimated to the Big M & remains down in class

 

4-Hope For Badlands – Has been able to use his lethal late kick to be effective, shuffled & locked in too long last week when the sprinting started, draws well to capitalize on his sharp form

 

RACE 10

8-Milliondollar Wave N – NZ bred gelding was a little hot on the toteboard in his US debut & finished a pretty good fourth, faces a suspect field here & can easily see him launching forward off that useful acclimating mile

 

6-Rockin Wizard – Disappointing one for 14 this season, returned from a unsuccessful trip to Hoosier Park & had missed three weeks prior to last Saturday’s mile, dropping dangerously & switches to Tetrick

 

5-Democracy N – Tracked cover & finished an even fourth behind the favorite Martini Hanover last week, takes another shot at this reduced level

 

RACE 11

2-Melmerby Beach – 1:47.2 performer here last season has crank up his game & lunged off a fast pace to a 1:47.4 mile last week, lands post two with another chance to trip out off any speed that may ensue

 

6-Always B Miki – The Comeback Kid hasn’t been seen in three weeks after holding off Mel Mara on 5-14, resumes his road to major stakes & gets another serious test for speed

 

5-Mel Mara – Threw a scare into Always B Miki in a :25.4 sprint on 5-14, then was left in the wake of a Wiggle It Jiggleit track record in the Dorothy Mullin, going well for his new connections

 

RACE 12

3-Dr C’s Z Tam – Has been knocking on the door for this price, just missed while parked every step from post eight on 5-21, fresh claim by Richie Johnson & inside draw makes him a logical threat

 

7-The Pokester – Returned here at this $10,000 level & finished an improved third just behind Great Soul, watch for him if they produce a pace target for him

 

1-Great Soul – Only one for 21 in 2015, but this 11YO has been trending in the right direction, twice chased Prince Pinang & with that one absent he moves inside to be forwardly placed

 

RACE 13

3-Toatsmygoats – Beaten favorite @ Harrington last out, his last two have been better, gelding shows lines at much higher levels & ships into a softer spot

 

7-Canbec Kingkazimir – Gelding has been on a form spree for Richie Johnson, fresh from a pair of narrow losses @ Yonkers, chased a pretty salty winner in Calvin B in his last start here & fits these to a tee

 

8-Michael’s Power – The 2012 Jug winner has revived his form at these lower levels here & even produced an easy win on 5-20, ran into a 1:49 stand out last week & nothing like that in this one

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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